By The Related Press
ROME — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has introduced new measures aimed toward halting the unfold of coronavirus as infections proceed to hit new each day highs, transferring into susceptible populations and placing contemporary stress on hospitals.
The restrictions introduced Sunday cease in need of a curfew like these imposed in Paris and different main French cities. However Italian mayors can shut public squares and different gathering locations after 9 p.m., allowing entry solely to achieve houses or companies. Eating places and bars are restricted to desk service solely after 6 p.m., three hours sooner than the earlier measures allowed, however can keep the present midnight closing time.
Native festivals have been banned. Gyms and public swimming swimming pools might stay open — however Conte mentioned they might be closed in every week in the event that they don’t do a greater job of following restrictions.
Rome clashed with regional governments over colleges, refusing to budge on permitting extra distance studying. However there are allowances for top colleges to open later, and maintain afternoon shifts, to ease stress on native transport.
Authorities are loath to see new lockdowns, after the 10-week closure that efficiently impeded the virus’ unfold, however at a price of 47 billion euros a month to the economic system. New confirmed infections in Italy have doubled in every week to greater than 10,000 a day amid elevated testing.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
— New infections and deaths are hitting information in Russia, however Vladimir Putin’s authorities seems decided to keep away from unpopular restrictions.
— Uganda’s ‘ taxi divas’ rise from COVID’s financial gloom.
— Some in North Dakota need harder virus strategy from governor.
— France’s 9 p.m. virus curfew leaves an eerie quiet on streets of Paris, eight different cities
— The U.S. can now display screen hundreds of thousands each day for the brand new coronavirus, due to a rising provide of speedy checks. However the increase comes with a brand new problem: protecting observe of the outcomes.
Observe AP’s pandemic protection at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak
HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker says President Donald Trump and his allies in Illinois are partly responsible for a surge in coronavirus instances within the state.
Pritzker spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, the identical day well being officers introduced 4,245 new confirmed instances of COVID-19 and 22 deaths.
Pritzker says Trump is “modeling dangerous habits” by typically not sporting a masks in public and internet hosting rallies the place it’s not inspired. The primary-term Democrat says Trump’s native allies are encouraging folks to not observe COVID-19 restrictions. Illinois set a brand new record-high for instances on Friday.
MEXICO CITY — Because the U.S. counts down towards its presidential election, voters south of the border in two Mexican states have been placing on masks and slathering readily available gel to solid ballots in native elections on Sunday.
The border state of Coahuila, simply south of Texas, was selecting a brand new state legislature whereas the central state of Hidalgo was electing 84 mayors. The vote there had been set for June, however was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Nationwide Electoral Institute head Lorenzo Córdova circulated a video enchantment for folks to solid ballots, saying, “You’ll be able to ensure that we are going to obtain you with very strict and exact well being measures and protocols.”
Not more than two voters have been allowed at at a time at every polling spot and voters have been requested to deliver their very own pens.
Mexico has recorded at the least 86,000 COVID-19 deaths and greater than 840,000 detected infections with the brand new coronavirus, together with Navy Adm. Rafael Ojeda, one of many closest collaborators of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He’d been seen — unmasked — at an occasion with the president on Friday.
EL PASO, Texas — The El Paso space has reported its highest variety of hospitalizations because of the coronavirus because the pandemic started, officers mentioned on Sunday.
A file excessive 449 hospitalizations have been reported for Saturday, with 129 of these sufferers in intensive care, in line with El Paso well being officers.
Within the El Paso space, solely seven ICU beds can be found, in line with the Texas Division of Well being and Human Providers. Hospitalizations have been steadily growing within the space since early September, prompting officers final week to implement tighter restrictions to fight the unfold of the coronavirus.
The variety of new each day COVID-19 instances recorded in El Paso soared Thursday to a record-breaking 838. That quantity dipped to 684 on Saturday.
The rise in instances within the El Paso space has prompted Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to ship medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and PPE to assist hospitals there.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Public well being officers in North Carolina say at the least 9 instances of COVID-19 might be related to a Charlotte church’s convocation occasions final weekend.
Mecklenburg County mentioned its well being division urges anybody who attended the occasions on the United Home of Prayer for All Folks simply outdoors of downtown to get examined for the coronavirus, the Charlotte Observer reported. Free COVID-19 testing was being provided within the space on Sunday.
Church officers couldn’t instantly be reached for remark by the newspaper.
WASHINGTON — Well being and Human Providers Secretary Alex Azar is urging Individuals to stay with safeguards towards COVID-19 corresponding to mask-wearing whilst President Donald Trump continues to shun the follow and infections spike larger in a number of elements of the U.S.
Azar advised NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that many individuals could also be feeling “mitigation fatigue” from a seven-month-old pandemic, however there may be “a lot promise within the weeks and months forward” with the anticipated arrival of secure and efficient vaccines.
His feedback got here as Trump has been holding marketing campaign rallies through which face masks weren’t required and many individuals on the occasions weren’t sporting them. Coronavirus infections are spiking in Europe and public well being officers are elevating alarm that the an infection fee within the U.S. is climbing towards a brand new peak.
Azar requested folks to “grasp in there” as a result of “we’re so shut.” He mentioned the continued follow of security pointers of washing palms, social distancing and sporting masks can be a “bridge” to the day vaccines can change into extensively out there.
MILAN — The variety of confirmed constructive instances of coronavirus in Italy continued to rise to new information on Sunday, hitting 11,705 within the final 24 hours.
Many extra checks are being carried out than in the course of the March-April peak, when solely the very unwell have been examined, however medical doctors have warned that the virus once more is infecting extra susceptible sufferers and hospitals are more and more below stress.
A complete of 750 sufferers have been being handled in intensive care Sunday, up 45 from a day earlier, whereas greater than 7,000 folks have been hospitalized, in line with Well being Ministry statistics.
Stress was particularly acute in Lombardy, the place 110 ICU beds have been stuffed and greater than 1,000 COVID-19 sufferers have been hospitalized. Italy has recorded a complete of 36.543 deaths within the pandemic, 69 within the final 24 hours.
The federal government was anticipated to announce further restrictions, having already made masks obligatory open air, banned informal pick-up sports activities and mandating closure of bars and eating places at midnight in a bid to cease the contagion.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s each day positivity fee for COVID-19 topped 10% for the sixth time within the final seven days as well being officers on Sunday reported 716 new instances, together with three counties with greater than 100 constructive checks.
The state of about 760,000 residents has now surpassed 400 deaths.
The replace lifted the full variety of the coronavirus instances statewide to just about 32,000 because the pandemic started. There have been about 1,069 new instances per 100,000 folks in North Dakota over the previous two weeks, which ranks first within the nation for brand new instances per capita, in line with figures compiled Saturday by Johns Hopkins College researchers.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina State Truthful is coming to Columbia, however like a lot in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is going to be drive-thru. There gained’t be an admission price.
Successful animals, artwork, flowers and pictures can be displayed alongside one route for automobiles from 10 a.m. to eight p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Folks will have the ability to purchase truthful meals Tuesday by means of Saturday in a special a part of the fairgrounds. Guests may also stay of their automobiles, ordering from a brief listing of meals like turkey legs, Fiske Fries, funnel muffins and some different gadgets.
Staff will come up the the car window to take orders. They may take each money and playing cards.
PRAGUE — Czech police used tear gasoline and a water cannon to disperse lots of of violent protesters who attacked them after a rally Sunday in Prague towards authorities restrictions to gradual the unfold of coronavirus infections.
Police rescue companies mentioned at the least 20 injured within the clashes, which erupted after a pair thousand folks, together with soccer and ice hockey followers, rallied at Previous City Sq. to sentence the restrictions that embrace the ban of sports activities competitions and closure of bars and eating places.
Public gatherings of greater than six are additionally banned however as much as 500 individuals are allowed to reveal if they’re divided into separated teams of 20 and put on face masks.
Lots of the demonstrators had no face coverings. After police mentioned their quantity surpassed 500, the organizers ended the rally.
However some protesters remained and the sq., throwing flares, beer bottles, stones and numerous different objects at riot police.
The Czech Republic has been going through a file surge in coronavirus infections in latest weeks, making it one of many hardest hit international locations in Europe.
BERLIN — Switzerland is introducing new restrictions throughout the nation to attempt to gradual the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic, which has been rising at a file tempo in latest days.
At a particular assembly Sunday, the federal government determined to broaden a masks mandate, saying “the speedy rise in coronavirus instances in the previous few days is a trigger for excellent concern.”
As of Monday, face and nostril coverings can be required in all publicly accessible indoor areas, together with all railway stations and airports, and at bus and tram stops. The rule additionally extends to varsities, child-care amenities, buying malls, libraries, locations of worship and accommodations, amongst different locations.
Gatherings of greater than 15 individuals are not permitted in public, and new rules have been placed on non-public occasions of greater than 15 folks.
The variety of new instances within the Alpine nation of 8.5 million folks has been growing quickly not too long ago, hitting a brand new each day file of three,105 on Friday. General Switzerland has reported 74,422 infections and 1,823 deaths.
MILAN — Because the Italian authorities considers but extra restrictions to attempt to curb the resurgence of coronavirus, the 179 Italian medical doctors who’ve died within the COVID-19 disaster have been remembered Sunday in a ceremony within the northern Italian city of Duno, north of Milan.
Their names have been inscribed in marble at a sanctuary within the Lombardy area, which has been the hardest-hit space within the nation. The names embrace Dr. Roberto Stella, the first-known Italian doctor to die of COVID-19. His dying at 67 on March 11 dying shocked the Italian medical institution and underlined the danger that the coronavirus pandemic to household medical doctors.
Italy, the primary nation outdoors of Asia to detect native transmission of the virus, has seen new confirmed constructive instances surge above 10,000 a day in latest days. That’s larger than the virus’ most deadly peak in March and April, when solely probably the most severely unwell have been being examined in Italy.
JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities have granted senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat permission to enter Israel for medical therapy following his an infection with the coronavirus.
Erekat’s situation has deteriorated in latest days, and he requested and acquired authorization to be hospitalized at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital, folks aware of the Palestinian official’s situation mentioned, talking on situation of anonymity.
Erekat made the request regardless of the very fact the Palestinian Authority severed ties with Israel earlier this 12 months over the Trump administration’s Mideast plan, which might permit Israel to annex giant elements of the West Financial institution.
Erekat is a longtime senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and served because the Palestinians’ chief negotiator in previous peace talks. Erekat has a historical past of well being issues and acquired a lung transplant within the U.S. in 2017.
There have been over 58,000 instances and 474 deaths reported within the Palestinian-administered areas of the Israeli occupied West Financial institution.