Europe demands better pandemic plan, as Moscow exits lockdown

first_imgEurope’s most powerful countries urged the European Union to better prepare for the next pandemic after chaotic responses to the coronavirus, as Moscow emerged from lockdown despite Russia still being in the grip of a surging epidemic.There should be a “common European approach” to challenges like COVID-19 in future, leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote in a letter and policy paper to the European Union’s top official.Europe has been the hardest-hit continent with nearly 185,000 people killed, and the leaders said a lack of coordination had left nations short of crucial medical equipment when the coronavirus arrived. Surging crisis in Peru The chief prosecutor for Paris said on Tuesday he had opened a probe into the French state’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, with possible charges including “involuntary homicide” and “endangering life”.But neither Macron nor any government ministers are targeted by the investigation.In further signs of the new normality in Europe, officials in Spain said mask-wearing in public would be compulsory until an effective treatment or vaccine can be found.Britain, which on Tuesday announced its death toll had passed 50,000, has imposed a two-week quarantine for anyone coming into the country, British nationals included.As Europe nations forge a path out of lockdowns, Latin America continued to deal with an escalating crisis — particularly in Brazil, Mexico and Peru. On Tuesday, Peru announced it had passed 200,000 cases of the virus — adding more than 4,000 cases in a single day.Brazil has the world’s third-highest death toll at more than 36,000, but President Jair Bolsonaro continues to play down the impact of the virus and has urged regional officials to lift lockdown measures. However, critics say the death rate is being under-reported and accuse officials of rushing to lift restrictions for political reasons. Topics :center_img Life-saving lockdownsThe World Health Organization has warned that complacency is the biggest threat in countries where the pandemic seems to have abated.The WHO said a record number of new coronavirus cases were recorded globally on Monday.Underlining the warning, deaths and infections continue to climb sharply in India even as the government lifted some curbs after a 10-week lockdown.Authorities in the capital, Delhi, warned on Tuesday that cases in the city could shoot up almost 20 times to more than 500,000 in the coming weeks.Worldwide, COVID-19 deaths have passed 407,000, with more than seven million infections.The disease emerged in China late last year before sweeping the globe, subjecting billions to some form of lockdown that paralyzed economies.Those restrictions prevented 3.1 million deaths in 11 European countries alone, according to an Imperial College London study published on Monday. Despite Europe’s  dire record, most countries on the continent continued to exit their punishing lockdowns on Tuesday — Cyprus welcoming its first tourist flights in almost three months on lockdown and French officials announcing the Eiffel Tower would reopen on June 25.In eastern Europe, residents of the Russian capital flocked to parks after officials lifted restrictions in place since March 30, even though 8,595 new cases were registered countrywide on Tuesday and the death toll passed 6,000.”It’s nice out and there are a lot of people on the streets,” said marketing manager Olga Ivanova, walking in central Moscow: “It’s a beautiful day, in every sense of the word.” Russia has the third-highest number of confirmed infections in the world after the United States and Brazil, but officials say this is due to a huge testing campaign and point to a relatively low mortality rate.last_img read more

Premier League to resume on June 17 with Arsenal picked as first fixture

first_imgArsenal boss Mikel Arteta was the first Premier League star to contract coronavirus (Picture: Getty)But, according to The Telegraph, to wipe out those games in hand – and avoid having to resort to a points-per-game recalculation should the season again be suspended – those two matches will now be prioritised.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe much talked about bonanza of football on the weekend of June 20 will still go ahead, with every single match staggered across Saturday and Sunday and Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham being the pick of that round of action. View 3 comments Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 May 2020 3:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Arsenal lost 3-0 at the Emirates the last time they played Man City (Picture: Getty)Premier League squads have been training in small groups so far, limited to a maximum of five players, but it was agreed on Wednesday that the next phase can now be introduced with contact once again permitted.A statement from the Premier League confirmed: ‘Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so. Aerial footage of Tottenham players training for Premier League returnTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:23FullscreenAerial footage of Tottenham players training for Premier League returnhttps://metro.co.uk/video/aerial-footage-tottenham-players-training-premier-league-return-2176352/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.‘The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.‘Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government. Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.’MORE: ‘The integrity is gone’ – Troy Deeney says Liverpool’s Premier League title win will be sullied by coronavirusMORE: Four more positive coronavirus tests in the Premier League across three clubsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementcenter_img Premier League to resume on June 17 with Arsenal vs Man City to headline season restart Arsenal’s players have been training in groups of five at their London Colney complex (Picture: Getty)But a couple of days earlier, Arsenal will travel to the Etihad and Aston Villa will host Sheffield United – with both games having huge ramifications at either end of the table.The current schedule that has been put forward to clubs will see the final round of fixtures played in the last week of July, with the FA Cup final following a week later. Premier League bosses want to quickly get rid of any games in hand (Picture: Getty)The Premier League are now targeting a midweek restart date of June 17 with Arsenal’s game in hand against Manchester City to be the headline fixture to welcome back football.Clubs had been targeting the weekend of June 20 for the season to get back underway, but league bosses have decided to bring that date forward slightly to eliminate any games in hand.As things stand, Arsenal, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Manchester City have all played one game fewer than the rest of the teams in the division owing to the latter two clubs’ participation in the Carabao Cup final. Advertisementlast_img read more