COVID-19: Bars, Schools & Restaurants Still Open in This Country

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Schools and Borders are still Opened in This Country

While most of Europe is firmly locked down in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, Sweden is taking a softer line, keeping primary schools, restaurants and bars open and even encouraging people to go outside for a nip of air. 

The countrys lead epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told CNBC on Monday that although his countrys strategy to tackle the virus was different, the aim was the same.

My view is that basically all European countries are trying to do the same thing were trying to slow down the spread as much as possible to keep health care and society working ... and we have shown some different methods to slow down the spread, he told CNBC.

Sweden has gone mostly for voluntary measures because thats how were used to working, Tegnell added. And we have a long tradition that it works rather well. 

People gather for a drink at a pub in central Stockholm on March 23. ALI LORESTANI/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Italy Deaths Rise by 812; New Cases Fall Sharply

A woman prays during the Sunday Holy Mass celebrated by priests from the roof of the church San Gabriele dellAddolorata in Rome on March 29, 2020, amid the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. Tiziana Fabi | AFP | Getty Images

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy climbed by 812 to 11,591, the Civil Protection Agency said.

However, the number of new cases rose by just 4,050, the lowest amount since March 17, hitting a total of 101,739 from a previous 97,689.

Some 5,217 cases were recorded on Sunday and 5,974 on Saturday

"We do hope that Italy and Spain are nearly there, but the virus won't go down by itself, it needs to be pushed down through public health efforts," Dr Mike Ryan, WHO's top emergencies expert, told a news conference.

Tokyo Olympic 2020 Rescheduled to 23 July 2021 

The Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021, after they were postponed last week by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese organisers because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Paralympics were rescheduled to August 24 to September 5.

It is the first postponement in Olympic history, though there were several cancellations during wartime.

This year's Games were scheduled to run from July 24 until August 9.

A Rush of Local News

Today's Cases: 48 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, all imported cases.

Xiamen Airlines (XiamenAir) will cancel cross-strait flights from March 30 to May 2, due to COVID-19 prevention and control work, according to a statement by the company on Monday.

China Aids Venezuela: China has dispatched a team of medical experts to Venezuela to help fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry. The team is formed by China's National Health Commission, with experts selected by Jiangsu Province's health commission. They departed China on Sunday and are scheduled to arrive in Venezuela on Monday.

China Aids Canada: About 7.5 tonnes of medical supplies, donated by the Bank of China, arrived in Toronto on Friday to aid Canada in combating the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The supplies will be delivered to several designated hospitals for treating the coronavirus in Canada through the Bethune Medical Development Association. 

Shopping malls in central China's Wuhan City have resumed operations on Monday, though with some precautions. Customers are required to wear masks, be screened for their body temperatures and scan a health QR code before they're allowed entry. 

Hubei Airports Re-opening: Two airports, Xujiaping airport in Enshi City and Wudangshan airport in Shiyan City, both in central China's Hubei Province resumed civil flights on Sunday after shutting down two months ago due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A Rush of News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, has begun self-isolating with symptoms just days after the British leader tested positive.

Austria will require the public to wear basic face masks in supermarkets, where they will be handed out probably from Wednesday in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said.

British low-cost airline EasyJet said it had grounded its entire fleet of over 300 aircraft and reached a deal with its cabin crew for employees to be furloughed for two months under a government job-retention scheme.

Nepal extended a nationwide lockdown put in place on March 23 by another week. International flights will also be banned until April 15.

Japan: All visitors from the US, China, South Korea and most of Europe will be denied entry to Japan under new rules to curb coronavirus infections, 

Argentina extended a nationwide quarantine until April 12. The mandatory measures were due to expire at the end of March. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will go into quarantine as one of his advisers,  Rivka Paluch,  was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the prime minister's office said on Monday.

Johnson & Johnson said human testing of its experimental vaccine for the coronavirus would begin by September and that it could be available for emergency use authorization in early 2021.

The German state of Bavaria is extending the period of self-isolation and movement measures until April 19, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder announced Monday.

UK: Prince Charles out of isolation and in good health after coronavirus diagnosis.

Zimbabwe started a three-week lockdown on Monday as part of the governments efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, but critics are calling for more action.

Ford Motor Co said on Monday that it will produce 50,000 ventilators over the next 100 days at a plant in Michigan in cooperation with General Electric's healthcare unit, and can then build 30,000 per month as needed to treat patients afflicted with the coronavirus.

Spain Passes China on number of cases

Spain's total number of coronavirus cases rose to 85,195 from 78,797 on Sunday, the country's health ministry said, as the infections surpassed China, which reported 82,545 Tuesday Morning.

The death toll from the virus in Spain rose to 7,340 on Monday from 6,528 on Sunday, the ministry said.

Spains health emergency chief Fernando Simon, who leads the countrys response to the coronavirus epidemic and maintains regular contact with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, has tested positive for the virus, a top health official said.

Infection Trends in Major Countries

Van Gogh Painting Stolen from Dutch Museum that is Closed to Stop Spread of Coronavirus

A Dutch museum that is currently closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus said Monday a painting by Vincent van Gogh on loan for an exhibition was stolen in a raid overnight. The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam says "Spring Garden" by the Dutch master was taken in the early hours of Monday.

Museum director Evert van Os said the institution that houses the collection of American couple William and Anna Singer is "angry, shocked, sad" at the theft of the painting.

The value of the work, which was on loan from the Groninger Museum in the northern Dutch city of Groningen, was not immediately known. Police are investigating the theft.

New York City is Building a Field Hospital in Central Park

A 68-bed field hospital is being constructed in New York City's Central Park to accommodate additional coronavirus patients, Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday.

It will be operational by Today.

The Central Park Conservancy is also working with Mt. Sinai Hospital and Samaritans Purse to build the hospital, de Blasio said.

US Crude Dips below $20, 18 Years Lowest

Oil prices fell sharply, with U.S. crude briefly dropping below $20 and Brent hitting its lowest level in 18 years, on heightened fears that the global coronavirus shutdown could last months and demand for fuel could decline further.

Brent crude, the international benchmark for oil prices, was down $1.92, or 7.7%, at $23.01, after earlier dropping to $22.58, the lowest since November 2002. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude dropped $1.03, or 4.8%, to $20.48. Earlier in the session, WTI fell as low as $19.92.

First Coronavirus Treatment Test Results Due at End of Week, says French minister 

The first test results for various coronavirus treatments will be made available later this week, the French Minister of Research Frdrique Vidal said Monday.

The clinical trials of four possible treatments began a week ago, and involve more than 3,000 volunteers across Europe.

According to Frances National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), the trials are analyzing the efficacy and tolerance of therapeutic options for patients within a controlled timeframe.

The four treatments being tested are:

  • Remdesivir, which was used to treat Ebola

  • Lopinavir-Ritonavir, known as an anti-HIV treatment

  • Hydroxychloroquine, known for treating malaria.

  • and interferon-beta. 

Trump Concedes US Coronavirus Death Toll Could Be 100,000 or More

President Donald Trump acknowledged Sunday for the first time that deaths in the United States from coronavirus could reach 100,000 or more, adding that if the death toll stays at or below 100,000, "we all together have done a very good job."

Trump's assertion came after he was asked about comments the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, made earlier Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that based on models, 100,000 Americans or more could die from the virus.

President Trump also said the Food and Drug Administration approved a machine that could disinfect N95 masks, so health care providers could reuse them.

"Each machine now can disinfect 120,000 masks per day," Trump said yesterday. "Now, think of that. Each machine can disinfect 120,000 masks per day. It will be just like a new one. It can go up to about 20 times for each mask."

3-Month Prison for Violating Home Quarantine

A 31-year-old man has received a three-month prison sentence for violating a home quarantine order in (China) Hong Kong amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

He is also the first person in (China) Hong Kong to be jailed for violating the order.

Named by local media as Sing Kin Kung-kai, he pleaded guilty at Fanling Magistrates' Court on Monday morning to providing false or misleading information to officials.

Earlier this month, he gave a false address to avoid being sent to a quarantine camp after returning to (China) Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland, where he visited a friend.

 Self-protection in Elevators During COVID-19 Pandemic

Here are some tips from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention that you can follow to better protect yourself when taking an elevator:


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