Obama criticises US coronavirus response: Live updates

Brazil’s well being ministry has confirmed 14,919 new circumstances of the novel coronavirus, in addition to 816 associated deaths, pushing the full variety of infections to a minimum of 233,142 – the fourth-highest on this planet, surpassing Spain’s tally – whereas the dying toll hit 15,633.

Burundi is pushing forward with an election on Wednesday that may finish President Pierre Nkurunziza’s divisive and bloody 15-year rule. But the coronavirus poses a risk to the May 20 vote, and the federal government has kicked out World Health Organization staff after issues had been raised.

Former President Barack Obama has criticised US leaders for the dealing with of the coronavirus response, telling school graduates in a web based graduation tackle that the pandemic exhibits many officers “aren’t even pretending to be in cost.”

Globally, greater than 4.6 million folks have been contaminated and greater than 311,000 have died from COVID-19, in accordance with Johns Hopkins University. Almost 1.7 million folks have recovered.

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Qatar started imposing the world’s hardest penalties of as much as three years’ imprisonment for failing to put on masks in public, because it battles one of many world’s highest coronavirus an infection charges.     

More than 30,000 folks have examined constructive for COVID-19 within the Gulf nation – 1.1 % of the two.75 million inhabitants – though simply 15 folks have died.     

Violators of Qatar’s new guidelines will withstand three years in jail and fines of as a lot as $55,000.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning of the rising vulnerability of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender folks in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic on the International Day towards Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Guterres mentioned many LGBTI individuals who already face bias, assaults and homicide “merely for who they’re or whom they love … are experiencing heightened stigma on account of the virus, in addition to new obstacles when searching for well being care.”

He mentioned: “There are additionally experiences of COVID-19 directives being misused by police to focus on LGBTI people and organizations.”

Japanese hospital docs on the entrance line of the COVID-19 pandemic face powerful working situations, with many reusing masks and few getting hazard pay, a survey by a labour union confirmed.

The survey of about 170 docs, performed on-line from late April by May 6, discovered three-quarters mentioned they had been ordered to work on the coronavirus entrance line, whereas four-fifths mentioned they obtain no hazard allowance for the work.

Hello, I’m Tamila Varshalomidze in Doha, taking on the dwell updates from my colleague Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur.

Catholics within the Australian state of New South Wales had been allowed to attend their first Sunday mass, after coronavirus restrictions had been lifted, with solely 10 folks allowed to be in attendance.

Presiding over mass at St. Michael’s Catholic church within the Sydney suburb of Lane Cove, Father Geoffrey Plant instructed Reuters that although the quantity allowed is small, he considers the gathering as “a blessing.”

Australia has recorded simply over 7,000 COVID-19 circumstances, together with 98 deaths.

Sri Lanka has reimposed a 24-hour curfew this weekend although the federal government has begun easing the two-month coronavirus lockdown.

Private companies and authorities places of work reopened final week. However, on midnight Saturday, authorities once more slapped a 24-hour curfew in an obvious transfer to limit folks’s actions in the course of the weekend.

The curfew is predicted to be relaxed on Monday morning. Health authorities say COVID-19 is below management within the Indian Ocean island nation. A complete of 960 circumstances have been confirmed, together with 9 deaths.

An individual who attended a spiritual service on Mother’s Day within the US state of California has examined constructive for the coronavirus, probably exposing it to greater than 180 members of a congregation.

The church in Butte County, north of Sacramento, selected to open its doorways defying the federal government’s order banning gatherings of any measurement, county public well being officers mentioned.

The Robert Kock Institute reported on Sunday a minimum of 583 new circumstances in Germany, bringing to 174,355 the full variety of circumstances within the nation.

It additionally reported 33 new deaths as of the top of Saturday, with whole fatalities at 7,914.

China and South Korea have consulted Japan about easing border controls on enterprise travellers to assist revive enterprise actions, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday with out citing sources.

The concept, already applied between South Korea and China, would enable a fast-track entry of enterprise folks in the event that they check adverse for the brand new coronavirus earlier than departure and after arrival, the newspaper mentioned.

But Tokyo is cautious about enjoyable border controls at this level as a result of fears of one other spike in infections, in addition to an absence of check kits for travellers, in accordance with the report. Japan has reported some 16,300 circumstances of the coronavirus and 748 deaths.

The variety of deaths in Washington state due to the brand new coronavirus has reached 1,000.

The Washington State Department of Health added eight extra deaths and listed the full variety of confirmed circumstances at 18,288.

Venezuela is reporting its greatest one-day enhance in confirmed coronavirus circumstances for the reason that pandemic hit the South American nation, with 45 new circumstances bringing the full variety of circumstances to 504 with 10 deaths.

President Nicolas Maduro ordered a nationwide lockdown shortly after the primary circumstances, and he not too long ago prolonged it till mid-June, hoping to include the virus’ unfold.

Officials say that 35 of the circumstances concerned folks returning to Venezuela, together with a number of on a flight from Peru.

Mainland China reported 5 new confirmed COVID-19 circumstances for May 16, down from eight the day before today, in accordance with the National Health Commission (NHC).

Two of the 5 confirmed circumstances are so-called imported infections, whereas three are domestically transmitted in northeastern Jilin Province. The variety of new asymptomatic circumstances of the coronavirus fell to 12 from 13, the NHC mentioned.

The variety of confirmed circumstances within the mainland stands at 82,947 and the dying toll at 4,634.

South Korea added 13 new circumstances of the brand new coronavirus with nightclub-linked infections displaying indicators of a slowdown over the weekend, Yonhap information company reported on Sunday quoting well being officers.

The new circumstances, detected as of the top of Saturday, introduced the nation’s whole to 11,050, in accordance with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). There had been no new reported deaths, retaining the full dying toll at 262.

Turkey’s well being ministry says 41 extra folks have died from COVID-19 previously 24 hours, bringing the dying toll to 4,096. The dying fee is the bottom registered for the reason that finish of March.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on social media that 1,610 new infections had been confirmed, bringing the full variety of confirmed circumstances to 148,067.

The dying fee reported on Saturday was the bottom registered for the reason that finish of March [Emrah Gurel/AP]

Sudan’s Health Ministry has reported the nation’s highest one-day tally of coronavirus infections, with 325 new COVID-19 sufferers and 6 deaths.

The figures took the nation’s tally to 2,289 confirmed circumstances, together with 97 fatalities, the ministry mentioned. A complete of 222 had been discharged after recovering.

Most of the nation’s COVID-19 sufferers had been within the capital, Khartoum the place authorities imposed round the clock curfew in April to stem the unfold of the virus, AP information company reported.

Mexico registered 47,144 circumstances of coronavirus on Saturday, with the nation’s dying toll rising to five,045, well being authorities mentioned.

Mexico has seen a barely greater dying fee from coronavirus than the worldwide common to this point because of the widespread presence of pre-existing medical situations corresponding to diabetes, hypertension and weight problems, consultants instructed Reuters information company.

Eight extra American sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt have examined constructive a second time for the brand new coronavirus, elevating to 13 the quantity who seem to have turn into contaminated once more whereas serving aboard the sidelined plane service,  AP information company reported.

All the sailors had beforehand examined constructive and had gone by a minimum of two weeks of isolation. Before they had been allowed to return to the ship, all needed to check adverse twice in a row, with the checks separated by a minimum of a day or two.

On Saturday, a Navy official confirmed eight further sailors had examined constructive once more. A day earlier the Navy had mentioned in an announcement that 5 had examined constructive a second time. The Navy official was not authorised to talk publicly and requested anonymity.

Former President Barack Obama criticised US leaders over the dealing with of the coronavirus response, telling school graduates in a web based graduation tackle that the pandemic exhibits many officers “aren’t even pretending to be in cost”.

Obama spoke on, Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition, a two-hour occasion for college kids graduating from traditionally black faculties and universities broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

“More than something, this pandemic has absolutely, lastly torn again the curtain on the concept so lots of the people in cost know what they’re doing,” Obama mentioned with out naming the president or different officers. “Loads them aren’t even pretending to be in cost.”


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You can discover all the important thing developments from yesterday, March 16, right here.

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