By The Related Press
ROME — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has introduced new measures geared toward halting the unfold of coronavirus as infections proceed to hit new every day highs, transferring into weak populations and placing contemporary stress on hospitals.
The restrictions introduced Sunday cease in need of a curfew like these imposed in Paris and different main French cities. However Italian mayors can shut public squares and different gathering locations after 9 p.m., allowing entry solely to achieve houses or companies. Eating places and bars are restricted to desk service solely after 6 p.m., three hours sooner than the earlier measures allowed, however can keep the present midnight closing time.
Native festivals have been banned. Gyms and public swimming swimming pools could stay open — however Conte mentioned they’d be closed in per week in the event that they don’t do a greater job of following restrictions.
Rome clashed with regional governments over faculties, refusing to budge on permitting extra distance studying. However there are allowances for prime faculties to open later, and maintain afternoon shifts, to ease stress on native transport.
Authorities are loath to see new lockdowns, after the 10-week closure that efficiently impeded the virus’ unfold, however at a price of 47 billion euros a month to the financial system. New confirmed infections in Italy have doubled in per week to greater than 10,000 a day amid elevated testing.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
— New infections and deaths are hitting data in Russia, however Vladimir Putin’s authorities seems decided to keep away from unpopular restrictions.
— Uganda’s ‘ taxi divas’ rise from COVID’s financial gloom.
— Some in North Dakota need harder virus strategy from governor.
— France’s 9 p.m. virus curfew leaves an eerie quiet on streets of Paris, eight different cities
— The U.S. can now display screen hundreds of thousands every day for the brand new coronavirus, because of a rising provide of fast checks. However the growth comes with a brand new problem: conserving observe of the outcomes.
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker says President Donald Trump and his allies in Illinois are partly guilty for a surge in coronavirus instances within the state.
Pritzker spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, the identical day well being officers introduced 4,245 new confirmed instances of COVID-19 and 22 deaths.
Pritzker says Trump is “modeling unhealthy conduct” by typically not carrying a masks in public and internet hosting rallies the place it’s not inspired. The primary-term Democrat says Trump’s native allies are encouraging individuals to not comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Illinois set a brand new record-high for instances on Friday.
MEXICO CITY — Because the U.S. counts down towards its presidential election, voters south of the border in two Mexican states had been placing on masks and slathering readily available gel to solid ballots in native elections on Sunday.
The border state of Coahuila, simply south of Texas, was selecting a brand new state legislature whereas the central state of Hidalgo was electing 84 mayors. The vote there had been set for June, however was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Nationwide Electoral Institute head Lorenzo Córdova circulated a video attraction for individuals to solid ballots, saying, “You’ll be able to ensure that we’ll obtain you with very strict and exact well being measures and protocols.”
Not more than two voters had been allowed at at a time at every polling spot and voters had been requested to deliver their very own pens.
Mexico has recorded not less than 86,000 COVID-19 deaths and greater than 840,000 detected infections with the brand new coronavirus, together with Navy Adm. Rafael Ojeda, one of many closest collaborators of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He’d been seen — unmasked — at an occasion with the president on Friday.
EL PASO, Texas — The El Paso space has reported its highest variety of hospitalizations because of the coronavirus because the pandemic started, officers mentioned on Sunday.
A document excessive 449 hospitalizations had been reported for Saturday, with 129 of these sufferers in intensive care, in response to El Paso well being officers.
Within the El Paso space, solely seven ICU beds can be found, in response to the Texas Division of Well being and Human Companies. Hospitalizations have been steadily growing within the space since early September, prompting officers final week to implement tighter restrictions to fight the unfold of the coronavirus.
The variety of new every day COVID-19 instances recorded in El Paso soared Thursday to a record-breaking 838. That quantity dipped to 684 on Saturday.
The rise in instances within the El Paso space has prompted Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to ship docs, nurses, respiratory therapists and PPE to assist hospitals there.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Public well being officers in North Carolina say not less than 9 instances of COVID-19 may very well be related to a Charlotte church’s convocation occasions final weekend.
Mecklenburg County mentioned its well being division urges anybody who attended the occasions on the United Home of Prayer for All Folks simply outdoors of downtown to get examined for the coronavirus, the Charlotte Observer reported. Free COVID-19 testing was being supplied within the space on Sunday.
Church officers couldn’t instantly be reached for remark by the newspaper.
WASHINGTON — Well being and Human Companies Secretary Alex Azar is urging People to stay with safeguards in opposition to COVID-19 similar to mask-wearing at the same time as President Donald Trump continues to shun the observe and infections spike greater in a number of components of the U.S.
Azar informed NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that many individuals could also be feeling “mitigation fatigue” from a seven-month-old pandemic, however there’s “a lot promise within the weeks and months forward” with the anticipated arrival of secure and efficient vaccines.
His feedback got here as Trump has been holding marketing campaign rallies wherein face masks weren’t required and many individuals on the occasions weren’t carrying them. Coronavirus infections are spiking in Europe and public well being officers are elevating alarm that the an infection fee within the U.S. is climbing towards a brand new peak.
Azar requested individuals to “grasp in there” as a result of “we’re so shut.” He mentioned the continued observe of security tips of washing palms, social distancing and carrying masks will probably be a “bridge” to the day vaccines can grow to be extensively out there.
MILAN — The variety of confirmed optimistic instances of coronavirus in Italy continued to rise to new data on Sunday, hitting 11,705 within the final 24 hours.
Many extra checks are being carried out than throughout the March-April peak, when solely the very unwell had been examined, however docs have warned that the virus once more is infecting extra weak sufferers and hospitals are more and more underneath stress.
A complete of 750 sufferers had been being handled in intensive care Sunday, up 45 from a day earlier, whereas greater than 7,000 individuals had been hospitalized, in response to Well being Ministry statistics.
Stress was particularly acute in Lombardy, the place 110 ICU beds had been crammed and greater than 1,000 COVID-19 sufferers had been hospitalized. Italy has recorded a complete of 36.543 deaths within the pandemic, 69 within the final 24 hours.
The federal government was anticipated to announce extra restrictions, having already made masks obligatory outdoor, banned informal pick-up sports activities and mandating closure of bars and eating places at midnight in a bid to cease the contagion.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s every day positivity fee for COVID-19 topped 10% for the sixth time within the final seven days as well being officers on Sunday reported 716 new instances, together with three counties with greater than 100 optimistic checks.
The state of about 760,000 residents has now surpassed 400 deaths.
The replace lifted the full variety of the coronavirus instances statewide to almost 32,000 because the pandemic started. There have been about 1,069 new instances per 100,000 individuals in North Dakota over the previous two weeks, which ranks first within the nation for brand new instances per capita, in response to figures compiled Saturday by Johns Hopkins College researchers.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina State Honest is coming to Columbia, however like a lot throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it is going to be drive-thru. There received’t be an admission charge.
Successful animals, artwork, flowers and images will probably be displayed alongside one route for automobiles from 10 a.m. to eight p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Folks will be capable to purchase honest meals Tuesday by Saturday in a special a part of the fairgrounds. Guests will even stay of their automobiles, ordering from a brief record of meals like turkey legs, Fiske Fries, funnel desserts and some different objects.
Workers will come up the the car window to take orders. They are going to take each money and playing cards.
PRAGUE — Czech police used tear fuel and a water cannon to disperse a whole bunch of violent protesters who attacked them after a rally Sunday in Prague in opposition to authorities restrictions to gradual the unfold of coronavirus infections.
Police rescue providers mentioned not less than 20 injured within the clashes, which erupted after a pair thousand individuals, together with soccer and ice hockey followers, rallied at Previous City Sq. to sentence the restrictions that embody the ban of sports activities competitions and closure of bars and eating places.
Public gatherings of greater than six are additionally banned however as much as 500 individuals are allowed to show if they’re divided into separated teams of 20 and put on face masks.
Lots of the demonstrators had no face coverings. After police mentioned their quantity surpassed 500, the organizers ended the rally.
However some protesters remained and the sq., throwing flares, beer bottles, stones and varied different objects at riot police.
The Czech Republic has been going through a document surge in coronavirus infections in current weeks, making it one of many hardest hit international locations in Europe.
BERLIN — Switzerland is introducing new restrictions throughout the nation to attempt to gradual the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic, which has been rising at a document tempo in current days.
At a particular assembly Sunday, the federal government determined to broaden a masks mandate, saying “the fast rise in coronavirus instances in the previous couple of days is a trigger for excellent concern.”
As of Monday, face and nostril coverings will probably be required in all publicly accessible indoor areas, together with all railway stations and airports, and at bus and tram stops. The rule additionally extends to colleges, child-care amenities, buying malls, libraries, locations of worship and resorts, amongst different locations.
Gatherings of greater than 15 individuals are not permitted in public, and new rules had been placed on non-public occasions of greater than 15 individuals.
The variety of new instances within the Alpine nation of 8.5 million individuals has been growing quickly lately, hitting a brand new every day document of three,105 on Friday. Total Switzerland has reported 74,422 infections and 1,823 deaths.
MILAN — Because the Italian authorities considers but extra restrictions to attempt to curb the resurgence of coronavirus, the 179 Italian docs who’ve died within the COVID-19 disaster had been remembered Sunday in a ceremony within the northern Italian city of Duno, north of Milan.
Their names had been inscribed in marble at a sanctuary within the Lombardy area, which has been the hardest-hit space within the nation. The names embody Dr. Roberto Stella, the first-known Italian doctor to die of COVID-19. His loss of life at 67 on March 11 loss of life shocked the Italian medical institution and underlined the chance that the coronavirus pandemic to household docs.
Italy, the primary nation outdoors of Asia to detect native transmission of the virus, has seen new confirmed optimistic instances surge above 10,000 a day in current days. That’s greater than the virus’ most deadly peak in March and April, when solely essentially the most significantly unwell had been being examined in Italy.
JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities have granted senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat permission to enter Israel for medical therapy following his an infection with the coronavirus.
Erekat’s situation has deteriorated in current days, and he requested and obtained authorization to be hospitalized at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital, individuals conversant in the Palestinian official’s situation mentioned, talking on situation of anonymity.
Erekat made the request regardless of the very fact the Palestinian Authority severed ties with Israel earlier this 12 months over the Trump administration’s Mideast plan, which might enable Israel to annex massive components of the West Financial institution.
Erekat is a longtime senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and served because the Palestinians’ chief negotiator in previous peace talks. Erekat has a historical past of well being issues and obtained a lung transplant within the U.S. in 2017.
There have been over 58,000 instances and 474 deaths reported within the Palestinian-administered areas of the Israeli occupied West Financial institution.