Australian government wants to start the economy completely in July
The government of Australia wants to allow companies that had to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic to fully open again from July. Australia is said to be so successful in containing the outbreak that it can once again focus on the millions of jobs lost since the onset of the crisis. British Queen Elizabeth has even called Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to congratulate him.
The government must meet on Friday to draw up the plan. Opening companies has to be done in steps, starting with catering and small shops. In Australia there are 6,875 confirmed infections and 97 coronavirus deaths.
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Trump wants to phase out coronavirus task force and focus on economic recovery
US President Donald Trump wants to phase out the coronavirus task force of the government and focus on the economic recovery of the United States. The task force was led by Vice President Mike Pence.
"Pence and the team did a great job," said Trump. "But we are now looking at another form and that form is safety and we will probably set up another group for that." The President emphasized that he does not mean to say that the job is done in the fight against the corona virus.
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Walt Disney sees 91 percent less profit
The Walt Disney Company made 91 percent less profit due to the COVID-19 crisis, down from $ 1.4 billion (about 1.3 billion euros) to $ 475 million (about 438 million euros) ).
The company has had to close its theme parks worldwide and cease filming. From May 11, Disney wants to reopen the park in Shanghai as an experiment. The park will not yet run at full speed, but will allow approximately 30 percent of the maximum capacity for guests.
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First major Brazilian city in lockdown, record increase in death toll
São Luís is the first major Brazilian city to announce a lockdown. About 1.3 million people live in the city and surrounding areas. The population is only allowed to go outside to get groceries or medicines.
President Jair Bolsonaro has still not announced any measures. For a long time, he described the coronavirus as "the flu", which gives it free rein in the country. The death toll is approaching 8,000, while more than 100,000 infections have been confirmed.
On Tuesday, Brazil also reported a record increase in the death toll, after 600 new deaths were reported in 24 hours. This brings the total to 7,921.
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Emergency fund for tennis players
The tennis associations ATP, WTA and ITF and the four Grand Slams (Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open) have reached an agreement to set up an emergency fund for tennis players who have been in financial difficulties due to the corona crisis.
The seven organizations have raised over 6 million dollars (converted over 5.5 million euros) for the so-called Player Relief Program. The money will be distributed equally among men and women under the leadership of the ATP and the WTA. The unions expect some 800 tennis players to receive help.
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Curaçao eases measures Friday
The residents of Curaçao will have more freedom from Friday. Everyone is allowed to move freely from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm, although meetings of more than 25 people are prohibited. A curfew applies from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
Events are not yet possible and restaurants, for example, are not yet opening. Companies that adhere to the rules on social distancing and hygiene can open again.
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The most important corona news of May 5, the
- For the tenth day in a row, less than a hundred corona patients have been hospitalized. In the past 24 hours, this involved 89 hospital admissions. The number of deaths is at 86.
- The number of Dutch corona patients in intensive care continues to decline. There are currently 644 corona patients on IC. That is 39 fewer than yesterday. The continuing decline gives ICs room to catch their breath and resume other care.
- Sanquin, together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), has ordered a million new test kits to investigate corona virus immunity among blood and plasma donors. The tests are available immediately.
- Dozens of arrests were made in The Hague during a demonstration against the partial lockdown. According to acting mayor Johan Remkes, the protesters did not follow the instructions of the officers. Demonstrations were also held in Utrecht and Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
- The number of deaths in Germany shows an increase again after three days. In the past 24 hours, 139 deaths were added. In the past three days, the number of daily deaths has actually decreased: from 94 deaths on Saturday to 74 on Sunday and 43 on Monday.
- In the United States, the death toll has risen to above 70,000. 1,193 deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, making the total now at 70,115. More than a million people in the US are infected with the virus.
- The United Nations Human Rights Council is deeply concerned about unsanitary prisons in both Latin America and the United States regarding the coronavirus. In some cases, fear of an outbreak has already sparked riots in prisons.
- Top advisor, epidemiologist and mathematician Neil Ferguson has stepped down from the UK government's crisis team after breaking the corona rules himself. Ferguson is one of the prominent members of the SAGE crisis team, the advisers who provide scientific advice to the British cabinet.