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Area: 5100 m² Area: 5100 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/547190/nenzing-nursing-home-dietger-wissounig-architects Clipboard Photographs Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/547190/nenzing-nursing-home-dietger-wissounig-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel+ 17 Share CopyAsylum, Housing•Nenzing, Austria Austria “COPY” Year: Architects: Dietger Wissounig Architects Area Area of this architecture project 2014 2014 ArchDaily Nenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig ArchitectsSave this projectSaveNenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architects Nenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architects photographs: Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel, Petra RainerPhotographs: Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel, Petra RainerSave this picture!© Albrecht Imanuel SchnabelRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodEGGERLaminatesFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. Developed in response to a Europe-wide competition announced by the town of Nenzing, this ambitious nursing home involved a lengthy development process in which the visions for the project in relation to care and management expressed by staff were gathered and incorporated into the design and planning of the project. The result of this process is two different residential units merged to form one building. Each unit has eight to ten residential care flats and is constructed around a central living area in the form of a two-storey heated atrium “garden”. The rela- tively closed façades of the upper levels are panelled in untreated silver fir slats, while the more open and bright ground floor houses common rooms and general- use areas.Save this picture!© Petra RainerThe residents’ rooms harbour a certain novelty. From the familiar setting of a small flat with a living room and bedroom, a residential care flat consisting of a small liv- ing room with a window, a bedroom and bathroom was developed, needing little more space than a standard nursing home room. The positioning of the central living area allows easy access for both residents and personnel. Natural materials as well as the natural light entering through the ceiling of the atrium create path- free yet easily navigable shared spaces. The layout of the residential units allows motorically overactive residents to walk a loop of the building without encountering major obstacles. “We thoroughly enjoy coming into the new house” enthuse carers, showing how pleased they are with the new spatial concept which allows them more time for caring for residents.Save this picture!© Albrecht Imanuel SchnabelThe design of the house – the architecture – creates a calm and stable background to life in the home. Behind the flexible layout and the solid architectural back- ground lies a highly functional construction with passive house standards and cur- rent technologies. A pleasant interface between home and contemporary architec- ture.Save this picture!© Albrecht Imanuel SchnabelProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse Krailling / Unterlandstättner ArchitektenSelected ProjectsLondon Mayor Rules in Favour of Controversial Mount Pleasant SchemeArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:6710 Nenzing, AustriaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Asylum “COPY” CopyAbout this officeDietger Wissounig ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHealthcare ArchitectureHealthcareasylumResidential ArchitectureHousingNenzingHousingHealthcare ArchitectureResidentialAustriaPublished on October 04, 2014Cite: “Nenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architects” 04 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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Photographs Projects Mixed Use Architecture Year: “COPY” Maison Atelier / YH2 ArchitectureSave this projectSaveMaison Atelier / YH2 Architecture “COPY” 2018 ArchDaily CopyMixed Use Architecture, Apartments, Office Buildings•Montreal, Canada ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/919531/maison-atelier-yh2-architecture Clipboard Canada Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Chaos Group, Lambert & fils, Arancia lighting, McNeel, Meubles du Québec Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/919531/maison-atelier-yh2-architecture Clipboard CopyAbout this officeYH2 ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsOfficesOffice buildingsMontrealCanadaPublished on June 21, 2019Cite: “Maison Atelier / YH2 Architecture” 21 Jun 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Advertisement Comic Relief challenges families to hunt down supervillain in digital campaign for Red Nose Day Tagged with: Comic Relief Digital Humour Red Nose Day The Good Agency Comic Relief has launched a digital, family focused fundraising campaign for #RedNoseDay 2021.Unleash The Laughter has been created by Comic Relief and creative agency GOOD, and is an international hunt for evil supervillain Doomy McGloomy, who has run off with the nation’s laughter.The campaign features a series of short interactive films, each with an individual mission that requires children and parents to embark on a quest for clues and Unleash The Laughter from Doomy McGloomy before it’s too late.The missions take families on a journey across the world, from fiery volcanoes to icy Antarctica, challenging them to unearth hieroglyphics and crack ancient riddles from the comfort of their homes, with the option of making a donation to Red Nose Day.There are five digital challenges in total: Escape The Volcano, Shatter The Magic Jar, Break The Ice, Crack The Hieroglyphics and Limbo The Lasers, which are available as part of the Red Nose Day 2021 Funny Is Power campaign.The campaign has launched at the beginning of February half term to entertain children and adults alike. The concept was born as part of a 5-day digital sprint process between GOOD and Comic Relief, held during the pandemic to find new ways of reaching traditional community fundraising audiences.Creative collaboration for the films was completed in partnership with VINCE Productions led by Director Jake Wynne, who together were responsible for the castings, filming and post-production of the campaign.Andy Powell, Creative Director at GOOD said:“Pivoting the strategy to digital enabled us to hunt down Doomy McGloomy around the world, providing much-needed silliness for families over the half term holiday in a quest to protect the nation’s laughter. We’re delighted to share this rescue mission with the world whilst raising money for such an important charity as part of their Red Nose Day 2021 Campaign.” Melanie May | 16 February 2021 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 336 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Housing Action coalition and the City of Philadelphia reached a tentative agreement on Sept. 25 to give homeless activists 50 vacant, viable homes, and allow 50 homeless mothers and children to remain in 15 additional vacant city-owned homes taken over earlier this year. Philadelphia activist Sterling Johnson addresses rally at houseless Camp James Talib Dean on July 13. Credit: Joe PietteThe agreement comes after six months of a direct action campaign – including housing takeovers, protest encampments and eviction resistance – to force the city to relinquish the vacant homes to a community land trust. The Philadelphia Housing Action coalition was formed over the winter of 2019-2020 by the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative, Workers Revolutionary Collective and OccupyPHA.The most visible part of this fight has been two encampments involving hundreds of tents — Camp James Talib Dean (JTD) on 22nd St. and the Ben Franklin Parkway, and Camp Teddy at Ridge Ave. and 21st Street in North Philadelphia, across from the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA). James Talib Dean was an organizer with the Workers Revolutionary Collective who cofounded that encampment. He died during its first week and would have celebrated his 35th birthday on Sept. 25.Under the agreement, the vacant city-owned houses will be transferred into a community land trust set up by Philadelphia Housing Action – a coalition of housing activists who have all experienced either homelessness or institutionalization. The properties will be designated permanently for use for extremely low-income housing ($25,000 and below). A press release from Philadelphia Housing Action notes: “A recent Pew report states that 140,000 Philadelphia households earn $30,000 or less.”The agreement will also allow 50 mothers and children, who took over 15 city-owned houses, to remain in the properties until the land trust can find other accommodations.Philadelphia Housing Action spokespeople noted that the houses being transferred are slated for auction or sale and would not be taken from other low-income housing stock or jump people ahead of the PHA’s waiting list. This tentative and partial victory comes after houseless activists at the two camps for months resisted repeated threats by the city to forceably evict them from the camps. Camp JTD was a particular focus, as it sits in the middle of one of the wealthiest areas of Philadelphia, surrounded by high-rise buildings with expensive rents.‘This is only the beginning’Sterling Johnson, a member of the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative, stated: “It’s a good start but it’s also not enough. There was already a major housing crisis in Philadelphia, and we anticipate a wave of mass evictions on top of that, due to COVID-19. The scale of the housing crisis would require thousands of new units of low-income housing, but we feel that with this agreement we can at least get started moving people off the streets and into homes before winter. This is only the beginning.”#OccupyPHA organizer Jennifer Bennetch said: “This will be a landmark agreement. Not only has a group of poor and homeless organizers managed through direct action to win an agreement that will set a precedent for the entire country, but we have also forced the city to exercise its power over the Philadelphia Housing Authority and finally get them to give up these vacant homes that have been blighting our communities for decades. We will continue to pressure the city to transfer more houses to be designated as permanent low-income housing, stabilize our communities and combat the displacement caused by market-rate development and gentrification.”No national shortage of vacant homesThere are an estimated 5,700 houseless people in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Housing Authority currently manages 6,000 housing units. One of the demands of the Philadelphia Housing Action coalition is that the city put a moratorium on the Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation in order to prevent auctioning or selling off properties to private entities until all PHA waiting lists applicants have been housed. While activists in Philadelphia have put the spotlight on the crisis, it is by no means just a local problem. The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that the number of homeless people in the U.S. is around 552,930. At the same time, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 17 million vacant homes in October 2019. The problem is clearly not the lack of homes, but who controls them and the lack of affordability. Following the mortgage crisis of 2008, many of the vacant housing units now on the market were homes that were foreclosed and taken by banks to sell for profit. Houseless activists and their supporters in Philadelphia have demonstrated that they will take whatever action is needed to obtain housing – whether it be more encampments or families occupying vacant homes. They have also shown the capability to defend themselves against state attacks. This first agreement marks a battle win for houseless people in Philadelphia, but it will take a much broader war by the working class and oppressed against the capitalist system to fully secure safe and affordable housing for all who need it.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
MyanmarAsia – Pacific Organisation News RSF_en May 31, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association hail yesterday’s release of Japanese journalist Toru Yamaji, the head of the Tokyo-based news agency APF, who was arrested in the border town of Myawaddy on 7 November – the day of Burma’s general elections – for entering the country without a visa. The two organizations have been assured by APF that Yamaji, who is in the process of being deported, was not mistreated by the Burmese authorities. Meanwhile, two women reporters for the Burmese weekly True News, who were arrested near Rangoon the day after the elections, were released after being held for a few hours.——————————————————————-Japanese journalist, two Burmese reporters arrested 8.10.10 November 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Japanese journalist and two Burmese journalists freed Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association call for the release of Japanese journalist Toru Yamaji, the head of the Tokyo-based news agency APF, who was arrested in the eastern border town of Myawaddy during yesterday’s elections after apparently entering from Thailand. He was reportedly taken by helicopter to the Burmese capital, Naypyitaw, for questioning by military intelligence. US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Follow the news on Myanmar May 26, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum MyanmarAsia – Pacific “As the military junta denied foreign reporters entry to Burma, it is only natural that some tried to enter without press visas,” the two organizations said. “We support Toru Yamaji’s attempt to do some reporting despite the restrictions. This episode highlights the enormous difficulties that the international media have had in covering these undemocratic elections.”Arrested by police in Myawaddy yesterday morning, Yamaji was said to have been taken to Naypyitaw because of the clashes taking place yesterday in Myawaddy between the army and ethnic Karen rebels. It is believed that he is not being mistreated.Aged 49, Yamaji said in Twitter posts the day before yesterday that he planned to cross the border into Burma because journalists had a duty to cover what was going on there. After arriving in Myawaddy, all he reportedly did was take photos of a school that was being used as a voting station.The Japanese foreign ministry has asked the Burmese authorities for information about what has happed to Yamaji. A Japanese video reporter who worked for the same agency, Kenji Nagai, was shot dead by a Burmese soldier on a Rangoon street in 2007 (http://en.rsf.org/burma-japanese-prime-minister-asked-to-29-09-2007,2383…). No soldier was punished or brought to trial and the Burmese authorities never returned his video camera to his family.Two women reporters for the privately-owned weekly True News were detained yesterday by representatives of the Election Commission in South-Okklappa, near Rangoon, where the current mayor of Rangoon, Aung Thein Linn, is running as a candidate. They were later released.The Burmese correspondents of foreign news media were closely monitored by police and soldiers in plain clothes during yesterday’s polling and throughout the preceding election campaign.“Colleagues have been followed and sometimes searched, while the police spend their time taking photos of us as soon as we try to cover a story linked to the elections,” a Burmese reporter employed by a Japanese media told Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association. “They follow me wherever I go,” said another reporter for a foreign news media.In one case, two Burmese reporters working for foreign media were threatened in Tamwe Township by supporters of a candidate of the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party.The authorities have also ordered the privately-owned Eleven Media group not to update the special “Elections” sections of its website or Facebook pages.More information about the difficulties for journalists in the run-up to the elections:http://en.rsf.org/birmanie-military-moves-to-seal-off-country-29-10-2010… to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News
News UpdatesMadras HC Recalls Order Allowing MACTs To Record Compromise Settlements Without Physical Appearances [Read Order] Mehal Jain26 May 2020 11:24 PMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Tuesday withdrew its earlier order allowing the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunals in the Tamil Nadu to entertain compromise applications, without the need for any transfer petitions; to record compromise settlements themselves based on digital consent of parties. The bench had in the said order on May 11 authorised the Claims Tribunals to examine and entertain…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court on Tuesday withdrew its earlier order allowing the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunals in the Tamil Nadu to entertain compromise applications, without the need for any transfer petitions; to record compromise settlements themselves based on digital consent of parties. The bench had in the said order on May 11 authorised the Claims Tribunals to examine and entertain digital consent and if satisfied that they were true and trustworthy, go ahead and record the compromise, dispensing with the need or insistence on physical appearance or signing of Joint Memos of Compromise. The Court noted the “lack of consistency, uniformity and, therefore, an unavoidable element of ad-hocism” in recording compromise settlements by the Claims Tribunals in the state. “The stakeholders do not have a uniform template to adopt and follow”, said the Single Bench. The Court on Tuesday also observed that there is no uniform digital platform in place before the Motor Vehicle claims tribunals in Tamil Nadu, unlike before itself, which is causing issues in recording compromise in motor accidents claims petitions (MCOPs). “The unevenness in the availability of this technology tool, is an issue of concern”, remarked the Single Judge. The Court came alive to this “unbalanced support base to the claims tribunals” and to the fact that “there is already an established law and procedure in place to record such compromise”. “This court therefore apprehends that the directions may tend to create inconsistencies resulting in prejudice to the claimants who under certain circumstances may not be clear about the actual compromise arrived at, due to lack of personal communication. The directions given by this court keeping in mind the interests of the claimants during these difficult times, should not turn out to be counterproductive to their rights and interests. It has therefore become necessary for this court to recall (the order of May 11)”, said the Single Bench. “They shall cease to exist for claims tribunals to apply and follow from this day onwards”, directed the Court, further clarifying that the regular procedure for recording compromise should be undertaken. “I am of the view that the Claims Tribunals are as competent as this Court to allow such reliefs. All that this court did, was to examine the digital consent of parties and on satisfaction of consensus as genuine, accorded compromise. The Claims Tribunals can also do the same and possibly more effectively as the victims may be closer to the forums, in most cases”, the Court had observed on May 11. “The Claims Tribunals can examine and entertain digital consent and if satisfied that they were true and trustworthy, could go ahead and record the compromise, without need or insistence on physical appearance or signing of Joint Memos of Compromise. It is up to the respective Claims Tribunals to examine such requests and be satisfied on the truth and veracity of consent and grant them the benefit of compromise. There is no need or compulsion of every one to move this Court by way of a transfer petition. I commend this course to all the Claims Tribunals”, it had ordered. However, the Single Judge had clarified that this practice and procedure shall be Covid19 time specific and the above procedure cannot be treated as a precedent for all times to come.Click Here To Downoad Order[Read Order] Next Story
iStock(NEW YORK) — While many countries around the world and cities in the U.S. are pointing toward positive signs that social distancing might be finally flattening the curve, the novel coronavirus death toll continues to be staggering with at least 113,000 dead worldwide. The U.S. is the global leader in the number of cases and deaths. More than 21,733 people in the U.S. have died as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At least 550,000 people in the U.S. have tested positive and over 2.6 million Americans have been tested for the disease. Worldwide, more than 1.8 million people have been diagnosed since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Here’s the latest on the developing situation. All times Eastern:5:50 p.m.: France’s death total tops 9,000French health officials said 310 COVID-19 fatalities took place over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of virus related deaths in that country to 14,393. France is now the nation with the fourth highest coronavirus deaths, behind the U.S., Italy and Spain, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 5:40 p.m.: Turkey president rejects interior minister’s resignationTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan turned down the registration of an interior minister who apologized for creating a commotion over a coronavirus curfew, according to reports. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu “submitted his resignation to the President and our President told him that he did not find the request suitable,” Turkey’s communications ddirectorate said in a written statement to the state-run Anadolu news agency. The communications directorate noted that Soylu “has earned the gratitude of the Turkish nation,” since he took his position four years ago, according to the report. 4:11 p.m.: Turkey’s interior minister resigns after lockdown noticeSuleyman Soylu, Turkey’s interior minister, announced he would resign from his post after a short notice of a COVID-19 lockdown sent residents into crowded streets and stores. Soylu issued a 48-hour curfew on Friday for 31 provinces that went into effect hours later at midnight. Crowds “flocked to many shops and bakeries to buy last-minute goods,” Turkey’s state-run media, Anadolu, reported. Soylu apologized for causing the commotion and announced his resignation on Twitter. “In a process carried out diligently and meticulously, the responsibility for all implementation of the weekend curfew to stem the pandemic falls on me in every respect,” he tweeted. 2:55 p.m.: Two New Jersey cops die from coronavirusPolice officials from two New Jersey towns said they each lost a member of their units to COVID-19 on Sunday morning. The Patterson Police Department said Police Officer Francesco Scorpo, 34, died from complications of the disease. The nearly five-year veteran worked in the Patrol and Traffic Divisions, according to the department. Scorpo leaves behind his parents, wife Kristina, and two sons, Francisco Jr., 4, and Santino, 6 months. The Bedminster Township Police Department announced that Patrol Sgt. AlTerek Patterson passed away after losing his battle against the virus. Patterson began his service in 2006 and was promoted to sergeant three years ago. “Sergeant Patterson always had a smile on his face and touched the lives of so many residents at their time of need,” the department posted on its Facebook page. 1:04 p.m.: Spain to distribute 10 million masks to mass transit commutersThe Spanish government will be handling out 10 million masks at subways and other transportation hubs starting this week. The government is highly recommending that essential workers who can’t telecommute use a mask while traveling. The mask distribution at mass transit locations will begin either Monday or Tuesday, depending on the town’s Easter celebrations. As of Sunday, Spain has 166,019 COVID-19 cases and 16,972 deaths.12:30 p.m.: Italy cases rise to nearly 156,000The number of coronavirus cases in Italy increased by 4,092 over the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 156,363, Italian health ministers said.The increase marked a 2.7% jump in the number of cases between Saturday and Sunday, compared to the 3% rise between April 10 and April 11, according to the health data.There were 431 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the country to 19,899, health officials said. The increase in deaths was a 2.2% increase from Saturday, according to the data.11:45 a.m.: NY announces another 758 deaths; Cuomo wants to reopen state ‘as soon as possible’New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced another 758 deaths in the state over the last 24 hours. The state now has a total death count of 9,385.Cuomo noted that the death rate, while “at a terribly high level,” has appeared to have flattened.“You see also a flattening in the number of lives lost at a terribly high rate. But if you look back over the past several days, you see there’s a certain continuity to that number. Again, that’s the one number that I looked forward to seeing drop as soon as I open my eyes in the morning, and it has been flattening, but flattening at a terribly high level,” he said.Cuomo said the state wants to reopen “as soon as possible,” likening the constant routine of staying at home to the film “Groundhog Day.”“We want to reopen as soon as possible. Everyone does, on a societal level. Everyone does on a personal level. Let’s just end this nightmare, right?” the governor said. “Groundhog day. You get up every day, it’s the same routine. You almost lose track of what day of the week it is because they don’t even have meaning anymore. And there’s also some anxiety and stress that we’re all dealing with. So, we want to reopen as soon as possible.”Cuomo said there needs to be a well-coordinated strategy to avoid an uptick in the infection rate.“The last thing we want to see is an uptick in that infection rate and an uptick in those numbers that we worked so hard to bring down. So, we need a strategy that coordinates business and schools and transportation and workforce. What New York Pause did is it stopped everything at the same time. It was a blunt device, but it shut down everything at the same time,” he said.Cuomo also issued two executive orders: one directs employers to provide essential workers with a face covering when they are interacting with the public; the other is to expand the number of people who are eligible for the antibody test, which will show whether someone previously had the coronavirus and has since recovered.11:28 a.m.: NYC mayor sees encouraging signs of recoveryNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took a more hopeful tone during his daily press conference on Sunday, reiterating that although the city is not yet in the clear, he continues to see encouraging signs that it may be on the road to recovery.“I’m thrilled to be able to tell you just when we thought it was really going to get worse, we started to see some improvement,” de Blasio said. “I’m the first one to say, let’s not over rate that improvement. Let’s not draw too many conclusions too quickly. Let’s be clear and be willing to of course not only see the good, but see hope in the good.”The Mayor announced that the city currently has enough ventilators and PPE equipment to get through the next week, a positive shift from just a few weeks ago, when officials feared that the city was on the brink of running out of essential equipment.However, de Blasio added that the city barely has enough face shields and gowns to make it through the week and officials are working to distribute certain materials where they are most urgently needed. The mayor added that although the city will likely have enough supplies to get through the week ahead, he still worries about the following weeks.“So, this week we will get through. Next week we have real challenges we must address over the next few days,” he warned.De Blasio announced that in an effort to address the immense racial disparity in the city’s coronavirus cases, the city will open five additional testing sites in order to prioritize the needs of vulnerable communities. He also called on the federal government to assist New York City in acquiring even more tests.“I will be asking the federal government today for test kits to allow for 110,000 individualized tests. That will allow us to get started with this community effort and to continue everything else that we are doing, specifically 25,000 of those individualized test kits would be focused on health for their current needs and the new sites I have just described. And we need to get these test kits in this week,” de Blasio said.De Blasio also declared that he would now require all city workers who come in contact with people while on duty to wear a face covering while on duty. The new measure will begin on Monday.10:40 p.m.: UK reports 737 deaths in last 24 hoursThe United Kingdom has recorded 737 additional coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths for the country to 10,612, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.As of Sunday morning, the U.K. has 84,279 positive test results for COVID-19.9:30 a.m.: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson discharged from hospitalBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from a London hospital on Sunday after spending the last week undergoing treatment for the coronavirus.Johnson, 55, was released from St. Thomas’ Hospital and was planning to travel to his country home, Chequers, in the London suburb of Buckinghamshire, to continue his recovery, a spokesperson said.“On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work,” the prime minister’s spokesperson said. “He wishes to thank everybody at St. Thomas’ for the brilliant care he has received. All of his thoughts are with those affected by this illness.”Following his release, Johnson posted video on Twitter thanking the National Health Service for “saving my life.”Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, also thanked well-wishers on social media.“There were times last week that were very dark indeed,” Symonds tweeted. “My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.”8:45 a.m.: Trump tweets Easter video calling coronavirus the ‘plague’Calling the coronavirus “the plague,” President Donald Trump wished Christians across the America a happy Easter in a 48-second video posted on Twitter and told them to stay separated and out of churches to help in the battle against the virus.“This Easter will be much different than others because in many cases we’ll be separated physically only from our churches,” Trump said. “We won’t be sitting there next to each other which we’d like to be and soon will be again, but right now we’re keeping separation, we’re getting rid of the plague.”He ended the message by telling Americans we’re “winning the war” and we will soon be “back together in churches right next to each other.”The message is a significant departure from Trump’s prediction back on March 24 that parishioners would “pack churches” by Easter Sunday. Trump later said it was an aspiration, longing to see churches filled by Easter.The United States is close to its peak of the novel coronavirus disease, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said on ABC’s This Week.“The models do show that we are very close to the peak. So I think that information is accurate,” Hahn said. “This has been a really fast-moving outbreak, so we really have to take this day by day.”President Donald Trump has pushed to reopen the country as soon as possible — at one point even suggesting Easter as a target — but medical professionals have cautioned against reopening before even the start of May, cautioning that there could be a spike in infections if restrictions are lifted too soon.While he said it’s still too early to name a date, Hahn told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz, “We see light at the end of the tunnel.”On Saturday, April 11, 6,743 uniformed members of the NYPD were on sick report which accounts for 18.6% of the department’s uniformed workforce. Currently, 2,318 uniformed members and 471 civilian members tested positive for the coronavirus.This is a decrease of 1% from Friday evening when the NYPD said 7,096 uniformed members were out sick, which was 19.6% of the force.The Kansas Supreme Court said late Saturday night that Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order that banned religious services of more than 10 people while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing will remain in place.The Democratic governor filed the lawsuit on Thursday after a Republican-dominated legislative panel overturned her order. Kelly sued and then immediately appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court to decide quickly with Easter Sunday services just hours away.The court held unprecedented electronic oral arguments on Saturday morning, and after listening to arguments, it said the Legislative Coordinating Council lacked the authority to overturn the governor’s executive order.“My top priority has always been the safety and well-being of all Kansans,” Kelly said in a statement. “I know this pandemic is extremely hard for everyone. Each unprecedented action I’ve been forced to make in recent weeks has been taken in close consultation with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the Attorney General, legislators and key stakeholders. That process will continue. Most other states, at the urging of the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have taken similar steps to protect Americans to slow the spread of COVID-19.”Puerto Rico’s governor has extended an island-wide curfew until May in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 on the island.While wearing a face mask and gloves, Gov. Wanda Vazquez announced the lockdown continuation that started on March 15 would be extended until at least May 3.The curfew orders people to stay home from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and remain there even outside those hours unless they have to buy food or medicine, go to the bank or have an emergency/health-related situation. Violators face a $5,000 fine or a six-month jail term, and police have cited and arrested hundreds. Nonessential business were closed in March.According to Puerto Rico’s health secretary, the peak in cases for the island is not expected until early May. There have been about 7,700 people tested so far with more than 780 confirmed cases. Forty-two people have died on the island from COVID-19. There is a backlog of over 1,300 tests that are pending results. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.