Hey and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro continues to defy social-distancing guidelines, becoming a member of an indication outdoors his workplace on Sunday and posing for selfies with supporters whilst well being ministry knowledge exhibits the nation’s outbreak deepening.
- Spain has reported a day by day dying toll under 100 for the primary time in two months, whereas Italy’s was the bottom because the begin of its lockdown.
Former President Barack Obama has criticised US leaders for the dealing with of the coronavirus response, telling faculty graduates in a web-based graduation handle that the pandemic exhibits many officers “aren’t even pretending to be in cost”.
Globally, there have been greater than 4.7 million recognized instances of COVID-19, and almost 315,000 individuals have died, in line with Johns Hopkins College. Simply over 1.7 million individuals have recovered.
Listed here are all the most recent updates:
Monday, Could 18
02:45 GMT – Malaysia parliament opens single-day session displaying help for entrance liners
Malaysia’s parliament began a one-day session on Monday by giving a standing ovation to the nation’s entrance line staff.
Led by the King, MPs, Senators and company joined within the applause.
Parliament will sit for a single day with the King’s speech the one merchandise on the agenda. It’s the first time the home has sat since an influence seize in late February that led to the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan authorities. After per week of turmoil, the King appointed Muhyiddin Yassin prime minister, saying he believed he had the help of a majority of MPs.
King, MPs, Senators and company current in Parliament give a standing ovation to frontliners preventing #COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/SNOUcFszwP
— BERNAMA (@bernamadotcom) Could 18, 2020
02:00 GMT – South Korea reviews 15 new instances as membership cluster eases
South Korea has reported 15 new instances of coronavirus with indicators the cluster centred round a Seoul clubbing district is slowing.
The Korea Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (KCDC) says 5 of the instances have been locally-acquired, with the rest imported, in line with Yonhap information company.
One new dying was reported bringing the overall to 263.
01:40 GMT – China reviews seven new coronavirus instances
China’s Nationwide Well being Fee has reported seven new instances of coronavirus, two of them within the northeastern province of Jilin the place a partial lockdown is in place.
Shanghai additionally had one case, whereas the remainder have been confirmed amongst travellers getting back from abroad in Interior Mongolia.
01:30 GMT – Main economists in Australia again social distancing
A brand new survey exhibits Australian economists overwhelmingly help social distancing measures to gradual the unfold of the coronavirus.
The primary Financial Society of Australia-Dialog ballot requested 43 of the nation’s main economists whether or not they agreed, disagreed, strongly agreed or strongly disagreed with the proposition under:
- The advantages to Australian society of sustaining social distancing measures enough to maintain R lower than one for COVID-19 are more likely to exceed the prices.
Nearly three quarters backed the proposition, 23 of them “strongly”. Solely 9 disagreed.
R is the repoduction quantity for the virus and measures the typical variety of different individuals somebody who already has coronavirus will infect. When R is under one, the outbreak will start to peter out.
01:00 GMT – UN chief calls on Bangladesh to maneuver Rohingya again to camps
UN Secretary Common Antonio Guterres is asking on Bangladesh to maneuver Rohingya refugees held on a flood-prone island after being rescued from ships stranded at sea to be returned to the primary refugee camps.
Bangladesh says the 308 Rohingya have been despatched to Bhashan Char island due to coronavirus considerations.
“Whereas these rescued at sea could also be quarantined for public well being functions, they have to even be prolonged the safety they deserve as refugees,” Guterres stated in a letter to Bangladesh’s international minister A.Ok. Abdul Momen that was obtained by AFP.
“I belief that they too will profit from the humanitarian companies provided to the Rohingya in Bangladesh and that, on the finish of their quarantine interval, they are going to be allowed to return to their households in Cox’s Bazar.”
4 instances of coronavirus have thus far been detected within the camps.
00:00 GMT – Bolsonaro defies coronavirus recommendation with selfies
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro continues to defy recommendation on social distancing even because the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil worsens.
On Sunday he posed for selfies with a minimum of three youngsters picked out from a crowd of supporters who had congregated outdoors the presidential palace, Reuters information company reported.
In a web-based video, Bolsonaro stated he welcomed the demonstration.
“Above all (the individuals) need freedom, they need democracy, they need respect,” he stated.
Well being Ministry figures from Sunday night time confirmed 7,938 new instances in Brazil bringing the overall above 241,000. An extra 485 individuals died, lifting the dying toll to 16,118.
23:30 GMT (Sunday) – Hong Kong nationals arrive residence after evacuation flight from India
A gaggle of 249 Hong Kong residents stranded in India have arrived again residence on a chartered flight.
The airplane left New Delhi at about 11pm on Could 17 native time (17:30 GMT), in line with a Hong Kong authorities assertion. The passengers embrace seven youngsters below two years of age. They are going to all be required to bear COVID-19 testing and spend 14 days in obligatory quarantine.
Learn all of the updates from yesterday (Could 17) right here.
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