Ethiopia announces new restrictions - Ethiopia has placed restrictions over the weekend to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. One of those restrictions bans people from shaking hands. Residents are also required to wear masks in public and landlords are not allowed to evict tenants. Gatherings of more than four people are also banned.
Ebola sprouts up in Democratic Republic of Congo - The World Health Organization announced that a new case of Ebola has emerged in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country had just recently declared the Ebola outbreak was over as 2,200 people have died from the disease. At least 3,400 people in the country have been infected with Ebola.
India works amid PPE shortage - Indian doctors and police are struggling with a shortage in personal protective equipment (PPE). Some doctors in the country say they have not received PPE as fast as they should as India grapples with over 8,500 COVID-19 cases. Some doctors are using raincoats and motorcycle helmets to protect themselves.
Indonesia dresses volunteers as ghosts - In Kepuh, a village in Indonesia, some volunteers are dressing as ghosts to scare people into social distancing. Indonesia has approximately 4,500 cases of COVID-19 and 400 residents have died from the virus. Indonesian officials say the “ghosts” have scared parents and children from leaving their homes.
Spain starts process of lessening lockdown measures - Spain is slowly returning back to normal as manufacturing, construction and some service workers are returning back to work. The country has seen nearly 17,500 people die from COVID-19 but new infection numbers are dropping. Spain acknowledged that it is still far from being able to return to normality.
Italian Football Federation looks ahead - The Italian Football Federation is hoping to get soccer players tested for COVID-19 by May. The Series A league has been suspended since March 9 due to the virus, and there is no set date for when play can resume. Numerous players from the Italian Football Federation have been infected by COVID-19.
Brazil passes 1,000 COVID-19 deaths - Brazil’s health ministry says the country has had 1,056 deaths from COVID-19 and has reportedly seen 19,638 cases of the virus. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has spoken out against social restrictions, siting concerns for the country’s economy. Some in the country fear the virus can have a severe impact on poor areas.
Mexican hospital protests - In Mexico, health care workers took to the streets Monday to demand more protective gear. The country has over 4,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 while around 300 people have died from the virus. Mexico’s government told health care workers it is planning to get more protective gear.
U.S. COVID-19 deaths surpass Italy - The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States have surpassed Italy for the most in the world. Johns Hopkins University says over 20,000 people have died in the country from the virus. In New York alone, the state reports 180,000 of the 530,000 cases in the country.
Six shot at party in California - Despite a stay at home order in California, a large party took place in Kern County in the state that resulted in six people being shot. The victims are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and an arrest has yet to be made. Residents in California can only leave their homes to buy groceries or medicine or to exercise.