The US re-register a new record of daily cases of coronavirus

LUBBOCK, USA, 26 jun (Reuters) – the united States has seen at least 40.870 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the biggest increase of the pandemic in a single day, according to a count by Reuters, that brings the total number of positives in the country to at least 2,475 million.

Archive photo of a health worker at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Jun 22, 2020. REUTERS/Callaghan O’hare

The record of positive tests occurs when several states in the center of a new increase in the infection retreated in their efforts to relieve constraints on the business.

Governor Greg Abbott gave to the bars of Texas until Friday afternoon to close and demanded that restaurants limit the seating capacity in the inside 50%, while the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Florida told the bars to stop serving alcohol immediately.

The announcement of Abbott, a republican who is in his second term, surprised the owners of the bars. Mark Martinez is heard when a few friends sent text messages.

“I spent thousands of dollars in inventory getting ready for this weekend. Really could have used that (money) for my rental, which expires next week,” said Martinez, 44 years old.

Florida issued the new measures after registering amazing 8.942 new cases of COVID-19, skip and a jump from the previous record of 5.511 new infections as of June 24.

The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, said Friday that the county of Imperial, east of Los Angeles, he was so overwhelmed that the state was recommending strict orders to stay at home. He also said that, in response to increasing hospitalizations, has made a pause to allow the counties to reopen their economies.

The mayor of Anchorage, in Alaska, Ethan Berkowitz, issued an emergency order that requires residents to wear masks in closed public spaces after the state identified 836 cases up to the Friday, with 387 of them in your city.

Texas had been at the forefront of states that eliminated restrictions designed to control the pandemic. Allowed the bars reabrieran in may, when the people ignored the rules of social distancing and held during the weekend of Memorial Day.

Since then, he has seen some of the largest increases in new cases in the country, reporting 5.996 Thursday. The state has also seen a record number of hospitalizations in the past two weeks.

Almost 125,000 americans have died from COVID-19, the greatest number of deaths known by the highly infectious disease in the world.

Despite the grim news from Texas, Florida, and other localities, the president, Donald Trump said that the country was coming out of a crisis that stopped to a large part of the economy and left millions without a job.

“We have a little work to do, and what we will do. We are having very good numbers in terms of the return, the return of our nation, and I think that it goes very fast and it’s going to be very good,” said Trump, at an event at the White House.

Also reported record-breaking increases of cases this week, Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wyoming.

Information Brad Brooks in Lubbock, additional Reporting by Jonathan Allen, Nathan Layne and Peter Szekely in New York, Jane Ross in Los Angeles, and Yereth Rosen in Anchorage, Written by Alistair Bell and Dan Whitcomb,; Edited in Spanish by Javier López de Lérida and Manuel Farias

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South Korea reports recovered patients are testing positive for coronavirus again

Several people in a shopping center enjoy the view towards a park and at the same time try to maintain social distance to protect themselves from the coronavirus. South Korea, April 8, 2020. FILE. REUTERS / Heo Ran

SEOUL, Apr 10 (Reuters) – South Korean authorities reported on Friday that 91 patients who had allegedly recovered from the coronavirus tested positive for the disease again.

Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), told a news conference that the virus could have been “reactivated” rather than the patients being reinfected.

South Korean health authorities say the causes of the trend remain unclear, and are being investigated by epidemiologists.

The possibility that a person may be reinfected with the virus is a factor of international concern, as many countries hope that their already infected populations can develop sufficient immunity to contain the pandemic.

The figure reported by South Korea shows a rise from 51 reported cases of second infection on Monday.

Nearly 7,000 South Koreans have recovered from COVID-19, the disease that causes the coronavirus.

“The number will simply go up, 91 is the beginning for now,” said Kim Woo-joo, professor of infectious diseases at Guro Hospital, University of Korea.

KCDC’s Jeong explained that there was a possibility that patients had undergone a “reactivation” of the virus rather than being reinfected.

Reports by Josh Smith and Sangmi Cha. Edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo

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The United States could become the next epicenter of the coronavirus, says WHO

GENEVA / TOKYO (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the United States could become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, which eventually forced reluctant organizers to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

Britain joined the ranks of bloc countries to try to detain the virus, and data showed that commercial activity collapsed from Australia, Japan and Western Europe at a record pace in March, with the United States expecting it to be equally terrible.

“The coronavirus epidemic represents a serious external shock to the macro outlook, similar to a large-scale natural disaster,” said analysts at the BlackRock Investment Institute.

But amid the sadness of the harvest, the Chinese province of Hubei, where the virus was first identified in December, said it would lift travel restrictions for people leaving the region as the epidemic subsides.

Confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide exceeded 377,000 in 194 countries and territories earlier Tuesday, according to a Reuters count, over 16,500 of them fatal.

In Geneva, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters that there has been a “big acceleration” in infections in the United States.

In the previous 24 hours, 85% of new cases were in Europe and the United States, and of these, 40% were in the United States.

As of Monday, the virus had infected over 42,000 people there, killing at least 559.

Asked if the United States could become the new epicenter, Harris said, “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the United States, so it has that potential.”

US state and local officials have denounced the lack of coordinated federal action, claiming that taking action on their own has put them in competition for supplies.

President Donald Trump acknowledged the difficulty.

“The world market for masks and fans is crazy. We’re helping states get equipment, but it’s not easy, “he tweeted.

OLYMPIC ORGANIZERS ENTER

The organizers of the Olympic Games and the Japanese government had clung to the hope that the biggest sporting event in the world could go on, but in the end they bowed to the inevitable to make Tokyo 2020 the last and greatest victim of a calendar. devastated sportsman.

FILE PHOTO: A lonely person walks in the rain in a mostly deserted Times Square after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New York, USA, March 23, 2020. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri

After a phone call with the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on July 24th. Event 9 will be rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at the latest, as proof of victory over the coronavirus.

“President Bach has said he agrees, 100%.”

It was the first time in the 124-year history of the Olympics that they had been postponed, although they had been canceled three times during the two world wars of the 20th century.

Of the top 10 countries by number of cases, Italy reported the highest mortality rate, around 10%, which at least partially reflects its elderly population. The global mortality rate – the ratio of confirmed deaths to infections – is around 4.3%, although national data may vary widely based on how many tests are performed.

Britain, believed by experts about two weeks behind Italy in the epidemic cycle, began to curb unprecedented peacetime movements on Tuesday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the country to stay home.

The streets of the capital were strangely silent since all but the essential shops closed and people only went to work if it was inevitable.

Johnson had resisted the pressure to impose a complete blockade even if other European countries had done so, but he was forced to change course as projections showed that the health system could be overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, the Chinese province of Hubei, the original center of the epidemic, will raise the sidewalks on people leaving the area, but other regions will strengthen controls as new cases will double due to imported infections.

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The capital of Wuhan province, which has been completely blocked since January 23, lifted travel restrictions on April 8.

However, the risk of infections abroad appears to be on the rise, prompting more stringent screening and quarantine measures in major cities such as the capital Beijing.

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Additional reports by Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay, Karolos Grohmann, Leika Kihara, Sakura Murakami, Lusha Zhang and Huizhong Wu; Written by Nick Macfie; Editing by Jon Boyle and Angus MacSwan

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Trump challenged his initial offer to reopen the economy

WASHINGTON / NEW YORK (Reuters) – A week after millions of Americans began taking refuge at home with the coronavirus, at least one Republican governor warned Tuesday that he would ease the restrictions too early even though the crackdown is wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy.

PHOTO FILE: US President Donald Trump addresses the daily briefing on the coronavirus response while Attorney General William Barr and Ambassador Debbie Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, look at the White House in Washington, in the States United, March 23, 2020. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was considering how to restart working life when a 15-day shutdown ends next week, although the highly contagious virus spreads quickly and poorly equipped hospitals struggle with a wave of fatalities.

Republican Trump tries to win re-election in November with a promise of economic growth.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, also a Republican, warned against allowing people to travel, socialize and return to work too quickly.

“We don’t think we will be ready in any way to get out of this in five or six days or so, or whenever these 15 days have passed since they started this imaginary watch,” said Hogan Tuesday CNN, adding that most some people think the peak of the crisis is in weeks or months.

More than 42,000 people in the United States have contracted COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, and at least 559 have died. The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the United States has the potential to become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, citing a “big acceleration” of infections.

Last week Trump issued guidelines that he claimed to aim to slow the spread of the disease for 15 days, including curbing unnecessary travel. Economic activity has stopped in important states such as New York and California.

“America will be back and soon open to business,” Trump said at a White House press conference Monday. “We won’t let it turn into a long lasting financial problem.”

The rapid reopening of the economy could backfire, with higher deaths and people continuing to fear going out, according to investors who remain concerned about the uncertain trajectory of the coronavirus and its economic balance sheet.

“Markets will react badly because they have learned that this approach does not work,” said Axel Merk, Merk Investments’ Chief Investment Officer. “From a medical point of view, you have to stop exponential growth and you do it with on-site protection policies.”

WALL ROAD JUMPS

After beating for most days in the past few weeks, Wall Street jumped out on Tuesday amid signs that Washington was about to conclude a deal on a $ 2 trillion package to save the economy from the coronavirus.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 1,130.26 points, or 6.08%, in the open. Oil jumped 3% to $ 28 a barrel, supported by the steps of the US Federal Reserve to strengthen the economy and hopes for an agreement on the aid package.

Negotiators predicted that the United States Senate could pass the stimulus law, which includes financial aid for ordinary Americans, small businesses and critically affected industries as soon as Tuesday.

Holly Huelster, a 33-year-old nanny from New York, said she believed Trump’s rhetoric about the economy threatened real harm to human life.

“It’s horrible for the economy, but I’d always give priority to health,” he said, pushing the 2-year-old boy he cares about on 11th Avenue.

Asked about Trump’s comments about willingness to facilitate social withdrawal soon, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus coordinator, told NBC News: “We must be willing to adjust our plans when we see the impacts.” .

For now, Birx has said that people in the United States should continue to follow the guidelines of social distancing.

“What the president is doing is looking for the future … don’t try to change what we’re doing now,” he said.

Stephen Moore, an economic commentator told by Trump’s aides to influence the president, told Reuters Monday that there was a review in the White House of the wisdom of “a large-scale shutdown … of the economy”.

He said some thought that “if we go on too long with the economy closed, the human budget for this could be greater than the risk of the virus.”

The coronavirus has blocked thousands of U.S. companies, thrown millions of jobless people, and has led state governors to order around 100 million people – nearly a third of the national population – to stay home.

There were signs that the nerves had begun to wear out after days of people working from home, taking care of children whose schools were closed and severely downsizing their daily activities.

BATTLE ON RIFLE RIGHTS Gun enthusiasts have argued that gun stores and shooting ranges are essential and should remain open. Many states have closed these businesses, but Connecticut, Ohio and Illinois are allowing the workshops to operate despite return orders at home, according to the firearms news site The Trace.

The Second Amendment Coalition of Rhode Island, an arms rights advocacy group, sought to combat Governor Gina Raimondo’s order to close arms ranges, arguing that closures deprive new arms owners of having the opportunity to learn gun safety, according to the Providence Journal.

“It’s a public safety disaster. You can’t have it,” coalition president Frank Saccoccio told the newspaper.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said arms stores are non-essential activities that will be forced to close and said he will add 1,300 deputies to the patrol, FOX 11 said.

Despite the huge changes in daily life, many Americans still say they are willing to make sacrifices.

Christine Schindler, 58, a former receptionist, was alone waiting for a bus on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Tuesday. He said he thought it was dangerous to lift the restrictions too early for the good of the economy.

“It will come back anyway, really, once things hit rock bottom,” he said. “This should be the number one economy in the world,” he said.

Additional reports from Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu in Washington, Ross Kerber in Boston and Megan Davies and Gabriella Borter in New York; Written by Alistair Bell; Curated by Frank McGurty and Howard Goller

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United States, cities in desperate search for coronaviruses, military preparations

NEW YORK / WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. governors and mayors on Monday became more desperate in their requests for help from the federal government to combat coronavirus as the military prepared to set up field hospitals in New York and Seattle to relieve the stress of creaking health services.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged US lawmakers to approve an economic aid package and appealed to fans and medical equipment, even asking for help from private citizens.

“Anyone who can help us get these supplies, we only have days to fix them. This is reality,” de Blasio told CNN. New York, the most populous city in the United States, is now at the epicenter of the epidemic in the United States.

Karine Raymond, a nurse from Jack D. Weiler hospital in the Bronx in New York, said that most nurses were unable to obtain specialized N95 masks and that even simpler surgical masks were scarce. Nurses are told to wear them for as long as possible, he said.

“We are the end-to-end being and lifeline for these patients, yet we are contaminated and cross contaminated,” said Raymond.

While health authorities have struggled to cope with the growing number of sick people and the United States Senate has failed to advance an economic stimulus package, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the U.S. military is preparing to deploy. field hospitals in New York and Seattle.

The planned hospitals, essentially tent structures that can be installed quickly, can only manage a limited number of patients and are less suitable for treating highly infectious people who need to be isolated. But they can relieve pressure on hospitals by treating patients with diseases other than COVID-19.

The Army Corps of Engineers are preparing to convert hotels and dormitories into treatment facilities for sick patients as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States exceeded 40,000 on Monday, more than 500 of whom have died.

The New York de Blasio urged US lawmakers to provide more help.

“I want to appeal to everyone in the House and in the Senate, you have to help cities, towns, countries, states, public hospitals, private hospitals. You have to get all of them direct relief, “he said.

A far-reaching economic package for the coronavirus crisis failed to advance to the Senate after Democrats said it contained too little money for hospitals and not enough restrictions on a fund to help big businesses. Democrats predicted that a modified version would soon win the move.

Both Democrats and Republicans say they are aware that failure to agree on the bill could have a devastating effect on states, cities and businesses and trigger further heavy losses on U.S. stock markets.

The USNS Mercy, a ship from the Navy hospital, departs from San Diego Naval Station and heads to the port of Los Angeles to help local medical facilities that deal with coronavirus patients (COVID-19), in San Diego, California, USA, March 23, 2020. REUTERS / Mike Blake

The US Federal Reserve has launched an unprecedented new series of programs aimed at reducing the “serious disturbances” of the economy caused by the coronarvirus epidemic.

The central bank will support purchases of corporate bonds and direct corporate loans. It will expand its equity participation just enough to stabilize the financial markets and launch a program to obtain credit for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The steps briefly raised US equity index futures by more than 3%, but stock prices quickly turned red, bringing the S&P 500 .SPX to its worst month since World War II.

With the addition of Maryland, Indiana, Michigan and Massachusetts on Monday, 15 out of 50 U.S. states have now imposed restrictions on people’s movements to reduce the virus, putting the country on a similar path to European countries. more devastated as Italy and Spain.

The population affected by the state blocs amounts to over 150 million people out of a total of about 330 million in the United States.

STAY HOME

In what appeared to be sending a mixed message about the federal government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus health crisis, a senior White House adviser said President Donald Trump is considering measures to reopen the U.S. economy.

A week ago Trump issued guidelines that aimed to slow the spread of the disease for 15 days. Late Sunday, she tweeted, “We can’t let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” adding that at the end of the 15-day closing period, “we’ll make a decision on how we want to go.”

Trump’s senior economic adviser Larry Kudlow followed Monday, saying to Fox News: “The president is right … We will have to make some difficult compromises.”

The lack of coordinated federal action was wreaking havoc for states and municipalities and even competing with each other for resources, said the governors of New York, New Jersey and Illinois.

The states “are all looking for the same thing,” New Jersey governor Phil Murphy told CNN on Monday.

Leaving states to look after themselves has put them into bidding wars with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, other U.S. states, and even against other countries, said Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.

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“We are competing against each other over what should be a national crisis in which we should meet and the federal government should guide, helping us,” Pritzker told the “Today” program.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called on Washington to implement federal defense production law to eliminate this “ad hoc” system. Trump on Sunday defended his decision to resist using this power, based on the fact that nationalizing businesses “is not a good concept”.

General Motors Co (GM.N) and medical device manufacturer Ventec are accelerating efforts under a partnership called “Project V” to build fans in a GM plant in Kokomo, Indiana to help fight the coronavirus epidemic.

Reporting by Stephanie Kelly, Susan Heavey, Doina Chiacu, Dan Levine and Nathan Layne; Written by Daniel Trotta and Sonya Hepinstall; Editing by Howard Goller and Alistair Bell

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Exclusive: Elite hackers target WHO as spikes in coronavirus cyber attacks

WASHINGTON / LONDON (Reuters) – Elite hackers attempted to join the World Health Organization earlier this month, according to Reuters sources, part of what a senior agency official said was an increase. more than double the cyber attacks.

Traffic passes through the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Americas during the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) in Washington, DC, USA, March 22, 2020. REUTERS / Raphael Satter

Flavio Aggio, Chief Information Security Officer, said that the identity of the hackers is unclear and that the effort was unsuccessful. But he warned that hacking attempts against the agency and its partners have skyrocketed as they fight to contain the coronavirus, which has killed over 15,000 worldwide.

The attempt to raid the WHO was first reported to Reuters by Alexander Urbelis, a cybersecurity expert and lawyer from the Blackstone Law Group in New York, who tracks suspicious Internet domain registration activities.

Urbelis said he resumed activity around March 13, when a group of hackers he was following activated a malicious site that mimics the internal email system of the WHO.

“I quickly realized that this was a live attack on the World Health Organization in the midst of a pandemic,” he said.

Urbelis said he did not know who was responsible, but two other informed sources on the matter said they suspected an advanced group of hackers known as DarkHotel, which has been conducting cyber espionage operations since at least 2007.

Messages sent to hacker-managed email addresses have not been returned.

When asked by Reuters about the incident, WHO’s Aggio confirmed that the site Urbelis had identified had been used in an attempt to steal passwords from multiple agency agents.

“There has been a big increase in WHO targeting and other cyber security incidents,” said Aggio in a telephone interview. “There are no concrete numbers, but these compromise attempts against us and the use of WHO imitations to hit others have more than doubled.”

WHO released a notice last month – available here – warning that hackers are acting like an agency to steal money and sensitive information from the public.

And government officials in the United States, Britain and elsewhere have issued cybersecurity warnings about the dangers of a barely remote workforce as people disperse into their homes to work and study because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The reasons for the case identified by Reuters are unclear. United Nations agencies, including WHO, are regularly targeted by digital espionage campaigns and Aggio said he did not know exactly who in the organization the hackers had in sight.

Cyber ​​security companies including Bitdefender in Romania and Moscow-based Kaspersky said they tracked down many of DarkHotel’s operations in East Asia, an area that has been particularly affected by the coronavirus. Specific targets have included government employees and corporate executives in places like China, North Korea, Japan and the United States.

Costin Raiu, head of global research and analysis at Kaspersky, could not confirm that DarkHotel was responsible for the WHO attack, but said that the same harmful Web infrastructure had also been used to target other health and humanitarian organizations in the past weeks.

“At times like this, any information on coronavirus-related treatments or tests or vaccines would be invaluable and the priority of any intelligence organization in an affected country,” he said.

Traffic passes through the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Americas during the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) in Washington, DC, USA, March 22, 2020. REUTERS / Raphael Satter

Cyber ​​security officials and experts have warned that hackers of all kinds are trying to capitalize on international concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

Urbelis said he tracked down thousands of coronavirus-themed websites that are created daily, many of which are obviously malicious.

“It’s still around 2,000 a day,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Additional reports of Hyonhee Shin in Seoul; Editing by Chris Sanders and Edward Tobin

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The initial test of Merkel’s coronavirus was negative: spokesperson

German Chancellor Angela Merkel releases a media statement on the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 22 March 2020. Michel Kappeler / Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s initial test for coronavirus has turned negative again, a government spokesman said Monday, adding that the German chancellor will be subjected to further testing.

Merkel, 65, entered quarantine on Sunday after contacting an infected doctor. German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Monday that Merkel was healthy but worked from home.

“The test was negative,” said the government spokesman. “Further tests will follow.”

On Friday afternoon, Merkel received a pneumococcal, pneumonia-causing bacterium from the doctor and entered quarantine after learning about her positive test result.

On Sunday, Merkel’s chief of staff said the clerk had only a brief contact with the doctor who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

Merkel has already said that she will not seek a fifth term as chancellor in the federal elections scheduled for October 2021.

It has loomed on the European scene since 2005, helping to guide the EU through the eurozone debt crisis and opening Germany’s doors to migrants fleeing the war in the Middle East in 2015, a move that still divides the blockade and its country.

Last year, Merkel suffered several episodes of unrest at public events, sparking speculation about her health.

“I am aware of the responsibility of my office,” he told reporters last July after the tremor episodes. “I behave appropriately regarding my health … I take care of my health.”

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Written by Michelle Martin; Editing by Riham Alkousaa and Alison Williams

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UPDATE 1-UK starts the first phase of the £ 330 billion loan guarantee scheme

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LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – The British government opened the first part of a £ 330 billion ($ 384 billion) corporate loan guarantee scheme on Monday, which will help small and medium-sized businesses borrow up to £ 5 million to treat coronavirus arrests.

“Any profitable business” with a turnover of up to £ 45 million would be able to apply to banks for a 12-month interest-free loan, 80% of which will be guaranteed by the government, said the ministry of finance.

“We know that companies urgently need access to finance during these unprecedented times,” said business minister Alok Sharma.

The finance ministry said further measures would be announced to ensure large and medium-sized businesses access to the finance they needed.

The Bank of England has also confirmed the opening of a program for the purchase of short-term debt known as commercial paper, issued by large companies that had an investment grade credit rating or similar financial strength before the coronavirus hit.

Last week, BoE Governor Andrew Bailey said the central bank would examine whether it could expand access to the system to lower credit quality firms or purchase other financial instruments such as business-supported commercial paper. ($ 1 = £ 0.8603) (Reports by David Milliken, edited by Paul Sandle / Guy Faulconbridge)

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China sees new cases of coronaviruses falling; all new imported cases

BEIJING / SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Mainland China has seen a drop in the daily count of new coronavirus cases, reversing four consecutive days of gains, while the capital Beijing has increased measures to contain the number of infections arriving from abroad.

Passengers wearing masks are seen in a subway station after the city’s emergency alert level for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was downgraded in Shanghai, China on March 23, 2020. REUTERS / Aly Song

China reported 39 new confirmed cases on Sunday, the National Health Commission said, down from 46 a day earlier. They all involved travelers from abroad, many of whom are Chinese students returning home.

The city of Beijing has expanded its measures to contain imported infections by diverting all international flights arriving from Monday to other airports in other cities, including Shanghai and to the west of Xian, where passengers will be screened for viruses.

Beijing reported 10 new imported cases, the National Health Commission said Monday, down from 13 a day earlier. Infections from abroad into the city reached an all-time high of 21 on March 18.

Shanghai and Guangzhou also said that all arriving international passengers will be tested for coronavirus screening, expanding a program that previously only applied to those from heavily affected countries.

Shanghai reported 10 new cases on Sunday, down from a record 14 the day before.

Guangdong Province has seen seven new imported infections, Fujian had four and Jiangsu had two. Hebei, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Shandong and Sichuan have only seen one case, bringing the total number of cases imported to China to 314 so far.

Mainland China has not seen any new infections transmitted locally.

In Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei, the authorities eased severe blocking measures as the epicenter of the epidemic in China saw no new infections for the fifth day.

Downtown Wuhan remains the only high-risk area in the province, with other cities and counties in Hubei now being classified as low-risk.

Wuhan entered a virtual blockade on January 23 to curb the spread of the virus to the rest of China.

According to Sunday authorities, people can enter the city if they are certified healthy and have no fever.

Hubei residents in Wuhan may request to leave the city, but must be tested for the virus and certified as healthy.

There is still no indication that Wuhan residents can leave the city for non-essential reasons.

As of Sunday, the accumulated total number of confirmed cases in mainland China was 81,093.

The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China reached 3,270, an increase of nine over the previous day.

Reporting by Ryan Woo, Lusha Zhang, Engen Tham and Jing Wang; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Michael Perry

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Coronavirus relief law slows down in the United States Senate, talks continue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Senate’s impetus to pass a $ 1 trillion coronavirus response law remained hampered last Sunday, while Democrats asked for more money to help governments and state and local hospitals while Republicans have urged swift action to give funding markets a sign of encouragement.

On Sunday, the Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed in the 100-member chamber to get the Republican plan on a procedural hurdle after days of negotiations, with 47 senators voting in favor and 47 against.

Later on Sunday, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, announced that he would hold a repeat vote on Monday, only to be blocked by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

In response, McConnell accused the Democrats of “reckless behavior” that could further upset the financial markets and delay the much needed aid to combat the coronavirus epidemic.

But the Democrats maintained their position with Schumer by calling the republican plan “a gigantic corporate bailout fund”.

Among the partisan attacks, Schumer said that private negotiations were making progress. White House legislative link Eric Ueland told reporters that a “handful” of disagreements has yet to be resolved.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shuttled between the offices of the Republican leader and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in search of an agreement. At one point, Mnuchin also indicated to reporters that progress was being made.

Negotiations marked Congress’s third effort to mitigate the economic toll of a disease that killed at least 420 people in the United States and resulted in over 33,000 illness, leading governors to order nearly a third of the nation’s population to stay at home and put many business activities on hold.

Following two successful emergency aid bills, this latest effort includes financial aid for regular Americans, small businesses and critically affected industries, including airlines.

Democrats raised objections to the Senate Republican bill all day, with Schumer saying it had “many, many problems” and would benefit corporate interests at the expense of hospitals, healthcare professionals, cities and states.

The failure of the measure to move has brought Democrats and Republicans back to the negotiating table. The speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has said that the Democrats in that house will begin to develop an alternative bill.

Schumer said that more money is needed for community health centers, nursing homes, masks, fans, personal protective equipment and aid to state and local governments.

In the Senate, a visibly angry McConnell accused the Democrats of obstruction.

United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to the media after a meeting to end work on coronavirus economic aid legislation during the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) in Washington , in the United States, March 22, 2020. REUTERS / Mary F. Calvert

“Even if Democrats turn the tide tomorrow, the vote they cast today will almost certainly cause more Americans to lose their jobs and older retirement savings earned hard to literally evaporate,” he said.

Lawmakers were aware that failure to reach an agreement on Sunday could beat financial markets as early as Monday.

But Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said it wouldn’t precipitate Democrats into an agreement they didn’t want.

“Markets always come back,” he said.

As a sign of the spread of the disease, Republican Senator Rand Paul said Sunday to be positive. Republican Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney have said they want to self-quarantine accordingly.

During a briefing in the White House on Sunday, President Donald Trump said he still hopes that a massive aid package can move quickly to Congress.

“They are very close to making a deal,” said Trump. “So I would be surprised if they didn’t and if they don’t, I frankly think that the American people will be very angry with the Democrats because the Republicans are ready to approve an agreement. The only reason an agreement has not been possible is the pure politics “.

Vice President Mike Pence said 254,000 Americans have been tested for the virus and just over 30,000 tested positive.

Trump said he activated the National Guard in the three states most affected by the epidemic: California, New York and Washington.

The controversial provisions of the Senate bill included those aimed at helping companies rather than workers, as well as those that allowed the government to delay disclosure of which companies, states or municipalities had received aid for up to six months.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading Democratic candidate to challenge Trump in the U.S. presidential election in November, blew up the President’s handling of the crisis.

“President Trump has overlooked, downplayed and lied about this virus,” Biden said in a statement. “Stop lying and start acting. Take advantage of all your authorities now to make sure we are producing all the essential goods and delivering them. ”

Mnuchin told Fox News Sunday that the package would include loans for small businesses, direct deposits that could give an average family of four $ 3,000 and up to $ 4 trillion in liquidity for the US Federal Reserve to help businesses overcome the next 90-120 days.

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A republican bill issued by Reuters gives the United States Treasury authority to provide up to $ 500 billion in loans, loan guarantees and other investments in eligible businesses, states and municipalities during the crisis.

Of these, up to $ 50 billion could provide loans and loan guarantees for passenger airlines, $ 8 billion for cargo air carriers and $ 17 billion for companies critical to national security.

The remaining $ 425 billion would be available for loans, loan guarantees and other investments for the Fed to provide liquidity to help the financial system lend to businesses, states and municipalities.

Reporting by Richard Cowan, Susan Heavey, Arshad Mohammed and Andrea Shalal; Written by Arshad Mohammed and James Oliphant; Editing by Diane Craft, Stephen Coates and Michael Perry

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