Seoul shuts bars, clubs after new coronavirus cases

  • Authorities in the South Korean capital, Seoul, shut down more than 2,100 nightclubs, hostess bars and discos after a cluster of cases linked to a popular entertainment district.

  • Russia reported more than 10,000 new cases as the pandemic muted Victory Day celebrations marking 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

  • Brazil announced 751 additional deaths, a record figure bringing its toll to almost 10,000.

  • Globally, more than 275,000 have died from the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus, with the number of confirmed infections approaching four million. More than 1.3 million people have recovered.

    Saturday, May 9

    14:00 GMT – Sierra Leone president accuses opposition of inciting COVID-19 violence

    Meanwhile in Sierra Leone, President Julius Maada Bio accused the opposition of inciting “terrorist violence” after deadly disturbances linked to COVID-19 outbreak in the West African nation.

    In a televised address on Friday evening, Bio said that the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party was involved in violent flare-ups across the country.

    12:14 GMT – UK to quarantine travellers for 14 days

    The UK government has told airlines it will introduce a 14-day quarantine period for most people arriving from abroad, an association representing the carriers said.

    Airlines UK said the move required “a credible exit plan” and called for a weekly review. Airport operators said it could have a “devastating” impact on the aviation industry and the broader economy.

  • The plan was first reported by The Times newspaper, which said Prime Minister Boris Johnson would on Sunday announce that passengers arriving at airports and ports, including Britons returning from abroad, will have to self-isolate for a fortnight.

    Under measures that are likely to come into force in early June, travellers will have to provide the address at which they will self-isolate on arrival, The Times said.

    11:54 GMT – Iran reports more than 1,500 cases

    Iran’s health ministry expressed concern over the number of coronavirus cases reported in the southwestern province of Khuzestan as it confirmed 1,529 new infections nationwide.

    “All provinces are showing a gradual drop in new infections … except for Khuzestan, where the situation is still concerning,” spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in televised remarks.

    In the past 24 hours, the total number of registered infections rose to 106,220, while the death toll increased by 48 to 6,589.

    11:37 GMT – Protesters killed in Afghanistan over food distribution

    Several people were killed in Afghanistan’s western province of Ghor as clashes broke out between police and protesters during a demonstration against alleged mismanagement of aid to alleviate the effects of the pandemic.

    The exact death toll was not immediately clear but at least two people were reported dead.

    The plan was first reported by The Times newspaper, which said Prime Minister Boris Johnson would on Sunday announce that passengers arriving at airports and ports, including Britons returning from abroad, will have to self-isolate for a fortnight.

    Under measures that are likely to come into force in early June, travellers will have to provide the address at which they will self-isolate on arrival, The Times said.

    11:54 GMT – Iran reports more than 1,500 cases

    Iran’s health ministry expressed concern over the number of coronavirus cases reported in the southwestern province of Khuzestan as it confirmed 1,529 new infections nationwide.

    “All provinces are showing a gradual drop in new infections … except for Khuzestan, where the situation is still concerning,” spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in televised remarks.

    In the past 24 hours, the total number of registered infections rose to 106,220, while the death toll increased by 48 to 6,589.

    11:37 GMT – Protesters killed in Afghanistan over food distribution

    Several people were killed in Afghanistan’s western province of Ghor as clashes broke out between police and protesters during a demonstration against alleged mismanagement of aid to alleviate the effects of the pandemic.

    The exact death toll was not immediately clear but at least two people were reported dead.

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