'No evidence' People Who Recovered From COVID-19 Won't Get reinfected - WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that there was currently "no evidence" that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second coronavirus infection.
In a statement, the United Nations agency warned against issuing "immunity passports" or "risk-free certificates" to people who have been infected, saying the practice may actually increase the risk of spread as they may ignore standard advice.
Chile said last week it would begin handing out "health passports" to people deemed to have recovered from the illness. Once screened to determine if they have developed antibodies to make them immune to the virus, they could immediately rejoin the workforce. Several other countries have made similar suggestions.
A Rush of Local News
Eleven new confirmed COVID-19 cases were registered on the Chinese mainland on Saturday, five of them imported and six domestic, according to China's National Health Commission.
The commission also reported 30 new asymptomatic patients and no new deaths.
China has reported no coronavirus death for the last 10 days, National Health Commission spokesperson Mi Feng said Saturday in a press briefing.
China on Friday released new rules that require all non-medical masks must be up to its own quality standards before being exported, a move that will address quality concerns but likely curb the supply of masks.
Q1 Marriages down 46%: A total of 2.79 million couples registered for marriages in the first quarter, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs Friday. The figure was down about 46 percent year on year, Xu Jianzhong, an official with the ministry, said at a press conference.
Beijing announces new laws from June 1:
Cover face when coughing or sneezing in public places
Wear masks when dealing with all infectious respiratory diseases
Total ban Beijing bikini in public places
A Rush of News
Global Deaths more than one quarter in the US: Less than three months since the first known coronavirus death in the US, the country's fatalities make up more than quarter of the global death toll. Nearly 52,000 Americans have died from the virus so far
Saudi Arabia's King Salman is ordering the partial lifting of a curfew in all regions of the kingdom, except in the city of Mecca and previously quarantined neighbourhoods, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. The curfew will be lifted between 9am and 5pm from Sunday onwards, while malls, wholesale and retail shops will be allowed to reopen from Wednesday onwards for a period of two weeks.
Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon is cancelling sports events and ordering the closure of schools for two weeks.
Spain20% of the coronavirus infections reported in the country have been among healthcare workers, Spanish media El Pas reported on Saturday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will return to work on Monday after recovering from coronavirus, a Downing Street spokesperson told CNN.
The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized three new coronavirus antibody tests, bringing the total number of FDA-authorized tests to seven. Three companies DiaSorin, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics and Autobio Diagnostics received the authorizations.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that people will be allowed out to exercise from May 2 if the number of new coronavirus cases continued to fall.
South Africa plans to reopen its agriculture sector and allow some manufacturing and retail to resume
Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways said it would extend its suspension of scheduled passenger flights until at least May 16 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Etihad and other UAE airlines have been operating outbound-only flights for foreigners who want to leave the Gulf Arab state, which has banned the entry.
Poland plans to reopen outdoor sports areas on May 4 and will allow top league football matches to be played at the end of next month, as part of an easing of restrictions put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Wizz Air, the low cost airline, has said it would restart some flights from London's Luton Airport on May 1, becoming one of the first European carriers to begin to restore services which have been grounded during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hundreds of people who live in Poland and work in Germany protested on Friday evening in the southwestern Polish border town of Zgorzelec against a mandatory coronavirus quarantine for those who cross the border. The protest was staged on a foot bridge connecting Zgorzelec and the German town of Gorlitz, which functioned as one town before the borders were closed starting March 15.
Cross-border workers stage protest at Polish-German border demanding to be exempt from the mandatory quarantine [Reuters]
The government of Indias most populated state, Uttar Pradesh, has announced a ban on gatherings until June 30. It is the first state to have issued a ban on gatherings beyond the end of the nationwide lockdown, which is May 3.
Pakistan will remain in a nationwide lockdown until May 9 to curb the spread of coronavirus, Planning Minister Asad Umar announced.
The Spanish government on Saturday confirmed that it's maintaining the closure of land borders with neighbors France and Portugal until May 10.
Algeria is allowing several businesses to reopen, that included shops selling materials for building and public works, appliances, fabrics, jewelry, clothing and shoes, cosmetics and perfumes, home and office furniture, pastries and hairdressers in addition to urban transport by taxi.
Hard-Hit Countries/Regions Official Announcements
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 895,766 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 30,181 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 1,623 to 50,439. The CDC reported its tally of COVID-19 cases, as of 4pm ET (20:00 GMT) on April 24, compared with its count a day earlier.
Mexico: Health authorities are reporting 970 new cases of coronavirus infections and 84 additional deaths. The figures bring the total confirmed cases in the country to 13,842 and the death toll to 1,305.
England's hospital death toll has risen by 711 to 18,084, the health service said.
Netherlands: The number of confirmed cases have risen by 655 to 37,190, health authorities said, with 120 new deaths. The country's death toll stands at 4,409, the Netherlands Institute for Public Health (RIVM) said in its daily update.
Spain's death toll has risen to 22,902 up from 22,524 the day before, media outlets, including El Pais and El Mundo, reported. The number of daily fatalities was 378, a slight increase on Friday's 367, which was the lowest figure recorded in the past month. The overall number of coronavirus cases rose to 223,759 from 219,764 the day before.
Russia: The number of new cases has risen by 5,966 over the past 24 hours, bringing its nationwide tally to 74,588, the country's coronavirus crisis response centre said. It also reported 66 new deaths bringing the total death toll in Russia to 681.
Irans death toll has risen by 76 to reach a total of 5,650, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on state TV. The total number of cases is 89,328, of whom 3,096 are in a critical condition, he added.
Indonesia has reported 396 new cases, taking the total number to 8,607, data provided by health ministry official Achmad Yurianto showed. Thirty one more people who had tested positive for the virus died, taking the total number of deaths to 720.
Germany's confirmed cases increased by 2,055 to 152,438, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases has shown - a second day of deceleration after three days of acceleration in new infections. On Friday confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 2,337. The reported death toll rose by 179 to 5,500, the tally showed on Saturday.
Singapore has registered 618 new coronavirus infections, its health ministry has said, taking the city-state's total number of COVID-19 cases to 12,693.
India on Saturday reported 1,490 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 24,942, according to health officials. The country's death toll is at 779, and 5,210 people have recovered.
Turkey recorded 2,861 infections in the past 24 hours, and 106 more people died, taking the death toll to 2,706, health ministry data showed. The total number of cases stood at 107,773.
France: The death toll has risen by 369 to stand at 22,614, the health ministry said. 124 patients were admitted to intensive care units over the last 24 hours.
Sri Lanka Reimposes Lockdown
Sri Lanka has reimposed a countrywide 24-hour curfew after a surge in the number of coronavirus cases, most of them navy sailors who were searching for those evading quarantine.
The 60 new infections on Friday were the highest in a day. The Indian Ocean island nation has confirmed 420 cases of the virus, including seven deaths. Sri Lanka partially lifted a month-long curfew on Monday during daytime hours in more than two thirds of the country. The new curfew remains in effect until Monday. Police have arrested more than 30,000 violators.
Nearly 60 New Cases Confirmed On Cruise Ship in Japan
With testing of all crew members now complete, the new number, reported by public broadcaster NHK, brings the total infections onboard the Costa Atlantica to around 150 [Kyodo via Reuters]
Nearly 60 new cases of coronavirus infections were confirmed among crew members of an Italian cruise ship docked in Japan, domestic media reported on Saturday.
With testing of all crew members now complete, the new number, reported by public broadcaster NHK, brings the total infections onboard the Costa Atlantica to around 150, roughly one quarter of the vessel's 623 crew members. 57 crew members tested positive.
The infection cluster onboard the vessel docked in Nagasaki comes as hospitals are running out of beds in some parts of Japan, where the national tally of virus cases has risen above 12,800. Some 345 people have died, according to Reuters news agency.
Kids Should Spend Less Time on Electronics for Personal Entertainment, Dr. Sanjay Gupta says
Dr. Sanjay Gupta said it is important for kids to spend less time on phones and laptops for their own entertainment since they are getting so much screen time completing school assignments online.
Gupta said one way to maintain a healthy balance of screen time is to take breaks.
"Kids are home on their screens quite a bit for school. I think one of the things we've done, and looking at some of the advice from the pediatric community, is to make sure they're taking breaks from the screen," he said.
Taking breaks and helping your kids get away from the screen is also important to prevent things like headaches.
"It has to be sort of a different break structure than maybe in the classroom, in part just because you need to get away from the screen, but also in part because there can be headaches and things like that that come on from too much full-on screen time," Gupta said.
Sundai Riggins, an elementary school principal in Washington, DC, said giving children activities to do outside is another good way to set boundaries with electronics.
"I think that giving kids boundaries for sure is helpful in managing screen time. I also think that finding more extensions of activities outdoors... it could be helping with planting a garden or some yard work or some exploratory activities outside," Riggins said.
The Pandemic Ruined Their Plans for a Big Wedding, then this happened...
Clare Keefer is walked down the aisle by her father in the church decorated with pictures of the guests, who were unable to attend because of the coronavirus pandemic. Courtesy Mary Seghers Shaffo
The Keefers are both nurses in the Baton Rouge area -- he works in the ER and she's treating Covid-19 patients in ICU. Mel Keefer, 35, said he met 25-year-old Clare when they both worked at Baton Rouge General Medical Center.
Mel Keefer said he knew his mom, Pam Brignac, had gone to the church before the ceremony, but he thought she were just putting up flowers and other decorations.
"It was a cool surprise," he said. "It meant a lot, it was pretty crazy."
Their families surprised the couple Friday by putting photographs of the guests in the pews at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in St. Francesville, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge.
Dozens of photos, printed on computer paper, were hung with clothes pins from string that stretched across the pews.
"The most important thing is that we wanted to be married," he said. "We didn't want to put something off that we were ready for just to have a bigger ceremony."
Plane Carrying Medical Supplies from Wuhan to NY
A plane carrying medical supplies took off at 8:34 p.m., local time, Friday, and left Wuhan, a central Chinese city once hardest hit by COVID-19, for New York.
China Southern Airlines is also planning to operate more cargo flights from Wuhan to San Francisco, Rome, Paris, London and Frankfurt to send medical supplies produced by local companies to help with the coronavirus fight, said a source with the company's Hubei branch.
The airlines decided to use passenger planes to deliver cargo on March 29 and sent 17.6 tons of cargo on the first converted flight from south China's Guangzhou to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 3.
As of Thursday, China Southern Airlines has run 255 converted all-cargo flights, which sent 2,930 tons of cargo in total to 22 countries and regions, including Italy, France, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Kenya, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
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