New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been tested for COVID-19 on live TV as the state begins to emerge from a coronavirus outbreak which killed nearly 30,000 people.
This story will be updated throughout Monday.
Monday’s key moments:
Four suitors in running to take over Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia and its administrator Deloitte have shortlisted “highly credentialed” parties who could end up being the new owners of Australia’s second major carrier.
ABC News can confirm the shortlist contains four bidders: private investment firm Bain Capital, private equity firm BGH Capital, US aviation investor Indigo Partners and global investor Cyrus Capital Partners.
Cyrus Capital, which was previously invested alongside Richard Branson in Virgin America, was a surprise bidder.
Virgin Australia’s appointed administrator, Deloitte, led by Vaughan Strawbridge, has for several weeks been working with the company’s management team on finding a new owner.
Administrators Mr Strawbridge, John Greig, Sal Algeri and Richard Hughes said in a statement they had now shortlisted a “small number of well-funded parties with strong aviation credentials that are being invited into the next stage of the process”.
Deloitte did not comment on who the shortlisted parties were, due to confidentiality reasons, but said it would work “intensely” with the bidders over the next four weeks.
Final bids are due on June 12.
‘We want big stadiums loaded with people’, Trump says
United States President Donald Trump has called into a charity golf tournament broadcast and promised Americans a speedy return to normalcy that sounded far more optimistic than most experts say is realistic.
Mr Trump hailed the event — broadcast on NBC — and said he would like to see crowds packing into sports venues by this (northern) autumn, whether or not a cure for the coronavirus is developed.
“We’re looking at vaccines, we’re looking at cures and we are very, very far down the line,” he said.
“I think that’s not going to be in the very distant future. But even before that, I think we’ll be back to normal.”
Experts, however, say finding a cure that fast is far from certain and have warned that easing restrictions too quickly could cause the virus to rebound.
Mr Trump said events would likely resume with small crowds — if any — but hopes that by the time The Masters is played in November, the crowds can return.
“We want to get it back to where it was. We want big, big stadiums loaded with people,” he said.
“We want to get sports back. We miss sports. We need sports in terms of the psyche, the psyche of our country.”
The charity tournament is being played at Seminole Golf Club in Florida to raise money for COVID-19 relief.
There are no crowds, no caddies and a limited TV crew, all following social distancing guidelines.
Bali plans to reopen for tourism in July as frustration grows over Indonesia’s response
Academic experts claim Indonesia’s Government has ignored their scientific advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, as the province of Bali looks to reopen in the coming months.
The hashtag #IndonesiaTerserah (Whatever, Indonesia) has trended on social media, with many Indonesians including medical workers expressing their frustration at what they see as an inconsistent government response.
Others have rallied against sections of the community not observing social-distancing measures.
Officials reported 489 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the official total to 17,514. There have been 1,148 confirmed deaths.
Due to low rates of testing, however, many observers believe the true figures are far higher.
Indonesia has backed a joint motion from Australia and the European Union calling for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak.
Images from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport last week showed long queues and crowds as people flocked home prior to Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, provoking widespread outrage.
The national Government had banned an annual mass exodus to people’s hometowns, known locally as mudik, allowing exemptions for those needing to return home for economic reasons.
“They have differentiated between going back to your hometown for economic purposes, for a safety net, that is OK. If you are going home to celebrate the end of Ramadan, that is prohibited,” said Zulfan Tadjoeddin, associate professor of development studies at Western Sydney University.
“That kind of differentiation, I think is good. But in terms of implementation, it could be difficult.”
Japan slips into recession, worst yet to come as pandemic wreaks havoc
Japan’s economy slipped into recession for the first time in almost five years, GDP data showed on Monday, putting the nation on course for its deepest post-war slump as the coronavirus crisis takes a heavy toll on businesses and consumers.
The world’s third-largest economy shrank for the second consecutive quarter in the three months to March, intensifying the challenge for policymakers battling a once-in-a-century pandemic that has already caused widespread disruptions.
The last time Japan suffered recession was in the second half of 2015.
“It’s near certainty the economy suffered an even deeper decline in the current quarter,” said Yuichi Kodama, chief economist at Meiji Yasuda Research Institute.
“Japan has entered a full-blow recession.”
The coronavirus, which first emerged in China late last year, has ravaged the global economy as many nations went into strict lockdowns to curb the outbreak that has so far killed over 310,000 people worldwide.
The pandemic has been massively disruptive on supply chains and businesses, particularly in trade-reliant nations such as Japan.
Trump aide accuses CDC of ‘letting the country down’ in COVID-19 response
One of President Donald Trump’s top economic advisers has criticised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s early response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying it “let the country down” after initial delays with testing.
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro declined to say when asked on Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press whether Mr Trump had confidence in the CDC to lead the US pandemic response, saying that was a question for the President.
But Mr Navarro said the CDC “set us back” in the early weeks of the outbreak.
The CDC struggled to develop its own diagnostic test for the coronavirus in January, later discovering problems in its kits sent to state and county public health labs in early February.
It took the CDC more than two weeks to come up with a fix, leading to delays in diagnoses as the virus rapidly spread.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday that he disagreed the CDC had let the nation down.
He told CBS’s Face the Nation: “I believe the CDC serves an important public health role.”
Aerobatic jet crashes during show in Canada
A Canadian aerobatic jet has crashed into a British Columbia neighbourhood during a flyover intended to boost morale during the pandemic, killing one crew member, seriously injuring another and setting a house on fire.
Video appeared to show at least one person ejecting.
The crash left debris scattered across the neighbourhood near the airport in the city of Kamloops, about 418 kilometres north-east of Vancouver.
Canada’s Defence Department said emergency crews were responding.
The Snowbirds are Canada’s equivalent of the US Air Force Thunderbirds or the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that one member of the CF Snowbirds team has died and one has sustained serious injuries,” The Royal Canadian Air Force said in a tweet.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the cause of the crash was under investigation.
Operation Inspiration started in Nova Scotia earlier this month and featured the team’s signature nine-jet formation.
New York Governor tested for coronavirus live on TV
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was tested for coronavirus on live TV as he announced all people in the state experiencing flu-like symptoms are now eligible for tests.
Any New Yorkers experiencing flu-like symptoms or those who will be returning to work as part of phased re-openings across the state can now get tested, Mr Cuomo said.
The state is expanding eligibility as it deals with a surplus of testing capacity.
Mr Cuomo said drive-through and walk-in testing sites were performing about one-third of the 15,000 tests they were capable of each day.
In all, the state is testing about 40,000 people per day.
Samples will be collected at more than 60 pharmacies across the state, Mr Cuomo said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also made an urgent appeal on Sunday for blood donations, saying coronavirus-related blood drive cancellations had led supplies to dwindle to about two days’ worth, which could mean postponing some surgeries.
More than 28,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US state, while another 61,000 have recovered.
‘Delusional’ Shkreli denied prison release to research coronavirus treatment
A judge has rejected the request of convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to be let out of prison to research a coronavirus treatment, noting that probation officials viewed that claim as the type of “delusional self-aggrandising behaviour” that led to his conviction.
US District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto said in a nine-page ruling on Saturday that the man known as the Pharma Bro failed to demonstrate extraordinary and compelling factors that would require his release under home-confinement rules designed to move vulnerable inmates out of institutions during the pandemic.
The low-security prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, where the 37-year-old Shkreli is locked up, has reported no cases of coronavirus among inmates and staff, and there’s no evidence in his medical files to suggest a childhood bout with asthma continues to pose a significant health problem, Judge Matsumoto wrote.
Shkreli is serving a seven-year prison sentence for a 2017 conviction for lying to investors about the performance of two hedge funds he ran, withdrawing more money from those funds than he was entitled to get, and defrauding investors in a drug company, Retrophin, by hiding his ownership of some of its stock.
His lawyer filed court papers last month asking federal authorities to release him for three months and allow him to live at his fiancé’s New York City apartment so he could do laboratory work “under strict supervision”.
In a research proposal posted online, Shkreli called the pharmaceutical industry’s response to the pandemic “inadequate” and said researchers at every drug company “should be put to work until COVID-19 is no more”.
He wrote that his background “as a successful two-time biopharma entrepreneur, having purchased multiple companies, invented multiple new drug candidates” would make him a valuable asset.
Bolsonaro defies health advice, snapping photos with kids at Brazil protest
Wearing a face mask, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro posed for photographs with kids plucked out of a crowd of supporters on Sunday (local time), disregarding public health advice aimed at containing one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks.
Brazil’s confirmed cases of the virus passed Spain and Italy on Saturday, making it the world’s fourth-largest outbreak.
“Chlo-ro-quine! Chlo-ro-quine!” chanted Bolsonaro’s supporters outside the presidential palace, referencing an anti-malaria drug that some hope could be used to treat coronavirus.
In an online video, Mr Bolsonaro said he welcomed the demonstration in what has become a nearly biweekly affair, with the President and supporters defying quarantines that have the support of most Brazilians.
“Above all, [the people] want freedom, they want democracy, they want respect,” he said, adding that Brazilians wanted to get the economy back up and running as quickly as possible.
A poll this week showed two-thirds of Brazilians agreed with the need for social distancing to contain the outbreak, which governors and health experts recommend, while Mr Bolsonaro tried to open gyms, hair salons and other businesses.
Nationwide testing in Brazil still lags far behind European nations.
Brazil processed nearly 338,000 novel coronavirus tests in official labs by the beginning of the week, according to the Health Ministry.
By contrast, Italy and Spain have each run about 1.9 million official diagnostic tests for the virus.
Locally transmitted cases in high-risk Chinese city
Mainland China reported five new confirmed COVID-19 cases for May 16, down from eight the previous day, the National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement on Sunday.
Two of the five confirmed cases were so-called imported infections, while three were locally transmitted in the north-eastern Chinese city of Jilin.
The three domestically transmitted cases are related to a district in Jilin city called Fengman, which has been classified by Chinese officials as a high-risk area for COVID-19.
Heightened disease-control measures in the district include allowing only one person from a family to go out and purchase daily necessities each day, according to the district’s official post on WeChat.
Residents were advised not to leave the city and any who did need to leave had to provide a negative test result taken within the previous 48 hours.
Jilin is the second largest city of Jilin province, which borders North Korea and Russia. It temporarily suspended passenger train services last Wednesday.
Fengman district said in a WeChat post on Sunday that it would tighten the lockdown by closing stores including department stores, house appliance stores and furniture stores but would keep supermarkets open to maintain supply to residents.
The city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak originated, conducted 222,675 voluntary nucleic acid tests on May 16, the local health authority said on Sunday, nearly doubling from a day earlier.
Wuhan kicked off a campaign on May 14 to look for asymptomatic carriers — people who were infected but showed no outward sign of illness — in its population of 11 million residents, after confirming last weekend its first cluster of COVID-19 infections since its release from a virtual lockdown on April 8.
The number of confirmed cases in the mainland now stands at 82,947 and the death toll at 4,634.
China does not include people who have been tested and found to be asymptomatic carriers in its tally of confirmed cases.
There may never be a vaccine for COVID-19: Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said there might never be a vaccine for COVID-19, despite the huge global effort to develop one.
The British Government is giving 93 million pounds ($175.5 million) in funding to speed up the opening of the new Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre.
Mr Johnson said Britain was also supporting research into drug treatments to help people recover quickly from the virus.
Mr Johnson wrote in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, “there remains a very long way to go, and I must be frank that a vaccine might not come to fruition”.
“We need to find new ways to control the virus.”
The British Government relaxed some restrictions on outdoor activities last week and plans to continue easing rules over the next few months.
Mr Johnson said: “I know this will not be easy — the first baby steps never are.”
Italy ‘must accept’ risks of reopening before a vaccine
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said the reopening of the Italian economy brings a risk of new outbreaks of the coronavirus, but “we must accept it”.
Mr Conte told reporters the nationwide lockdown that began in early March had brought “the expected results”, putting the country in a position to expand economic activity in the second phase of reopening.
Mr Conte said the country must accept the risks and open before the availability of a vaccine, but said an extensive monitoring system was in place and the Government would intervene to close areas if there were new outbreaks.
Stores, bars, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers and museums are among the business and cultural activities that can reopen, starting on Monday (local time). Gyms and swimming pools can reopen a week later.
Travel between regions and into Italy from abroad will be permitted starting June 3.
India extends lockdowns till end of month
India has extended its nearly two-month lockdown by two weeks after reporting nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases, but says restrictions may be eased in low-risk areas to boost economic activity.
After surpassing China on Saturday, India now has the most confirmed virus cases in Asia, with nearly 91,000, including 2,872 deaths.
New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and some other key regions are still battling to control the rising curve of coronavirus infections, but the Home Ministry said low-risk areas would be allowed to restore economic activity.
All domestic and international passenger flights will remain prohibited. Metro services, schools, colleges, hotels and restaurants will also remain shuttered nationwide, the Home Ministry said.
India had fewer than 500 confirmed cases and nine deaths when the lockdown was first imposed on March 25.
On May 4, the Government announced an easing of restrictions, allowing the reopening of neighbourhood shops and manufacturing and farming in rural areas. It also resumed running a limited number of trains, mainly to carry stranded migrant workers.
Thai shoppers must use contact-tracing apps as malls reopen
Thais streamed into shopping malls on Sunday, once again enjoying their air-conditioned oases as the country eased one of the restrictions imposed to fight the coronavirus.
The Thai Government allowed malls, which had been closed since March, to reopen after the number of new virus cases dwindled to single digits for all but one day over more than two weeks.
Thermal scanners check temperatures for signs of fever and each shopper must pass through a disinfectant mist at every entrance.
Everyone must wear a mask and keep it on throughout their stay and their can be no crowding on the escalators, as people must keep a two-step distance from those in front of them.
Shoppers must also use their smartphones to register electronically when entering and leaving a mall, and when entering and leaving individual stores.
If someone later falls ill, this stored data will be used to trace and contact anyone who may have been in contact with them.
The Thai Government said the data would only be used for public health purposes.
Thai health authorities announced three new virus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 3,028, including 56 deaths.
Coronavirus suspected in Brazil’s remote Amazon community
Brazil’s remote Amazon communities are concerned about the dangers of coronavirus spreading to rainforest areas where tribe members live in close quarters and there are limited medical services.
Betania and Tikuna tribe members suspected the arrival of the coronavirus earlier this month after people returned from a two-hour boat trip down the Solimoes River to pick up their government benefit payments.
Dozens subsequently had headaches, fevers and coughs, and two people died.
There are five government medical workers for the community of about 4,000 and they are not treating the sick because they lack protective equipment and coronavirus testing kits, a village leader said.
“We’re very worried, mainly because help isn’t arriving,” a Tikuna village leader said in a telephone interview.
The communities are only reachable by boat or small aircraft, so the Tikuna rely on their traditional remedy for respiratory ailments: inhaling clouds of smoke from burning medicinal plants and beehives.
Brazil has Latin America’s highest COVID-19 death toll, with more than 15,000 dead as of Sunday (local time).
The country’s hardest-hit major city per capita is in the Amazon — Manaus, where mass graves are filling up with bodies.
Spain records fewer than 100 daily deaths
Spanish authorities announced the country had recorded fewer than 100 daily coronavirus deaths for the first time since declaring a state of emergency to fight the virus two months ago.
Fernando Simon, head of health emergency coordination in Spain, confirmed 87 more people had died from the virus, the lowest daily death count since March 16.
He said the “weekend effect” — where lower numbers are usually recorded — was “harder to be observed” on the figures announced on Sunday (local time).
But he did warn it was possible there could have been some delay in recording all virus-related deaths over the past 24 hours.
In the city of Barcelona, a temporary morgue set up inside a parking garage to handle the overflow of victims has now closed, with its last coffin removed and buried on Sunday (local time).
The funeral home said more than 3,200 victims of COVID-19 passed through the temporary morgue since it was set up in March.
The home plans to reopen part of the garage for parking but keep the refrigeration units set up in the temporary morgue in place in case they are needed again.
At the height of the outbreak, Spain reported more than 900 deaths a day.
The European nation of 47 million has so far confirmed 27,650 deaths and 277,719 infections from COVID-19.
Study finds wearing surgical masks can significantly reduce transmissions
Scientists in Hong Kong say tests on hamsters have offered the first proof that wearing surgical masks can significantly reduce transmission of COVID-19.
The team set up partitions made of surgical masks between cages with infected hamsters on one side and healthy animals on the other.
Fifty-two hamsters were used to carry out scenarios designed to replicate real-life situations and fans were used to blow the virus between cages, according to South China Morning Post.
The rate of transmission fell by as much as 60 per cent between cages divided by a mask, compared to when there was no partition.
The World Health Organization recommended face masks only be worn by people who were ill with COVID-19 symptoms or those looking after someone who may have the virus, but have since said new research may lead to the current advice changing.
No spike in US cases after reopening cities: health official
Authorities are not seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in places that are reopening but are seeing increases in some areas that remain closed, US Health Secretary Alex Azar said.
“In places that are opening, we’re not seeing this spike in cases,” Mr Azar said on CNN’s State of the Union program.
Mr Azar said there were serious health consequences to not reopening.
“These are very localised determinations. There should not be a one size fits all to reopening but reopen we must because it’s not health versus the economy. It’s health versus healthy,” he said.
When asked about images being broadcast from some areas of the country showing people gathering near bars and congregating close together, Mr Azar said that was the cost of freedom.
“I think in any individual instance you’re going to see people doing things that are irresponsible. That’s part of the freedom that we have here in America,” he said.
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