The UK announces a quarantine of all international air travelers.
Britain will quarantine anyone flying into the country, including citizens, for 14 days from June 8 to fight the spread of coronavirus, Minister of the Interior Priti Patel announced on Friday.
Upon arrival at an airport, travelers must provide contact information and an address where they will stop, Patel said. She said those who fly the self-regulation rules would be fined £ 1,000, or about $ 1,200, and that the government could increase the penalty.
Michael O’Leary, chief executive of budget airline Ryanair, described the new quarantine plan as “hopelessly flawed”, “idiotic” and “impossible to implement.” Airlines UK has said the measure would “effectively kill” Britain’s international travel.
The move is supported by opposition legislators. Jonathan Ashworth, the Opposition Laboratory’s shadow health secretary, told Sky earlier on Friday that “many people had asked why we hadn’t done this before,” adding, “Not taking all the action we should take is the idiotic stance.”
An early study of a vaccine against coronavirus, published in The Lancet, conducted by researchers at several laboratories and included 108 participants. People who received the vaccine received a moderate immune response to the virus, which peaked 28 days after the inoculation, the researchers found.
A vaccine is considered to be the best long-term solution for ending the pandemic and helping countries to open up again. Nearly 100 teams worldwide compete to test different candidates.
Human trials have already begun for several manufacturers, including Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech and the Chinese company CanSino. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday it would provide “up to $ 1.2 billion” to the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is developing a potential vaccine from a laboratory at Oxford University.
On Monday, pharmaceutical company Moderna, which has its headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., Announced that its RNA vaccine appeared to be safe and effective, but it was based on the results of only eight people in their trial. On Wednesday, Boston researchers said a prototype vaccine protected monkeys from coronavirus infection.
The vaccine reported today was created with an adenovirus called Ad5 that readily enters human cells. However, many have already been exposed to Ad5, so there are concerns that antibodies against it will be too common for the vaccine to work extensively.
In addition to injection site pain, close to half of the participants also reported fever, fatigue and headaches, and about one in five had muscle pain. Participants knew if they were given a low, medium or high dose, which may have affected their perception of the side effects.
As the pandemic stopped much of the crisis in daily life, microphones that listen to cities around the world have suddenly captured human environments stripped of human sounds.
Parks and squares across London are quieter than they were before the pandemic. Along Singapore’s Marina Bay, the sounds of human voices have disappeared. In suburban Nova Scotia, noise from cars and airplanes no longer drinks the trash from leaves and wind.
In Manhattan, a comparison of audio clips from a busy corner a year ago and now found, under the order of home-homes, that the usual chaos of sounds – car horns, free talk and the queen of subways that often pass below – had been replaced by the low the hum of wind and birds. The sound levels there fell by about five decibels, enough to make the daytime sound more like a quiet night.
Whether you think this is welcome or unnecessary is another matter.
“To me, it’s the sound of the city working,” said Juan Pablo Bello, who leads a project at N.Y.U. studying the sounds of New York City. “It’s not a healthy sound in my mind.”
Researchers compared recordings from the plaza outside the Tate Modern Museum in London, which were captured in May and last month. Similar footage from the Venice Piazza San Marco project showed a lively public space last year.
Ten government ministers in southern Sudan have tested positive for coronavirus, giving the country the largest number of infected cabinet members in Africa.
Ministers were affected by the virus after coming into contact with a former member of the country’s high corona virus working group, Information Minister Michael Makuei told the BBC. The announcement comes just days after the first vice president, Riek Machar; his wife, Angelina Teny, who is also Minister of Defense; and members of his staff and bodyguards, tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. The officials have quarantined for the next 14 days.
In Burkina Faso, five prime ministers and two ambassadors – including US ambassador Andrew Young – tested positive for the corona virus in March.
South Sudan, which comes from a devastating civil war, has so far reported 481 cases including four deaths and four recoveries. Although the figure is relatively low compared to other countries’ case reports, aid groups have heard the alarm about a sharp increase in cases in recent days despite limited tests, monitoring and contact tracking. Many have also been worried about the spread of the virus in the densely populated civilian protection sites, where cases were detected in mid-May.
“We expect the number of cases to continue to increase in southern Sudan until there is widespread transmission from the community, as social distance is difficult to enforce in this context,” said Rosalind Crowther, South Sudan’s director of the NGO Care, in a statement. “The actual number of cases is much higher, and there are reports of people dying of covid-like symptoms that will never have been tested.”
The widespread interruption of routine immunization programs around the world during the coronavirus pandemic puts 80 million children under 1 year at risk of suffering from fatal, vaccine-preventing diseases, according to a report Friday by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
The groups surveyed 129 poor and middle-income countries and found that 68 had some degree of disruption of vaccine services through clinics and through large inoculation campaigns.
Many public health experts say they are worried that deaths from diseases including cholera, rotavirus and diphtheria can outperform them from Covid-19 itself.
But officials are now moving toward a cautious risk-benefit analysis. Note that Covid-19 has been flushing inconsistently throughout the world and varies not only from country to country but also within national borders, The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a consortium of international organizations, urges countries to carefully evaluate their own situations and devise alternative, pandemic vaccination strategies as soon as possible.
Elian Peltier covered the coronavirus pandemic in Spain before returning to his native France. We asked him to tell us about a visit to his grandparents.
When France was shut down in March, my mother was relieved. Her parents were in a nursing home, and with travel restrictions suddenly in place, she and her sister could no longer drive 80 miles south of Paris every weekend to visit them.
At least in the home, my grandparents would get the care they needed.
Then the virus slipped into the nursing home and relief turned to alarm. Had a measure to protect my grandparents instead condemned them?
So began a long awakening of daily conversations, weekly video chats and custom postcards created online.
When I told my grandfather about reporting in Spain, I omitted the mention of the bodies that were taken out of apartment buildings in Barcelona and about health care professionals in health clothes that disinfected nursing homes in isolated villages. It felt better to update him on the uncertain fate of European football leagues and to remind us of our penalty kicks in his garden in Beaugency, where I spent my summers as a child.
Coronavirus has killed about 14,000 residents in France’s nursing home – half of the country’s death toll. We are fortunate that so far none of these deaths occurred in my grandparents and homes, where caregivers were vigilant about social distance.
When France started to relax last week, we could finally visit, or rather sit outside the home, when my grandparents sat inside, a few meters away. In order for us to hear each other, the staff opened the door, but placed a table with a plexiglass partition in the door.
We could only see my grandparents one at a time, as they are in different parts of the home that can no longer be socially mixed. My grandfather, a former stone mason, lacks many things we can’t deliver yet, like shorts, because of the strict rules of the home. It’s my grandmother’s company he misses most.
My grandmother, once a wonderful cook known to her chicken basquaise and cherry cakes, have Alzheimer’s. When she struggled to recognize me, I broke the rules and took down my mask for a second. A nurse gently caressed her hair while we talked. My mom and I were a little jealous that the nurse could do what we couldn’t.
Currently, I plan to finally read my grandfather’s magazines about his military service in Chad when he was around my age. He gave them to me at Christmas; I thought I had plenty of time to read them. That was before he got a stroke, and before the pandemic created a new normal.
When India introduced a national lockdown on March 25, thousands of thousands of migrant workers, unemployed, long, treacherous journeys from India’s cities, often began on foot.
But Mohan Paswan, a rickshaw driver from a lower part of India’s caste system, had been injured in a traffic accident in January and could barely walk. He and his 15-year-old daughter, Jyoti Kumari, had no transport and almost no money when they looked to come home from the village of New Delhi, halfway across India.
Their saving was a $ 20 purple bike purchased with the last of their savings. Beginning on May 8, Jyoti trampled for 700 miles with his father on his back and delivered them both safely home last weekend.
Many days they had some food. They slept at gas stations. They lived by strange generosity. Cycling wasn’t easy. Her father is big and he carries a bag. Sometimes people tormented them and upset him.
The national press has taken hold of Jyoti’s emotional history the “lion-hearted.”
On Thursday, the Cycling Federation of India, which scouts young talent and sends the best to international competitions, including the Olympics, Jyoti tracked through a journalist and invited her to New Delhi for a test with the national team.
Reached by phone on Friday in his village Sirhulli, in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, Jyoti said in a scrawny, exhausted voice: “I am excited, I really want to go.”
Another important goal of the National People’s Congress in Beijing is to push back growing international criticism of China’s early mistakes in Wuhan and outlining plans to increase government spending.
Yet President Xi Jinping is the government is facing a new outbreak in Jilin, a northeastern province of 27 million people, located close to China’s borders with Russia and North Korea. Jilin has been placed under a Wuhan-style cap because it has reported an outbreak that is still small – about 130 cases and two deaths – but has the potential to be a “big explosion,” experts say.
Every morning before dawn in recent weeks, Yasser al-Samak, a Bahraini man, roamed the streets of his village outside Manama, the capital, raising his neighbors for the nourished suhoor meal which observant Muslims eat during the holy month of Ramadan before their day-long fast.
“Stay at home with your family and mix your suhoor with hope, for those who trust God, he will protect them,” he sings according to Agence France-Presse. “Make yourself strong with prayer and wear the mask like a shield against the pandemic.”
In the villages and towns around the Middle East, some “Ramadan drummers” still keep alive a tradition that in recent years has left room for alarm clocks and smartphone alerts. But during the coronavirus cloud, almost everything else about Ramadan – and the usually gratifying holiday that marks its end, Eid al-Fitr, which begins this weekend – has been new and not a good way.
As a nod to the holy month, and partly because the Covid-19 caseloads seemed to be lighter, several Arab countries relaxed some collection and trade restrictions – only to pinch again when cases suddenly mounted.
The Eid weekend will pose a serious challenge to the authorities: Instead of participating in communal prayers, celebrations and celebrations, many people in the Middle East and throughout the Muslim world will be more restricted than they have been in weeks.
Saudi Arabia has announced a 24-hour portfolio from Saturday to Wednesday, covering the entire holiday period. The Omani authorities have banned all Eid gatherings and said that the residents have still met in groups in violation of social distancing orders. Qatar has canceled all but a few operations during Eid. The United Arab Emirates is moving its nightly curfew earlier.
Egypt, which never shut down its economy to the extent that other countries in the region did, is also sharpen up for Eid. The national curfew will be moved up four hours to 5 pm; restaurants, cafes, beaches and parks will be closed.
When it comes to prayers, the religious authorities in Egypt and Saudi Arabia have decided that they should be performed at home.
The malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine did not help coronavirus patients and may have done harm, according to a new study based on records of nearly 15,000 patients who received the drugs and 81,000 who did not.
People who were given the drugs were more likely to have abnormal heart rhythms, according to the study, published in The Lancet.
But the study was observational, which meant that patients were not randomly picked to receive the drug or not. This type of study cannot provide definitive evidence of drug safety and efficacy.
Nevertheless, the authors of the study recommended that the drugs should not be used outside clinical trials, and they said that carefully controlled studies were needed.
The move comes weeks after UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global arms deal to focus attention on the pandemic and reduce the risk of those caught up in conflicts. But instead, hundreds of thousands of people have been driven from their homes since mid-March, often to overcrowded and unsanitary conditions where the corona virus can be more easily spread.
The largest number of displaced persons was by far in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where more than 480,000 people fled their homes in recent weeks during clashes between armed groups and the military.
In Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Syria, Somalia and Myanmar, more than 10,000 people in each nation were moved during the same period.
The Norwegian Refugee Council, in a statement released with the report, called on world leaders to “rise to the occasion and jointly push parties to stop their fire and unite to protect all communities from Covid-19.”
“We’re stuck,” said Daniela Vassallo, 52, as she walked onto the field and steered away from Giulio, the escaped camel.
Vassallo, a former contortionist-turned-administrator, is a family member who has worked in the circus for at least six generations and has owned this special show for 29 years. The last period may have been the least of the events, as she and her relatives and various circus artists have spent the months here being dropped into trailers next to peppermint striped tents.
In reality, Rony Rollers are not trapped as much as they do not want to go their separate ways. Like other dynasties in Italy’s vibrant, 60-circus strong top-top culture, Vassallo’s home and real estate owns about an hour south of Latina, a town that the circus people what Tampa, Fla., Is for professional wrestlers.
In a narrow field surrounded by low-rise apartments, bus stops and a tangled band of highway ramps, the camel rushed past the lions, who were jumping towards their cage. It distracted the acrobats who practiced their lashes on an antenna hook and sauntered against the sluggish, pregnant tiger and booth of horses and African Watusi bulls.
An animal store, which had a welding helmet when he went to repair, quickly chased down the camel.
While relief from travel restrictions has left circus members free to join menagerie and tents since the beginning of this month, Vassallo said that Latina was packed with other circus acts and animals, and that her artists feared the solitude of home isolation. She said the squad had agreed that it was preferable to continue leasing this land across a barley field and completing the completion training together.
“Better in the company,” she said was consensus, “with my people.”
Andorra, a small nation wedged between France and Spain, is home to only 77,000 people and is best known for its ski resorts and to build up its wealth as a tax haven. It only has one hospital.
So when the coronavirus outbreak began to ravage Europe, public health officials in the small country knew they had to look to the outside world for help. As the outbreak spread, Andorra welcomed 39 Cuban doctors and nurses to support hospital staff. As neighboring Spain soon became one of the nations with the largest number of cases in Europe, Andorra supported an influx of patients.
Maria Ubach, Andorra’s foreign minister, said in a telephone interview that she took the unlikely initiative to call Cuba for help.
“When you are in a crisis situation, you have to make decisions quickly, so we turned to Cuba because we now have closer contacts with the Latin American continent,” Ubach said. “We would normally look after our neighbors France and Spain, but they also faced a critical situation.”
The Cubans arrived in Andorra at the end of March, but their mission did not start well. One of the doctors tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival and forced the entire team into a week-long quarantine.
But since then, Cubans have made an important contribution in Andorra, which as of Friday had an official coronavirus death rate of 51. While the number is small, it is proportionally among the highest in Europe given its small population.
The 12 doctors and 27 nurses integrated well with local medical staff and helped to share their workload, the minister said.
Cuba has sent doctors and nurses to a dozen countries in the crisis, including Italy at the beginning of the outbreak and several countries in Central America and the Caribbean.
The US State Department has condemned Cuba’s medical mission and warned of the state’s work exploitation. But Ubach said the Cuban mission had been so successful that Andorra was considering extending the contract after May 31. She did not provide financial details for the Cuban contract, but said some of its costs had been covered by Alexis Sirkia, a wealthy resident of Andorra.
Bulky beaches. Full parades. Congest public ceremonies. Jam-packed backyard grills. Memorial Day, which honors the country’s military dead, has come to signal the beginning of summer over large parts of the United States, usually bringing millions of shoulders to towel, towel towel.
Many traditional Memorial Day events have been canceled or replaced with socially distant alternatives. The selected officials and organizers of events are struggling to get back as much normalcy as possible without jeopardizing public health. The results have been hopeful, crazy and confusing. But many Americans are pushing and trying to preserve what is important while releasing what is not.
A ceremony in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is on, but organizers are asking the public not to come. The boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., Opened this month, but signs reminded it groups of 10 or more were discouraged. And in Massachusetts, the beaches will be reopened for swimming on Memorial Day, but volleyball is prohibited and the sunbathers have to place their towels 12 feet apart.
People are also beginning to feel the negative health effects of social isolation, which Steve Cole, a social genomics researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, claimed could increase the chances of chronic disease and other types of illness over time.
“We don’t want to be packed like sardines in a crowd,” he said, “but at the same time, a lonely man is a recipe for death.”
Reporting contributed by Geneva Abdul, Emily Badger, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Keith Bradsher, Chris Buckley, Quoctrung Bui, Abdi Latif Dahir, Evan Easterling, James Gorman, Erin Griffith, Javier C. Hernández, Jan Hoffman, Jason Horowitz, Bella Huang, Mike Ives, Yonette Joseph, Isabella Kwai, Ruth Maclean, Apoorva Mandavilli, Cade Metz, Raphael Minder, Elian Peltier, Austin Ramzy, Megan Specia, Farah Stockman, Vivian Wang and Vivian Yee.