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Spain to reopen to international tourists, Madrid locals welcome lockdown easing [Video]

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Spain to reopen to international tourists, Madrid locals welcome lockdown easing [Video]

Residents in Spain’s biggest cities are gearing up for an easing in their lockdowns from Monday.

People in the capital Madrid and second city Barcelona will be allowed to dine outdoors and have gatherings of up to ten people as infections slow.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RESIDENT IRENE FERNANDEZ, SAYING:

“We all cannot wait to go outside, but we know we must be responsible and behave in a civil manner so I think it will be great.”

Spain started phasing out one of Europe’s toughest lockdowns earlier this month.

But full restrictions had remained in Madrid and Barcelona where the outbreaks were more severe.

In other regions, which account for about half of Spain’s population, the lockdown restrictions will be relaxed even further.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday the country will open to international tourism from July.

Summer tourism is a major earner here, as well as in Greece and Italy, whose picturesque Amalfi coast is preparing for the possibility of tourists post-lockdown.

Italy was one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.

Lockdown measures are easing there but Italians are still not allowed to travel outside their region and foreign travel has ground to a halt.

After being a professional journalist for 5 years and understanding the ups and downs of health care sector all over the world, Tori shifted her focus to the digital world. Today, she works as a contributor for News Brig with a knack for covering general and health news in the best possible format.

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Malaysia reports 38 new coronavirus cases, one new death

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Malaysia reports 38 new coronavirus cases, one new death

FILE PHOTO: A health worker wearing a protective suit arranges hospital bed at Emergency Department in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 23, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian health officials reported 38 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the cumulative total to 8,304.

The health ministry also reported one new death, raising total fatalities to 117.

Reporting by Mei Mei Chu; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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NYPD loses its 6th detective to coronavirus

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NYPD loses its 6th detective to coronavirus

The NYPD has lost its sixth detective to the coronavirus pandemic, The Post has learned.

Christopher McDonnell, a 54-year-old first-grade detective in the Intelligence Division, was confirmed Friday as the 44th member of the department, and the sixth detective, to succumb to COVID-19, according to the president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association.

McDonnell left behind a wife and 14-year-old son Trevor — both of whom his friend and former partner said the detective adored.

“Not only [was he] one of the finest detectives I’ve ever worked with, but one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met,” Detective Jeffery Ward told The Post.

McDonnell joined the NYPD in 1991 and worked in Staten Island, lower Manhattan and the Narcotic Division, according to the union.

Ward, who worked with McDonnell in the late 1990s through the early 2000s, said McDonnell “definitely earned the distinction of a first-grade detective.

“We call ourselves the greatest detaches in the world, and Christopher truly exemplified that,” he said.

The detective died May 6, but his positive-test result for the virus didn’t come back till  Friday.

DEA President Paul DiGiacomo described McDonnell as a “constant professional” and the union will help his family as if he died on the job.

“This COVID virus is the invisible bullet, and we will treat [it] no different than if he was shot in the line of duty,” DiGiacomo said.

Seven uniformed members of the force, as well as 37 civilian employees of the department, have died from COVID-19, according to the NYPD.

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Iranian wedding party fuelled new COVID-19 surge, President Rouhani says

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Iranian wedding party fuelled new COVID-19 surge, President Rouhani says

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the opening ceremony of Iran’s 11th parliament, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Tehran, Iran, May 27, 2020. Official Presidential website/Handout via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters)- – A wedding party contributed to a new surge in coronavirus infections in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday but insisted the country had no option but to keep its economy open despite warnings of a second wave of the epidemic.

Iran, which has been gradually relaxing its lockdown since mid-April, has reported a sharp rise of new daily infections in recent days. Thursday’s toll of 3,574 new cases was the highest since February, when the outbreak was first reported.

“At one location, we witnessed a peak in this epidemic, the source of which was a wedding that caused problems for the people, health workers and losses to the economy and the country’s health system,” Rouhani said on state TV. He did not say when or where the wedding took place.

New cases dipped to 2,886 on Friday, bringing Iran’s total cases to more than 167,000, with over 8,000 deaths.

Health officials have been warning of a second wave of the outbreak, but say a reason for the surge in new cases could be wider testing. One official said about 70% of the new cases in Tehran were among those who had traveled outside the capital in recent days.

Iran has been struggling to curb the spread of COVID-19 but authorities are concerned that measures to limit public and economic life to contain the virus could wreck an already economy already reeling under international sanctions.

“In these circumstances, we have no other choice – that is, there is no second option,” Rouhani added. “We have to work, our factories have to be active, our shops have to be open, and there has to be movement in the country as far as it is necessary.”

Iranian universities reopened on Saturday after being closed for more than three and a half months, state media reported. Nurseries will reopen in a week’s time, when Koran and languages classes will also resume, Rouhani said

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