At least 12 Russian cities refuse to hold military parades, and even Moscow wants to hold back the celebrations.
When President Vladimir V. Putin rescheduled the annual military parade day in Russia later this month, it was a sign that life in the virus-stricken nation was returning to normal. But more and more regional officials are refusing to hold such parades and say the pandemic is still too dangerous.
At least 12 major Russian cities have said in the past few days that they won't be holding a parade on June 24th. On that day, Putin decided that Russia should publicly commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over the Nazis in World War II.
In Moscow, where the country's main parade is still taking place, city officials signal that they will try to organize the event without the usual crowds pushing against barricades to see ICBMs roll past.
"Yes, official events will take place," said Mayor Sergey S. Sobyanin of Moscow on state television on Thursday, "but it's best if you watch them on television."
The reluctant celebrations underscore how the Coronavirus continues to thwart Putin's plans in what is supposed to be a marquee year for the man who has ruled Russia for two decades. With Putin's approval rating at a 20-year low given dissatisfaction with his handling of the pandemic, the Kremlin is trying to spark public enthusiasm for a late nationwide referendum that would allow Mr. Putin to remain in office until 2036.
This referendum is now scheduled for July 1st. Putin says the coronavirus situation in Russia has stabilized, although the country continues to report nearly 9,000 new cases a day. The total number of 511,423 cases is the third highest in the world after the USA and Brazil.
After spending much of spring videoconferencing from his country house, Putin appeared on Friday for the first time in weeks at an outdoor awards ceremony in Moscow. Television recordings showed how he casually talked to the award winners and did not wear a mask.
As the United States emerges from virus-related barriers, officials are taking a different approach to returning to a normal form while recognizing the pandemic's public health threat.
President Trump underscores this tension and resumes indoor rallies this month. However, a disclaimer on its campaign website states that participants cannot sue the campaign or venue if they become infected with the virus at its rally on June 19 in Tulsa, Okla.
The Republican National Committee also confirmed on Thursday that Mr. Trump would deliver his speech on August 27 in Jacksonville, Florida, after his calls for an event without socially distant rules led to a conflict with democratic leaders in North Carolina, where the Republican Congress was originally planned. An R.N.C. The official would not say what security measures might be taken.
Elsewhere in the United States:
Governor Kate Brown from Oregon said Thursday that it paused efforts to reopen the state economy for a week because of the recent surge in virus cases. Ms. Brown said that her state – which had one of the lowest confirmed cases per capita in the nation – put on hold requests for reopening in the county to give public health experts time to ensure that the virus did not spread too quickly. She described the movement as "yellow light".
Puerto Rico, which had one of the earliest and strictest barriers in the nation, said much of its economy would reopen next week and tourists would be welcome again from July 15th. Beaches where access was only allowed for practice purposes will be fully open next week but will be closed when people start holding large parties, Governor Wanda Vázquez said.
in the Maryland, the state's top health official pushed back after the governor announced a relaxation of restrictions on indoor gatherings. While the rate of new cases in Maryland has declined in the past few weeks, the state reported more than 500 new cases on Wednesday.
Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia has signed an ordinance that removes the limit on the number of people who can sit together in restaurants and specifies that servers only have to wear masks when interacting with customers. The regulation, which comes into effect on Tuesday, also states that bars can now hold up to 50 people, or 35 percent of the total listed fire capacity, and removes the limit on the number of people who can sit in indoor cinemas.
Education Minister Betsy DeVos has issued an emergency rule that prohibits colleges from providing virus protection to foreign and undocumented students, including tens of thousands who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival [DACA] program.
Professional golf returned from a 90-day break on Thursday when the PGA Tour's Charles Schwab Challenge started in Fort Worth with no fans present. "It was interesting, but nice not to have to worry about someone saying something strange," said golfer Bryson DeChambeau.
Global stocks started to recover on Friday, the day after a sharp slump on Wall Street seemed to bring a week-long rally to a devastating end.
European markets were slightly higher in early trading. This followed a slump in most markets in the Asia-Pacific region that was not quite as severe as the Wall Street slump on Thursday.
The futures markets predicted that Wall Street would open more than 1 percent higher. Prices for US government bonds, which investors often consider a haven, were lower in Asian trading.
US stocks fell sharply on Thursday, with the S&P 500 index falling nearly 6 percent. The decline was a sudden reversal of weeks of bullish investor sentiment, despite the large-scale global economic disruption caused by the corona virus, as well as other concerns such as protests in American cities and deteriorating relations between the United States and China.
While global markets showed signs of stabilization on Friday, some indicators still reflected deep concerns among investors. Oil prices crater-like on Thursday continued to fall on Friday.
The widow of a Chinese doctor who was censored by the police when trying to warn colleagues of Covid-19 gave birth to a second son on Friday, just over four months after her husband died of the disease.
The widow Fu Xuejie posted a photo of her baby on a WeChat account with a message to her late husband Dr. Li Wenliang: "Husband can you see from the sky? The last gift you gave me was born today. I will take great care to love and protect our family. "In an interview with local media, Ms. Fu said," In life he was the most tender husband and father, no matter what needs his wife or children had, he would spare no effort to meet. "
Dr. Li was one of the first to warn of the coronavirus outbreak in late December.
Although Dr. Li's personal legacy may be certain, the political implications of his death are not yet certain. When he died in February at the age of 34, he became a symbol of the cost of the authorities' efforts to withhold information and silence whistleblowers. A large number of people posted and mourned news on Chinese social media. His now famous quote "I think a healthy society should not have only one voice" led to rare demands for freedom of speech.
In the months since, Beijing has launched a censorship and propaganda campaign to co-opt this story. In the state media, Dr. Li, an ophthalmologist in Wuhan, was hailed as a front worker for the many Chinese doctors who gave their lives in the fight against Covid-19.
The news of the birth in a hospital in Wuhan has been widespread in China. Online, posters expressed a bittersweet mix of sadness and joy. One commentator called him a hero's son, while another compared him to Harry Potter, who was born to a great father and was tragically dead. Others pointed to Dr. Li's controversial legacy.
"I hope that when the child is tall, they are not taught because they have told the truth," wrote one commentator.
GLOBAL ROUND UP
Doctors in India end a strike that left Covid-19 patients unattended.
Hundreds of doctors in southern India ended a two-day strike on Friday, leaving hundreds of coronavirus patients without care.
The strike by doctors in several Telangana hospitals began after some of them were attacked by relatives of a 55-year-old Covid-19 patient at Gandhi General Hospital in Hyderabad, the state capital. The doctors said the man collapsed and died in the hospital after trying to go to the bathroom against medical advice.
The absence of doctors during the strike in Gandhi General, one of the largest hospitals in the region, led to chaotic scenes with hundreds of Covid-19 patients loitering in the corridors.
The strike ended when Indian officials announced nearly 11,000 new cases nationwide, the country's highest daily fee to date. The total number of cases in India, approaching 300,000, has overtaken Britain and has become the fourth largest in the world.
A representative of the doctors, Dr. Lohith Reddy said that they only stopped the strike after the authorities agreed to distribute patients more evenly across the state and deploy special forces outside of some hospitals.
"If the government fails to meet its commitments within 15 days, the strike will continue," he said. "We are already overloaded and cannot deal with loud crowds and those who beat doctors."
India is one of many developing countries where leaders feel they have no choice but to prioritize reopening and accept growing infections. However, the public health system is under heavy strain and experts believe it could reach a break point as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government continues to ease a nationwide ban.
Elsewhere in the world:
Great Britain The economy plummeted 20.3 percent in April compared to the previous month, a record decline. The data reflects the UK's first full month of pandemic closure and will most likely help accelerate the relaxation of rules that have restricted economic activity.
Twitter said Thursday China has stepped up efforts to spread misinformation on the platform by creating tens of thousands of fake accounts that discussed the Communist Party's response to the virus and Hong Kong protests. The company said it removed 23,750 accounts that were "heavily committed" to spreading misinformation and 150,000 others who wanted to boost China's news through likes and retweets.
The local government in Beijing said on Friday that it would suspend the resumption of school for young elementary school students after the appearance of three new cases of Covid-19 in the city. The change affects nearly half a million students who should return to school on Monday. The Beijing Municipal Education Commission has not set a new date for resuming classes.
in the China's Hubei ProvinceWhen the outbreak originated, the local government said it would lower its emergency rate after not reporting new cases on Thursday, the state media said. In the province, whose capital is Wuhan, 18 asymptomatic cases were still observed.
The Mayor of LondonSadiq Khan, who raised concerns about the corona virus, disorder and vandalism, urged residents to "stay at home for the next few days and find a safe way to hear your voices." Khan said he stands with "the millions of people around the world who say loud and clear that Black Lives Matter".
SpainThe government allows the Balearic Islands to accept visitors from Germany as of Monday, even if Spain plans to lift a quarantine order for other foreign visitors on July 1st. For weeks now, the regional authorities of the Balearic Archipelago have been pressing for their tourism sector to reopen soon, on the grounds that Covid-19 was included on the islands and that many Germans own houses there
Churches in New York offer virus tests for congregations who need them most.
In the past few weeks, 24 New York churches serving color communities have been turned into mini-clinics that offer free coronavirus testing to all comers.
The initiative, a partnership between the churches, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's office and Northwell Health, aims to expand testing among black and Hispanic residents who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. In the first round of screening, almost 20,000 coronavirus tests were performed in the first 10 days of May.
Black and Latin American New Yorkers have succumbed to Covid-19, the coronavirus disease, twice as common as whites, due to deadlocked economic and health differences, denser living conditions, and a higher risk of exposure to the workplace.
Participants were asked to register in advance by phone, but walk-ins were accommodated as long as they stood two meters apart and wore masks. The results of this first round of church testing showed that out of 1,000 people who had symptoms and were looking for diagnostic tests, almost 9 percent were positive for the corona virus.
Of the 18,000 residents who underwent antibody testing, almost one in three showed evidence of previous exposure to the coronavirus.
An additional round of testing in churches in New York City, the Hudson Valley, and Long Island started on June 1 and will continue through June 19. The efforts were so successful that they could continue this summer.
Australia has cleared the coronavirus in many regions of the country, chief physician Brendan Murphy told reporters on Friday that more than half of the 38 cases reported last week were travelers returning from abroad and remaining in quarantine.
The last Covid-19 death in Australia was recorded on May 23, when the death toll reached 102, and the country has registered nearly 7,300 cases, of which over 500 are still active. Most hospitalizations take place in New South Wales, where Sydney is located.
The authorities plan to relax restrictions on indoor gatherings in July when up to 10,000 people can be accommodated in the stadiums. Australia is also preparing for the return of foreign university students, an important source of income for the country.
The news came on Friday when Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged the Australian states to reopen internal borders to prevent the virus from spreading to hard-hit areas like Sydney and Melbourne.
However, authorities have warned that plans to reopen could be hampered by rallies in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has attracted thousands of people in Sydney.
The coverage was written by Mike Baker, Kate Conger, Rick Gladstone, Jenny Gross, Mike Ives, Annie Karni, Chang W. Lee, Paul Mozur, Roni Caryn Rabin, Frances Robles, Kaly Soto, Chris Stanford, Carlos Tejada, Anton Troianovski and Sameer Yasir.