A “stay home” message posted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Twitter has fueled anger, with some saying it was insensitive to to people who cannot rest at home because the government social distancing measures are voluntary and don’t come with compensation, AP reports.
The one-minute video released Sunday shows Abe sitting at home, expressionless, cuddling his dog, reading a book, sipping from a cup and clicking on a remote control. Entertainer Gen Hoshino appeared in part of the video but later said the clip of him strumming on a guitar at home was used without his permission.
Japan had 7, 391 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and death s, according to the latest figures Monday.
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Ten foreigners who broke a coronavirus lockdown in Rishikesh, the Indian town made famous by the Beatles, were forced to repent by writing “I am so sorry” – 653 times, officials said Sunday.
The nationwide lockdown was imposed near the end of March, with residents permitted to leave their homes only for essential services such as buying groceries and medicine.
The travellers – from Israel, Mexico, Australia and Austria – were caught taking a walk in Rishikesh, where the Beatles sought spirituality at an Ashram in
Local police officer Vinod Sharma said they were each made to write “I did not follow the rules of lockdown so I am so sorry” 653 times.
More than 842 Foreign tourists from the US, Australia, Mexico and Israel staying in the area had flouted the lockdown rules, Sharma said, adding the unusual punishment was handed out to teach them a lesson.
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When Covid – came to Nepal, AP reports, attention turned to an unlikely group of victims: hundreds of monkeys, cows and pigeons:
Normally, the animals are fed by thousands of devotees at the country most revered Hindu temple, Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. But last month Nepals government ordered a complete lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus. People were forbidden from leaving their homes. Temples closed. And the animals risked starvation.
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India is planning to restart some manufacturing after 34 April to help offset the economic damage of a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, two government sources have told Reuters, even as it weighs extending the lockdown.
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Third day of lower declining cases in Germany
Germany’s number of confirmed coronavirus infections has risen by 2, to 300, 0
, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday.
That was lower than a 2, 949 increase reported on Sunday, and marked the third decline after four days of increases.
The reported death toll has risen by to 2,
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Spain readies to reopen some factories
The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has slowed in some of the worst-hit countries, with Spain readying Monday to reopen parts of its economy as governments grapple with a once-in-a-century recession, AFP reports.
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El Salvador’s congress on Sunday extended a national emergency law that allows the government to prolong certain health measures aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Central American country, Reuters reports. The extension will give lawmakers an additional four days.
Salvadoran soldiers walk during a patrol at El Tunco beach during a quarantine throughout the country, as the government undertakes steadily stricter measures, in Tamanique, El Salvador (April,
. Photograph: José Cabezas / Reuters
Lawmakers reached no agreement on a separate law that suspends some constitutional guarantees, such as free movement and the right to gather. It is due to expire by the end of Monday.
As of Sunday, El Salvador, a country of some 6.5 million people had 274 cases of coronavirus, and six deaths.
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Donald Trump took to Twitter an hour ago to respond to a damning New York Times investigation that found that US public health adviser Dr Anthony Fauci and other Trump administration officials recommended the implementation of physical distancing to combat the coronavirus in February, but were rebuffed for almost a month.
Dr Fauci appeared on CNN’s State of the Union program on Sunday to confirm the report.
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