Wuhan, the Chinese city that plans to test all of its 11 million residents, has assessed more than three million people since April and will focus its testing efforts on other residents.
The German economy affected by coronaviruses contracted 2.2% in the first quarter, its strongest three-month recession since the financial crisis of 2009.
Globally, more than 4.4 million people have been infected and more than 301,000 have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 1.6 million people have recovered.
Here are all the latest updates:
Friday May 15
08:30 GMT – German economy hit by virus experiences worst contraction since 2009
The German economy contracted 2.2% in the first quarter, its strongest three-month recession since the financial crisis of 2009, as stores and factories were closed in March to contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to preliminary data.
Over the year, the gross domestic product of Europe’s largest economy fell 2.3% from January to March after increasing 0.4% in the previous three months, according to seasonally adjusted figures. of the Federal Statistical Office.
Analysts polled by Reuters expected national production to contract 2.2% quarter over quarter and 2% contract year-on-year in seasonally adjusted terms.
08:15 GMT – The number of coronavirus infections in the Philippines exceeds 12,000, the deaths exceed 800
The number of new cases of coronavirus in the Philippines has passed the 12,000 mark and more than 800 people have died, the Ministry of Health said.
In a bulletin, the ministry reported 16 additional coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 806. It recorded 215 additional infections, bringing the total to 12,091. But 123 other patients recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 2,460 .
07:50 GMT – Russia reports 10,598 new coronavirus infections
Russia has reported 10,598 new confirmed cases of new coronavirus, bringing its number to 262,843.
The Russian coronavirus task force said 113 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 2,418.
07:35 GMT – China: the risks linked to COVID-19 linked to imported cases are “controllable”
The risk of a resurgence of COVID-19 in China due to so-called imported infections is controllable, said an official from the National Health Commission (NHC).
China reported four new cases of coronavirus on the continent on May 14, all transmitted locally. China has banned most foreigners from entering its borders since late March, as the pandemic spread around the world.
NHC deputy minister Zeng Yixin also told reporters during a briefing that some COVID-19 vaccines are expected to complete their second phase clinical trials in July.
07:18 GMT – Ghana’s dance wearers urge people to stay at home
The service group Nana Otafrija, known as Ghanaian dance wearers, provides funeral services featuring men dressed in black and white costumes and sunglasses.
They put on festive rhythms while carrying a coffin on their shoulders during funeral ceremonies.
Porters enjoyed international renown during a pandemic, urging people to stay at home and show social distancing.
They say: “Now remember, stay home or dance with us.”
“Now remember, stay home or dance with us.”
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06:50 GMT – UK approves Abbott’s COVID-19 antibody test
Britain has given the go-ahead to Abbott Laboratories to produce a COVID-19 antibody test shortly after giving the same approval to Swiss drug maker Roche Holding, health officials said.
Mass testing of antibodies with millions of kits is seen by many countries as a way to speed up the reopening of the economies devastated by the closings and to introduce more appropriate social distancing measures.
06:20 GMT – Thailand reports seven new cases of coronavirus, all from overseas
Thailand reported seven new cases of coronavirus, while the death toll remained unchanged at 56.
The new cases were all patients who arrived from Pakistan last week and were quarantined by the state, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, spokesperson for the Government Center for the Administration of the COVID-19 Situation.
Thailand has confirmed a total of 3,025 cases since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in January and, at the start of the week, reported no new cases per day for the first time in two months.
Hello, my name is Umut Uras in Doha, Qatar, replacing My colleague Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives.
I now give the floor to my colleague, Umut Uras, in Doha, Qatar. Here is a brief summary of the latest developments:
– Slovenia called for an end to its COVID-19 epidemic, becoming the first country to do so.
– Cafes and pubs reopen in parts of Australia
– Cases in Brazil hit a daily record even as President Jair Bolsonaro lobbied business leaders to pressure the governor of Sao Paolo to lift the foreclosure measures.
05:35 GMT – Chinese factory production posts first increase for 2020
Factory production in China increased for the first time this year as the world’s second largest economy slowly emerged from its coronavirus closings.
Industrial production climbed 3.9% in April from a year earlier, data showed Friday, faster than the 1.5% increase predicted in a Reuters analyst survey and after falling 1 , 1% in March.
But China continues to face significant challenges in its service sector, particularly in the retail sector. The prospect of a spike in unemployment, which represents a serious political risk for the nation of 1.4 billion, is of particular concern to policymakers before the annual meeting of Parliament next week.
“Overall, this dataset shows only modest and gradual improvements in economic activity, which could turn markets upside down as China is considered the leading economy for COVID-19,” said Iris Pang, chief economist for Greater China at ING.
05:02 GMT – Study finds virus could infect more than 200 million people in Africa
A modeling study by the World Health Organizations (WHO) has indicated that the coronavirus could kill 150,000 people in Africa and infect 231 million people in a year, unless urgent action is taken.
The authors of the research said that although many African countries have quickly adopted containment measures, health systems could still be quickly overtaken.
This would divert already limited resources to tackle major health problems in the region, such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and malnutrition, worsening the effects of the coronavirus.
“The region will experience fewer deaths, but will occur more in relatively younger age groups, among those previously considered healthy – due to undiagnosed noncommunicable diseases,” the report said, adding that these trends are already emerging.
Transmission is estimated to be greatest in small countries, with Mauritius having the highest risk of exposure. Among the largest countries on the continent, South Africa, Cameroon and Algeria were also in the top 10 for the risk of exposure.
03:52 GMT – South Korea reports 17 other cases linked to the Seoul night club group
The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) have reported 29 new cases, 17 of which are related to bars and clubs in the Itaewon nightlife district of Seoul.
The latest figures brought the total number of cases in the Itaewon cluster to 148.
News agency Yonhap said health officials will disinfect nightclubs and bars this weekend, “in an effort to prevent the Itaewon infection cluster from developing into a mass epidemic.”
3:18 GMT – Chinese Wuhan tests nearly a third of residents
Wuhan, the epicenter of origin of the coronavirus epidemic in China, has tested more than three million residents for the pathogen since April and will now focus its testing efforts on the rest of its 11 million inhabitants, according to state media.
Priority will be given to residents who have not been tested before, to people living in residential complexes who had previously been infected with the virus, as well as to old or densely populated areas, the official Xinhua news agency said. , citing a meeting of the Wuhan government.
Wuhan officials plan to test everyone in the city after detecting a group of infections over the weekend – the first since the city’s isolation was lifted on April 8.
02:54 GMT – Bangladesh urged to end Internet blackout in Rohingya camps
A British charity urges Bangladeshi authorities to lift internet restrictions in camps hosting hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees after the first coronavirus cases were detected on Thursday.
“We urge Bangladesh and the international community to do everything in their power to ensure that all the necessary aid reaches those who need it,” said Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK).
“It must also be a wake-up call for the Bangladeshi authorities to lift Internet restrictions in the camps. The current outage not only prevents aid groups from doing their jobs, but also prevents refugees from accessing information vital. “
02:26 GMT – Truck drivers tested positive on the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua
Health officials in Costa Rica said that 23 truck drivers entering the country from Nicaragua had tested positive for coronavirus in the past week.
All were asymptomatic. Two other people with symptoms were rejected without testing.
The results are another sign that the spread of the virus in Nicaragua may be greater than his government has recognized. The country has reported only 25 confirmed cases and eight deaths, and its government has not imposed social distancing measures and continues to promote mass gatherings.
02:12 GMT – United States alerts doctors to COVID-19 disease in children
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned doctors about a serious, rare inflammatory disease in children linked to the coronavirus.
The CDC case definition includes a current or recent COVID-19 infection or exposure to the virus, a fever of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celcius) for at least 24 hours, inflammatory markers in analyzes of blood and evidence of problems affecting at least two organs, which may include the heart, kidneys, or lungs.
The agency called the multi-system inflammatory syndrome condition in children.
01:54 GMT – Four million girls at risk of child marriage
The global charity World Vision says that four million girls are at risk of marrying children in the next two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, with increasing poverty driving many families to marry their daughters earlier.
The risks are further exacerbated by the fact that schools have been closed and that organizations fighting against child marriage have found it more difficult to function during the closings.
“When you experience a crisis such as conflict, disaster or pandemic, the rate of child marriage increases,” said World Vision child marriage specialist Erica Hall to the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “If we don’t start thinking about how to prevent it now, it will be too late. We can’t wait for the health crisis to go first.”
01:38 GMT – Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club will partially reopen
President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club will partially reopen to members this weekend, while South Florida will slowly reopen after the coronavirus shutdown.
An email to members Thursday said the Palm Beach Resort’s Beach Club restaurant, pool, and hot tub will reopen on Saturday after being closed for two months, but its main building, which includes hotel rooms, the main dining room and the president’s private residence will remain closed.
Members will have to practice social distance and the sun loungers will be spaced two meters (six feet) apart. They will need to bring their own towels.
01:31 GMT – China reaches one month since the last reported death of the virus
China has spent a month without announcing new deaths from the coronavirus.
On Friday, the National Health Commission reported four new cases of the virus, all local cross infections in the northeast province of Jilin, where a group of uncertain origin has been detected in recent days. The last time the commission reported deaths was on April 14.
In total, China has reported 4,633 deaths among 82,933 cases since the virus was first detected late last year in the central city of Wuhan.
01:25 GMT – Cases in Brazil reach daily record
Brazil posted a daily record of 13,944 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, while President Jair Bolsonaro urged business leaders to request the lifting of foreclosure orders in the country’s financial center, Sao Paulo.
Ministry of Health data revealed a total of 202,918 confirmed cases and 13,933 deaths in Brazil, the hardest hit country in Latin America, at the end of Thursday.
But Bolsonaro, who opposes the closings, told a virtual gathering of business leaders to “play hard” with the governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, who issued social distancing orders and said he would not respect Bolsonaro’s latest decree to reopen gymnasiums and beauty salons.
“A man decides the future of Sao Paulo,” said Bolsonaro, referring to Doria. “He decides the future of the Brazilian economy. With all due respect, you must call the governor and play hard – play hard – because this is a serious problem, it is war. Brazil is at stake. “
Sao Paulo, the most populous state in Brazil and home to a third of its economic output, has seen hospitals taken to the extreme as it records the country’s worst epidemic.
00:12 GMT – Slovenia calls for an end to its coronavirus epidemic
The Slovenian government is calling for an official end to its coronavirus epidemic, becoming the first European country to do so after authorities confirmed fewer than seven new cases of coronavirus every day in the past two weeks.
People now arriving in Slovenia from other EU states will no longer be required to quarantine for at least seven days, as has been the case since early April, the government said in a statement. But a quarantine of 14 days remains in place for people from non-EU member states.
Citizens will still have to follow basic rules to prevent a possible spread of the infection, the government said, without giving further details. People had to wear masks in indoor public spaces, stand at least 1.5 meters (five feet) apart, and disinfect their hands when entering public spaces.
The country of two million people has so far reported 1,464 cases of coronavirus and 103 deaths.
00:04 GMT – Cafes and bars reopen in parts of Australia
New South Wales (NSW), the most populous state in Australia, reopens restaurants, cafes and bars after a two-month closure, provided customers are limited to 10 at all times.
Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW, warned people to be vigilant and maintain social distance.
“The relaxation of restrictions has failed in many places around the world and I don’t want this to happen in New South Wales, I want people to be personally responsible for how we react,” said Berejiklian to reporters in Sydney.
In the Northern Territory, pubs open without any restrictions on the number of customers and there are no limits to public gatherings or home visits.
Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, currently retains most of its foreclosure measures.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed from Male, Maldives.
You can find all of yesterday’s updates (May 14) here.