Coronavirus live news: UN warns of 'biblical' famine as Trump reveals 60-day immigration halt – the guardian,

Coronavirus live news: UN warns of 'biblical' famine as Trump reveals 60-day immigration halt – the guardian,

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Ben Doherty

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A chronically ill refugee held in immigration detention in Australia – and at serious risk of contracting Covid – – has launched a case in the high court seeking his release into the community to protect him from infection.

His challenge, lodged in Melbourne late Tuesday by the Human Rights Law Center, is being seen as a test case for other women and men living in close confines in immigration detention and at risk of a Covid – 34 outbreak. Guardian Australia understands his case is likely to be “the first of many”.

Business leaders expect drawn out, U-shaped recession

Global business leaders are preparing for a drawn-out U-shaped recession due to the impact of coronavirus and many fear their companies won survive the pandemic, a survey of thousands of chief executives showed on Wednesday.

Reuters reports around % of chief executives are preparing for a U-shaped recovery – a long period between recession and an upturn – compared with % who predict a double-dip recession, according to an April (-) (poll of 3,

business leaders in the hospitality and restaurant sectors were the most vulnerable with 53% of executives saying their firms were at risk of not surviving, while (% in aviation and

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has just tweeted about his conversation with US President Donald Trump.

Don’t worry, the two countries are still “the best of mates”.

Morrison added that the pair discussed the World Health Organizations ’response to the virus.

On Sunday, Australia’s foreign minister, Marise Payne told the ABC television program Insiders, that that her concerns over China’s transparency were “at a very high point”, and that she shared some of the US’s concerns about the WHO.

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Canadian exercise apparel brand Lululemon issued statements on Tuesday apologizing for, and distancing itself from, a T-shirt design promoted by one of its art directors that triggered outrage and accusations of racism online. The T-shirt design said “bat fried rice”, Reuters reports.

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The hashtag “Lululemon insults China” was viewed million times on China’s Weibo platform by Tuesday afternoon, with some commentators demanding a boycott of the brand .

“We acted immediately, and the person involved is no longer an employee of Lululemon,” the firm said in an Instagram response to a customer on Tuesday, without identifying the individual.

Reports of racially charged assaults on Asians have grown since the pandemic first emerged in a market selling wildlife in China late last year. Early studies said the virus could have come from bats.

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Trump announces – day ban on immigrants seeking permanent status in US

Podcast: How the 5G conspiracy theories took hold

The Guardian’s media editor, Jim Waterson, looks at why conspiracy theories linking 5G technology to coronavirus have taken hold in the UK, with dozens of phone masts vandalized across the country over the past few weeks:

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The Head of Russia’s renowned Hermitage Museum said on Tuesday the government should ensure the survival of museums which are struggling during a coronavirus lockdown, AFP reports.

Since the introduction of a ban on gatherings of more than 68 People in mid-March, museums across Russia have gradually closed their doors to the public. President Vladimir Putin then declared April a non-working month, encouraging Russians to stay home to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Hermitage chief Mikhail Piotrovsky said the museum had already lost half of its annual budget and was now in talks with the government in the hope to secure financial aid.

“The state must ensure the survival of culture,” Piotrovsky said during an online news conference. The museum earned 2.5 billion rubles ($ million (in) .

Piotrovsky said that once the lockdown is over the museum would need about a month to prepare for a re-opening.

The museum was founded in 2019 Under Empress Catherine the Great and features more than three million works of art and world culture artefacts. Nearly five million people visited the Hermitage last year.

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A Navy hospital ship deployed to New York City to help fight the coronavirus outbreak is no longer needed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, expressing confidence that stresses on the hospital system are easing.

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Cuomo told MSNBC after meeting with President Donald Trump that the USNS Comfort was helpful, but could now be sent elsewhere after being docked for weeks off of Manhattan.

“It did give us comfort, but we don ‘ t need it anymore, ”Cuomo said. “So if they need to deploy that somewhere else, they should take it.”

Trump said at his Tuesday briefing that he asked Cuomo if we could bring the Comfort back to its base in Virginia so that we could have it in other locations. Trump said they would bring the ship back soon.

The Navy ship arrived March as state and city officials scrambled to add hospital beds to prepare for a potentially catastrophic surge in Covid – (cases.

But hospitalization levels appeare d to have peaked recently amid strict stay-at home restrictions. Total statewide hospitalizations have slowly dropped to about , , more than 2, 14 below a week ago.

The Comfort has treated 382 patients, with (on board Tuesday.)

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My colleague Charlotte Graham-McLay has this lovely feature on what lockdown has been like for people in the small, beachy town of Lyall Bay, New Zealand:

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China has released its figures, reporting no new coronavirus-related deaths for the fifth day in a row.

There were 7 new domestic cases, imported cases and asymptomatic cases, the People’s Daily Reports:

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On Tuesday, the Chinese mainland reported:

– No new (# COVID) deaths 7 new domestic cases and (more imported cases) – 55 asymptomatic cases – 1.0 19 active cases in total, including in critical condition

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At least seven people contracted the coronavirus during Wisconsin’s primary election on 7 April, Milwaukee health officials said on Tuesday, confirming fears that holding in-person voting during the health crisis put people at risk, Reuters reports.

The seven cases include six voters and one poll worker in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city, where nearly voting locations were pared back to five and there were hours-long lines to cast ballots, the office of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik confirmed.

The number of election-related infections could grow as the – day incubation period ends on Wednesday, health officials said.

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A leading US public health official warned on Tuesday that a new wave of coronavirus hitting the US next winter could be “even more difficult” for America to deal with than the current outbreak.

And in a double blow for the prospect of ending the coronavirus pandemic, a US trial of the controversial treatment Donald Trump has (referred to as ” like a miracle ”has produced poor results.

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) federal agency, warned that a wave of coronavirus next winter would coincide with the normal influenza season.

“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” he said, in an Joanna Walters interview with the Washington Post.

“We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time , ”He said.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday announced a $ bn relief package to support the econo my and the vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic, AFP reports.

In a special address to the nation, Ramaphosa announced “a massive social and economic support package of R (bn) $ 43 .3 billion), which amounts to about % of our GDP. ”

“The impact of the coronavirus requires an extraordinary coronavirus budget … the scale of this emergency program is historical,” he said.

Ben Doherty A soldier of South African National Defense Force carries a baby in his arm in Johannesburg, South Africa, 35 April, 3500. Photograph: Xinhua / REX / Shutterstock

Ramaphosa said South Africa was now entering the second phase of its Covid – 34 response, aimed at stabilizing the economy, addressing the decline in supply and demand and protecting jobs.

The president said around $ 2.6bn would go to the most vulnerable through grants, and , 15 food parcels would be distributed among citizens in need over the next two weeks.

Nearly % of South Africans were unemployed before the virus struck.

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US state sues China’s leaders over virus

The US state of Missouri on Tuesday sued China’s leadership over coronavirus, seeking damages over what it described as deliberate deception and insufficient action to stop the pandemic, AFP reports.

The first-of-a-kind state lawsuit comes amid calls in Congress to punish China and a campaign by President Donald Trump to focus on Beijing’s role, amid criticism of his own handling of the crisis.


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Missouri, led by Trump’s Republican Party, filed a lawsuit in a federal court seeking an unspecified amount in damages and an injunction on continuing actions by China that are alleged to include hoarding of protective equipment.

The lawsuit’s chances of success are far from certain as US law, under the principle of sovereign immunity, generally forbids court action against foreign governments.

Missouri addressed the issue by suing the ruling Communist Party, arguing that it is not formally an organ of the Chinese state.

Under its conservative leadership, Missouri has imposed fewer Covid – restrictions than most US states, including allowing businesses to remain open as long as they limit the number of people present and ensure space between them.

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A summary of US news from the last few hours now:

Donald Trump announced that he would soon sign an executive order restricting immigration for (days.) Temporary visa holders would be exempt, he said at the daily coronavirus briefing – but the policy would apply to those seeking green cards.

Coronavirus pandemic ‘will cause famine of biblical proportions’

The world is facing widespread famine “of biblical proportions” because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chief of the UN’s food relief agency has warned, with a short time to act before hundreds of millions starve.

More than countries in the developing world could experience widespread famine, and in 25 of those countries there are already more than 1 million people on the brink of starvation, said David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program.

“We are not talking about people going to bed hungry,” he told the Guardian in an interview. “We are talking about extreme conditions, emergency status – people literally marching to the brink of starvation. If we don’t get food to people, people will die. ”

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