India lockdown 4.0: Delhi extends restrictions

  • India has extended a nearly two-month-old stringent lockdown by another two weeks with Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and some other key regions still battling to control the rising curve of coronavirus infections.

  • Spain’s daily death toll from the coronavirus is 87, the health ministry has said, dropping below 100 for the first time in two months.

  • Burundi is pushing ahead with an election on Wednesday that will end President Pierre Nkurunziza’s divisive and bloody 15-year rule. But the coronavirus poses a threat to the May 20 vote, and the government has kicked out World Health Organization workers after concerns were raised.

  • Former President Barack Obama has criticised US leaders for the handling of the coronavirus response, telling college graduates in an online commencement address that the pandemic shows many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge”.
  • Globally, more than 4.6 million people have been infected and more than 312,000 have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Almost 1.7 million people have recovered.

    Sunday, May 17

    20:00 GMT – Boris Johson: Coronavirus vaccine ‘might not come to fruition’

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says there might never be a vaccine for COVID-19 despite the huge global effort to develop one.

    Johnson, who was hospitalised last month with a serious bout of coronavirus, speculated on Sunday that a vaccine may not be developed at all, despite the huge global effort to produce one.

    Johnson wrote in the Mail on Sunday newspaper there remains a very long way to go, and I must be frank that a vaccine might not come to fruition”.

    18:20 GMT – US coronavirus cases rise by 31,967 to 1,467,065

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,467,065 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 31,967 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 1,394 to 88,709.

    18:00 GMT – France coronavirus death toll reaches 28,108

    French health authorities reported 483 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday, bringing the total to 28,108.

    The heath ministry said the number of people in hospitals fell to 19,361 from 19,432 the previous day while the number of people in intensive care units dropped to 2,087 from 2,132.

    17:20 GMT – Tanzania leader says coronavirus cases down despite US warnings

    Tanzanian President John Magufuli has said prayers have succeeded in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, despite the American embassy recently warning that “all evidence points to exponential growth of the epidemic” in the country’s largest city.

    Magufuli said during a church service that if the trend of declining cases of the disease caused by the coronavirus continues this week he will open schools, universities and sports events.

    The Tanzanian government has not released any data on COVID-19 cases for more than two weeks, so there are no current figures on the number of people diagnosed with the disease, the US embassy said in a health advisory released last week.

    Many hospitals in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, have been overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, said the strongly worded health advisory issued by the US embassy on Friday.

    17:00 GMT – Sudan airports to remain closed until May 31

    Sudan will keep its airports closed for both internal and international commercial passenger flights until May. 31, the state news agency SUNA said, extending a shutdown that began in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    The airport will remain open only for flights for cargo, humanitarian aid, oil organisations’ workers and evacuating foreigners.

    16:00 GMT – Italy sees drop in coronavirus deaths, cases

    The daily death toll from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy fell to 145, the lowest since March 9, against 153 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases fell to a March-4 low of 675 from 875 the previous day.

    The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on February 21 now stands at 31,908 the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the United States and Britain.

    The number of confirmed cases amounts to 225,435, the sixth highest global tally behind those of the United States, Spain, Britain, Russia and Brazil.

    People registered as currently carrying the illness fell to 68,351 from 70,187 the day before.

    15:30 GMT – Pelosi sees negotiations on new $3 trillion coronavirus legislation

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there will be negotiations on the new $3 trillion coronavirus relief legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

    Asked if there has been a Republican response or counteroffer to begin negotiations on the bill passed late on Friday, Pelosi said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” program, “No bill that is proffered will become law without negotiations, so, yeah.”

    14:30 GMT – No spike in cases in places reopening: US health secretary

    Authorities are not seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in places that are reopening but are seeing increases in some areas that remain closed, US health secretary Alex Azar has said.

    “We are seeing that in places that are opening; we’re not seeing this spike in cases,” Azar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We still see spikes in some areas that are in fact close to very localized situations.”

    14:00 GMT – India extends coronavirus lockdown until May 31

    India has extended a nearly two-month-old stringent lockdown by another two weeks with Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and some other key regions still battling to control the rising curve of coronavirus infections.

    The government-run National Disaster Management authority said in a statement that fresh guidelines will be issued that keep in view the need to open up economic activity.

    Indian media reports said that travel by air, rail and metro will remain shut down nationwide until the end of May. Schools, hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, cinemas and places of worship will also be closed nationally.

    On May 4, the government eased some restrictions, allowing reopening of neighborhood shops and manufacturing and farming in rural areas. It also resumed running a limited number of trains, mainly to carry the stranded workers.

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