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Pakistan on Saturday lifted restrictions on group prayers in mosques but it established new conditions to block the spread of coronavirus in the country. It will be mandatory for the faithful to wear masks and keep a distance of 6 feet from each other, instead of praying shoulder to shoulder as traditionally practiced. In addition, mosque administrations were also forced to disinfect their facilities.
The World Bank, specially designed pandemic links it will pay $ 132.5 million to some of the poorest countries affected by the coronavirus, the Washington-based institution confirmed on Saturday. The bank issued two classes of bonds three years ago in a $ 320 million deal designed to help developing countries cope with a serious outbreak of infectious diseases.
Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, asked for calm as protests against measures of social distance emerged across the country, encouraged by Donald Trump. “The excitement in this country is as high as I can remember,” said Cuomo. His comments appeared to be an implicit criticism of Trump, who urged citizens to “liberate” Michigan and other states in which Democratic governors have imposed blockades.
New York will begin to allow citizens to obtain marriage licenses remotely and perform wedding ceremonies by video link. “Now there is no excuse when the question arises for the wedding,” said Cuomo in his Saturday briefing. “You can do this with Zoom”.
Canada and USA it will extend its border-closing agreement for at least another 30 days, said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The nearly 9,000 km border is closed, except for trade, essential workers and citizens returning home. The agreement is “another example of the excellent collaboration between our two nations,” said Trudeau on Saturday.
The United Kingdom registered another 888 deaths from coronavirus in hospitals in the past 24 hours, totaling 15,464 as of 5 pm on Friday, the health department said on Saturday. It is the third consecutive daily increase above 800. As of 9:00 am on April 18, 460,437 tests were completed, with 21,389 tests on April 17. Of the 357,023 people tested for the virus, 114,217 were positive, said the Department of Health.
Spain will extend his five-week blockade against the coronavirus until May 9, but plans to relax the regime – one of the most difficult in the world – to allow children to leave their homes before the end of this month. Pedro Sánchez, the prime minister, said in a televised speech on Saturday night that he would ask parliament for a new two-week extension of the state of alert – the extraordinary legal order underlying the blockade.
Greece is making plans to gradually loosen your lock as of next month, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview published in the newspaper on Saturday. “I believe that at the end of this month we will have a much clearer picture [of the situation] so that in May, if there are no drastic changes, we can begin to relax the blockade. But it will happen step by step, “he said to Kathimerini.
The UK government is delivering £ 1.6 billion to local authorities in England after some said they would run out of money in weeks because of the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. Robert Jenrick, secretary of the local government, said it would help bridge the gap caused by increased spending and lower revenue and payment for housing people who sleep poorly, protecting vulnerable people and providing public health and fire services and rescue.