Many of the 1.8 billion Muslims around the world will not be able to celebrate the end of Ramadan with regular trips, parties and visits to families, with holy sites locked and curfews imposed.
This story will be updated regularly throughout Friday.
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The fall of the virus dampened the celebrations as Muslims marked a major holiday
Muslims around the world will celebrate one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the corona virus, with millions locked in their homes and others who are dominated by economic problems during what is usually a festive time of shopping and celebrations.
Eid al-Fitr marks three days the end of the fasting month of Ramadan for 1.8 billion Muslims in the world.
People usually celebrate with traveling, visiting family and gathering to eat luxury – all of which will be strictly prohibited because the authorities are trying to prevent a new virus outbreak.
Holidays will begin on Saturday or Sunday, depending on the sighting of the new moon, and the fasting of dawn until Ramadan will end.
Some countries, including Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, will enact curfew all the time during the holidays.
In Saudi Arabia – home to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina – people will only be allowed to leave their homes to buy food and medicine.
But even in countries that have largely reopened, holidays will not be the same.
Most restrictions have been lifted in Jerusalem, but the Al-Aqsa mosque complex – the third holiest site in Islam – will remain closed until after the holidays.
The UK extended the break of the COVID-19 mortgage payment by three months
The UK has extended vacation payment mortgage schemes for homeowners in the UK Financial distress during the coronavirus pandemic for another three months.
The British finance ministry says more than that 1.8 million vacation mortgage payments has been taken under the scheme, which was launched in March and will end in June.
Homeowners who struggle financially also can choose to reduce payments.
Authorities say they are extending the application period for payment holidays to October 31 for people who have not yet submitted the scheme but may need.
They extend to the same date restriction on home ownership by the lender.
When big cats starve, the Indonesian zoo is considering feeding them other animals
A zoo in Indonesia maybe slaughtering some of its animals to feed others, like the Sumatran tiger and the Javan leopard, if that run out of food in the coming months after the coronavirus pandemic forced him to close it.
While 850 animals are being fed smaller portions than usual, the zoo is considering a “worst case scenario” because it expects to run out of food in July.
The Bandung zoo in the fourth largest city in Indonesia, which usually generates around 1.2 billion rupiah ($ 124,350) per month from visitors, closed on March 23 as part of a broader state closure.
“We have about thirty dotted deer and we have identified the old and unproductive ones [who can no longer breed] to be slaughtered to save carnivores, like Sumatran tigers and Javan leopards, “said zoo spokesman Sulhan Syafi’i.
Some birds included geese can also be destroyed, she says.
Large cats, including the endangered Sumatran tiger named Fitri, have been fed 8kg of meat every two days, down from 10kg.
Zoo needs more than 400kg of fruit per day and 120kg of meat every day and have relied on donations to keep their livestock alive.
Smaller daily portions do not go unnoticed by animals but meet minimum animal welfare standards.
Philippine politicians propose a tax targeting technology giant to fund the fight against the virus
Philippine politicians want to tax big technology companies Facebook, Google, Netflix and Spotify to raise funds to fight the corona virus.
A bill introduced to parliament will increase 29 billion pesos ($ 873.4 million) by imposing value added tax (VAT), which is similar to GST, on digital services provided in the Philippines, the main growth area for e-commerce transactions because the people are the heaviest users of social media in the world.
“We spent time fighting COVID-19 and we need more to continue to struggle and recover,” said Congressman Joey Salceda, lead author of the bill.
But maybe some time before the proposal is scheduled for debate, when politicians were busy considering an economic stimulus package to kick-start the Philippine economy, it was undermined by a lockdown triggered by a pandemic.
The Philippines has recorded 13,597 infections, including 857 deaths and 3,000 recoveries, and has conducted nearly 208,000 tests among a population of more than 107 million.
Last week, neighboring Indonesia announced plans for 10 percent VAT for digital products starting in July, to increase revenues amid a pandemic.
‘Operation Warp Speed’: US $ 1.83b bid for vaccine doses
The US has secured almost one third of the first 1 billion doses plans for the experimental drug maker British drug AstraZeneca coronavirus by promising up to US $ 1.2 billion ($ 1.83 billion).
After the president Donald Trump is demanding vaccines, The US Department of Health and Human Services agreed to provide money for vaccine development and secure 300 million doses for the US.
“This contract with AstraZeneca is a major milestone in Operation Warp Speed’s work towards a safe, effective, widely available vaccine by 2021,” said US Health Secretary Alex Azar.
The vaccine, previously known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 and now as AZD1222, was developed by the University of Oxford and licensed to AstraZeneca. Immunity to the new corona virus is uncertain and the use of vaccines is unclear.
The US agreement allows the final phase of clinical trials – Phase III – with 30,000 people in the United States.
Cambridge-based AstraZeneca said it had secured production capacity for 1 billion doses, with the first shipment to begin in September.
Now the most valuable company on the UK FTSE 100 blue-chip index, has agreed to give 100 million doses to people in the UK, with 30 million as soon as September.
China promises more than $ 400 billion to sustain an economy affected by coronavirus
The Chinese government has announced almost Funding stimulus worth $ 430 billion to help the world’s second largest economy remain stable.
The battle against the corona virus “isn’t over,” Prime Minister Li Keqiang warned in a report to the Chinese National People’s Congress.
He called on the country to “redouble our efforts” to revive a struggling economy, and said Beijing would skip set growth targets to focus on fighting disease.
The second largest economy in the world contracted 6.8 percent in the three months ended in March after factories, offices, travel and other businesses were closed to fight the virus.
Li said Beijing would give the local government 2 trillion yuan ($ 429 billion) to spend to prevent job losses, ensure public basic needs were met and help private companies survive, Li said.
Bolivia investigates health officials over a ventilator agreement
Bolivian authorities have dismiss the state health minister and open up investigation of potential corruption on charges that officials are buying ventilators at inflated prices.
Press report on steep premiums paid for ventilators, bought for US $ 27,683 ($ 42,249) each, sparked a social media reaction to the Bolivian Government after it was revealed that the manufacturer offered the machines around half the price.
Close purchase $ 5 million funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The Bolivian state prosecutor said in a statement on Wednesday (local time) that four health ministry officials had been detained and that several foreign officials and intermediaries involved in the agreement would also be investigated.
Health Minister Marcelo Navajas was also arrested in connection with the case, police said.
A government spokesman said later that Mr Navajas has been dismissed from his position.
“I will seek a prison sentence and order the full law against those who have taken a penny. Every penny of corruption must be returned to the country,” caretaker president Jeanine Anez wrote on Twitter.
In comments broadcast on television, he said he had ordered a thorough investigation “no matter who dropped it.”
US pays tribute for lives lost due to COVID-19
President Donald Trump said he would order The US flag is hoisted at half mast over the next three days when the death rate from COVID-19 exceeds 95,000.
Trump tweeted on Thursday: “I will flag down all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staffed over the next three days in memory of America we have lost to CoronaVirus.”
He said the flag would continue to be hoisted at half-mast on Remembrance Day in honor of those in the military who had died serving their country.
This step follows requests from Democrat leaders to do that to recognize “a sad day of reckoning when we reach 100,000 deaths”.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote to Mr. Trump that the order to fly the US flag with half a pole would “serve as an expression of national sorrow that is needed by everyone in our country”.
Mexico posted nearly 3,000 cases of corona virus in one day
Mexican health authorities have reported 2,973 more cases of coronavirus – the diary for new infections – makes the total country count to 59,567 cases.
Mexico also recorded 420 other deaths, slightly lower than the previous day’s record of casualties.
Total of 6,510 deaths due to corona virus has been reported in Mexico since the beginning of the pandemic.
Spain’s death toll has stalled, but the country has warned not to be complacent
Spanish health authorities say that daily death toll for the COVID-19 outbreak remains below 100 deaths for five days straight.
But the government’s leading virus expert warned that Spain could not lower its guard a day after hundreds of people tried sunbathing in Barcelona when the beach reopened just for jogging and walking.
The police must remind them of that social gatherings are still not permitted.
“This is a picture that no one likes,” said prominent health official Fernando Simon.
“They show that there is a part of the population that is still not fully aware [of the danger]. “
However, overall, Dr. Simon said Spain maintained the evolution of a favorable coronavirus outbreak.
United Nation appeals for ‘digital first responder’
The United Nations launched a new initiative to register millions of “digital first responders” worldwide fight wrong information about the COVID-19 pandemic.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said: “We cannot give up our virtual space to those whose traffic is lies, fears and hatred”.
The UN chief said “misinformation is spreading online, in applications for sending messages and person-to-person” and “its creators use intelligent production and distribution methods”.
Mr Guterres said that scientists and institutions like the United Nations need to reach people accurately information they can trust to fight wrong information.
It asks people who are interested in the whole world to do it sign up for an initiative called Verified and become “information volunteers” – also nicknamed “digital first responders” – and sharing daily feeds “verified information that counteracts incorrect information or fills in information that is not valid”.
The G7 summit is likely to continue, Trump said
US President Donald Trump said the Group of Seven (G7) summit was “full” bringing together the world’s major economic leaders “It looks like it will light up”.
But he said the face-to-face event – which was removed in March due to coronavirus – will now take place “especially in the White House“, with a” piece “might occur at the Camp David presidential retreat nearby.
Trump made a comment when leaving the White House for a trip to Michigan on Thursday (local time).
That The District of Columbia remains under orders to stay at home and US travel restrictions remain in place in many Group Seven countries.
But Trump said that holding the event would be “a good sign for all” everything returned to normal.
He said an official announcement would likely come early next week.
Members of the G7 economic organization are: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The National Cabinet will not sit today
For the first time since the pandemic beganThe National Cabinet is on holiday this week.
The group will see you again next Friday, which will also mark three weeks since Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a “road map” on how restrictions would be relaxed over the next few months.
States and territories have eased at their own pace, but Mr Morrison marked the next meeting would be an opportunity to “tour the field” to see how jurisdictions do and talk about their plans to lift further restrictions.
It was not only the National Cabinet that restricted their meetings.
Daily updates from Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy or his deputy have now been changed to each two or three days As a replacement.
Cases are increasing rapidly in Brazil
South America has surpassed the United States and Europe in the past week to report the largest share of new daily coronavirus cases globally, represents a new phase in the spread of viruses.
In recent days, Brazil has become the country with the third largest number of infections, lagging behind the US and Russia, but when the plague worsens, the nation is expected to soon have the second highest number of cases in the world.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has registered almost 19,000 deaths since the plague hit the country.
More than 291,000 positive cases are confirmed, and the Ministry of Health is monitoring others 156,000.
In the past two days, nearly 2,000 have died of COVID-19.
Experts believe that due to lack of tests, the number of confirmed cases and victims is far higher than the figures reported by the authorities.
In Peru, the number of confirmed cases has exceeded 104,000, because this outbreak is putting pressure on demand for medicines, whose prices have jumped in the last few days.
The largest city in Ecuador allows several businesses to reopen after a daily death toll from coronavirus, which keeps the city in quarantine for weeks.
In Bolivia, the authorities dismissed the minister of health and opened a potential investigation of corruption over allegations that officials bought ventilators at inflated prices.
The UK vowed to provide free antibody tests
Britain will buy 10 million coronavirus antibody tests from Roche and Abbott and will share them with health workers starting next week, said health minister Matt Hancock.
“We have signed a contract to supply in the coming months more than 10 million tests,” Hancock said.
“Starting next week, we will start rolling out this gradually; initially, to the health and care staff, patients and residents.”
Mass antibody testing is being considered by many countries as a way to accelerate the reopening of the economy that was destroyed by locking and to introduce more specific social distance measures.
An antibody test – also known as a serology test – shows who has been infected, however not clear whether the presence of antibodies in the new coronavirus provides permanent immunity.
Britain has also announced that victims of domestic violence will soon be able to seek help by providing code words for shop staff under the new scheme.
With a relief channel reporting a spike in calls, the scheme aims to offer victims an escape route during food and drug shopping trips, which may be one of their few opportunities to leave home.
However, it is unclear when the scheme will begin.
Global hydroxychloroquine trials begin
Health workers in English and Thai has begun taking part in trials to determine whether two anti-malaria drugs can prevent COVID-19, including one that according to US President Donald Trump he has taken.
Research, involving more than 40,000 health workers in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, trying to determine whether chloroquine and chloroquine hydroxy can play a role in the war against novel coronaviruses.
Demand for hydroxychloroquine surged after Mr. Trump heralded it in early April. He said this week he now uses it as a preventive medicine against the virus despite medical warnings about its use.
Principal researchers in Thailand and the UK said their COPCOV trial, which is in process for several months, would cut hot debate and did not help.
“We still don’t know if there is anything useful in COVID-19,” Professor Nicholas White of the University of Oxford, co-principal investigator, told Reuters.
“The only way we can find out if all of them are useful overall is by conducting large clinical trials that are done well.”
The COPCOV team said laboratory evidence suggests anti-malaria drugs might be effective in preventing or treating COVID-19 but there is no conclusive evidence.
Economists worry that the US unemployment rate will become permanent
More than 2.4 million people have applied for unemployment benefits in the United States in the past week, bringing in a total of more than 38 million Americans who have lost their jobs since the pandemic began.
This is The worst layoffs this country has experienced since the Great Depression, with economists worried that many job losses that are considered temporary, could become permanent.
While signs of new activity arose throughout the US as states gradually reopened the economy and some businesses called on some of their staff who were laid off to return to work, The US job market remains gloomy like it’s been in decades.
“There is little evidence that the reopening of the economy, to date, has led to sudden job returns,” said Paul Ashworth, economist at Capital Economics.
Nearly half of Americans say that their income has declined or they live with other adults who have lost their salaries due to loss of work or reduced working hours, the Census Bureau shows in new survey data.
More than a fifth of Americans say they have little or no confidence in their ability to pay a month’s rent or mortgage on time, the survey found.
Pacific island nations must rearrange their economies: United Nations Agency
Pacific island nations should rely on tourism reorganize their economy and invest in a sustainable industry to better deal with the effects of disease and disaster, according to a senior UN official.
Kanni Wignaraja, head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the Asia-Pacific, urged the small Pacific economy which was hit hard by a global travel ban to do things differently when they reopen for business.
“Use some of these returning migrant workers to actually establish new business lines and small and medium-sized businesses,” Ms Wignaraja told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“If not, instead of a wave of tourists coming, you get a wave of unemployed workers going home.”
Pacific Islands has have relatively few infections of COVID-19, but already suffering from intense economic and social shocks when businesses abroad send migrant workers home and tourists disappear, said Ms Wignaraja.
He urged the island authorities not to see returning migrants as a burden, but to include them in the public works program and any stimulus spending.
Many migrant workers have returned to the Pacific islands, where unemployment – especially among women and young people – was high before the pandemic, according to the United Nations.
On top of the loss of tourist income, came the devastation caused by Typhoon Harold – a Category 5 storm that hit the region last month, cutting power and destroying holiday resorts.
“There is a triple helix, with COVID, natural disasters, and a high level of inequality,” said Wignaraja.
“Overcoming one of these without seeing the three together, would be a real mistake.”
Michael Cohen was released from prison because of COVID-19
Michael Cohen, former US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, was released from federal prison fears that he could get corona virus while incarcerated, according to sources familiar with this case.
Cohen, 53, just finished more than one year from a three-year sentence for its role in pay money to two women – porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal – who say they have sexual relations with Trump, as well as financial crime and lying to Congress.
He is expected to serve the remainder of his sentence in a house cage.
Cohen, who has been jailed at a facility in the state of New York, has eligible to be released from prison in November 2021.
Cohen is Trump’s second partner who was released earlier from prison due to coronavirus problems afterwards former campaign leader Paul Manafort released last week.
Trump called Cohen “a rat.” Cohen called Trump a “racist,” “con artist” and “con artist.”
Argentina chartered rabbis from Israel to certify meat
Argentina, which has imposed one of the toughest travel bans in the world against the corona virus, plans to help charter private flights to bring rabbis from Israel to certify meat at the country’s packing plant for global halal market.
Travel is the key to Argentina’s existence able to maintain beef exports to major Israeli buyers, which is becoming increasingly important with exports stalled to the European Union and falling sharply to large Chinese buyers.
“The only alternative is to try to arrange the charter in combination with Israeli clients, and be monitored, endorsed and coordinated by the government,” said the head of the ABC Argentina meat export consortium.
Argentina is the fifth largest beef exporter in the world and Israel is number three buyer from its famous deductions, reaching more than US $ 100 million ($ 152 million) each year, he said.
The rabbis usually traveled twice a year and stayed for several months, and they ensured that their cattle were slaughtered and their meat processed according to Jewish law.
Oxfam closure operations in 18 countries
The international NGO Oxfam, one of the world’s leading aid agencies, is for greatly reducing his work due to financial pressures caused by a coronavirus pandemic, including closure of operations in 18 countries in the Philippines the potential cost of more than 2,000 jobs.
The organization, which is currently operates in 66 countries dan yang pekerjaan globalnya dikoordinasikan melalui 20 kantor afiliasi di seluruh dunia, mengatakan dalam sebuah pernyataan bahwa mereka harus mempercepat perubahan sebagai hasil dari pandemi tersebut.
Negara-negara yang akan keluar termasuk Afghanistan, Mesir, Rwanda, Sudan dan Tanzania.
Dikatakan perubahan akan mempengaruhi sekitar 1.450 dari hampir 5.000 staf program, dan 700 dari hampir 1.900 organisasi mitra.
Setelah perubahan, itu akan mempertahankan kehadiran fisik di 48 negara, enam di antaranya akan dieksplorasi sebagai anggota afiliasi independen baru, termasuk Indonesia dan Kenya.
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