Coronavirus cases in Russia have increased to 353,427, with 8,946 new infections in the past 24 hours.
The United States has excluded arrivals from Brazil, the country with the second highest number of cases worldwide after the United States.
Domestic flights are slated to resume in India on Monday, a day after the country has confirmed a record 6,767 new cases of coronavirus.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 5.3 million people worldwide are infected with the coronavirus. More than 344,000 people have died, and more than two million have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday May 25th
5 GMT – Foreign tourists can book holidays in Spain from July: Minister
Foreign tourists can book a vacation in Spain from July, as the two-week self-quarantine for foreign travelers is likely to be suspended by then, the tourism minister said.
Corona-affected, tourism-dependent Spain, one of the most affected countries in the world, is gradually loosening a strict block, although it maintains quarantine for visitors to prevent a second wave of infection.
“It is absolutely coherent to plan the summer vacation to come to Spain in July,” said Reyes Maroto in an interview with local radio station Onda Cero.
07:50 – Russia’s coronavirus infections exceed 350,000
Coronavirus cases in Russia rose to 353,427 after rising 8,946 in the last 24 hours, the country’s coronavirus crisis response center said.
The number of deaths was said to have increased by 92 overnight, increasing the nationwide death toll to 3,633.
07:30 GMT – Hungary partially re-opens the border with Serbia to the citizens
Hungary opened its southern border to citizens of Serbia and Hungary, said Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto at a press conference.
Hungary decided to respond to a similar measure taken by Serbia on Friday, Szijjarto said, adding that the novel coronavirus pandemic was under control in both countries, which allowed the restrictions to be relaxed.
The move followed a gradual reopening of Hungary’s other internal borders, which now allow some movement, although the restrictions have not been fully lifted.
07:00 – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases increase by 289 to 178,570
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose by 289 to 178,570, as data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) showed for infectious diseases on Monday.
The reported death toll increased by 10 to 8,257, as the data showed.
6:35 AM GMT – Hungary’s 2021 budget is expected to include an $ 9.3 billion anti-pandemic fund
Hungary’s budget for 2021 will include an almost pandemic forint ($ 9.34 billion) anti-pandemic fund, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga said in a video posted on Facebook, adding that he will present the budget to parliament.
Like other governments, the Hungarian cabinet implemented a massive stimulus package earlier this year to combat the consequences of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The government hopes that a projected recession of more than 3 percent will reverse in 2021.
06:10 GMT – Thailand reports two new cases, another death
Thailand confirmed two new coronavirus cases and one more death, a Ministry of Health spokesman said.
The new numbers brought the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,042 and the number of deaths to 57 since the outbreak started in January, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the COVID-19 administration center.
Over 96 percent of patients or 2,928 people have recovered, he said.
Hello, this is Umut Uras in Doha, who is replacing my colleague Kate Mayberry.
I give this blog to my colleagues in Doha. Before I leave, here is a quick reminder of what has happened in the past few hours. First, the United States added Brazil to the list of countries with which they banned travel. Brazil has the second highest number of cases worldwide – after the United States. In Australia, where the outbreak is under control, children across New South Wales have returned to school, while Japan is preparing to lift the Tokyo emergency.
05:30 GMT – Duterte asks the Philippine government to take the workers home
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has given his government a week to process around 24,000 repatriated Filipino workers who are stuck on cruise ships or in the coronavirus quarantine for weeks so they can finally go home.
Thousands are on board 29 ships off Manila Bay or stuck in hotels and crowded health facilities. Some are frustrated after they negatively test the coronavirus and complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Filipino Workers (OFWs) from overseas are breadwinners and an important support base for Duterte. Their annual transfers of more than $ 30 billion are a key driver of the Filipino economy and support millions of family members.
“The president said they could use all government resources and transportation – buses, planes, ships – to bring the OFWs home,” said Dutterte spokesman Harry Roque on Monday.
05:05 GMT – Masked, disinfected: China’s clubs are trying to get into the groove again
In China, the night clubs have reopened as the curbs for corona viruses are loosened.
All customers must provide their names and numbers before entering and perform a temperature test.
Charles Guo, owner of 44KW in Shanghai, told Reuters that business was initially sluggish because people were “fairly concerned about their safety” but had recovered late last month.
All employees wear masks and gloves, while door handles, toilets and other surfaces are disinfected every hour. Customers don’t have to wear masks, but Hand Santiser is freely available and drinks are served in disposable glasses.
04:05 GMT – Singapore cooks oath festival for migrant workers
Singaporean Dushyant Kumar, his wife and a team of chefs cooked a Briyani oath for hundreds of migrant workers who were quarantined in the city-state for the coronavirus outbreak in the city-state.
“We want to make sure they aren’t left out,” Kumar told Reuters as he prepared the food for about 600 men. “The smile on their faces gives you a lot of satisfaction.”
Around 300,000 migrant workers, mainly from India, Bangladesh and China, live in Singapore, who live in overcrowded dormitories that have become the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
Kumar’s initiative was funded by public donations and an NGO. He also delivers 1,000 meals a day to the men who have been in strict quarantine since early April.
03:40 GMT – One million jobs lost: The price of coronavirus in Mexico
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the novel corona virus could cost up to a million jobs as many industries that are not considered essential remain closed.
“I expect corona virus to lose a million jobs,” Lopez Obrador said in a television speech on Sunday. He then promised that the government would create two million new jobs.
The Lopez Obrador government has repeatedly stated that it has the outbreak under control, but has since posted record numbers of new cases and deaths. The Mexican economy was in recession before the pandemic, and some banks have predicted it could shrink 9 percent this year. Read more here.
03:00 GMT – COVID-19 shows up in immigration detention centers in Malaysia
Malaysia’s best health official has called for medical help and decontamination in the country’s immigration detention center after three cases of coronavirus were found.
Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, said there should be no discrimination against non-Malaysians in dealing with the virus.
“We need to improve the detection of active cases and immediately isolate and treat these positive cases,” wrote Dr. Noor Hisham on his Facebook page. “Quarantine these close contacts and decontaminate the respective centers. The virus knows no borders and favors no ethnicity and no social status.”
Malaysia has carried out a number of raids against undocumented migrants during the country’s coronavirus blockade. Ministry of Health data shows 115 confirmed cases in the three centers.
02:15 GMT – Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo starts selling face masks
Japanese retailer Uniqlo will sell masks in its stores to meet the demand for corona viruses.
The masks are made from the same quick-drying material as the AIRism brand underwear to keep the wearer cool, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.
Japanese clothing brand #Uniqlo will be selling face masks in stores this summer as global demand for protection against the corona virus increases. By @ Nar #Corona virus #masks https://t.co/XouzFdnWMa
– Dean Napolitano (@NapolitanoDean) May 25, 2020
02:00 GMT – Japan is lifting the state of emergency for Tokyo
Japan is expected to lift the state of emergency in Tokyo and four other areas still subject to corona virus restrictions.
The government will seek approval of the plan from key advisors with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday to hold a press conference at 6:00 p.m. (9:00 GMT).
The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, said the capital would move to reopen libraries and museums that were in a state of emergency and to allow restaurants to stay open longer. Theaters, cinemas and other venues would be reopened at a later date.
01:20 GMT – Children in NSW return to class while their parents are back at work
Children of all ages in Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales went back to class on Monday when the offices reopened.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian told the media that only a “very, very small proportion” of parents had chosen to leave their children at home for concerns about COVID-19.
00:00 GMT – The US is banning the arrival of Brazil as corona virus tolls increase
The United States said on Sunday that it would ban all travel to the United States by non-nationals who were in Brazil.
“We hope it will be temporary, but given the situation in Brazil, we will take all necessary steps to protect the American people,” said Robert O’Brien, national security adviser to CBS’s Face the Nation program. .
Brazil had 653 deaths and another 15,813 deaths on Sunday, making a total of 363,211.
Filipe Martins, a foreign affairs advisor to President Jair Bolsonaro, wrote on Twitter that the ban was “nothing specific to Brazil” and that the US was following “precious parameters”.
Ao banir temporariamente an entrada de brasileiros nos EUA, o governo americano está seguindo Parameter list quantitativos previamente estabelecidos, que alcançam natural um país tão populoso quanto o nosso. Não há nada específico contra o Brasil. Ignore a Histeria da Imprensa.
– Filipe G. Martins (@filgmartin) May 24, 2020
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Read all updates from yesterday (May 24th).