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Coronavirus live news: global cases pass 1.8m as deaths slow in Italy and New York – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

Coronavirus live news: global cases pass 1.8m as deaths slow in Italy and New York – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

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.

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Tera Manzil Temple in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. Photograph: Stuart Dee / Getty Images

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.

Staff from the Pashupatinath Development Trust feed pigeons at Pashupatinath temple, the country most revered Hindu temple, during the lockdown in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photograph: Niranjan Shrestha / AP

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Staff from the Pashupatinath Development Trust feed pigeons at Pashupatinath temple, the country most revered Hindu temple, during the lockdown in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photograph: Niranjan Shrestha / AP

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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.

The 44 – day lockdown of India’s more than 1.3 billion people is due to end on Tuesday.

The sources, who spoke to Reuters on Sunday, asked not to be identified as the plans are still under discussion.

Separately, in a letter seen by Reuters, the industries ministry has recommended restarting some manufacturing in the autos, textiles, defense, electronics and other sectors.

India’s economy, which was already growing at its slowest pace in six years before the onset of the coronavirus, is set to take a severe hit amid the lockdown, say economists.

Children seek shelter from the rain as they were standing in queue to collect food during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against coronavirus, in Kolkata on 12 April 2020. (5.) am BST

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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,

5. (am BST Macron set to warn France virus lockdown must go on

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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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Buildings at Oriente Square during the confinement due to the national emergency caused by Covid – (Coronavirus outbreak, Madrid, Spain, (April) . Photograph: REX / Shutterstock

Italy, France and the US have all reported a drop in Covid – (deaths in the past) hours – with Italy, the European nation most afflicted by the disease, reporting its lowest toll in more than three weeks.

Spain’s death toll has fallen over recent days, but as a small bump in deaths was reported on Sunday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned that the locked-down country was “far from victory”.

“We are all keen to go back out on the streets … but our desire is even greater to win the war and prevent a relapse,” he said, as some companies were set to resume operations at the end of a two-weeks halt of all non-essential activity.

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A reminder to our readers in Australia (and wherever you are in the globe, really), that our brilliant Australian audio team produce daily podcast episodes of Full Story specifically about the coronavirus. You can find them here .

To get started, try this episode :

You should also subscribe to the Guardian’s terrific global podcast, produced out of London, Today in Focus .

For a taster of that one, have a listen to this two-parter (marking) days since the virus was first reported.

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He’s making a very dangerous bet ‘: Medical experts fear Bolsonaro is dragging Brazil towards coronavirus calamity

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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.

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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.

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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