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Cases dropped by half in the Australian state of Victoria | Instant News

LONDON – British scientists rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hopes that the country could get out of the corona virus locking and return to normal at Christmas.

Johnson has announced easing further restrictions, with people urged to return to public transportation and workplaces. He said sports fans had to return to the stadium in October and the remaining restrictions could be lifted from November, “maybe in time for Christmas.”

But epidemiologist John Edmunds, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, said returning to pre-pandemic normality would not be possible until there was a vaccine for the virus.

He said a world where people could “go to work normally, travel by bus and train, go on vacation without restrictions, meet friends, shake hands, hug each other and so on – unfortunately, it was very far away,”

The head of the British Health Officer, Chris Whitty, also said social distance rules must exist for “prolonged periods.”

The UK has registered more than 45,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, the highest number in Europe.



– Indian infections are increasing, alarming cases could double on August 10

– Reality shows Trump’s lack of claims for ‘best testing’

– Millions of children say full return to school in the fall

– Republicans wipe the eyes of the shield from coronavirus obligations

– Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin urges Congress to immediately enact a new pandemic aid package targeting the most severe economic patches, as lawmakers race to stand on federal aid in the face of the latest surge in coronavirus cases in most of the Sun Belt and the most severe unemployment .

– The evidence behind what role children play in the coronavirus pandemic and how it affects them is inconclusive, despite Trump’s administrative position that science is clear.

– New research provides more information on what treatments are done or not working for COVID-19, with high-quality methods that provide reliable results.


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NEW DELHI – A surge of 34,884 new corona virus cases makes India count to 1,038,716, as local governments re-implement focused locking in several parts of the country.

The Ministry of Health on Saturday reported 671 confirmed deaths in the past 24 hours for a total of 26,273. The ministry said the recovery rate fell slightly to 62.9%.

Actual numbers, like elsewhere in the world, are likely to be much higher for various reasons, including limited testing. More than 300,000 samples are tested every day.

About a dozen states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam, have locked up at risk areas, only allowing important food supplies and health services.

Rahul Gandhi, leader of Congress’s main opposition party, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to take concrete steps to tackle the pandemic. He warned the number of infections would double to 2 million on August 10 at the current pace.

Experts say India is likely to witness a series of peaks when infections spread in rural areas.


Confirmed corona virus cases worldwide have reached 14 million and deaths have exceeded 600,000, according to calculations from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday.

The World Health Organization reports one day of new infections: more than 237,000. Experts believe that the real number is even higher.

The United States, Brazil and India occupy the top ranks with the highest number of cases. India on Friday surpassed 1 million confirmed infections, and Brazilian cases passed 2 million, including 76,000 deaths, on Thursday.


MELBOURNE, Australia – The Australian state of Australia witnessed a decline in new COVID-19 infections – from Friday’s record high of 428 to 217 – a number according to Head of Health Service Brett Sutton was “a relief after yesterday’s numbers.”

The Department of Health said on Saturday that two more Victorians, a man and a woman in their 80s, had died, bringing the state’s death rate to 34 and Australia’s national total to 118.

Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the latest figures were encouraging but warned it was only one day.

He said, “We want to see a pattern where there is stability and then decline.” He urged residents in the Melbourne metropolitan to remain diligent for six weeks of confinement – “being bored is far better than being in intensive care.”


MEXICO CITY – Mexico has registered 736 more COVID-19 deaths and 7,257 more confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.

Mexico now has more than 35,000 deaths due to pandemics, the fourth highest number in the world. It has also recorded more than 324,000 cases, around the seventh highest rate.

The Health Department said Friday that hospitals in the coastal state of Tabasco now have 85% capacity and there are crowds at hospitals in the northern state of the Nuevo Leon border.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he was concerned about the situation in Tabasco, where he was born. He said the government hospital there would be expanded to handle more patients.


BEIJING – The number of confirmed cases in the new COVID-19 outbreak in the western tip of China has increased to 17.

The National Health Commission said on Saturday that 16 other cases were identified on Friday in the Xinjiang region, above the first case the previous day.

The outbreak in the city of Urumqi was the latest to emerge because China contained mostly the spread of the domestic virus in March. The biggest is the recent outbreak in Beijing which infected more than 330 people.

Chinese media said authorities in Urumqi had reduced subway, bus and taxi services and closed down several residential communities. They also restrict people from leaving the city.

China has been accused of human rights violations in Xinjiang, the homeland of the mostly Muslim Uighur community. The region has long been shrouded in extreme security, which according to China is needed to prevent terrorist activity.


SEOUL, South Korea – Authorities in South Korea say the majority of new corona virus cases originate from abroad.

Officials have expressed optimism that the recent revival of infection is being controlled. They say import cases are less threatening than local transmissions because South Korea mandates testing and enforces two-week quarantine on all people who come from other countries.

The South Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday that at least 28 of the 39 new confirmed cases were related to people coming from abroad. It said 18 other people involved local transmission in the densely populated Seoul area, which was at the center of a virus revival that began in late May when people increased economic and social activities.

In all, South Korea has reported 13,711 confirmed cases during the pandemic, including 294 deaths.


CANBERRA, Australia – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will cancel the next two weeks of parliament due to the recent spread of the corona virus in several parts of the country.

Parliament has been scheduled to meet August 4-13 and then sit down again for a two-week session from August 24.

Morrison said on Saturday that he had written to the speaker of parliament asking for the cancellation, but the request was considered only a formality.

In a statement, the prime minister said acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly had suggested that there would be “significant risk” in holding parliamentary meetings because of increased community transmission of the corona virus in Victoria state as well as trends in New South Wales.


AUSTIN, Texas – The deadliest month of the pandemic in Texas continues, with state officials reporting 174 new deaths, the largest one day since the coronavirus outbreak began.

Texas also reported more than 10,000 new cases that were confirmed Friday for the fourth day in a row. The rate of positive cases also rose above 17% for the first time.

Officials at the Texas-Mexico border, which was devastated, said hotels could be converted into medical units as soon as next week.

The bleak markers were announced hours after Texas gave public school permission to close the campus to more than 5 million students until the fall. Nearly a third of more than 3,700 deaths due to the corona virus in Texas occurred in July.


SACRAMENTO, California – California has recorded the third highest total number of new daily corona virus cases, two days after reporting the second most cases in a day.

The state reported nearly 10,000 new cases and 130 deaths on Friday, during a week of positive numbers ranging from 7,346 to as high as 11,126 on Wednesday.

The daily positive test rate fell slightly, to 7.1% over the past seven days, compared to 7.4% for the past 14 days. California tested more than 120,000 people per day for most of last week.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced strict criteria on Friday for the reopening of schools which prevented most districts from returning to classroom teaching in the fall.


CHICAGO – Most Chicago kids will return to class two days a week and spend the other three days studying remotely once the school year begins, under the tentative plan outlined on Friday.

Chicago Public School officials call the hybrid approach the initial framework and ask parents, students and staff of the third largest school district in the country to consider.

The final decision on direct instruction for the fall class will not come until the end of August, with classes starting September 8.

“We must be prepared for all possibilities,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “COVID-19 is unpredictable from the start and we have the responsibility to prepare for what is dictated by public health indicators, whether that means distance learning, direct learning or something in between.”

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Italy South Tyrol calls for autonomy to break open locks | Instant News

BOLZANO, Italy (AP) – Bright orange fire letters spell familiar messages in the Italian province of South Tyrol, a long cry for resistance redesigned for the coronavirus era: “Los von Rom” and “Freiheit,” Germany for “Away from Rome” and “Freedom.” ‘

In the last few decades, words that blazed on the slopes of the mountain demanded independence from the Roman government for the German-speaking majority in the province. Now, they are venting dissatisfaction in South Tyrol, which was once part of Austria, with uncompromising and indiscriminate lockouts imposed by the Italian government to slow the spread of the virus.

Pushed by economic pressure, the provincial governor opposed Rome this week and reaffirmed the autonomy that South Tyrol valued, allowing restaurants, hair salons, tattoo parlors and museums to reopen on Monday – long before the schedule set by the Italian government.

“We have a relatively positive situation regarding the epidemic, with the lowest transmission rates in Italy,” said Governor Arno Kompatscher, whose South Tyrolean People’s Party has controlled the province since 1948. Party legislators in the national parliament support the Government of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

“We appreciate the actions of the government in the emergency phase, where it is necessary to move in a united way,” Kompatscher said. “But we are very proud and jealous of our autonomy.”

While other Italians watch with a mixture of jealousy and curiosity, South Tyroleans wearing a mask can explore the shops again to find items such as tablecloths needed for gifts, change piercings with appointments and visit a hairdresser for pieces long awaited hair.

They sit on Walther Square, near the Duomo Bolzano, and eat lunch at the specified 2 meters (more than 6 feet) specified or drink coffee at a bar equipped with a Plexiglas safety screen.

Apart from the brave establishment of the province, some business owners raised objections to Rome – for now.

Alexander Sullmann, bar owner in the city of Neumarkt, known in Italian as Egna, said he waited at least a week to see whether clearer safety guidelines for his industry emerged. He was very worried about how to enforce rules that forbid more than two people from different households at one table.

“The province gives us OK, but there are many questions and many regulations have not been established,” Sullmann, 30, said,

South Tyrol, or Alto Adige for Italian speakers, is the Alpine province of world-class ski resorts and well-tended gardens and vineyards that became part of Italy after World War I. After periods of violence in the 1950s and 1960s, Germany speech resistance was resolved after Italy adopted the status of provincial autonomy, perpetuating bilingualism and allowing 90% of local tax revenues to remain in South Tyrol.

The province, with a population of 520,000, today enjoys the highest gross domestic product in Italy and is among the highest in Europe at 42,600 euros ($ 45,500). But the pandemic is expected to contract the economy by 7% -11%, and many see extended outages of commercial and social life as decisive.

The head of the region’s 59,000-member chamber of commerce, Michl Ebner, supports the push for South Tyrol to take his own way out of the virus lock.

“I understand the concept of solidarity,” Ebner said. ‘’ But you cannot apply the same rules from Lampedusa to Brenner Pass. The situation is different. “

South Tyrol reported no new cases of the virus were confirmed on Tuesday. The province so far has 2,572 confirmed cases with 290 deaths – both figures representing around 1% of Italy’s total.

Ebner pointed to the lack of discipline in the area of ​​Lombardy that was hit in Italy during the initial lockout phase, when cellphone data showed about half of the population left their homes.

In South Tyrol, “when orders are given not to leave their homes, people do not leave their homes,” he said. ‘’ If here the number improves … it is necessary to record and reward the righteous. ’

Until the blazing words that have appeared recently against the night sky, it has been years since a fire protesting the Roman government was burning on the slopes of a local mountain.

The leader of the 6,000-strong ‘Schuetzen’, a ‘cultural association which aims to preserve Tyrolean customs and who see Rome as a foreign power – takes credit for lighting a fire. Juergen Wirth Anderlan considers the peace message to make Kampatscher pushing to open businesses easier to sell to Rome’s ministers for regional affairs.

“He can say, ‘I can’t control my people, there’s something bubbling up there,'” Wirth Anderlan told AP. ‘What the economic federation and tourism federation say to the provincial president may be tougher and bring more pressure than we do. We underline that with this fire. ‘

Wirth Anderlan said he rejects violence from acts of secession in the past – although he wants to see South Tyrol become independent or annexed by Austria. There is no position in the province’s main political agenda.

South Tyrol’s governor said the best way to deal with such separatist sentiments was with a strong management of regional autonomy – which he believed could be an asset for Italy.

“Alto Adige is a small Europe in Europe which is part of the country of Italy, where various ethnic, cultural and linguistic groups coexist, and which can act as a bridge between northern and southern Europe,” Kompatscher said.


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The virus tames in New Zealand, while Brazil appears as a hot spot | Instant News

PARIS (AP) – France and Spain, two of the hardest hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, compiled separate roadmaps Tuesday to lift their locks, while signs emerged that the virus was almost wiped out in New Zealand and Australia.

But on the other side of the world, Brazil is emerging as a new hotspot for infection. And new doubts arise about whether Japan will be able to host the Summer Olympics which has been postponed next year without developing vaccines.

The key question is when to reopen soaring schools around the world when countries try to restart their devastated economy.

Although coronavirus seems to affect children far more seriously than adults, many officials, teachers and parents are worried about the health risks that can be posed by opening schools. Some pointed out the difficulty in ensuring that children remained at social distance and washed their hands frequently, and health risks for teachers.

But many parents will struggle to return to work without an open school, hampering efforts to fight the deep economic downturn in the world.

In France, President Emmanuel Macron wants schools to reopen on May 11, but teachers, parents and some mayors raise alarms. The government says parents can decide whether to send their children back to class and will release more details Tuesday night.

Joel Wilmotte is among a growing number of French mayors who refuse to reopen their schools, at least for now.

“I am not against reopening schools,” he said on the northern Hautmont city Facebook page.

But he listed seven reasons why he was not prepared to do so, including incomplete teachers and cleaning staff and a poll showing that most French parents opposed the reopening of schools. So he closed six schools in his city “until further notice.”

Greece, which has managed to keep its coronavirus mortality rate low at 136 people, also released more details on Tuesday about reducing its locking but schools remain a complicated topic.

Schools will be reopened “gradually, with conditions” and will be reviewed continuously, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Health coronavirus, specialist in infectious disease Sotiris Tsiodras. No opening date has been set yet.

Scientists agree children are less at risk of contracting the virus and seem to transmit it less than adults, said Tsiodras.

The devastated Italy, however, kept schools closed until September. That is what makes parents in a difficult position to return to work without access to their child’s caregivers: grandparents, who are now considered forbidden because they are the most vulnerable to viruses.

Emer McCarthy, who works in the Vatican’s child protection office, tweeted that Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had discussed locking out “for everyone except for Italian children. Incredible. There was no mention of schools, childcare options, no. But football is yes. #ChildrenNotSeenNotHeard. “

In China, where the pandemic began, schools began to open on Monday, but only for seniors at the middle and middle school level who were preparing for exams. The class size is cut no more than 30.

The number of new cases every day in China has fallen to a single figure, but the authorities remain wary of the possibility of a second wave of infection.

In the United States, which has the highest mortality rate in the world of more than 56,000, President Donald Trump said countries must “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year, although dozens have said it is not safe for students to return until summer or fall.

“Some of you might start thinking about opening a school, because many people want to have a school opening,” Trump said. “Young people have done very well in this disaster.”

Trump also acknowledged the number of virus deaths could reach 70,000 in the US, after citing 60,000 in recent months.

The number of confirmed infections worldwide has risen to more than 3 million and the number of confirmed deaths has reached 211,000, according to calculations by Johns Hopkins University. The actual number of pandemics is likely to be much higher because of limited testing, minor cases that have been missed, deficiencies in counting the dead and governments who might try to hide the extent of their outbreaks.

Italy, Spain, France and the UK each contributed more than 21,000 virus-related deaths.

In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro insisted that COVID-19 was only a “small flu” and said there was no need for a type of restriction that slowed the spread of infection elsewhere.

Brazil, the most populous country in Latin America with 211 million people, has reported 4,600 deaths and 67,000 confirmed infections. But the true number is believed to be much higher given the lack of tests and many people who have not sought hospital treatment.

Medical officials in Rio de Janeiro and at least four other major Brazilian cities have warned their hospital system is on the verge of collapse or too overwhelmed to take more patients. There are also signs that more and more Brazilian victims have died at home.

“We have all the conditions here for a pandemic to be far more serious,” said Paulo Brandão, a virus expert at the University of Sao Paulo.

Bolsonaro said Brazilians need to continue their lives to prevent an economic crisis, but most state governors have implemented restrictions to keep people home and slow the spread of the virus.

New Zealand, on the other hand, reported only three new infections Tuesday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said people had done extraordinary work in breaking the chain of transmission of the virus, but warned they needed to remain vigilant.

“Maybe there is still burning ash out there, and they have the potential to become a fire again, if we give them a chance,” he said, quoting a microbiologist.

The government is loosening its key, which has closed schools and most businesses. Surfers hit the waves at dawn on Tuesday, the builder returned to the construction site and the barista started the espresso machine.

In Australia, hundreds of people returned to the waters after Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach reopened for swimmers and surfers. However, people can only use the beach during the day, cannot linger and are limited to ensure social distance. Australia has reported only 83 deaths from the virus, less than the number of victims reported by more than 25 U.S. states.

But this virus is still a long-term enemy. The president of the Japan Medical Association, Yoshitake Yokokura, said he thought it would be difficult to hold the Tokyo Summer Olympics which was rescheduled even in 2021 without an effective coronavirus vaccine.

Japan and the International Olympic Committee agreed to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics until July 2021 because of a pandemic. Japan has been in a state of emergency for a month amid increasing infections and medical workers say hospitals are too burdened.


Becatoros reports from Athens, Greece and Perry from Wellington, New Zealand. Associated Press reporters around the world contributed to this report.


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– British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care, Japan declared a national emergency.

– Spain records an increasing number of daily coronavirus cases and deaths.

– Cambodian leaders call for a ban on fish and rice exports.

– Indonesia estimates 95,000 viral infections by the end of next month.


MADRID – Spain has again noted an increase in daily coronavirus infections and deaths for the first time in five days, results that are consistent with the previous Tuesday when stacks of tests and deaths were reported.

With 743 new deaths in the past 24 hours, around 100 more than seen deaths from Sunday to Monday, Spain’s death toll is close to 13,800 since the start of the pandemic, Ministry of Health data show. Total confirmed infections rose by more than 140,000, with 5,478 new on Tuesday, 1,000 more than on Monday. Both figures have declined since April 2.

The authorities have said that strengthening the spread of the arc would be a long process but they have pinned their hopes on how the pressure is easing in hospitals, mostly in the emergency ward.

As part of the reduction measures debated over the coming weeks, the Spanish left-wing government wants to test 30,000 households to draw a national map of the outbreak. The aim is to measure how much the virus spreads outside hospitals and nursing homes, which have become a large contagion group.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchéz’s cabinet is expected to approve new measures Tuesday to reduce the economic and social impact of the pandemic, including subsidies for farmers and the flexibility to temporarily hire migrant workers to harvest vegetables and fruits.


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Cambodian leader said he ordered a ban on exports of rice and fish to ensure there was no local shortage of staple food during the coronavirus crisis.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he wanted to ensure there was an adequate supply of salt and noodles too. He urged Cambodians to grow vegetables and other crops to supply the local market “during this difficult time.”

The expensive gourmet rice varieties that Cambodia contracts to sell abroad are exempt from export bans.

Hun Sen, who spoke Tuesday, also announced that the Lunar New Year holiday scheduled for April 13-16 has been canceled to reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.

“It will not be good at all for them if they are very happy during the New Year days, but start mourning after the New Year when they hold funeral ceremonies,” he said.

Hun Sen in February doubted that the corona virus would affect Cambodia, but as the case escalated, he had imposed restrictions on meetings and travel and welcomed medical assistance and experts from China.


JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Indonesian government has estimated that a new coronavirus can infect around 95,000 people in the country next month because the virus has spread rapidly in the past month.

Indonesia marked the biggest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the country announced its first two cases early last month: 247 people tested positive on Tuesday, bringing the country to add 2,738 cases.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati revealed a dire estimate during a hearing with the House’s Commission XI which oversees economic problems in parliament on Monday to discuss the strategic steps needed to curb the peak of virus transmission.

He said the estimate was discussed at a cabinet meeting held by President Joko Widodo previously based on projections by state intelligence agencies and academic experts.

Widodo has declared a national health emergency and ordered a large-scale social occupation to curb the spread of the new corona virus in the island nation, which is home to nearly 270 million.

While Indonesia’s death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak was at 221 on Tuesday, it marked the highest in Asia after China.


COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Denmark says it plans to reopen kindergartens and primary schools next week for students up to 11 years of age in the gradual removal of the country’s coronavirus.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said late Monday that his government plans to open schools for younger students to fifth grade first because the requirements to care for them are a greater burden on society. Reopening is planned for April 15.

He said restaurants, bars and cafes will remain closed for now. Also churches, libraries, sports venues and shopping centers will remain closed until at least May 10.

Denmark will remain in control of the border and ban the gathering of more than 10 people at least until May 10.

Frederiksen stressed the announced easing of the gradual locking would occur only if the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases remained stable and there was no large increase at Easter.


THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Dutch government says that homeowners who struggle to pay their mortgages because of the coronavirus crisis will not be evicted.

Banks, housing organizations, and the ministry of environment and housing issued a statement Tuesday promising not to evict people from their homes in the coming months because of restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus causing devastating economic damage.

If people whose income is hammered by steps cannot make monthly payments, “mortgage providers along with homeowners will find a solution” and not force them to sell their homes, the statement said.

The exception to appointments without eviction is if someone is found to be carrying out illegal activities in their home, such as a drug laboratory.


SEOUL, South Korea – The South Korean professional baseball league said it hoped to start an inter-team training match on April 21 before possibly opening the season in early May.

The Korean Baseball Organization said on Tuesday the plan depended on the country’s slowing burden of the corona virus.

KBO will advise players to wear masks in the dressing room and ask them to download a smartphone application to report their daily health status to league officials.

South Korea reported 47 new cases for the second day in a row on Tuesday, the smallest daily jump since February 20, as infections continue to decrease in the worst city of Daegu. The country reports around 500 new cases per day in early March.

KBO announced last month that they are delaying the start of the season, but still hope to maintain a regular 144-match season schedule.


BEIJING – (ANTARA News) – China and Russia have closed their land borders and river ports near Vladivostok following the discovery of 59 new confirmed cases of the corona virus among Chinese citizens who returned home through the crossing.

Starting Tuesday, all Chinese citizens who arrive in the border region on Russian domestic flights will be forced to undergo quarantine for 14 days, according to a notice posted on the Chinese consulate’s website in Vladivostok.

Only those holding special permits will then be allowed to travel on the Russian side of the border region, the notice said. It is unclear whether the right holders will be able to cross into China.

In addition, all guesthouses, nursing homes, on the Russian side of the border region will also be closed to outsiders until June 1, the notification said.

“Here, the consulate general strongly recommends and reminds relevant Chinese citizens to fully consider the situation above” and not try to return to China through the border crossing, the notice said.


JOHANNESBURG – The African continent now has more than 10,000 cases of the corona virus. That’s according to the African Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fifty-two of 54 African countries now have the virus, with the island state of Sao Tome e Principe the latest to confirm the case.

Only the small kingdom of Lesotho and the island state of Comoros has not yet confirmed the case. South Africa has the most cases on this continent with more than 1,600.

The lack of testing capability across the continent has raised concerns that the number of actual cases in Africa could be higher.


MOSCOW – The Russian government registered more than 1,000 new cases of the corona virus within 24 hours for the first time since the outbreak.

The government’s coronavirus task force reported 1,154 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 7,497, with 58 deaths and 494 recovery.

The epidemic in Russia accelerated in March, with the number of cases growing exponentially and multiplying every few days.

To stop the plague, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered everyone not to work this month, with only important businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. Operating. Most of Russia is now locked up, ordering residents to stay away from home and not go out, except if they want to buy food, medicines, take a walk with their dogs or take out the trash.


LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the night in an intensive care unit in a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms dramatically worsened.

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove told the BBC that Johnson received oxygen but did not use a ventilator.

Gove said that he “received the very, very best care from the team at St. Thomas’ and our hopes and prayers were with him and with his family.”

The 55-year-old Conservative leader was treated at St. Hospital. Thomas on Sunday night, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, the first world leader to be confirmed to have the virus.

He was transferred to intensive care after his condition worsened on Monday.

Britain has no official deputy prime minister, but Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has been appointed to take over if Johnson becomes incapable.


SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea said it would soon announce guidelines for hospitals on treating coronavirus experimental using blood donated from survivors.

Kwon Jun-wook, an official from the South Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Tuesday the guidelines would draw from the country’s experience with similar treatments in patients infected with the MERS virus during the outbreak in 2015.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, discovered in 2012, is caused by a coronavirus in the same family as the common cold, SARS and a new virus that causes COVID-19 disease. The 2015 outbreak killed 36 people and made nearly 200 people sick in South Korea.

Kwon said officials were examining the recent recovery of two elderly COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Seoul that had been infused with surviving plasma – a liquid part of the blood containing antibodies – after other treatment efforts failed to improve their condition.

He warned there was still no guarantee that plasma treatment would work, and that health authorities and civilian experts continued to debate its effectiveness.


WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand has decided there is a miracle in the world after officially declaring children’s favorite Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are important workers.

That means they can continue their work while others stay at home for a month.

“You will be pleased to know that we regard the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny as important workers,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. “But, as you can imagine right now, of course, they will potentially be quite busy at home with their families and their own rabbits.”


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