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Reuters EntertainmentJun 01, 2020
'Carmen' and coronavirus don't match: NYC's Met Opera closed till December 31
New York's Metropolitan Opera will keep its curtains closed until a New Year's Eve opening gala, it said on Monday, as it announced a season shortened by the coronavirus epidemic.

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Yahoo! BooksJun 01, 2020
Italian doctor says new coronavirus may be losing its potency


One of the hospitals in Italy that has borne witness to the worst of the pandemic says that it's noticed a marked change in their new patients: the virus inside them seems to be losing its potency.

Alberto Zangrillo is the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. Talking to Italy's RAI television, he said: "In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy."

According to Zangrillo, swab tests on patients performed over the last 10 days showed a much lower viral load compared to ones carried out a month ago.

In other words, the new patients have noticeably less of the virus in their bodies.

He also said that some experts were too alarmist about the prospect of a second wave of infections and politicians needed to take into account the new reality.

The statement is being treated with caution by the Italian government and other health officials, though.

A spokesperson for the Italian health ministry asked doctors not to confuse Italians until there was scientific evidence that the virus has disappeared.

They instead urged Italians to continue to follow social distancing rules and maintain maximum caution.

Italy has the third-highest death toll in the world, with over 33,000 people dying from COVID-19 since late February. It also ha


Yahoo! BooksJun 01, 2020
Hong Kong's Tiananmen commemoration banned by police for first time in three decades
Hong Kong police on Monday banned an upcoming vigil marking the Tiananmen crackdown anniversary citing the coronavirus pandemic, the first time the gathering has been halted in three decades. The candlelight June 4 vigil usually attracts huge crowds and is the only place on Chinese soil where such a major commemoration of the anniversary is still allowed. Last year's gathering was especially large and came just a week before seven months of pro-democracy protests and clashes exploded onto the city's streets, sparked initially by a plan to allow extraditions to the authoritarian mainland. But police rejected permission for this year's rally saying it would "constitute a major threat to the life and health of the general public", according to a letter of objection to organisers obtained by AFP. Hong Kong has managed to keep the virus mostly in check, with just over 1,000 infections and four deaths. Bars, restaurants, gyms and cinemas have largely reopened in recent weeks. In the last two days five local infections were reported, breaking nearly two weeks of zero tallies. Organisers accused police of using the virus as an excuse to ban the rally. "I don't see why the government finds political rallies unacceptable while it gave green lights to resumption of schools and other services ranging from catering, karaoke to swimming pools," said Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance which has organised every vigil since 1990.


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Yahoo! BooksJun 01, 2020
The coronavirus is disappearing in Italy, according to Italian doctors
Italian doctors said the coronavirus was not as potent now as it was at the beginning of the pandemic.


Yahoo! ArtsJun 01, 2020
Wearing Face Masks and Social Distancing Actually Work to Contain COVID-19, According to a New Study
A large study finds that precautions like social distancing, wearing face masks and eye protection can reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus infections

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