Coronavirus world updates: Europe's longest lockdown eases in Italy

4/05/2020 10:25:00 PM

Italy started stirring Monday, with millions of people allowed to return to work.

Millions of people were allowed to return to work in Italy on Monday as Europe's longest coronavirus lockdown started to ease. 9News

Italy started stirring Monday, with millions of people allowed to return to work.

Coronavirus: World leaders pledge billions of dollars for vaccine research as UN launches summit Traffic in downtown Rome picked up, construction sites and manufacturing operations resumed, parks reopened and flower vendors returned to the Campo dei Fiori market for the first time since March 11.have named their baby boy Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, honouring their grandfathers and doctors who cared for the UK leader after contracting the coronavirus.have named their baby boy Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, honouring their grandfathers and doctors who cared for the UK leader after contracting the coronavirus.The 21-year-old – who had been hopeful of taking part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic prior to the COVID-19 crisis – competes in the 400m event.

"It's something that brings happiness and joy, and people have been missing that these days," vendor Stefano Fulvi said.He doesn't expect to break even anytime soon, "but you have to take the risk at some point.Mr Johnson's office says he'll take paternity leave later this year." But Europeans' new-found freedoms are limited as officials are wary of setting off a second wave of infections.Austria Barbers and hair salons are back in business in Austria, but most residents will have to wait a month for a haircut because they're booked.In Italy, mourners were able to attend funerals, but services were limited to 15 people and there was still no word on when Masses will resume.Austrians quickly snapped up appointments after the government relaxed restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Restaurants scrubbed their floors in preparation for take-out service, but sit-down service was several weeks away.Speaking of her moniker, she said: "I do not know why I got this title.

"It's a new page that we must write together, with trust and responsibility," Premier Giuseppe Conte said in a message to Italians.Restaurants will be allowed to reopen on May 15, followed by hotels on May 29.Restaurants will be allowed to reopen on May 15, followed by hotels on May 29.A food delivery rider walks with his bike inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy.(AP) People in hard-hit Spain ventured out for the first time in weeks for haircuts or food take-outs, but many small shops were still closed as owners worked on meeting strict health and hygiene guidelines.The nation has recorded 15,558 infections and 596 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.There was limited easing on quarantine regulations on businesses in Portugal and Belgium.Medical personnel wearing protective clothing work to treat patients inside a tent at a parking lot converted into a COVID-19 isolation facility in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines.The Spanish government is turning up pressure on opposition parties to approve another extension of the country's state of emergency.(AP) Russia Russia has reported a sharp spike in its daily tally of coronavirus infection cases, with a new one-day high of 9,633 on Saturday.The last month I did everything alone or in pairs outside.

The government says a failure to do so could "bring chaos." Transport and Mobility Minister José Luis Ábalos anticipates a tough debate in parliament on the issue Wednesday.More than half of the new cases were reported in Moscow, where concern is growing about whether hospitals could become overwhelmed.More than half of the new cases were reported in Moscow, where concern is growing about whether hospitals could become overwhelmed.He says the measure is "the most effective legal instrument" to fight the new coronavirus because it grants authorities the exceptional power to restrict freedom of movement.Ábalos says that without it all the sacrifices made so far will have been "pointless.Infection cases have reached the highest levels of government, with both the prime minister and the construction minister reporting they have the virus." The hairdresser Paco Martin lifts the closings of his hairdressing salon La Pelubreria after 51 days of closure due to coronavirus on May 4, 2020 in Madrid.Philippines A Philippine Supreme Court justice says nearly 10,000 poor inmates have been temporarily freed by reducing the amounts of their bails to decongest jails amid the coronavirus pandemic." Another commented: "Heal up quick! Wisdom Teeth suck! I am sure your body will not skip a beat like you never took a week off!" A third added: "Sexiest girl on this planet.

(Getty) Leaders join forces in the quest for a vaccine French president Emmanuel Macron said he is confident that the United States will join a global pledge for research to find a vaccine against the new coronavirus.Associate Justice Mario Victor Leonen told an online video news conference Saturday most of the more than 9,731 inmates freed since mid-March were from jails on the main northern Luzon island, which has been placed under a massive quarantine.World leaders, organisations and banks on Monday pledged to give 7.4 billion euros ($12.Tops tips for minimizing coronavirus transmission.Tops tips for minimizing coronavirus transmission.5 billion) during a videoconference summit hosted by the European Union.The US, along with Russia, were notably absent from the event.The country has reported a total of 82,875 confirmed cases and 4633 deaths.

Macron, who donated 500 million euros on behalf of France, noted that the US "are on the sidelines" but added that it doesn't compromise or slow down the initiative.The National Health Commission reported 43 people were released from hospitals Friday after being declared recovered, raising the total to 77,685.Germany's health minister said there are "promising" developments but warned that developing vaccines is one of the biggest challenges in medicine.There were a total 557 people still hospitalised on the mainland."I would be glad if we succeeded in a few months, but I think we must remain realistic," Jens Spahn told ARD television on Sunday."It can also take years." Stuttering starts for economies around the globe On Europe's western edge, Iceland reopened many of its businesses after the country tamed its virus outbreak.

India allowed some economic activities to resume after a five-week halt, even as the pace of infections has slightly accelerated.The lockdown has achieved a slowdown in the spread of the virus but has caused immense hardship for India's poor.An estimated 1.5 million South Africans returned to work after a five-week lockdown.The mining, manufacturing and select retail sectors began reopening with up to 30 per cent of their workforce.

Trains, buses and private minibus taxis resumed operations with reduced occupancy, and all South Africans must wear face masks in public.Russia reported a steady rise in the number of infections, fuelling concerns the nation's hospitals could be overwhelmed.Authorities say that broader testing has contributed to a surge.Russia's economy has been partially shut since late March, and lockdown measures have been extended through May 11.US stocks rally after early dip Stock indexes were down slightly in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday, as the market took a pause following its best month in decades.

Airline stocks had some of the market's sharpest losses after famed investor Warren Buffett said he'd dumped all his shares in the four biggest US carriers.READ MORE: What airport travel in a post-pandemic world will be like A ramping up of tensions between the Trump administration and China over the origins and handling of the coronavirus pandemic also weighed on markets around the world.But big tech stocks, whose momentum has been nearly unstoppable in recent years, continued to rally and helped the market trim its early losses.Stock indexes were down slightly in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday, as the market took a pause following its best month in decades.(AAP) Virus decisions on partisan lines in America In Washington, the Senate was convening on Monday local time for the first time since March.

Political battles have become increasingly embedded in coronavirus policy in the United States.In Louisiana, Republican legislators irritated by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards' decision to extend Louisiana's stay-at-home order through May 15 were eager to return to work.But Democrats saw things differently: "It could be a devastating blow to the strides made and to the safety of our residents, our staff and members if we returned to business as usual prematurely," Democratic leaders wrote in a letter.California's state Assembly was also restarting its legislative session Monday, though the Senate isn't bringing members back until May 11.California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said members must be at the Capitol to participate in committee hearings and floor sessions, based on legal advice that votes taken remotely "would likely be challenged in the courts and thrown out.

" He said anyone who didn't feel comfortable coming is "encouraged to stay home.We are definitely not forcing anybody to come to work." For breaking news alerts and livestreams straight to your smartphone sign up to the.

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