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– Pakistan witnessed 88 virus deaths in one day
– India records more than 8,000 new infections a day
– South Korea reports 27 new cases of the virus, including 21 from Seoul
– Colombia will close down the Bogota neighborhood amid increasing cases of the virus
– Greece will not restrict tourists but will do testing.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s daily death rate from coronavirus has risen, reaching new heights of 88 overnight, amid reports of a lack of acute care beds and near daily warnings from health professionals to tighten locking actions.
The government, however, has made the mosque open, insisting on keeping a distance but not enforcing rules.
In the latest reduction of restrictions, the government has drawn restrictions on congregations in mosques and churches in Pakistan which are predominantly Muslim, where minorities make up less than 5% of the population of 220 million.
Pakistan has confirmed 69,496 cases of corona virus, including 1,483 deaths.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Tens of thousands of mosques throughout Saudi Arabia have been reopened for the first time in more than two months.
Devotees have been instructed to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the corona virus. The holiest Islamic site in Mecca remains closed to the public.
Also Sunday, the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem which has been closed since mid-March was reopened for prayer. The worshipers waited outside the gate, many wearing surgical masks. When they entered, they were stopped to measure their temperature.
New steps came when Saudi Arabia and other countries around the world began to relax restrictions after weeks of curfews and locking up for weeks.
BRISBANE, Australia – COVID-19 restrictions are easing in much of Australia, but authorities say they will be watching closely to ensure the country’s success in keeping the pandemic on track.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth said the lifting of restrictions was a balancing act between the socio-economic benefits of eliminating them and public health risks.
“We deliberately take a safe and cautious approach,” Coatsworth said. “Most importantly we take the time to collect data over the coming weeks to determine whether it is safe to move to the next round of revocation restrictions.”
Coronavirus cases remain low in Australia by international standards, with 7,180 infections and 103 deaths.
More flexible restrictions, which differ across states, will mean more movement in public places, including pubs, cafes, and restaurants. But the authorities have renewed their call to maintain cleanliness and social measures to stay safe.
NEW DELHI, India – India has recorded more than 8,000 new cases of corona virus in one day for the first time when the number of infections increased to 182,143.
The death toll rose to 5,164 after 193 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, according to health ministry data. This week is the deadliest in India, with infections and deaths reaching new highs almost every day.
Overall, more than 60% of deaths from the virus in the country have been reported from only two countries – Maharashtra, the financial center of India, and Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. New cases of infection are also largely concentrated in six Indian states, including the national capital of New Delhi.
Public health experts have criticized the handling of the Modi government outbreak. A joint statement by the Indian Public Health Association, the Indian Preventive and Social Medicine Association and the Indian Epidemiology Association, which was submitted to Modi’s office on May 25, said it was “unrealistic” to eliminate the virus when “community transmission” was established. “
India has denied the transmission of the virus by the public although new cases continue to increase significantly.
Health experts say that infections are increasing exponentially despite India being “locked up cruelly” which began on March 25. Restrictions have slowly been eased in the months since the government announced on Saturday the phased plan ‘Unlock 1’ from June onwards which allows more economic activity to restart.
Restrictions in so-called containment zones – areas that have been isolated due to a coronavirus outbreak – will, however, remain until June 30.
Experts warn that the pandemic has not reached its peak in India.
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported 27 new cases of the corona virus, including 21 from the densely populated metropolitan area of Seoul, where officials are scrambling to stem transmission related to club visitors and warehouse workers.
The figures announced by the South Korea Disease Control and Prevention Center on Sunday brought the national total to 11,468 cases and 270 deaths. Twelve new cases have been linked to international arrivals.
South Korea reports about 500 new cases per day in early March but appears to have stabilized its spread with aggressive tracking and tracing, which allows authorities to facilitate social distance guidelines.
But cases in the greater capital city have risen steadily since May amid increasing public activity, which causes concern when millions of children start returning to school.
On Saturday, KCDC senior official Kwon Jun-wook said at least 108 infections were linked to workers or visitors at the local e-commerce giant Coupang warehouse, which has seen orders soaring amid the epidemic.
About 270 other infections have been linked to nightclubs and other entertainment venues, which saw many people in early May amid a relaxed atmosphere at social distance.
BOGOTA, Colombia – The mayor of the capital of Colombia plans to close one of the largest urban environments because cases there continue to increase.
Mayor Claudia Lopez said on Saturday that starting June 1 the Kennedy working class area – home to nearly 1.5 million people – would be under strict quarantine.
The police and military will impose locking and no one will be allowed out, except to seek food or medical care or in an emergency.
Businesses such as manufactures that are permitted to operate will be ordered closed. Lopez said that testing for the virus would double.
The Kennedy Territory was inaugurated by the late US President John F. Kennedy, who visited Bogota in 1961 as part of the Alliance for Progress.
The region currently has more than 2,500 cases and hospitals there are reaching maximum capacity.
Lopez said that throughout Bogota no new economic sector would be allowed to reopen until at least mid-June.
ATHENS – Greek officials said on Saturday that the country would not restrict tourists to the list from 29 countries, but travelers from countries not on the list would be subject to mandatory testing upon arrival and the quarantine period depends on test results. .
This policy will only be implemented during the last two weeks of June, although Greek authorities leave the prospect of additional restrictions open after that date.
The list announced Friday includes Albania, Australia, Austria, Northern Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland.
Arrivals from these countries will be randomly tested.
This list was compiled based on documents from the European Union Aviation Security Agency.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy said travelers to Alaska must be tested for COVID-19 before boarding a plane into the state, or submit quarantine 14 days upon arrival.
Overseas travelers need to show proof of testing within 72 hours of boarding and filling out documents. If one test result or document is lost, tourists will be subject to another test at the airport or quarantine for two weeks.
Dunleavy also extended the country’s quarantine rule by 14 days until a new policy began Friday.
Further policy changes are expected to be clarified on Monday.
NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Saturday that provides death benefits for the families of police officers, public health officials, and other frontline workers who have died of the corona virus.
The bill passed by state lawmakers provides benefits due to accidents greater than the regular death benefits received by the families of public workers. Dozens of police officers, public health workers, public transport workers and paramedics have died from COVID-19 in the months since New York became the center of a pandemic in the United States.
Cuomo said 67 people died of COVID-19 in the state on Friday, the same number as Thursday and a sharp decline from the peak of the New York outbreak in April, when more than 700 people died of this disease every day.
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