• For the primary time since they started reporting information in January, Chinese authorities registered zero new infections of coronavirus. 

  • Brazil confirmed a complete of 330,890 coronavirus circumstances, overtaking Russia to turn into the world’s second hotspot for COVID-19.

  • Some 80 million infants may very well be vulnerable to vaccine-preventable ailments similar to diphtheria, measles and polio on account of disruption of routine immunisation brought on by the pandemic, UN businesses warn.

  • More than 5.2 million individuals all over the world at the moment are confirmed to have the coronavirus, in accordance with information compiled by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 338,000 individuals have died globally whereas some two million individuals have recovered.

Here are the most recent updates:

Saturday, May 23

15:10 GMT – Palestinians report first coronavirus demise in Gaza

A girl died in Gaza Strip after contracting coronavirus, the Palestinian enclave’s first fatality from the worldwide pandemic, the well being ministry mentioned.

It mentioned the 77-year-old lady had suffered from a previous continual sickness and had travelled to Gaza via neighbouring Egypt on May 19.

She had been quarantined as a precaution since then, the ministry mentioned.

Hello, that is Arwa Ibrahim taking over the reside weblog from Doha, Qatar. 

13:57 GMT – Anti-viral drug efficient towards coronavirus, examine finds

Anti-viral drug remdesivir cuts restoration instances in coronavirus sufferers.

Complete outcomes from the analysis, which was carried out by US authorities company the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), had been revealed by main medical periodical the New England Journal of Medicine.

The United States licensed the emergency use of remdesivir in hospitals on May 1, adopted by Japan, whereas Europe is contemplating following go well with.

The examine discovered that remdesivir, injected intravenously every day for 10 days, accelerated the restoration of hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers in comparison with a placebo in medical exams on simply over a thousand sufferers throughout 10 nations.

NIAID director Anthony Fauci has mentioned preliminary proof indicated remdesivir had a “clear-cut, significant and positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery”.

13:45 GMT – Malaysia says 2nd virus cluster breaks out at migrant detention centres

A brand new cluster of coronavirus infections has damaged out in Malaysia at a detention centre for undocumented migrants.

Malaysia has this month arrested greater than 2,000 foreigners for not having permits that permit them to be in the nation following raids in areas beneath lockdown. The centres they’re detained in are sometimes crowded with dozens of migrants packed in a single cell.

The well being ministry mentioned on Saturday that 21 circumstances had been recognized on the Semenyih detention centre close to Kuala Lumpur, which homes about 1,600 detainees.

It is the second detention centre at which a cluster of virus infections has damaged out. About 60 circumstances had been reported among the many 1,400 detainees on the Bukit Jalil centre earlier this week.

The ministry’s Director General Noor Hisham Abdullah mentioned the supply of infections on the centres had not been recognized.

13:00 GMT – Spain to reopen to worldwide tourism, restart soccer

Spain will reopen to worldwide tourism from July, says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

He additionally introduced that the nation’s soccer league may return to motion from June 8.

The nation is rising from one among Europe’s strictest lockdowns, carried out on March 14.






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12:36 GMT – France permits spiritual gatherings

Worshippers in France are being allowed to attend spiritual gatherings as the federal government additional eases coronavirus-related restrictions.

The locations of worship, like all different publicly accessible establishments, should observe social distancing guidelines amongst different sanitary measures. All these accountable should make sure that believers put on a masks and disinfect their palms.

At the doorway to church buildings, synagogues and mosques, one individual has to make sure that not too many believers enter without delay.

12:10 GMT – EU ‘frugals’ oppose France-Germany plan for grants






EU urges finish to lockdown as tourism business collapse

EU member states Austria, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands acknowledged their opposition on Saturday to a French-German plan for a 500 billion euro coronavirus restoration fund that may problem grants, calling for a loans-based method as an alternative.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the shock proposal on Monday to arrange a fund that may supply grants to European Union areas and sectors hit hardest by the pandemic.

The concept of grants, nonetheless, is anathema to the EU’s self-styled “frugal four”, who typically oppose large spending and concern the proposal will result in a mutualisation of member states’ debt.

“We suggest to create an Emergency Recovery Fund based mostly on a ‘loans for loans’ method,” the 4 nations mentioned in a so-called “non-paper” outlining their place to different member states and launched by Austria.

11:44 GMT – Vatican Museums set to reopen 

The Vatican Museums will reopen their doorways to vacationers beginning on June 1. Visitors could have entry to among the world’s best Renaissance masterpieces in addition to historical Roman and Egyptian artefacts, however solely via reservations.

They could have their temperatures checked and must put on face masks and use hand sanitiser. Staff will put on masks and gloves, and well being staff might be readily available.

The coronavirus pandemic has drained the Holy See’s coffers because the museums are its most dependable supply of revenue, beforehand producing an estimated $100m yearly.

A view reveals a abandoned entrance of the closed Vatican Museums on March 24, 2020 in Vatican City through the lockdown geared toward stopping the unfold of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic [Andreas Solaro/AFP]

11:10 GMT – Protests erupt in Spain

The streets of Spain’s capital Madrid resounded with the honk of automobiles horns as 1000’s rallied in town as a part of a protest referred to as by the far-right Vox celebration.

Protesters referred to as for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias to resign over their dealing with of the coronavirus disaster.

Spain, which imposed one among Europe’s hardest lockdowns on March 14, has began to ease restrictions, however Madrid and Barcelona have remained in lockdown for longer due to extra extreme coronavirus outbreaks.

“It is time to end the #stateofabuse that Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias are using to gag Spaniards,” Vox mentioned in an announcement, referring to a Twitter hash tag.

“It is time to make a big noise against the government of unemployment and misery that has abandoned our self-employed and workers.”

A demonstrator wearing a protective face mask carries a flag during a drive-in protest organised by Spain's far-right party Vox against the government's handling of the

A demonstrator sporting a protecting face masks carries a flag throughout a protest organised by Spain’s far-right celebration Vox towards the federal government’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic in Madrid, Spain [Sergio Perez/Reuters]

10:43 GMT – UK says PM’s adviser didn’t break lockdown guidelines

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings didn’t break coronavirus lockdown guidelines when he took a journey of 400km (248 miles) whereas having COVID-19 signs in April, in accordance with Downing Street.

“Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for,” a spokesman mentioned.

“At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported. His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines. Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally.”

It got here as members of the opposition referred to as for Cummings to step down. “If Dominic Cummings has broken the lockdown guidelines he will have to resign. It’s as simple as that,” Ed Davey, co-leader of the Liberal Democrats, mentioned.

10:16 GMT – Basketball legend Patrick Ewing exams constructive 

NBA legend Patrick Ewing mentioned he has examined constructive for the brand new coronavirus.

“This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones,” Ewing, a former participant with the New York Knicks, mentioned in a Twitter publish.

Georgetown University, the place Ewing is teaching the lads’s basketball workforce, mentioned in an announcement the Hall of Famer is beneath care and remoted in a hospital.

“I’ll be fine and we will all get through this,” Ewing was quoted as saying.

09:52 GMT – Turkey: High-speed prepare companies set to renew

Starting on May 28, high-speed prepare companies will resume in some components of Turkey after being suspended for 2 months.

In a written assertion, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu mentioned the resumption will see 16 companies per day in 4 routes: Ankara-Istanbul, Ankara-Eskisehir, Ankara-Konya and Konya-Istanbul.

Maintaining the bodily distancing guidelines, the trains will function at 50 % capability and passengers will sit leaving a seat in a row empty. People aged over 65 or beneath 20 might be required to have journey permits.

09:24 GMT – Peru extends nationwide lockdown till finish of June

Peru has prolonged its state of emergency and a nationwide lockdown till the top of June, marking one of many world’s longest intervals of necessary isolation geared toward containing the coronavirus outbreak.

The extension on Friday is the fifth time the Andean nation of 32 million individuals has prolonged its shutdown, first imposed in mid-March.

Read the complete story here

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An individual dressed as a Kusillo, a standard Andean harlequin, reminds individuals to put on face masks, gloves and preserve a social distance as a safety measure towards the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Puno, Peru [Carlos Mamani/AFP]

08:51 GMT – Iran to reopen cultural and spiritual websites

Iran is transferring forward with plans to reopen spiritual and cultural websites, in addition to companies, additional easing restrictions rolled out to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic.

In an announcement broadcast on state tv, President Hassan Rouhani mentioned on Saturday museums and historic websites might be allowed to welcome guests once more on Sunday to coincide with the Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the top the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

To know extra, learn the complete story here

08:25 GMT – Thousands of Palestinians stranded overseas urge for repatriation






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“I’m not the priority of any country and this is how it is when it comes to being a Jerusalemite,” mentioned Diya Hasheem, a 23-year-old Palestinian finding out in Cyprus. 

The pupil is amongst thousands of Palestinians who’ve been stranded overseas, unable to return dwelling through the pandemic, as no authorities authority has been capable of assist them.

Read Mersiha Gadzo’s full story here

07:48 GMT – Berlin church hosts Muslim prayer in signal of solidarity

A church in Berlin has helped a close-by mosque adjust to social distancing pointers by internet hosting Friday prayers in “an incredible signal of solidarity”.

Muslims pray inside the evangelical church of St. Martha's parish, during their Friday prayers, as the community mosque can't fit everybody in due to social distancing rules,

Muslims pray contained in the evangelical church of St Martha’s parish in Berlin throughout their Friday prayers because the group mosque can’t match everyone in [Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters]

The transfer got here because the Dar Assalam mosque, which sees a whole bunch of Muslims on Fridays, can solely accommodate 50 individuals at a time beneath restrictions, prompting the close by Martha Lutheran church to supply to host Muslim prayers.

Read extra here

07:15 GMT – Ivanka Trump attracts derision in India 

US presidential adviser Ivanka Trump’s reward of an Indian teenager’s 1,200km-long (750 miles) bicycle journey dwelling triggered a wave of criticism in India. 

“This beautiful feat of endurance & love has captured the imagination of the Indian people and the cycling federation!” Ivanka, daughter of US President Donald Trump, tweeted on Friday night time.



Opposition political figures referred to as her remarks insensitive to the plight of impoverished migrant staff who’ve to go away the massive cities for his or her houses in different components of India as a result of the shutdown has sapped their financial savings.

“Her poverty & desperation are being glorified as if Jyoti cycled 1,200 KM for the thrill of it. Government failed her, that’s hardly something to trumpet as an achievement,” Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, tweeted in response to Ivanka’s message.

06:47 GMT – Australia urges youthful individuals to get examined 

The state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia urged its youthful residents to get examined because it will get able to additional ease restrictions on pubs and eating places. 






Australia’s seafood business hit by coronavirus curbs

The name got here because the nation’s most populous state, which incorporates town of Sydney and is dwelling to almost half Australia’s roughly 7,100 coronavirus circumstances, recorded simply three new circumstances.

“As we are freeing up our restrictions, particularly around clubs and hotels and so on, we need (to send) a very powerful message … that these young people who may think they are invincible are actually not invincible,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard mentioned in a information convention, reminding individuals of the significance of bodily distancing and testing.

06:20 GMT – North Dakota governor requires empahty 

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum fought again tears at a press convention as he requested the US state’s residents to be empathetic about sporting face masks.



The governor referred to as on individuals to not make masks an ideological problem as he identified that somebody may be doing it “because they have a five-year-old child who has been going through cancer treatments or … vulnerable adults in their life who currently have COVID and are fighting”.

Getting emotional, he mentioned: “I would just love to see our state, as part of being North Dakota smart, also be North Dakota kind, North Dakota empathetic.”

05:45 GMT – Latest figures:

Russia: 335,882 circumstances ( 9,434), 3,388 deaths ( 139)

Brazil: 330,890  circumstances ( 19,969) , 21,048 deaths ( 1,001)

Germany: 177,850 circumstances ( 638), 8,216 deaths ( 42)

Thailand: 3,040 circumstances ( 3), 56 deaths 


Hi, that is Virginia Pietromarchi in Doha, Qatar taking over the reside weblog from my colleague Zaheena Rasheed. 

04:55 GMT – UN warns cybercrime on rise throughout pandemic

The United Nations disarmament chief says the COVID-19 pandemic is transferring the world in direction of elevated technological innovation and on-line collaboration, however “cybercrime is also on the rise, with a 600 percent increase in malicious emails during the current crisis”.

Izumi Nakamitsu informed an off-the-cuff assembly of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday that “there have also been worrying reports of attacks against health care organizations and medical research facilities worldwide”.

She mentioned rising digital dependency has elevated the vulnerability to cyberattacks, and “it is estimated that one such attack takes place every 39 seconds”.

04:29 GMT – Los Angeles dismisses warning over ‘illegal’ lockdown

Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, has dismissed a Trump administration warning that town’s continued coronavirus lockdown may very well be each arbitrary and illegal.

“We are not guided by politics in this – we are guided by science, we are guided by collaboration,” Garcetti informed reporters. “There’s no games, there’s nothing else going on. And that’s the way we’re going to continue to safely open.”    

Los Angeles has begun to reopen amenities from seashores and golf programs to eating places and retail companies providing curbside pick-up companies, however lags behind different components of California.

04:09 GMT – Donated plasma advantages COVID-19 sufferers in small US examine

Plasma from individuals who had recovered from COVID-19 confirmed improved survival charges and had been much less depending on oxygen help than different comparable hospital sufferers, in accordance with outcomes of a small US examine.

The examine, revealed on Friday, detailed the preliminary outcomes of 39 sufferers hospitalised at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Nearly 70 % of the 39 sufferers had been on high-flow oxygen and 10 % had been on mechanical air flow. After two weeks, the illness worsened in 18 % of the plasma sufferers and 24 % of the management sufferers.

As of May 1, almost 13 % of plasma recipients had died, in contrast with greater than 24 % of the management sufferers.

“We are encouraged that our initial assessment offers evidence in support of convalescent plasma as an effective intervention, while remaining mindful that additional studies are needed to confirm these findings and draw more definitive conclusions in different populations,” mentioned Dr Nicole Bouvier, an infectious illness specialist at Mt Sinai and the examine’s lead creator.

03:44 GMT – Hertz information for chapter safety in US and Canada

The automotive rental firm Hertz filed for chapter safety in the US and Canada after its enterprise was decimated through the coronavirus pandemic and talks with collectors didn’t consequence in a lot wanted aid.

“The impact of COVID-19 on travel demand was sudden and dramatic, causing an abrupt decline in the Company’s revenue and future bookings,” Hertz mentioned in a press launch.

Hertz mentioned it took “immediate action” to prioritise the well being and security of staff and prospects and eradicate “all non-essential spending”. However, it mentioned “uncertainty remains as to when revenue will return and when the used-car market will fully reopen for sales, which necessitated today’s action”.

Hertz’s predominant worldwide working areas, together with Europe, Australia and New Zealand, weren’t included in the US Chapter 11 submitting.

02:46 GMT – China reviews no new circumstances for first time since pandemic started

China recorded no new confirmed COVID-19 circumstances on the mainland for May 22, the primary time it had seen no every day rise in the variety of circumstances because the pandemic started in town of Wuhan late final yr.

However, the National Health Commission mentioned there have been two new suspected circumstances: An imported one in Shanghai and regionally transmitted case in the northeastern province of Jilin.

New asymptomatic circumstances of the coronavirus fell to 28 from 35 a day earlier, the NHC mentioned.

02:31 GMT – Yemen’s Houthis ban gatherings forward of Eid al-Fitr

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have introduced strict antivirus measures focused particularly at Eid al-Fitr, the pageant that concludes the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The well being ministry’s restrictions ask residents to put on masks in public and never go away their houses except completely essential.

The ban on social gatherings will forestall multi-generational households and buddies from feasting collectively, and kids from visiting their neighbours’ houses for presents and sweets, as is conventional.

02:06 GMT – Protesters demand meals assist in Chile’s capital

Residents of a poor neighbourhood in the Chilean capital, Santiago, protested on Friday, demanding meals assist to deal with the lockdown in place in town since late March.

One police officer was shot in an arm through the protest in Cerrillos, in which safety forces additionally used tear fuel and water cannon vans to disperse the demonstrators.

“This is not the way, we have that clear,” one protester who didn’t give his identify informed The Associated Press information company. “But it is the only way to get things done in this country, this is how we fight here, like this, this is how you can see the hunger of some people.”

Protesters had been additionally seen holding a banner that learn: “The people are poor, rebel and subversive, to the street!”

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Santiago

People conflict with riot police whereas protesting towards the dearth of assist from the federal government at ‘Cerrillos’ space in Santiago, Chile, on May 22, 2020 [Ivan Alvarado/ Reuters]

01:54 GMT – Peru extends nationwide lockdown

Peru has prolonged its state of emergency and a nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic till the top of June, marking one of many longest intervals of necessary isolation in the world.

The Andean nation, which started the lockdown in mid-March, could have lived beneath it for greater than three months by a June 30 expiration, outlasting restrictions in Italy, Spain and China, among the hardest hit nations in the pandemic.

Friday’s extension, introduced by President Martin Vizcarra, got here as Peru’s confirmed coronavirus circumstances rose to 111,698, the second highest whole in Latin America. The demise toll stood at 3,244 on Friday.

01:20 GMT – France to permit religion gatherings

The French inside ministry says it would permit spiritual gatherings to renew after a two-month hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak however worshippers must put on face masks.

The guidelines might be outlined in a decree in “the coming hours” the ministry mentioned in an announcement on Friday.

Under the decree, a ban on gatherings imposed in March can be rescinded. But collective worship must observe situations, together with the sporting of masks, a distance of at the least one metre (3.3 toes) between worshippers and hand-washing.

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People sporting protecting face masks whereas queueing at an ice cream store on May 22, 2020, in Strasbourg, jap France [Frederick Florin/ AFP]

 01:07 GMT – New York eases ban on gatherings

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, dropped the coronavirus-hit state’s absolute ban on gatherings of any measurement, issuing an govt order saying as much as 10 individuals at the moment are allowed to be collectively so long as they abide by social-distancing pointers adopted through the coronavirus pandemic.

That means individuals nonetheless want to remain at the least 6 toes (1.8 metres) away from others, or put on a masks or face protecting once they can’t preserve that distance in public.

The order represents one of many largest steps but the hard-hit state has taken to loosen guidelines adopted in March which have barred anybody however important staff from getting collectively except they reside in the identical family.

00:34 GMT – Brazil now has world’s second-highest coronavirus circumstances

Brazil confirmed a complete of 330,890 coronavirus circumstances on Friday, overtaking Russia to turn into the world’s second hotspot for COVID-19.

The Health Ministry mentioned there have been 1,001 deaths in the earlier 24 hours, bringing Brazil’s whole demise toll to 21,408.

In Sao Paulo, the worst-hit metropolis, aerial video confirmed rows of open plots on the Formosa Cemetery because it rushed to maintain up with demand.

00:18 GMT – Mexico cancels soccer season over virus issues

Mexico’s top league has decided to cancel its football season without crowning a champion for the first time in its history.

Liga MX cited uncertainty generated by the coronavirus pandemic for the decision and declared the season over despite having played 10 of its 17 dates.

“It’s indisputable that we live in an unprecedented situation in this country that obliges the football industry in Mexico to act with absolute sensitivity and respond with unity to the demands that have presented themselves,” the league said in a statement.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 

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