COVID-19: India, Russia's Infectoins Jump; Beijing Daxing to..

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India & Russia Record Highest Daily Increase

India has reported 2,644 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, its highest daily number to date, bringing its total to more than 39,000 confirmed infections. The country also reported 83 additional deaths for a total of total 1,301.

Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force conducted flypasts and showered flower petals on hospitals across different cities including the national capital of New Delhi as part of the armed forces' efforts to thank doctors, nurses and police personnel who have been at the forefront of the country's battle against the pandemic.

People wearing protective face masks wait to be tested at a mobile testing centre during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease in New Delhi, India [Adnan Abidi/Reuters]

Russia reported 10,633 cases in the past 24 hours, an increase compared with the 9,623 new cases reported the previous day.

Beijing Daxing International Airport Starts Summer Operations

Starting May 3, Beijing Daxing International Airport will carry out the flight schedule of 2020 summer air season, and it is expected to carry out 585 flights per day connecting 124 regions through 328 air routes. 

Wei Yesheng, on-duty manager of the operation department of Beijing Daxing International Airport, said the summer air season will be started from May 3 and will through October 24. 12 domestic routes will be added including Xiamen, Fuzhou, Hailar, Jiayuguan and Jinan, and another 25 temporary routes will be opened including: Yibin, Qiqihar, Qingdao and Yanji.

A Rush of Local News

Three new cases of COVID-19, all imported, were reported on the Chinese mainland on Sunday, according to China's National Health Commission.

The commission also reported 13 new asymptomatic cases and one suspected case which was imported from abroad. No new deaths were reported on the day.

Xian Fanyi University of NW Chinas Shaanxi refunded three months of accommodation fees to more than 20,000 students, totaling 17 million Yuan ($2.4 million), as class time was shortened because of COVID19.

Shanghai has attracted $4.67 billion in foreign investment in the first quarter, up 4.5% year-on-year, despite the economic impact caused by COVID19.

Passengers flying from Moscow, Russia to Beijing, China must submit a negative nucleic acid testing result starting from Friday before boarding the flight: Chinese civil aviation authorities.

19000 Students in Wuhan Tested Negative: As of Tuesday, Wuhan has tested the nucleic acid of 19000 senior high school students who are about to resume classes, and the results are all negative.

84 Million Tourists: The total number of domestic tourists nationwide during the first 3 days of the May Holiday was 84.997 million, and the domestic tourism revenue was about 35.06 billion yuan.

We send love to Cuba from our hearts. Chinese citizens once lived in Cuba sent medical supplies to the country to help fight COVID-19. 

The number of China-Europe freight trains hit a record monthly high of 979 in April, up 46 percent year on year, the China State Railway Group said Saturday.

A Rush of News

In Jordan, all restrictions on economic activity have been lifted, the latest easing of coronavirus lockdown rules.

Vietnam reported its first new coronavirus infection in nine days, a British oil expert who was quarantined on arrival, the health ministry said.

Armenia's Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan said shops, restaurants and bars will resume activities. Smaller shops, beauty salons and dry cleaners will open on Monday. Construction and manufacturing industry would also be allowed to work as normal. But malls, trade centres, markets and all schools and colleges will remain closed. Public transport is to remain suspended.

Wizz Air's Abu Dhabi-based joint venture is expected to start flying again this year, the Hungarian low-cost airline said in a statement. The airline will also start flights from European cities to Abu Dhabi from June.

Israel: First, second and third graders went back to schools for the first time since they were shuttered 50 days ago. Pupils in the last two grades of high school also returned to classes, allowing them to prepare for final exams, a government statement said. 

Israeli students at the Orot Etzion school in Efrat wear protective face masks as they return to school for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus, May 3, 2020. (Gershon Elinon/Flash90)

Iran: Mosques across 132 Iranian counties will reopen on Monday after being shuttered since early March, President Hassan Rouhani said during a televised coronavirus task force meeting.

Mosques would reopen across large parts of the country on Monday after being shuttered since early March. File photo

United Arab Emirates: Three Abu Dhabi shopping centres reopened at 30 percent customer capacity after adopting safety measures, including installing thermal inspection devices, as the country continued easing lockdown measures imposed more than a month ago. Malls, dine-in restaurants and cafes in Dubai, the UAE's business and tourism hub, had earlier resumed operations with limited capacity. Shoppers must wear face masks and gloves and keep their distance from others.

Roche Holding AG said received emergency use approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an antibody test to help determine if people have ever been infected with the coronavirus.

UK launches app: A contact-tracing app will be released this week in the UK as the country's transport minister suggested people would be encouraged to walk or ride to work when restrictions ease. 

Thailand lifts alcohol ban: Thailand began to ease some of its month-long restrictions today, as Covid-19 cases continue to fall. Businesses such as markets and hairdressers can reopen, train and bus stations can also reopen and bars can sell alcoholic drinks, but people must consume them at home. 

South Korea will relax its strict social distancing rules starting Wednesday as the number of new coronavirus cases have remained low in the country, South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Sunday. 

Portugal on Saturday lifted its state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Prime Minister Antonio Costa has said that the state of emergency, which started on March 18 and was renewed twice, has produced positive results and that there is no need for it to continue.

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. 

Brazil: There were 4,588 new cases and 275 deaths over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said, the country has now registered 101,147 confirmed cases and 7,025 deaths.

France recorded 135 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 24,895, the country's public health ministry said.   The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 fell on Sunday to 25,815 from 25,827 on Saturday, and the number of people in intensive care fell to 3,819 from 3,827, the ministry added. 

Qatar reported 679 new cases on Sunday, taking the total confirmed cases to 15,551. As of Sunday, 12 people have died from the virus.

Turkey: The number of people who have died has risen by 61 in the last 24 hours to 3,397, according to data from the country's health ministry. The overall number of cases rose by 1,670 to 126,045, the data showed. 


UK: The death toll rose to 28,446, an increase of 315, according to figures announced on Sunday.

Italy reports lowest daily death toll since start of lockdown: Deaths climbed by 174 on Sunday, against 474 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, posting the smallest daily toll of fatalities since March 10. The daily number of new cases also declined sharply to 1,389 from 1,900 on Saturday. Italy's total death toll now stands at 28,884. The number of confirmed cases amounts to 210,717.

Canada: According to data from the public health agency, 160 people died in Canada in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 3,606. The agency confirmed 1,576 new cases of the virus, bringing the total to 57,148. 

Iran: The death toll rose by 47 over the past 24 hours to 6,203,  Kianush Jahanpur, the health ministry spokesman, said on state TV on Sunday. The country has a total of 97,424 cases, he said.

Netherlands: The number of confirmed infections increased by 335 to 40,471, according to health authorities. The National Institute for Public Health reported 69 new deaths, taking the total fatalities to 5,056. 

Malaysia reported an additional 122 infections, bringing the country's total to 6,298 infections. The death toll rose to 105 due to two new fatalities in the last 24 hours. 

Indonesia's health ministry official Achmad Yurianto reported 349 new cases, taking the total number of infections to 11,192. Yurianto said 14 new coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed, bringing the total to 845.

Singapore's health ministry on Sunday confirmed 657 new infections, taking the total to 18,205. Most of the new cases are among migrant workers living in dormitories, the ministry said.

Spain reported 164 deaths in the last 24 hours, the lowest number in six weeks, according to new figures released by the countrys Ministry of Health on Sunday. The total number of deaths stands at 25,264.

Bangladesh reported 665 new cases on Sunday -- the largest single-day increase -- the country's state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) said.  In total, 9,455 cases and 177 deaths, the BSS reported, citing a senior health department official.

Mexico confirmed 1,349 new cases with 89 new deaths, bringing the total cases to 22,088 and death toll to 2,061.

Chile reported 1,427 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 18,435, including 247 deaths. The country's 21 national parks will gradually reopen on May 4.

Vienna Airport to offer tests to avoid quarantine

Workers from Romania arrive for the harvest season at Vienna International Airport during the spread of COVID-19 in Schwechat, Austria on April 24, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Lisi Niesner)

On-site coronavirus testing will become available on Monday at the airport in Austrias capital, Vienna, in a move aimed at enabling inbound passengers to avoid having to be quarantined for 14 days.

Passengers arriving at the airport have so far been required to present a health certificate showing a negative COVID-19 result which is no older than four days, or go into quarantine.

The test at the airport would cost 190 euros ($209) and results would be ready in two to three hours.

Last month Emirates, in coordination with Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said it was the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers.

Philippines Temporarily Bars Incoming Flights 

AirAsia passenger planes sit on the tarmac of Manila's international airport on April 19 in the Philippines. STR/AFP/Getty Images

Incoming passenger flights are barred from entering the Philippines for one week to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

"This decision is meant to decongest our quarantine facilities to protect our people by preventing the further spread of COVID-19 and also ensure that our overseas Filipino workers are well taken care of when they arrive from abroad", officials said in a statement.

Some 20,000 repatriated Filipinos are undergoing mandatory quarantine in the capital, Manila, officials said. Entry to the country is closed to all except repatriated Filipinos.

France Will NOT Impose 14-day Quarantine on Travellers From Europe

France will not impose a 14-day quarantine on travelers from the Schengen area of the European Union or the UK, the Elyse Palace confirmed to CNN on Sunday.

This is regardless of the nationality of those traveling to France.

Sundays statement appears to be a direct contradiction of health minister Olivier Vrans statement a day earlier of a proposed measure to quarantine all people entering France from abroad, Corsica and other overseas territory.

Nearly 3,000 Crew Quarantined on Cruise Ship in Germany

A total of 2,899 crew of a German cruise ship named "Mein Shiff 3" have been quarantined on board in Cuxhaven on Germany's North Sea coast after one person tested positive for the coronavirus on April 30.

The entire crew is being tested for the coronavirus, and the results will be available on Monday at the earliest.

There are 58 Chinese crew members aboard the ship, and they are all currently in good health conditions, China News Service reported citing comments made by the Chinese Consulate-General in Hamburg.

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