May 3 coronavirus news

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9:34 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

1 million people visited Shanghai attractions over May Day holiday

Large crowd of people wearing face masks visit the promenade on the Bund along the Huangpu River during a holiday on May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Shanghai on May 1.
Large crowd of people wearing face masks visit the promenade on the Bund along the Huangpu River during a holiday on May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Shanghai on May 1. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

Over one million people visited Shanghai’s 130 main tourist attractions on Friday and Saturday, the first two days of the May Day holiday, according to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Xinhua reported that Shanghai received 456,000 visitors on Friday and 633,000 more on Saturday.

The increase in visitors comes after Shanghai’s Culture and Tourism Administration announced the reopening of several major tourist sites earlier this week in preparation for the May Day holiday.

 

9:27 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

City drops mask requirement after workers are threatened

An emergency proclamation requiring face masks in stores and restaurants in the US city of Stillwater, Oklahoma, was nixed after business owners received threats.

The proclamation was issued Thursday and, among other things, made businesses require patrons to cover their faces to combat the spread of coronavirus. 

But on Friday, Mayor Will Joyce softened the rule to encourage, not require, face coverings, after several reports emerged of employees being verbally abused and being threatened with physical violence while trying to enforce the order -- all in just three hours of the rule going into effect.

"Many of those with objections cite the mistaken belief the requirement is unconstitutional, and under their theory, one cannot be forced to wear a mask. No law or court supports this view," City Manager Norman McNickle said in a statement. "It is further distressing that these people, while exercising their believed rights, put others at risk."

The masks have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

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9:12 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

Trump pushes back on Congress turning down rapid tests

President Donald Trump's offer of providing 1,000 rapid coronavirus tests for Congress was declined on Saturday in a rare joint statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Their statement said the tests should be saved for frontline health care workers. Trump responded to their statement on Twitter.

"Congress is grateful for the Administration's generous offer to deploy rapid Covid-19 testing capabilities to Capitol Hill, but we respectfully decline the offer at this time," Pelosi and McConnell said in their joint statement. "Our country's testing capacities are continuing to scale up nationwide and Congress wants to keep directing resources to the frontline facilities where they can do the most good the most quickly."

The Senate is set to return next week with the congressional physician issuing protocols for screening and social distancing.

9:02 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

6% of the NYPD uniformed workforce is out sick

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has 2,160 uniformed members on sick leave, which is 6% of its work force. This is down from a high of 19.8%.

While 5,225 members of the NYPD have tested positive for Covid-19, 4,405 members have returned to work after recovering from a positive diagnosis.

There are 639 uniformed members and 144 civilian members out sick after receiving a positive diagnosis.

The department says 37 members have died due to coronavirus-related illnesses.

9:01 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

More than 30 people arrested during stay-at-home protest at California Capitol

More than 30 people were arrested on Friday, May 1, 2020, during a demonstration at the California Capitol Building.
More than 30 people were arrested on Friday, May 1, 2020, during a demonstration at the California Capitol Building. Renée C. Byer/Sacramento Bee/Zuma

More than 500 people gathered at the California Capitol in Sacramento Friday to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order.

"The majority of the demonstrators were not wearing face masks or physically distancing and at one point a group of them locked hands," according to the California Highway Patrol. "In so doing, they were jeopardizing the health and safety of themselves, as well as our officers and onlookers during this ongoing Covid-19 pandemic."

As a result, police arrested 32 people for failing to comply with the lawful orders to disperse, along with health and safety violations, the release said.

9:00 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

China has sent 149 medical experts to 16 countries for Covid-19 prevention and control work

Members of a Chinese medical team visit a clinic in Belgrade, Serbia, on April 11.
Members of a Chinese medical team visit a clinic in Belgrade, Serbia, on April 11. Chinese medical expert team to Serbia/Xinhua/Getty Images

China has sent 149 medical experts to 16 countries for Covid-19 prevention and control work, according to Mi Feng, China’s National Health Commission spokesperson.

Mi made the statement Saturday, according to Chinese state-run media China Global Television Network (CGTN). 

Mi said China is willing to continue to work with the international community to combat the pandemic.

China's National Health Commission (NHC) reported a single new case of novel coronavirus and no deaths for the fourth consecutive day, according to a statement published on Saturday. 

3:53 a.m. ET, May 3, 2020

Boris Johnson names son after doctors who saved his life

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds leave the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9 in London.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds leave the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9 in London. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds have named their newborn son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, it was announced on Saturday. 

The baby was born Wednesday, and was given the middle name Nicholas in honor of two doctors who treated Johnson while he suffered from coronavirus last month.

"Wilfred after Boris' grandfather, Lawrie after my grandfather, Nicholas after Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart -- the two doctors that saved Boris' life last month," Carrie Symonds said on her private Instagram account Saturday. 
"Thank you so, so much to the incredible NHS maternity team at UCLH that looked after us so well. I couldn't be happier. My heart is full," she added.

Johnson returned to work on Monday, after becoming the first world leader to fall ill with coronavirus in March.

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