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The Newest: Istanbul imposes new coronavirus restrictions

ISTANBUL – Istanbul’s governor has launched new measures to fight the unfold of the coronavirus, banning all boating corporations from internet hosting weddings and comparable gatherings.

In a press release late Friday, the governor’s workplace additionally reintroduced a ban on live shows and festivals in open areas. The assertion mentioned the restrictions have been wanted as a result of precautions like bodily distancing weren’t being adequately heeded and the virus’ unfold had elevated.

Istanbul, with about 16 million residents, is Turkey’s most populous metropolis. Turkey has seen a spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths, which started growing after Turkey loosened restrictions in June however has intensified since late August, returning to ranges final seen in mid-Could.

On Friday, the well being ministry introduced 56 deaths and 1,671 new circumstances, bringing the entire dying toll to six,951 and variety of circumstances to just about 290,000.



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PRAGUE – The coronavirus continues to unfold quickly within the Czech Republic, infecting a report variety of folks in in the future for the third time this week.

The Well being Ministry says the day-to-day enhance within the new confirmed COVID-19 circumstances reached 1,447 on Friday, surpassing 1,000 for the fourth day this week.

Of a complete of 33,860 confirmed circumstances of the virus within the Czech Republic, over 5,700 have been registered within the final 5 working days, prompting the federal government to tighten restrictive measure to decelerate the unfold.

Presently, 264 virus sufferers are hospitalized, together with 65 in intensive care. To date, 450 folks have died from the virus within the nation.


NEW YORK – The New York Metropolis academics union warns it received’t let the nation’s largest faculty district reopen for in-person lessons this month if town doesn’t problem protecting tools, conduct testing and clear colleges correctly.

Union chief Michael Mulgrew in a Friday video accuses town of not performing with sufficient urgency on the pandemic.

The return of public faculty college students to lecture rooms was delayed from Sept. 10 to Sept. 21 so coronavirus security precautions might be labored on additional.

Mulgrew says town is aware of what it must do to make colleges secure and, in his phrases, “if you happen to can’t make that occur earlier than the kids come into colleges, then we’re not going to allow you to open these colleges.”

The town says it is going to work with the union.


MEXICO CITY – Mexico is declaring 24 of its 32 states prepared for partial reopening, marking the primary time for the reason that coronavirus pandemic hit that no state is listed at a “purple” degree most alert.

The 24 states listed at “orange” or excessive danger might now enable many non-essential companies to re-open at 30% capability. The eight different states are listed at “yellow” or average danger, permitting much more enterprise actions. Nevertheless, bars, nightclubs and dance halls stay closed and sporting occasions and live shows can not have spectators.

Mexico reported 5,930 newly confirmed coronavirus circumstances Friday, about the identical as two weeks in the past. The nation has recorded a complete of 658,299 infections. Officers reported 534 extra deaths from COVID-19, for a complete of 70,183 – the fourth-highest on the planet.


UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Normal Meeting has overwhelmingly authorised a decision on tackling the coronavirus pandemic over objections from america and Israel, which protested a profitable last-minute Cuban modification that strongly urges nations to oppose unilateral financial, monetary or commerce sanctions.

The world physique adopted the decision Friday by a vote of 169-2. It was a robust present of unity by the U.N.’s most consultant physique in addressing the coronavirus, although many nations had hoped for adoption by consensus.

The decision just isn’t legally binding. It “requires intensified worldwide cooperation and solidarity to comprise, mitigate and overcome the pandemic” and it urges member states “to allow all nations to have unhindered well timed entry to high quality, secure, efficacious and inexpensive prognosis, therapeutics, medicines and vaccines.”


NEW ORLEANS – Bars in a handful of Louisiana parishes shall be allowed to re-open underneath new, looser coronavirus restrictions introduced Friday by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Bars within the state have been closed since July until they’ve licenses to function as eating places. Below the rules introduced Friday, bars in parishes the place the proportion of optimistic COVID-19 deaths is 5% or beneath for 4 weeks can open if parish leaders give the OK, Edwards mentioned.

Bars which are allowed to open shall be restricted to 25% capability. They should shut down alcohol gross sales at 10 p.m. and shut at 11 p.m.

Bar openings received’t occur in New Orleans, the place Mayor LoToya Cantrell is sustaining stricter guidelines.

The most recent plans have been launched on the day the variety of coronavirus-related deaths in Louisiana surpassed 5,000. Hospitalizations, nevertheless, proceed to drop, totaling 723 in Friday’s figures. There had been practically 2,000 hospitalized in early April, when the state was a U.S. sizzling spot for infections.

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