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The K-League is one of the few football arenas where playing has resumed, albeit, in empty stadiums. To remedy that lack of a proper crowd, FC Seoul decided to put plastic fans into the stands for their clash against Gwangju FC on Sunday.
But eagle-eyed social media users said the mannequins looked more like sex dolls.
The club has since apologised in a statement but said the order it placed with its supplier was for “products for fashion companies”, i.e. not an “adult product”.
PM Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, went to a cafe in Wellington on Saturday, two days after her government lifted a nationwide lockdown.
But the venue was at capacity due to distancing limits – a fact that
was made public by a Twitter user, who wrote they had been “omg… rejected”.
New Zealand restaurants can now seat a maximum of 100 customers, if groups are separated by at least a metre.
The wait for Ms Ardern and Mr Gayford was only brief, local media reported.
Mr Gayford later tweeted: “I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organized
and book anywhere. Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot
freed up. A+ service.”
South Africa implemented one of the world’s toughest lockdowns, even banning cigarettes and alcohol.
But what’s the impact of such strict measures and how do people feel about it?
India has extended its lockdown for another two weeks as it attempts to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The government’s disaster response authority said that new guidelines would be issued, “keeping in view the need to open up economic activities”.
The country went into lockdown on 24 March and schools, public transport and most businesses have been shut since.
India has recorded 2,896 deaths. It has more than 90,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 53,946 active infections.
It is the fourth time the federal government has extended the world’s largest lockdown, covering 1.3 billion people. India media dubbed the extension “lockdown 4.0”.
The mayor of Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, has said its health system could collapse as demand grows for emergency beds to deal with coronavirus cases.
Bruno Covas said the city’s public hospitals had reached 90% and could run out of space in about two weeks.
On Sunday, Brazil’s health ministry reported 7,938 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total above 241,000. Only the US, Russia and the UK have higher numbers. With more than 16,000 deaths, the country has the sixth-highest death toll.
Brazil is deeply divided over how to respond to the crisis.
While governors have implemented lockdown measures, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to speak out against such measures, arguing the harm from a collapsing economy will be worse than that from the virus.
BBC News, Sydney
Despite being in financial
trouble even before the Covid-19 pandemic, Virgin Australia – Australia’s second-biggest airline – has had no shortage of potential buyers.
Deloitte have shortlisted “a small number” of bidders to go through to the next
stage of the sale process.
They have not
been named officially but are all described as “well
funded and possessing deep aviation experience”. Binding
offers must be made in the next four weeks or so.
over Virgin Australia is expected to cut back the business – including axing
But the fact there has been so much interest is a relief
for those who feared that Qantas would have a domestic monopoly
in this vast land, where air travel is an essential mode of transport.
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As some countries are easing their lockdowns, people are heading back to the beaches wherever they are allowed to.
Social distancing measures are meant to remain in place though – which in some places means ticketed entires and temperature check before you can hit the waves.
A glimmer of hope coming out of Europe this morning. The death toll in several countries have now hit a new low for the first time in weeks.
Italy reported 145 new deaths on Sunday, its lowest toll since 9 March. It comes as the country is set to further ease its lockdown measures – most businesses in Italy will be free to reopen in just a matter of hours, after more than two months in lockdown.
Over in Spain, the death toll stood at 87 – the first time the death toll has fallen below 100 since it imposed its lockdown restrictions. Spain is set to relax its restrictions outside of Madrid and Barcelona, with groups of up to 10 people free to meet.
And the trend continues in the UK which saw 170 deaths, the lowest since 24 March – the day after lockdown was introduced. However it is not uncommon for the number of deaths to be lower at the weekend than those reported during the week.
Read more about what restrictions are being eased in Europe here.
Japan has fallen into a recession for the first time since
2015, as the virus outbreak continues to take a heavy toll on businesses and
GDP shrank an annualised 3.4% in the first quarter of the
year from the previous quarter, as private consumption, capital expenditure and exports fell.
And experts say the future isn’t looking good either.
“It’s near certainty the economy suffered an even deeper
decline in the current quarter,” Yuichi Kodama, chief economist at the Meiji
Yasuda Research Institute told Reuters.
Analysts polled by Reuters said they expect Japan’s economy to shrink an annualised 22% in the current quarter – which if it happens, would be the biggest decline on record.
Welcome back to our rolling coverage of all things coronavirus. Our teams across the globe will be keeping you posted on all the developments on the pandemic.
Here’s what you need to know as the Asian morning kicks off this new week.
- Several European countries have recorded their lowest daily death tolls in weeks. The falling numbers come as some countries are set to ease lockdown restrictions further
- In the US, there were 820 new deaths linked to the virus in the past 24 hour, taking the country’s toll close to 90,000
- Brazil now has the fourth-highest number of infections after the US, Russia and the UK. The mayor of Sao Paulo has warned the health system is close to collapse while Presiden Jair Bolsonaro continues to argue against the lockdown implemented by regional governors
- Japan has entered its first recession since 2015. The world’s third largest economy is on course for its worst economic slump since World War Two as a result of the coronavirus crisis
- India has extended its nationwide lockdown until 31 May, although there are considerable relaxations