BLOG: Coronavirus updates from Saturday, May 16

Posted at 10:26 AM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 04:46:13-04

FLORIDA – ABC Action News is committed to providing Tampa Bay area residents all of the updates on the coronavirus, COVID-19, and the impact it's having on our way of life. To help you stay on top of it all, we've compiled all the updates for Saturday, May 16. For today's updates, visit Don't forget we are in this together!

6:29 PM

  • The Food and Drug Administration announced Saturday that it has authorized an at-home sample collection kit that can then be sent to specified laboratories for COVID-19 diagnostic testing.

5:12 PM

  • Italy recorded the lowest number of deaths in a 24-hour period since early in its coronavirus lockdown at just 153.

3:47 PM

  • New Orleans began taking its first steps Saturday toward loosening two months of restrictions on businesses, restaurants and houses of worship.

2:09 PM

  • Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte acknowledged on Saturday that the reopening of the Italian economy brings a risk of new outbreaks of the coronavirus but said ‘’we must accept it.’’

1:23 PM

11:54 AM

  • Department of Health reports 44,811 positive COVID-19 cases in Florida. The death toll is at 1,964

10:36 AM

10:25 AM

  • Dozens of restaurant owners have protested outside of Milan’s main train station against the new rules for reopening as of Monday.

9:19 AM

  • Greece reopened organized public beaches under strict social distancing measures during a heat wave.

8:34 AM

  • Spain prime minister wants to extend state of emergency for one month.

7:49 AM

  • Britain launches trial for dogs to sniff out humans with COVID-19.

6:21 AM

  • India surpasses China in coronavirus infection cases.

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