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– China’s foreign minister attacks and says the plague is under control.

Cases of the virus were first reported in crowded camps for Rohingya refugees.

Mexico reports 2,409 new cases of the corona virus, biggest 1-day increase.

Colombia is stepping up measures to stop infection near the Brazilian border.

China touched the number one month since the last reported death of the virus.


BEIJING – China’s foreign minister said the country had controlled the coronavirus outbreak and he criticized foreign politicians whom he accused of “insisting on politicizing the epidemic, labeling the virus, and smearing the World Health Organization.”

Wang Yi’s comments brought by the official Xinhua news agency appear to be directed to the United States, where President Donald Trump’s government has repeatedly criticized China for allegedly covering the initial outbreak and has suspended payments to WHO for what he called pro-China bias and failure to deal with pandemic effectively.

Other countries, including Australia, have also urged an independent inquiry into the origins of the pandemic, calling for China to strongly reject.

Under the leadership of the country and the ruling Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping, China has been able to “control the plague through difficult efforts and gradually restart economic and social life while taking preventative and regular control measures,” Wang was quoted as saying in a phone call Thursday with foreign ministers of Hungary, Estonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

China has “overcome its own difficulties, offered support and assistance to relevant countries, shared experiences of prevention and control and unconditional care, and facilitated the purchase of anti-epidemic supplies of various countries in China,” Wang said.

Efforts to politicize the pandemic and slander WHO are “serious violations of international moral principles and undermine international anti-epidemic efforts,” Wang added.


DHAKA, Bangladesh – Authorities have reported the first coronavirus case in overcrowded camps for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh, where more than 1 million people are protected.

People from the Rohingya community and local people living in the Cox’s Bazar district who also tested positive were isolated, Mahbub Alam Talukder, the country’s refugee commissioner, said Thursday.

The team has been activated for patient care as well as tracking people they might meet and quarantine and test the contacts, Louise Donovan, a spokesman for the US refugee agency, told The Associated Press.

Aid workers have warned of the potential for serious outbreaks if the virus reaches the camp. The crowded crowd with plastic huts standing side by side accommodating up to 12 residents, which means that refugees will be exposed to dangerous viruses.


MEXICO CITY – Mexico reported the biggest one-day increase in coronavirus cases, with 2,409.

Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said on Thursday that the country was at the “most difficult” time in the pandemic. This is the first time in Mexico that the number of new cases exceeds 2,000 in one day.

As a percentage, the 6% increase was not the biggest one-day increase.

Officials also reported 257 more deaths than COVID-19, a total of 4,477 since the pandemic began. There has been a higher one-day mortality rate this week.

López-Gatell said there was a “downward trend” in some parts of the country. But there are also signs that hospital capacity is approaching its limit in Mexico City, the hardest-hit region in the country.

The increase in cases occurred four days before the reopening of key industries scheduled for Monday, such as assembly, construction and car assembly.


BOGOTA – Authorities in Colombia are stepping up measures aimed at stopping coronavirus infections near the border with Brazil as hospitals grow overwhelmed and cases are increasing in vulnerable parts of the Amazon that are home to many indigenous groups.

President Iván Duque announced on Thursday that all residents in the Amazonas department were ordered to stay inside except to buy food or seek medical care. The military also sent troops to strengthen border security.

“Once again, we find ourselves in situations that can turn critical,” Duque said.

Colombia has taken some of the region’s harshest measures against the virus, implementing initial national lockouts that remain in force in most countries. That is in sharp contrast to Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro has criticized the efforts of the governor and mayor to close down unnecessary business.

The river port city of Leticia and the giant Amazonas department have seen a surge in recent cases, swelling from 105 at the beginning of the month to 924. Doctors report that hospitals that are not well equipped in the region are crowded, and local officials say they may need to build a new funeral to handle the number of corpses.

So far, 30 people in the department have died.


SYDNEY – Many cafes and restaurants reopened on Friday in Sydney when some of the coronavirus restrictions were lifted, even though rainy weather and ongoing fears seemed to keep patronage relatively low.

The most populous state of New South Wales in Australia has begun to allow cafes, restaurants and places of worship to reopen with up to 10 people on condition they comply with social distance rules. Pubs and clubs are also allowed to open, but only to eat.

State Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian warned people to take personal responsibility, saying that easing restrictions in several other countries had backfired.

“Let’s do our part in protecting everyone’s security so that we can all move forward so that we never back down,” Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney. “That’s very, very critical.”

Many Catholic churches throughout the state are opened for private prayer, confession and small-scale masses.

“Mass celebrations are the highest form of Catholic worship and to not be able to physically gather up the past two months is very difficult for Catholics,” Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher said in a statement.

Many Jewish synagogues and other Christian churches decided to close their doors.

New South Wales reported on Friday eight new cases of the virus, bringing the total state to just over 3,000. Australia has reported a total of around 7,000 cases and 98 deaths.


SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported 27 new cases of the corona virus, including 22 cases in the Seoul metropolitan area, where health authorities have struggled to test and isolate potential virus carriers after finding dozens of infections associated with club goers.

Figures released by the South Korea Disease Control and Prevention Center on Friday brought the national total to 11,018 cases and 260 virus-related deaths.

Around 1,100 infections have been linked to international arrivals, but such cases have declined since April when the country increased border controls, including imposing a 14-day quarantine on all passengers arriving from abroad.

The transmission linked to night spots shocked a country that has relaxed with social distance guidelines and forced authorities to push for reopening schools, which are now scheduled to begin with high school seniors on May 20.

During the virus briefing, Health Minister Park Neung-hoo expressed hope that the country could control the outbreak, indicating that the number of active cases is now under 1,000.


BEIJING – China has gone a month without announcing the new death of the corona virus.

The National Health Commission reported four new cases of the virus Friday, all local cross-infections in the northeastern province of Jilin where a group of uncertain origins have been detected in recent days. The last time the commission reported death was April 14.

Only 91 people who were still on COVID-19 and 623 were in isolation and monitoring for suspected cases or had tested positive without showing symptoms, including 11 newly detected.

In total, China has reported 4,633 deaths among 82,933 cases since the virus was first detected late last year in downtown Wuhan.

China has kept a social distance and banned foreigners from entering the country, but is increasingly opening up the world’s second-largest economy to allow large factories and small businesses to continue production and deal with customers. The government plans to hold an annual ceremonial parliamentary session later this month, but with very limited access for journalists and others.


UNITED NATIONS – The United Kingdom has urged the Myanmar military to extend a recently announced ceasefire to include increased conflict in the states of Rakhine and Chin where civilians took heavy casualties during the global COVID-19 crisis.

The British mission to the United Nations appealed after a closed meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday which he called due to rising concerns about fighting in two countries between government forces and the Arakan Army, armed guerrilla troops representing the Rakhine Buddhist Minority.

A mission statement said the coronavirus pandemic places vulnerable people “at risk of a humanitarian emergency,” especially refugees, refugees and minority Rohingya Muslims who face additional restrictions.

The council did not issue a statement after the meeting but four EU countries – Estonia, Belgium, France and Germany – also expressed concern about the military escalation in the states of Rakhine and Chin and called for an “immediate, comprehensive and national ceasefire.”

European Union members stressed “the importance of an inclusive response to the COVID-19 pandemic which protects all communities and takes into account the vulnerability of refugees and internally displaced persons.”

In late April, human rights investigators in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, called for a new investigation into the allegations and crimes against humanity during the recent fighting in Rakhine and Chin. He accused Myanmar’s military of “inflicting great suffering” on ethnic minorities in both countries.


RIO DE JANEIRO – Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg appears in an online video asking countries around the world to help Manaus, Brazil’s largest city in the vast Amazon rainforest whose health system is hit by a coronavirus pandemic.

“The Amazon rainforest needs your help,” Thunberg begged in a video distributed Thursday by the city’s mayor. Swedish activists responded to the call for help sent to him by the mayor earlier this month. In the video, he and several other young people pay attention to the collapse of the city’s health care system and ask countries that have passed the peak of their pandemic to help Manaus.

According to official data, 809 people have died so far in Manaus and 9,410 have contracted the virus. Across Brazil, 844 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, data from the Ministry of Health show.


TACOMA, Washington – Members of the Washington National Guard helped distribute around 200,000 pounds of potatoes Thursday which had been donated by farmers who were unable to sell to their regular restaurant customers because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Cars lined up near Tacoma Dome to receive bags of potatoes as part of the mission to get 1 million pounds of potatoes into the hands of people in need.

The prize was held by the Washington State Potato Commission.

Potatoes were meant to be sold to restaurants and other food service companies, but then the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

“With so many restaurants closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, our potato growers have full storage of these potatoes which is scheduled to be turned into french fries, tater tots, french fries, and many other frozen potato products,” the farmers said in a statement .


DENVER – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said thousands of city employees, including himself, will be revoked for eight days this year to help close what is estimated as a $ 226 million budget gap caused by coronavirus.

Denver has experienced a sharp decline in sales, lodging, and other taxes since the pandemic struck Colorado two months ago, and the state is still under safe orders at home that have placed restrictions on business. City leaders say the decline in tax revenues affects funds that pay for police and firefighters, as well as road maintenance.

Several cities in America, large and small, have mobilized employees to save money in the face of dire economic forecasts.


GULFPORT, Miss. – The Mississippi Games Commission said Thursday that casinos in the state could begin to reopen within a week, more than two months after the commission closed because of a coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening is just before the Memorial Day weekend, which usually marks the start of the summer tourist season.

Gaming Commission executive director Allen Godfrey said the commission would release orders Friday with safety guidelines. That is expected to include requirements for social distance between customers and frequent cleaning of slot machines and other equipment.

The commission closed the casino regulated by the state of Mississippi on March 16. Republican Governor Tate Reeves has shut down other types of businesses to try to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus, and he has allowed many people to reopen.


WASHINGTON, Va. – A famous Virginia restaurant will feature mannequins to add a touch of imagination and help maintain social distance when customers return to their magnificent dining room later this month.

Mannequins in 1940s-style clothing were staged on Thursday at The Inn at Little Washington, tucked at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains about 90 minutes from Washington, D.C.

Chef and owner Patrick O’Connell said in a statement that the doll is a way to provide plenty of space between real guests and get a few smiles and provide some fun photo choices.

Although business restrictions are set to begin to subside in parts of Virginia on Friday, restaurants can only serve customers who are dining in an open space. Three-star Michelin restaurants have chosen to wait until May 29 to continue dining indoors.


SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said the state is very short of professionals who are devoted to tracing contacts aimed at warning people who are accidentally exposed to the new corona virus.

The state has about 100 workers dedicated to tracking disease exposure through interviews with people who test positive. Need at least 670 professionals.

The country last month began a pilot program of contact tracing but little was said openly about the effort. The congressional delegation said New Mexico is in line with more than $ 77 million in federal funding for testing and contact tracing.

New Mexico has more than 5,500 cases, with 11 new deaths reported Thursday.


LANSING, Mich. – Hundreds of people angry or frustrated over Michigan coronavirus, orders remain at home protest again outside the country’s Capitol, braving heavy rain to call for easing restrictions and for business owners to reopen in opposition to Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Thursday’s demonstration numbered around 200 and was smaller than the previous demonstration. The Senate canceled the session so that the Capitol could be closed a few weeks after several armed protesters entered the building during a rally.

The latest protest was led by Michigan United for Liberty, a conservative activist group that has sued the governor and organized or participated in several demonstrations since early April.


BERLIN – German President urges citizens to trust science more than conspiracy theories if they want to avoid getting a new coronavirus.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed concern on Thursday over declining acceptance for measures intended to slow the spread of the virus, such as social distance, and increased protests in Germany against pandemic restrictions.

Germany has witnessed many demonstrations, and sometimes, violence against restrictions imposed by the government in recent days. Officials have warned that the protests drew extreme right and anti-government, as well as those who claimed the pandemic was part of a secret global conspiracy.

More than 7,700 people have died of COVID-19 in Germany, which has recorded more than 170,000 cases.


WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – President Navajo Nation said additional deaths and reported cases of COVID-19 regarding widespread tribal bookings indicated that it was still not safe for residents to go out in public places.

The tribal health department late Wednesday reported 147 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 16 additional deaths due to a coronavirus outbreak. The increase put the number of cases at 3,392 with a total of 119 deaths.

Tribal president Jonathan Nez said residents should stay home and only go to public places if needed.

This booking covers most of the Arizona and New Mexico regions and a small part of Utah.


LONDON – The Mayor of London warned that the British government must immediately make a rescue package to stop the capital’s mass transit system running out of money amid a corona virus pandemic.

Sadiq Khan said Transportation for London might be forced to cut services because the government had not yet provided the funds it desperately needed. He called for the bailout to be completed by the end of Thursday.

This network has lost most of its revenue during coronavirus locking and thousands of staff have been defeated.

Downing Street said negotiations were in an “advanced stage” and the priority was to reach a funding agreement with the transportation network.

The government also said Thursday that 428 other people died in the US after testing positive for the corona virus in all settings, including hospitals and nursing homes. That increased the total to 33,624, second globally to the United States.


BRAZIL, Brazil – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said his government would relax rules for the use of anti-malaria drugs to treat people infected with the corona virus.

The government health ministry previously allowed the use of chloroquine only for coronavirus patients who were hospitalized in serious conditions. Bolsonaro said on Thursday he allowed the expanded use of treatment despite warnings earlier this week by the health minister about the side effects of the drug.

Brazilian scientists last month halted part of the chloroquine study after heart rhythm problems were detected in 25% of people given higher than the two doses tested.

Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 13,000 COVID-19 deaths in Brazil, the hardest-hit country in Latin America.


WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said he intends to build a supply of ventilators, masks, and other state equipment to meet future health threats.

Trump said his administration had awarded contracts for nearly 200,000 ventilators and 800,000 N95 respirators and face masks. He said the aim was to produce “everything America needs for ourselves and then export it to the world, including medicine.”

Trump’s comments came at the distributor of medical equipment in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he thanked the workers in the state’s main battleground. The comment came the same day that a federal rapporteur testified before the DPR panel about his repeated efforts to start production of U.S. respirator masks. which he said went nowhere.


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