Global community eases into normality amid coronavirus pandemic

Above, shoppers inside the Dubai Mall wear masks for protection against the coronavirus on April 28, 2020 after the shopping center was reopened as part of moves to ease lockdown restrictions. (AFP)
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Updated 22 May 2020

Global community eases into normality amid coronavirus pandemic

DUBAI: The global community is easing back into normality despite the coronavirus pandemic still taking a toll on human lives and the world economy. With no vaccine against the virus on the horizon countries are betting against a second wave of the infection as they slowly reinvigorate their economies hit hard by the virus, which has affected nearly 5 million people and killed almost 330,000.

May 21, 2020, Thursday (All times in GMT)

17:10 - US airlines announce new safety measures for flights. Watch below...

 

 

16:50 - France's coronavirus death toll in hospitals and nursing homes rises to 28,215 from 28,132 on Wednesday.

16:00 - The UK's daily coronavirus briefing from Downing Street, with a vaccine and whether it should be mandatory or not if discovered among the talking points.

14:30 - The International Monetary Fund has approved emergency coronavirus funding for 59 countries, with a 29 further requests to be considered.

13:30 - The UK's death toll from the COVID-19 virus rises by 338 to 36,042 on Thursday.

12:30 - Scientists in Argentina might have a cheap answer to the COVID-19 crisis...

 

 

09:30 - Iran’s health authority says 10,000 medical workers were infected with coronavirus.

08:00 - Sudan confirms 401 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infected people to 3,138.

07:44 –British health care workers will on Thursday begin taking part in a University of Oxford-led international trial of two anti-malarial drugs to see if they can prevent COVID-19, including one US President Donald Trump says he has been taking.

06:38 – Lebanon is at risk of a major food crisis and many Lebanese may soon find it hard to afford bread because of an acute financial crunch and the fall-out of COVID-19, the prime minister warned.

06:06 – 2022 FIFA World Cup organizers are apprehensive football fans will not travel to Doha to watch games if the coronavirus pandemic continues to hold the global economy in dire straits.

04:16President Donald Trump threatened to hold up federal funds for two election battleground states that are trying to make it easier and safer to vote during the coronavirus pandemic.

03:42 – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 745 to 176,752, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed.

03:37 – Australian state and territory leaders bickered over whether to reopen internal borders, a major step to rejuvenating the country’s $50 billion domestic tourism industry, as part of measures to ease coronavirus restrictions.

02:41Japan will lift its state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo as the number of new coronavirus infections drops, economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said.

02:26 – After nearly two months sidelined in Guam with a coronavirus outbreak, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has gone out to sea for training, in preparation to return to duty in the Pacific.


Yemeni government, STC discuss coalition under Riyadh Agreement

Updated 9 min 53 sec ago

Yemeni government, STC discuss coalition under Riyadh Agreement

  • Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed met on Thursday with STC representatives in Riyadh
  • The discussions between the two sides come under the Riyadh Agreement signed in November last year

DUBAI: The Saudi-backed government of Yemen met with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) to discuss the political components to form the new government as part of a power-sharing deal. 
Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed met on Thursday with STC representatives in Riyadh to outline reforms to unite national ranks between the anti-Houthi coalition, according to state news agency Saba New.
Both sides discussed the priorities of the new government to face existing challenges in the political, military, security, service and economic sectors. Sustainable reforms and addressing corruption, were also on the agenda. 
The discussions between the two sides come under the Riyadh Agreement signed in November last year. 
The new government will look to face current economic challenges in the war-torn country with the aim to stop the deterioration of the national currency exchange rate, as well as the humanitarian situation.

Meanwhile, President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi left Saudi Arabia and headed to the United States for medical treatment

The head of the country’s internationally-recognised government, who has lived in exile in Riyadh since the Iranian-aligned Houthi group captured the Yemeni capital Sanaa in 2015, has been treated for a heart condition since 2011.