The Italian government has announced measures to ease the country’s lockdown as the country appears to be regaining control from the coronavirus pandemic. Italian authorities reported 260 deaths linked to COVID-19 on Sunday, the fewest daily deaths since 14 March. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that manufacturing and construction companies would be able to resume business from Monday 4 May, with retail trade reopening a fortnight later on 18 May.
There is no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 are protected from a second infection, the World Health Organization warned Saturday as the worldwide death toll topped 200,000. The WHO tweeted that it was continuing to review the evidence on antibody responses to COVID-19, adding that most studies suggest that people who have recovered from the infection have antibodies to fight the virus.
Saudi Arabia has ended the death penalty for crimes committed by minors after effectively abolishing floggings, as the kingdom seeks to blunt criticism over its human rights record. The death penalty was eliminated for those convicted of crimes committed while they were minors, Human Rights Commission president Awwad Alawwad said in a statement, citing a royal decree.
South Korean officials are emphasizing that they have detected no unusual movements in North Korea and are cautioning against reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be ill or is being isolated because of coronavirus concerns. At a closed door forum on Sunday, South Korea’s Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul said the government has the intelligence capabilities to say with confidence that there were no indications of anything unusual.
Separatists in southern Yemen have declared self-rule, breaking a peace deal signed in November with the internationally recognized government. The Aden-based Southern Transitional Council (STC) declared a state of emergency, saying it would govern the port city and other southern provinces. The STC is supported by the United Arab Emirates. The Saudi-backed Yemeni government warned of “dangerous and catastrophic consequences”.