South America has become an “epicenter” of the COVID-19 pandemic with Brazil being the hardest hit country, the World Health Organization said.
The UK will introduce a 14-day quarantine for almost all international travelers from June 8, says Interior Minister Priti Patel, with all violating the rules with a $ 1,212 fine.
About 80 million infants may be at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio due to a disorder of routine immunization caused by the pandemic, UN agencies have warned.
More than 5.2 million people worldwide are now confirmed to have coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 337,000 people have died globally, while around two million people have recovered.
Here are all the latest updates:
Saturday 23 May
2:46 GMT ̵
1; China reports no new cases for the first time since the pandemic began
China recorded no new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland for May 22, the first time it had not seen a daily increase in the number of cases since the pandemic began in Wuhan at the end of last year.
The National Health Commission said the zero cases were compared to four new cases the previous day. But it said there were two new suspected cases: One imported one in Shanghai and locally transmitted case in the northeastern province of Jilin.
New asymptomatic coronavirus cases dropped to 28 from 35 a day earlier, the NHC said.
02:31 GMT – Yemen’s Houthi ban meetings before Eid al-Fitr
Yemen’s Houthi rebels have announced strict anti-virus measures targeted specifically at Eid al-Fitr, the festival ending the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The Ministry of Health’s restrictions ask citizens to wear masks in public and not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.
The ban on social gatherings prevents families and friends from several generations from partying together, and children from visiting their neighbors’ homes for gifts and sweets, which are traditional.
02:06 GMT – Protesters demand food aid in Chile’s capital
Residents of a poor neighborhood in the Chilean capital, Santiago, protested on Friday and demanded food assistance to cope with the closure on site at the end of March.
A police officer was shot in an arm during the protest in Cerrillo, where security forces also used tear gas and water cannon trucks to disperse the protesters.
“This is not so, we are clear,” said a protester who did not give his name to The Associated Press news agency. “But that’s the only way to get things done in this country, that’s how we fight here, like this, it’s how you can see the hunger of some people.”
Protesters were also seen holding a banner that reads: “The people are poor, rebels and subversives, in the street!”
01:54 GMT – Peru extends across the country
Peru has extended its emergency situation and a nationwide lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic until the end of June, marking one of the longest periods of mandatory isolation in the world.
The Andean nation, which began the shutdown in mid-March, will have lived under it for more than three months, ending June 30, with transitional restrictions in Italy, Spain and China, some of the hardest hit pandemic countries.
Friday’s extension, announced by President Martin Vizcarra, came when Peru’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 111,698, the second highest total in Latin America. The death toll was 3,244 on Friday.
01:20 GMT – France allows gatherings of faith
The French interior ministry says it will allow religious gatherings to resume after a two-month period caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, but that worshipers must wear face masks.
The rules will be described in a decree in “the next few hours,” the ministry said in a statement on Friday.
According to the regulation, a ban on gatherings introduced in March would be lifted. But collective worship must follow conditions, including wearing masks, a distance of at least one meter (3.2 feet) between worshipers and hand-washing.
01:07 GMT – New York eases the ban on gatherings
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo dropped the coronavirus-affected state’s absolute ban on gatherings of any size, and issued an executive order that says up to ten people may now be together as long as they follow social distance guidelines adopted under the coronavirus pandemic.
This means that people still have to stop at least 1.8 meters from others, or wear a mask or face cover when they can’t keep that distance in public.
The order represents one of the biggest steps the hard-hit country has yet to take to loosen rules adopted in March that have prevented anyone other than important workers from meeting if they do not live in the same household.
00:34 GMT – Brazil now has the world’s second highest case of coronavirus
Brazil confirmed a total of 330,890 coronavirus cases on Friday, and bypassed Russia to become the world’s second hotspot for COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health said there were 1,001 deaths during the previous day, which means that Brazil’s total death toll amounts to 21,408.
In Sao Paulo, the hardest hit city, aerial video showed rows of open plots at Formosa Cemetery as it rushed to keep up with demand.
Mexico’s top scorer has decided to cancel his football season without crowning a champion for the first time in his history.
Liga MX cited uncertainty generated by the coronavirus pandemic for the decision and explained the season over despite playing 10 of its 17 dates.
“It is undeniable that we live in a unique situation in this country that forces the soccer industry in Mexico to act with absolute sensitivity and respond unanimously to the demands that have presented itself,” the league said in a statement.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed on male, Maldives.
You can find all the updates from yesterday May 22 here.