Far-right protests in Spain over lockdowns


  • For the first time since they began reporting data in January, Chinese authorities registered zero new infections of coronavirus.

  • Brazil confirmed a total of 330,890 coronavirus cases, overtaking Russia to become the world’s second hotspot for COVID-19.

  • Some 80 million infants could be at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio due to disruption of routine immunisation caused by the pandemic, UN

  • More than 5.2 million people around the world are now confirmed to have the coronavirus, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 338,000 people have died globally while some two million people have recovered.
  • Saturday, May 23

    19:53 GMT – UK PM’s adviser Cummings made second 400 km trip during lockdown

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings made a second 400 km (250 miles) trip from London during the coronavirus lockdown, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported.

    The Mirror said Cummings was spotted near the northern city of Durham on April 19, days after he had returned to London from his first trip in late March and early April.

    19:15 GMT – US CDC reports total of 1,595,885 coronavirus cases, 96,002 deaths

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1,595,885 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 24,268 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,852 to 96,002.

    The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, as of 4 p.m. ET on May 22, compared with its count a day earlier.

    18:38 GMT – Number of COVID-19 patients in France continues to slide

    The number of people in hospital with coronavirus in France fell by 205 to 17,178, continuing a gradual decline that has lasted more than five weeks since a high of 32,292 on April 14.

    The number of people in intensive care fell by 36 or 2.1% to 1,665.

    France did not publish a revised number of deaths on Saturday and said the COVID-19 toll will be updated on Monday. As of Thursday, a total of 28,215 people had died from the virus

    18:15 GMT – Spain’s coronavirus death toll climbs by 48

    Spain’s overnight death toll from the new coronavirus rose by 48 to a total of 28,678, the health ministry said.

    The number of diagnosed cases rose to 235,290 from 234,824 cases the previous day, the ministry added.

    18:05 GMT – New York’s Cuomo says groups of up to 10 must aim to stay “safe”

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo advised people to exercise good judgment and social distancing when gathering in groups of up to 10 people as allowed in an executive order loosening restrictions issued late on Friday.

    In his daily briefing, he said New York recorded 84 coronavirus deaths on May 22 compared with 109 the day before, continuing a downward trend in the state’s toll from the pandemic.

    “You can have a safe gathering of 10 people or you can have a wholly unsafe gathering of 10 people,” said Cuomo. “If you don’t have to be with a group of ten people don’t be with a group of ten people.”

  • 17:20 GMT – Italy’s daily coronavirus death toll dips, new cases steady

    Italy recorded 119 new deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic against 130 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases rose marginally to 669 from 652 on Friday.

    The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on February 21 now stands at 32,735, the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the United States and Britain.

    The Civil Protection Agency said the total number of confirmed cases in Italy since the start of its outbreak now amounts to 229,327, the sixth highest global tally behind those of the United States, Russia, Spain, Britain and Brazil.

    People registered as currently carrying the illness dipped to 57,752 on Saturday from 59,322 the day before.

    16:57 GMT – UK PM Johnson gives adviser Cummings his ‘full support’

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given his full support to his senior adviser Dominic Cummings after he travelled 400 km (250 miles) to northern England while his wife showed COVID-19 symptoms.

    “I can tell you that the PM provides Mr Cummings with his full support,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told reporters.

    16:35 GMT – UK COVID-19 death toll rises 282 to 36,675

    The United Kingdom’s death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 282 to 36,675, the government said.

    “Tragically, 36,675 people have now died,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told reporters at a Downing Street briefing.

    The government publishes the death toll based on those who definitely had COVID-19; broader figures based on suspected COVID-19 deaths give a bigger toll.

    15:55 GMT  – More than 40 diagnosed with COVID-19 after Frankfurt church service

    More than 40 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus following a church service in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial centre, earlier this month, the head of the city’s health department told a news agency.

    “Most of them are not seriously ill. As far as we know only one person has been admitted to hospital,” Rene Gottschalk told the dpa agency.

    The service took place on May 10 at a Baptist church, the department’s deputy chief Antoni Walczok told local newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau.

    “The situation is very dynamic,” Walczok told the paper, adding the church did not violate official guidelines aimed at containing the spread of the virus.

    15:35 GMT – One-hour COVID-19 test being trialed at hospitals around London

    A COVID-19 test that gives results in just over an hour and which requires no laboratory, potentially allowing for swifter testing of much larger numbers of people, is being rolled out at a number of London hospitals after getting regulatory clearance.

    As Britain tries to ramp up testing to help revive the stalled economy, it is still mainly using laboratory tests that take around 48 hours to produce a result and either require people to travel often long distances to regional testing centres or receive by post at home.

    Faster testing could allow more people to go back to work or permit testing on a more regular basis and could help Prime Minister Boris Johnson achieve his target of 200,000 tests a day, an important element in successfully ending the lockdown.

    15:10 GMT – Palestinians report first coronavirus death in Gaza

    A woman died in Gaza Strip after contracting coronavirus, the Palestinian enclave’s first fatality from the global pandemic, the health ministry said.

    It said the 77-year-old woman had suffered from a prior chronic illness and had travelled to Gaza through neighbouring Egypt on May 19.

    She had been quarantined as a precaution since then, the ministry said.


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