UK CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL RISES ABOVE 30,000: LIVE UPDATES
Deaths in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland exceed the 30,000 mark, the highest in Europe, data shows.
By Kate Mayberry & Umut Uras
YEMEN’S HOUTHIS ANNOUNCE FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE: MASIRAH TV:
Yemen’s Houthi-controlled government has recorded a first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the capital Sanaa, the group’s al-Masirah TV reported, citing the health minister.
Masirah added the infection was recorded in a Somali national.
DUTCH POLICE DISPERSE CORONAVIRUS PROTEST IN THE HAGUE:
The mayor of The Hague issued a statement ordering police to break up a demonstration by around 200 people who had gathered to protest against measures ordered by the government to slow the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
Police said in a statement that they were “detaining demonstrators that ignore the mayor’s order”. Local press agency ANP said dozens had been detained.
The Dutch government has banned public gatherings since mid-March, with people required to stand at least 1.5 metres apart in public spaces.
FRANCE’S MACRON SAYS MAJOR FOREIGN TRAVEL TO BE LIMITED THIS SUMMER:
French President Emmanuel Macron said it was unlikely that French people would be able to undertake major foreign trips this summer and that even trips within Europe may have to be limited in order to reduce the risk of a resurgence of the coronavirus epidemic.
“It is too soon to say whether we can take holidays. What I can say is that we will limit major international travel, even during the summer holidays. We will stay among Europeans and, depending on how the epidemic evolves, we might have to reduce that a little more. We will know early June,” Macron told reporters during a visit to a school outside Paris.
France is set to end its lockdown on May 11, when people will be allowed to move up to 100 kilometres around their residence.
YEMEN RECORDS NINE NEW CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS:
Yemen’s internationally-recognised government announced nine new coronavirus cases and one death, raising total infections to 21 and three deaths, the country’s supreme national emergency committee said on Twitter.
Eight cases were detected in the southern port city of Aden and another infection was recorded in Hadhramout region, it said.
The health ministry of the Houthi-controlled government in the north has not announced any infections so far. Authorities have said all suspected cases there had tested negative.
AFGHANISTAN DISTRIBUTES FREE BREAD AS PRICES SOAR:
Afghanistan’s government began distributing free bread to hundreds of thousands of people across the country this week as supplies have been disrupted during the coronavirus shutdown and prices have soared.
More than 250,000 families in the capital Kabul started receiving ten flat ‘Naan’ breads per day in the first phase of the project.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the bread distribution programme was also taking place in other cities as rising prices were hitting what is already one of the poorest countries in the world, with more than half of the population living below the poverty line.
PALESTINE EXTENDS CORONAVIRUS STATE OF EMERGENCY IN OCCUPIED WEST BANK:
The Palestinian Authority has announced a one-month extension of a state of emergency imposed in the occupied West Bank to try and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In place since March, the emergency measure has introduced a full lockdown that confined Palestinians to their homes, except for essential travel. Restrictions have since been eased, with some businesses allowed to open in a bid to revive the weakened economy.
SPAIN REPORTS CORONAVIRUS DAILY DEATH TOLL OF 185:
The daily number of coronavirus deaths registered in Spain remained below 200 for a third consecutive day, the country’s health ministry said, as it reported 185 deaths in 24 hours.
The overall coronavirus death toll in the country rose to 25,613 up from 25,428, the ministry said, while the overall number of diagnosed cases rose to 219,329 up from 218,011 the day before.
SOUTH KOREA BASEBALL LEAGUE REOPENS IN EMPTY STADIUMS:
South Korea has resumed professional sports with the start of its baseball league in a hushed atmosphere without spectators, one of the first signs of the country returning to normal life amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) kicked off play in empty stadiums under strict safety measures, with five matches on the schedule, after the season’s opening day was pushed back by more than a month due to the pandemic.
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