Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: April 24

Miami Desk, Apr 24 (EFE).- Here’s a roundup of stories around the world related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

NICARAGUA: More than a dozen boxers set to take part in a semiprofessional event this weekend in Managua appeared for Friday’s weigh-in wearing masks provided by the promotors. Saturday’s event, which runs counter to recommendations to avoid large gatherings amid the Covid-19 pandemic, will be broadcast on ESPN KnockOut. Amid criticism, promoter Rosendo Alvarez, winner of two Olympic gold medals, notes that the Nicarguan government has not imposed any coronavirus-related restrictions.

PANAMA: Copa Airlines has repatriated a total of 283 people from Colombia, Argentina, Cuba and Brazil who found themselves trapped in Panama when the Central American nation halted international flights because of the pandemic. Raffoul Arab, head of the company that runs Tocumen International Airport, said the operation was carried out in strict compliance with health regulations.

UNITED STATES: The first of two Delta Airlines flights bringing US nationals back to the United States from Cuba arrived late Friday at Miami International Airport. Neither Delta nor the US Embassy in Havana, which coordinated the evacuation, responded to querries from Efe about the number of passengers.

UNITED KINGDOM: The number of deaths recorded in hospitals increased by 684 to a total of 19,506 with 5,386 new cases, putting the total at 28,532.

BELGIUM: The European Parliament has announced it will accommodate 100 vulnerable women in need of temporary residences in its facilities in Brussels during the crisis.

AUSTRIA: Around 200 people attended a banned demonstration in Vienna protesting against restrictions introduced by the Austrian government to stop the spread of the virus, which they consider a violation of their fundamental rights.

FRANCE: A court rejected an appeal of Amazon and maintained the limitation of its activities to basic products until the United States distribution giant presents a health precaution plan.

INDONESIA: The country announced 436 new coronavirus cases Thursday, taking the total to 8,211. It registered 42 more deaths, with the toll now at 689. Some 1,002 people have been discharged from hospital, 42 of them today.

THAILAND: Health authorities confirmed 15 new cases for a total of 2,854, no deaths to sit at 50, and another 60 patients discharged for a total of 2,490 with 364 active cases.

JAPAN: Forty-three more people on the Italian cruise ship Costa Atlantica, which is moored in the Japanese city of Nagasaki with 623 crew members and no passengers, have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total number of infections among its crew to 91 people, reported officials from the prefecture Friday. Meanwhile, the government Friday raised its travel alert to Level 3, recommending against travel to 14 more countries, including Russia and some Middle Easter countries.

CHINA: China did not record any new COVID-19 death for the ninth consecutive day, so the toll sits at 4,632, while the number of new cases fell for the third day in a row with six new to total 82,804, of whom 77,257 have been discharged, the National Health Commission reported Friday. EFE

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