COVID-19: "The pandemic is far from over," WHO

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"The pandemic is far from over," World Health Organization says

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on March 9, in Geneva, Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization Director-General said, the coronavirus pandemic isn't over.

The pandemic is far from over, he said at a news conference.

He said the World Health Organization "continues to be concerned about the increasing trends in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries."

As in all regions, cases and deaths are underreported in many countries in these regions, because of low testing capacity, Tedros said. 

This virus will not be defeated if we are not united, if we are not united, the virus will exploit the cracks between us and continue to create havoc. Lives will be lost, Tedros added. 

A Rush of Local News

The Chinese mainland recorded six more COVID-19 cases on Monday, three of which were imported from abroad while three are domestic cases, according to China's National Health Commission.

In addition, 40 new asymptomatic cases and no new deaths were recorded on the same day.

Beijing advises residents not to travel overseas or to COVID-19 mid-high-risk areas during May Day: Beijing city officials advise residents not ttravel abroad or go to domestic regions with mid or high-risk COVID-19 status, during the upcoming May Day holiday. The risks of COVID19 are high, and Beijing will conduct centralized medical observation for all returnees. Students are also advised not to leave Beijing.

Imported Cases: With 2 new imported cases reported on April 26, total COVID-19 cases from abroad in the Chinese mainland reached 1,636. 

  • Russia: 649 

  • UK: 311 

  • USA: 168 

  • France: 88 

  • Spain: 88 

  • Italy: 55

Test Fees: Hubei health and medical authorities released the new price of the coronavirus nucleic acid test. The maximum one-time cost is 180 yuan ($25.4). The antibody (IgM/IgG) testing is limited to 50 yuan per test item.

Crew members of Chinese airlines need to undergo nucleic acid test when they return to China, an official of the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said Monday.

5 Vaccines Under Development: China is rapidly cultivating COVID19 vaccines in five different ways. Three types of vaccines have entered clinical studies, including an inactivated vaccine, a nucleic acid vaccine and adenoviral vector-based vaccines: epidemiologist.

The COVID19 outbreak is under control in China but wearing masks is still needed to prevent people from being infected by asymptomatic cases, Beijing-based epidemiologist Wang Guiqiang said on Monday.

English Website for COVID-19 Patents: China's National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) has launched an online platform to provide English patent information related to COVID-19 for scientists and the public. The platform was jointly developed by the China Patent Information Center and the Patent Examination Cooperation (Beijing) Center, two bureaus under the NIPA. The English website of the platform is

China is extending subsidies on new energy vehicles to 2022, with the stimuli for this year a mild drop of 10 percent from 2019, which is expected to alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on car sales and fuel the budding sector's development.

China's industrial profits fall in Q1 under virus strain: Profits of industrial companies with annual revenue of more than 20 million yuan (about 2.83 million U.S. dollars) totaled 781.45 billion yuan in Q1, down 36.7 percent year on year, NBS said in a statement. The contraction narrowed from the 38.3-percent decline in the first two months, NBS data showed.

A Rush of News

The head of Mexico's public administration ministry, Irma Erendira Sandoval, has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in "excellent health and without serious" symptoms, the ministry said in a statement.

Nigeria will extend the countrys lockdown in three major states Abuja, Lagos and Ogun for another week until May 4 and then will begin a "phased and gradual" easing of more than four weeks of lockdowns, President Muhammadu Buhari said in an address.

Madagascar police have forced citizens caught outside without a coronavirus face mask to sweep pavements as punishment. On Monday, around 500 people in Antananarivo and Fianarantsoa were penalised, police deputy head Christian Rakotobe said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his stay-at-home order will likely be extended beyond May 15 in many parts of the state, but that restrictions could be relaxed in some parts if they have sufficient hospital capacity and meet other criteria.

Four million jobs have been furloughed in the UK and a quarter of businesses have stopped trading, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the UK Parliament today.

Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benitez announced Monday that in-person classes will remain closed through December. Benitez said that although there is scientific evidence suggesting children are less vulnerable to the virus, the government has a constitutional obligation to care for the health of its citizens.

The Bank of Japan expects the countrys economy to contract by 3% to 5% this year -- a sharp departure from its forecast at the start of the year, which predicted slight growth.

Sweden's ambassador to the United States has said the capital of the Nordic country could reach herd immunity by May - a result of a controversial response to the coronavirus pandemic involving few public restrictions.

More than 200 Cuban doctors and health workers arrived in South Africa on Monday to help the fight against coronavirus, the presidency said.
The French Formula One Grand Prix scheduled for June 28 at Le Castellet has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said in a statement. British Grand Prix organisers announced on Monday that their event remains on course to take place on July 19 -- but that it will be held without spectators.

Japan: Effective Wednesday, 14 more countries are added to the entry ban list, including Russia and Saudi Arabia, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saidTravellers from China, the United States and all of Europe are restricted from entering Japan under the measures.

Volkswagen -- the world's largest carmaker by sales -- restarted work at its biggest factory, in northern Germany, on Monday.  In a statement, VW said 8,000 employees in the city of Wolfsburg began building cars again on Monday, under tight hygiene restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus.

An employee works on the production line at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, on April 27. Production was shut down in March due to both lockdown measures designed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and the breakdown of international supply chains. Swen Pfrtner/Pool/Getty Images

New Zealand claims it has"eliminated" the coronavirus as the country announced the easing of restrictions from "level four" to "level three," with new cases in single figures. At a news conference on Monday, authorities reported one new case, four "probable cases" and one new death from the virus.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned against relaxing the United Kingdom's coronavirus restrictions too soon in his first remarks since returning to work after contracting the disease, imploring the nation to "contain your impatience."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement at 10 Downing Street in London on Monday, April 27, his first day back at work after recovering from Covid-19. Frank Augstein/AP

Japans March jobless rate rose to its highest level in a year, while job availability fell to a more than three-year low, according to official data, Reuters reported.  The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 2.5% and the jobs-to-applications ratio fell to 1.39 in March, the news agency said. 

Face masks in the air: US airline JetBlue will require all passengers to wear a face covering during travel starting on May 4, while American Airlines flight attendants will wear face masks during every mainline and regional flight from May 1. Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines said Monday they will require thousands of employees to wear face masks and provide masks for passengers, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. 

Hard-Hit Countries/Regions Official Announcements

Note: The news under this section are according to official reports in these countries; the numbers might not necessarily correspond to the data in the Global table, at the top of this article, which is calculated based on Beijing 24 hours time zone at around 10:00 AM. 

France: Deaths rose by 437 to 23,293, the health ministry said in a statement. The 1.9 percent increase is the highest in four days. The number of patients in hospital dropped to 28,055 from 28,217 on Sunday and the number of people in intensive care fell to 4,608 from 4,682 on Sunday.

Turkey's confirmed cases increased by 2,131 in the past 24 hours, and 95 more people have died raising the death toll to 2,900, according to Health Ministry data. The total number of cases in stood at 112,261.

UK: Another 360 people have died in British hospitals, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, bringing the total death toll to 21,092. Hancock said that the deaths of 82 health service workers were included in the figures.

ItalyDeaths rose by 333 against 260 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, but the daily tally of new cases declined to 1,739 from 2,324 on Sunday, the lowest reading since March 10. The total death toll stands at 26,977. The number of confirmed cases stands at 199,414.

Canada's death toll rose by five percent to 2,617 in a day, according to official data posted by the public health agency. Confirmed cases rose to 47,327. On Sunday there were 2,489 deaths and 45,791 positive diagnoses.

Russia has reported 6,198 cases over the last 24 hours, the second highest daily increase, raising the total number to 87,147 as of Monday, official data showed. 

Children return to school in Norway

Norway, which says it has the pandemic under control, reopened primary schools to the youngest students in a step toward a gradual normalisation, though some parents expressed concern.

One week after nursery schools, pupils aged six to 10 started returning to their schools after six weeks of remote learning. Classes were, however, reduced to a maximum of 15 students.

Norway has progressively begun lifting restrictions imposed on March 12 to combat the coronavirus.

Pakistan extends flight ban until May 15

Pakistan has extended a ban on all international flights into and out of the country, with certain exceptions, until May 15, the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced.

"The only exception to the above would be the diplomatic, special/cargo flights and flights of national carrier to/from Pakistan holding special approval from the competent authority for transporting stranded passengers, however, passengers onboard any or all inbound flights shall be subjected to thorough checking as per established procedures including screening, swab testing and isolation/quarantine as per the advice of the health professionals." The statement said. 

New Zealanders prepare to emerge from strict lockdown

New Zealand was preparing on Monday to emerge from a month-long lockdown that was among the world's strictest.

The country will move from Level 4 restrictions to Level 3 at midnight (12:00 GMT).

Parliament and the courts will reopen, and about 400,000 people are expected to return to work under stringent conditions. Some children will also be able to go to school. Delivery services - suspended under Level 4 - will also resume. 

Almost All of Germany Now Required to Wear Masks in Public

A woman with a face mask sits in a bus in Berlin, Germany, on April 22. Markus Schreiber/AP

Almost all of Germany's 83 million population will be required to wear face coverings in public spaces as of Monday, according to announcements on federal state websites.

Germany is a decentralized country so every state has its own set of rules.

Meanwhile, Germany received a shipment of 10 million face masks from China yesterday.

The world's largest cargo plane, the Antonov AN-225 -- chartered by the German military --landed with the consignment at Leipzig airport.

Two further flights chartered by the German military are expected to deliver another 15 million masks.

Nearly all German states now require citizens to wear face masks in varying situations across the country.

46% of New Yorkers Knew Someone Killed by Virus, Poll Shows

Almost half of New Yorkers knew someone who died of the new coronavirus, according to a poll Monday which found overwhelming support for confinement measures opposed elsewhere in America. More than 16,000 New York City residents are thought to have succumbed to COVID-19, out of at least 153,000 confirmed infections, since the Big Apple declared its first case in early March.

Some 46% of people in NYC surveyed by the Siena College Research Institute said they personally knew someone who had passed away from the deadly virus.

Sixty percent responded that they knew someone who had tested positive. The poll quizzed 803 registered state voters between April 19 and 23.

Workers wearing personal protective equipment bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. JOHN MINCHILLO / AP


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