COVID-19: Harbin Suspends Dine-In Services, Italy Deaths Jump

Source: People's Daily, Xinhua, CGTN, China Daily, Global Times, iFeng, Baidu, AP, CNN, Global  News Agencies, Majdi


Italy's Daily Coronavirus Death Toll Jumps 

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy jumped by 474, against 269 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, posting the largest daily toll of fatalities since April 21.

The steep increase in deaths followed a long, gradual declining trend and was due largely to Lombardy, the country's worst affected region, where there were 329 deaths in the last 24 hours compared with just 88 the day before.

The daily tally of new infections was broadly stable for a third day running at 1,900 against 1,965 on Friday.

Harbin Suspends Dine-in Again Amid Signs of Rebounding COVID-19

Harbin, Northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province, has banned dine-in services at barbeque, hot pot and stew dish restaurants again starting Saturday after earlier easement, amid clustered infections in the city that have made the COVID-19 control situation tense. 

The announcement was made by the local governments COVID-19 control work command office. The restaurants can still offer takeaways until further notice. 

The city in mid-April reported a lengthy infection chain that involved more than 80 cases in and out of the province due to clustered infections at two local hospitals. But there were no new cases on the chain reported since Monday.

Cities of Harbin and Mudanjiang have reported cluster infections related to imported cases since April. The lengthy infection chain and hospital cross-infections had threatened the hard-worn domestic epidemic control fruits, according to the conference. 

As of midnight Friday, Heilongjiang had 74 domestic infections 63 in Harbin and 10 in Mudanjiang. Among 27 asymptomatic carriers, 17 are in Harbin and eight in Mudanjiang.

A Rush of Local News

Two new cases of COVID-19, including one imported case, were reported on the Chinese mainland on Saturday, according to China's National Health Commission.

The commission also reported 12 new asymptomatic cases. No new suspected cases or deaths were reported.

Jilin Province: The imported COVID19 case reported in Northeast China's Jilin Province was tested positive on May 1 after four negative nucleic acid and antibody tests. The patient returned from Russia on April 10.

Shanghai reported on May 2 one imported case of COVID19 from the US and 48 close contacts of the confirmed patient on the flight have been put under centralized quarantine.

Suspected Traveler: A suspect escorted from NE Chinas Jilin to SW China's Sichuan via train was confirmed to be a silent carrier. At least 131 co-passengers have been quarantined and more are being screened to rule out potential COVID19 infections.

Kiribati on Friday received the first batch of medical supplies donated by China, as part of the Chinese aid to help the country fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

A Rush of News

Spaniards out exercising: In Spain, people took to the streets to run, cycle or walk after seven weeks in confinement. From today, people can exercise near their homes from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Since the strictest lockdown in Europe began on March 14, they have only been allowed out for short trips to the grocery store or pharmacy.

Runners outside Madrid's Retiro Park, which remains closed, on Saturday morning. Credit: Al Goodman/CNN

Spain will make masks mandatory on public transport from Monday to prevent a new wave of coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.

France will extend a health emergency imposed to fight the new coronavirus pandemic for another two months until July 24, Minister of Health Olivier Veran has said.

The Turkish trade ministry lifted export restrictions and a requirement to obtain advance permission for private companies to export medical equipment needed in treating COVID-19.

About two percent of Moscow residents - or more than 250,000 people - have the coronavirus, the mayor of the Russian capital said, citing test results. Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his blog that Moscow has significantly ramped up testing, adding the city has managed to "contain the spread of the infection" due to the enforcement of stay-at-home rules and other measures.

Singapore announced on Saturday that it will ease some restrictions in the country, allowing some businesses to operate starting May 12, . Some students will be allowed to return to school beginning on May 19.

The Japan Sumo Association has announced it will reconsider its schedule for the summer grand tournament starting on May 24 if the government extends the state of emergency, Japan's NHK news reported.

Eurostar: The high speed train that runs from southern England to Europe by undersea tunnel will require passengers to wear face coverings as of Monday.

Berkshire Hathaway posted a first-quarter net loss of $49.75 billion, or $30,653 per Class A share, which reflected $54.52 billion of losses from investments, mainly common stocks. Quarterly operating profit rose 6% to $5.87 billion.

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: The number of people who have died from coronavirus infections rose by 166 to 24,760, while hospitalisations for the disease and people in ICU units continued to decline, the French health ministry said.

Russia reported 9,623 new cases - its highest daily toll - bringing the total to 124,054, mostly in the capital Moscow. The death toll rose to 1,222 after 57 people died in the last 24 hours, Russia's coronavirus crisis response centre said.

UK's death toll rose 621 to 28,131 as of May, housing minister Robert Jenrick announced, an increase of 621 fatalities since yesterday. The government said 182,260 people have tested positive, up 4,806 on Friday. But hospital admissions have fallen.

Netherlands: The number of infections has increased by 445 to 40,236, Dutch health authorities said. The National Institute for Public Health reported 94 new deaths, taking total fatalities to 4,987.

Spain's death toll hit 25,100 after 276 people died overnight, the health ministry said.  Total cases rose to 216,582 from 215,216 on Friday.

Indonesia recorded 292 new cases, taking the total to 10,843, said health ministry official, Achmad Yurianto. Yurianto also reported 31 new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 831. 

Germany: The number of cases rose by 945 to 161,703, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Saturday. The death toll rose by 94 to 6,575.

India has reported 2,293 newly confirmed cases in last 24 hours, bringing the country's total to 37,336 with 1,218 deaths.

Mexico has confirmed 1,515 new cases with 113 new deaths, its totals rising to 20,739 cases and 1,972 deaths.

Brazil has registered 6,209 newly confirmed cases, lifting its total to 91,589 with 6,329 deaths; some cities will apply lockdown measures.

Canada reported 1,825 new cases and 207 new deaths, bringing the country's total to 55,061 with 3,391 deaths.

More than 30 people arrested during stay-at-home protest at California Capitol

More than 30 people were arrested on Friday, May 1, 2020, during a demonstration at the California Capitol Building. Rene C. Byer/Sacramento Bee/Zuma

More than 500 people gathered at the California Capitol in Sacramento Friday to protest Gov. Gavin Newsoms stay-at-home order.

"The majority of the demonstrators were not wearing face masks or physically distancing and at one point a group of them locked hands," according to a news release from the California Highway Patrol. "In so doing, they were jeopardizing the health and safety of themselves as well as our officers and onlookers during this ongoing Covid-19 pandemic."

As a result, police arrested 32 for failing to comply with the lawful orders to disperse along with health and safety violations, the release said.

About 50% of Employees at US Food Processing Plant Tested Positive

A Tyson Fresh Meats plant employee leaves the Logansport, Indiana, plant on Thursday, April 23. Darron Cummings/AP

About half of the people tested at the Tyson pork processing plant in Logansport, Indiana, have Covid-19. A spokesperson said of the approximately 2,200 employees at the plant, about 1,900 individuals were tested.

Tyson announced yesterday that the plant will be reopening next week.

Weve taken additional precautions to reassure team members that they are returning to a safe environment and have made additional changes to continue supporting them during this global health crisis," Senior Vice-President Todd Neff said in a press release Friday.

Some context: This news comes after President Trump signed an executive order aimed at keeping meat-processing facilities open amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, plants across the country are scrambling to balance worker safety with pressure from the federal government to remain operational.

Global Total Infectoins Last 5 Days, as of May 2

Sourcce: John Hopkins

The New Cases chart above uses a 5-day moving average, calculated for each day by averaging the values of that day, the two days before, and the two next days. This approach helps prevent events like a change in reporting methods or data variability from skewing the case count. The chart shows where are the most recent infections happening. 

TOP 30 Countries by Coronavirus Infection Density

As of May 3, 10:00 Beijing Time; the top 30 countries by infection density, which is calculated based on the number of cases in 100,000 population is as follow: 


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