South America has become an "epicenter" of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Brazil being the hardest hit, according to the World Health Organization.
Britain will introduce a 14-day quarantine for almost all international travelers starting June 8, Interior Minister Priti Patel said, with anyone who breaks the rules facing a $ 1,218 fine.Advertisement
About 80 million children may be at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases, such as diphtheria, measles and polio, due to the interruption of routine immunization caused by the pandemic, UN agencies warned.
Now, more than 5.2 million people worldwide have the coronavirus confirmed, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 337,000 people died globally, while about two million people recovered.
Here are all the latest updates:
Saturday, May 23
04:55 GMT – UN warns of increased cyber crime during pandemic
The UN disarmament chief says the COVID-19 pandemic is driving the world to greater technological innovation and online collaboration, but "cyber crime is also on the rise, with a 600% increase in malicious emails during the current crisis".
Izumi Nakamitsu said at an informal UN Security Council meeting on Friday that "there have also been worrying reports of attacks against health organizations and medical research centers around the world".
She said the growing digital dependence has increased the vulnerability to cyber attacks and "it is estimated that one of these attacks occurs every 39 seconds".
04:29 GMT – Los Angeles rejects notice for blocking & # 39; illegal & # 39;
Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, dismissed the Trump administration, warning that the continued blocking of the city's coronavirus could be arbitrary and illegal.
"We are not guided by politics in this – we are guided by science, we are guided by collaboration," Garcetti told reporters. "There are no games, there is nothing else going on. And that is how we will continue to open safely."
Los Angeles has begun to reopen beach and golf course facilities to restaurants and retail companies that offer sidewalk search services, but it lags behind other parts of California.
Today, the municipality has registered 1,072 new cases, bringing the total to 43,052 – an increase of 2% since yesterday. In the city, there were 450 new cases today, bringing the total to 20,391 – an increase of 2% since yesterday. pic.twitter.com/C7YTAUw2NUAdvertisement
– MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) May 23, 2020
04:09 GMT – Donated plasma benefits patients with COVID-19 in a small study in the USA
COVID-19 patients who received plasma from people who recovered from the disease had better survival rates and were less dependent on oxygen support than other similar hospital patients, according to the results of a small study in the USA.
The study, Published on Friday, he detailed the preliminary results of 39 patients hospitalized at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Almost 70% of the 39 patients used high-flow oxygen and 10% used mechanical ventilation. After two weeks, the disease worsened in 18% of plasma patients and 24% in control patients.
As of May 1, almost 13% of plasma recipients had died, compared with more than 24% of control patients.
COVID-19: USA performs plasma transfusion assays (7:00 am)
"We are encouraged that our initial assessment provides evidence of support for convalescent plasma as an effective intervention, while remaining aware that further studies are needed to confirm these findings and draw more definitive conclusions in different populations," said Nicole Bouvier, an infectious disease. . Mt Sinai specialist and lead author of the study.
03:44 GMT – Hertz files for bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada
Car rental company Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada after its business was wiped out during the coronavirus pandemic and conversations with creditors did not result in much-needed relief.
"The impact of COVID-19 on travel demand was sudden and dramatic, causing an abrupt decline in company revenue and future bookings," said Hertz in a press release.
Hertz said it took "immediate action" to prioritize the health and safety of employees and customers and eliminate "all non-essential expenses". However, he stated that "there is still uncertainty about the return on revenue and when the used car market will be fully reopened for sales, which required action today".
Hertz's major international operating regions, including Europe, Australia and New Zealand, were not included in the US Chapter 11 file.
UK real estate hit by the COVID-19 crisis (2:38)
02:46 GMT – China does not report new cases for the first time since the pandemic began
China did not register new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the continent on May 22, the first time it had not increased the number of cases daily since the pandemic began in Wuhan city at the end of last year.
However, the National Health Commission said there were two new suspected cases: one imported in Shanghai and one case transmitted locally in northeastern Jilin province.
New asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus dropped from 28 to 28 of 28 the day before, the NHC reported.
02:31 GMT – Yemeni Houthis ban meetings before Eid al-Fitr
Yemen's Houthi rebels announced stringent anti-virus measures specifically targeting Eid al-Fitr, the festival that concludes the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Ministry of Health restrictions ask citizens to wear masks in public and not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.
The ban on social gatherings will prevent families and friends of several generations from partying together, and children visit their neighbors' homes for gifts and sweets, as is traditional.
02:06 GMT – Protesters demand food aid in the Chilean capital
Residents of a poor neighborhood in the Chilean capital, Santiago, protested on Friday, demanding food aid to deal with the blockade in the city since the end of March.
A policeman was shot in the arm during the protest in Cerrillos, in which security forces also used trucks of tear gas and water to disperse the protesters.
"This is not the way, we are clear on that," said a protester who did not give his name to the Associated Press news agency. "But it is the only way to do things in this country, this is how we fight here, so this is how you can see some people's hunger."
Protesters were also seen holding a banner that said: "People are poor, rebellious and subversive, on the streets!"
01:54 GMT – Peru expands national blockade
Peru extended its state of emergency and a national blockade to combat the coronavirus pandemic until the end of June, marking one of the longest periods of mandatory isolation in the world.
The Andean nation, which initiated the blockade in mid-March, will have lived for more than three months until June 30, overcoming restrictions in Italy, Spain and China, some of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.
Friday's extension, announced by President Martin Vizcarra, occurred when confirmed cases of coronavirus in Peru rose to 111,698, the second highest total in Latin America. The death toll was 3,244 on Friday.
Coronavirus cases in Peru exceed 100,000 (2:14)
01:20 GMT – France will allow religious meetings
France's Interior Ministry says it will allow religious meetings to resume after a two-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, but worshipers will have to wear face masks.
The rules will be described in a decree in the "next few hours," the ministry said in a statement on Friday.
Under the decree, the ban on meetings imposed in March would be lifted. But the collective cult would have to observe the conditions, including the use of masks, at a distance of at least one meter (3.2 feet) between the faithful and the washing of the hands.
01:07 GMT – New York eases ban on dating
Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, lifted the absolute ban on the coronavirus-stricken state at meetings of any size, issuing an executive order saying that up to 10 people can stay together as long as they respect the social distance guidelines adopted during a coronavirus pandemic.
This means that people still need to stay at least six feet away from other people, or wear a face mask or cover when they can't keep that distance in public.
The order represents one of the biggest steps the State has ever taken to loosen the rules adopted in March that prevented everyone except essential workers from meeting unless they lived in the same house.
00:34 GMT – Brazil now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world
Brazil confirmed a total of 330,890 cases of coronavirus on Friday, overtaking Russia and becoming the second hot spot in the world for COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health said there were 1,001 deaths in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in Brazil to 21,408.
In São Paulo, the most affected city, aerial video showed rows of open land in the Formosa cemetery, as it ran to keep up with demand.
Mexico's top league has decided to cancel its football season without crowning a champion for the first time in its history.
Liga MX cited the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic by the decision and declared the season over, despite having played 10 of its 17 dates.
"It is indisputable that we live in an unprecedented situation in this country that forces the soccer industry in Mexico to act with absolute sensitivity and to respond with unity to the demands that have arisen," the league said in a statement.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera's ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I'm Zaheena Rasheed from Male, Maldives.
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