At the WE, where more than 88,000 people died in the coronavirus outbreak, some leaders have begun to facilitate quarantine measures.
New Orleans took the first steps to loosen restrictions in place two months ago, a day after the rest of Louisiana did the same, reports the Associated Press.
The city is restricting buildings to 25% of capacity, like the rest of the state, but it also requires restaurants, beauty salons and other businesses to receive customers by reservation. The city has limited the number of people allowed in houses of worship and cinemas to less than 100. Shopping malls and retail stores may reopen, but casinos, video poker, live entertainment and bars are still closed.
Some restorers decided to try to reopen. Others planned to move on or stay closed together.
Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the horse racing tracks and the Watkins Glen International car track could reopen without crowds, without fans. He also said he could predict the return of Major League Baseball in New York, the center of the US outbreak, also without spectators.
Speaking during an online speech to historically black college and university graduates (HBCUs), he said:
Let's face it, a disease like this only highlights the underlying inequalities and the extra burdens that black communities have historically had to deal with in this country … We see this in the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on our communities …
More than anything, this pandemic has finally opened the curtain, so many people in charge know what they are doing. Many of them don't even pretend to be in charge.
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The number of coronavirus cases in Mexico increased to 47,144, while the death toll in the country increased to 5,045, health officials said.
Governments plan to reopen parts of the economy starting on Monday, despite concerns that the country's outbreak has not yet peaked and official figures underestimate the true scale of the outbreak.
Mainland China registered five new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, down from eight the previous day, according to the National Health Commission (NHC).
Two of the five confirmed cases are related to travel abroad, while three are transmitted locally in northeastern Jilin province. The number of new asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus has dropped from 13 to 12, according to the NHC.
The number of confirmed cases on the continent is 82,947 and the death toll is 4,634
At the Thailand, shopping centers will reopen today and the night curfew will be reduced by one hour, from 2300 to 0400, from 2200 to 0400.
The country is starting to ease restrictions after reporting single-digit increases in infections with the new coronavirus this month. Parks, beauty salons, markets and restaurants have also been allowed to reopen in recent weeks, as long as measures such as temperature scanning and social distance are in place.
On Saturday, the country extended the ban on international passenger flights until the end of June. Thailand recorded a total of 3,025 cases and 56 deaths.
Brazil outbreak is now the fourth largest in the world
Of Brazil confirmed cases of coronavirus increased on Saturday, passing those of Spain and Italy, the fourth largest in the world, reports Reuters.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health registered 14,919 new confirmed cases in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total to 233,142, behind the United States, Russia and United Kingdom. Brazil did only a fraction of the tests seen in these three countries.
The global distinction is likely to put pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro, who lost his second health minister in a month on Friday, while challenging public health experts and calling for widespread use of unproven drugs.
Bolsonaro has strongly criticized the orders of many Brazilian state governors for strict social isolation and quarantine to combat the spread of the virus, including the closure of schools, shops and restaurants. Bolsonaro argues that the toll on the economy is becoming unbearable and that companies should be able to reopen as soon as possible. The government now expects Brazil to record its biggest annual economic contraction this year since records began more than a century ago.
National tests in Brazil are still far behind European countries. Brazil processed nearly 338,000 new coronavirus tests in official laboratories by the beginning of the week, according to the Ministry of Health. Another 145,000 tests were under analysis or waiting in line. On the other hand, Italy and Spain carried out 1.9 million official diagnostic tests for the virus.
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There are currently 4,629,575 cases of Covid-19 recorded globally and 311,363 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
At the WE where 1,466,682 infections were reported, Barack Obama has attacked the Trump administration's response to the crisis, stating that many federal leaders "don't even pretend to be in charge". He also highlighted the disproportionate effects of the pandemic in communities of color in the United States.
In other recent developments:
- The World Health Organization has warned countries that are ending the blockade that should now be a "moment of preparation, not celebration".
- Italy announced the relief of a series of restrictions, including the reopening of all shops, bars, restaurants and hairdressers from 18 May, and free travel to Italy for people from EU countries from 3 June, without having to be quarantined.
- The Spanish government said he will seek to extend his state of emergency for the last time until the end of June, with the number of daily deaths in the country reaching the lowest level of eight weeks.
- The government of Israel approved the resumption of school for all series in areas that are not considered coronavirus hotspots, starting on Sunday. The beaches will be officially opened on Wednesday.
- Dozens of people were detained in the Polish capital, Warsaw, during a protest by businessmen against coronavirus restrictions. Nineteen protesters were arrested in London and the police dispersed rallies in several German cities.
- Turkey's Ministry of Health said an additional 41 people died from Covid-19 in the 24 hours until Saturday, bringing the death toll to 4,096. The daily death toll was the lowest on record since late March.
- Nepal reported his first coronavirus death At the end of Saturday, a 29-year-old woman who gave birth recently, as the total number of infected people in the country reached 281.
- Ireland registered 92 more cases, the lowest daily number in nine weeks, with the total at 24,048.
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