Even as the outbreak of the deadly virus hovers upon the world, we bring to you the Top 10 Global Updates and Happenings around the world amid the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
#1 Egypt tightens coronavirus restrictions for Eid holiday
The Prime Minster of Egypt announced that the nation will bring forward the start of its curfew by four hours to 5 p.m. and halt public transport from May 24 for six days during the Eid holiday with an aim to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
#2 London Mayor calls for probe into disproportionate COVID-19 ethnicity impact
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan called on the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson to commission an independent public inquiry into the disproportionate impact of COVID-19on the British Capital’s black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
#3 Thailand opens malls and department stores after nearly two months amid coronavirus outbreak
Hundreds of shoppers were seen queuing before entering the Iconsiam mall in central Bangkok. Customers are asked to scan a QR code and register on a government website before entering.
#4 Bombs kill seven in shelter for displaced in Libya
Bombs hit a shelter for displaced people in Libya’s capital Tripoli, killing at least seven people including a 5-year-old child from Bangladesh, health authorities said on Sunday.Libya has been in turmoil since 2011, when a civil war toppled and later killed long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
#5 British PM Boris Johnson admits public frustration with lockdown easing rules
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted on Sunday that there was public frustration with his government’s measures to ease the coronavirus lockdown following widespread criticism of the new rules, which he admitted were complex.
#6 COVID-19 can cause long-term organ damage; China adds aftereffects to medical insurance
China’s National Health Commission (NHC) in its guidelines on COVID-19 survivors said some recovered patients would require treatment for lung and heart damage, for movement problems from muscle loss, as well as for psychological disorders.
#7 Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; storm watch issued for North Carolina
The National Hurricane Center said Saturday that a low pressure system just off the coast of east-central Florida has become a tropical depression and that a tropical storm watch has been issued for a portion of the North Carolina coast.The storm, which has been named Tropical Depression One, is moving north-northeastward at 20 kph.
#8 Mainland China reports 5 new cases of coronavirus, adviser warns of a second wave
Mainland China reported five new confirmed COVID-19 cases for May 16, down from eight the previous day, the National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement on Sunday.Two of the five confirmed cases were so-called imported infections, while three were locally transmitted in the northeastern Chinese city of Jilin.
#9 Beijing announces wearing masks outdoors not necessary
Beijing has done away with the guideline that residents should wear masks while on outdoors, the first city in China and perhaps in the world to do so in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, signalling that the coronavirus is under control in the Chinese capital.
#10 Spain’s daily coronavirus death toll below 100 for first time in two months
Spain’s daily death toll from the coronavirus was 87 on Sunday, the health ministry said, dropping below 100 for the first time in two months. Total deaths from the virus climbed to 27,650, while the number of confirmed cases edged up to 231,350 from 230,698, the ministry said.
– Christo Freddy, NMTV News.