Coronavirus Roundup — Brazil, Berlin, Balkans

  • Globally, more than 5.4 million people have been infected with COVID-19 so far, while more than 344,000 have died.
  • The coronavirus has infected 147 people working at a slaughterhouse in the Dutch city of Groenlo.
  • The United States has banned anyone who has spent 14 days in Brazil from entering the country.

US President Donald Trump has announced a ban on entry to the United States from Brazil due to the rising incidence of the coronavirus in the country. Cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in Brazil, with 16,000 more cases reported in the past 24 hours and 653 deaths.

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2). As of 25 May 2020, more than 5.45 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 188 countries and territories, resulting in more than 345,000 deaths.

Globally, more than 5.4 million people have been infected with COVID-19 so far, while more than 344,000 have died. According to the latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute in Germany, 289 more cases of COVID-19 have been reported, bringing the total number of cases in Germany to 178,570. So far, 8,257 people have been killed.

Berlin Mayor Michael Muller says Russia is currently working to combat the epidemic, and has offered help to Russian patients infected with COVID-19. “We made an offer to Italy, which was not accepted in the long run,” Muller told Der Tagesspiegel on Sunday.

“Instead, our university clinic received patients from France, for which President Emmanuel Macron thanked us in a written form several days ago,” he said. “We are ready to continue to help, if our clinics have possibilities for that. I have sent a corresponding proposal to our partner city Moscow.”

The coronavirus has infected 147 people working at a slaughterhouse in the Dutch city of Groenlo. Of those infected, 79 are from Germany and 68 are from the Netherlands. The slaughterhouse belongs to the well-known European company Vivan Food Group. About 25 more people working in it are yet to be tested. Dozens of people working at a German branch of the same company have previously tested positive.

Most Muslim countries in the Balkans still have many restrictions, but mosques in Albania, Bosnia, and Kosovo have been reopened on the condition that everyone wears a mask. Authorities in Turkey say 32 more people have died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 4,340. A total of 1,114 people have been infected so far, bringing the total number of people infected with the coronavirus in Turkey to 156,827.

Wang Yi is a Chinese diplomat and politician. He has served as the Foreign Minister since March 2013 and the State Councilor since March 2018.

At a time when cases of the coronavirus are on the rise in Brazil, the United States has banned anyone who has spent 14 days in Brazil from entering the United States. However, the ban does not include US citizens.

According to US officials, the ban will not affect ongoing trade between the two countries. White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement that the decision was made as a “decisive action to protect our country.”

An adviser to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed the ban, saying there was no need to worry too much about it and that such temporary sanctions could be imposed under the existing system.

In Mexico, more than 68,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported, and about 7,500 people have died. Officials say the sanctions imposed in response to the epidemic put more than a million people in Mexico at risk of losing their jobs.

In China, only 11 more victims were reported on Sunday, compared to just eight on Monday. All these cases in China are related to foreign countries. The total number of people infected with the coronavirus in China is 84,095, while 4,638 people have died.

Meanwhile, China’s Foreign Minister has vehemently denied allegations that China took advantage of the global epidemic of COVID-19 to strengthen its power in the South China Sea. China has called it nonsense.

The Chinese Foreign Minister accused the United States and the West of spreading instability in the region, adding that they had escalated the situation by increasing the number of warplanes flying and naval patrols in the region.

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Doris Mkwaya

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