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Russia’s coronavirus infections pass 350,000: Live updates | News

  • Cases of the coronavirus in Russia have risen to 353,427, with 8,946 new infections in the last 24 hours.

  • The US has prevented arrivals from Brazil, the country with the second highest number of cases in the world after the US.

  • Domestic flights are due to resume in India on Monday, a day after the country confirmed a record 6,767 new cases of coronavirus.

  • More than 5.3 million people around the world have been infected with coronavirus so far, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 344,000 people have died, while more than two million have recovered.

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, May 25th

5 GMT – Foreign tourists can book holiday in Spain from July: Minister

Foreign tourists can book holidays in Spain from July, as the two-week self-catering for overseas travelers will probably be canceled then, the tourism minister said.

One of the worst affected countries in the world from the coronavirus, tourism-dependent Spain is gradually facilitating a strict lockdown, although it has kept a quarantine on visitors to prevent a second wave of infections.

“It is perfectly coherent to plan the summer holidays to come to Spain in July,” Reyes Maroto said in an interview with local radio station Onda Cero.

07:50 – Russia’s coronavirus infections pass 350,000

Cases of the coronavirus in Russia climbed to 353,427, after increasing by 8,946 over the past 24 hours, says the country’s coronavirus center.

It said the number of deaths had increased by 92 overnight, bringing the total country death toll from the virus to 3,633.

Coronavirus cases in Russia exceed 300 thousand

A woman wears a mask as a precaution against coronavirus when walking on Pyatnitskaya street in Moscow [EPA]

07:30 GMT – Hungary partially opens the border to Serbia for local citizens

Hungary opened its southern border to citizens of Serbia and Hungary, the Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told a news conference.

Hungary decided to roll back a similar measure taken by Serbia on Friday, Szijjarto said, adding that the new coronavirus pandemic was under control in both countries, allowing for restrictions to be reduced.

The move followed a gradual reopening of the country’s other borders, which now allow some movement, although restrictions have not been completely lifted.

07:00 – Germany’s confirmed cases of coronavirus increase by 289 to 178,570

The number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Germany increased by 289 to 178,570, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday.

The reported death rate increased by 10 to 8,257, data showed.


The reported coronavirus-related death rate in Germany increased by 10 to 8,257 [EPA]

06:35 GMT – Hungary’s 2021 budget to contain $ 9.3 billion anti-pandemic fund

Hungary’s 2021 budget will include an almost trillion forint ($ 9.34 billion) anti-pandemic fund, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga said in a video published on Facebook, adding that he would submit the budget to Parliament.

Like other governments, Hungary’s cabinet rolled out a massive economic stimulus package earlier this year to combat the fallout from the new pandemic coronavirus. The Government hopes that a projected recession of 3 plus percent will reverse in 2021.

06:10 GMT – Thailand reports two new cases, one more death

Thailand confirmed two new cases of coronavirus and one more death, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Health.

The new figures brought the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,042 and deaths to 57 since the outbreak began in January, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the COVID-19 Administration Center.

More than 96 percent of patients, or 2,928 people, have recovered, he said.

Hi, this is Umut Uras in Doha taking over from my colleague Kate Mayberry.

I hand this blog over to my colleagues in Doha. Before I go, here’s a quick reminder of what has happened in the past few hours. First up, the US has added Brazil to the list of countries with which they have introduced travel bans. Brazil has the second highest number of cases in the world – after the United States. In Australia, where the outbreak is under control, children across New South Wales have returned to school, while Japan is preparing to lift the Tokyo emergency.

05:30 GMT – Duterte calls on the Government of the Philippines to bring workers home

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has given his government a week to treat about 24,000 repatriated Filipino workers who have been stuck for weeks on cruise ships or in the caronavirus quarantine, so that they can finally go home.

Thousands are on board 29 vessels off the Gulf of Manila or trapped in hotels and cramped healthcare facilities, some growing frustrated after testing negatively for the corona virus and completing the 14-day quarantine mandate.

Foreign Filipino workers, or OFW, are providers and an important support base for Duterte. Their more than $ 30 billion annual transfers are a major driver of the Philippine economy and support millions of family members.

“The president said they could use all state resources and any means of transport – bus, airplane, ship – to bring OFW’s home,” Duterte’s spokesman, Harry Roque, said on Monday.

05:05 GMT – Masked, disinfected: China’s clubs are trying to get back into track

Nightclubs have started to open again in China as the coronavirus benefits are eased.

All customers must enter their names and numbers before entering and undergoing a temperature check.

Charles Guo, owner of 44KW in Shanghai, told Reuters that business was slow to begin with as people were “pretty worried about their safety” but had taken up late last month.

All staff wear masks and gloves while door handles, toilets and other surfaces are disinfected every hour. Customers are not required to wear masks, but hand sans are freely available and drinks are served in disposable glasses.

China clubs

People wear face masks at a nightclub in Shanghai [Aly Song/Reuters]

04:05 GMT – Singaporean boils up Eid party for migrant workers

Singaporean Dushyant Kumar, his wife and a team of chefs cooked up an Eid celebration by Briyani for hundreds of migrant workers who quarantined the festival because of the city’s coronavirus outbreak.

“We want to make sure they are not left out,” Kumar told Reuters as he prepared the food for about 600 men. “The smile on their faces gives you a lot of satisfaction.”

Singapore has about 300,000 migrant workers mainly from India, Bangladesh and China who live in narrow dormitories that have become the center of the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

Kumar’s initiative was funded by public donations and a non-governmental organization. He has also delivered 1,000 meals a day to the men who have been in strict quarantine since the beginning of April.

03:40 GMT – One million jobs lost: The price of coronavirus in Mexico

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the new coronavirus could cost up to a million jobs, as many industries that are not considered necessary remain closed.

“My prediction is that with a coronavirus, one million jobs will be lost,” Lopez Obrador said in a Sunday speech. He then promised that the government would create two million new jobs.

Lopez Obrador’s government has repeatedly said it has the outbreak under control but has since published a record number of new cases and deaths. The Mexican economy was already in a recession before the pandemic occurred and some banks have predicted it could hit 9 percent this year. Read more here.

Mexico's economy

Workers at a cable network and cable factory in Ciudad Juarez [File: Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters]

03:00 GMT – COVID-19 shows up in Malaysia immigration centers

Malaysia’s highest official in the Ministry of Health has requested medical care and remediation in the country’s immigration centers after three found cases of coronavirus.

Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, secretary general of the Ministry of Health, said there should be no discrimination against non-Malaysians in dealing with the virus.

“We must improve detection of active cases and isolate and treat these positive cases immediately,” Dr. Noor Hisham wrote on his Facebook page. “Quarantine the close contacts and decontaminate respective centers. The virus knows no bounds and does not favor any ethnicity and social status.”

Malaysia has carried out a series of attacks on undocumented migrants during the country’s coronavirus lockout. Data from the Ministry of Health shows 115 confirmed cases in the three centers.

02:15 GMT – Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo starts selling face masks

Japanese retailer Uniqlo will start selling masks in its stores to meet the demand for coronavirus.

The masks will be made from the same quick-drying material as its underwear AIRism to keep the wearer cool, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

02:00 GMT – Japan picks up emergency for Tokyo

Japan is expected to raise the Tokyo emergency and four other areas still under coronavirus restrictions.

The government will seek approval for the plan from key advisers on Monday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe due to hold a press conference at 6pm (09:00 GMT)

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the capital would move to re-open libraries and museums with the emergency raised and allow restaurants to open longer. Theaters, cinemas and other arenas would be reopened at a later stage.

01:20 GMT – Children in NSW return to class when parents return to work

Children of all ages across Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales returned to class on Monday, when offices began to open again.

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian told the media only that a “very small proportion” of parents had chosen to keep their children at home because of concerns over COVID-19.

Australia school

Children across New South Wales returned to their classrooms on Monday when the chromosome virus restrictions were eased [Joel Carrett/EPA]

00:00 GMT – USA bans Brazil arrivals as tolls in coronavirus

The United States said on Sunday that it banned all trips to the United States by non-nationals who have been to Brazil.

“We hope it will be temporary, but because of the situation in Brazil, we will take all necessary steps to protect the American people,” National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien told CBS’s Face the Nation program.

Brazil recorded 653 deaths on Sunday and a further 15,813 cases, giving a total of 363,211.

Filipe Martins, a foreign adviser to President Jair Bolsonaro, wrote on Twitter and downplayed the proposal, saying that the ban was “nothing specific to Brazil” and the United States followed “precious set parameters”.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

Read all the updates from yesterday (May 24) here.

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