Russia and Ukraine News Review http://feed.informer.com/digests/PAZ5XAQQ1J/feeder Russia and Ukraine News Review Respective post owners and feed distributors Tue, 27 Nov 2018 05:28:04 -0500 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Coronavirus live news: US bars travel from Brazil as British PM’s adviser reported to police over lockdown breach https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/25/coronavirus-live-news-us-bars-travel-from-brazil-as-british-pms-adviser-reported-to-police-over-lockdown-breach Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:bf10c7ce-3103-b9cb-382d-3a8a02598967 Sun, 24 May 2020 22:36:40 -0400 <p>Boris Johnson backs Dominic<strong> </strong>Cummings despite outcry; France sees lowest daily cases and deaths since lockdown; India resumes domestic flights. Follow the latest updates</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/25/coronavirus-live-news-us-bars-travel-from-brazil-as-british-pms-adviser-reported-to-police-over-lockdown-breach?page=with:block-5ecaffc88f08a1782fa80d9f#block-5ecaffc88f08a1782fa80d9f">US bars travellers who have been in Brazil in last two weeks</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/24/witness-complains-to-police-about-dominic-cummings-as-pressure-mounts">Dominic Cummings facing possible police investigation as pressure mounts</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/24/boris-johnson-defence-dominic-cummings-anger-from-allies-and-opponents-alike">Johnson’s defence of Cummings sparks anger from allies and opponents</a> </li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/25/australia-coronavirus-live-updates-nsw-victoria-qld-back-to-school-latest-news-update">Australia coronavirus – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/24/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance2">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T02:36:40.909Z">3.36am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Coronavirus lockdown measures will finally be eased for people in Madrid and Barcelona from Monday, while elsewhere in Spain the first beaches are due to reopen, AFP reports. <br></p><p>Residents in the two cities can now meet in groups of up to 10 people in their homes or on the terraces of bars and restaurants.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T02:25:47.726Z">3.25am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Americans across the country appeared to abandon social distancing guidelines as they sunbathed on beaches and gathered for pool parties on Memorial Day weekend.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">There will be 14 days from now. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/loto?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#loto</a> <a href="https://t.co/FGGRl7LqcJ">https://t.co/FGGRl7LqcJ</a></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/25/americans-defy-covid-19-social-distancing-rules-to-celebrate-memorial-day-holiday">Americans defy Covid-19 social distancing rules to celebrate Memorial Day holiday</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T02:12:44.265Z">3.12am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>There are currently 5,405,029 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to the <a href="https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6">Johns Hopkins University tracker</a>. The death toll stands at 345,036. </p><p>Both figures are likely to be higher, due to differing test rates, definitions and deliberate underreporting. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T02:05:49.593Z">3.05am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, on Monday deployed hundreds of crowd control staff to enforce social distancing on public transport amid an expected commuter surge as schools and offices reopened and coronavirus cases fell.<br><br>Australia has reported just over 7,100 Covid-19 infections, including 102 deaths, well below figures reported by other developed countries.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T01:53:24.836Z">2.53am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken to the heads of the country’s six big banks to get their views on the state of the economy and the Covid-19 relief efforts, the <a href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-trudeau-taps-bank-ceos-to-help-chart-course-for-economic-recovery-plan/">Globe and Mail</a> reported on Sunday, citing multiple sources.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T01:35:50.587Z">2.35am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Brazil, the world’s second-worst coronavirus hotspot behind the United States, registered 653 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday, taking the total number of fatalities to 22,666, the Health Ministry said.</p><p>Brazil has 363,211 confirmed cases, up 15,813 from Saturday, the ministry said. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T01:23:25.620Z">2.23am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><em>The Guardian’s <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/profile/charlotte-graham-mclay">Charlotte Graham-McLay</a> reports:</em></p><p>New Zealand has reported another day of no new cases of Covid-19, with the news from health officials coming hours before Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, is expected to announce further loosening of lockdown restrictions on the country. <br><br>After a week of “zero days” for the coronavirus, peppered with the odd day of one new case – most recently on Friday – New Zealand’s total number of confirmed instances of Covid-19 remains under 1,500. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T01:11:17.448Z">2.11am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Mexican health officials on Sunday reported 2,764 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 215 deaths, bringing the totals to 68,620 and 7,394, respectively.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T01:06:57.165Z">2.06am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>China reported 11 new imported cases yesterday, compared to three the day before, according to the People’s Daily. </p><p>There were 40 new asymptomatic cases, up from 36 the day before. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On Sunday, the Chinese mainland reported: <br><br>- No new <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> deaths <br>- 11 new cases, all imported (10 in Inner Mongolia)<br>- 40 new asymptomatic cases<br>- 83 active cases in total, including 7 in critical condition <a href="https://t.co/WOVyojsJia">pic.twitter.com/WOVyojsJia</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T00:50:53.881Z">1.50am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said a controversial ban on the sale of alcohol would be lifted for home consumption when the country moves into level three of a five-tier coronavirus lockdown next month.</p><p>South Africans were prohibited from buying alcohol and cigarettes when the country went into one of the world’s strictest lockdowns on 27 March.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T00:38:14.021Z">1.38am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Japan is considering a fresh stimulus package worth over $929bn that will consist mostly of financial aid programmes for companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the Nikkei newspaper said on Monday.<br><br>The package, to be funded by a second extra budget for the current fiscal year beginning in April, would follow a record $1.1tn spending plan deployed last month to cushion the economic blow from the pandemic, reports Reuters. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T00:23:27.012Z">1.23am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has repeatedly urged Virginia residents to cover their faces in public during the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, he <a href="https://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/northam-signals-coming-order-on-wearing-masks/article_84feaf7a-e4aa-5a7e-9a24-d19cef435def.html">told reporters</a> wearing a mask “could literally save someone else’s life”.</p><p>But the Democrat did not heed his own advice on Saturday, when he posed without a mask for photographs with residents during a visit to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/24/virginia-governor-ralph-northam-masks">Virginia governor Ralph Northam says masks save lives – then doesn't wear one</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T00:10:28.067Z">1.10am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Chile’s healthcare system is under strain and “very close to the limit,” President Sebastian Pinera said on Sunday, as the number of confirmed novel coronavirus infections approaches 70,000 after a rapid increase in recent days, Reuters reports. <br><br>The Ministry of Health reported 3,709 new cases in the last day, bringing the total to 69,102. The death toll is at 718.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-25T00:01:39.276Z">1.01am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s the full story on Robert O’Brien, Donald Trump’s national security adviser, accusing China of a cover-up that will “go down in history along with Chernobyl”, and ramping up efforts to deflect attention from a Covid-19 death toll in the US <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/24/new-york-times-front-page-1000-covid-19-death-notices">fast closing on 100,000</a>.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/24/coronavirus-donald-trump-adviser-china-who-chernobyl-golf">Coronavirus: Trump aide claims China guilty of cover-up akin to Chernobyl</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-24T23:52:33.384Z">12.52am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A top White House official on Sunday likened China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak to the Soviet Union’s cover-up of the meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986.<br><br>National security adviser Robert O’Brien said Beijing knew what was happening with the virus, which originated in Wuhan, from November but lied to the World Health Organization and prevented outside experts from accessing information.<br><br>“They unleashed a virus on the world that’s destroyed trillions of dollars in American economic wealth that we’re having to spend to keep our economy alive, to keep Americans afloat during this virus,” O’Brien said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”</p><p>“The cover-up that they did of the virus is going to go down in history, along with Chernobyl. We’ll see an HBO special about it ten or 15 years from now,” he added, referring to a television miniseries.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-24T23:40:36.990Z">12.40am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More on the US travel ban from Brazil: </p><p>The White House on Sunday broadened its travel ban against countries hard-hit by the coronavirus by denying admission to foreigners who have been in Brazil during the two-week period before they hoped to enter the US. <br><br>President Donald Trump had already banned travel from the United Kingdom, Europe and China. He said last week that he was considering similar restrictions for Brazil.<br><br>The ban on travel from Brazil takes effect late Thursday. As with the other bans, it does not apply to legal permanent residents. A spouse, parent or child of a US citizen or legal permanent resident also would be allowed to enter the country.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-24T23:36:48.464Z">12.36am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The White House has announced it is prohibiting foreigners from traveling to the US if they had been in Brazil in the last two weeks, two days after the South American nation became the world No. 2 hot spot for coronavirus cases.</p><p>White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the new restrictions would help ensure foreign nationals do not bring additional infections to the US, but would not apply to the flow of commerce between the new countries.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-24T23:22:35.206Z">12.22am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hello and welcome to today’s live global coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Helen Sullivan. </p><p>I’ll be bringing you the very latest news for the next few hours – as always, it would be great to hear from you via Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/helenrsullivan">@helenrsullivan</a> or email: helen.sullivan[at]theguardian.com. Tips, questions, feedback or fun are welcome. </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/25/coronavirus-live-news-us-bars-travel-from-brazil-as-british-pms-adviser-reported-to-police-over-lockdown-breach">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus outbreak World news Australia news UK news US news Asia Pacific Russia China Brazil Americas Africa Middle East and North Africa Science Infectious diseases Europe Helen Sullivan Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA Donald Trump bans entry to foreigners coming from coronavirus hotspot Brazil https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/25/donald-trump-bans-entry-foreigners-coming-coronavirus-hotspot/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:b68aa324-b1d3-053a-6d6e-9268cf35d204 Sun, 24 May 2020 20:42:56 -0400 topics:places/usa topics:places/brazil structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:people/donald-trump topics:people/jair-bolsonaro topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:places/latin-america storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Sir David Attenborough: 'Coronavirus pandemic has swept climate change off the front pages' https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/sir-david-attenborough-coronavirus-pandemic-has-swept-climate/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:3d2a0025-e94d-75ee-f7d7-3943da6962a9 Sun, 24 May 2020 19:01:00 -0400 topics:things/climate-change topics:things/environment structure:news topics:people/david-attenborough topics:things/pandemics-epidemics topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news source:wirecopy storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Coronavirus lockdown forcing young drivers to seek solitude in their cars https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/coronavirus-lockdown-forcing-young-drivers-seek-solitude-cars/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:b4acc51e-3ad6-8eb5-1078-e92f5b8bd762 Sun, 24 May 2020 19:00:00 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:things/social-distancing topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Gold mining company lodge planning application to dig in Snowdonia https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/gold-mining-company-lodge-planning-application-dig-snowdonia/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:e28ee217-117c-266f-4948-92a7db1aaf39 Sun, 24 May 2020 14:07:18 -0400 structure:news topics:things/non-coronavirus-stories topics:things/gold topics:places/wales topics:organisations/mining-industry structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Travel restrictions: Australia extends cruise ban until September https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/travel-restrictions-australia-extends-cruise-ban-september/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:e8776b9c-f022-2460-e931-5ae55b8924a0 Sun, 24 May 2020 12:03:47 -0400 structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Hugh Morris How do coronavirus home antibody tests work, and how do I get one? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/test-antibody-uk-coronavirus-covid-19-superdrug-buy/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:9333ad7c-bdf3-b503-117f-554e27fa3255 Sun, 24 May 2020 04:23:01 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown topics:people/matt-hancock topics:organisations/nhs topics:things/self-isolation topics:people/boris-johnson topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Watch: How to make a no-sew, government-approved cloth face mask  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/how-make-no-sew-face-mask-covering-cloth/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:5adcc519-047c-32a1-b145-ce30f49de56e Sun, 24 May 2020 04:15:53 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:things/face-masks storytype:standard Telegraph Video Do I need to self-quarantine for 14 days after travel? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/do-need-self-quarantine-14-days-travel/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:0553a947-073a-8289-16bb-9960346ca1ac Sun, 24 May 2020 04:12:57 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:things/border-security topics:things/self-isolation topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:people/priti-patel storytype:standard Charles Hymas How many coronavirus cases are in your area? Use our tool to find out https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/near-me-coronavirus-cases-in-my-area-uk/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:e62be95f-11de-7140-d26b-95581b920611 Sun, 24 May 2020 04:05:59 -0400 topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:in-the-news/global-health-security storytype:standard Ashley Kirk How many coronavirus cases are in the UK - and where are they? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/uk-covid-19-cases-today-coronavirus-deaths-data/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:d3abc4dd-f60c-3efb-3a7a-cbe9ec43ccf4 Sun, 24 May 2020 04:05:07 -0400 topics:organisations/world-health-organisation topics:in-the-news/global-health-security structure:data-story topics:organisations/department-of-health topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Dominic Gilbert What is coronavirus, how did it start and how big could it get? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/what-coronavirus-pandemic-covid-19-uk-virus/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:35112600-4901-2743-e0e7-1c79578ca853 Sun, 24 May 2020 04:04:13 -0400 topics:places/asia topics:places/china topics:things/viruses topics:in-the-news/global-health-security topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:things/health storytype:standard Sarah Newey Police fire tear gas as thousands protest in Hong Kong over proposed security laws https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/hundreds-protest-hong-kong-proposed-security-laws/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:47633a2c-f04d-0c05-cf9b-34665c9b4567 Sun, 24 May 2020 01:43:11 -0400 topics:places/hong-kong structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/asia topics:places/china storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff The Observer view on the failure to secure a global ceasefire during the pandemic | Observer editorial https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/24/the-observer-view-on-the-failure-to-secure-a-global-ceasefire-during-the-pandemic Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:869872ac-8880-fc04-6365-4ca98c2f6e26 Sun, 24 May 2020 01:00:14 -0400 <p>In blocking the UN plan, the leaders of the US, China and Russia are responsible for more conflict and chaos</p><p>Two months have passed since António Guterres, the UN secretary-general, called on warring parties around the world to lay down their weapons and help fight another battle – against Covid-19. “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war,” Guterres said. “That is why I am calling for an immediate <a href="https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1059972">global ceasefire </a>… It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown.” <br><br>This was and remains an entirely sensible idea. The UN leader’s appeal received strong support from civil society groups, charities, churches and human rights organisations. In Colombia, the Philippines and South Sudan, armed groups initially heeded his call. But to their great shame, the US, China and Russia <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/08/un-ceasefire-resolution-us-blocks-who">blocked the plan </a>in the UN security council. They continue to do so.<br></p><p>Those who suggest a global ceasefire would be a merely symbolic gesture should listen to the Norwegian Refugee Council. Since 23 March, when Guterres spoke, more than <a href="https://www.nrc.no/news/2020/may/armed-conflict-displaces-660000-since-un-call-for-global-ceasefire/">660,000 people around</a> the world have been forced to flee their homes because of armed conflict, it reported last week. Failed ceasefires in Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan continue to take a dreadful daily toll of civilian lives.<br><br>“This not only hurts those who are forced to flee. It seriously undermines joint efforts to combat the virus,” said the NRC’s chief, Jan Egeland. “While people are being displaced and killed, powerful members of the UN security council <a href="https://reliefweb.int/report/world/un-security-council-fails-support-global-ceasefire-shows-no-response-covid-19">squabble </a>like children in a sandbox. World leaders must unite in protecting all communities from Covid-19.”<br><br>Donald Trump’s objections to a ceasefire resolution, repeatedly proposed and delayed in recent weeks, have nothing to do with war or virus-related suffering, to which he appears indifferent. Trump dislikes the fact that the latest draft refers, indirectly, to the World Health Organization – with which he is irrationally feuding as part of his China virus vendetta.</p><p>This pathetic inability on the part of the world’s great powers to show leadership, compassion and common sense is dangerous and disheartening</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/24/the-observer-view-on-the-failure-to-secure-a-global-ceasefire-during-the-pandemic">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus outbreak Xi Jinping Donald Trump World news United Nations Yemen Vladimir Putin Afghanistan Middle East and North Africa US news Russia Observer editorial Photograph: Mark Garten/Other/AFP via Getty Images Three strains of bat coronavirus onsite but none matching new contagion, says Chinese lab director https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/three-strains-bat-coronavirus-onsite-none-matchingnew-contagion/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:7fc07d96-8704-91b5-484e-c747be92b207 Sun, 24 May 2020 00:10:26 -0400 structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/asia topics:places/china topics:things/pandemics-epidemics topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Kim Jong-un in talks to bolster North Korea's nuclear capabilities https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/24/kim-jong-un-talks-bolster-north-koreas-nuclear-capabilities/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:ab0d2d6e-cf62-be49-6dfc-4af7679b1661 Sat, 23 May 2020 21:28:06 -0400 topics:people/kim-jong-un structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/asia topics:places/north-korea topics:things/nuclear-weapons storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Isle of Wight contact tracing trial undermined by people on UK mainland downloading the app https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/isle-wight-contact-tracing-trial-undermined-people-uk-mainland/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:e5947da7-c907-ae87-f93d-174320f1a595 Sat, 23 May 2020 17:04:35 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown topics:places/europe structure:news topics:organisations/apple topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Tom Morgan Global report: Muslims face curfews ahead of Eid amid Covid-19 crisis https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/23/global-report-muslims-face-curfews-ahead-of-eid-amid-covid-19-crisis Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:4138e9f3-877b-3527-3547-f6cb454c6f0c Sat, 23 May 2020 16:17:48 -0400 <p>Pandemic subdues Ramadan festivities as Taliban declares ceasefire; Spain and Greece to welcome tourists</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Muslims worldwide prepared to celebrate Eid under lockdown, with the strictest governments bringing in 24-hour curfews for the holiday – but across the world the slow march is continuing out of coronavirus quarantine.</p><p>For the first time since the beginning of the outbreak, China said it had recorded no new cases of the virus; <strong>Spain</strong> joined <strong>Greece</strong> in saying it would be reopening to foreign tourists from July, and also said its football league would start again next month.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/23/global-report-muslims-face-curfews-ahead-of-eid-amid-covid-19-crisis">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus outbreak Middle East and North Africa Europe India Afghanistan World Health Organization US news Russia Ramadan Eid al-Fitr Emma Graham-Harrison Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images Spaniards in drive-in protest against lockdown measures https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/23/spaniards-drive-in-protest-against-lockdown-measures/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:62edf161-4d82-a768-5ce7-686a1fedaf26 Sat, 23 May 2020 13:09:49 -0400 topics:places/spain structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/europe topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Agence France-Presse France to retaliate over British quarantine measures https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/23/france-threatens-retaliate-british-quarantine-measures/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:e8c7180d-b56c-aac4-a5cc-b914b299177e Sat, 23 May 2020 12:25:37 -0400 structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/europe topics:places/france topics:places/ireland topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Patrick Sawer Travel restrictions live: Spain to reopen to tourists in July https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/23/travel-restrictions-live-seek-holiday-agreements-eu-government/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:3d29347a-380a-5418-fec1-c30119c6ce24 Sat, 23 May 2020 12:07:06 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:content-rf-subs structure:news topics:in-the-news/Travel-ban topics:things/pandemics-epidemics structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Hugh Morris Travel restrictions live: Don't visit Ireland despite quarantine exemption, says tourist board https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/23/travel-restrictions-live-seek-holiday-agreements-eu-government/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:3062278e-1c97-352c-e073-ba56f25ed166 Sat, 23 May 2020 09:24:37 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:content-rf-subs structure:news topics:in-the-news/Travel-ban topics:things/pandemics-epidemics structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Hugh Morris A site for sore eyes: Florence's Duomo reopens with high tech social distancing alarms https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/23/site-sore-eyes-florences-duomo-reopens-high-tech-social-distancing/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:2b5e3906-1877-0ea2-ec83-c75a103ca961 Sat, 23 May 2020 09:00:00 -0400 structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/europe structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:places/italy storytype:standard Patrick Sawer Travel restrictions live: Seek holiday agreements with EU, Government urged https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/23/travel-restrictions-live-seek-holiday-agreements-eu-government/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:6ea6b371-acd5-f38a-83c5-fae04fd659f6 Sat, 23 May 2020 07:40:46 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:content-rf-subs structure:news topics:in-the-news/Travel-ban topics:things/pandemics-epidemics structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Hugh Morris US security officials 'considered return to nuclear testing' after 28-year hiatus https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/23/us-security-officials-considered-return-to-nuclear-testing-after-28-year-hiatus Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:c46b0b69-846d-91c6-708b-39674e8d4d9a Sat, 23 May 2020 02:35:25 -0400 <p>Discussion held this month as way to press Russia and China into agreeing arms control deal, officials say</p><p>US officials have debated whether to carry out the first US nuclear tests in 28 years as a way to pressure Russia and China into make a trilateral arms control deal, according congressional aides and former officials.</p><p>They said the discussion took place at a “deputies meeting” of senior national security officials at the White House on 15 May, but that the proposal was shelved for the time being.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/21/open-skies-us-russia-arms-treaty-trump-pulls-out">Trump to pull US out of third arms control deal</a> </p> <a 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2020 02:06:28 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/world-news topics:places/usa storytype:standard Associated Press Donald Trump threatens to 'override' governors to allow churches to reopen this weekend https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/23/donald-trump-threatens-override-governors-allow-churches-reopen/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:570226c9-4f54-d2b1-258d-da55b259b83c Sat, 23 May 2020 01:42:22 -0400 topics:places/usa topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:people/donald-trump topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:places/white-house storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Businesses 'will have to pay a fifth of furloughed workers' wages' https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/23/businesses-will-have-pay-fifth-furloughed-workers-wages/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:ad00e601-8d35-5b1b-7884-a6b419383a75 Fri, 22 May 2020 22:15:37 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:things/uk-economy topics:in-the-news/furlough topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:business topics:things/jobs-and-employment storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Contact tracing: how will the UK's test, track and trace plan help ease lockdown https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/contact-tracing-what-test-track-trace-plan-uk/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:1423d738-07da-6ab7-a335-888a9699723e Fri, 22 May 2020 21:54:02 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown topics:places/europe topics:organisations/apple topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Lizzie Roberts Joe Biden says black people who vote for Donald Trump 'ain't black' https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/23/joe-biden-says-black-people-vote-donald-trump-aint-black/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:b7b89997-3d2d-b260-b1b9-150ab1564482 Fri, 22 May 2020 20:50:17 -0400 topics:people/joe-biden topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:events/us-election topics:things/racism topics:people/donald-trump topics:events/us-2020-election storytype:standard From Boris Johnson to Sir Kenny Dalglish, coronavirus hits celebrities, royals and politicians https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/coronavirus-celebrities-famous-people-who-test-positive-boris-johnson/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:d88d37c2-7434-941f-92fc-f4a0a9e16245 Fri, 22 May 2020 20:50:07 -0400 topics:people/matt-hancock topics:things/celebrity-news topics:things/self-isolation topics:people/prince-charles topics:people/boris-johnson topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Grace Millimaci South America at centre of pandemic, says WHO – as it happened https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:effcdf2c-f703-ebc1-b8e0-f7ecef6b5110 Fri, 22 May 2020 20:18:40 -0400 <p>Madrid and Barcelona to ease lockdown as Spain’s death toll stays under 100 again; 660,000 people forced to flee homes during crisis despite UN global ceasefire call</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-23T00:18:40.328Z">1.18am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>We are closing off this live blog now, but you can stay up to date on all our coverage with our new global blog which you can find below. Thanks for following us.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/23/coronavirus-live-news-australia-hit-by-60bn-payout-error-as-trump-orders-places-of-worship-to-reopen">Coronavirus live news: Australia hit by $60bn payout error as Trump orders places of worship to reopen</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T23:48:26.602Z">12.48am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Muslims worldwide will celebrate one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the coronavirus, with millions confined to their homes and others gripped by economic concerns during what is usually a festive time of shopping and celebration.</p><p>The three-day Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan for the world’s 1.8bn Muslims. People usually celebrate by travelling, visiting family and gathering for lavish meals, all of which will be largely prohibited as authorities try to prevent new virus outbreaks. The holiday will begin on Saturday or Sunday, depending on the sighting of the new moon, and the dawn-to-dusk fasting of Ramadan will come to an end.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T23:39:30.826Z">12.39am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Brazil overtook Russia on Friday in terms of the number of coronavirus cases, Reuters reports, having registered 330,890 people who have contracted the virus – second only to the United States. Brazil registered 1,001 daily coronavirus deaths on Friday, taking the total deaths to 21,048, according to the health ministry. However, the true numbers – both of cases and deaths – is probably higher as Latin America’s top economy has been slow to ramp up testing.</p><p>Meanwhile Brazil’s environment minister, <strong>Ricardo Salles,</strong> called on the government to push through further deregulation of environmental policy while people are distracted by the coronavirus pandemic, in a video the supreme court ordered to be released. The video of a ministers’ meeting surfaced in an investigation of whether the president, <strong>Jair Bolsonaro,</strong> interfered in appointing leaders of the federal police for personal gain.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T23:34:49.006Z">12.34am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Travellers arriving in Britain will face 14 days’ quarantine from next month to prevent a second coronavirus outbreak, the government announced on Friday, warning that anyone breaking the rules faced a fine or prosecution.</p><p>The new rules will apply to all international arrivals except Ireland from 8 June and come after weeks of calls for tougher restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19. Healthcare professionals travelling to work in the crisis, seasonal agricultural workers and those working in freight and road haulage, among others, will be exempt.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T23:32:58.104Z">12.32am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement expressing deep concern at proposals from China for introducing legislation related to national security in Hong Kong that will impinge on civil liberties.</p><p>“Making such a law on Hong Kong’s behalf without the direct participation of its people, legislature or judiciary would clearly undermine the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong Kong is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy,” <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2020/05/joint-statement-by-canada-australia-and-united-kingdom-on-hong-kong-national-security-legislation.html">the statement says</a>. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T23:27:45.775Z">12.27am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>New Zealand bookshops are experiencing an “extraordinary” boom in New Zealand as Kiwis commit to buying local to resuscitate the economy after seven weeks of lockdown. <strong>Eleanor Ainge-Roy</strong> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/23/like-christmas-new-zealands-post-covid-books-boom">writes that many readers have sworn off shopping offshore after the Covid-19 crisis, which claimed 21 lives in New Zealand</a>.</p><p>“People are really thinking about where they want to spend their money and the businesses they love. They got a taste of what it was like if you weren’t there,” says Jenna Todd of Time Out bookstore in Mt Eden, Auckland. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T22:31:25.248Z">11.31pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Good morning, <strong>Melissa Davey </strong>here in Melbourne, taking over from <strong>Kevin Rawlinson </strong>in London to continue bringing you updates from around the world. </p><p>While many countries are still struggling to contain the virus, here in Australia people are heading into the weekend <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/20/coronavirus-australia-lockdown-rules-travel-restrictions-nsw-victoria-queensland-qld-wa-sa-act-how-far-can-you-drive-visit-friends-family-parents-covid-19-guidelines">with more freedom to visit cafes, travel throughout their state or territory and visit friends and family</a>. Restrictions are loosening at different rates around the country, with just over 500 active cases. There have been 101 deaths.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This was Deputy Treasurer Michael Sukkar last week when asked by <a href="https://twitter.com/Raf_Epstein?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Raf_Epstein</a> whether the Federal Government would consider expanding <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/jobkeeper?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#jobkeeper</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/sclark_melbs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sclark_melbs</a> <a href="https://t.co/6FNMhDOBKk">pic.twitter.com/6FNMhDOBKk</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:50:34.415Z">10.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Indigenous organisations in Brazil have protested against the inclusion in a bill on emergency assistance to tribes in the pandemic of a paragraph authorising Christian missionaries to remain in indigenous communities.</p><p>It provides rapid Covid-19 tests, medicine and food to indigenous communities while allowing them to control access to their territories to avoid the spread of virus.</p><p>We absolutely reject this attempt to allow access of missionaries to indigenous territories here there are isolated tribes.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:41:44.554Z">10.41pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has treated 1,300 coronavirus patients with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which a study has tied to an increased risk of death.</p><p>The Senate Democratic leader <strong>Chuck Schumer</strong>, who received the information from the VA in response to questions he submitted on the issue, said he was “deeply troubled” by the data.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:38:56.317Z">10.38pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s a summary of the latest news:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:11:36.554Z">10.11pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The spread of coronavirus has been catastrophic in Brazil, with the country now ranking third for infections behind only the US and Russia. The infection rate has been growing rapidly in Latin America, and as global infections passed 5m, Brazil reported a record 19,951 cases on 20 May, according to the ministry of health, taking total infections to 291,579.</p><p>From a sceptical president to a healthcare system on the verge of collapse, the Guardian’s <strong>Tom Phillips</strong> explains the factors that have put Brazil at risk of becoming the next hotspot for the virus:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:08:19.700Z">10.08pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the UK, a source close to the No 10 adviser <strong>Dominic Cummings</strong> has indicated he does not intend to resign after it emerged police spoke to him about breaching the government’s lockdown rules.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/22/dominic-cummings-durham-trip-coronavirus-lockdown">Police spoke to Dominic Cummings after Durham trip in lockdown</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T20:55:40.183Z">9.55pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The placentas of 16 pregnant women found to have Covid-19 during routine testing at a Chicago hospital all showed evidence of injury, indicating that women infected with coronavirus may need close monitoring during pregnancy, researchers have said.</p><p>Of the group, 15 delivered healthy babies, while one miscarried. None of the live babies tested positive for Covid-19.</p><p>These findings support that there might be something clot-forming about coronavirus, and it’s happening in the placenta.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T20:38:23.291Z">9.38pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Peru has extended its state of emergency until the end of June with only a very partial lifting of its lockdown as infections continue to climb despite more than two months of confinement.</p><p>Peru is the second-worst affected Latin American country, with more than 111,000 cases and a death toll of 3,148, according to official figures.</p><p>It’s not just an extension ... there is a strategy to combat the virus. This disease will not beaten in a short time. It’s not a 100m sprint, it’s a marathon.</p><p>Over the course of the last 60 days we have made great efforts but we have to make another qualitative jump in the health sector.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T20:21:35.218Z">9.21pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>France regrets a British decision to impose a quarantine on people arriving from mainland Europe and stands ready to impose reciprocal measures, the Agence France-Presse news agency has quoted the country’s interior ministry as saying.</p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates?page=with:block-5ec7fa3b8f08a1782fa7fd9e#block-5ec7fa3b8f08a1782fa7fd9e">The UK’s home secretary <strong>Priti Patel</strong> announced earlier on Friday</a> that travellers arriving in the UK from 8 June will have to tell the authorities where they will be staying and face spot checks to ensure they quarantine themselves for 14 days.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T19:49:56.108Z">8.49pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the UK, the opposition Labour party is demanding a “very swift explanation” from Downing Street as it emerges that police spoke to <strong>Boris Johnson’s</strong> senior aide <strong>Dominic Cummings</strong> about breaching the government’s lockdown rules.</p><p>If accurate, the prime minister’s chief adviser appears to have breached the lockdown rules. The government’s guidance was very clear: Stay at home and no non-essential travel.</p><p>The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings. No 10 needs to provide a very swift explanation for his actions.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T19:31:37.254Z">8.31pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,089 more deaths and 20,522 new cases of infection, taking the totals in the nation to 94,150 and 1,571,617, respectively.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T19:06:40.145Z">8.06pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the UK, police have spoken to the prime minister’s key adviser <strong>Dominic Cummings</strong> about breaching the government’s lockdown rules after he was seen in Durham, 264 miles from his London home, despite having had symptoms of coronavirus.</p><p>Officers approached him days after he was seen rushing out of Downing Street when the prime minister tested positive for the virus at the end of March, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the Mirror has found.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/22/dominic-cummings-durham-trip-coronavirus-lockdown">Police spoke to Dominic Cummings after Durham trip in lockdown</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T18:50:37.469Z">7.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Chile’s president, <strong>Sebastian Piñera</strong>, has kicked off a programme to provide support for families struggling during the pandemic.</p><p>About 2.5m packages of food and hygiene products will be distributed over the weekend to families in Santiago before the scheme expands to other parts of the country. Piñera said:<br></p><p>It is a support and relief for millions and millions of Chilean families who need urgent help.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T18:36:06.775Z">7.36pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A Berlin church is hosting Muslims who are unable to fit into their mosque for Friday prayers because of physical distancing guidelines, Reuters reports.</p><p>The Dar Assalam mosque in the Neukölln district normally welcomes hundreds of Muslims to its Friday services. But it can only accommodate 50 people at a time under Germany’s restrictions.</p><p>It was a strange feeling because of the musical instruments, the pictures. But, when you look, when you forget the small details. This is the House of God in the end.</p><p>I took part in the prayer. I gave a speech in German. And during prayer, I could only say yes, yes, yes, because we have the same concerns and we want to learn from you. And it is beautiful to feel that way about each other.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T18:20:55.562Z">7.20pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>South America has become a new centre of the pandemic, with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so far have a relatively low death toll, the World Health Organization has said.</p><p>“In a sense South America has become a new epicentre for the disease,” <strong>Dr Mike Ryan</strong>, WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a news conference, adding Brazil is “clearly the most affected”.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:57:49.693Z">6.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Key developments in the global <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">coronavirus outbreak</a> today include:</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-22-may">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:50:13.316Z">6.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>British Grand Prix</strong> faces a race against time to resolve the problem created by the government’s imposition of quarantine on all people arriving in the UK, writes <strong>Giles Richards</strong> for the Guardian’s sports desk. </p><p>The chances of the race at Silverstone being held <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/19/british-grand-prix-decision-expected-by-the-end-of-this-week">look increasingly slim</a> but Formula One is understood to be remaining in a dialogue with the government in an attempt to find a solution.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/22/british-grand-prix-f1-searching-for-quarantine-solution">British Grand Prix chances slim with F1 searching for quarantine solution</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:37:05.744Z">6.37pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Human rights activists in <strong>Zimbabwe</strong> have accused the country’s police and other officials of more than 200 violations linked to the country’s coronavirus lockdown. </p><p>The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, a coalition of 20 rights groups, said it had petitioned the country’s police chief and home affairs minister over escalating rights abuses, according to <strong>AFP</strong>.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:27:43.577Z">6.27pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Iceland</strong> is set to lower its national emergency rating on Monday, as authorities said there were just two people left in isolation waiting to recover from their coronavirus infections. </p><p>The north Atlantic island state, which acted quickly to contain its outbreak, has so far <a href="https://www.covid.is/data">recorded 1,803 confirmed cases of coronavirus</a>. Ten people have died and 1,791 have recovered. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:25:47.483Z">6.25pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>With rising uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic and most of the world still practising physical distancing, people are finding new ways to keep each others’ spirits up. </p><p>From a llama delivering essentials to older people, drive-in concerts and Capt Tom Moore’s reaction to a knighthood, these are the week’s most uplifting clips</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:13:47.019Z">6.13pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of the southern <strong>Russian republic of Chechnya</strong>, has not been seen publicly in the 24 hours since Russian state media said he had been <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">hospitalised in Moscow</a> with coronavirus symptoms, writes <strong tabindex="-1">Andrew Roth</strong>, the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent.</p><p>While online sleuths have sought to <a href="https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1263465257286205442?">track planes</a> or motorcades that may have ferried Chechnya’s leader in Moscow, local officials have either declined to give information about his whereabouts or health, or have opted to <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAdpAc4I0ho/">troll journalists</a> who have asked.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/ramzan-kadyrov-vanishes-amid-reports-he-has-coronavirus">Ramzan Kadyrov not seen publicly since reports he has coronavirus</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:03:32.320Z">6.03pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Italy</strong> recorded 130 new deaths from Covid-19 epidemic on Friday against 156 the day before, the civil protection agency said, while the daily tally of new cases rose marginally to 652, from 642 on Thursday, <strong>Reuters</strong> reports.</p><p>The total death toll now stands at 32,616, the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the US and Britain.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:48:24.986Z">5.48pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Senior government officials in <strong>Russia</strong> have said the country will experience a sharp rise in mortality figures for May, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread. </p><p>“There will be a significant mortality increase in May,” the deputy prime minister, Tatiana Golikova, was quoted by AFP as saying at a government meeting with the president, Vladimir Putin, referring to official analysis and the country’s coronavirus curve.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:42:36.832Z">5.42pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Germany</strong> has announced a series of reforms of the country’s meat industry, including a ban on the use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 (£26,000) for companies breaching labour regulations, as slaughterhouses have emerged as coronavirus hotspots, writes <strong>Holly Young</strong> in Berlin.</p><p>A number of meat plants across the country have temporarily closed after hundreds of workers tested positive for Covid-19 in recent weeks.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/22/exploitative-conditions-germany-to-reform-meat-industry-after-spate-of-covid-19-cases">‘Exploitative conditions’: Germany to reform meat industry after spate of Covid-19 cases</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:32:30.946Z">5.32pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Spain</strong>’s Covid-19 daily death toll has remained under 100 for the sixth consecutive day, according to the latest health ministry figures, which show that 56 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours, reports <strong>Sam Jones</strong>, Coronavirus outbreak World news Trump administration Donald Trump Brazil Indonesia Italy Russia China Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Melissa Davey (now); Kevin Rawlinson, Damien Gayle, Amy Walker and Alison Rourke (earlier) Photograph: Bruno Kelly/Reuters Coronavirus live news: Government blames $60bn ‘error’ on ATO and Treasury as WHO puts South America at centre of pandemic https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:574ceddd-e5df-b2f7-4843-48a473673016 Fri, 22 May 2020 19:34:49 -0400 <p>Madrid and Barcelona to ease lockdown as Spain’s death toll stays under 100 again; 660,000 people forced to flee homes during crisis despite UN global ceasefire call</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/22/hydroxychloroquine-trumps-covid-19-cure-increases-deaths-global-study-finds">Hydroxychloroquine: Trump’s ‘cure’ increases deaths, global study finds</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ‘hospitalised with suspected Covid-19’</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-us-live-trump-holiday-weekend-latest-news-updates">US coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-may-22">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T23:34:49.006Z">12.34am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Travellers arriving in Britain will face 14 days in quarantine from next month to prevent a second coronavirus outbreak, the government announced on Friday, warning that anyone breaking the rules faced a fine or prosecution.</p><p>The new rules will apply to all international arrivals except Ireland from June 8 and come after weeks of calls for tougher restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19. Healthcare professionals travelling to work in the crisis, seasonal agricultural workers and those working in freight and road haulage, among others, will be exempt.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T23:32:58.104Z">12.32am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement expressing deep concern at proposals from China for introducing legislation related to national security in Hong Kong that will impinge on civil liberties.</p><p>“Making such a law on Hong Kong’s behalf without the direct participation of its people, legislature or judiciary would clearly undermine the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong Kong is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy,” <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2020/05/joint-statement-by-canada-australia-and-united-kingdom-on-hong-kong-national-security-legislation.html">the statement says</a>. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T23:27:45.775Z">12.27am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>New Zealand bookshops are experiencing an “extraordinary” boom in New Zealand as Kiwis commit to buying local to resuscitate the economy after seven weeks of lockdown. <strong>Eleanor Ainge-Roy</strong> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/23/like-christmas-new-zealands-post-covid-books-boom">writes that many readers have sworn off shopping offshore after the Covid-19 crisis, which claimed 21 lives in New Zealand</a>.</p><p>“People are really thinking about where they want to spend their money and the businesses they love. They got a taste of what it was like if you weren’t there,” says Jenna Todd of Time Out bookstore in Mt Eden, Auckland. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T22:31:25.248Z">11.31pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Good morning, <strong>Melissa Davey </strong>here in Melbourne, taking over from <strong>Kevin Rawlinson </strong>in London to continue bringing you updates from around the world. </p><p>While many countries are still struggling to contain the virus, here in Australia people are heading into the weekend <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/20/coronavirus-australia-lockdown-rules-travel-restrictions-nsw-victoria-queensland-qld-wa-sa-act-how-far-can-you-drive-visit-friends-family-parents-covid-19-guidelines">with more freedom to visit cafes, travel throughout their state or territory and visit friends and family</a>. Restrictions are loosening at different rates around the country, with just over 500 active cases. There have been 101 deaths.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This was Deputy Treasurer Michael Sukkar last week when asked by <a href="https://twitter.com/Raf_Epstein?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Raf_Epstein</a> whether the Federal Government would consider expanding <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/jobkeeper?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#jobkeeper</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/sclark_melbs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sclark_melbs</a> <a href="https://t.co/6FNMhDOBKk">pic.twitter.com/6FNMhDOBKk</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:50:34.415Z">10.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Indigenous organisations in Brazil have protested against the inclusion in a bill on emergency assistance to tribes in the pandemic of a paragraph authorising Christian missionaries to remain in indigenous communities.</p><p>It provides rapid Covid-19 tests, medicine and food to indigenous communities while allowing them to control access to their territories to avoid the spread of virus.</p><p>We absolutely reject this attempt to allow access of missionaries to indigenous territories here there are isolated tribes.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:41:44.554Z">10.41pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has treated 1,300 coronavirus patients with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which a study has tied to an increased risk of death.</p><p>The Senate Democratic leader <strong>Chuck Schumer</strong>, who received the information from the VA in response to questions he submitted on the issue, said he was “deeply troubled” by the data.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:38:56.317Z">10.38pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s a summary of the latest news:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:11:36.554Z">10.11pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The spread of coronavirus has been catastrophic in Brazil, with the country now ranking third for infections behind only the US and Russia. The infection rate has been growing rapidly in Latin America, and as global infections passed 5m, Brazil reported a record 19,951 cases on 20 May, according to the ministry of health, taking total infections to 291,579.</p><p>From a sceptical president to a healthcare system on the verge of collapse, the Guardian’s <strong>Tom Phillips</strong> explains the factors that have put Brazil at risk of becoming the next hotspot for the virus:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:08:19.700Z">10.08pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the UK, a source close to the No 10 adviser <strong>Dominic Cummings</strong> has indicated he does not intend to resign after it emerged police spoke to him about breaching the government’s lockdown rules.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/22/dominic-cummings-durham-trip-coronavirus-lockdown">Police spoke to Dominic Cummings after Durham trip in lockdown</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T20:55:40.183Z">9.55pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The placentas of 16 pregnant women found to have Covid-19 during routine testing at a Chicago hospital all showed evidence of injury, indicating that women infected with coronavirus may need close monitoring during pregnancy, researchers have said.</p><p>Of the group, 15 delivered healthy babies, while one miscarried. None of the live babies tested positive for Covid-19.</p><p>These findings support that there might be something clot-forming about coronavirus, and it’s happening in the placenta.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T20:38:23.291Z">9.38pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Peru has extended its state of emergency until the end of June with only a very partial lifting of its lockdown as infections continue to climb despite more than two months of confinement.</p><p>Peru is the second-worst affected Latin American country, with more than 111,000 cases and a death toll of 3,148, according to official figures.</p><p>It’s not just an extension ... there is a strategy to combat the virus. This disease will not beaten in a short time. It’s not a 100m sprint, it’s a marathon.</p><p>Over the course of the last 60 days we have made great efforts but we have to make another qualitative jump in the health sector.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T20:21:35.218Z">9.21pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>France regrets a British decision to impose a quarantine on people arriving from mainland Europe and stands ready to impose reciprocal measures, the Agence France-Presse news agency has quoted the country’s interior ministry as saying.</p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates?page=with:block-5ec7fa3b8f08a1782fa7fd9e#block-5ec7fa3b8f08a1782fa7fd9e">The UK’s home secretary <strong>Priti Patel</strong> announced earlier on Friday</a> that travellers arriving in the UK from 8 June will have to tell the authorities where they will be staying and face spot checks to ensure they quarantine themselves for 14 days.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T19:49:56.108Z">8.49pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the UK, the opposition Labour party is demanding a “very swift explanation” from Downing Street as it emerges that police spoke to <strong>Boris Johnson’s</strong> senior aide <strong>Dominic Cummings</strong> about breaching the government’s lockdown rules.</p><p>If accurate, the prime minister’s chief adviser appears to have breached the lockdown rules. The government’s guidance was very clear: Stay at home and no non-essential travel.</p><p>The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings. No 10 needs to provide a very swift explanation for his actions.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T19:31:37.254Z">8.31pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,089 more deaths and 20,522 new cases of infection, taking the totals in the nation to 94,150 and 1,571,617, respectively.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T19:06:40.145Z">8.06pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the UK, police have spoken to the prime minister’s key adviser <strong>Dominic Cummings</strong> about breaching the government’s lockdown rules after he was seen in Durham, 264 miles from his London home, despite having had symptoms of coronavirus.</p><p>Officers approached him days after he was seen rushing out of Downing Street when the prime minister tested positive for the virus at the end of March, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the Mirror has found.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/22/dominic-cummings-durham-trip-coronavirus-lockdown">Police spoke to Dominic Cummings after Durham trip in lockdown</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T18:50:37.469Z">7.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Chile’s president, <strong>Sebastian Piñera</strong>, has kicked off a programme to provide support for families struggling during the pandemic.</p><p>About 2.5m packages of food and hygiene products will be distributed over the weekend to families in Santiago before the scheme expands to other parts of the country. Piñera said:<br></p><p>It is a support and relief for millions and millions of Chilean families who need urgent help.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T18:36:06.775Z">7.36pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A Berlin church is hosting Muslims who are unable to fit into their mosque for Friday prayers because of physical distancing guidelines, Reuters reports.</p><p>The Dar Assalam mosque in the Neukölln district normally welcomes hundreds of Muslims to its Friday services. But it can only accommodate 50 people at a time under Germany’s restrictions.</p><p>It was a strange feeling because of the musical instruments, the pictures. But, when you look, when you forget the small details. This is the House of God in the end.</p><p>I took part in the prayer. I gave a speech in German. And during prayer, I could only say yes, yes, yes, because we have the same concerns and we want to learn from you. And it is beautiful to feel that way about each other.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T18:20:55.562Z">7.20pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>South America has become a new centre of the pandemic, with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so far have a relatively low death toll, the World Health Organization has said.</p><p>“In a sense South America has become a new epicentre for the disease,” <strong>Dr Mike Ryan</strong>, WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a news conference, adding Brazil is “clearly the most affected”.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:57:49.693Z">6.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Key developments in the global <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">coronavirus outbreak</a> today include:</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-22-may">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:50:13.316Z">6.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>British Grand Prix</strong> faces a race against time to resolve the problem created by the government’s imposition of quarantine on all people arriving in the UK, writes <strong>Giles Richards</strong> for the Guardian’s sports desk. </p><p>The chances of the race at Silverstone being held <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/19/british-grand-prix-decision-expected-by-the-end-of-this-week">look increasingly slim</a> but Formula One is understood to be remaining in a dialogue with the government in an attempt to find a solution.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/22/british-grand-prix-f1-searching-for-quarantine-solution">British Grand Prix chances slim with F1 searching for quarantine solution</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:37:05.744Z">6.37pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Human rights activists in <strong>Zimbabwe</strong> have accused the country’s police and other officials of more than 200 violations linked to the country’s coronavirus lockdown. </p><p>The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, a coalition of 20 rights groups, said it had petitioned the country’s police chief and home affairs minister over escalating rights abuses, according to <strong>AFP</strong>.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:27:43.577Z">6.27pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Iceland</strong> is set to lower its national emergency rating on Monday, as authorities said there were just two people left in isolation waiting to recover from their coronavirus infections. </p><p>The north Atlantic island state, which acted quickly to contain its outbreak, has so far <a href="https://www.covid.is/data">recorded 1,803 confirmed cases of coronavirus</a>. Ten people have died and 1,791 have recovered. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:25:47.483Z">6.25pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>With rising uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic and most of the world still practising physical distancing, people are finding new ways to keep each others’ spirits up. </p><p>From a llama delivering essentials to older people, drive-in concerts and Capt Tom Moore’s reaction to a knighthood, these are the week’s most uplifting clips</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:13:47.019Z">6.13pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of the southern <strong>Russian republic of Chechnya</strong>, has not been seen publicly in the 24 hours since Russian state media said he had been <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">hospitalised in Moscow</a> with coronavirus symptoms, writes <strong tabindex="-1">Andrew Roth</strong>, the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent.</p><p>While online sleuths have sought to <a href="https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1263465257286205442?">track planes</a> or motorcades that may have ferried Chechnya’s leader in Moscow, local officials have either declined to give information about his whereabouts or health, or have opted to <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAdpAc4I0ho/">troll journalists</a> who have asked.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/ramzan-kadyrov-vanishes-amid-reports-he-has-coronavirus">Ramzan Kadyrov not seen publicly since reports he has coronavirus</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:03:32.320Z">6.03pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Italy</strong> recorded 130 new deaths from Covid-19 epidemic on Friday against 156 the day before, the civil protection agency said, while the daily tally of new cases rose marginally to 652, from 642 on Thursday, <strong>Reuters</strong> reports.</p><p>The total death toll now stands at 32,616, the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the US and Britain.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:48:24.986Z">5.48pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Senior government officials in <strong>Russia</strong> have said the country will experience a sharp rise in mortality figures for May, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread. </p><p>“There will be a significant mortality increase in May,” the deputy prime minister, Tatiana Golikova, was quoted by AFP as saying at a government meeting with the president, Vladimir Putin, referring to official analysis and the country’s coronavirus curve.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:42:36.832Z">5.42pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Germany</strong> has announced a series of reforms of the country’s meat industry, including a ban on the use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 (£26,000) for companies breaching labour regulations, as slaughterhouses have emerged as coronavirus hotspots, writes <strong>Holly Young</strong> in Berlin.</p><p>A number of meat plants across the country have temporarily closed after hundreds of workers tested positive for Covid-19 in recent weeks.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/22/exploitative-conditions-germany-to-reform-meat-industry-after-spate-of-covid-19-cases">‘Exploitative conditions’: Germany to reform meat industry after spate of Covid-19 cases</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:32:30.946Z">5.32pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Spain</strong>’s Covid-19 daily death toll has remained under 100 for the sixth consecutive day, according to the latest health ministry figures, which show that 56 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours, reports <strong>Sam Jones</strong>, the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent.</p><p>To date, the country has recorded 234,824 cases of the disease and 28,628 deaths.<br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:28:06.541Z">5.28pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>YouTube</strong> has reinstated a video in which a former senior World Health Organization official said he believed the coronavirus pandemic could “burn out” without a vaccine being necessary.</p><p>Karol Sikora, a former director of the WHO’s cancer programme, who is now professor of medicine at the University of Buckingham medical school, said in an interview with the UK news website UnHerd that the past two weeks of official statistics suggested that the outbreak was petering out. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pleased that Youtube has reinstated my interview. I appreciate all of the support.<br><br>Nobody knows what's going to happen with this pandemic - debate is always a good thing!<br><br>I think preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best is a sensible strategy.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:14:34.750Z">5.14pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Travellers arriving in the <strong>UK</strong> from 8 June will have to tell the authorities where they will be staying and face spot checks to ensure they quarantine themselves for 14 days, the home secretary, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/priti-patel">Priti Patel</a>, has confirmed.</p><p>All new arrivals, including UK citizens, will be expected to fill in an online “contact locator form”, including onward travel information. Anyone failing to comply could face a fine of £1,000.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world Coronavirus outbreak World news Trump administration Donald Trump Brazil Indonesia Italy Russia China Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Melissa Davey (now); Kevin Rawlinson, Damien Gayle, Amy Walker and Alison Rourke (earlier) Photograph: Bruno Kelly/Reuters Coronavirus live news: South America is now pandemic's epicentre, says WHO https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:bdcb4763-67f9-e205-8614-31cdef76c2e6 Fri, 22 May 2020 18:31:25 -0400 <p>Madrid and Barcelona to ease lockdown as Spain’s death toll stays under 100 again; 660,000 people forced to flee homes during crisis despite UN global ceasefire call</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/22/hydroxychloroquine-trumps-covid-19-cure-increases-deaths-global-study-finds">Hydroxychloroquine: Trump’s ‘cure’ increases deaths, global study finds</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ‘hospitalised with suspected Covid-19’</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-us-live-trump-holiday-weekend-latest-news-updates">US coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-may-22">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T22:31:25.248Z">11.31pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Good morning, <strong>Melissa Davey </strong>here in Melbourne, taking over from <strong>Kevin Rawlinson </strong>in London to continue bringing you updates from around the world. </p><p>While many countries are still struggling to contain the virus, here in Australia people are heading into the weekend <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/20/coronavirus-australia-lockdown-rules-travel-restrictions-nsw-victoria-queensland-qld-wa-sa-act-how-far-can-you-drive-visit-friends-family-parents-covid-19-guidelines">with more freedom to visit cafes, travel throughout their state or territory and visit friends and family than they’ve had in weeks</a>. Restrictions are loosening at different rates around the country, with just over 500 active cases of the virus. There have been 101 deaths.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:50:34.415Z">10.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Indigenous organisations in Brazil have protested against the inclusion in a bill on emergency assistance to tribes in the pandemic of a paragraph authorising Christian missionaries to remain in indigenous communities.</p><p>It provides rapid Covid-19 tests, medicine and food to indigenous communities while allowing them to control access to their territories to avoid the spread of virus.</p><p>We absolutely reject this attempt to allow access of missionaries to indigenous territories here there are isolated tribes.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:41:44.554Z">10.41pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has treated 1,300 coronavirus patients with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which a study has tied to an increased risk of death.</p><p>The Senate Democratic leader <strong>Chuck Schumer</strong>, who received the information from the VA in response to questions he submitted on the issue, said he was “deeply troubled” by the data.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:38:56.317Z">10.38pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s a summary of the latest news:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:11:36.554Z">10.11pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The spread of coronavirus has been catastrophic in Brazil, with the country now ranking third for infections behind only the US and Russia. The infection rate has been growing rapidly in Latin America, and as global infections passed 5m, Brazil reported a record 19,951 cases on 20 May, according to the ministry of health, taking total infections to 291,579.</p><p>From a sceptical president to a healthcare system on the verge of collapse, the Guardian’s <strong>Tom Phillips</strong> explains the factors that have put Brazil at risk of becoming the next hotspot for the virus:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T21:08:19.700Z">10.08pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the UK, a source close to the No 10 adviser <strong>Dominic Cummings</strong> has indicated he does not intend to resign after it emerged police spoke to him about breaching the government’s lockdown rules.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/22/dominic-cummings-durham-trip-coronavirus-lockdown">Police spoke to Dominic Cummings after Durham trip in lockdown</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T20:55:40.183Z">9.55pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The placentas of 16 pregnant women found to have Covid-19 during routine testing at a Chicago hospital all showed evidence of injury, indicating that women infected with coronavirus may need close monitoring during pregnancy, researchers have said.</p><p>Of the group, 15 delivered healthy babies, while one miscarried. None of the live babies tested positive for Covid-19.</p><p>These findings support that there might be something clot-forming about coronavirus, and it’s happening in the placenta.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T20:38:23.291Z">9.38pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Peru has extended its state of emergency until the end of June with only a very partial lifting of its lockdown as infections continue to climb despite more than two months of confinement.</p><p>Peru is the second-worst affected Latin American country, with more than 111,000 cases and a death toll of 3,148, according to official figures.</p><p>It’s not just an extension ... there is a strategy to combat the virus. This disease will not beaten in a short time. It’s not a 100m sprint, it’s a marathon.</p><p>Over the course of the last 60 days we have made great efforts but we have to make another qualitative jump in the health sector.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T20:21:35.218Z">9.21pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>France regrets a British decision to impose a quarantine on people arriving from mainland Europe and stands ready to impose reciprocal measures, the Agence France-Presse news agency has quoted the country’s interior ministry as saying.</p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates?page=with:block-5ec7fa3b8f08a1782fa7fd9e#block-5ec7fa3b8f08a1782fa7fd9e">The UK’s home secretary <strong>Priti Patel</strong> announced earlier on Friday</a> that travellers arriving in the UK from 8 June will have to tell the authorities where they will be staying and face spot checks to ensure they quarantine themselves for 14 days.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T19:49:56.108Z">8.49pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the UK, the opposition Labour party is demanding a “very swift explanation” from Downing Street as it emerges that police spoke to <strong>Boris Johnson’s</strong> senior aide <strong>Dominic Cummings</strong> about breaching the government’s lockdown rules.</p><p>If accurate, the prime minister’s chief adviser appears to have breached the lockdown rules. The government’s guidance was very clear: Stay at home and no non-essential travel.</p><p>The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings. No 10 needs to provide a very swift explanation for his actions.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T19:31:37.254Z">8.31pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,089 more deaths and 20,522 new cases of infection, taking the totals in the nation to 94,150 and 1,571,617, respectively.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T19:06:40.145Z">8.06pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the UK, police have spoken to the prime minister’s key adviser <strong>Dominic Cummings</strong> about breaching the government’s lockdown rules after he was seen in Durham, 264 miles from his London home, despite having had symptoms of coronavirus.</p><p>Officers approached him days after he was seen rushing out of Downing Street when the prime minister tested positive for the virus at the end of March, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the Mirror has found.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/22/dominic-cummings-durham-trip-coronavirus-lockdown">Police spoke to Dominic Cummings after Durham trip in lockdown</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T18:50:37.469Z">7.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Chile’s president, <strong>Sebastian Piñera</strong>, has kicked off a programme to provide support for families struggling during the pandemic.</p><p>About 2.5m packages of food and hygiene products will be distributed over the weekend to families in Santiago before the scheme expands to other parts of the country. Piñera said:<br></p><p>It is a support and relief for millions and millions of Chilean families who need urgent help.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T18:36:06.775Z">7.36pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A Berlin church is hosting Muslims who are unable to fit into their mosque for Friday prayers because of physical distancing guidelines, Reuters reports.</p><p>The Dar Assalam mosque in the Neukölln district normally welcomes hundreds of Muslims to its Friday services. But it can only accommodate 50 people at a time under Germany’s restrictions.</p><p>It was a strange feeling because of the musical instruments, the pictures. But, when you look, when you forget the small details. This is the House of God in the end.</p><p>I took part in the prayer. I gave a speech in German. And during prayer, I could only say yes, yes, yes, because we have the same concerns and we want to learn from you. And it is beautiful to feel that way about each other.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T18:20:55.562Z">7.20pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>South America has become a new centre of the pandemic, with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so far have a relatively low death toll, the World Health Organization has said.</p><p>“In a sense South America has become a new epicentre for the disease,” <strong>Dr Mike Ryan</strong>, WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a news conference, adding Brazil is “clearly the most affected”.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:57:49.693Z">6.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Key developments in the global <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">coronavirus outbreak</a> today include:</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-22-may">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:50:13.316Z">6.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>British Grand Prix</strong> faces a race against time to resolve the problem created by the government’s imposition of quarantine on all people arriving in the UK, writes <strong>Giles Richards</strong> for the Guardian’s sports desk. </p><p>The chances of the race at Silverstone being held <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/19/british-grand-prix-decision-expected-by-the-end-of-this-week">look increasingly slim</a> but Formula One is understood to be remaining in a dialogue with the government in an attempt to find a solution.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/22/british-grand-prix-f1-searching-for-quarantine-solution">British Grand Prix chances slim with F1 searching for quarantine solution</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:37:05.744Z">6.37pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Human rights activists in <strong>Zimbabwe</strong> have accused the country’s police and other officials of more than 200 violations linked to the country’s coronavirus lockdown. </p><p>The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, a coalition of 20 rights groups, said it had petitioned the country’s police chief and home affairs minister over escalating rights abuses, according to <strong>AFP</strong>.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:27:43.577Z">6.27pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Iceland</strong> is set to lower its national emergency rating on Monday, as authorities said there were just two people left in isolation waiting to recover from their coronavirus infections. </p><p>The north Atlantic island state, which acted quickly to contain its outbreak, has so far <a href="https://www.covid.is/data">recorded 1,803 confirmed cases of coronavirus</a>. Ten people have died and 1,791 have recovered. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:25:47.483Z">6.25pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>With rising uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic and most of the world still practising physical distancing, people are finding new ways to keep each others’ spirits up. </p><p>From a llama delivering essentials to older people, drive-in concerts and Capt Tom Moore’s reaction to a knighthood, these are the week’s most uplifting clips</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:13:47.019Z">6.13pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of the southern <strong>Russian republic of Chechnya</strong>, has not been seen publicly in the 24 hours since Russian state media said he had been <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">hospitalised in Moscow</a> with coronavirus symptoms, writes <strong tabindex="-1">Andrew Roth</strong>, the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent.</p><p>While online sleuths have sought to <a href="https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1263465257286205442?">track planes</a> or motorcades that may have ferried Chechnya’s leader in Moscow, local officials have either declined to give information about his whereabouts or health, or have opted to <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAdpAc4I0ho/">troll journalists</a> who have asked.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/ramzan-kadyrov-vanishes-amid-reports-he-has-coronavirus">Ramzan Kadyrov not seen publicly since reports he has coronavirus</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:03:32.320Z">6.03pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Italy</strong> recorded 130 new deaths from Covid-19 epidemic on Friday against 156 the day before, the civil protection agency said, while the daily tally of new cases rose marginally to 652, from 642 on Thursday, <strong>Reuters</strong> reports.</p><p>The total death toll now stands at 32,616, the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the US and Britain.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:48:24.986Z">5.48pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Senior government officials in <strong>Russia</strong> have said the country will experience a sharp rise in mortality figures for May, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread. </p><p>“There will be a significant mortality increase in May,” the deputy prime minister, Tatiana Golikova, was quoted by AFP as saying at a government meeting with the president, Vladimir Putin, referring to official analysis and the country’s coronavirus curve.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:42:36.832Z">5.42pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Germany</strong> has announced a series of reforms of the country’s meat industry, including a ban on the use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 (£26,000) for companies breaching labour regulations, as slaughterhouses have emerged as coronavirus hotspots, writes <strong>Holly Young</strong> in Berlin.</p><p>A number of meat plants across the country have temporarily closed after hundreds of workers tested positive for Covid-19 in recent weeks.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/22/exploitative-conditions-germany-to-reform-meat-industry-after-spate-of-covid-19-cases">‘Exploitative conditions’: Germany to reform meat industry after spate of Covid-19 cases</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:32:30.946Z">5.32pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Spain</strong>’s Covid-19 daily death toll has remained under 100 for the sixth consecutive day, according to the latest health ministry figures, which show that 56 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours, reports <strong>Sam Jones</strong>, the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent.</p><p>To date, the country has recorded 234,824 cases of the disease and 28,628 deaths.<br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:28:06.541Z">5.28pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>YouTube</strong> has reinstated a video in which a former senior World Health Organization official said he believed the coronavirus pandemic could “burn out” without a vaccine being necessary.</p><p>Karol Sikora, a former director of the WHO’s cancer programme, who is now professor of medicine at the University of Buckingham medical school, said in an interview with the UK news website UnHerd that the past two weeks of official statistics suggested that the outbreak was petering out. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pleased that Youtube has reinstated my interview. I appreciate all of the support.<br><br>Nobody knows what's going to happen with this pandemic - debate is always a good thing!<br><br>I think preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best is a sensible strategy.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:14:34.750Z">5.14pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Travellers arriving in the <strong>UK</strong> from 8 June will have to tell the authorities where they will be staying and face spot checks to ensure they quarantine themselves for 14 days, the home secretary, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/priti-patel">Priti Patel</a>, has confirmed.</p><p>All new arrivals, including UK citizens, will be expected to fill in an online “contact locator form”, including onward travel information. Anyone failing to comply could face a fine of £1,000.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/uk-quarantine-plan-what-will-it-mean-for-travellers">UK quarantine plan: what will it mean for travellers?</a> </p><p>As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.</p><p>We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:04:27.780Z">5.04pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A study of nearly 100,000 coronavirus patients has shown no benefit in treating them with anti-viral drugs <strong>hydroxychloroquine</strong> and <strong>chloroquine.</strong></p><p>According to the study, which was published on Friday in the Lancet, the drugs actually increased the likelihood of patients with Covid-19 dying in hospital.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:58:42.539Z">4.58pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>About 80 million infants may have missed out on vaccines for diseases including diphtheria, measles and polio as a result of the disruption to healthcare services caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization has said. </p><p>According to data collected by WHO and its partners, the provision of routine immunisations for under-ones has been hindered in at least 68 countries, causing disruption to vaccine programmes not seen since their inception in the 1970s. </p><p>Immunisation is one of the most powerful and fundamental disease prevention tools in the history of public health. Disruption to immunisation programmes from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to unwind decades of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases like measles.</p><p>From the bottom of my heart, I urge donors to fully fund the alliance. These countries, these children especially, need vaccines, and they need Gavi.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:48:34.113Z">4.48pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>France</strong> will hold the postponed second round of municipal elections next month if the coronavirus crisis remains under control, the prime minister, Édouard Philippe, has said, writes <strong>Kim Willsher</strong>, the Guardian’s Paris correspondent.</p><p>A commission will look at the rules for postal and proxy voting so a maximum number of the electorate can take part in the vote on 28 June, Philippe added.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:35:53.758Z">4.35pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Sweden</strong> reported 54 more deaths from Covid-19 on Friday, taking the total death toll in the country to 3,925. </p><p>According t Coronavirus outbreak World news Trump administration Donald Trump Brazil Indonesia Italy Russia China Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Melissa Davey (now); Kevin Rawlinson, Damien Gayle, Amy Walker and Alison Rourke (earlier) Photograph: Bruno Kelly/Reuters Half an hour of yoga a day could boost breast cancer survival rate by 70pc https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/half-hour-yoga-day-could-lower-breast-cancer-risk-70pc/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:334e2dc1-6ec3-7d35-881d-01defe5d32b1 Fri, 22 May 2020 17:29:04 -0400 structure:news topics:things/breast-cancer topics:things/health topics:things/cancer storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Endangered shorebirds unsustainably hunted during migrations, records show https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/23/endangered-shorebirds-unsustainably-hunted-during-migrations-records-show Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:3ae0e1b3-1db9-7de0-c05a-ae399c130872 Fri, 22 May 2020 16:00:34 -0400 <p>More than 30 species, including nine that are threatened, are being hunted unsustainably, report finds</p><p>More than 30 shorebird species that fly across oceans each year to visit Australia – including nine that are threatened – are being hunted during their long migrations, according to a study that analysed decades of records from 14 countries.</p><p>The study, which experts said filled a major gap in the world’s knowledge about the impact of hunting on declining shorebird numbers, found that more than 17,000 birds from 16 species were likely being killed at just three sites – Pattani Bay in Thailand, West Java in Indonesia and the Yangtze River delta in China.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/08/eastern-curlews-are-a-miracle-of-nature-and-they-are-disappearing-fast">Eastern curlews are a miracle of nature. And they are disappearing fast | Harry Saddler</a> </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/02/to-the-moon-and-back-with-the-eastern-curlew">To the moon and back with the eastern curlew</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/23/endangered-shorebirds-unsustainably-hunted-during-migrations-records-show">Continue reading...</a> Birds Endangered species Wildlife Australia news China Thailand Russia Taiwan Alaska Animals Asia Pacific Environment Graham Readfearn Photograph: Ding Li Yong/BirdLife International Blackburn shooting: Two men charged with murder https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/blackburn-shooting-two-men-charged-murder/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:0218b87a-5031-e9ed-ab0d-b0fc2fab16da Fri, 22 May 2020 15:27:37 -0400 topics:things/crime structure:news structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Blackburn shooting: Two men charged with drive-by murder of law student https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/blackburn-shooting-two-men-charged-murder/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:f6cedd70-6f8e-064c-2073-2777116202ae Fri, 22 May 2020 15:27:37 -0400 topics:things/crime structure:news structure:news/uk-news topics:places/lancashire storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Clap for Carers should stop next week before it becomes 'negative', says founder https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/clap-carers-should-stop-next-week-becomes-negative-says-founder/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:a4bd3c13-0a8a-611e-223d-ad5d9f60bc68 Fri, 22 May 2020 15:12:27 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news topics:organisations/nhs storytype:standard Yohannes Lowe Coronavirus live news: Africa reaches 100,000 confirmed cases; 80m infants may have missed routine vaccines https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:f4deace7-e4db-cc70-8911-555b04c821a1 Fri, 22 May 2020 14:21:48 -0400 <p>Madrid and Barcelona to ease lockdown as Spain’s death toll stays under 100 again; 660,000 people forced to flee homes during crisis despite UN global ceasefire call</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/22/hydroxychloroquine-trumps-covid-19-cure-increases-deaths-global-study-finds">Hydroxychloroquine: Trump’s ‘cure’ increases deaths, global study finds</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ‘hospitalised with suspected Covid-19’</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/uk-coronavirus-live-news-update-covid-19-travel-quarantine-plan">UK coronavirus updates – live</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-us-live-trump-holiday-weekend-latest-news-updates">US coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T18:20:55.562Z">7.20pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>South America has become a new epicentre of the pandemic, with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so far have a relatively low death toll, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.</p><p>“In a sense South America has become a new epicentre for the disease,” <strong>Dr Mike Ryan</strong>, WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a news conference, adding Brazil is “clearly the most affected”.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:57:49.693Z">6.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Key developments in the global <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">coronavirus outbreak</a> today include:</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-22-may">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:50:13.316Z">6.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>British Grand Prix</strong> faces a race against time to resolve the problem created by the government’s imposition of quarantine on all entry into the UK, writes <strong>Giles Richards</strong> for the Guardian’s sports desk. </p><p>The chances of the race at Silverstone being held <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/19/british-grand-prix-decision-expected-by-the-end-of-this-week">look increasingly slim</a> but Formula One is understood to be remaining in a dialogue with the government in an attempt to find a solution.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/22/british-grand-prix-f1-searching-for-quarantine-solution">British Grand Prix chances slim with F1 searching for quarantine solution</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:37:05.744Z">6.37pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Human rights activists in <strong>Zimbabwe</strong> have accused the country’s police and other officials of more than 200 violations linked to its coronavirus lockdown. </p><p>The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, a coalition of 20 rights groups, said it had petitioned the country’s police chief and home affairs minister over escalating rights abuses, according to <strong>AFP</strong>.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:27:43.577Z">6.27pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Iceland</strong> is set to lower its national emergency rating on Monday, as authorities said there were just two people left in isolation waiting to recover from their coronavirus infections. </p><p>The north Atlantic island state, which acted quickly to contain its outbreak, has so far <a href="https://www.covid.is/data">recorded 1,803 confirmed cases of coronavirus</a>. Ten people have died and 1,791 have recovered. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:25:47.483Z">6.25pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>With rising uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic and most of the world still practising physical distancing, people are finding new ways to keep each others’ spirits up. </p><p>From a llama delivering essentials to older people, drive-in concerts and Capt Tom Moore’s reaction to a knighthood, these are the week’s most uplifting clips</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:13:47.019Z">6.13pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of the southern <strong>Russian republic of Chechnya</strong>, has not been seen publicly in the 24 hours since Russian state media said that he had been <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">hospitalised in Moscow</a> with coronavirus symptoms, writes <strong>Andrew Roth</strong>, the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent.</p><p>While online sleuths have sought to <a href="https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1263465257286205442?">track planes</a> or motorcades that may have ferried Chechnya’s leader in Moscow, local officials have either declined to give information about his whereabouts or health or opted to <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAdpAc4I0ho/">troll journalists</a> who have asked.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/ramzan-kadyrov-vanishes-amid-reports-he-has-coronavirus">Ramzan Kadyrov not seen publicly since reports he has coronavirus</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T17:03:32.320Z">6.03pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Italy</strong> recorded 130 new deaths from Covid-19 epidemic on Friday against 156 the day before, the civil protection agency said, while the daily tally of new cases rose marginally to 652 from 642 on Thursday, <strong>Reuters</strong> reports.</p><p>The total death toll now stands at 32,616, the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the US and Britain.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:48:24.986Z">5.48pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Senior government officials in <strong>Russia</strong> have said that the country will see a sharp rise in mortality figures for May, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread. </p><p>“There will be a significant mortality increase in May” the deputy prime minister, Tatiana Golikova, was quoted by AFP as saying at a government meeting with the president, Vladimir Putin, referring to official analysis and the country’s coronavirus curve.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:42:36.832Z">5.42pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Germany</strong> has announced a series of reforms of the meat industry, including a ban on the use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 (£26,000) for companies breaching labour regulations, as slaughterhouses have emerged as coronavirus hotspots, writes <strong>Holly Young</strong> in Berlin.</p><p>A number of meat plants across the country have temporarily closed after hundreds of workers tested positive for Covid-19 in recent weeks.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/22/exploitative-conditions-germany-to-reform-meat-industry-after-spate-of-covid-19-cases">‘Exploitative conditions’: Germany to reform meat industry after spate of Covid-19 cases</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:32:30.946Z">5.32pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Spain</strong>’s Covid-19 death toll has remained under 100 for the sixth consecutive day, according to the latest health ministry figures, which show that 56 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours, reports <strong>Sam Jones</strong>, the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent.</p><p>To date, the country has recorded 234,824 cases of the disease and 28,628 deaths.<br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:28:06.541Z">5.28pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>YouTube</strong> has reinstated a video in which a former senior World Health Organization official said he believed the coronavirus pandemic could “burn out” without a vaccine being necessary.</p><p>Karol Sikora, the former director of the WHO’s cancer programme, who is now professor of medicine at the University of Buckingham medical school, said in an interview with the UK news website UnHerd that the past two weeks of official statistics suggested that the outbreak was petering out. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pleased that Youtube has reinstated my interview. I appreciate all of the support.<br><br>Nobody knows what's going to happen with this pandemic - debate is always a good thing!<br><br>I think preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best is a sensible strategy.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:14:34.750Z">5.14pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Travellers arriving in the <strong>UK</strong> from 8 June will have to tell the authorities where they will be staying and face spot checks to ensure they quarantine themselves for fourteen days, the home secretary, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/priti-patel">Priti Patel</a>, has confirmed.</p><p>All new arrivals, including UK citizens, will be expected to fill in an online “contact locator form”, including onward travel information. Failure to do so is punishable by a £100 fine.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/uk-quarantine-plan-what-will-it-mean-for-travellers">UK quarantine plan: what will it mean for travellers?</a> </p><p>As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.</p><p>We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:04:27.780Z">5.04pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A study of nearly 100,000 coronavirus patients has shown no benefit in treating them with anti-viral drugs <strong>hydroxychloroquine</strong> and <strong>chloroquine.</strong></p><p>According to the new study, published on Friday in The Lancet, the drugs actually increased the likelihood of patients with Covid-19 dying in hospital.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:58:42.539Z">4.58pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>About 80 million infants may have missed out on vaccines for diseases including diphtheria, measles and polio as a result of the disruption to healthcare services caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization has said. </p><p>According to data collected by WHO and its partners, the provision of routine immunisations for under-ones has been hindered in at least 68 countries, causing disruption to vaccine programmes not seen since their inception in the 1970s. </p><p>Immunisation is one of the most powerful and fundamental disease prevention tools in the history of public health. Disruption to immunisation programmes from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to unwind decades of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases like measles.</p><p>From the bottom of my heart, I urge donors to fully fund the alliance. These countries, these children especially, need vaccines, and they need Gavi.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:48:34.113Z">4.48pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>France</strong> will hold the postponed second round of municipal elections next month if the coronavirus crisis remains under control, the prime minister, Édouard Philippe, has said, writes <strong>Kim Willsher</strong>, the Guardian’s Paris correspondent.</p><p>A commission will look at the rules for postal and proxy voting so a maximum number of the electorate can take part in the vote on 28 June, Philippe added.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:35:53.758Z">4.35pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Sweden</strong> reported 54 more deaths from Covid-19 on Friday, taking the total death toll in the country to 3,925. </p><p>According to the latest figures from Sweden’s public health agency, 637 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus. In total, Sweden has 32,809 confirmed cases, with 4,971 recoveries. </p><p>Sweden has received considerable media scrutiny in recent days. According to figures published on Tuesday, it now has the highest <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/sweden-becomes-country-highest-coronavirus-death-rate-per-capita/">coronavirus-per-capita death rate in the world</a>, with an average of 6.08 deaths per million inhabitants a day on a rolling seven-day average between 13 and 20 May. As of 22 May, Sweden has had 32,172 confirmed cases and 3,871 deaths. These figures are lower than those of Italy or the UK. But they are higher than those of Portugal and Greece, two countries with a similar size of population to Sweden. The <a href="https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/">figures</a> are also much higher than Sweden’s Nordic neighbours, with Denmark at 11,182 cases and 561 deaths, Norway at 8,309 and 235, and Finland at 6,537 and 306 ...</p><p>But despite the high number of deaths, about 70% of Swedes <a href="https://www.msb.se/contentassets/01163f676a3348cfa68491c617b5e1d0/1544449-msb_resultat-coronaundersoknng_200510.pdf">support</a> their government’s approach. In fact, there has not been much public debate or organised opposition to the strategy. The deaths have indeed shocked many Swedes, especially the disproportionately high number of deaths among those over 70 in care homes and those from working-class, immigrant backgrounds. The debates, however, seem to be taking a more socioeconomic angle. In other words, the reasons for these deaths are being blamed on structural, economic, and social deficiencies – but not on the strategy itself.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/22/sweden-u-turn-controversial-covid-19-strategy">Why Sweden is unlikely to make a U-turn on its controversial Covid-19 strategy | Tae Hoon Kim</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:21:38.106Z">4.21pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More than 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus have now been reported across Africa, according to figures collated by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).</p><p>According to the <a href="https://africacdc.org/covid-19/">interactive coronavirus dashboard</a> hosted on the African Union health agency’s website, there have so far been 3,101 deaths across the continent from Covid-19, while 39,416 people have recovered. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:03:33.512Z">4.03pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>As <strong>Canada</strong>’s most populous province moves forward with its reopening plans, concerns are growing that coronavirus cases in Ontario are not yet under control, writes <strong tabindex="-1">Leyland Cecco</strong> in Toronto. </p><p>For a brief period in May, new cases showed a steady decrease, leading to optimism that an easing of the province’s lockdown was on the horizon – and justified. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T14:51:11.238Z">3.51pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, may meet Donald Trump face to face at the G7 summit in the US next month, after Downing Street said it was still exploring the arrangements for the event.</p><p>The meeting of global leaders is scheduled for 10 June, with Trump saying he <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/trump-g7-summit-coronavirus-us">would like it to be held at Camp David</a>, the rural estate of US presidents. He tweeted that hosting it face to face would be a signal to the world of “normalisation” amid the coronavirus pandemic and that other countries involved in the summit were starting to make their own “comeback”.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/22/boris-johnson-meet-donald-trump-g7-summit-us">Boris Johnson may meet Donald Trump at G7 summit in US next month</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T14:40:26.381Z">3.40pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>It might have lost 90% of its hotel bookings but Amsterdam shouldn’t rush to welcome back international tourists, according to its mayor. Femke Halsema has sparked anger in the hotel industry by warning the city should be “extremely cautious” about restarting tourism, saying there is not enough space for its 800,000 inhabitants, plus the normal 9 million overnight visitors, and for physical distancing to be respected.</p><p>“I hear you talking about international tourism, and I know that there are 55,000 hotel beds waiting for guests, too,” she told a digital council meeting on Tuesday. “But in the coming time we need to be extremely cautious about stimulating regional, national and international traffic. If we do this excessively, we run the risk that Amsterdam becomes the fireplace for a second wave.”</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/may/22/amsterdam-mayor-urges-extreme-caution-over-return-of-tourism-to-the-city-covid-19">Amsterdam mayor urges extreme caution over return of tourism to the city</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T14:24:01.924Z">3.24pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Few residents of the world’s great metropolises would have thought much about plagues before this year. Outside China and east Asia – made vigilant by swine flu and Sars – the trauma of the 1918 flu pandemic or typhoid epidemics has largely faded from popular memory. But our cities remember.</p><p>An outbreak of yellow fever in Philadelphia in 1793 <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-pandemics-have-changed-american-cities-often-for-the-better-137945">prompted administrators</a> to take over the task of cleaning streets, clearing gutters and collecting rubbish. It worked, and governments across the US adopted the responsibility over the next decades. A misconception that the odour emanating from wastewater was responsible for diseases such as cholera prompted one of <a href="https://www.history.com/news/cholera-pandemic-new-york-city-london-paris-green-space">the world’s first modern underground sewer systems</a> in London, and the development of wider, straighter and paved roads – which helped prevent water from stagnating.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-will-reshape-our-cities-we-just-dont-know-how-yet">Coronavirus will reshape our cities - we just don't know how yet</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T14:07:45.470Z">3.07pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The Madrid region and the Barcelona metropolitan area will be able to move into the next phase of lockdown de-escalation from Monday, the Spanish government has announced.</p><p>The two regions have been the areas hardest hit by Covid-19, which has so far killed 27,940 people in the country and infected 233,037.</p><p>The only things that the state of emergency limits its people’s freedom of movement and reunion. Very often, some of the shouts you hear during these demonstrations are contradictory because people are out protesting. Some people shout, ‘Freedom!’, when they’re actually exercising the right to criticise things and protest. But you can’t mix up freedom with the freedom to infect people.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:54:22.115Z">2.54pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here are the headlines in our coronavirus coverage so far today:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:42:29.964Z">2.42pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Good news for ravers, many of whom have been wondering if they’ll ever get to throw shapes and hug strangers ever again. One of Europe’s biggest music events, Exit festival in <strong>Serbia</strong>, has been given a new date in August, Agence France-Presse reports. </p><p>Originally scheduled for mid-July in the northern city of Novi Sad, the fate of the festival had been uncertain since the coronavirus pandemic spread. But after Serbia emerged from its lockdown without a major outbreak, the prime minister, Ana Brnabić, recommended the event could take place after all. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:29:48.776Z">2.29pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>UK</strong> has reported 351 more deaths from Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths in Europe’s worst-affected country to 36,393. </p><p>According to the health department, out of 80,297 people tested on 21 May, 3,287 were diagnosed with the coronavirus. So far the UK has recorded 254,195 confirmed cases. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As of 9am 22 May, there have been 3,231,921 tests, with 140,497 tests on 21 May. <br><br>2,144,626 people have been t Coronavirus outbreak World news Trump administration Donald Trump Brazil Indonesia Italy Russia China Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Kevin Rawlinson (now); Damien Gayle, Amy Walker and Alison Rourke (earlier) Photograph: Brian Inganga/AP The coronavirus outbreak around the world, in pictures https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/coronavirus-outbreak-world-uk-italy-spain-china-pictures/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:0b772d48-ba56-9aa4-cce8-f39a9cb7f840 Fri, 22 May 2020 14:01:10 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/global-health-security topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:things/picture-gallery topics:places/italy topics:places/china topics:places/spain structure:global-health-security structure:science-and-disease structure:news/world-news What are the quarantine rules in other countries? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/quarantine-rules-countries/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:3d54e4de-4b76-2ba1-3425-3e953a1ab22b Fri, 22 May 2020 13:41:30 -0400 structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/spain topics:places/germany structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:places/italy topics:places/greece storytype:standard Patrick Sawer Travel restrictions live: Air bridges could yet save our summer holidays as more countries reopen https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/travel-restrictions-live-countries-reopen-borders-uk-quarantines/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:0d012c02-53e9-5adf-6a4c-b7e135a05147 Fri, 22 May 2020 13:30:42 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Greg Dickinson Friday evening news briefing: London lockdown 'to be lifted first' https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/friday-evening-news-briefing-london-lockdown-lifted-first/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:e7150f89-cf67-7097-f625-500455517422 Fri, 22 May 2020 13:01:20 -0400 structure:news structure:news/uk-news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Danny Boyle Coronavirus live news: Africa reaches 100,000 confirmed cases https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:86c1654f-13d0-cc0a-0133-2b409c66466f Fri, 22 May 2020 12:14:34 -0400 <p>Madrid and Barcelona to ease lockdown; 660,000 people forced to flee homes during crisis despite UN global ceasefire call</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ‘hospitalised with suspected Covid-19’</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/22/pictures-show-donald-trump-wearing-mask-after-ford-factory-row">Donald Trump pictured in mask for first time</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/uk-coronavirus-live-news-update-covid-19-travel-quarantine-plan">UK coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-us-live-trump-holiday-weekend-latest-news-updates">US coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:14:34.750Z">5.14pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Travellers arriving in the <strong>UK</strong> from 8 June will have to tell the authorities where they will be staying and face spot checks to ensure they quarantine themselves for fourteen days, the home secretary, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/priti-patel">Priti Patel</a>, has confirmed.</p><p>All new arrivals, including UK citizens, will be expected to fill in an online “contact locator form”, including onward travel information. Failure to do so is punishable by a £100 fine.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/uk-quarantine-plan-what-will-it-mean-for-travellers">UK quarantine plan: what will it mean for travellers?</a> </p><p>As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.</p><p>We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T16:04:27.780Z">5.04pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A study of nearly 100,000 coronavirus patients has shown no benefit in treating them with anti-viral drugs <strong>hydroxychloroquine</strong> and <strong>chloroquine.</strong></p><p>According to the new study, published on Friday in The Lancet, the drugs actually increased the likelihood of patients with Covid-19 dying in hospital.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:58:42.539Z">4.58pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>About 80 million infants may have missed out on vaccines for diseases including diphtheria, measles and polio as a result of the disruption to healthcare services caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization has said. </p><p>According to data collected by WHO and its partners, the provision of routine immunisations for under-ones has been hindered in at least 68 countries, causing disruption to vaccine programmes not seen since their inception in the 1970s. </p><p>Immunisation is one of the most powerful and fundamental disease prevention tools in the history of public health. Disruption to immunisation programmes from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to unwind decades of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases like measles.</p><p>From the bottom of my heart, I urge donors to fully fund the alliance. These countries, these children especially, need vaccines, and they need Gavi.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:48:34.113Z">4.48pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>France</strong> will hold the postponed second round of municipal elections next month if the coronavirus crisis remains under control, the prime minister, Édouard Philippe, has said, writes <strong>Kim Willsher</strong>, the Guardian’s Paris correspondent.</p><p>A commission will look at the rules for postal and proxy voting so a maximum of French people can take part in the vote on 28 June, Philippe added.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:35:53.758Z">4.35pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Sweden</strong> reported 54 more deaths from Covid-19 on Friday, taking the total death toll in the country to 3,925. </p><p>According to the latest figures from Sweden’s public health agency, 637 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus that causes the disease. In total, Sweden has now recorded 32,809 confirmed cases, with 4,971 recoveries. </p><p>Sweden has received considerable media scrutiny in recent days. According to figures published on Tuesday, it now has the highest <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/sweden-becomes-country-highest-coronavirus-death-rate-per-capita/">coronavirus-per-capita death rate in the world</a>, with an average of 6.08 deaths per million inhabitants a day on a rolling seven-day average between 13 and 20 May. As of 22 May, Sweden has had 32,172 confirmed cases and 3,871 deaths. These figures are lower than those of Italy or the UK. But they are higher than those of Portugal and Greece, two countries with a similar size of population to Sweden. The <a href="https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/">figures</a> are also much higher than Sweden’s Nordic neighbours, with Denmark at 11,182 cases and 561 deaths, Norway at 8,309 and 235, and Finland at 6,537 and 306 ...</p><p>But despite the high number of deaths, about 70% of Swedes <a href="https://www.msb.se/contentassets/01163f676a3348cfa68491c617b5e1d0/1544449-msb_resultat-coronaundersoknng_200510.pdf">support</a> their government’s approach. In fact, there has not been much public debate or organised opposition to the strategy. The deaths have indeed shocked many Swedes, especially the disproportionately high number of deaths among those over 70 in care homes and those from working-class, immigrant backgrounds. The debates, however, seem to be taking a more socioeconomic angle. In other words, the reasons for these deaths are being blamed on structural, economic, and social deficiencies – but not on the strategy itself.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/22/sweden-u-turn-controversial-covid-19-strategy">Why Sweden is unlikely to make a U-turn on its controversial Covid-19 strategy | Tae Hoon Kim</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:21:38.106Z">4.21pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More than 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus have now been reported across Africa, according to figures collated by the Africa Centres for Disease Control. </p><p>According to the <a href="https://africacdc.org/covid-19/">interactive coronavirus dashboard</a> hosted on the African Union health agency’s website, there have so far been 3,101 deaths across the continent from Covid-19, the respiratory disease that is caused by the virus, while 39,416 people have recovered. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T15:03:33.512Z">4.03pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>As <strong>Canada</strong>’s most populous province moves forward with its reopening plans, concerns are growing that coronavirus cases in Ontario are not yet under control, writes <strong tabindex="-1">Leyland Cecco</strong> in Toronto. </p><p>For a brief period in May, new cases showed a steady decrease, leading to optimism that an easing of the province’s lockdown was on the horizon – and justified. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T14:51:11.238Z">3.51pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, may meet Donald Trump face to face at the G7 summit in the US next month, after Downing Street said it was still exploring the arrangements for the event.</p><p>The meeting of global leaders is scheduled for 10 June, with Trump saying he <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/trump-g7-summit-coronavirus-us">would like it to be held at Camp David</a>, the rural estate of US presidents. He tweeted that hosting it face to face would be a signal to the world of “normalisation” amid the coronavirus pandemic and that other countries involved in the summit were starting to make their own “comeback”.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/22/boris-johnson-meet-donald-trump-g7-summit-us">Boris Johnson may meet Donald Trump at G7 summit in US next month</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T14:40:26.381Z">3.40pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>It might have lost 90% of its hotel bookings but Amsterdam shouldn’t rush to welcome back international tourists, according to its mayor. Femke Halsema has sparked anger in the hotel industry by warning the city should be “extremely cautious” about restarting tourism, saying there is not enough space for its 800,000 inhabitants, plus the normal 9 million overnight visitors, and for physical distancing to be respected.</p><p>“I hear you talking about international tourism, and I know that there are 55,000 hotel beds waiting for guests, too,” she told a digital council meeting on Tuesday. “But in the coming time we need to be extremely cautious about stimulating regional, national and international traffic. If we do this excessively, we run the risk that Amsterdam becomes the fireplace for a second wave.”</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/may/22/amsterdam-mayor-urges-extreme-caution-over-return-of-tourism-to-the-city-covid-19">Amsterdam mayor urges extreme caution over return of tourism to the city</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T14:24:01.924Z">3.24pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Few residents of the world’s great metropolises would have thought much about plagues before this year. Outside China and east Asia – made vigilant by swine flu and Sars – the trauma of the 1918 flu pandemic or typhoid epidemics has largely faded from popular memory. But our cities remember.</p><p>An outbreak of yellow fever in Philadelphia in 1793 <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-pandemics-have-changed-american-cities-often-for-the-better-137945">prompted administrators</a> to take over the task of cleaning streets, clearing gutters and collecting rubbish. It worked, and governments across the US adopted the responsibility over the next decades. A misconception that the odour emanating from wastewater was responsible for diseases such as cholera prompted one of <a href="https://www.history.com/news/cholera-pandemic-new-york-city-london-paris-green-space">the world’s first modern underground sewer systems</a> in London, and the development of wider, straighter and paved roads – which helped prevent water from stagnating.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-will-reshape-our-cities-we-just-dont-know-how-yet">Coronavirus will reshape our cities - we just don't know how yet</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T14:07:45.470Z">3.07pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The Madrid region and the Barcelona metropolitan area will be able to move into the next phase of lockdown de-escalation from Monday, the Spanish government has announced.</p><p>The two regions have been the areas hardest hit by Covid-19, which has so far killed 27,940 people in the country and infected 233,037.</p><p>The only things that the state of emergency limits its people’s freedom of movement and reunion. Very often, some of the shouts you hear during these demonstrations are contradictory because people are out protesting. Some people shout, ‘Freedom!’, when they’re actually exercising the right to criticise things and protest. But you can’t mix up freedom with the freedom to infect people.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:54:22.115Z">2.54pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here are the headlines in our coronavirus coverage so far today:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:42:29.964Z">2.42pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Good news for ravers, many of whom have been wondering if they’ll ever get to throw shapes and hug strangers ever again. One of Europe’s biggest music events, Exit festival in <strong>Serbia</strong>, has been given a new date in August, Agence France-Presse reports. </p><p>Originally scheduled for mid-July in the northern city of Novi Sad, the fate of the festival had been uncertain since the coronavirus pandemic spread. But after Serbia emerged from its lockdown without a major outbreak, the prime minister, Ana Brnabić, recommended the event could take place after all. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:29:48.776Z">2.29pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>UK</strong> has reported 351 more deaths from Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths in Europe’s worst-affected country to 36,393. </p><p>According to the health department, out of 80,297 people tested on 21 May, 3,287 were diagnosed with the coronavirus. So far the UK has recorded 254,195 confirmed cases. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As of 9am 22 May, there have been 3,231,921 tests, with 140,497 tests on 21 May. <br><br>2,144,626 people have been tested of which 254,195 tested positive. <br><br>As of 5pm on 21 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 36,393 have sadly died. <a href="https://t.co/tOO6oMwtK7">pic.twitter.com/tOO6oMwtK7</a></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/uk-coronavirus-live-news-update-covid-19-travel-quarantine-plan">UK coronavirus live: low-risk options for reopening schools revealed in advice to government</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:11:54.843Z">2.11pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A little over a month ago, health experts were saying <strong>Japan</strong> risked becoming one of the world’s <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-japan/japan-urges-citizens-to-isolate-as-reports-warn-of-400000-deaths-idUSKCN21X149">coronavirus “disaster zones”</a>, writes <strong>Justin McCurry</strong>, the Guardian’s Tokyo correspondent.</p><p>Its government was already facing criticism over its decision to quarantine passengers and crew onboard the <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/14/love-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-valentines-day-on-the-quarantined-ship-diamond-princess">Diamond Princess</a> cruise liner, and had been accused of underplaying the Covid-19 threat while it clung to the increasingly faint hope of <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/massively-let-down-disappointment-in-japan-after-tokyo-olympics-postponed">hosting the Olympics</a> this summer.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/from-near-disaster-to-success-story-how-japan-has-tackled-coronavirus">From near disaster to success story: how Japan has tackled coronavirus</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:01:42.873Z">2.01pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fifty-two more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in <strong>Kenya</strong>, out of a total of 2,567 samples analysed over the past 24 hours, the country’s health ministry has said. </p><p>Kenya has so far reported 1,161 confirmed cases of coronavirus, of which 50 patients have died and 380 have recovered. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In the last 24 hours, we have tested 2,567 samples out of which 52 people have tested positive for Coronavirus disease.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StayHomeHero?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StayHomeHero</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KomeshaCorona?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KomeshaCorona</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We have today discharged another (5) patients who have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of those who have recovered to 380. Our case fatality still remains at 50.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KomeshaCorona?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KomeshaCorona</a> update. <a href="https://t.co/taTzSB6JVZ">pic.twitter.com/taTzSB6JVZ</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:59:21.034Z">1.59pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Saudi Arabia</strong> has reported 2,642 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the kingdom to 67,719. </p><p>However, in the same update the country reported that even more people had recovered from their infections, with 2,963 more given the all clear taking its total number of recoveries to 39,003. </p><p lang="ar" dir="rtl"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B5%D8%AD%D8%A9?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#الصحة</a>⁩ تعلن عن تسجيل (2642) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس ⁧<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D9%83%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%86%D8%A7?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#كورونا</a>⁩ الجديد (كوفيد19)، وتسجيل (13) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (2963) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (39,003) حالة ولله الحمد. <a href="https://t.co/oElbyhSNxi">pic.twitter.com/oElbyhSNxi</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:51:57.538Z">1.51pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>White flags first began to appear on the streets of <strong>Guatemala</strong> <strong>City</strong> in early April, writes <strong>Jeff Abbott</strong> from the Guatemalan capital.</p><p>Since then, flags have become common across the country, with an entire lexicon of need reflected in their colours: white means hunger; red means medicine is needed; black, yellow, or blue means that a woman, child or elderly person is in danger of violence.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/22/guatemala-white-flags-hunger-coronavirus">Guatemala's white flags indicate pandemic's deadly side-effect: hunger</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:39:07.494Z">1.39pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A senior official in the <strong>South African</strong> government has told MPs that it is time to reopen the country’s economy, in spite of dire predictions of the potential scale of the coronavirus outbreak. </p><p>Lionel October, the director-general of the department of trade, told a parliamentary committee that the government was finalising consultations on how to reopen industries and get the country back to work, China’s official news agency Xinhua reported. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:26:02.524Z">1.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Unions in <strong>Italy</strong> have accused a <strong>US</strong> multinational of breaking the law after it sacked 190 workers in Naples during the coronavirus crisis, writes <strong tabindex="-1">Lorenzo Tondo</strong> in Palermo.</p><p>On Friday, unions and workers protested against the decision of Jabil, a company which spans numerous industries, including healthcare, life sciences, clean technology and has 100 plants in 28 countries, and 170,000 employees worldwide. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:19:47.981Z">1.19pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>An editor has been jailed for two years in <strong>Myanmar</strong> after his news agency reported a coronavirus death that turned out to be incorrect, <strong>Agence France-Presse</strong> reports. </p><p>Zaw Ye Htet, the chief editor of the Dae Pyaw news agency, was arrested on 13 April, the day he published an article that wrongly reported there had been a death due to the Covid-19 in eastern Karen state.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:00:23.518Z">1.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Children and young people could be half as likely to catch coronavirus than adults, a review of studies from around the world has suggested, <strong tabindex="-1">PA Media</strong> reports.</p><p>Researchers found the under-20s appeared to be 56% less likely of catching the virus. But the review of global test and tracing and population screening studies led University College London said evidence remained “weak” on how likely children were to transmit the virus to others.</p><p>Our findings show children and young people appear 56% less likely to contract Covid-19 from infected others.</p><p>Susceptibility is a key part of the chain of infection, and this supports the view that children are likely to play a smaller role in transmitting the virus and proliferating the pandemic, although considerable uncertainty remains.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:45:53.059Z">12.45pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Tanzania</strong> has defeated the coronavirus through the power of prayer, its president has said. </p><p>John Magafuli made the claim after his country after his country’s number of confirmed cases stayed the same for three weeks. Just over 500 cases have been reported in a country of nearly 60 million people.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:38:57.014Z">12.38pm <span cl Coronavirus outbreak World news Trump administration Donald Trump Brazil Indonesia Italy Russia China Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Damien Gayle (now); Amy Walker and Alison Rourke (earlier) Photograph: Brian Inganga/AP Ramzan Kadyrov not seen publicly after reports he has coronavirus https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/ramzan-kadyrov-vanishes-amid-reports-he-has-coronavirus Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:a1c5be47-4922-64a3-d95c-7c1b5e2a7ae1 Fri, 22 May 2020 12:11:15 -0400 <p>‘Irreplaceable’ Chechen leader not seen in public for 24 hours but Russian media says he is in Moscow hospital</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of the southern Russian republic of Chechnya, has not been seen publicly in the 24 hours since Russian state media said that he had been <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">hospitalised in Moscow</a> with coronavirus symptoms.</p><p>While online sleuths have sought to <a href="https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1263465257286205442?">track planes</a> or motorcades that may have ferried Chechnya’s leader in Moscow, local officials have either declined to give information about his whereabouts or health or opted to <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAdpAc4I0ho/">troll journalists</a> who have asked.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/ramzan-kadyrov-vanishes-amid-reports-he-has-coronavirus">Continue reading...</a> Ramzan Kadyrov Chechnya Coronavirus outbreak Russia Europe World news Andrew Roth in Moscow Photograph: Christopher Pike/Reuters Ramzan Kadyrov not seen publicly since reports he has coronavirus https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/ramzan-kadyrov-vanishes-amid-reports-he-has-coronavirus Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:923fe549-2d48-a39f-6f05-948227ee17e1 Fri, 22 May 2020 12:11:15 -0400 <p>‘Irreplaceable’ Chechen leader not seen in public for 24 hours but Russian media says he is in Moscow hospital</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of the southern Russian republic of Chechnya, has not been seen publicly in the 24 hours since 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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/crayola-launches-skin-tone-crayons-kids-can-colour-world/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:1a80b844-8669-a688-e4dd-cdb1da2681df Fri, 22 May 2020 11:39:00 -0400 topics:things/children structure:news storytype:standard Sam Meadows Travel restrictions live: More countries reopen borders as UK quarantines arrivals https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/travel-restrictions-live-countries-reopen-borders-uk-quarantines/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:7de9140c-90e2-db64-0057-e9e43e1ba2d9 Fri, 22 May 2020 11:27:05 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Greg Dickinson Watchdog launches probe into fake and misleading online product reviews https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/watchdog-launches-probe-fake-misleading-online-product-reviews/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:b9febc62-fcde-9f83-3ac4-c360a0adc1aa Fri, 22 May 2020 11:25:50 -0400 topics:organisations/facebook structure:news topics:organisations/ebay topics:organisations/instagram storytype:standard Sam Meadows Coronavirus live news: Madrid and Barcelona join rest of Spain in easing lockdown restrictions https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:1c77715e-cafa-d063-8a21-3bfe3326c943 Fri, 22 May 2020 10:40:26 -0400 <p>India sees 6,000 new cases in biggest one-day rise; 660,000 people forced to flee homes during crisis despite UN global ceasefire call</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ‘hospitalised with suspected Covid-19’</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/22/pictures-show-donald-trump-wearing-mask-after-ford-factory-row">Donald Trump pictured in mask for first time</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/uk-coronavirus-live-news-update-covid-19-travel-quarantine-plan">UK coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-us-live-trump-holiday-weekend-latest-news-updates">US coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T14:40:26.381Z">3.40pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>It might have lost 90% of its hotel bookings but Amsterdam shouldn’t rush to welcome back international tourists, according to its mayor. Femke Halsema has sparked anger in the hotel industry by warning the city should be “extremely cautious” about restarting tourism, saying there is not enough space for its 800,000 inhabitants, plus the normal nine million overnight visitors, and for social distancing to be respected.</p><p>“I hear you talking about international tourism, and I know that there are 55,000 hotel beds waiting for guests, too,” she told a digital council meeting on Tuesday. “But in the coming time we need to be extremely cautious about stimulating regional, national and international traffic. If we do this excessively, we run the risk that Amsterdam becomes the fireplace for a second wave.”</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/may/22/amsterdam-mayor-urges-extreme-caution-over-return-of-tourism-to-the-city-covid-19">Amsterdam mayor urges extreme caution over return of tourism to the city</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T14:24:01.924Z">3.24pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Few residents of the world’s great metropolises would have thought much about plagues before this year. Outside China and east Asia – made vigilant by swine flu and Sars – the trauma of pandemics such as Spanish flu or typhoid has largely faded from popular memory. But our cities remember.</p><p>An outbreak of yellow fever in Philadelphia in 1793 <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-pandemics-have-changed-american-cities-often-for-the-better-137945">prompted administrators</a> to take over the task of cleaning streets, clearing gutters and collecting rubbish. It worked, and governments across the US adopted the responsibility over the next decades. A misconception that the odour emanating from wastewater was responsible for diseases such as cholera prompted one of <a href="https://www.history.com/news/cholera-pandemic-new-york-city-london-paris-green-space">the world’s first modern underground sewer systems</a> in London, and the development of wider, straighter and paved roads – which helped prevent water from stagnating.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-will-reshape-our-cities-we-just-dont-know-how-yet">Coronavirus will reshape our cities - we just don't know how yet</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T14:07:45.470Z">3.07pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The Madrid region and the Barcelona metropolitan area will be able to move into the next phase of lockdown de-escalation from Monday, the Spanish government has announced.</p><p>The two regions have been the areas hardest hit by Covid-19, which has so far killed 27,940 people in the country and infected 233,037.</p><p>The only things that the state of emergency limits its people’s freedom of movement and reunion. Very often, some of the shouts you hear during these demonstrations are contradictory because people are out protesting. Some people shout, ‘Freedom!’, when they’re actually exercising the right to criticise things and protest. But you can’t mix up freedom with the freedom to infect people.”</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:54:22.115Z">2.54pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here are the headlines in our coronavirus coverage so far today:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:42:29.964Z">2.42pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Good news for ravers, many of whom have been wondering if they’ll ever get to throw shapes and hug strangers ever again. One of Europe’s biggest music events, Exit festival in <strong>Serbia</strong>, has been given a new date in August, Agence France-Presse reports. </p><p>Originally scheduled for mid-July in the northern city of Novi Sad, the fate of the festival had been uncertain since the coronavirus pandemic spread. But after Serbia emerged from its lockdown without a major outbreak, the prime minister, Ana Brnabić, recommended the event could take place after all. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:29:48.776Z">2.29pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>UK</strong> has reported 351 more deaths from Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths in Europe’s worst-affected country to 36,393. </p><p>According to the health department, out of 80,297 people tested on 21 May, 3,287 were diagnosed with the coronavirus. So far the UK has recorded 254,195 confirmed cases. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As of 9am 22 May, there have been 3,231,921 tests, with 140,497 tests on 21 May. <br><br>2,144,626 people have been tested of which 254,195 tested positive. <br><br>As of 5pm on 21 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 36,393 have sadly died. <a href="https://t.co/tOO6oMwtK7">pic.twitter.com/tOO6oMwtK7</a></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/uk-coronavirus-live-news-update-covid-19-travel-quarantine-plan">UK coronavirus live: low-risk options for reopening schools revealed in advice to government</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:11:54.843Z">2.11pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A little over a month ago, health experts were saying <strong>Japan</strong> risked becoming one of the world’s <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-japan/japan-urges-citizens-to-isolate-as-reports-warn-of-400000-deaths-idUSKCN21X149">coronavirus “disaster zones”</a>, writes <strong>Justin McCurry</strong>, the Guardian’s Tokyo correspondent.</p><p>Its government was already facing criticism over its decision to quarantine passengers and crew onboard the <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/14/love-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-valentines-day-on-the-quarantined-ship-diamond-princess">Diamond Princess</a> cruise liner, and had been accused of underplaying the Covid-19 threat while it clung to the increasingly faint hope of <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/massively-let-down-disappointment-in-japan-after-tokyo-olympics-postponed">hosting the Olympics</a> this summer.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/from-near-disaster-to-success-story-how-japan-has-tackled-coronavirus">From near disaster to success story: how Japan has tackled coronavirus</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:01:42.873Z">2.01pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fifty-two more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in <strong>Kenya</strong>, out of a total of 2,567 samples analysed over the past 24 hours, the country’s health ministry has said. </p><p>Kenya has so far reported 1,161 confirmed cases of coronavirus, of which 50 patients have died and 380 have recovered. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In the last 24 hours, we have tested 2,567 samples out of which 52 people have tested positive for Coronavirus disease.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StayHomeHero?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StayHomeHero</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KomeshaCorona?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KomeshaCorona</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We have today discharged another (5) patients who have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of those who have recovered to 380. Our case fatality still remains at 50.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KomeshaCorona?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KomeshaCorona</a> update. <a href="https://t.co/taTzSB6JVZ">pic.twitter.com/taTzSB6JVZ</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:59:21.034Z">1.59pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Saudi Arabia</strong> has reported 2,642 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the kingdom to 67,719. </p><p>However, in the same update the country reported that even more people had recovered from their infections, with 2,963 more given the all clear taking its total number of recoveries to 39,003. </p><p lang="ar" dir="rtl"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B5%D8%AD%D8%A9?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#الصحة</a>⁩ تعلن عن تسجيل (2642) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس ⁧<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D9%83%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%86%D8%A7?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#كورونا</a>⁩ الجديد (كوفيد19)، وتسجيل (13) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (2963) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (39,003) حالة ولله الحمد. <a href="https://t.co/oElbyhSNxi">pic.twitter.com/oElbyhSNxi</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:51:57.538Z">1.51pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>White flags first began to appear on the streets of <strong>Guatemala</strong> <strong>City</strong> in early April, writes <strong>Jeff Abbott</strong> from the Guatemalan capital.</p><p>Since then, flags have become common across the country, with an entire lexicon of need reflected in their colours: white means hunger; red means medicine is needed; black, yellow, or blue means that a woman, child or elderly person is in danger of violence.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/22/guatemala-white-flags-hunger-coronavirus">Guatemala's white flags indicate pandemic's deadly side-effect: hunger</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:39:07.494Z">1.39pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A senior official in the <strong>South African</strong> government has told MPs that it is time to reopen the country’s economy, in spite of dire predictions of the potential scale of the coronavirus outbreak. </p><p>Lionel October, the director-general of the department of trade, told a parliamentary committee that the government was finalising consultations on how to reopen industries and get the country back to work, China’s official news agency Xinhua reported. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:26:02.524Z">1.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Unions in <strong>Italy</strong> have accused a <strong>US</strong> multinational of breaking the law after it sacked 190 workers in Naples during the coronavirus crisis, writes <strong tabindex="-1">Lorenzo Tondo</strong> in Palermo.</p><p>On Friday, unions and workers protested against the decision of Jabil, a company which spans numerous industries, including healthcare, life sciences, clean technology and has 100 plants in 28 countries, and 170,000 employees worldwide. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:19:47.981Z">1.19pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>An editor has been jailed for two years in <strong>Myanmar</strong> after his news agency reported a coronavirus death that turned out to be incorrect, <strong>Agence France-Presse</strong> reports. </p><p>Zaw Ye Htet, the chief editor of the Dae Pyaw news agency, was arrested on 13 April, the day he published an article that wrongly reported there had been a death due to the Covid-19 in eastern Karen state.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:00:23.518Z">1.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Children and young people could be half as likely to catch coronavirus than adults, a review of studies from around the world has suggested, <strong tabindex="-1">PA Media</strong> reports.</p><p>Researchers found the under-20s appeared to be 56% less likely of catching the virus. But the review of global test and tracing and population screening studies led University College London said evidence remained “weak” on how likely children were to transmit the virus to others.</p><p>Our findings show children and young people appear 56% less likely to contract Covid-19 from infected others.</p><p>Susceptibility is a key part of the chain of infection, and this supports the view that children are likely to play a smaller role in transmitting the virus and proliferating the pandemic, although considerable uncertainty remains.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:45:53.059Z">12.45pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Tanzania</strong> has defeated the coronavirus through the power of prayer, its president has said. </p><p>John Magafuli made the claim after his country after his country’s number of confirmed cases stayed the same for three weeks. Just over 500 cases have been reported in a country of nearly 60 million people.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:38:57.014Z">12.38pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>As many as 50,000 people in <strong>South Africa</strong> could die from Covid-19 by the end of the year, with up to 3 million infected, according to a worst-case scenario suggested by scientists and statisticians working for the health ministry. </p><p>Despite a national lockdown slowing the spread of the virus, South Africa has already has the highest number of infections on the continent, with more than 18,000 identified cases and 339 deaths. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:26:11.798Z">12.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fighting has forced 660,000 people to flee their homes since the UN secretary general called for a global ceasefire to focus on handling the coronavirus pandemic, an NGO says. </p><p>On Thursday, <strong>Antonio Guterres</strong> reiterated his call for an end to fighting, which he first issued on 23 March. But the Norwegian Refugee Council said that the UN’s security council had failed to provide leadership for ceasefires, peace talks or protection of civilians during the pandemic. </p><p>While people are being displaced and killed, powerful members of the UN security council squabble like children in a sandbox.</p><p>World leaders must rise to the occasion and jointly push parties to cease their fire and unite in protecting all communities from Covid-19. Now is not the time for kindergarten politics.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:23:58.406Z">12.23pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fifty more people have died from Covid-19 in <strong>Pakistan</strong>, <a href="https://covid.gov.pk/">the government reports</a>, its third highest official daily death toll since the pandemic began. This brings the total number of coronavirus deaths in the country to 1,067. </p><p>According to the latest update, out of 16,387 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 2,603 people tested positive, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 47,429. So far, 15,201 people have recovered. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:04:30.364Z">12.04pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The coronavirus is tearing through <strong>Native Hawaiian</strong> and other <strong>Pacific Islander</strong> communities in <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/california"><strong>California</strong></a>, fanning longstanding health disparities and killing community members at a higher rate than any other racial group in the state, <strong>Mario Koran</strong> reports for the Guardian US from Oakland.</p><p>Data from California’s department of public health reveals that Pacific Islanders have contracted coronavirus at <a href="https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Race-Ethnicity.aspx">nearly twice</a> the state’s overall rate. As of 17 May, they have died from the virus at a rate 2.6 times higher than the state average – the highest death rate of any racial or ethnic group.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/22/pacific-islanders-california-coronavirus-death-rate">'The disease is ripping through': why coronavirus is devastating California's Pacific Islanders</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:52:01.302Z">11.52am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fifty-one people in Iran died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, as 2,311 more tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the health ministry. </p><p>In his daily update, Kianoush Jahanpour, the health ministry’s spokesman, said the total number of confirmed cases across the Islamic republic, scene of one of the earliest outbreaks outside China, had now reached 131,652, of whom 102,276 patients had subsequently been given the all-clear. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:41:12.683Z">11.41am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>It would be hard to overstate the importance of developing a vaccine to Sars-CoV-2 – it’s seen as the fast track to a return to normal life, writes <strong>Ian Sample</strong>, the Guardian’s science editor. That’s why the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said the UK was “throwing everything at it”.</p><p>But while trials have been launched and manufacturing deals already signed – Oxford University is now recruiting 10,000 volunteers for the next phase of its research – ministers and their advisers have become noticeably more cautious in recent days.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/why-we-might-not-get-a-coronavirus-vaccine">Why we might not get a coronavirus vaccine</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:29:30.991Z">11.29am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Africa</strong> is approaching 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent. </p><p>In its daily update on Twitter, the WHO African region office reported that there were over 99,400 cases across the continent, about 4,500 more than on Thursday. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Over 99,400 confirmed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> cases on the African continent - with more than 39,000 recoveries &amp; 3,078 deaths. View country figures &amp; more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: <a href="https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg">https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg</a> <a href="https://t.co/46DZhvIegy">pic.twitter.com/46DZhvIegy</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:17:03.029Z">11.17am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Tax revenues in <strong>Germany</strong> fell by a quarter last month, compared with a year earlier, as Europe’s largest economy faced its most severe recession since the second world war.</p><p>According to the finance ministry’s monthly report, published on Friday, the central government and the 16 federal states pulled in about 39bn euros in April, 25.3% less than the same month in 2019, <strong>Reuters</strong> reported. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:06:04.892Z">11.06am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hi, this is <strong>Damien Gayle</strong> taking over the blog now, bringing you the latest in coronavirus-related news from around the world. </p><p>If you have any comments, or tips or suggestions for coverage please drop me a line, either via email to <a href="mailto:damien.gayle@theguardian.com">damien.gayle@theguardian.com</a>, or via Twitter direct message to <a href="https://twitter.com/damiengayle">@damiengayle</a>. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:00:43.934Z">11.00am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Summary</strong></p><p>Here’s an outline of some of the key global coronavirus updates so far this morning. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T09:28:16.264Z">10.28am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The transmission of coronavirus is believed to be “already widespread” in <strong>Yemen</strong>, the UN has said.</p><p>Aid agencies have said the country is “really on the brink right now” and that its health system “has in effect collapsed” according to a spokesman. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T09:18:30.791Z">10.18am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Amazon</strong> is to hire 50,000 temporary workers in <strong>India</strong> to meet a surge in online shopping in the country amid a national coronavirus lockdown. Coronavirus outbreak World news Trump administration Donald Trump Brazil Indonesia Italy Russia China Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Damien Gayle (now); Amy Walker and Alison Rourke (earlier) Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters Tube staff spat at by man demanding they open gate because he did not have a ticket https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/tube-staff-spat-man-demanding-open-gate-did-not-have-ticket/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:fcc687c8-f2e4-02e0-91c7-65c3b38e754f Fri, 22 May 2020 09:54:44 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Gareth Davies Coronavirus live news: 660,000 people forced to flee homes during crisis despite UN global ceasefire call https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:82ae2476-c350-fead-9522-7178f5939dfd Fri, 22 May 2020 09:54:22 -0400 <p>India sees 6,000 new cases in biggest one-day rise; China abandons GDP target; Italy death toll could be 60% higher than assumed</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ‘hospitalised with suspected Covid-19’</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/22/pictures-show-donald-trump-wearing-mask-after-ford-factory-row">Donald Trump pictured in mask for first time</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/uk-coronavirus-live-news-update-covid-19-travel-quarantine-plan">UK coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-us-live-trump-holiday-weekend-latest-news-updates">US coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:54:22.115Z">2.54pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here are the headlines in our coronavirus coverage so far today:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:42:29.964Z">2.42pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Good news for ravers, many of whom have been wondering if they’ll ever get to throw shapes and hug strangers ever again. One of Europe’s biggest music events, Exit festival in <strong>Serbia</strong>, has been given a new date in August, AFP reports. </p><p>Originally scheduled for mid-July in the northern city of Novi Sad, the fate of the festival had been uncertain since the coronavirus pandemic spread. But after Serbia emerged from its lockdown without suffering a major outbreak, the prime minister, Ana Brnabic, recommended the event could take place after all. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:29:48.776Z">2.29pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>UK</strong> has reported 351 more deaths from Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths in Europe’s worst-affected country to 36,393. </p><p>According to the health department, out of 80,297 people tested on 21 May, 3,287 were diagnosed with the coronavirus. So far the UK has recorded 254,195 confirmed cases. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As of 9am 22 May, there have been 3,231,921 tests, with 140,497 tests on 21 May. <br><br>2,144,626 people have been tested of which 254,195 tested positive. <br><br>As of 5pm on 21 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 36,393 have sadly died. <a href="https://t.co/tOO6oMwtK7">pic.twitter.com/tOO6oMwtK7</a></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/uk-coronavirus-live-news-update-covid-19-travel-quarantine-plan">UK coronavirus live: low-risk options for reopening schools revealed in advice to government</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:11:54.843Z">2.11pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A little over a month ago, health experts were saying <strong>Japan</strong> risked becoming one of the world’s <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-japan/japan-urges-citizens-to-isolate-as-reports-warn-of-400000-deaths-idUSKCN21X149">coronavirus “disaster zones”</a>, writes <strong>Justin McCurry</strong>, the Guardian’s Tokyo correspondent.</p><p>Its government was already facing criticism over its decision to quarantine passengers and crew onboard the <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/14/love-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-valentines-day-on-the-quarantined-ship-diamond-princess">Diamond Princess</a> cruise liner, and had been accused of underplaying the Covid-19 threat while it clung to the increasingly faint hope of <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/massively-let-down-disappointment-in-japan-after-tokyo-olympics-postponed">hosting the Olympics</a> this summer.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/from-near-disaster-to-success-story-how-japan-has-tackled-coronavirus">From near disaster to success story: how Japan has tackled coronavirus</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T13:01:42.873Z">2.01pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fifty-two more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in <strong>Kenya</strong>, out of a total of 2,567 samples analysed over the past 24 hours, the country’s health ministry has said. </p><p>Kenya has so far reported 1,161 confirmed cases of coronavirus, of which 50 patients have died and 380 have recovered. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In the last 24 hours, we have tested 2,567 samples out of which 52 people have tested positive for Coronavirus disease.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StayHomeHero?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StayHomeHero</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KomeshaCorona?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KomeshaCorona</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We have today discharged another (5) patients who have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of those who have recovered to 380. Our case fatality still remains at 50.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KomeshaCorona?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KomeshaCorona</a> update. <a href="https://t.co/taTzSB6JVZ">pic.twitter.com/taTzSB6JVZ</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:59:21.034Z">1.59pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Saudi Arabia</strong> has reported 2,642 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the kingdom to 67,719. </p><p>However, in the same update the country reported that even more people had recovered from their infections, with 2,963 more given the all clear taking its total number of recoveries to 39,003. </p><p lang="ar" dir="rtl"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B5%D8%AD%D8%A9?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#الصحة</a>⁩ تعلن عن تسجيل (2642) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس ⁧<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D9%83%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%86%D8%A7?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#كورونا</a>⁩ الجديد (كوفيد19)، وتسجيل (13) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (2963) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (39,003) حالة ولله الحمد. <a href="https://t.co/oElbyhSNxi">pic.twitter.com/oElbyhSNxi</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:51:57.538Z">1.51pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>White flags first began to appear on the streets of <strong>Guatemala</strong> <strong>City</strong> in early April, writes <strong>Jeff Abbott</strong> from the Guatemalan capital.</p><p>Since then, flags have become common across the country, with an entire lexicon of need reflected in their colours: white means hunger; red means medicine is needed; black, yellow, or blue means that a woman, child or elderly person is in danger of violence.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/22/guatemala-white-flags-hunger-coronavirus">Guatemala's white flags indicate pandemic's deadly side-effect: hunger</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:39:07.494Z">1.39pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A senior official in the <strong>South African</strong> government has told MPs that it is time to reopen the country’s economy, in spite of dire predictions of the potential scale of the coronavirus outbreak. </p><p>Lionel October, the director-general of the department of trade, told a parliamentary committee that the government was finalising consultations on how to reopen industries and get the country back to work, China’s official news agency Xinhua reported. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:26:02.524Z">1.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Unions in <strong>Italy</strong> have accused a <strong>US</strong> multinational of breaking the law after it sacked 190 workers in Naples during the coronavirus crisis, writes <strong tabindex="-1">Lorenzo Tondo</strong> in Palermo.</p><p>On Friday, unions and workers protested against the decision of Jabil, a company which spans numerous industries, including healthcare, life sciences, clean technology and has 100 plants in 28 countries, and 170,000 employees worldwide. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:19:47.981Z">1.19pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>An editor has been jailed for two years in <strong>Myanmar</strong> after his news agency reported a coronavirus death that turned out to be incorrect, <strong>Agence France-Presse</strong> reports. </p><p>Zaw Ye Htet, the chief editor of the Dae Pyaw news agency, was arrested on 13 April, the day he published an article that wrongly reported there had been a death due to the Covid-19 in eastern Karen state.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T12:00:23.518Z">1.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Children and young people could be half as likely to catch coronavirus than adults, a review of studies from around the world has suggested, <strong>PA Media</strong> reports.</p><p>Researchers found the under-20s had 56% lower risk of catching the virus. But the review of global test and tracing and population screening studies led University College London said evidence remained “weak” on how likely children were to transmit the virus to others.</p><p>Our findings show children and young people appear 56% less likely to contract Covid-19 from infected others.</p><p>Susceptibility is a key part of the chain of infection, and this supports the view that children are likely to play a smaller role in transmitting the virus and proliferating the pandemic, although considerable uncertainty remains.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:45:53.059Z">12.45pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Tanzania</strong> has defeated the coronavirus through the power of prayer, its president has said. </p><p>John Magafuli made the claim after his country after his country’s number of confirmed cases stayed the same for three weeks. Just over 500 cases have been reported in a country of nearly 60 million people.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:38:57.014Z">12.38pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>As many as 50,000 people in <strong>South Africa</strong> could die from Covid-19 by the end of the year, with up to 3 million infected, according to a worst-case scenario suggested by scientists and statisticians working for the health ministry. </p><p>Despite a national lockdown slowing the spread of the virus, South Africa has already has the highest number of infections on the continent, with more than 18,000 identified cases and 339 deaths. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:26:11.798Z">12.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fighting has forced 660,000 people to flee their homes since the UN secretary general called for a global ceasefire to focus on handling the coronavirus pandemic, an NGO says. </p><p>On Thursday, <strong>Antonio Guterres</strong> reiterated his call for an end to fighting, which he first issued on 23 March. But the Norwegian Refugee Council said that the UN’s security council had failed to provide leadership for ceasefires, peace talks or protection of civilians during the pandemic. </p><p>While people are being displaced and killed, powerful members of the UN security council squabble like children in a sandbox.</p><p>World leaders must rise to the occasion and jointly push parties to cease their fire and unite in protecting all communities from Covid-19. Now is not the time for kindergarten politics.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:23:58.406Z">12.23pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fifty more people have died from Covid-19 in <strong>Pakistan</strong>, <a href="https://covid.gov.pk/">the government reports</a>, its third highest official daily death toll since the pandemic began. This brings the total number of coronavirus deaths in the country to 1,067. </p><p>According to the latest update, out of 16,387 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 2,603 people tested positive, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 47,429. So far, 15,201 people have recovered. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:04:30.364Z">12.04pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The coronavirus is tearing through <strong>Native Hawaiian</strong> and other <strong>Pacific Islander</strong> communities in <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/california"><strong>California</strong></a>, fanning longstanding health disparities and killing community members at a higher rate than any other racial group in the state, <strong>Mario Koran</strong> reports for the Guardian US from Oakland.</p><p>Data from California’s department of public health reveals that Pacific Islanders have contracted coronavirus at <a href="https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Race-Ethnicity.aspx">nearly twice</a> the state’s overall rate. As of 17 May, they have died from the virus at a rate 2.6 times higher than the state average – the highest death rate of any racial or ethnic group.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/22/pacific-islanders-california-coronavirus-death-rate">'The disease is ripping through': why coronavirus is devastating California's Pacific Islanders</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:52:01.302Z">11.52am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fifty-one people in Iran died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, as 2,311 more tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the health ministry. </p><p>In his daily update, Kianoush Jahanpour, the health ministry’s spokesman, said the total number of confirmed cases across the Islamic republic, scene of one of the earliest outbreaks outside China, had now reached 131,652, of whom 102,276 patients had subsequently been given the all-clear. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:41:12.683Z">11.41am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>It would be hard to overstate the importance of developing a vaccine to Sars-CoV-2 – it’s seen as the fast track to a return to normal life, writes <strong>Ian Sample</strong>, the Guardian’s science editor. That’s why the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said the UK was “throwing everything at it”.</p><p>But while trials have been launched and manufacturing deals already signed – Oxford University is now recruiting 10,000 volunteers for the next phase of its research – ministers and their advisers have become noticeably more cautious in recent days.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/why-we-might-not-get-a-coronavirus-vaccine">Why we might not get a coronavirus vaccine</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:29:30.991Z">11.29am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Africa</strong> is approaching 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent. </p><p>In its daily update on Twitter, the WHO African region office reported that there were over 99,400 cases across the continent, about 4,500 more than on Thursday. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Over 99,400 confirmed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> cases on the African continent - with more than 39,000 recoveries &amp; 3,078 deaths. View country figures &amp; more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: <a href="https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg">https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg</a> <a href="https://t.co/46DZhvIegy">pic.twitter.com/46DZhvIegy</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:17:03.029Z">11.17am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Tax revenues in <strong>Germany</strong> fell by a quarter last month, compared with a year earlier, as Europe’s largest economy faced its most severe recession since the second world war.</p><p>According to the finance ministry’s monthly report, published on Friday, the central government and the 16 federal states pulled in about 39bn euros in April, 25.3% less than the same month in 2019, <strong>Reuters</strong> reported. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:06:04.892Z">11.06am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hi, this is <strong>Damien Gayle</strong> taking over the blog now, bringing you the latest in coronavirus-related news from around the world. </p><p>If you have any comments, or tips or suggestions for coverage please drop me a line, either via email to <a href="mailto:damien.gayle@theguardian.com">damien.gayle@theguardian.com</a>, or via Twitter direct message to <a href="https://twitter.com/damiengayle">@damiengayle</a>. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:00:43.934Z">11.00am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Summary</strong></p><p>Here’s an outline of some of the key global coronavirus updates so far this morning. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T09:28:16.264Z">10.28am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The transmission of coronavirus is believed to be “already widespread” in <strong>Yemen</strong>, the UN has said.</p><p>Aid agencies have said the country is “really on the brink right now” and that its health system “has in effect collapsed” according to a spokesman. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T09:18:30.791Z">10.18am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Amazon</strong> is to hire 50,000 temporary workers in <strong>India</strong> to meet a surge in online shopping in the country amid a national coronavirus lockdown. </p><p>Although online outlets faced a massive disruption to operations in the first days of lockdown, an easing of restrictions has allowed many to resume business as usual. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T09:05:21.904Z">10.05am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The Afghan health minister asked the waring sides to don’t shelter inside medical centres as number of confirmed coronavirus cases has passed 9,000 and <strong>Kabul</strong> recorded its third worst day of the crisis straight. </p><p>Ferozuddin Feroz, the country’s health minister has asked the militant groups, Afghan government and international forces to don’t use medical centres as shelter. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T09:02:32.349Z">10.02am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In case you missed this earlier, here’s a video of Donald Trump telling reporters at a Michigan Ford plant on Thursday that he had worn a mask during part of a tour. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T07:56:24.752Z">8.56am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Cases of coronavirus in <strong>Singapore </strong>have surpassed 30,000 as the city-state continues to report hundreds of new infections in cramped migrant worker dormitories. </p><p>On Friday, the lowly-paid workers represented the vast majority of the 612 new cases. Total cases in Singapore, which has one of the highest daily infection rates in Asia, now stand at 30,426.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T07:45:12.176Z">8.45am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Pictures of <strong>Donald Trump</strong> wearing a face mask while on a visit in Michigan have emerged. </p><p>In a photo since published by both Sky News and NBC, the US president can be seen wearing a navy blue mask. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">President Trump wears a mask during his tour of the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where ventilators, masks and other medical supplies are being manufactured. <a href="https://t.co/UCqBVUEuBZ">https://t.co/UCqBVUEuBZ</a><br><br> Anonymous <a href="https://t.co/eiIFVNPVIh">pic.twitter.com/eiIFVNPVIh</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T07:38:42.456Z">8.38am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Russia</strong> has reported a record daily rise in coronavirus fatalities of 150 in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s nationwide death toll to 3,249. </p><p>The country’s coronavirus response centre also reported 8,894 new infections, bringing the total number of cases to 326,448. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T07:36:26.831Z">8.36am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The leader of <strong>New Zealand</strong>’s main opposition party has been ousted after opinion polls showed prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s soaring popularity over her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. </p><p>Simon Bridges was replaced by Todd Muller in an emergency caucus meeting of his centre-right National Party following a week of disastrous poll results. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T07:24:53.366Z">8.24am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More on China’s plans to impose national security legislation in <strong>Hong Kong</strong>. The chief executive of the global financial hub, Carrie Lam, Coronavirus outbreak World news Trump administration Donald Trump Brazil Indonesia Italy Russia China Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Damien Gayle (now); Amy Walker and Alison Rourke (earlier) Photograph: Nardus Engelbrecht/AP Coronavirus: UK 'R' value remains below Government target for second week in a row, scientists say https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/coronavirus-uk-r-value-remains-second-week-row-scientists-say/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:0a074fcb-022c-8483-101e-82d31a456054 Fri, 22 May 2020 09:00:38 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Gareth Davies Britain in coronavirus lockdown, in pictures https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/coronavirus-britain-lockdown-pictures/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:8613b64a-8a34-9046-398e-8ae30e60c72e Fri, 22 May 2020 07:55:50 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/global-health-security topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:things/picture-gallery structure:global-health-security structure:science-and-disease structure:news/world-news topics:places/france topics:places/london topics:organisations/nhs 'Do not rely on Superdrug antibody test', says Government's testing coordinator https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/do-not-rely-superdrug-antibody-test-says-governments-testing/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:0c060c7d-2ad4-1186-bf78-8dda6b81fcb4 Fri, 22 May 2020 07:51:15 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Gareth Davies Do not rely on Superdrug coronavirus antibody test, says Government's testing coordinator https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/do-not-rely-superdrug-antibody-test-says-governments-testing/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:d5d9d480-8f63-9fb4-83e7-b3e5c454618a Fri, 22 May 2020 07:51:15 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Gareth Davies Space junk lights up the sky above south-east Australia – video https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2020/may/22/space-junk-lights-up-the-sky-above-south-east-australia-video Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:5d8cfe40-29fe-045f-b136-5a424eab46da Fri, 22 May 2020 07:48:16 -0400 <p>Debris from what is believed to be a Russian Soyuz rocket re-entering Earth’s atmosphere created a light show across the sky in parts of Victoria, south-east Australia, on Friday evening.</p><p>Residents reported seeing a meteor-like streak in the sky above Rochester, Kyneton, Echuca and Cashmore.</p><p><br></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2020/may/22/space-junk-lights-up-the-sky-above-south-east-australia-video">Continue reading...</a> Australia news Space Russia Soyuz World news Photograph: Melissa Aldridge and Victorian Storm Chasers Coronavirus live news: India sees 6,000 new cases in biggest one-day rise since pandemic began https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:078a4447-f810-48d8-4194-4cb730173ed0 Fri, 22 May 2020 07:04:30 -0400 <p>China abandons GDP target amid ‘great uncertainty’; <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/22/pictures-show-donald-trump-wearing-mask-after-ford-factory-row">Trump pictured in mask for first time</a>; Italy death toll could be 60% higher than assumed</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ‘hospitalised with suspected Covid-19’</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/uk-coronavirus-live-news-update-covid-19-travel-quarantine-plan">UK coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T11:04:30.364Z">12.04pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The coronavirus is tearing through <strong>Native Hawaiian</strong> and other <strong>Pacific Islander</strong> communities in <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/california"><strong>California</strong></a>, fanning longstanding health disparities and killing community members at a higher rate than any other racial group in the state, <strong>Mario Koran</strong> reports for the Guardian US from Oakland.</p><p>Data from California’s department of public health reveals that Pacific Islanders have contracted coronavirus at <a href="https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Race-Ethnicity.aspx">nearly twice</a> the state’s overall rate. As of 17 May, they have died from the virus at a rate 2.6 times higher than the state population – the highest death rate of any racial or ethnic group.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/22/pacific-islanders-california-coronavirus-death-rate">'The disease is ripping through': why coronavirus is devastating California's Pacific Islanders</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:52:01.302Z">11.52am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Fifty-one people in Iran died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, as 2,311 more tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the health ministry. </p><p>In his daily update, Kianoush Jahanpour, the health ministry’s spokesman, said the total number of confirmed cases across the Islamic republic, scene of one of the earliest outbreaks outside China, had now reached 131,652, of whom 102,276 patients had subsequently been given the all-clear. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:41:12.683Z">11.41am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>It would be hard to overstate the importance of developing a vaccine to Sars-CoV-2 – it’s seen as the fast track to a return to normal life, writes <strong>Ian Sample</strong>, the Guardian’s science editor. That’s why the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said the UK was “throwing everything at it”.</p><p>But while trials have been launched and manufacturing deals already signed – Oxford University is now recruiting 10,000 volunteers for the next phase of its research – ministers and their advisers have become noticeably more cautious in recent days.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/why-we-might-not-get-a-coronavirus-vaccine">Why we might not get a coronavirus vaccine</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:29:30.991Z">11.29am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Africa</strong> is approaching 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent. </p><p>In its daily update on Twitter, the WHO African region office reported that there were over 99,400 cases across the continent, about 4,500 more than on Thursday. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Over 99,400 confirmed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> cases on the African continent - with more than 39,000 recoveries &amp; 3,078 deaths. View country figures &amp; more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: <a href="https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg">https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg</a> <a href="https://t.co/46DZhvIegy">pic.twitter.com/46DZhvIegy</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:17:03.029Z">11.17am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Tax revenues in <strong>Germany</strong> fell by a quarter last month, compared with a year earlier, as Europe’s largest economy faced its most severe recession since the second world war.</p><p>According to the finance ministry’s monthly report, published on Friday, the central government and the 16 federal states pulled in about 39bn euros in April, 25.3% less than the same month in 2019, <strong>Reuters</strong> reported. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:06:04.892Z">11.06am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hi, this is <strong>Damien Gayle</strong> taking over the blog now, bringing you the latest in coronavirus-related news from around the world. </p><p>If you have any comments, or tips or suggestions for coverage please drop me a line, either via email to <a href="mailto:damien.gayle@theguardian.com">damien.gayle@theguardian.com</a>, or via Twitter direct message to <a href="https://twitter.com/damiengayle">@damiengayle</a>. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T10:00:43.934Z">11.00am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Summary</strong></p><p>Here’s an outline of some of the key global coronavirus updates so far this morning. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T09:28:16.264Z">10.28am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The transmission of coronavirus is believed to be “already widespread” in <strong>Yemen</strong>, the UN has said.</p><p>Aid agencies have said the country is “really on the brink right now” and that its health system “has in effect collapsed” according to a spokesman. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T09:18:30.791Z">10.18am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Amazon</strong> is to hire 50,000 temporary workers in <strong>India</strong> to meet a surge in online shopping in the country amid a national coronavirus lockdown. </p><p>Although online outlets faced a massive disruption to operations in the first days of lockdown, an easing of restrictions has allowed many to resume business as usual. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T09:05:21.904Z">10.05am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The Afghan health minister asked the waring sides to don’t shelter inside medical centres as number of confirmed coronavirus cases has passed 9,000 and <strong>Kabul</strong> recorded its third worst day of the crisis straight. </p><p>Ferozuddin Feroz, the country’s health minister has asked the militant groups, Afghan government and international forces to don’t use medical centres as shelter. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T09:02:32.349Z">10.02am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In case you missed this earlier, here’s a video of Donald Trump telling reporters at a Michigan Ford plant on Thursday that he had worn a mask during part of a tour. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T07:56:24.752Z">8.56am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Cases of coronavirus in <strong>Singapore </strong>have surpassed 30,000 as the city-state continues to report hundreds of new infections in cramped migrant worker dormitories. </p><p>On Friday, the lowly-paid workers represented the vast majority of the 612 new cases. Total cases in Singapore, which has one of the highest daily infection rates in Asia, now stand at 30,426.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T07:45:12.176Z">8.45am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Pictures of <strong>Donald Trump</strong> wearing a face mask while on a visit in Michigan have emerged. </p><p>In a photo since published by both Sky News and NBC, the US president can be seen wearing a navy blue mask. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">President Trump wears a mask during his tour of the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where ventilators, masks and other medical supplies are being manufactured. <a href="https://t.co/UCqBVUEuBZ">https://t.co/UCqBVUEuBZ</a><br><br> Anonymous <a href="https://t.co/eiIFVNPVIh">pic.twitter.com/eiIFVNPVIh</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T07:38:42.456Z">8.38am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Russia</strong> has reported a record daily rise in coronavirus fatalities of 150 in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s nationwide death toll to 3,249. </p><p>The country’s coronavirus response centre also reported 8,894 new infections, bringing the total number of cases to 326,448. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T07:36:26.831Z">8.36am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The leader of <strong>New Zealand</strong>’s main opposition party has been ousted after opinion polls showed prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s soaring popularity over her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. </p><p>Simon Bridges was replaced by Todd Muller in an emergency caucus meeting of his centre-right National Party following a week of disastrous poll results. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T07:24:53.366Z">8.24am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More on China’s plans to impose national security legislation in <strong>Hong Kong</strong>. The chief executive of the global financial hub, Carrie Lam, has said the legislation would not affect its judicial independence or that of its legal entities. </p><p>Reuters has reported that Lam said Beijing’s intention was to tackle illegal activities that the government believed had damaged national security.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JUSTIN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#JUSTIN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CarrieLam?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CarrieLam</a> said HK gov will cooperate with Beijing to promulgate the national security law in Hong Kong, and HK gov still has the responsibility to complete local legislation of Article 23 of Basic Law. <a href="https://t.co/86vbWNWdSA">pic.twitter.com/86vbWNWdSA</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T07:06:43.301Z">8.06am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>India</strong> has reported 6,000 new cases of the coronavirus, the country’s biggest 24-hour rise since the pandemic began. </p><p>Figures on the new infections come as New Delhi eases the nationwide lockdown and some domestic flights resume. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T06:52:57.058Z">7.52am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Thailand </strong>is to maintain its state of emergency over the coronavirus until the end of June. </p><p>The country’s Covid-19 taskforce said on Friday that the measure would be kept in place to keep infections under control as the government prepares to ease restrictions further in early June. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T06:37:41.901Z">7.37am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T06:33:13.961Z">7.33am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Australia</strong> has almost halved the number of people it will support with its wage subsidy scheme during the pandemic. </p><p>The revision, which will save the government around $60bn (Australian dollars), comes as the Treasury said successful efforts to control the outbreak and errors on subsidy applications meant only 3.5 million people will need to be covered. </p><p>The impact on the public purse from the programme will not be as great as initially estimated,” Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a statement.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T06:22:45.461Z">7.22am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Hong Kong </strong>activists have called for people to rise up against Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in the city, saying that the new laws could erode its freedoms through “force and fear”.</p><p>A proposed march at noon on Friday in the central financial district did not materialise after the online calls drew the attention of only a handful of activists and as riot police made their presence visible on the streets. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T05:57:43.752Z">6.57am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Bulgaria</strong>, which has started to ease its lockdown, has scrapped a ban on the entry of visitors from the European Union and Schengen visa zone countries, the health ministry said in a statement late on Thursday. </p><p>In mid-March European Union member Bulgaria banned entry to its territory to travellers from many countries in an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T05:40:36.567Z">6.40am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s a brief look at some of the UK newspaper front pages.</p><p>The Guardian splashes on No 10’s u-turn on the surcharge on foreign National Health Service workers. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">GUARDIAN: ⁦<a href="https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BorisJohnson</a>⁩ in U-turn on surcharge for foreign NHS workers <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/glhyavQLzp">pic.twitter.com/glhyavQLzp</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">THE TIMES: immunity forms planned for coronavirus survivors <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/M2Rnw1ysd8">pic.twitter.com/M2Rnw1ysd8</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">TELEGRAPH: Police spot checks to enforce quarantine <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/MlkBS3XVFN">pic.twitter.com/MlkBS3XVFN</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">MAIL: could this be biggest virus hope we’ve had? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/1UUk9gh89j">pic.twitter.com/1UUk9gh89j</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">FT: China risks reigniting Hong Kong protest by imposing security law <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/7nbEtfKrCD">pic.twitter.com/7nbEtfKrCD</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T05:30:18.707Z">6.30am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In case you missed this earlier, China has abandoned a GDP target for first time in decades the amid “great uncertainty” of virus.</p><p>Chinese premier Li Keqiang told the opening of the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Friday: “We have not set a specific target for economic growth this year. This is because our country will face some factors that are difficult to predict in its development due to the great uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the world economic and trade environment.”</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/china-abandons-gdp-target-for-first-time-in-years-amid-great-uncertainty-of-virus">China abandons GDP target for first time in decades amid 'great uncertainty' of virus</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T05:25:59.719Z">6.25am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Our global report today looks at the growing number of cases in the world’s fourth most populous nation, Indonesia.</p><p><strong>Rebecca Ratcliffe </strong>writes:</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/global-report-indonesia-cases-top-daily-record-as-muslim-world-prepares-for-saddest-eid">Global report: Indonesia cases top daily record as Muslim world prepares for 'saddest' Eid</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T05:03:18.303Z">6.03am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>If you are just joining the blog, here’s a summary of the key events so far:</p><p><strong>Global infections have passed 5.1 million, deaths pass 332,000: </strong>Global cases stand at 5,102,573, with deaths reported at 332,924, according to the Johns Hopkins university tracker. Deaths in the US, stand at 94,702. The UK’s death toll is 36,124, with 252,246 infections</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T04:23:34.991Z">5.23am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>South Korea reported has 20 more cases of the new coronavirus, as health authorities work to contain the cluster connected to Seoul nightclubs. South Korea has had a total of 11,142 infections and 264 deaths. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T04:11:57.895Z">5.11am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The war of words between China and the US has continued, with Chinese State media telling US senators who are pushing for sanctions in response to Beijing’s new national security laws for Hong Kong. The Global Times says the Chinese public is “outraged” by the senator’s calls, and will continue to “defend its sovereignty as HK has always been part of China”.</p><p>It’s hard to escape the escalating rhetoric between these two world superpowers on several fronts. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/US?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#US</a> senators who are pushing for new sanctions in responding to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HK?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HK</a> new national security law have outraged the Chinese public who vow to defend sovereignty as HK has been always part of China, and object to all forms of foreign intervention <a href="https://t.co/sOXdDu36Wz">https://t.co/sOXdDu36Wz</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ig3RfKNuRB">pic.twitter.com/Ig3RfKNuRB</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T03:52:44.292Z">4.52am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T03:29:19.641Z">4.29am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Among those imagining a new world post-coronavirus is the technical director of the French secret service, who has said the DGSE wants to recruit geeks rather than budding young James Bonds.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/we-need-geeks-not-james-bonds-for-post-covid-world-says-french-spy-chief">We need geeks, not James Bonds, for post-Covid world, says French spy chief</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T03:13:03.309Z">4.13am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>After weeks of insisting the Washington DC area is not ready to end restrictions, the mayor, Muriel Bowser, has said the numbers are pointing to the start of a gradual reopening process at the end of the month. </p><p>Bowser has set Friday, 29 May, as a potential start date for phase 1 of the District of Columbia’s proposed three-phase reopening plan. That includes restaurants allowing outdoor seating, non-essential businesses offering curb-side pickup and hair salons and barbers operating by appointment at limited capacity.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T02:58:05.721Z">3.58am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>While we’re on China, there have also been some significant announcements coming out of the Congress about Hong Kong. </p><p>China’s proposed new legislation for Hong Kong requires the territory to quickly finish enacting national security regulations under its mini-constitution, the Basic law, according to a draft of the legislation seen by Reuters. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today might be the most chaotic day of work ever for doing China stuff and that is no small feat</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T02:29:24.473Z">3.29am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More on the announcements coming out of China’s National People’s Congress. Ahead of the meeting, which is largely rubber-stamp parliament, China’s top leaders promised to step up stimulus to bolster the virus-ravaged economy amid rising worries that job losses could threaten social stability. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">China's key policy targets/goals for the year <br><br>A. No GDP target<br>B. Budget deficit at least 3.6% of GDP<br>C. CPI target of 3.5%<br>D. 1 Trlnyuan in special treasury bonds<br>E. Cut corporate fees/taxes by 2.5 trln yuan<br>E. Defense budget to rise 6.6%</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T02:01:16.908Z">3.01am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>China has taken the rare move of not setting an annual GDP target this year after the coronavirus battered the world’s second-largest economy and ravaged global growth, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday.</p><p>It is th Coronavirus outbreak World news Trump administration Donald Trump Brazil Indonesia Italy Russia China Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Damien Gayle (now); Amy Walker and Alison Rourke (earlier) Photograph: Prabhat Kumar Verma/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock The Briefing: Sign up for two-minute audio news updates on WhatsApp, Apple, Spotify and Alexa twice a day https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/18/telegraph-audio-briefings-sign-new-whatsapp-group/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:88533080-6960-755e-d043-b5ea817858a3 Fri, 22 May 2020 03:55:51 -0400 structure:news topics:things/telegraph-podcasts topics:in-the-news topics:organisations/whatsapp structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters China sticks to 'wartime mode' amid fears of second wave https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/china-coronavirus-lockdown-second-wave/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:41853fe2-854b-71b3-785c-0d9383506b43 Fri, 22 May 2020 03:43:00 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown topics:places/asia topics:places/china topics:things/pandemics-epidemics topics:places/beijing topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Sophia Yan What are the five levels of coronavirus alert in the UK? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/five-levels-covid-19-coronavirus-uk-alert/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:62f50b2a-b5ad-ac67-c607-659aafb3ab80 Fri, 22 May 2020 03:38:34 -0400 topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Coronavirus world round-up: Brazil's record fatalities as Donald Trump refuses to wear mask https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/coronavirus-world-round-up-brazils-record-fatalities-donald/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:dcdb6479-7069-cab1-45a6-397a6f08cdff Fri, 22 May 2020 02:52:31 -0400 topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/china topics:people/donald-trump topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Verity Bowman Coronavirus world round-up: Brazil's record fatalities as Donald Trump in row over face mask https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/coronavirus-world-round-up-brazils-record-fatalities-donald/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:9d1c6966-7c3a-f339-edfe-6dc5f5d2150d Fri, 22 May 2020 02:52:31 -0400 topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/china topics:people/donald-trump topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Verity Bowman Friday morning news briefing: Virus police checks at home https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/friday-morning-news-briefingvirus-police-checks-home/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:d704209f-e957-9b5c-1949-7898f2ef4f25 Fri, 22 May 2020 02:38:53 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Danny Boyle Coronavirus live news: China abandons GDP target for first time due to 'great uncertainty' https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:0f56a750-4c2e-f6bc-7036-2485486c33e5 Fri, 22 May 2020 02:33:13 -0400 <p>Beijing tells regions to ‘tighten their belts’ amid Covid-19 fallout; Trump appears at Michigan factory without mask; Italy death toll could be 60% higher than assumed. Follow the latest updates</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates?page=with:block-5ec737e18f0864e579f158ce#block-5ec737e18f0864e579f158ce">China abandons GDP target</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates?page=with:block-5ec70d8c8f08a1782fa7f4f8#block-5ec70d8c8f08a1782fa7f4f8">Trump pushes for churches to reopen</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-21-05-2020">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/australia-coronavirus-live-updates-nsw-victoria-qld-borders-latest-news-update">Australia – live updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T06:33:13.961Z">7.33am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Australia</strong> has almost halved the number of people it will support with its wage subsidy scheme during the pandemic. </p><p>The revision, which will save the government around $60bn (Australian dollars), comes as the Treasury said successful efforts to control the outbreak and errors on subsidy applications meant only 3.5 million people will need to be covered. </p><p>The impact on the public purse from the programme will not be as great as initially estimated,” Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a statement.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T06:22:45.461Z">7.22am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Hong Kong </strong>activists have called for people to rise up against Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in the city, saying that the new laws could erode its freedoms through “force and fear”.</p><p>A proposed march at noon on Friday in the central financial district did not take place after the online calls drew the attention of only a handful of activists and as riot police made their presence visible on the streets. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T05:57:43.752Z">6.57am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Bulgaria</strong>, which has started to ease its lockdown, has scrapped a ban on the entry of visitors from the European Union and Schengen visa zone countries, the health ministry said in a statement late on Thursday. </p><p>In mid-March European Union member Bulgaria banned entry to its territory to travellers from many countries in an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T05:40:36.567Z">6.40am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s a brief look at some of the UK newspaper front pages.</p><p>The Guardian splashes on No 10’s u-turn on the surcharge on foreign National Health Service workers. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">GUARDIAN: ⁦<a href="https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BorisJohnson</a>⁩ in U-turn on surcharge for foreign NHS workers <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/glhyavQLzp">pic.twitter.com/glhyavQLzp</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">THE TIMES: immunity forms planned for coronavirus survivors <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/M2Rnw1ysd8">pic.twitter.com/M2Rnw1ysd8</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">TELEGRAPH: Police spot checks to enforce quarantine <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/MlkBS3XVFN">pic.twitter.com/MlkBS3XVFN</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">MAIL: could this be biggest virus hope we’ve had? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/1UUk9gh89j">pic.twitter.com/1UUk9gh89j</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">FT: China risks reigniting Hong Kong protest by imposing security law <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/7nbEtfKrCD">pic.twitter.com/7nbEtfKrCD</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T05:30:18.707Z">6.30am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In case you missed this earlier, China has abandoned a GDP target for first time in decades the amid “great uncertainty” of virus.</p><p>Chinese premier Li Keqiang told the opening of the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Friday: “We have not set a specific target for economic growth this year. This is because our country will face some factors that are difficult to predict in its development due to the great uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the world economic and trade environment.”</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/china-abandons-gdp-target-for-first-time-in-years-amid-great-uncertainty-of-virus">China abandons GDP target for first time in decades amid 'great uncertainty' of virus</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T05:25:59.719Z">6.25am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Our global report today looks at the growing number of cases in the world’s fourth most populous nation, Indonesia.</p><p><strong>Rebecca Ratcliffe </strong>writes:</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/global-report-indonesia-cases-top-daily-record-as-muslim-world-prepares-for-saddest-eid">Global report: Indonesia cases top daily record as Muslim world prepares for 'saddest' Eid</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T05:03:18.303Z">6.03am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>If you are just joining the blog, here’s a summary of the key events so far:</p><p><strong>Global infections have passed 5.1 million, deaths pass 332,000: </strong>Global cases stand at 5,102,573, with deaths reported at 332,924, according to the Johns Hopkins university tracker. Deaths in the US, stand at 94,702. The UK’s death toll is 36,124, with 252,246 infections</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T04:23:34.991Z">5.23am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>South Korea reported has 20 more cases of the new coronavirus, as health authorities work to contain the cluster connected to Seoul nightclubs. South Korea has had a total of 11,142 infections and 264 deaths. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T04:11:57.895Z">5.11am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The war of words between China and the US has continued, with Chinese State media telling US senators who are pushing for sanctions in response to Beijing’s new national security laws for Hong Kong. The Global Times says the Chinese public is “outraged” by the senator’s calls, and will continue to “defend its sovereignty as HK has always been part of China”.</p><p>It’s hard to escape the escalating rhetoric between these two world superpowers on several fronts. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/US?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#US</a> senators who are pushing for new sanctions in responding to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HK?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HK</a> new national security law have outraged the Chinese public who vow to defend sovereignty as HK has been always part of China, and object to all forms of foreign intervention <a href="https://t.co/sOXdDu36Wz">https://t.co/sOXdDu36Wz</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ig3RfKNuRB">pic.twitter.com/Ig3RfKNuRB</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T03:52:44.292Z">4.52am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T03:29:19.641Z">4.29am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Among those imagining a new world post-coronavirus is the technical director of the French secret service, who has said the DGSE wants to recruit geeks rather than budding young James Bonds.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/we-need-geeks-not-james-bonds-for-post-covid-world-says-french-spy-chief">We need geeks, not James Bonds, for post-Covid world, says French spy chief</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T03:13:03.309Z">4.13am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>After weeks of insisting the Washington DC area is not ready to end restrictions, the mayor, Muriel Bowser, has said the numbers are pointing to the start of a gradual reopening process at the end of the month. </p><p>Bowser has set Friday, 29 May, as a potential start date for phase 1 of the District of Columbia’s proposed three-phase reopening plan. That includes restaurants allowing outdoor seating, non-essential businesses offering curb-side pickup and hair salons and barbers operating by appointment at limited capacity.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T02:58:05.721Z">3.58am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>While we’re on China, there have also been some significant announcements coming out of the Congress about Hong Kong. </p><p>China’s proposed new legislation for Hong Kong requires the territory to quickly finish enacting national security regulations under its mini-constitution, the Basic law, according to a draft of the legislation seen by Reuters. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today might be the most chaotic day of work ever for doing China stuff and that is no small feat</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T02:29:24.473Z">3.29am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More on the announcements coming out of China’s National People’s Congress. Ahead of the meeting, which is largely rubber-stamp parliament, China’s top leaders promised to step up stimulus to bolster the virus-ravaged economy amid rising worries that job losses could threaten social stability. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">China's key policy targets/goals for the year <br><br>A. No GDP target<br>B. Budget deficit at least 3.6% of GDP<br>C. CPI target of 3.5%<br>D. 1 Trlnyuan in special treasury bonds<br>E. Cut corporate fees/taxes by 2.5 trln yuan<br>E. Defense budget to rise 6.6%</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T02:01:16.908Z">3.01am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>China has taken the rare move of not setting an annual GDP target this year after the coronavirus battered the world’s second-largest economy and ravaged global growth, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday.</p><p>It is the first time that China has not set target since the government began publishing such goals in 1990. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T01:28:17.395Z">2.28am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Tributes from former first families have rolled in after the death from Covid-19 of Wilson Jerman, a former White House butler who was a fixture in Washington under 11 presidents.</p><p>Jerman, who was 91, started working as a cleaner under Dwight Eisenhower and retired as an elevator operator during the presidency of Barack Obama.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler who served through 11 presidencies, dies of COVID-19 <a href="https://t.co/7pCdTAUNuj">https://t.co/7pCdTAUNuj</a> <a href="https://t.co/b6JhNPB85g">pic.twitter.com/b6JhNPB85g</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T01:20:12.155Z">2.20am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Consumer prices in Japan fell for the first time in more than three years last month, official data shows, dragged down by the coronavirus pandemic and collapsing oil prices.<br></p><p>Core prices in April, excluding volatile fresh food, slipped 0.2%t from a year earlier, reversing a rise of 0.4 % in March, according to the internal affairs ministry.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T01:03:37.703Z">2.03am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Australia is seeking an exemption from a requirement that travellers arriving in the UK quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19. </p><p>The British government is planning a 14-day quarantine for most people arriving in the country in the coming weeks to try to prevent a second peak of the pandemic, with details to be finalised next month. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:38:50.750Z">1.38am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>And on a serious note on President Trump, he has just tweeted that he has asked for all flags on federal buildings and national monuments to fly at half mast for the next three days, honouring victims of the virus. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus....</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This isn't normal behavior. The president is not well. <a href="https://t.co/MIle1KCscT">https://t.co/MIle1KCscT</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:30:40.495Z">1.30am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>President Trump’s confusing statement today on his latest coronavirus test, has made it to Tiktok. The president said he had tested positively, in that he had tested negative.</p><p>First the President’s version...and then Sarah Cooper on Tiktok, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/14/trump-lip-sync-video-memes-sarah-cooper-tiktoks-interview">whose videos lip-syncing Trump have been widely viewed.</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here is a quote from Trump:<br><br>"I tested very positively in another sense so— this morning. Yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right. So. I tested perfectly this morning. Meaning I tested negative." <a href="https://t.co/xA0DBUcfr9">pic.twitter.com/xA0DBUcfr9</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I tested very positively <a href="https://t.co/lp4fE2bbai">pic.twitter.com/lp4fE2bbai</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:24:40.472Z">1.24am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>British PM, Boris Johnson, has instructed civil servants to make plans to end UK’s reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports in light of the coronavirus outbreak, The Times newspaper reported on Friday. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:17:46.310Z">1.17am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Italy’s death toll from Covid-19 in March and April could be nearly 19,000 higher than the official figure of 32,000, the national social security agency said Thursday.</p><p>The Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale (INPS), the largest social security and welfare institute in Italy, said in a new study that the official death figures were not “reliable”.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:14:28.202Z">1.14am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Still in Russia and the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, was on Thursday reportedly being treated for coronavirus in Moscow according to Russian news agencies.</p><p>The 43-year-old calls himself the Kremlin’s “foot soldier” but is widely thought to enjoy carte blanche from Moscow, which turns a blind eye to heavy-handed tactics in his North Caucasus fiefdom in exchange for loyalty.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:07:13.286Z">1.07am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Russia’s industrial output fell by 6.6% in April compared to the previous year, dampened by the country’s coronavirus lockdown, the state statistics agency said Thursday.</p><p>Russia imposed a “non-working” period across the country at the end of April which “served as the decisive factor in lowering industrial output,” Rosstat said in a statement.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T23:55:23.878Z">12.55am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Still on Brazil, and President Jair Bolsonaro, a long-running advocate of malaria drug chloroquine to treat Covid-19, said on Thursday he knew there was no proof it works, but said there are cases in which it appears to have been successful, Reuters reports. </p><p>On Wednesday, Brazil’s health ministry issued new guidelines for the wider use of anti-malarial drugs in mild coronavirus cases, in defiance of public health experts warning of possible health risks.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T23:45:41.059Z">12.45am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Brazil has had another terrible day with coronavirus figures passing the 20,000 Covid-19 deaths, as the Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Philips, reports:<br><br>Brazil has just passed another grim coronavirus milestone, with more than 20,000 deaths from Covid-19 now officially confirmed here. <br><br>On Thursday evening Brazil’s health ministry announced a daily record of 1,188 deaths confirmed in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of officially recorded deaths to 20,047.</p><p>Brazil also confirmed another 18,508 infections, taking the total number to 310,087. That is the third highest number in the world, after the US and Russia. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T23:41:55.109Z">12.41am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>It’s been another controversial day in the US for President Trump, who visited a Ford plant in the crucial battle state of Michigan. </p><p>Trump toured the Ford plant, which has been recast to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment, without wearing a face mask in front of TV cameras. This was despite Ford on Tuesday reiterating its policy that all visitors must wear them. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump starts his tour of Ford’s Rawsonville Plant with four executives in face masks. He isn’t wearing one. <a href="https://t.co/GZm6FTdEcv">pic.twitter.com/GZm6FTdEcv</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T23:08:21.365Z">12.08am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s ongoing live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. </p><p>Donald Trump has promised that he is working on plans to allow churches to hold Sunday services again, and<strong> </strong>“you’re going to see something come out very soon”. He made his remarks at a Ford factory in Michigan, where he did not wear a mask, despite, the state’s attorney general writing an open letter to him yesterday saying the president had “not only a legal responsibility, but also a social and moral responsibility” to wear a mask during his tour. Trump has locked horns with Michigan’s Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer, over the states lockdown rules and restrictions. </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus outbreak Trump administration Donald Trump Brazil Indonesia Italy Russia China Asia Pacific Infectious diseases World news Alison Rourke Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images Coronavirus conspiracy theories: More than a fifth of people believe the virus is a hoax https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/coronavirus-conspiracy-theories-fifth-people-believe-virus-hoax/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:41df288d-4eac-2731-4fcb-7e619e107cd0 Fri, 22 May 2020 02:00:00 -0400 structure:news topics:things/conspiracy-theories topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Jessica Carpani China's regime sets out plans to clamp down on dissent in Hong Kong at opening of National People's Congress https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/chinas-regime-sets-plans-clamp-dissent-hong-kong-opening-ofnational/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:8fae5ef7-6176-921e-ccd7-4a1d12b9d551 Thu, 21 May 2020 23:07:59 -0400 topics:in-the-news/hong-kong-protests structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:people/xi-jinping topics:places/china topics:people/donald-trump topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff China's regime sets out plans to clamp down on dissent in Hong Kong at National People's Congress https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/chinas-regime-sets-plans-clamp-dissent-hong-kong-opening-ofnational/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:679592c3-a278-7451-03c0-d08a6469a529 Thu, 21 May 2020 23:07:59 -0400 topics:in-the-news/hong-kong-protests structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:people/xi-jinping topics:places/china topics:people/donald-trump topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff China's regime pledges to clamp down on dissent in Hong Kong at National People's Congress https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/chinas-regime-sets-plans-clamp-dissent-hong-kong-opening-ofnational/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:59000f69-938b-5b3b-3359-47d9e032b714 Thu, 21 May 2020 23:07:59 -0400 topics:in-the-news/hong-kong-protests structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:people/xi-jinping topics:places/china topics:people/donald-trump topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff North Korean regime finally admits Kim Jong-un cannot magically bend time and space https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/north-korean-regime-finally-admits-kim-jong-un-cannot-magically/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:987b917f-5383-94f8-25b1-c298196f7687 Thu, 21 May 2020 22:35:44 -0400 topics:people/kim-jong-un topics:places/north-korea structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/asia storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Coronavirus live news: Trump pushes to open churches as Brazil death toll passes 20,000 https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:31421ec0-a47e-be37-23a7-12acc25ea2a3 Thu, 21 May 2020 22:06:29 -0400 <p>President appears at Michigan factory without mask; Italy death toll could be 60% higher than assumed; Russia industrial output falls 6.6% in April. Follow the latest updates</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates?page=with:block-5ec70d8c8f08a1782fa7f4f8#block-5ec70d8c8f08a1782fa7f4f8">Trump pushes for churches to reopen</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/just-7-per-cent-of-stockholm-had-covid-19-antibodies-by-end-of-april-study-sweden-coronavirus">Just 7.3% of Stockholm had Covid-19 antibodies </a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-21-05-2020">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/australia-coronavirus-live-updates-nsw-victoria-qld-borders-latest-news-update">Australia – live updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T02:01:16.908Z">3.01am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>China has taken the rare move of not setting an annual growth target this year after the coronavirus battered the world’s second-largest economy and ravaged global growth, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday, AFP reports.</p><p>Instead, given “great uncertainty” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Beijing will “give priority to stabilising employment and ensuring living standards”, he told the opening of the National People’s Congress.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T01:28:17.395Z">2.28am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Tributes from former first families have rolled in after the death from Covid-19 of Wilson Jerman, a former White House butler who was a fixture in Washington under 11 presidents.</p><p>Jerman, who was 91, started working as a cleaner under Dwight Eisenhower and retired as an elevator operator during the presidency of Barack Obama.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler who served through 11 presidencies, dies of COVID-19 <a href="https://t.co/7pCdTAUNuj">https://t.co/7pCdTAUNuj</a> <a href="https://t.co/b6JhNPB85g">pic.twitter.com/b6JhNPB85g</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T01:20:12.155Z">2.20am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Consumer prices in Japan fell for the first time in more than three years last month, official data shows, dragged down by the coronavirus pandemic and collapsing oil prices.<br></p><p>Core prices in April, excluding volatile fresh food, slipped 0.2%t from a year earlier, reversing a rise of 0.4 % in March, according to the internal affairs ministry.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T01:03:37.703Z">2.03am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Australia is seeking an exemption from a requirement that travellers arriving in the UK quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19. </p><p>The British government is planning a 14-day quarantine for most people arriving in the country in the coming weeks to try to prevent a second peak of the pandemic, with details to be finalised next month. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:38:50.750Z">1.38am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>And on a serious note on President Trump, he has just tweeted that he has asked for all flags on federal buildings and national monuments to fly at half mast for the next three days, honouring victims of the virus. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus....</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This isn't normal behavior. The president is not well. <a href="https://t.co/MIle1KCscT">https://t.co/MIle1KCscT</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:30:40.495Z">1.30am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>President Trump’s confusing statement today on his latest coronavirus test, has made it to Tiktok. The president said he had tested positively, in that he had tested negative.</p><p>First the President’s version...and then Sarah Cooper on Tiktok, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/14/trump-lip-sync-video-memes-sarah-cooper-tiktoks-interview">whose videos lip-syncing Trump have been widely viewed.</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here is a quote from Trump:<br><br>"I tested very positively in another sense so— this morning. Yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right. So. I tested perfectly this morning. Meaning I tested negative." <a href="https://t.co/xA0DBUcfr9">pic.twitter.com/xA0DBUcfr9</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I tested very positively <a href="https://t.co/lp4fE2bbai">pic.twitter.com/lp4fE2bbai</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:24:40.472Z">1.24am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>British PM, Boris Johnson, has instructed civil servants to make plans to end UK’s reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports in light of the coronavirus outbreak, The Times newspaper reported on Friday. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:17:46.310Z">1.17am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Italy’s death toll from Covid-19 in March and April could be nearly 19,000 higher than the official figure of 32,000, the national social security agency said Thursday.</p><p>The Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale (INPS), the largest social security and welfare institute in Italy, said in a new study that the official death figures were not “reliable”.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:14:28.202Z">1.14am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Still in Russia and the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, was on Thursday reportedly being treated for coronavirus in Moscow according to Russian news agencies.</p><p>The 43-year-old calls himself the Kremlin’s “foot soldier” but is widely thought to enjoy carte blanche from Moscow, which turns a blind eye to heavy-handed tactics in his North Caucasus fiefdom in exchange for loyalty.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-22T00:07:13.286Z">1.07am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Russia’s industrial output fell by 6.6% in April compared to the previous year, dampened by the country’s coronavirus lockdown, the state statistics agency said Thursday.</p><p>Russia imposed a “non-working” period across the country at the end of April which “served as the decisive factor in lowering industrial output,” Rosstat said in a statement.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T23:55:23.878Z">12.55am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Still on Brazil, and President Jair Bolsonaro, a long-running advocate of malaria drug chloroquine to treat Covid-19, said on Thursday he knew there was no proof it works, but said there are cases in which it appears to have been successful, Reuters reports. </p><p>On Wednesday, Brazil’s health ministry issued new guidelines for the wider use of anti-malarial drugs in mild coronavirus cases, in defiance of public health experts warning of possible health risks.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T23:45:41.059Z">12.45am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Brazil has had another terrible day with coronavirus figures passing the 20,000 Covid-19 deaths, as the Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Philips, reports:<br><br>Brazil has just passed another grim coronavirus milestone, with more than 20,000 deaths from Covid-19 now officially confirmed here. <br><br>On Thursday evening Brazil’s health ministry announced a daily record of 1,188 deaths confirmed in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of officially recorded deaths to 20,047.</p><p>Brazil also confirmed another 18,508 infections, taking the total number to 310,087. That is the third highest number in the world, after the US and Russia. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T23:41:55.109Z">12.41am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>It’s been another controversial day in the US for President Trump, who visited a Ford plant in the crucial battle state of Michigan. </p><p>Trump toured the Ford plant, which has been recast to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment, without wearing a face mask in front of TV cameras. This was despite Ford on Tuesday reiterated its policy that all visitors must wear them. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump starts his tour of Ford’s Rawsonville Plant with four executives in face masks. He isn’t wearing one. <a href="https://t.co/GZm6FTdEcv">pic.twitter.com/GZm6FTdEcv</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T23:08:21.365Z">12.08am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s ongoing live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. </p><p>Donald Trump has promised that he is working on plans to allow churches to hold Sunday services again, and<strong> </strong>“you’re going to see something come out very soon”. He made his remarks at a Ford factory in Michigan, where he did not wear a mask, despite, the state’s attorney general writing an open letter to him yesterday saying the president had “not only a legal responsibility, but also a social and moral responsibility” to wear a mask during his tour. Trump has locked horns with Michigan’s Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer, over the states lockdown rules and restrictions. </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus outbreak Trump administration Donald Trump Brazil Indonesia Italy Russia China Asia Pacific Infectious diseases World news Alison Rourke Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images Jamal Khashoggi's son says family forgives his killers https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/jamal-khashoggis-son-says-family-forgives-killers/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:bcee97ec-24a8-3e99-1ff7-295b717bdc45 Thu, 21 May 2020 20:50:56 -0400 structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:organisations/cia topics:places/saudi-arabia topics:people/jamal-khashoggi topics:people/mohammad-bin-salman storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Jamal Khashoggi's family were pressured into pardoning his killers, Saudi activists believe  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/jamal-khashoggis-son-says-family-forgives-killers/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:696aa4a6-2baf-b13e-a10f-cd19df7a2066 Thu, 21 May 2020 20:50:56 -0400 structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:organisations/cia topics:places/saudi-arabia topics:people/jamal-khashoggi topics:people/mohammad-bin-salman storytype:standard James Rothwell Boris Johnson wants Britain to be less reliant on Chinese supplies in wake of coronavirus https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/boris-johnson-wants-britain-less-reliant-chinese-supplies-wake/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:1226170e-57f3-5466-c128-e49c8a60bb43 Thu, 21 May 2020 20:25:50 -0400 structure:news topics:people/boris-johnson topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:places/china structure:politics storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Police searching for Louise Smith find body in woodland https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/22/police-searching-louise-smith-find-body-woodland/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:ee0771ee-c06d-e03e-7a1b-f7331ba9a7a1 Thu, 21 May 2020 20:00:40 -0400 structure:news topics:things/crime topics:organisations/hampshire-constabulary structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Spain reports lowest daily death toll in over two months – as it happened https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:25624c03-b4d7-8398-abec-620180dbf13a Thu, 21 May 2020 19:24:16 -0400 <p>Brazil daily death toll jumps by nearly 1,200; East Africa facing ‘triple menace’ of Covid-19, floods and locusts. This blog is now closed</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates">Follow the latest global coronavirus blog here for live updates</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T23:19:09.265Z">12.19am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>We are closing this live blog now, but you can stay up to date on all our coverage with our new global blog which you can find below.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/22/coronavirus-live-news-trump-pushes-to-open-churches-as-brazil-death-toll-passes-20000-covid-19-latest-updates">Coronavirus live news: Trump pushes to open churches as Brazil death toll passes 20,000</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T23:09:40.823Z">12.09am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here the latest developments at a glance:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T22:52:07.948Z">11.52pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro</strong><br></p><p>Brazil has just passed another grim coronavirus milestone, with more than 20,000 deaths from Covid-19 now officially confirmed here. <br><br>On Thursday evening Brazil’s health ministry announced a daily record of 1,188 deaths confirmed in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of officially recorded deaths to 20,047.<br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T22:34:00.090Z">11.34pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A scientific adviser to the British government has said that he would have liked ministers to have acted “a week or two weeks earlier” in the virus pandemic, the BBC reports.<br></p><p><strong>Ian Boyd</strong>, who sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which advises ministers on Covid-19, said “it would have made “quite a big difference” to the death rate. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T22:28:05.819Z">11.28pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here a picture of US president <strong>Donald Trump</strong> holding up but not wearing a face shield during a tour of Ford Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan on Thursday. The wearing of masks is mandatory at the plant.<br></p><p>The plant is manufacturing ventilators, masks and other medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T22:16:21.674Z">11.16pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Austria’s hotels will reopen as planned on 29 May, chancellor <strong>Sebastian Kurz</strong> announced on Thursday.</p><p>Infection rates were low enough to allow a reopening of the tourism sector, he said, according to Der Standard newspaper.<br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T21:57:43.542Z">10.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Puerto Rico will cautiously reopen beaches, restaurants, churches, malls and hair salons next week under strict new rules as the US territory emerges from a two-month lockdown that stifled business activity on an island already beset with economic woes.</p><p>Governor <strong>Wanda Vázquez</strong> announced Thursday that most businesses will reopen on Tuesday, but a 7pm to 5am curfew will remain in place until June 15, the Associated Press reports.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T21:37:30.103Z">10.37pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>US president <strong>Donald Trump</strong> is eager to get back on the campaign trail and said on Thursday he may have to stage rallies at outdoor sites until the coronavirus pandemic settles down enough for traditional events, Reuters reports. <br></p><p>“We got to get back to the rallies,” Trump told reporters during a tour of a Ford auto plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. “I think it’s going to be sooner rather than later.” <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T21:23:51.927Z">10.23pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Half of Facebook’s workforce could shift to permanent home working by the end of the decade, founder <strong>Mark Zuckerberg</strong> has revealed, according to the Press Association. <br></p><p>The social network’s chief set out his vision to employees on Thursday, prompted by the coronavirus crisis which has forced companies across the globe to embrace remote working in recent months. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T21:06:18.423Z">10.06pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Italy’s coronavirus death toll in March and April could be nearly 19,000 higher than the official figure of 32,000, the national social security agency said Thursday. </p><p>The Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale (INPS), the largest social security and welfare institute in Italy, said in a new study that the official death figures were not “reliable”, according to AFP. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:57:23.252Z">9.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A two-day-old baby has died because of a coronavirus-related condition in South Africa, the government said Thursday.</p><p>The baby was born preterm with lung difficulties and had to be put on a ventilator, according to a statement from the health ministry, CNN reports.<br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:43:52.452Z">9.43pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Our US live blog is reporting that once again <strong>Donald Trump</strong> has carried out an official visit without wearing a face mask. The US president, who was touring a Ford factory in Michigan that has been adapted to making medical equipment, said that he did not require a mask all the time as he is tested frequently for coronavirus. </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-us-live-trump-michigan-visit-whitmer-latest-updates">Coronavirus US live: Trump appears without mask at Ford plant despite policy</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:26:16.596Z">9.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Data on coronavirus infections that was a key driver in Governor <strong>Brian Kemps’ </strong>aggressive push to reopen the US state of Georgia was flawed and may have distorted perceptions of progress against the virus, the Associated Press reports.</p><p>Georgia Department of Public Health spokeswoman <strong>Nancy Nydam</strong> said in a statement on Thursday that the department included antibody tests when calculating the total number of tests conducted since early April. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:10:44.436Z">9.10pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Speaking of churches: More than 1,200 <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/california">California</a> pastors say they will resume in-person services this month in defiance of Governor <strong>Gavin Newsom’s</strong> stay-at-home order to slow the spread of coronavirus.</p><p>California has more than 85,700 coronavirus cases and more than 3,400 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of people infected is probably higher because of a lack of testing.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/21/california-pastors-services-stay-home-order">California: 1,200 pastors say they will defy state order and resume services</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:00:21.986Z">9.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Churches in the Iranian capital Tehran were given a deep-clean on Thursday, according to Living in Tehran.</p><p>So far, 7,249 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Iran, and new <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/06/global-report-iranian-infections-rise-as-france-plans-for-resurgence">infections have risen sharply since the country relaxed its restrictions on movement on 11 April</a>.<br></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Churches across the north-central parts of Tehran got intensive disinfection by the city authorities on May 21.<a href="https://twitter.com/LivinginTehran?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LivinginTehran</a>, your guide to the city. <a href="https://t.co/2HMB4ZYsiV">pic.twitter.com/2HMB4ZYsiV</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:51:11.806Z">8.51pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Russia’s industrial output fell by 6.6 percent in April compared to the previous year, dampened by the country’s coronavirus lockdown, according to the state statistics agency Rosstat. <br></p><p>Russia imposed a “non-working” period across the country at the end of April which “served as the decisive factor in lowering industrial output,” Rosstat said in a statement, AFP reports. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:45:00.925Z">8.45pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Chechnya’s leader <strong>Ramzan Kadyrov</strong> was on Thursday in hospital in Moscow suffering from suspected coronavirus, Russian news agencies reported, according to AFP. </p><p>“Ramzan Kadyrov was taken by plane to Moscow with a suspected case of coronavirus. Now (he) is under medical supervision,” state news agency TASS reported, citing a medical source who also said Kadyrov was in a “stable” condition. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:39:18.425Z">8.39pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Brazil’s president <strong>Jair Bolsonaro</strong> said he will sign off a 60 billion-real ($10.72 billion) federal aid programme for states and cities hit by coronavirus, but asked governors for support freezing public sector pay increases. <br></p><p>The bill to distribute federal money to states and municipalities was approved by Congress earlier this month. However, Bolsonaro has not signed off on it due to pressure from economy minister <strong>Paulo Guedes</strong>, who is pushing for more fiscal austerity, Reuters reports.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:25:29.026Z">8.25pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Guatemala’s president has criticised the US for continuing to send deportees infected with coronavirus to the country which is struggling to manage the crisis, reports Associated Press.</p><p>On Thursday, <strong>Alejandro Giammattei</strong> said: “Guatemala is an ally of the United States, but the United States is not Guatemala’s ally. They don’t treat us like an ally.”</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:55:03.731Z">7.55pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Strict coronavirus lockdowns in Guatemala and El Salvador have battered local economies to the extent that hundreds of families are flying white flags outside their homes or waving them in the street: not in surrender, but to seek food and assistance, Reuters reports. <br></p><p>After 50 days of lockdown, many people in El Salvador have lost their livelihoods. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:30:59.137Z">7.30pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Latin America has reported more new coronavirus cases than either the United States or Europe for three days in a row, driven by high numbers in Brazil, Peru and Mexico, CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University and World Health Organization data shows.</p><p>The region reported at least 32,854 new cases on Wednesday, more than half of which were in Brazil.<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/20/americas/brazil-coronavirus-deaths-intl/index.html"><br></a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:26:33.671Z">7.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here is a nice little clip from ABC’s <strong>James Longman</strong> on a walk through the deserted streets of Santorini, one of Greece’s most popular tourist resorts.</p><p>The Greek prime minister, <strong>Kyriakos Mitsotakis</strong>, has said that the country’s tourism season will begin on 15 June. “Let us make this summer the epilogue of the [Covid-19] crisis,” he said in a televised address on Wednesday.</p><p lang="in" dir="ltr">Alone on Santorini <a href="https://t.co/EtEMauNAJ6">pic.twitter.com/EtEMauNAJ6</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:14:32.036Z">7.14pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The growth rate of new confirmed coronavirus cases in France slowed slightly on Thursday, with health authorities reporting an additional 318 known infections, an increase of 0.2% over 24 hours.</p><p>The rate of increases in reported deaths also slowed a little, with 83 Covid-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 28,215, Reuters reports. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:07:57.185Z">7.07pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hello everyone, I’m taking over from my colleague <strong>Damien Gayle</strong>. If you want to share updates or tips, please feel free to <a href="mailto:jedidajah.otte.casual@theguardian.com">email me</a> or message me <a href="https://twitter.com/JedySays">on Twitter</a>. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:57:34.288Z">6.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Key developments in the global <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">coronavirus outbreak</a> today include:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:48:06.553Z">6.48pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Meanwhile, in the <strong>United States</strong>, Donald Trump, the president, has announced that he has tested positively negative for the coronavirus. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump on his latest coronavirus test: "I tested very positively in another sense, so, this morning, yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right? So, no. I tested perfectly this morning, meaning I tested negative. But that's a way of saying it. Positively toward the negative" <a href="https://t.co/El53NhCqOL">pic.twitter.com/El53NhCqOL</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:39:20.105Z">6.39pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Had the <strong>US</strong> begun social distancing just one week earlier, the country <a href="https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.15.20103655v1.full.pdf">would have prevented</a> 36,000 deaths through early May, according to researchers at Columbia University, writes <strong>Kenya Evelyn</strong> in Washington for the Guardian US.</p><p>Had action been taken two weeks earlier, by 1 March, 54,000 fewer Americans would have died of the virus, <a href="https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.15.20103655v1.full.pdf">the researchers determined</a>.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/us-social-distancing-lives-lost-coronavirus-lockdown-study">Social distancing a week earlier could have saved 36,000 US lives, study finds</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:32:43.836Z">6.32pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>UK</strong> health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said antibody tests suggest that 17% of people in <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk/london">London</a> and 5% in the rest of the country may have had coronavirus. </p><p>If true, the figure constitutes a remarkable spread of the virus despite the government-imposed lockdown to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. It would be more than twice the spread of the virus in Stockholm, Sweden, where no official lockdown was imposed, yet just 7% of people have been found to be carrying antibodies. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:19:00.058Z">6.19pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Air travellers in <strong>Europe</strong> will have to wear face masks throughout all stages of their journey, they could be assessed in interview booths if they show signs of Covid-19, and will need to say goodbye to loved ones outside the airport, according to guidelines issued by the EU’s air safety body, writes <strong>Rob Davies</strong> for the Guardian’s business desk.</p><p>Instructions issued to airports and airlines also include: restrictions on hand luggage, reserving an on-board toilet for cabin crew and no onboard duty free or food trolleys.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/the-future-of-flying-eu-air-safety-body-issues-coronavirus-guidelines">Face masks and no duty free: EU issues coronavirus air safety guidelines</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:12:13.501Z">6.12pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Twenty-nine cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the past three days in the <strong>Gaza</strong> strip, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday. </p><p>Yousef Abu al-Reesh, director general of the ministry of health in the Hamas-run territory, said the number of cases in Gaza had now reached 49 since the first was detected on 5 March, China’s official news agency <a href="http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/21/c_139076440.htm">Xinhua reports</a>. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:02:59.013Z">6.02pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Beijing will retaliate if the <strong>US</strong> congress passes legislation seeking sanctions against <strong>China</strong> over the coronavirus pandemic, the spokesman for the country’s parliament said Thursday, <strong>AFP</strong> reports.</p><p>Republican senators proposed legislation last week that would empower Trump to impose sanctions on China if Beijing does not give a “full accounting” for the outbreak.</p><p>We firmly oppose these bills, and will make a firm response and take countermeasures based on the deliberation of these bills ... It is neither responsible nor moral to cover up one’s own problems by blaming others. We will never accept any unwarranted lawsuits and demands for compensation.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:37:03.197Z">5.37pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In Colombo, the capital of <strong>Sri Lanka</strong>, where many have not earned money for months because of a strict coronavirus lockdown, three women were trampled to death in a stampede for an $8 Ramadan handout. </p><p>Some 1,000 people queued outside a businessman’s warehouse for his annual handout during the Muslim fasting month, a local member of parliament, Mujibur Rahman, told AFP.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:26:20.809Z">5.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Deaths from coronavirus in <strong>Italy</strong> rose by 156 on Wednesday, against 161 on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 32,486, writes <strong>Angela Giuffrida</strong>, the Guardian’s Rome correspondent.</p><p>New infections increased by 642, compared to 665 on Wednesday, according to the civil protection authority.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:25:15.852Z">5.25pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Regarding the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave?page=with:block-5ec691878f08a1782fa7f0b7#block-5ec691878f08a1782fa7f0b7">serological study that found just 1% of Danes are carrying antibodies for the coronavirus</a>, a reader has written in to urge caution on the results.</p><p>The percentage of “immune” persons is very likely wrong as the sample size is minuscule (1,000) and the number of positives just 12. The test itself is not 100% reliable so the error bounds on your 1% number must be quite huge. Those bounds should also be reported.</p><p>Whether the figures can be applied to the entire Danish population can also be affected by whether groups with different patterns of infection choose or not choose to accept the offer to be tested.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:15:16.998Z">5.15pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Egypt</strong>’s minister of higher information has said the true number of coronavirus infections in the country could be over 71,000, compared to the 14,229 cases officially reported so far, writes <strong>Ruth Michaelson</strong>. <br></p><p>Khaled Abdel Ghaffar outlined the potential number of cases in a presentation witnessed by the Egyptian president, Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, adding that the number of confirmed cases in Egypt will break 20,000 cases next week. <br></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/26/egypt-forces-guardian-journalist-leave-coronavirus-story-ruth-michaelson">Egypt forces Guardian journalist to leave after coronavirus story</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T15:53:45.146Z">4.53pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Museums, zoos, theatres, cinemas and similar cultural institutions began reopening in <strong>Denmark</strong> on Thursday, after the country decided to accelerate its exit from Coronavirus outbreak World news Australia news UK news US news Europe Africa Russia Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases China Middle East and North Africa Jedidajah Otte (now), Damien Gayle, Alexandra Topping and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP Ahmaud Arbery killing: Man who filmed shooting is arrested on suspicion of murder https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/ahmaud-arbery-killing-man-filmed-shooting-arrested-suspicion/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:16339eb9-f0c8-8c01-911e-1e68b7e9c1c9 Thu, 21 May 2020 19:02:28 -0400 topics:things/crime topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:things/racism storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Having a parcel delivered 'the highlight of the day' in lockdown https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/having-parcel-delivered-highlight-day-lockdown/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:c638b6a5-2e3f-c1f9-4c1a-99d19562306d Thu, 21 May 2020 19:01:00 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown topics:organisations/royal-mail structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Sam Meadows Coronavirus live news: Italian death toll 'could be 19,000 higher than official figures' https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:9daee471-efe9-0972-b977-03dc628f8b7e Thu, 21 May 2020 18:52:07 -0400 <p>Spain reports lowest daily death toll in over two months; East Africa facing ‘triple menace’ of Covid-19, floods and locusts; Wuhan bans eating wild animals; global case total passes 5m </p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">Chechen strongman Kadyrov ‘hospitalised with suspected Covid-19’</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/us-social-distancing-lives-lost-coronavirus-lockdown-study">Social distancing a week earlier ‘could have saved 36,000 US lives’</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/italy-lockdown-mental-health-psychologists-coronavirus">Italy: lockdown has taken heavy toll on mental health</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/21/if-i-dont-have-sex-ill-die-of-hunger-covid-19-crisis-for-rios-trans-sex-workers">‘If I don’t have sex I’ll die of hunger’: Covid crisis of Rio’s trans sex workers</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a><br></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T22:52:07.948Z">11.52pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro</strong><br></p><p>Brazil has just passed another grim coronavirus milestone, with more than 20,000 deaths from Covid-19 now officially confirmed here. <br><br>On Thursday evening Brazil’s health ministry announced a daily record of 1,188 deaths confirmed in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of officially recorded deaths to 20,047.<br>Brazil also confirmed another 18,508 infections, taking the total number to 310,087. That is the third highest number in the world, after the US and Russia. <br><br>Despite Brazil’s rising death toll the country’s far-right president, <strong>Jair Bolsonaro</strong>, continues to downplay the dangers of the coronavirus, which he has repeatedly dismissed as “a bit of a cold” and “a little flu”. <br><br>On Thursday, just hours before the new death toll was announced, Bolsonaro claimed the pandemic’s threat had been exaggerated with “a great deal of propaganda”. <br><br>“This has brought dread to the heart of the Brazilian family,” Bolsonaro complained. <br><br>Sub-notification and low rates of testing mean the real number of infections and deaths are likely to be substantially higher. Some experts fear Brazil’s death toll could rise to at least 100,000 in the coming months. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T22:34:00.090Z">11.34pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A scientific adviser to the British government has said that he would have liked ministers to have acted “a week or two weeks earlier” in the virus pandemic, the BBC reports.<br></p><p><strong>Ian Boyd</strong>, who sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which advises ministers on Covid-19, said “it would have made “quite a big difference” to the death rate. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T22:28:05.819Z">11.28pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here a picture of US president <strong>Donald Trump</strong> holding up but not wearing a face shield during a tour of Ford Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan on Thursday. The wearing of masks is mandatory at the plant.<br></p><p>The plant is manufacturing ventilators, masks and other medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T22:16:21.674Z">11.16pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Austria’s hotels will reopen as planned on 29 May, chancellor <strong>Sebastian Kurz</strong> announced on Thursday.</p><p>Infection rates were low enough to allow a reopening of the tourism sector, he said, according to Der Standard newspaper.<br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T21:57:43.542Z">10.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Puerto Rico will cautiously reopen beaches, restaurants, churches, malls and hair salons next week under strict new rules as the US territory emerges from a two-month lockdown that stifled business activity on an island already beset with economic woes.</p><p>Governor <strong>Wanda Vázquez</strong> announced Thursday that most businesses will reopen on Tuesday, but a 7pm to 5am curfew will remain in place until June 15, the Associated Press reports.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T21:37:30.103Z">10.37pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>US president <strong>Donald Trump</strong> is eager to get back on the campaign trail and said on Thursday he may have to stage rallies at outdoor sites until the coronavirus pandemic settles down enough for traditional events, Reuters reports. <br></p><p>“We got to get back to the rallies,” Trump told reporters during a tour of a Ford auto plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. “I think it’s going to be sooner rather than later.” <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T21:23:51.927Z">10.23pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Half of Facebook’s workforce could shift to permanent home working by the end of the decade, founder <strong>Mark Zuckerberg</strong> has revealed, according to the Press Association. <br></p><p>The social network’s chief set out his vision to employees on Thursday, prompted by the coronavirus crisis which has forced companies across the globe to embrace remote working in recent months. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T21:06:18.423Z">10.06pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Italy’s coronavirus death toll in March and April could be nearly 19,000 higher than the official figure of 32,000, the national social security agency said Thursday. </p><p>The Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale (INPS), the largest social security and welfare institute in Italy, said in a new study that the official death figures were not “reliable”, according to AFP. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:57:23.252Z">9.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A two-day-old baby has died because of a coronavirus-related condition in South Africa, the government said Thursday.</p><p>The baby was born preterm with lung difficulties and had to be put on a ventilator, according to a statement from the health ministry, CNN reports.<br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:43:52.452Z">9.43pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Our US live blog is reporting that once again <strong>Donald Trump</strong> has carried out an official visit without wearing a face mask. The US president, who was touring a Ford factory in Michigan that has been adapted to making medical equipment, said that he did not require a mask all the time as he is tested frequently for coronavirus. </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-us-live-trump-michigan-visit-whitmer-latest-updates">Coronavirus US live: Trump appears without mask at Ford plant despite policy</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:26:16.596Z">9.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Data on coronavirus infections that was a key driver in Governor <strong>Brian Kemps’ </strong>aggressive push to reopen the US state of Georgia was flawed and may have distorted perceptions of progress against the virus, the Associated Press reports.</p><p>Georgia Department of Public Health spokeswoman <strong>Nancy Nydam</strong> said in a statement on Thursday that the department included antibody tests when calculating the total number of tests conducted since early April. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:10:44.436Z">9.10pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Speaking of churches: More than 1,200 <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/california">California</a> pastors say they will resume in-person services this month in defiance of Governor <strong>Gavin Newsom’s</strong> stay-at-home order to slow the spread of coronavirus.</p><p>California has more than 85,700 coronavirus cases and more than 3,400 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of people infected is probably higher because of a lack of testing.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/21/california-pastors-services-stay-home-order">California: 1,200 pastors say they will defy state order and resume services</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:00:21.986Z">9.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Churches in the Iranian capital Tehran were given a deep-clean on Thursday, according to Living in Tehran.</p><p>So far, 7,249 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Iran, and new <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/06/global-report-iranian-infections-rise-as-france-plans-for-resurgence">infections have risen sharply since the country relaxed its restrictions on movement on 11 April</a>.<br></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Churches across the north-central parts of Tehran got intensive disinfection by the city authorities on May 21.<a href="https://twitter.com/LivinginTehran?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LivinginTehran</a>, your guide to the city. <a href="https://t.co/2HMB4ZYsiV">pic.twitter.com/2HMB4ZYsiV</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:51:11.806Z">8.51pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Russia’s industrial output fell by 6.6 percent in April compared to the previous year, dampened by the country’s coronavirus lockdown, according to the state statistics agency Rosstat. <br></p><p>Russia imposed a “non-working” period across the country at the end of April which “served as the decisive factor in lowering industrial output,” Rosstat said in a statement, AFP reports. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:45:00.925Z">8.45pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Chechnya’s leader <strong>Ramzan Kadyrov</strong> was on Thursday in hospital in Moscow suffering from suspected coronavirus, Russian news agencies reported, according to AFP. </p><p>“Ramzan Kadyrov was taken by plane to Moscow with a suspected case of coronavirus. Now (he) is under medical supervision,” state news agency TASS reported, citing a medical source who also said Kadyrov was in a “stable” condition. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:39:18.425Z">8.39pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Brazil’s president <strong>Jair Bolsonaro</strong> said he will sign off a 60 billion-real ($10.72 billion) federal aid programme for states and cities hit by coronavirus, but asked governors for support freezing public sector pay increases. <br></p><p>The bill to distribute federal money to states and municipalities was approved by Congress earlier this month. However, Bolsonaro has not signed off on it due to pressure from economy minister <strong>Paulo Guedes</strong>, who is pushing for more fiscal austerity, Reuters reports.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:25:29.026Z">8.25pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Guatemala’s president has criticised the US for continuing to send deportees infected with coronavirus to the country which is struggling to manage the crisis, reports Associated Press.</p><p>On Thursday, <strong>Alejandro Giammattei</strong> said: “Guatemala is an ally of the United States, but the United States is not Guatemala’s ally. They don’t treat us like an ally.”</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:55:03.731Z">7.55pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Strict coronavirus lockdowns in Guatemala and El Salvador have battered local economies to the extent that hundreds of families are flying white flags outside their homes or waving them in the street: not in surrender, but to seek food and assistance, Reuters reports. <br></p><p>After 50 days of lockdown, many people in El Salvador have lost their livelihoods. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:30:59.137Z">7.30pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Latin America has reported more new coronavirus cases than either the United States or Europe for three days in a row, driven by high numbers in Brazil, Peru and Mexico, CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University and World Health Organization data shows.</p><p>The region reported at least 32,854 new cases on Wednesday, more than half of which were in Brazil.<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/20/americas/brazil-coronavirus-deaths-intl/index.html"><br></a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:26:33.671Z">7.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here is a nice little clip from ABC’s <strong>James Longman</strong> on a walk through the deserted streets of Santorini, one of Greece’s most popular tourist resorts.</p><p>The Greek prime minister, <strong>Kyriakos Mitsotakis</strong>, has said that the country’s tourism season will begin on 15 June. “Let us make this summer the epilogue of the [Covid-19] crisis,” he said in a televised address on Wednesday.</p><p lang="in" dir="ltr">Alone on Santorini <a href="https://t.co/EtEMauNAJ6">pic.twitter.com/EtEMauNAJ6</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:14:32.036Z">7.14pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The growth rate of new confirmed coronavirus cases in France slowed slightly on Thursday, with health authorities reporting an additional 318 known infections, an increase of 0.2% over 24 hours.</p><p>The rate of increases in reported deaths also slowed a little, with 83 Covid-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 28,215, Reuters reports. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:07:57.185Z">7.07pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hello everyone, I’m taking over from my colleague <strong>Damien Gayle</strong>. If you want to share updates or tips, please feel free to <a href="mailto:jedidajah.otte.casual@theguardian.com">email me</a> or message me <a href="https://twitter.com/JedySays">on Twitter</a>. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:57:34.288Z">6.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Key developments in the global <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">coronavirus outbreak</a> today include:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:48:06.553Z">6.48pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Meanwhile, in the <strong>United States</strong>, Donald Trump, the president, has announced that he has tested positively negative for the coronavirus. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump on his latest coronavirus test: "I tested very positively in another sense, so, this morning, yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right? So, no. I tested perfectly this morning, meaning I tested negative. But that's a way of saying it. Positively toward the negative" <a href="https://t.co/El53NhCqOL">pic.twitter.com/El53NhCqOL</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:39:20.105Z">6.39pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Had the <strong>US</strong> begun social distancing just one week earlier, the country <a href="https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.15.20103655v1.full.pdf">would have prevented</a> 36,000 deaths through early May, according to researchers at Columbia University, writes <strong>Kenya Evelyn</strong> in Washington for the Guardian US.</p><p>Had action been taken two weeks earlier, by 1 March, 54,000 fewer Americans would have died of the virus, <a href="https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.15.20103655v1.full.pdf">the researchers determined</a>.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/us-social-distancing-lives-lost-coronavirus-lockdown-study">Social distancing a week earlier could have saved 36,000 US lives, study finds</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:32:43.836Z">6.32pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>UK</strong> health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said antibody tests suggest that 17% of people in <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk/london">London</a> and 5% in the rest of the country may have had coronavirus. </p><p>If true, the figure constitutes a remarkable spread of the virus despite the government-imposed lockdown to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. It would be more than twice the spread of the virus in Stockholm, Sweden, where no official lockdown was imposed, yet just 7% of people have been found to be carrying antibodies. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:19:00.058Z">6.19pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Air travellers in <strong>Europe</strong> will have to wear face masks throughout all stages of their journey, they could be assessed in interview booths if they show signs of Covid-19, and will need to say goodbye to loved ones outside the airport, according to guidelines issued by the EU’s air safety body, writes <strong>Rob Davies</strong> for the Guardian’s business desk.</p><p>Instructions issued to airports and airlines also include: restrictions on hand luggage, reserving an on-board toilet for cabin crew and no onboard duty free or food trolleys.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/the-future-of-flying-eu-air-safety-body-issues-coronavirus-guidelines">Face masks and no duty free: EU issues coronavirus air safety guidelines</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:12:13.501Z">6.12pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Twenty-nine cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the past three days in the <strong>Gaza</strong> strip, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday. </p><p>Yousef Abu al-Reesh, director general of the ministry of health in the Hamas-run territory, said the number of cases in Gaza had now reached 49 since the first was detected on 5 March, China’s official news agency <a href="http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/21/c_139076440.htm">Xinhua reports</a>. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:02:59.013Z">6.02pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Beijing will retaliate if the <strong>US</strong> congress passes legislation seeking sanctions against <strong>China</strong> over the coronavirus pandemic, the spokesman for the country’s parliament said Thursday, <strong>AFP</strong> reports.</p><p>Republican senators proposed legislation last week that would empower Trump to impose sanctions on China if Beijing does not give a “full accounting” for the outbreak.</p><p>We firmly oppose these bills, and will make a firm response and take countermeasures based on the deliberation of these bills ... It is neither responsible nor moral to cover up one’s own problems by blaming others. We will never accept any unwarranted lawsuits and demands for compensation.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:37:03.197Z">5.37pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In Colombo, the capital of <strong>Sri Lanka</strong>, where many have not earned money for months because of a strict coronavirus lockdown, three women were trampled to death in a stampede for an $8 Ramadan handout. </p><p>Some 1,000 people queued outside a businessman’s warehouse for his annual handout during the Muslim fasting month, a local member of parliament, Mujibur Rahman, told AFP.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:26:20.809Z">5.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Deaths from coronavirus in <strong>Italy</strong> rose by 156 on Wednesday, against 161 on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 32,486, writes <strong>Angela Giuffrida</strong>, the Guardian’s Rome correspondent.</p><p>New infections increased by 642, compared to 665 on Wednesday, according to the civil protection authority.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:25:15.852Z">5.25pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Regarding the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave?page=with:block-5ec691878f08a1782fa7f0b7#block-5ec691878f08a1782fa7f0b7">serological study that found just 1% of Danes are carrying antibodies for the coronavirus</a>, a reader has written in to urge caution on the results.</p><p>The percentage of “immune” persons is very likely wrong as the sample size is minuscule (1,000) and the number of positives just 12. The test itself is not 100% reliable so the error bounds on your 1% number must be quite huge. Those bounds should also be reported.</p><p>Whether the figures can be applied to the entire Danish population can also be affected by whether groups with different patterns of infection choose or not choose to accept the offer to be tested.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:15:16.998Z">5.15pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Egypt</strong>’s minister of higher information has said the true number of coronavirus infections in the country could be over 71,00 Coronavirus outbreak World news Australia news UK news US news Europe Africa Russia Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases China Middle East and North Africa Jedidajah Otte (now), Damien Gayle, Alexandra Topping and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Photograph: Antonio Vece/EPA Trump to pull US out of third arms control deal https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/21/open-skies-us-russia-arms-treaty-trump-pulls-out Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:00af8fa2-709a-4fb2-8919-7bdc4cb0aaf7 Thu, 21 May 2020 18:33:23 -0400 <p>The Open Skies Treaty allows Russia and western nations to conduct observation flights</p><p>The US has declared its intention to leave the Open Skies Treaty, which is <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/05/trump-administration-treaty-war-russia-withdraw">intended to reduce the risk of war</a> by allowing Russia and western nations to conduct observation flights over each other’s territory.</p><p>Washington informed the other 33 parties to the treaty of its intention to deliver a formal six-month notice of withdrawal on Friday, accusing Russia of violations.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/12/europe-must-prepare-for-us-exit-from-vital-russia-treaty-former-nato-generals-warn">Europe must prepare for US exit from vital Russia treaty, former Nato generals warn</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/21/open-skies-us-russia-arms-treaty-trump-pulls-out">Continue reading...</a> Donald Trump US foreign policy Trump administration Russia US news US politics Europe Julian Borger in Washington Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov 'hospitalised with suspected Covid-19' https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19 Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:c50e9377-ee6b-66e7-5972-4005fa94c644 Thu, 21 May 2020 17:27:38 -0400 <p>Putin ally reportedly flown to Moscow for treatment, Russian state news agencies report</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/chechnya">Chechnya</a>, is in hospital in Moscow with coronavirus symptoms, Russian state news agencies said late on Thursday.</p><p>The news was reported by two Russian state news agencies, RIA Novosti and Tass, both citing a “source in medical circles”. If true, it would mark the most significant illness of a Russian official so far in the Covid-19 pandemic.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/23/putins-closest-ally-and-his-biggest-liability">Putin’s closest ally – and his biggest liability | Oliver Bullough</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">Continue reading...</a> Ramzan Kadyrov Chechnya Russia Vladimir Putin Coronavirus outbreak Andrew Roth in Moscow Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images Coronavirus live news: Spain reports lowest Covid-19 daily death toll in over two months https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:352b3b6b-1c45-f851-a9bf-5a88a36f16a4 Thu, 21 May 2020 17:06:18 -0400 <p>East Africa facing ‘triple menace’ of Covid-19, floods and locusts; Italy’s death toll reaches 32,486; Wuhan bans eating wild animals; global case total passes 5m </p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/us-social-distancing-lives-lost-coronavirus-lockdown-study">Social distancing a week earlier ‘could have saved 36,000 US lives’</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/italy-lockdown-mental-health-psychologists-coronavirus">Italy: lockdown has taken heavy toll on mental health</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/21/if-i-dont-have-sex-ill-die-of-hunger-covid-19-crisis-for-rios-trans-sex-workers">‘If I don’t have sex I’ll die of hunger’: Covid crisis of Rio’s trans sex workers</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/all-the-psychoses-of-us-history-how-america-is-victim-blaming-the-coronavirus-dead">‘All psychoses of US history’: how America is victim-blaming Covid dead</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a><br></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T21:06:18.423Z">10.06pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Italy’s coronavirus death toll in March and April could be nearly 19,000 higher than the official figure of 32,000, the national social security agency said Thursday. </p><p>The Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale (INPS), the largest social security and welfare institute in Italy, said in a new study that the official death figures were not “reliable”, according to AFP. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:57:23.252Z">9.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A two-day-old baby has died because of a coronavirus-related condition in South Africa, the government said Thursday.</p><p>The baby was born preterm with lung difficulties and had to be put on a ventilator, according to a statement from the health ministry, CNN reports.<br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:43:52.452Z">9.43pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Our US live blog is reporting that once again <strong>Donald Trump</strong> has carried out an official visit without wearing a face mask. The US president, who was touring a Ford factory in Michigan that has been adapted to making medical equipment, said that he did not require a mask all the time as he is tested frequently for coronavirus. </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-us-live-trump-michigan-visit-whitmer-latest-updates">Coronavirus US live: Trump appears without mask at Ford plant despite policy</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:26:16.596Z">9.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Data on coronavirus infections that was a key driver in Governor <strong>Brian Kemps’ </strong>aggressive push to reopen the US state of Georgia was flawed and may have distorted perceptions of progress against the virus, the Associated Press reports.</p><p>Georgia Department of Public Health spokeswoman <strong>Nancy Nydam</strong> said in a statement on Thursday that the department included antibody tests when calculating the total number of tests conducted since early April. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:10:44.436Z">9.10pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Speaking of churches: More than 1,200 <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/california">California</a> pastors say they will resume in-person services this month in defiance of Governor <strong>Gavin Newsom’s</strong> stay-at-home order to slow the spread of coronavirus.</p><p>California has more than 85,700 coronavirus cases and more than 3,400 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of people infected is probably higher because of a lack of testing.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/21/california-pastors-services-stay-home-order">California: 1,200 pastors say they will defy state order and resume services</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T20:00:21.986Z">9.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Churches in the Iranian capital Tehran were given a deep-clean on Thursday, according to Living in Tehran.</p><p>So far, 7,249 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Iran, and new <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/06/global-report-iranian-infections-rise-as-france-plans-for-resurgence">infections have risen sharply since the country relaxed its restrictions on movement on 11 April</a>.<br></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Churches across the north-central parts of Tehran got intensive disinfection by the city authorities on May 21.<a href="https://twitter.com/LivinginTehran?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LivinginTehran</a>, your guide to the city. <a href="https://t.co/2HMB4ZYsiV">pic.twitter.com/2HMB4ZYsiV</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:51:11.806Z">8.51pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Russia’s industrial output fell by 6.6 percent in April compared to the previous year, dampened by the country’s coronavirus lockdown, according to the state statistics agency Rosstat. <br></p><p>Russia imposed a “non-working” period across the country at the end of April which “served as the decisive factor in lowering industrial output,” Rosstat said in a statement, AFP reports. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:45:00.925Z">8.45pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p> Chechnya’s leader <strong>Ramzan Kadyrov</strong> was on Thursday in hospital in Moscow suffering from suspected coronavirus, Russian news agencies reported, according to AFP. </p><p>“Ramzan Kadyrov was taken by plane to Moscow with a suspected case of coronavirus. Now (he) is under medical supervision,” state news agency TASS reported, citing a medical source who also said Kadyrov was in a “stable” condition. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:39:18.425Z">8.39pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Brazil’s president <strong>Jair Bolsonaro</strong> said he will sign off a 60 billion-real ($10.72 billion) federal aid programme for states and cities hit by coronavirus, but asked governors for support freezing public sector pay increases. <br></p><p>The bill to distribute federal money to states and municipalities was approved by Congress earlier this month. However, Bolsonaro has not signed off on it due to pressure from economy minister <strong>Paulo Guedes</strong>, who is pushing for more fiscal austerity, Reuters reports.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T19:25:29.026Z">8.25pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Guatemala’s president has criticised the US for continuing to send deportees infected with coronavirus to the country which is struggling to manage the crisis, reports Associated Press.</p><p>On Thursday, <strong>Alejandro Giammattei</strong> said: “Guatemala is an ally of the United States, but the United States is not Guatemala’s ally. They don’t treat us like an ally.”</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:55:03.731Z">7.55pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Strict coronavirus lockdowns in Guatemala and El Salvador have battered local economies to the extent that hundreds of families are flying white flags outside their homes or waving them in the street: not in surrender, but to seek food and assistance, Reuters reports. <br></p><p>After 50 days of lockdown, many people in El Salvador have lost their livelihoods. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:30:59.137Z">7.30pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Latin America has reported more new coronavirus cases than either the United States or Europe for three days in a row, driven by high numbers in Brazil, Peru and Mexico, CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University and World Health Organization data shows.</p><p>The region reported at least 32,854 new cases on Wednesday, more than half of which were in Brazil.<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/20/americas/brazil-coronavirus-deaths-intl/index.html"><br></a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:26:33.671Z">7.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here is a nice little clip from ABC’s <strong>James Longman</strong> on a walk through the deserted streets of Santorini, one of Greece’s most popular tourist resorts.</p><p>The Greek prime minister, <strong>Kyriakos Mitsotakis</strong>, has said that the country’s tourism season will begin on 15 June. “Let us make this summer the epilogue of the [Covid-19] crisis,” he said in a televised address on Wednesday.</p><p lang="in" dir="ltr">Alone on Santorini <a href="https://t.co/EtEMauNAJ6">pic.twitter.com/EtEMauNAJ6</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:14:32.036Z">7.14pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The growth rate of new confirmed coronavirus cases in France slowed slightly on Thursday, with health authorities reporting an additional 318 known infections, an increase of 0.2% over 24 hours.</p><p>The rate of increases in reported deaths also slowed a little, with 83 Covid-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 28,215, Reuters reports. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T18:07:57.185Z">7.07pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hello everyone, I’m taking over from my colleague <strong>Damien Gayle</strong>. If you want to share updates or tips, please feel free to <a href="mailto:jedidajah.otte.casual@theguardian.com">email me</a> or message me <a href="https://twitter.com/JedySays">on Twitter</a>. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:57:34.288Z">6.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Key developments in the global <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">coronavirus outbreak</a> today include:</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:48:06.553Z">6.48pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Meanwhile, in the <strong>United States</strong>, Donald Trump, the president, has announced that he has tested positively negative for the coronavirus. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump on his latest coronavirus test: "I tested very positively in another sense, so, this morning, yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right? So, no. I tested perfectly this morning, meaning I tested negative. But that's a way of saying it. Positively toward the negative" <a href="https://t.co/El53NhCqOL">pic.twitter.com/El53NhCqOL</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:39:20.105Z">6.39pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Had the <strong>US</strong> begun social distancing just one week earlier, the country <a href="https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.15.20103655v1.full.pdf">would have prevented</a> 36,000 deaths through early May, according to researchers at Columbia University, writes <strong>Kenya Evelyn</strong> in Washington for the Guardian US.</p><p>Had action been taken two weeks earlier, by 1 March, 54,000 fewer Americans would have died of the virus, <a href="https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.15.20103655v1.full.pdf">the researchers determined</a>.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/us-social-distancing-lives-lost-coronavirus-lockdown-study">Social distancing a week earlier could have saved 36,000 US lives, study finds</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:32:43.836Z">6.32pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>UK</strong> health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said antibody tests suggest that 17% of people in <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk/london">London</a> and 5% in the rest of the country may have had coronavirus. </p><p>If true, the figure constitutes a remarkable spread of the virus despite the government-imposed lockdown to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. It would be more than twice the spread of the virus in Stockholm, Sweden, where no official lockdown was imposed, yet just 7% of people have been found to be carrying antibodies. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:19:00.058Z">6.19pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Air travellers in <strong>Europe</strong> will have to wear face masks throughout all stages of their journey, they could be assessed in interview booths if they show signs of Covid-19, and will need to say goodbye to loved ones outside the airport, according to guidelines issued by the EU’s air safety body, writes <strong>Rob Davies</strong> for the Guardian’s business desk.</p><p>Instructions issued to airports and airlines also include: restrictions on hand luggage, reserving an on-board toilet for cabin crew and no onboard duty free or food trolleys.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/the-future-of-flying-eu-air-safety-body-issues-coronavirus-guidelines">Face masks and no duty free: EU issues coronavirus air safety guidelines</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:12:13.501Z">6.12pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Twenty-nine cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the past three days in the <strong>Gaza</strong> strip, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday. </p><p>Yousef Abu al-Reesh, director general of the ministry of health in the Hamas-run territory, said the number of cases in Gaza had now reached 49 since the first was detected on 5 March, China’s official news agency <a href="http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/21/c_139076440.htm">Xinhua reports</a>. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T17:02:59.013Z">6.02pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Beijing will retaliate if the <strong>US</strong> congress passes legislation seeking sanctions against <strong>China</strong> over the coronavirus pandemic, the spokesman for the country’s parliament said Thursday, <strong>AFP</strong> reports.</p><p>Republican senators proposed legislation last week that would empower Trump to impose sanctions on China if Beijing does not give a “full accounting” for the outbreak.</p><p>We firmly oppose these bills, and will make a firm response and take countermeasures based on the deliberation of these bills ... It is neither responsible nor moral to cover up one’s own problems by blaming others. We will never accept any unwarranted lawsuits and demands for compensation.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:37:03.197Z">5.37pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In Colombo, the capital of <strong>Sri Lanka</strong>, where many have not earned money for months because of a strict coronavirus lockdown, three women were trampled to death in a stampede for an $8 Ramadan handout. </p><p>Some 1,000 people queued outside a businessman’s warehouse for his annual handout during the Muslim fasting month, a local member of parliament, Mujibur Rahman, told AFP.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:26:20.809Z">5.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Deaths from coronavirus in <strong>Italy</strong> rose by 156 on Wednesday, against 161 on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 32,486, writes <strong>Angela Giuffrida</strong>, the Guardian’s Rome correspondent.</p><p>New infections increased by 642, compared to 665 on Wednesday, according to the civil protection authority.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:25:15.852Z">5.25pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Regarding the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave?page=with:block-5ec691878f08a1782fa7f0b7#block-5ec691878f08a1782fa7f0b7">serological study that found just 1% of Danes are carrying antibodies for the coronavirus</a>, a reader has written in to urge caution on the results.</p><p>The percentage of “immune” persons is very likely wrong as the sample size is minuscule (1,000) and the number of positives just 12. The test itself is not 100% reliable so the error bounds on your 1% number must be quite huge. Those bounds should also be reported.</p><p>Whether the figures can be applied to the entire Danish population can also be affected by whether groups with different patterns of infection choose or not choose to accept the offer to be tested.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T16:15:16.998Z">5.15pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Egypt</strong>’s minister of higher information has said the true number of coronavirus infections in the country could be over 71,000, compared to the 14,229 cases officially reported so far, writes <strong>Ruth Michaelson</strong>. <br></p><p>Khaled Abdel Ghaffar outlined the potential number of cases in a presentation witnessed by the Egyptian president, Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, adding that the number of confirmed cases in Egypt will break 20,000 cases next week. <br></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/26/egypt-forces-guardian-journalist-leave-coronavirus-story-ruth-michaelson">Egypt forces Guardian journalist to leave after coronavirus story</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T15:53:45.146Z">4.53pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Museums, zoos, theatres, cinemas and similar cultural institutions began reopening in <strong>Denmark</strong> on Thursday, after the country decided to accelerate its exit from its coronavirus lockdown. </p><p>The original plan was to closed until 8 June, but after a deal was struck in the country’s parliament late Wednesday they were instead allowed to open immediately.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T15:47:27.536Z">4.47pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Travellers will not need coronavirus tests or periods in quarantine to enter <strong>Serbia</strong> from 22 May, the transport minister said on Thursday after a ceremony to reopen flights after a two-month suspension. </p><p>As Air Serbia became one of the the first European airlines to resume commercial passenger flights, Serbia’s minister for construction, transport and infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlovic, was quoted as saying by <a href="https://tass.com/economy/1158933">Russia’s Tass news agency</a>:</p><p>Today there will be a government session where the decision will be taken at the suggestion of the anti-coronavirus crisis centre, that starting tomorrow, the citizens of Serbia and other nations crossing into the country will not have to be tested or isolated. We rely only on personal responsibility.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T15:32:56.583Z">4.32pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Bangladesh</strong> has reported its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases, as it begins cleaning up after the fiercest cyclone to hit the country since 1999. </p><p>The institute of epidemiology, disease control and research said 1,773 more people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 28,511. Of those, 5,602 have so far recovered, while 408 have died - 22 of them in the past 24 hours. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T15:17:28.568Z">4.17pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Spain’s daily death toll from the novel coronavirus was 48, its health ministry said on Thursday, marking the first time it has dipped below 50 since 16 March, <strong>Reuters</strong> reports.</p><p>The cumulative death toll was 27,940, while the number of confirmed cases rose by 482 to 233,037, the ministry said. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T15:08:48.243Z">4.08pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Nearly 70 Yemenis have died from coronavirus in the only medical centre in the southern port of <strong>Aden</strong> in the 18 days to 17 May, suggesting an epidemic is under way that could engulf the country, writes <strong>Patrick Wintour</strong>, the Guardian’s diplomatic correspondent. </p><p>Yemen is ravaged by civil war, and protected only by minimal health services.</p><p>What we are seeing in our treatment centre is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the number of people infected and dying in the city. People are coming to us too late to save, and we know that many more people are not coming at all: they are just dying at home. It is a heartbreaking situation.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T14:57:40.214Z">3.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>One more person has died of Covid-19 in <strong>Singapore</strong>, taking the city state’s total death toll from the epidemic to 23, out of 29,812 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.</p><p>The latest death was reported by the health ministry on Thursday, as it announced another 448 coronavirus cases, mostly among migrant workers who live in dormitories. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T14: Coronavirus outbreak World news Australia news UK news US news Europe Africa Russia Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases China Middle East and North Africa Jedidajah Otte (now), Damien Gayle, Alexandra Topping and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Photograph: Lorenzo Carnero/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock Head of Chechen Republic ‘hospitalised with suspected Covid-19' https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19 Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:e3e1266e-ab7c-0fd2-632c-8b071057d1bc Thu, 21 May 2020 17:03:57 -0400 <p>Ramzan Kadyrov, strongman leader and Putin ally, reportedly flown to Moscow for treatment</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/chechnya">Chechnya</a>, is in hospital in Moscow with coronavirus symptoms, several Russian state news agencies said late on Thursday.</p><p>The news was reported by two Russian state news agencies, RIA Novosti and Tass, both citing a “source in medical circles”. If true, the it would mark the most significant illness of a Russian official so far in the Covid-19 pandemic.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/23/putins-closest-ally-and-his-biggest-liability">Putin’s closest ally – and his biggest liability | Oliver Bullough</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/head-of-chechen-republic-hospitalised-with-suspected-covid-19">Continue reading...</a> Ramzan Kadyrov Chechnya Russia Vladimir Putin Coronavirus outbreak Andrew Roth in Moscow Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images Thursday evening news briefing: On-the-spot virus tests https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/thursday-evening-news-briefing-on-the-spot-virus-tests/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:c8007864-fe4b-6271-9cc8-7a2533c3fc2c Thu, 21 May 2020 13:06:41 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Danny Boyle Clap For Our Carers: what time is the NHS applause tonight? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/clap-for-carers-nhs-applause-time-uk-tonight/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:ad662716-2eba-52be-e8c1-ffc491e4266a Thu, 21 May 2020 13:05:44 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown topics:organisations/nhs topics:people/prince-charles topics:people/boris-johnson topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:people/the-royal-family storytype:standard Dominic Penna Train staff fail to check if items are stuck in doors and put passengers at risk, investigators say https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/train-staff-fail-check-items-stuck-doors-put-passengers-risk/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:7d2527ed-a5e9-7409-ac89-e545062ccc9f Thu, 21 May 2020 12:58:32 -0400 structure:news topics:organisations/tube structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Yohannes Lowe Train staff fail to check if items are stuck in doors and put passengers at risk, investigators find https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/train-staff-fail-check-items-stuck-doors-put-passengers-risk/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:ddb62f73-deee-bd68-1dd9-cbe5fc9b1e38 Thu, 21 May 2020 12:58:32 -0400 structure:news topics:organisations/tube structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Yohannes Lowe Pubs and restaurants could reopen now without risking public health, says Oxford scientist https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/pubs-restaurants-could-reopen-now-without-risking-public-health/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:d4471aee-3a72-aeff-949f-be7e6c75866a Thu, 21 May 2020 12:43:14 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:things/pandemics-epidemics topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:things/health topics:things/pubs topics:things/restaurants structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Bill Gardner Travel restriction updates: EasyJet to relaunch flights in June with compulsory masks  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/travel-restriction-updates-easyjet-relaunch-flights-june/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:14f3cb14-a0c6-f330-292e-0c098d0c1233 Thu, 21 May 2020 12:21:55 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Oliver Smith Coronavirus live news: East Africa facing 'triple menace' of Covid-19, floods and locusts https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:4768a492-0609-3c4c-8d76-9130c1e57310 Thu, 21 May 2020 12:01:25 -0400 <p>Wuhan bans eating wild animals; global case total passes 5m as world sees largest daily rise in cases; IOC warns over further Tokyo Olympics delay</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/italy-lockdown-mental-health-psychologists-coronavirus">Italy: lockdown has taken heavy toll on mental health</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/21/if-i-dont-have-sex-ill-die-of-hunger-covid-19-crisis-for-rios-trans-sex-workers">‘If I don’t have sex I’ll die of hunger’: Covid crisis of Rio’s trans sex workers</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/all-the-psychoses-of-us-history-how-america-is-victim-blaming-the-coronavirus-dead">‘All psychoses of US history’: how America is victim-blaming Covid dead</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2020/may/21/uk-coronavirus-live-news-update-covid-test-and-trace-second-wave">UK coronavirus updates - live</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-thursday">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a><br></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T15:53:45.146Z">4.53pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Museums, zoos, theatres, cinemas and similar cultural institutions began reopening in <strong>Denmark</strong> on Thursday, after the country decided to accelerate its exit from its coronavirus lockdown. </p><p>The original plan was to closed until 8 June, but after a deal was struck in the country’s parliament late Wednesday they were instead allowed to open immediately.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T15:47:27.536Z">4.47pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Travellers will not need coronavirus tests or periods in quarantine to enter <strong>Serbia</strong> from 22 May, the transport minister said on Thursday after a ceremony to reopen flights after a two-month suspension. </p><p>As Air Serbia became one of the the first European airlines to resume commercial passenger flights, Serbia’s minister for construction, transport and infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlovic, was quoted as saying by <a href="https://tass.com/economy/1158933">Russia’s Tass news agency</a>:</p><p>Today there will be a government session where the decision will be taken at the suggestion of the anti-coronavirus crisis centre, that starting tomorrow, the citizens of Serbia and other nations crossing into the country will not have to be tested or isolated. We rely only on personal responsibility.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T15:32:56.583Z">4.32pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Bangladesh</strong> has reported its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases, as it begins cleaning up after the fiercest cyclone to hit the country since 1999. </p><p>The institute of epidemiology, disease control and research said 1,773 more people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 28,511. Of those, 5,602 have so far recovered, while 408 have died - 22 of them in the past 24 hours. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T15:17:28.568Z">4.17pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Spain’s daily death toll from the novel coronavirus was 48, its health ministry said on Thursday, marking the first time it has dipped below 50 since 16 March, <strong>Reuters</strong> reports.</p><p>The cumulative death toll was 27,940, while the number of confirmed cases rose by 482 to 233,037, the ministry said. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T15:08:48.243Z">4.08pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Nearly 70 Yemenis have died from coronavirus in the only medical centre in the southern port of <strong>Aden</strong> in the 18 days to 17 May, suggesting an epidemic is under way that could engulf the country, writes <strong>Patrick Wintour</strong>, the Guardian’s diplomatic correspondent. </p><p>Yemen is ravaged by civil war, and protected only by minimal health services.</p><p>What we are seeing in our treatment centre is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the number of people infected and dying in the city. People are coming to us too late to save, and we know that many more people are not coming at all: they are just dying at home. It is a heartbreaking situation.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T14:57:40.214Z">3.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>One more person has died of Covid-19 in <strong>Singapore</strong>, taking the city state’s total death toll from the epidemic to 23, out of 29,812 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.</p><p>The latest death was reported by the health ministry on Thursday, as it announced another 448 coronavirus cases, mostly among migrant workers who live in dormitories. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T14:52:45.127Z">3.52pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More bad news for <strong>Sweden</strong>, as <strong>Finland</strong>’s state epidemiologist says it would be a risk for his country to accept Swedish tourists, according to a report in Swedish newspaper <a href="https://www.svt.se/nyheter/utrikes/finlands-tegnell-svenska-turister-en-risk">SVT Nyheter</a>. </p><p>Mika Salminen, health safety manager at Finland’s institute for health and welfare, and part of his country’s epidemic response team, called the situation “unfortunate”, continuing:</p><p>It is a political decision, but the actual difference in the spread of infection is a fact, and I suppose the government, of course, takes that into account.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T14:40:32.971Z">3.40pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>If Sweden was disappointed with the results of its seroprevalence studies for Covid-19 antibodies, its close neighbour <strong tabindex="-1">Denmark</strong>, which did institute a strict lockdown, is even worse off. </p><p>A study reported on Wednesday shows that only about 1% of Danes had contracted the coronavirus, raising concerns that the country is vulnerable to a second wave. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T14:33:38.467Z">3.33pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In <strong>Italy</strong>, the prime minister has told off his compatriots for taking to the streets and having fun now that the country is easing its coronavirus lockdown. </p><p>Giuseppe Conte said in the Italian parliament on Thursday:</p><p>It’s not the time for parties, nightlife or gatherings. During this phase, more than ever it’s fundamental to respect security distances and wear masks, where necessary.</p><p>In 10 days, I’ll see the infection rates. If they rise, we’ll close bars, restaurants, beaches and we’ll lock ourselves back up again. No one wants to ban spritzes but I’m asking that we avoid gatherings and we wear masks until 2 June.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T14:23:11.947Z">3.23pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Notwithstanding its disappointing seroprevalence study results (see previous post), <strong>Sweden</strong> announced 40 more deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday, the lowest announced on a weekday since mid-April.</p><p>The total death toll now in the country, which eschewed the kinds of compulsory lockdowns imposed across Europe in response to the coronavirus outbreak, is now 3,871, according to its <a href="https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/09f821667ce64bf7be6f9f87457ed9aa">public health authority’s latest update</a>. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T14:12:27.630Z">3.12pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Jon Henley</strong>, the Guardian’s Europe correspondent, has written a full story on the results of <strong>Sweden</strong>’s Covid-19 seroprevalence studies, which I first reported on the world blog yesterday.</p><p>Just 7.3% of Stockholm’s inhabitants had developed Covid-19 antibodies by the end of April, according to a study, raising concerns that the country’s light-touch approach to the coronavirus may not be building up broad immunity, Henley writes.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/just-7-per-cent-of-stockholm-had-covid-19-antibodies-by-end-of-april-study-sweden-coronavirus">Just 7.3% of Stockholm had Covid-19 antibodies by end of April, study shows</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T14:09:02.614Z">3.09pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Dublin</strong> is famous for its pubs but many would soon rather be known as restaurants, writes <strong>Rory Carroll</strong>, the Guardian’s Dublin correspondent.</p><p>Some 44% of the pubs in <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/ireland">Ireland</a>’s capital plan to reopen as restaurants on 29 June under the third phase of the lifting of coronavirus restrictions – otherwise they need to wait until 10 August, the fifth and final phase, when pubs can reopen.</p><p>These venues have restaurant certificates and are just as capable of following the public health guidelines as restaurants and cafes. Food is a major aspect of their business so why should they be treated differently to other venues serving food and alcohol?</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T14:06:05.328Z">3.06pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Damien Gayle</strong> back at the controls now, with thanks to Jess for covering my break. Remember, you can contact me with your tips, comments and suggestions for coverage either via email to <a href="mailto:damien.gayle@theguardian.com">damien.gayle@theguardian.com</a>, or via Twitter DM to <a href="https://twitter.com/damiengayle">@damiengayle</a>. <br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T13:54:22.612Z">2.54pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>United Nations</strong> has called on the <strong>EU</strong> to reach a deal to take in 160 migrants who have been stranded in the Mediterranean for two weeks. </p><p>The<strong> UNHCR refugee agency</strong> and the <strong>International Organization for Migration</strong> (IOM) urged “Malta and the other European states to speed efforts to bring some 160 rescued refugees and migrants... on to dry land and to safety”.</p><p>A clearly agreed system for post-disembarkation relocation is urgently needed if we are to finally move away from a perpetual cycle of negotiations and ad-hoc arrangements that put the lives and health of people at further risk.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T13:44:55.758Z">2.44pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T13:36:56.349Z">2.36pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Doctors and activists in <strong>Dagestan</strong> have described the death toll in the Russian region as “tragically high”, after officials said more than 600 people had died from pneumonia since April – far more than the official Covid-19 death toll for the region of 36.</p><p>“In some towns, five to seven people were dying a day … some have seen 20 or 40 people die,” said <strong>Ziyatdin Uvaisov</strong>, the head of <strong>Patient Monitor</strong>, a Dagestani NGO that advocates for the rights of patients and medics and has canvassed for information about coronavirus deaths.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/dagestan-doctors-speak-out-over-tragically-high-death-toll">Dagestan doctors speak out over 'tragically high' death toll</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T13:29:45.090Z">2.29pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Scotland</strong> will begin “a careful easing” of coronavirus lockdown restrictions next week with the reopening of some outdoor activities after a “significant and sustained” reduction in cases, the first minister, <strong>Nicola Sturgeon</strong>, has said. </p><p>“The time is right to move towards a careful easing of the lockdown restrictions,” Sturgeon said as she announced that sports such as golf, tennis and fishing would be allowed from 28 May, while people would be permitted to meet one other person from outside their household. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here's the full five phases for lifting lockdown restrictions around seeing family and friends in Scotland. Phase one will come into force on May 28. <a href="https://t.co/WZvS6pm7M5">pic.twitter.com/WZvS6pm7M5</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T13:13:48.192Z">2.13pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Thousands of people are expected to gather in cities across <strong>Germany</strong> at the weekend to demonstrate against the government’s coronavirus policies.</p><p>Germany’s foreign minister has warned people to distance themselves from the growing movement, which includes radical extremists, conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers and antisemites, after domestic intelligence agents warned that extremist groups were exploiting fears around the virus in order to gain support.</p><p>If radical extremists and antisemites use demonstrations in order to stoke hatred and to divide, then everyone should keep a lot more than just a 1.5-metre distance from them.</p><p>Those who spread conspiracy theories throughout the world, without a mask, without keeping the minimum distance, without any concern for others, are confusing courage with blind anger, and freedom with pure egotism.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/germany-braced-for-more-protests-against-coronavirus-polices">Germany braced for more protests against coronavirus policies</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T13:03:56.481Z">2.03pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hello everyone, this is <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/profile/jessica-murray">Jessica Murray</a>, taking over the blog briefly while Damien takes a short break.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T13:00:17.606Z">2.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Researchers in the <strong>Netherlands</strong> have signed up 1,500 people who have recovered from Covid-19 to donate blood for research into a potential treatment based on their plasma, <strong>Reuters</strong> reports. </p><p>Recovered patients are generally left with blood containing antibodies or proteins made by the body’s immune system to fight off the virus. The blood component that carries the antibodies can be collected and given to newly infected patients.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Medical researchers in the Netherlands have signed up 1,500 people who have recovered from the new coronavirus to donate blood as part of an international push to develop a treatment for the virus from their plasma <a href="https://t.co/QghW0RoGFO">https://t.co/QghW0RoGFO</a> <a href="https://t.co/oaHL8ZF49E">pic.twitter.com/oaHL8ZF49E</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T12:45:02.411Z">1.45pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Another 2.4 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week even as states across the <strong>US</strong> began opening up for business again, betting that the coronavirus pandemic is now under control, writes <strong>Dominic Rushe</strong> in New York.</p><p>The latest figures from the Department of Labor mean close to 39 million Americans have lost their jobs in just nine weeks. The rate of weekly losses has slowed sharply from its <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/02/us-unemployment-coronavirus-economy">peak of 6.6m</a> at the start of April but remains at levels unseen since the 1930s Great Depression.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/21/us-unemployment-figures-jobs-lost-coronavirus">US unemployment rises by 2.4m despite easing of coronavirus lockdowns</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T12:34:41.082Z">1.34pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>AstraZeneca has said it has the capacity to manufacture 1bn doses of the University of Oxford’s potential <strong>Covid-19 vaccine</strong> and will begin supply in September if clinical <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/18/coronavirus-vaccine-trials-could-be-completed-by-mid-august">trials </a>are successful.</p><p>The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker said it had signed the first agreements to supply at least 400m doses of the potential vaccine, yet to be proven effective, which it is <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/30/astrazeneca-partners-with-oxford-university-to-produce-covid-19-vaccine">developing with </a><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/30/astrazeneca-partners-with-oxford-university-to-produce-covid-19-vaccine">the university</a>. AstraZeneca said it recognised the vaccine might not work but if results from the early stage tests were positive, they would lead to late-stage trials in several countries.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/astrazeneca-could-supply-potential-coronavirus-vaccine-from-september">AstraZeneca could supply potential coronavirus vaccine from September</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T12:27:10.233Z">1.27pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>East Africa is facing a “triple menace” of mutually exacerbating disasters, as ongoing heavy rain hampers attempts to deal with swarms of locusts in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, the Red Cross says. </p><p>Flooding has killed nearly 300 people, and displaced about 5o0,000 more who are now crammed into temporary shelters where it is difficult or impossible to stay apart to avoid catching the virus, according to the NGO. Meanwhile, the worst locust crisis in decades is ravaging crops. </p><p>The ongoing flooding crisis is exacerbating other threats caused by COVID-19 and the invasion of locusts. Travel and movement restrictions meant to slow down the spread of COVID-19 are hampering efforts to combat swarms of locusts that are ravaging crops. Flooding is also a ‘threat amplifier’ with regards to the spread of COVID-19 as it makes it hard to implement preventive measures.</p><p>We are facing an unusually complex humanitarian situation. We are worried that the number of people who are hungry and sick will increase in the coming weeks as flooding and COVID-19 continue to severely affect the coping capacity of many families in the region.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T12:06:58.077Z">1.06pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More than 95,000 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in <strong>Africa</strong> - about 5,000 more than yesterday – according to a summary of statistics collated by the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent. </p><p>However, for some reason, the WHO is reporting fewer recoveries today than yesterday. In its latest update, embedded below, the UN health agency says there have been “more than 34,000 recoveries”, while <a href="https://twitter.com/WHOAFRO/status/1263033806132568065?s=20">in yesterday’s</a> it said there had been more than 35,000. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Over 95,000 confirmed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> cases on the African continent - with more than 34,000 recoveries &amp; 2,995 deaths. View country figures &amp; more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: <a href="https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg">https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg</a> <a href="https://t.co/BG2mUEIubd">pic.twitter.com/BG2mUEIubd</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:59:30.424Z">12.59pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Sixty-six more people died from Covid-19 in <strong>Iran</strong> in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said, as a deputy health minister revealed that about 10,000 Iranian health workers have been infected with the coronavirus.</p><p>In his latest update, the health ministry’s spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour said Iran’s total death toll from its coronavirus outbreak had now reached 7,249, while 100,564 people had recovered. In total, the country has recorded 129,341 confirmed cases, with 2,392 more people testing positive since yesterday, he was quoted as saying by the <a href="https://en.irna.ir/news/83796324/Official-66-more-Iranians-die-from-COVID-19-over-past-24-hours">Islamic Republic News Agency</a>. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:46:07.201Z">12.46pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Madrid’s </strong>city<strong> </strong>mayor has said it<strong> </strong>will reopen some of its biggest and most famous parks if the region is allowed to enter the second phase of lockdown de-escalation next week, writes <strong>Sam Jones</strong>, the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent. </p><p>At the moment, the capital and the surrounding area remain in phase 0, while 70% of the country has been permitted to enter the next phase.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:35:07.180Z">12.35pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A man from <strong>Tunisia</strong> drowned on Wednesday after jumping into the water from a Covid-1 Coronavirus outbreak World news Australia news UK news US news Europe Africa Russia Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases China Middle East and North Africa Damien Gayle (now); 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Meanwhile, the worst locust crisis in decades is ravaging crops. </p><p>The ongoing flooding crisis is exacerbating other threats caused by COVID-19 and the invasion of locusts. Travel and movement restrictions meant to slow down the spread of COVID-19 are hampering efforts to combat swarms of locusts that are ravaging crops. Flooding is also a ‘threat amplifier’ with regards to the spread of COVID-19 as it makes it hard to implement preventive measures.</p><p>We are facing an unusually complex humanitarian situation. We are worried that the number of people who are hungry and sick will increase in the coming weeks as flooding and COVID-19 continue to severely affect the coping capacity of many families in the region.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T12:06:58.077Z">1.06pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More than 95,000 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in <strong>Africa</strong> - about 5,000 more than yesterday – according to a summary of statistics collated by the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent. </p><p>However, for some reason, the WHO is reporting fewer recoveries today than yesterday. In its latest update, embedded below, the UN health agency says there have been “more than 34,000 recoveries”, while <a href="https://twitter.com/WHOAFRO/status/1263033806132568065?s=20">in yesterday’s</a> it said there had been more than 35,000. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Over 95,000 confirmed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> cases on the African continent - with more than 34,000 recoveries &amp; 2,995 deaths. View country figures &amp; more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: <a href="https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg">https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg</a> <a href="https://t.co/BG2mUEIubd">pic.twitter.com/BG2mUEIubd</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:59:30.424Z">12.59pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Sixty-six more people died from Covid-19 in <strong>Iran</strong> in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said, as a deputy health minister revealed that about 10,000 Iranian health workers have been infected with the coronavirus.</p><p>In his latest update, the health ministry’s spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour said Iran’s total death toll from its coronavirus outbreak had now reached 7,249, while 100,564 people had recovered. In total, the country has recorded 129,341 confirmed cases, with 2,392 more people testing positive since yesterday, he was quoted as saying by the <a href="https://en.irna.ir/news/83796324/Official-66-more-Iranians-die-from-COVID-19-over-past-24-hours">Islamic Republic News Agency</a>. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:46:07.201Z">12.46pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Madrid’s </strong>city<strong> </strong>mayor has said it<strong> </strong>will reopen some of its biggest and most famous parks if the region is allowed to enter the second phase of lockdown de-escalation next week, writes <strong>Sam Jones</strong>, the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent. </p><p>At the moment, the capital and the surrounding area remain in phase 0, while 70% of the country has been permitted to enter the next phase.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:35:07.180Z">12.35pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A man from <strong>Tunisia</strong> drowned on Wednesday after jumping into the water from a Covid-19 quarantine ship in <strong>Sicily</strong>, writes <strong>Lorenzo Tondo</strong> in Palermo.</p><p>The 28-year-old threw himself from the Moby Zaza ship, in Porto Empedocle, in the province of Agrigento, where dozens of migrants have been placed under quarantine before disembarking. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:31:35.762Z">12.31pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Apple</strong> has launched a contact-tracing feature in the latest update of its iPhone operating system, <a href="https://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-releases-ios-13-5-with-covid-contact-tracing-feature-face-id-improvements/?ftag=TREc64629f&amp;bhid=21874110744560294155349777857970&amp;mid=12842857&amp;cid=717090305">ZDNet</a> reports.</p><p>The Covid exposure notification feature has been included in iOS 13.5 as part of Apple’s partnership with Google, the other major mobile phone operating system developer, to build contact-tracing infrastructure into their software. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:20:38.048Z">12.20pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Italian finance police arrested 10 people in <strong>Sicily</strong>, including the regional co-ordinator for the coronavirus emergency, over an alleged corruption scheme in health service tenders, <strong>Lorenzo Tondo</strong> reports from Palermo.</p><p>The investigation dates back to 2016 and allegedly uncovered bribes from equipment and services contracts totalling nearly €600m (£540m).</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:20:13.863Z">12.20pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>After the biggest single-day increase in cases worldwide so far in the pandemic, the number of confirmed infections has passed <strong>5 million</strong>, <a href="https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html">with the Johns Hopkins University data</a> currently listing 5,016,171. The true number is likely to be significantly higher, due to differing testing rates, delays and underreporting. This is true for deaths, too. At least 328,471 people have lost their lives in the pandemic so far.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:15:43.561Z">12.15pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Afghanistan</strong>’s health ministry has said it has run out of hospital beds for Covid-19 patients in most parts of the war-torn country, <strong>Akhtar Mohammad Makoii</strong> reports from Herat. </p><p>Officials warned of a human catastrophe on the eve of Eid with streets “full of dead bodies” amid continued surge of transmission across the nation, as Kabul recorded its second worst day of the crisis straight.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:56:16.595Z">11.56am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The UN’s refugee agency and the World Health Organization on Thursday announced a new initiative to protect the health of the tens of millions of forcibly displaced people around the world.</p><p>In a release, the UN bodies said that there were about 70 million forcibly displaced people across the world. About 26 million of them are refugees, 80% of whom are living in low- to middle-income countries with weak healthcare systems. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To keep some 70 million refugees, displaced &amp; stateless people worldwide safe from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> &amp; other health challenges, WHO &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/Refugees?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Refugees</a> join forces to strengthen &amp; advance public health services for forcibly displaced people. <a href="https://t.co/vux58nrrSE">https://t.co/vux58nrrSE</a> <a href="https://t.co/8zVkXEF77w">pic.twitter.com/8zVkXEF77w</a></p><p>UNHCR’s long-term partnership with WHO is critical to curb the coronavirus pandemic and other emergencies – day in, day out, it is improving and saving lives of millions of people forced to flee their homes</p><p>Our strengthened partnership will directly benefit refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, and those who are stateless. It leads to better emergency response and will make the best use of the resources of both our two organisations for public health solutions across all our operations globally.</p><p>The principle of solidarity and the goal of serving vulnerable people underpin the work of both our organisations.</p><p>We stand side by side in our commitment to protect the health of all people who have been forced to leave their homes and to ensure that they can obtain health services when and where they need them. The ongoing pandemic only highlights the vital importance of working together so we can achieve more.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:45:56.869Z">11.45am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Most of the new coronavirus infections reported by <strong>Malaysia</strong> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave?page=with:block-5ec640118f0864e579f14ff2#block-5ec640118f0864e579f14ff2">on Thursday</a> were detected at an immigration detention centre where authorities are holding undocumented migrants rounded up in areas under lockdown this month, according to <strong>Reuters</strong>. </p><p>Of the 50 people who tested positive, 35 were being detained at the Bukit Jalil immigration detention centre, located in the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:32:41.208Z">11.32am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Th official coronavirus death toll in <strong>Russia </strong>passed 3,000 on Thursday, as a US transport plane made its way to deliver ventilators to help treat Russian patients with severe Covid-19, according to <strong>Reuters</strong>. </p><p>Officials said 127 people had died of the respiratory disease in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 3,099. The country’s nationwide tally of confirmed cases of coronavirus, the world’s second highest, reached 317,554, after 8,849 more people tested positive for the virus. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:22:13.583Z">11.22am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hi, this is <strong>Damien Gayle</strong> signing on for live blogging duties now, and with you for the next eight or so hours. </p><p>If you have any tips, comments or suggestions for coverage please drop me a line, either via email to <a href="mailto:damien.gayle@theguardian.com">damien.gayle@theguardian.com</a>, or via Twitter direct message to <a href="https://twitter.com/damiengayle">@damiengayle</a>.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:10:34.706Z">11.10am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Seriously, if you can read this story (and watch the video) about Baldomera the donkey by my esteemed colleague Sam Jones in Madrid without tearing up ...YOU ARE MADE OF STONE.</p><p>Few reunions in the time of the coronavirus have been as moving, as unlikely, or quite as braying as that of Ismael Fernández and Baldomera, the beloved family donkey.<br></p><p lang="es" dir="ltr"> Esto es lo más bonito que vas a ver hoy: el emotivo reencuentro entre una burra y su dueño tras el confinamiento<a href="https://t.co/Mn74S5BVrV">https://t.co/Mn74S5BVrV</a> Lo cuenta <a href="https://twitter.com/JesusSanchez__?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JesusSanchez__</a> en <a href="https://twitter.com/SER_Malaga?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SER_Malaga</a> <a href="https://t.co/mQrKkiFC5L">pic.twitter.com/mQrKkiFC5L</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:06:51.522Z">11.06am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <a href="http://www.fccj.or.jp/">Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan</a> has removed from its website an image combining the coronavirus pandemic and the official logo of the postponed Tokyo Olympics, after the Games’ organising committee complained that it was “insensitive” and infringed copyright laws, writes Justin McCurry in Tokyo/</p><p>The FCCJ’s president, Khaldon Azhari, said at an online news conference on Thursday that the FCCJ board had decided to remove the image from the cover of April’s digital edition of the organisation’s in-house magazine, the <a href="http://www.fccj.or.jp/images/number1shimbun/pdf/2020/Number_1_Shimbun_2020_04_April_1.1.pdf">Number 1 Shimbun</a>, and voiced “sincere regret to anyone who may have been offended on all sides of this issue”.</p><p>It is very disappointing to see the Games emblem being distorted and associated with the novel coronavirus, which affects human life, people’s lives, the economy, and our society. </p><p>The design is clearly using the design of the Olympic emblem. We therefore consider it an infringement on our legally secured copyright to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic emblem.</p><p>We made clear from the beginning this wasn’t about freedom of expression - we were most concerned about copyright. In the FCCJ’s 75-year history, it has always stood as a beacon for the freedom of the press in Japan, and continues to stand for those values. And for the right of journalists to hold authorities to account. This is beyond any question.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T09:41:29.206Z">10.41am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Japanese</strong> Prime Minister <strong>Shinzo Abe</strong> has said today that it is possible that a state of emergency in Tokyo and its surrounding regions could end as early as next week if the number of coronavirus infections continues to decrease. He said:</p><p>The state of emergency will continue in Tokyo, Hokkaido and other regions. We will meet with experts (on Monday) to update the situation on infections. </p><p>If the current situation continues, it is possible that the state of emergency could be lifted in those areas.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T09:31:04.503Z">10.31am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Really interesting story about Rio’s trans sex workers, by <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/profile/dom-phillips">Dom Phillips</a> and Ian Cheibub.</p><p>Social distancing is keeping people off the streets of central Rio de Janeiro. And that has created serious challenges for its trans sex workers, who have seen their clientele, and their income, melt away.</p><p>“You can see what it’s like: empty streets, shops closed, the fallen economy,” says Elba Tavares, 44, from Paraíba state in north-east Brazil<strong>.</strong> “I am no longer in that rush of prostitution but yes, I sell my body.” But, she says: “There are very few customers.”</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/21/if-i-dont-have-sex-ill-die-of-hunger-covid-19-crisis-for-rios-trans-sex-workers">'If I don't have sex I'll die of hunger': Covid-19 crisis for Rio's trans sex workers</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T09:18:44.737Z">10.18am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The boss of <strong>Europe’s busiest airport</strong>, Heathrow in the <strong>UK</strong>, has told the BBC that a new thermal screening trial for arriving passengers “could be part of a future common international standard to get people flying again.”</p><p>John Holland-Kaye, who heads up Europe’s busiest airport, said the “mismatch of measures” currently in place across different countries was confusing.</p><p>There is no perfect way to make sure only healthy people fly at this stage, so we have to take a risk-based approach. </p><p>As the level of transmission comes down in the UK and in other countries, we need to find a way that the vast majority of people who don’t have a disease can still fly.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T08:47:25.132Z">9.47am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Malaysian</strong> health authorities on Thursday reported 50 new coronavirus cases, raising the cumulative total to 7,059 cases.<br>The health ministry also reported no new deaths, keeping total fatalities at 114.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T08:46:46.973Z">9.46am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A sweet story from Australia, where one cafe where clients can feed dolphins reckons the creatures are missing human contact because they keep leaving presents. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Barnacles Cafe &amp; Dolphin Feeding at Tin Can Bay in Queensland, Australia says dolphins have been leaving gifts because they miss humans (and their free lunch). <a href="https://t.co/HEq2RejtPA">https://t.co/HEq2RejtPA</a></p><p>The pod has been bringing us regular gifts, showing us how much they’re missing the public interaction and attention. They are definitely missing you all.</p><p>Nothing surprises me with dolphins and their behaviour anymore. They do everything - they use tools, they have culture, they have something similar to names in signature whistles. In all likelihood, they probably don’t miss humans per se. They probably miss a free meal and the routine.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T08:05:01.420Z">9.05am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The head of the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/international-olympic-committee">International Olympic Committee</a> (IOC), Thomas Bach, has warned that the Tokyo Games would have to be scrapped if the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">coronavirus pandemic</a> made it impossible for them to take place next year, writes Justin McCurry in Tokyo.</p><p>But Bach added that the IOC was committed to holding the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/olympic-games-2020">Olympic Games</a> in the Japanese capital next year, even though the outbreak could force organisers to take precautions, including quarantining athletes.</p><p>Quite frankly, I have some understanding for this, because you can’t forever employ 3,000 or 5,000 people in an organising committee. You can’t every year change the entire sports schedule worldwide of all the major federations. You can’t have the athletes being in uncertainty.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T07:53:38.868Z">8.53am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/easyjet"><strong>EasyJet</strong></a> is to resume a small number of flights in the <strong>UK</strong> and <strong>France</strong> on 15 June, with increased safety measures on board including mandatory wearing of face masks, as it returns to the skies after grounding its entire fleet on 30 March.</p><p>The airline initially will restart domestic routes in the UK and France where it says there is sufficient customer demand to support profitable flying. Further routes will be added in the following weeks, as and when passenger demand rises and lockdown measures ease further across <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/europe-news">Europe</a>.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/21/easyjet-to-resume-domestic-flights-across-england-and-france">EasyJet to resume domestic flights across UK and France</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T07:32:48.459Z">8.32am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Singapore’s</strong> health ministry has confirmed another 448 coronavirus cases, taking the city-state’s tally of infections to 29,812. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T07:30:31.547Z">8.30am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Tokyo’s</strong> most senior prosecutor and an ally of the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is to resign after a weekly magazine revealed he had gambled illegally and ignored official advice on containing the spread of coronavirus, writes Justin McCurry in Tokyo.</p><p>Hiromu Kurokawa, head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, drew widespread criticism after the Shukan Bunshun claimed he had played mahjong for money with newspaper reporters on 1 May and 13 May, while the capital was in the midst of an ongoing coronavirus <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/japan-shinzo-abe-declares-state-of-emergency-over-coronavirus">state of emergency</a> Coronavirus outbreak World news Australia news UK news US news Europe Africa Russia Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases China Middle East and North Africa Damien Gayle (now); Alexandra Topping and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Photograph: Héctor Retamal/AFP via Getty Images Coronavirus live news: global cases pass 5m as Wuhan bans eating wild animals https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:1fb4da80-aeea-c097-c91c-85ebdfae7595 Thu, 21 May 2020 07:46:07 -0400 <p>World sees largest daily rise in cases; IOC warns over further Tokyo Olympics delay; Trump considers in-person G7</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/top-eu-doctor-europe-should-brace-itself-for-second-wave-of-coronavirus">EU virus response chief: ‘Europe should brace itself for second wave’</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/global-report-coronavirus-vaccine-us-scientist-cases-5-million">Global report: don’t count on a vaccine</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2020/may/21/uk-coronavirus-live-news-update-covid-test-and-trace-second-wave">UK coronavirus updates - live</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/may/21/australia-coronavirus-news-queensland-open-borders-nsw-schools-latest-updates">Australia coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/coronavirus-latest-21-may-at-a-glance">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:46:07.201Z">12.46pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Madrid</strong> will reopen some of its biggest and most famous parks if the region is allowed to enter the second phase of lockdown de-escalation next week, the city’s mayor has said, writes <strong>Sam Jones</strong>, the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent. </p><p>At the moment, the capital and the surrounding area remain in phase 0, while 70% of the country has been permitted to enter the next phase.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:35:07.180Z">12.35pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A man from <strong>Tunisia</strong> drowned on Wednesday after jumping into the water from a Covid-19 quarantine ship in <strong>Sicily</strong>, writes <strong>Lorenzo Tondo</strong> in Palermo.</p><p>The 28-year-old threw himself from the Moby Zaza ship, in Porto Empedocle, in the province of Agrigento, where dozens of migrants have been placed under quarantine before disembarking. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:31:35.762Z">12.31pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Apple</strong> has launched a contact tracing feature in the latest update of its iPhone operating system, <a href="https://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-releases-ios-13-5-with-covid-contact-tracing-feature-face-id-improvements/?ftag=TREc64629f&amp;bhid=21874110744560294155349777857970&amp;mid=12842857&amp;cid=717090305">ZDNet</a> reports.</p><p>The Covid exposure notification feature has been included in iOS 13.5 as part of Apple’s partnership with Google, the other major mobile phone operating system developer, to build contract tracing infrastructure into their software. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:20:38.048Z">12.20pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Italian finance police arrested 10 people in <strong>Sicily</strong>, including the regional co-ordinator for the coronavirus emergency, over an alleged corruption scheme in health service tenders, <strong>Lorenzo Tondo</strong> reports from Palermo.</p><p>The investigation dates back to 2016 and allegedly uncovered bribes from equipment and services contracts totalling nearly €600m (£540m).</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:20:13.863Z">12.20pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>After the biggest single-day increase in cases worldwide so far in the pandemic, the number of confirmed infections has passed <strong>5 million</strong>, <a href="https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html">with the Johns Hopkins University data</a> currently listing 5,016,171. The true number is likely to be significantly higher, due to differing testing rates, delays and underreporting. This is true for deaths, too. At least 328,471 people have lost their lives in the pandemic so far..</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T11:15:43.561Z">12.15pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Afghanistan</strong>’s health ministry has said it has run out of hospital beds for Covid-19 patients in most parts of the war-torn country, <strong>Akhtar Mohammad Makoii</strong> reports from Herat. </p><p>Officials warned of a human catastrophe on the eve of Eid with streets “full of dead bodies” amid continued surge of transmission across the nation, as Kabul recorded its second worst day of the crisis straight.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:56:16.595Z">11.56am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The UN’s refugee agency and the World Health Organization on Thursday announced a new initiative to protect the health of the tens of millions of forcibly displaced people around the world.</p><p>In a release, the UN bodies said that there were about 70 million forcibly displaced people across the world. About 26 million of them are refugees, 80% of whom are living in low- to middle-income countries with weak healthcare systems. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To keep some 70 million refugees, displaced &amp; stateless people worldwide safe from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> &amp; other health challenges, WHO &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/Refugees?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Refugees</a> join forces to strengthen &amp; advance public health services for forcibly displaced people. <a href="https://t.co/vux58nrrSE">https://t.co/vux58nrrSE</a> <a href="https://t.co/8zVkXEF77w">pic.twitter.com/8zVkXEF77w</a></p><p>UNHCR’s long-term partnership with WHO is critical to curb the coronavirus pandemic and other emergencies – day in, day out, it is improving and saving lives of millions of people forced to flee their homes</p><p>Our strengthened partnership will directly benefit refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, and those who are stateless. It leads to better emergency response and will make the best use of the resources of both our two organisations for public health solutions across all our operations globally.</p><p>The principle of solidarity and the goal of serving vulnerable people underpin the work of both our organisations.</p><p>We stand side by side in our commitment to protect the health of all people who have been forced to leave their homes and to ensure that they can obtain health services when and where they need them. The ongoing pandemic only highlights the vital importance of working together so we can achieve more.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:45:56.869Z">11.45am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Most of the new coronavirus infections reported by <strong>Malaysia</strong> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave?page=with:block-5ec640118f0864e579f14ff2#block-5ec640118f0864e579f14ff2">on Thursday</a> were detected at an immigration detention centre where authorities are holding undocumented migrants rounded up in areas under lockdown this month, according to <strong>Reuters</strong>. </p><p>Of the 50 people who tested positive, 35 were being detained at the Bukit Jalil immigration detention centre, located in the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:32:41.208Z">11.32am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Th official coronavirus death toll in <strong>Russia </strong>passed 3,000 on Thursday, as a US transport plane made its way to deliver ventilators to help treat Russian patients with severe Covid-19, according to <strong>Reuters</strong>. </p><p>Officials said 127 people had died of the respiratory disease in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 3,099. The country’s nationwide tally of confirmed cases of coronavirus, the world’s second highest, reached 317,554, after 8,849 more people tested positive for the virus. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:22:13.583Z">11.22am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hi, this is <strong>Damien Gayle</strong> signing on for live blogging duties now, and with you for the next eight or so hours. </p><p>If you have any tips, comments or suggestions for coverage please drop me a line, either via email to <a href="mailto:damien.gayle@theguardian.com">damien.gayle@theguardian.com</a>, or via Twitter direct message to <a href="https://twitter.com/damiengayle">@damiengayle</a>.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:10:34.706Z">11.10am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Seriously, if you can read this story (and watch the video) about Baldomera the donkey by my esteemed colleague Sam Jones in Madrid without tearing up ...YOU ARE MADE OF STONE.</p><p>Few reunions in the time of the coronavirus have been as moving, as unlikely, or quite as braying as that of Ismael Fernández and Baldomera, the beloved family donkey.<br></p><p lang="es" dir="ltr"> Esto es lo más bonito que vas a ver hoy: el emotivo reencuentro entre una burra y su dueño tras el confinamiento<a href="https://t.co/Mn74S5BVrV">https://t.co/Mn74S5BVrV</a> Lo cuenta <a href="https://twitter.com/JesusSanchez__?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JesusSanchez__</a> en <a href="https://twitter.com/SER_Malaga?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SER_Malaga</a> <a href="https://t.co/mQrKkiFC5L">pic.twitter.com/mQrKkiFC5L</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T10:06:51.522Z">11.06am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <a href="http://www.fccj.or.jp/">Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan</a> has removed from its website an image combining the coronavirus pandemic and the official logo of the postponed Tokyo Olympics, after the Games’ organising committee complained that it was “insensitive” and infringed copyright laws, writes Justin McCurry in Tokyo/</p><p>The FCCJ’s president, Khaldon Azhari, said at an online news conference on Thursday that the FCCJ board had decided to remove the image from the cover of April’s digital edition of the organisation’s in-house magazine, the <a href="http://www.fccj.or.jp/images/number1shimbun/pdf/2020/Number_1_Shimbun_2020_04_April_1.1.pdf">Number 1 Shimbun</a>, and voiced “sincere regret to anyone who may have been offended on all sides of this issue”.</p><p>It is very disappointing to see the Games emblem being distorted and associated with the novel coronavirus, which affects human life, people’s lives, the economy, and our society. </p><p>The design is clearly using the design of the Olympic emblem. We therefore consider it an infringement on our legally secured copyright to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic emblem.</p><p>We made clear from the beginning this wasn’t about freedom of expression - we were most concerned about copyright. In the FCCJ’s 75-year history, it has always stood as a beacon for the freedom of the press in Japan, and continues to stand for those values. And for the right of journalists to hold authorities to account. This is beyond any question.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T09:41:29.206Z">10.41am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Japanese</strong> Prime Minister <strong>Shinzo Abe</strong> has said today that it is possible that a state of emergency in Tokyo and its surrounding regions could end as early as next week if the number of coronavirus infections continues to decrease. He said:</p><p>The state of emergency will continue in Tokyo, Hokkaido and other regions. We will meet with experts (on Monday) to update the situation on infections. </p><p>If the current situation continues, it is possible that the state of emergency could be lifted in those areas.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T09:31:04.503Z">10.31am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Really interesting story about Rio’s trans sex workers, by <a draggable="true" href="https://www.theguardian.com/profile/dom-phillips">Dom Phillips</a> and Ian Cheibub.</p><p>Social distancing is keeping people off the streets of central Rio de Janeiro. And that has created serious challenges for its trans sex workers, who have seen their clientele, and their income, melt away.</p><p>“You can see what it’s like: empty streets, shops closed, the fallen economy,” says Elba Tavares, 44, from Paraíba state in north-east Brazil<strong>.</strong> “I am no longer in that rush of prostitution but yes, I sell my body.” But, she says: “There are very few customers.”</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/21/if-i-dont-have-sex-ill-die-of-hunger-covid-19-crisis-for-rios-trans-sex-workers">'If I don't have sex I'll die of hunger': Covid-19 crisis for Rio's trans sex workers</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T09:18:44.737Z">10.18am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The boss of <strong>Europe’s busiest airport</strong>, Heathrow in the <strong>UK</strong>, has told the BBC that a new thermal screening trial for arriving passengers “could be part of a future common international standard to get people flying again.”</p><p>John Holland-Kaye, who heads up Europe’s busiest airport, said the “mismatch of measures” currently in place across different countries was confusing.</p><p>There is no perfect way to make sure only healthy people fly at this stage, so we have to take a risk-based approach. </p><p>As the level of transmission comes down in the UK and in other countries, we need to find a way that the vast majority of people who don’t have a disease can still fly.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T08:47:25.132Z">9.47am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Malaysian</strong> health authorities on Thursday reported 50 new coronavirus cases, raising the cumulative total to 7,059 cases.<br>The health ministry also reported no new deaths, keeping total fatalities at 114.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T08:46:46.973Z">9.46am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A sweet story from Australia, where one cafe where clients can feed dolphins reckons the creatures are missing human contact because they keep leaving presents. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Barnacles Cafe &amp; Dolphin Feeding at Tin Can Bay in Queensland, Australia says dolphins have been leaving gifts because they miss humans (and their free lunch). <a href="https://t.co/HEq2RejtPA">https://t.co/HEq2RejtPA</a></p><p>The pod has been bringing us regular gifts, showing us how much they’re missing the public interaction and attention. They are definitely missing you all.</p><p>Nothing surprises me with dolphins and their behaviour anymore. They do everything - they use tools, they have culture, they have something similar to names in signature whistles. In all likelihood, they probably don’t miss humans per se. They probably miss a free meal and the routine.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T08:05:01.420Z">9.05am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The head of the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/international-olympic-committee">International Olympic Committee</a> (IOC), Thomas Bach, has warned that the Tokyo Games would have to be scrapped if the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">coronavirus pandemic</a> made it impossible for them to take place next year, writes Justin McCurry in Tokyo.</p><p>But Bach added that the IOC was committed to holding the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/olympic-games-2020">Olympic Games</a> in the Japanese capital next year, even though the outbreak could force organisers to take precautions, including quarantining athletes.</p><p>Quite frankly, I have some understanding for this, because you can’t forever employ 3,000 or 5,000 people in an organising committee. You can’t every year change the entire sports schedule worldwide of all the major federations. You can’t have the athletes being in uncertainty.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T07:53:38.868Z">8.53am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/easyjet"><strong>EasyJet</strong></a> is to resume a small number of flights in the <strong>UK</strong> and <strong>France</strong> on 15 June, with increased safety measures on board including mandatory wearing of face masks, as it returns to the skies after grounding its entire fleet on 30 March.</p><p>The airline initially will restart domestic routes in the UK and France where it says there is sufficient customer demand to support profitable flying. Further routes will be added in the following weeks, as and when passenger demand rises and lockdown measures ease further across <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/europe-news">Europe</a>.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/21/easyjet-to-resume-domestic-flights-across-england-and-france">EasyJet to resume domestic flights across UK and France</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T07:32:48.459Z">8.32am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Singapore’s</strong> health ministry has confirmed another 448 coronavirus cases, taking the city-state’s tally of infections to 29,812. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T07:30:31.547Z">8.30am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Tokyo’s</strong> most senior prosecutor and an ally of the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is to resign after a weekly magazine revealed he had gambled illegally and ignored official advice on containing the spread of coronavirus, writes Justin McCurry in Tokyo.</p><p>Hiromu Kurokawa, head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, drew widespread criticism after the Shukan Bunshun claimed he had played mahjong for money with newspaper reporters on 1 May and 13 May, while the capital was in the midst of an ongoing coronavirus <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/japan-shinzo-abe-declares-state-of-emergency-over-coronavirus">state of emergency</a>.<br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T06:56:03.710Z">7.56am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A <strong>meat processing plant </strong>in the <strong>Netherlands</strong> was closed on Wednesday, after 45 of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus.</p><p>The Vion slaughterhouse and meat processor in Groenlo, Gelderland was ordered to close, the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA announced. Less than half of the slaughterhouse’s employees have been tested so far.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T06:49:09.935Z">7.49am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s a <strong>consumer</strong> snippet from the <strong>UK</strong>, which gives a little insight into how the coronavirus lockdown has affected us. </p><p>Multinational retailer <strong>Marks &amp; Spencer</strong> has said that sales of suits and ties are down to “a dribble”, while the top sellers right now are sportswear, sleepwear, jogging pants, hoodies and leggings – at last the working wardrobe we’ve all been longing for. </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/20/marks-and-spencer-takes-145m-hit-on-unsold-stock-as-clothing-sales-fall-coronavirus">M&amp;S takes £145m hit on unsold stock as clothing sales fall 75%</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T06:34:26.304Z">7.34am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>India</strong> is set to resume <strong>domestic flights</strong> two months after the government imposed a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, the BBC reports. </p><p>The flights will start from Monday “in a calibrated manner”, according to the civil aviation minister.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday 25th May 2020.<br><br>All airports &amp; air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May.<br><br>SOPs for passenger movement are also being separately issued by <a href="https://twitter.com/MoCA_GoI?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MoCA_GoI</a>.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T06:12:34.497Z">7.12am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>That’s it from me, <a href="https://twitter.com/helenrsullivan">Helen Sullivan</a> for today. Thank you all for following along. </p><p>I’m handing over to my colleague Alexandra Topping, who will take you through the next few hours of live news, as the number of confirmed cases worldwide passes 5 million – that’s in a period of roughly five months. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T06:04:19.042Z">7.04am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>William Haseltine, the groundbreaking cancer, HIV/AIDS and human genome projects researcher, has said the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/livevideo?id=Paj8">best approach to the pandemic is to manage the disease</a> through careful tracing of infections and strict isolation measures whenever it starts spreading.<br></p><p>He said that while a vaccine could be developed, “I wouldn’t count on it”, and urged people to wear masks, wash hands, clean surfaces and keep a distance.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/global-report-coro Coronavirus outbreak World news Australia news UK news US news Europe Africa Russia Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases China Middle East and North Africa Damien Gayle (now); Alexandra Topping and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Photograph: Musa Salgereyev/TASS Up to £1.5bn may have been lost in fraudulent claims for Universal Credit, officials say https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/15bn-may-have-lost-fraudulent-claims-universal-credit-officials/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:4e776a6e-154b-6df3-52cf-212cd522930c Thu, 21 May 2020 07:41:35 -0400 topics:things/fraud structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Travel restriction updates: EasyJet to relaunch flights in June https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/travel-restriction-updates-easyjet-relaunch-flights-june/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:46516cec-a1a3-1cdd-67c8-429e1bc3e0da Thu, 21 May 2020 06:49:05 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Oliver Smith No plain sailing for Greece as islands and beaches prepare to reopen for travel https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/life-lockdown-no-plain-sailing-greece-islands-beaches-prepare/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:8c71e304-5059-d4b7-c257-1955a8eb907f Thu, 21 May 2020 04:53:21 -0400 structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/europe structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:places/greece storytype:standard Patrick Sawer Coronavirus live news: global cases pass 5m as EU health chief warns of second wave https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:845cffd7-6338-0efe-7060-5de9f942c712 Thu, 21 May 2020 04:47:25 -0400 <p>‘The question is when and how big,’ says Europe CDC chief; world sees largest daily rise in cases; Trump considers in-person G7. Follow the latest updates</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/top-eu-doctor-europe-should-brace-itself-for-second-wave-of-coronavirus">EU virus response chief: ‘Europe should brace itself for second wave’</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/global-report-coronavirus-vaccine-us-scientist-cases-5-million">Global report: don’t count on a vaccine</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2020/may/21/uk-coronavirus-live-news-update-covid-test-and-trace-second-wave">UK coronavirus updates - live</a><br></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/may/21/australia-coronavirus-news-queensland-open-borders-nsw-schools-latest-updates">Australia coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/coronavirus-latest-21-may-at-a-glance">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T08:47:25.132Z">9.47am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Malaysian</strong> health authorities on Thursday reported 50 new coronavirus cases, raising the cumulative total to 7,059 cases.<br>The health ministry also reported no new deaths, keeping total fatalities at 114.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T08:46:46.973Z">9.46am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A sweet story from Australia, where one cafe where clients can feed dolphins reckons the creatures are missing human contact because they keep leaving presents. </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Barnacles Cafe &amp; Dolphin Feeding at Tin Can Bay in Queensland, Australia says dolphins have been leaving gifts because they miss humans (and their free lunch). <a href="https://t.co/HEq2RejtPA">https://t.co/HEq2RejtPA</a></p><p>The pod has been bringing us regular gifts, showing us how much they’re missing the public interaction and attention. They are definitely missing you all.</p><p>Nothing surprises me with dolphins and their behaviour anymore. They do everything - they use tools, they have culture, they have something similar to names in signature whistles. In all likelihood, they probably don’t miss humans per se. They probably miss a free meal and the routine.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T08:05:01.420Z">9.05am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The head of the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/international-olympic-committee">International Olympic Committee</a> (IOC), Thomas Bach, has warned that the Tokyo Games would have to be scrapped if the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">coronavirus pandemic</a> made it impossible for them to take place next year, writes Justin McCurry in Tokyo.</p><p>But Bach added that the IOC was committed to holding the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/olympic-games-2020">Olympic Games</a> in the Japanese capital next year, even though the outbreak could force organisers to take precautions, including quarantining athletes.</p><p>Quite frankly, I have some understanding for this, because you can’t forever employ 3,000 or 5,000 people in an organising committee. You can’t every year change the entire sports schedule worldwide of all the major federations. You can’t have the athletes being in uncertainty.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T07:53:38.868Z">8.53am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/easyjet"><strong>EasyJet</strong></a> is to resume a small number of flights in the <strong>UK</strong> and <strong>France</strong> on 15 June, with increased safety measures on board including mandatory wearing of face masks, as it returns to the skies after grounding its entire fleet on 30 March.</p><p>The airline initially will restart domestic routes in the UK and France where it says there is sufficient customer demand to support profitable flying. Further routes will be added in the following weeks, as and when passenger demand rises and lockdown measures ease further across <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/europe-news">Europe</a>.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/21/easyjet-to-resume-domestic-flights-across-england-and-france">EasyJet to resume domestic flights across UK and France</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T07:32:48.459Z">8.32am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Singapore’s</strong> health ministry has confirmed another 448 coronavirus cases, taking the city-state’s tally of infections to 29,812. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T07:30:31.547Z">8.30am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Tokyo’s</strong> most senior prosecutor and an ally of the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is to resign after a weekly magazine revealed he had gambled illegally and ignored official advice on containing the spread of coronavirus, writes Justin McCurry in Tokyo.</p><p>Hiromu Kurokawa, head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, drew widespread criticism after the Shukan Bunshun claimed he had played mahjong for money with newspaper reporters on 1 May and 13 May, while the capital was in the midst of an ongoing coronavirus <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/japan-shinzo-abe-declares-state-of-emergency-over-coronavirus">state of emergency</a>.<br></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T06:56:03.710Z">7.56am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A <strong>meat processing plant </strong>in the <strong>Netherlands</strong> was closed on Wednesday, after 45 of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus.</p><p>The Vion slaughterhouse and meat processor in Groenlo, Gelderland was ordered to close, the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA announced. Less than half of the slaughterhouse’s employees have been tested so far.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T06:49:09.935Z">7.49am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s a <strong>consumer</strong> snippet from the <strong>UK</strong>, which gives a little insight into how the coronavirus lockdown. </p><p>Multinational retailer <strong>Marks &amp; Spencer</strong> have said that sales of suits and ties are down to “a dribble”, while the top sellers right now are sports wear, sleep wear, jogging pants, hoodies and leggings - at last the working wardrobe we’ve all been longing for. </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/20/marks-and-spencer-takes-145m-hit-on-unsold-stock-as-clothing-sales-fall-coronavirus">M&amp;S takes £145m hit on unsold stock as clothing sales fall 75%</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T06:34:26.304Z">7.34am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>India</strong> is set to resume <strong>domestic flights</strong> two months after the government imposed a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, the BBC reports. </p><p>The flights will start from Monday “in a calibrated manner”, according to the civil aviation minister.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday 25th May 2020.<br><br>All airports &amp; air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May.<br><br>SOPs for passenger movement are also being separately issued by <a href="https://twitter.com/MoCA_GoI?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MoCA_GoI</a>.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T06:12:34.497Z">7.12am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>That’s it from me, <a href="https://twitter.com/helenrsullivan">Helen Sullivan</a> for today. Thank you all for following along. </p><p>I’m handing over to my colleague Alexandra Topping, who will take you through the next few hours of live news, as the number of confirmed cases worldwide passes 5 million – that’s in a period of roughly five months. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T06:04:19.042Z">7.04am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>William Haseltine, the groundbreaking cancer, HIV/AIDS and human genome projects researcher, has said the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/livevideo?id=Paj8">best approach to the pandemic is to manage the disease</a> through careful tracing of infections and strict isolation measures whenever it starts spreading.<br></p><p>He said that while a vaccine could be developed, “I wouldn’t count on it”, and urged people to wear masks, wash hands, clean surfaces and keep a distance.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/global-report-coronavirus-vaccine-us-scientist-cases-5-million">Global report: don't count on vaccine, US scientist warns, as cases near 5 million</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T05:57:49.058Z">6.57am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The total number of confirmed cases worldwide has passed 5 million, according to the <a href="https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html">Johns Hopkins University tracker</a>. </p><p>The current total is 5,000,038. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T05:48:49.519Z">6.48am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A 10-minute home saliva test for coronavirus is under development in a deal struck between the billionaire co-founder of online fashion brand BooHoo and a Cambridge-based firm.</p><p>The antigen test, which would be available to buy, will look similar to a pregnancy test but will use a saliva sample rather than urine, and<a href="https://avacta.com/how-a-lateral-flow-rapid-test-works/"> is designed to give a result within 10 minutes</a>:</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/21/boohoo-founders-team-up-with-biotech-firm-for-covid-19-home-test-kit-uk-july">Boohoo founder teams up with biotech firm for Covid-19 home test kit</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T05:40:30.093Z">6.40am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thursday’s GUARDIAN: “NHS and care staff to be offered virus antibody test within days” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBCPapers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBCPapers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/WzO7YAhb9X">pic.twitter.com/WzO7YAhb9X</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thursday’s INDEPENDENT Digital: “NHS app won’t be ready for start of next month” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBCPapers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBCPapers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/c0wG22uSV9">pic.twitter.com/c0wG22uSV9</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thursday’s TIMES: “Hospital admissions fall to lowest level of crisis” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBCPapers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBCPapers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/ohNcxzpOxg">pic.twitter.com/ohNcxzpOxg</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thursday’s Daily TELEGRAPH: “PM promises tracing by June to help open schools” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBCPapers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBCPapers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/kmtysMDkwj">pic.twitter.com/kmtysMDkwj</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thursday’s i - “Summer holiday plan for Britain” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBCPapers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBCPapers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/rWbELVLO9Z">pic.twitter.com/rWbELVLO9Z</a></p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thursday’s FINANCIAL TIMES: “BoE ponders using negative rates for the first time to spur recovery” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBCPapers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBCPapers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TomorrowsPapersToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TomorrowsPapersToday</a> <a href="https://t.co/W2eyxXPm4Z">pic.twitter.com/W2eyxXPm4Z</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T05:30:27.731Z">6.30am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak has officially banned eating wild animals. A <a href="http://www.wuhan.gov.cn/zwgk/xxgk/zfwj/gfxwj/202005/t20200520_1324890.shtml">notice</a> on the Wuhan municipal government’s website on Wednesday said that it is now prohibited to eat, hunt or breed wild animals, including terrestrial animals deemed as protected, as well as those that exist in the wild or are bred. </p><p>The new rules, to be in effect for five years, also bar the consumption of rare and endangered aquatic animals. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T05:18:53.289Z">6.18am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Organisers of Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Square vigil have urged people to “be water” and find their own ways to hold commemorations after coronavirus bans on gatherings were extended.</p><p>The annual event marking the 1989 brutal crackdown by the Chinese army on protesters is traditionally the largest and only authorised commemoration of the massacre anywhere in China.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/hongkongers-urged-to-find-their-own-way-to-mark-tiananmen">Hongkongers urged to find their own way to mark Tiananmen</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T05:08:22.341Z">6.08am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Thailand on Thursday reported three new coronavirus infections and no new deaths, bringing the total to 3,037 confirmed cases and 56 fatalities since the outbreak started in January.<br><br>The new cases included two domestic transmissions and one infection found in quarantine in an individual returning to Thailand from the Philippines, said spokesman for the government’s coronavirus task force, Taweesin Wisanuyothin.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T04:46:40.451Z">5.46am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T04:36:16.602Z">5.36am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The number of unaccompanied young migrants crossing the Channel from France to Britain has spiked during the coronavirus outbreak, as travel restrictions force them onto boats rather than trucks.<br></p><p>Kent County Council in southeast England, which includes the major port of Dover, was dealing with “230 to 250” young migrants a year ago, its chief executive, Roger Gough, said.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T04:25:20.921Z">5.25am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/profile/ruth-michaelson">Ruth Michaelson</a> reports for the Guardian: </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/21/egypt-doctors-ppe-testing-coronavirus">'It's a disaster': Egypt's doctors plead for more PPE and testing</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T04:10:16.533Z">5.10am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>South Korea’s professional football league has <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/south-korea-football-league-imposes-record-fine-on-fc-seoul-over-sex-dolls-outrage">imposed a record fine on one of its clubs</a> for placing sex dolls in empty seats during a recent match played without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p><p>On Thursday, the K-League fined FC Seoul 100m won ($81,000), saying the club had “deeply humiliated” female football fans and damaged the 38-year-old league’s reputation.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/south-korea-football-league-imposes-record-fine-on-fc-seoul-over-sex-dolls-outrage">South Korea football league imposes record fine on FC Seoul over sex dolls outrage</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T03:55:37.240Z">4.55am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 745 to 176,752, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.<br><br>The reported death toll rose by 57 to 8,147, the tally showed.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T03:40:58.091Z">4.40am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Japan’s economy minister says experts have approved a government plan to remove a coronavirus state of emergency in Osaka and two neighboring prefectures in the west where the infection is deemed slowing, while keeping the measure in place in the Tokyo region and Hokkaido, AP reports. </p><p>Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters that experts at the meeting approved the plan to lift the measure in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. The measure will be kept in place in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures, as well as Hokkaido, where the infections have slowed but need further improvement.<br><br>The three are among the eight prefectures still under the emergency status after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the measure last week in all but eight of the 47 Japanese prefectures. Abe declared the state of emergency on 7 April in parts of Japan including Tokyo and later expanded it to nationwide.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T03:31:13.494Z">4.31am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Baghdad, Iraq, a city of nearly ten million residents, is running on an unusual rhythm this Ramadan since Iraq imposed an overnight curfew to curb the spreading coronavirus, AFP reports. <br></p><p>A few hours before dawn, the wailing voice of Sayyed Mozahem rings out across a small neighbourhood in old Baghdad, amplified by his portable microphone.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T03:20:04.633Z">4.20am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Dancing, hook-ups and bar banter will be off the menu as New Zealand’s pubs and bars re-open on Thursday night, with some saying the social distancing requirements will make for a “sad and strange” atmosphere in the nation’s party hotspots.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/could-be-a-bit-strange-new-zealand-bars-to-reopen-but-fun-is-kept-at-arms-length">'Could be a bit strange': New Zealand bars to reopen but fun is kept at arm's length</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T03:07:05.120Z">4.07am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A study shows that only about one percent of Danes had contracted the coronavirus, Danish officials said Wednesday, raising concerns Denmark is vulnerable to a new wave.</p><p>The report was released by the Danish health agency SSI, which operates under the health ministry and is responsible for the surveillance of infectious diseases.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T02:53:19.964Z">3.53am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More than 100 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in western France, the regional health authorities said Wednesday.<br></p><p>The cases follow coronavirus outbreaks at meat plants not only in France but also in Germany, Spain, Australia, the United States and Brazil - where people tend to work in close proximity.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T02:40:14.524Z">3.40am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Lufthansa airlines on Thursday confirmed it was in talks with the German government over a €9bn (US$10bn) rescue that will see Berlin take a massive stake in the coronavirus-stricken airline.</p><p>“The concept, which has not yet been finalised, provides for stabilisation measures in the amount of up to nine billion euros, of which €3bn is in the form of a loan” from public investment bank KfW, the German aviation giant said in a statement.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T02:25:19.049Z">3.25am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, will be released from federal prison Thursday and is expected to serve the remainder of his sentence at home, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/20/michael-cohen-to-be-released-from-prison-and-serve-sentence-at-home">Michael Cohen to be released from prison and serve sentence at home</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T02:16:12.242Z">3.16am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>You can (and please do!) get in touch with me directly on <a href="https://twitter.com/helenrsullivan">Twitter @helenrsullivan</a> or via email on helen.sullivan[at]theguardian.com – tips, news, comments, questions, jokes all welcome. </p><p class="block-t Coronavirus outbreak World news Australia news UK news US news Europe Africa Russia Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases China Middle East and North Africa Alexandra Topping (now) and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Photograph: Musa Salgereyev/TASS China’s new normal - lockdowns lifted amid fears of second wave of coronavirus https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/chinas-new-normal-lockdowns-lifted-amid-second-wave-beijing/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:6cb161b9-6b30-ab45-fd83-0e27fad9fd2e Thu, 21 May 2020 04:10:42 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/asia topics:places/china topics:things/pandemics-epidemics topics:places/beijing topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Sophia Yan Superdrug accused of 'playing on people's fear' with £69 antibodies test https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/superdrug-coronavirus-antibody-test/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:40814a5f-7f6e-4deb-2e10-4c07a5302800 Thu, 21 May 2020 03:58:43 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:things/pandemics-epidemics topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:things/health structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Sam Meadows Thursday morning news briefing: UK's road to recovery https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/21/thursday-morning-news-briefing-uks-road-recovery/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:bb617c3c-868c-2ddc-c293-9eca5c536d1b Thu, 21 May 2020 02:49:40 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Danny Boyle Global report: don't count on vaccine, US scientist warns, as cases pass 5m https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/global-report-coronavirus-vaccine-us-scientist-cases-5-million Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:5a9c432b-80c3-a785-63a0-d46699776457 Thu, 21 May 2020 02:07:18 -0400 <p>Brazil reports nearly 20,000 infections in one day; Trump says he’ll stop taking hydroxychloroquine in two days; Lufthansa in rescue talks</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>A top <strong>US</strong> scientist has said that people should not count on a Covid-19 vaccine being developed any time soon, as global infections were passed 5 million after surges in Latin America, including <strong>Brazil</strong>, which has recorded nearly 20,000 new cases.</p><p>William Haseltine, the groundbreaking cancer, HIV/AIDS and human genome projects researcher, has said the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/livevideo?id=Paj8">best approach to the pandemic is to manage the disease</a> through careful tracing of infections and strict isolation measures whenever it starts spreading.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/ng-interactive/2020/may/20/coronavirus-cases-and-deaths-over-time-how-countries-compare-around-the-world">Coronavirus cases and deaths over time: how countries compare around the world</a> </p><p>Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak, has officially banned eating wild animals. A <a href="http://www.wuhan.gov.cn/zwgk/xxgk/zfwj/gfxwj/202005/t20200520_1324890.shtml">notice</a> on the municipal government’s website said it was now prohibited to eat, hunt or breed wild animals, including terrestrial animals deemed protected, as well as those that exist in the wild or are bred. The new rules, to be in effect for five years, also bar the consumption of rare and endangered aquatic animals.</p><p>The<strong> German </strong>airline, Lufthansa, confirmed it was in talks with the government over a $10bn rescue that would see the state take a large stake in the carrier.</p><p>More than 100 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in western<strong> France</strong>, the regional health authorities said on Wednesday.</p><p><strong>Mexico</strong>’s health ministry on Wednesday registered 2,248 new coronavirus infections and an additional 424 fatalities, a record one-day death toll since the start of the pandemic. It brings cases to 56,594 and 6,090 deaths in total.</p><p><strong>Californian </strong>authorities have said they will roll out guidelines for the resumption of production of Hollywood movies and TV shows on Monday, but Governor Gavin Newsom warned that Los Angeles County was likely to be excluded from the first phase. Because of the challenges of social distancing on sets, Hollywood is expected to be among the last industries to come back.</p><p><strong>Australian </strong>state and territory leaders bickered on Thursday over whether to reopen internal borders, a major step to rejuvenating the country’s $50bn domestic tourism industry, as part of measures to ease coronavirus restrictions.</p><p>Bars and pubs in <strong>New Zealand </strong><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/could-be-a-bit-strange-new-zealand-bars-to-reopen-but-fun-is-kept-at-arms-length">reopen on Thursday</a> but capacity will be more than halved to meet social distancing guidelines.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/global-report-coronavirus-vaccine-us-scientist-cases-5-million">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus outbreak World news Donald Trump Brazil Jair Bolsonaro Russia Japan China Mexico Infectious diseases Alison Rourke Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Global report: don't count on vaccine, US scientist warns, as cases near 5 million https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/global-report-coronavirus-vaccine-us-scientist-cases-5-million Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:350a0936-4af7-e191-bca3-4f62fbddeb2f Thu, 21 May 2020 01:31:49 -0400 <p>Brazil reports nearly 20,000 infections in one day; Trump says he’ll stop taking hydroxychloroquine in two days; Lufthansa in rescue talks</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>A top <strong>US</strong> scientist has said that people should not count on a Covid-19 vaccine being developed any time soon, as global infections were set to pass 5 million after surges in Latin America, including <strong>Brazil</strong>, which has recorded nearly 20,000 new cases.</p><p>William Haseltine, the groundbreaking cancer, HIV/AIDS and human genome projects researcher, has said the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/livevideo?id=Paj8">best approach to the pandemic is to manage the disease</a> through careful tracing of infections and strict isolation measures whenever it starts spreading.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/ng-interactive/2020/may/20/coronavirus-cases-and-deaths-over-time-how-countries-compare-around-the-world">Coronavirus cases and deaths over time: how countries compare around the world</a> </p><p>Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak, has officially banned eating wild animals. A <a href="http://www.wuhan.gov.cn/zwgk/xxgk/zfwj/gfxwj/202005/t20200520_1324890.shtml">notice</a> on the municipal government’s website said it was now prohibited to eat, hunt or breed wild animals, including terrestrial animals deemed protected, as well as those that exist in the wild or are bred. The new rules, to be in effect for five years, also bar the consumption of rare and endangered aquatic animals.</p><p>The<strong> German </strong>airline, Lufthansa, confirmed it was in talks with the government over a $10bn rescue that would see the state take a large stake in the carrier.</p><p>More than 100 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in western<strong> France</strong>, the regional health authorities said on Wednesday.</p><p><strong>Mexico</strong>’s health ministry on Wednesday registered 2,248 new coronavirus infections and an additional 424 fatalities, a record one-day death toll since the start of the pandemic. It brings cases to 56,594 and 6,090 deaths in total.</p><p><strong>Californian </strong>authorities have said they will roll out guidelines for the resumption of production of Hollywood movies and TV shows on Monday, but Governor Gavin Newsom warned that Los Angeles County was likely to be excluded from the first phase. Because of the challenges of social distancing on sets, Hollywood is expected to be among the last industries to come back.</p><p><strong>Australian </strong>state and territory leaders bickered on Thursday over whether to reopen internal borders, a major step to rejuvenating the country’s $50bn domestic tourism industry, as part of measures to ease coronavirus restrictions.</p><p>Bars and pubs in <strong>New Zealand </strong><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/could-be-a-bit-strange-new-zealand-bars-to-reopen-but-fun-is-kept-at-arms-length">reopen on Thursday</a> but capacity will be more than halved to meet social distancing guidelines.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/global-report-coronavirus-vaccine-us-scientist-cases-5-million">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus outbreak World news Donald Trump Brazil Jair Bolsonaro Russia Japan China Mexico Infectious diseases Alison Rourke Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Coronavirus live news: global cases near 5m as EU health chief warns of second wave https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:484b9505-3e40-e2ea-b366-20423fcb42c5 Thu, 21 May 2020 01:30:27 -0400 <p>‘The question is when and how big,’ says Europe CDC chief; world sees largest daily rise in cases; Trump considers in-person G7. Follow the latest updates</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/top-eu-doctor-europe-should-brace-itself-for-second-wave-of-coronavirus">EU virus response chief: ‘Europe should brace itself for second wave’</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/global-report-coronavirus-pandemic-not-over-warns-the-who">Largest daily rise in Covid-19 cases prompts WHO warning</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/21/coronavirus-live-news-global-cases-near-5m-as-eu-health-chief-warns-of-second-wave?page=with:block-5ec5bdd08f0886ce4f5d7736#block-5ec5bdd08f0886ce4f5d7736">Global cases near 5 million</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/may/21/australia-coronavirus-news-queensland-open-borders-nsw-schools-latest-updates">Australia coronavirus updates – live</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/coronavirus-glance-largest-daily-rise-cases">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T05:30:27.731Z">6.30am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak has officially banned eating wild animals. A <a href="http://www.wuhan.gov.cn/zwgk/xxgk/zfwj/gfxwj/202005/t20200520_1324890.shtml">notice</a> on the Wuhan municipal government’s website on Wednesday said that it is now prohibited to eat, hunt or breed wild animals, including terrestrial animals deemed as protected, as well as those that exist in the wild or are bred. </p><p>The new rules, to be in effect for five years, also bar the consumption of rare and endangered aquatic animals. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T05:18:53.289Z">6.18am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Organisers of Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Square vigil have urged people to “be water” and find their own ways to hold commemorations after coronavirus bans on gatherings were extended.</p><p>The annual event marking the 1989 brutal crackdown by the Chinese army on protesters is traditionally the largest and only authorised commemoration of the massacre anywhere in China.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/hongkongers-urged-to-find-their-own-way-to-mark-tiananmen">Hongkongers urged to find their own way to mark Tiananmen</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T05:08:22.341Z">6.08am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Thailand on Thursday reported three new coronavirus infections and no new deaths, bringing the total to 3,037 confirmed cases and 56 fatalities since the outbreak started in January.<br><br>The new cases included two domestic transmissions and one infection found in quarantine in an individual returning to Thailand from the Philippines, said spokesman for the government’s coronavirus task force, Taweesin Wisanuyothin.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T04:46:40.451Z">5.46am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T04:36:16.602Z">5.36am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The number of unaccompanied young migrants crossing the Channel from France to Britain has spiked during the coronavirus outbreak, as travel restrictions force them onto boats rather than trucks.<br></p><p>Kent County Council in southeast England, which includes the major port of Dover, was dealing with “230 to 250” young migrants a year ago, its chief executive, Roger Gough, said.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T04:25:20.921Z">5.25am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/profile/ruth-michaelson">Ruth Michaelson</a> reports for the Guardian: </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/21/egypt-doctors-ppe-testing-coronavirus">'It's a disaster': Egypt's doctors plead for more PPE and testing</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T04:10:16.533Z">5.10am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>South Korea’s professional football league has <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/south-korea-football-league-imposes-record-fine-on-fc-seoul-over-sex-dolls-outrage">imposed a record fine on one of its clubs</a> for placing sex dolls in empty seats during a recent match played without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p><p>On Thursday, the K-League fined FC Seoul 100m won ($81,000), saying the club had “deeply humiliated” female football fans and damaged the 38-year-old league’s reputation.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/south-korea-football-league-imposes-record-fine-on-fc-seoul-over-sex-dolls-outrage">South Korea football league imposes record fine on FC Seoul over sex dolls outrage</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T03:55:37.240Z">4.55am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 745 to 176,752, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.<br><br>The reported death toll rose by 57 to 8,147, the tally showed.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T03:40:58.091Z">4.40am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Japan’s economy minister says experts have approved a government plan to remove a coronavirus state of emergency in Osaka and two neighboring prefectures in the west where the infection is deemed slowing, while keeping the measure in place in the Tokyo region and Hokkaido, AP reports. </p><p>Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters that experts at the meeting approved the plan to lift the measure in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. The measure will be kept in place in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures, as well as Hokkaido, where the infections have slowed but need further improvement.<br><br>The three are among the eight prefectures still under the emergency status after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the measure last week in all but eight of the 47 Japanese prefectures. Abe declared the state of emergency on 7 April in parts of Japan including Tokyo and later expanded it to nationwide.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T03:31:13.494Z">4.31am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Baghdad, Iraq, a city of nearly ten million residents, is running on an unusual rhythm this Ramadan since Iraq imposed an overnight curfew to curb the spreading coronavirus, AFP reports. <br></p><p>A few hours before dawn, the wailing voice of Sayyed Mozahem rings out across a small neighbourhood in old Baghdad, amplified by his portable microphone.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T03:20:04.633Z">4.20am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Dancing, hook-ups and bar banter will be off the menu as New Zealand’s pubs and bars re-open on Thursday night, with some saying the social distancing requirements will make for a “sad and strange” atmosphere in the nation’s party hotspots.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/could-be-a-bit-strange-new-zealand-bars-to-reopen-but-fun-is-kept-at-arms-length">'Could be a bit strange': New Zealand bars to reopen but fun is kept at arm's length</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T03:07:05.120Z">4.07am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>A study shows that only about one percent of Danes had contracted the coronavirus, Danish officials said Wednesday, raising concerns Denmark is vulnerable to a new wave.</p><p>The report was released by the Danish health agency SSI, which operates under the health ministry and is responsible for the surveillance of infectious diseases.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T02:53:19.964Z">3.53am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>More than 100 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in western France, the regional health authorities said Wednesday.<br></p><p>The cases follow coronavirus outbreaks at meat plants not only in France but also in Germany, Spain, Australia, the United States and Brazil - where people tend to work in close proximity.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T02:40:14.524Z">3.40am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Lufthansa airlines on Thursday confirmed it was in talks with the German government over a €9bn (US$10bn) rescue that will see Berlin take a massive stake in the coronavirus-stricken airline.</p><p>“The concept, which has not yet been finalised, provides for stabilisation measures in the amount of up to nine billion euros, of which €3bn is in the form of a loan” from public investment bank KfW, the German aviation giant said in a statement.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T02:25:19.049Z">3.25am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, will be released from federal prison Thursday and is expected to serve the remainder of his sentence at home, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/20/michael-cohen-to-be-released-from-prison-and-serve-sentence-at-home">Michael Cohen to be released from prison and serve sentence at home</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T02:16:12.242Z">3.16am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>You can (and please do!) get in touch with me directly on <a href="https://twitter.com/helenrsullivan">Twitter @helenrsullivan</a> or via email on helen.sullivan[at]theguardian.com – tips, news, comments, questions, jokes all welcome. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T02:13:39.217Z">3.13am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>After nearly two months sidelined in Guam with a coronavirus outbreak, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has gone out to sea for training, in preparation to return to duty in the Pacific.<br><br>The ship has been docked in Guam since 27 March, as the 4,800 crew members went through rotations of quarantine, and more than 1,000 of them have tested positive for the virus over that time.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T02:03:43.625Z">3.03am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here is a video of US president Donald Trump saying China’s coronavirus numbers “weren’t correct”, before adding it has “been easily shown and easily proven”. He did not provide any evidence. </p><p>The president made the comments during a meeting with the governors of Arkansas and Kansas, after explaining case numbers in the US were favourable if outbreaks in New York and New Jersey were not included. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T01:52:23.792Z">2.52am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Eight soccer players at Mexico’s Santos Laguna club have tested positive for coronavirus but none of them are displaying any symptoms, the Mexican governing body, Liga MX, said on Wednesday.<br><br>The Mexican league was suspended on 15 March due to the coronavirus outbreak and officials have not indicated when it would restart.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T01:38:33.139Z">2.38am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><em>Leni Maiai reports for the Guardian from Auckland:</em></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/bring-our-boys-back-home-rugby-team-from-tonga-trapped-in-new-zealand-due-to-covid-19">'Bring our boys back home': rugby team from Tonga trapped in New Zealand due to Covid-19</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T01:24:50.133Z">2.24am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>China recorded two new coronavirus cases for 20 May, down from five a day earlier, the National Health Commission (NHC) reported on Thursday.<br><br>One of the new cases was a local transmission, in Shanghai, and one was a so-called imported case involving a traveller from overseas, the commission said in a statement. China also reported one imported case the previous day.<br><br>The NHC reported 31 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases, up from 16 a day earlier.<br><br>The total number of Covid-19 infections in China to date now stands at 82,967. The death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T01:02:05.191Z">2.02am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Tokyo’s top prosecutor was set to resign after a report that he gambled illegally during Japan’s coronavirus state of emergency, media said on Thursday, in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose support has been hit over his handling of the pandemic, Reuters reports. <br><br>Hiromu Kurokawa, the chief of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, was due to resign, public broadcaster NHK said, citing a source. Other media had similar reports.<br>Kurokawa was hit with a social media backlash over a media report that he allegedly played mahjong for money during Japan’s state of emergency, potentially flouting social distancing guidelines. Gambling is illegal in Japan, with some exceptions.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T00:42:44.629Z">1.42am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil, allowed some businesses to reopen on Wednesday following a fall in daily deaths from the coronavirus pandemic that had for weeks required the city to remain in quarantine, Reuters reports. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T00:22:29.514Z">1.22am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Mexico’s health ministry on Wednesday registered 2,248 new coronavirus infections and an additional 424 fatalities, a record one-day death toll since the start of the pandemic.<br><br>The new infections brought confirmed coronavirus cases to 56,594 and 6,090 deaths in total, according to the official tally.<br><br>Mexico registered its biggest daily increase yet in infections on Tuesday, when it reported 2,713 new cases. Mexico’s highest daily death toll was on 12 May, when health authorities reported 353 fatalities. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T00:07:47.553Z">1.07am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has told the Washington Post – in an interview about US President Donald Trump’s promise to deliver a vaccine by the end of the year, in what the White House has called “Operation Warp Speed,” – that he is concerned this name will make people worry that their safety could be at risk. </p><p>Fauci said in the interview, “People don’t understand that, because when they hear ‘Operation Warp Speed,’ they think, ‘Oh, my God, they’re jumping over all these steps and they’re going to put us at risk.”</p><p>No steps would be eliminated, [Dr Fauci] vowed. Rather, multiple steps — from collecting data to preparing to scale up the number of potential doses — would be pursued at once, creating “risk for the investment” but not for the patient or the “integrity of the study.”</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-21T00:00:51.096Z">1.00am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Colombia’s capital Bogota is using police drones to detect people with high temperatures or those violating the country’s coronavirus quarantine, Reuters reports. <br><br>If a drone detects someone with a potential fever it sends the location to a medical team that seeks out the person to determine if they have coronavirus symptoms, officials said on Wednesday.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-20T23:50:27.401Z">12.50am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In case you missed this Guardian exclusive: </p><p>The prospect of a second wave of coronavirus infection across <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/europe-news">Europe</a> is no longer a distant theory, according to the director of the EU agency responsible for advising governments – including the UK – on disease control.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/top-eu-doctor-europe-should-brace-itself-for-second-wave-of-coronavirus">Europe should brace for second wave, says EU coronavirus chief</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-20T23:39:25.168Z">12.39am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>After the biggest single-day increase in cases worldwide so far in the pandemic, the number of confirmed infections is close to 5 million, with the Johns Hopkins University data currently listing 4,968,133. </p><p>The true number is likely to be significantly higher, due to differing testing rates, delays and underreporting. This is true for deaths, too. At least 326,464 people have lost their lives in the pandemic so far. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-20T23:26:21.620Z">12.26am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. </p><p>As the world sees the highest daily increase in confirmed cases so far – with 106,000 cases in 24 hours – the World Health Organization has warned that the pandemic is far from over. “We still have a long way to go in this pandemic. 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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/ukraine-joe-biden-petro-poroshenko-recordings-investigation World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com urn:uuid:05b28552-482a-edd2-f1c3-a7b231deb359 Wed, 20 May 2020 17:00:19 -0400 <p>Recordings containing edited conversations between the two while in office published by Ukrainian associate of Rudy Giuliani</p><p>Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said that leaked recordings of phone calls allegedly between Joe Biden and former president Petro Poroshenko would be investigated by the country’s law enforcement agencies, adding that their contents might be “perceived, qualified as treason”.</p><p>The remarks prompted an angry rebuttal from Poroshenko, who said that the Zelenskiy administration may have played a role in their release and should be investigated.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/30/unravelling-rudolph-giulianis-labyrinthine-ties-to-ukraine">Unravelling Rudolph Giuliani’s 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Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:eeeef04f-31bb-a49b-92ae-f9b1dbf57bd5 Wed, 20 May 2020 14:03:33 -0400 <p>Infection rates in Latin America growing rapidly as lockdowns ease in Europe</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>The <strong>World Health Organization</strong> gave a stark warning on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, after 106,000 new cases were recorded worldwide over the past 24 hours – the most in a single day yet.</p><p>Speaking in Geneva, the WHO’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the virus was now spreading in poorer countries, just as wealthier nations were emerging from lockdown.</p><p>The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in <strong>Russia</strong> passed 300,000. The number – the second highest in the world – now stands at 308,705, after 8,764 new coronavirus infections were reported on Wednesday.</p><p>All 50 states in the <strong>US</strong> – the country with the highest number of cases – have eased their lockdowns to a greater or lesser extent.</p><p>The World Health Organization reported 90,000 confirmed cases in<strong> Africa – </strong>with more than 35,000 recoveries and 2,885 deaths. The widespread outbreak predicted across the continent has so far failed to materialise.</p><p><strong>South Korean</strong> high schools opened on Wednesday for the first time since the pandemic began. Mask-wearing senior students went back to class as part of a phased plan to reopen all schools.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/global-report-coronavirus-pandemic-not-over-warns-the-who">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus outbreak Brazil World Health Organization Spain France Germany Greece Russia Africa South Korea World news Americas US news Luke Harding, Sam Jones in Madrid and Kim Willsher Photograph: André Penner/AP Young adults most likely age group to be infected with coronavirus, new data shows https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/young-adults-likely-age-group-infected-coronavirus-new-data/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:220f9840-69b5-5528-0b23-e5cf1ab2173b Wed, 20 May 2020 14:00:00 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:things/pandemics-epidemics topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Laura Donnelly Putting a moat around Cornwall will not protect it from bankruptcy https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/putting-moat-around-cornwall-will-not-protect-bankruptcy/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:e373be46-70e9-ff47-8b11-80805deb5131 Wed, 20 May 2020 13:00:00 -0400 topics:places/cornwall structure:news structure:opinion structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:comment Sally Jones Putting a moat around Cornwall will not protect it from economic ruin https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/putting-moat-around-cornwall-will-not-protect-bankruptcy/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:a92b404b-eb81-4db6-28c8-005db24410fd Wed, 20 May 2020 13:00:00 -0400 topics:places/cornwall structure:news structure:opinion structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:comment Sally Jones Wednesday evening news briefing: Lives that 'could have been saved' https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/wednesday-evening-news-briefing-lives-could-have-saved/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:a70cf64c-52d8-c540-3337-b23bfc5e5e3b Wed, 20 May 2020 12:58:32 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Danny Boyle Travel restriction updates: Spanish cities likely to be off-limits to tourists this summer https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/travel-restrictions-live-spain-plans-new-rules-sunbathers-face/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:4f2ff28b-8e0d-724d-30af-920e5689d6cc Wed, 20 May 2020 12:36:07 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus Oliver Smith Travel restrictions live: Spanish cities likely to be off-limits to tourists this summer https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/travel-restrictions-live-spain-plans-new-rules-sunbathers-face/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:04f42c8a-4c0c-04e4-d80a-91d28f8effa0 Wed, 20 May 2020 12:20:21 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Oliver Smith Pints of beer and cinema popcorn removed from inflation basket during lockdown https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/pints-beer-cinema-popcorn-removed-inflation-basket-lockdown/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:0395871f-884d-d140-a0d8-97cfa903a481 Wed, 20 May 2020 11:05:37 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:things/inflation topics:things/consumer-affairs storytype:standard Sam Meadows Travel restrictions live: Spain plans new rules for sunbathers, with face masks a possibility https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/travel-restrictions-live-spain-plans-new-rules-sunbathers-face/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:8a489d53-93b5-eaba-445a-6a68040a6b12 Wed, 20 May 2020 10:47:42 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Oliver Smith Astronomers discover first evidence of new planet being born in gathering of dust and gas https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/astronomers-discover-first-evidence-new-planet-born-gathering/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:afeb34bb-b681-d74f-010a-088f900baf8d Wed, 20 May 2020 10:44:23 -0400 structure:news topics:places/space structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Police officer who stole fry-ups from staff canteen barred from every police force in Britain https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/police-officer-stole-fry-ups-staff-canteen-barred-every-police/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:053ebdb9-7e6b-5924-3250-347ce4ec60b6 Wed, 20 May 2020 10:10:02 -0400 structure:news topics:organisations/thames-valley-police topics:places/berkshire structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Yohannes Lowe Coronavirus Q&A: Where will I be able to travel to under the 'air bridges' scheme and how do I claim a holiday refund? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/coronavirus-qa-will-able-travel-air-bridges-scheme-do-claim/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:507ff7a9-70f2-7dff-d2d3-023162624c0e Wed, 20 May 2020 09:41:35 -0400 structure:news topics:things/coronavirus-qa structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Nick Trend Volkswagen pulls 'racist' ad after outcry https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/volkswagen-pulls-racist-ad-outcry/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:748f7dd3-d9ff-11c9-d98a-b2140f54d6c8 Wed, 20 May 2020 09:39:41 -0400 structure:news/world-news topics:places/germany structure:news topics:organisations/volkswagen storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Volkswagen pulls 'racist' advert after outcry https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/volkswagen-pulls-racist-ad-outcry/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:adc0dd7a-5338-c807-0139-beb16475c75a Wed, 20 May 2020 09:39:41 -0400 structure:news/world-news topics:places/germany structure:news topics:organisations/volkswagen storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Jacinda Ardern flags four-day working week as way to rebuild New Zealand after Covid-19 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/jacinda-ardern-flags-four-day-working-week-way-rebuild-new-zealand/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:62967920-4361-df24-2b47-fe911b67b877 Wed, 20 May 2020 08:07:11 -0400 structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/new-zealand topics:people/jacinda-ardern storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Barcodes wrongly attached and unscrewed swab tubes: Lab technician reveals hold ups to UK's testing programme https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/barcodes-wrongly-attached-unscrewed-swab-tubes-lab-technician/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:75ac977c-0182-8c36-f0cc-e9126fd7fd34 Wed, 20 May 2020 05:38:21 -0400 structure:news structure:news/uk-news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown storytype:standard Gareth Davies Lab technician reveals the 'hiccups' holding up UK's testing programme https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/barcodes-wrongly-attached-unscrewed-swab-tubes-lab-technician/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:417ce893-6307-fbdb-0c71-67e56c8000ea Wed, 20 May 2020 05:38:21 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Gareth Davies Lab technician reveals 'hiccups' holding up UK's coronavirus testing programme https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/barcodes-wrongly-attached-unscrewed-swab-tubes-lab-technician/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:e6271492-5784-2e41-1b0b-2dd381acff9e Wed, 20 May 2020 05:38:21 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:things/pandemics-epidemics topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:things/health structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Gareth Davies Superdrug first high street retailer to offer coronavirus antibody test https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/superdrug-first-high-street-retailer-offer-coronavirus-antibody/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:5f883ba5-e5a5-aae1-83a1-0b5cb9e1a5c7 Wed, 20 May 2020 05:03:37 -0400 topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news storytype:standard Sam Meadows Superdrug first-high street retailer to offer coronavirus antibody test https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/superdrug-first-high-street-retailer-offer-coronavirus-antibody/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:553bd7a1-3205-d05c-5b72-8da597d5c609 Wed, 20 May 2020 05:03:37 -0400 topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news storytype:standard Sam Meadows These are the health workers who have died from coronavirus https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/nhs-workers-died-coronavirus-frontline-victims/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:57a0a016-1033-1c81-54f6-daee3f92f361 Wed, 20 May 2020 05:02:19 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news topics:organisations/nhs storytype:standard Izzy Lyons Sir Tom Moore: 100-year-old fundraising veteran 'overawed' to be given knighthood https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/sir-tom-moore-100-year-old-fundraising-veteran-given-knighthood/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:024b9867-1f36-d5f1-28cd-a586a43da2f4 Wed, 20 May 2020 04:53:09 -0400 structure:news topics:people/queen-elizabeth-ii topics:organisations/nhs topics:people/boris-johnson topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Johnson & Johnson to stop selling talc baby powder in US and Canada after ‘misinformation’ about product’s safety https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/johnson-johnson-stop-selling-talc-baby-powder-us-canada-misinformation/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:deef6ce2-992f-63cc-f975-7ab6d41a5310 Wed, 20 May 2020 03:23:28 -0400 topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/canada storytype:standard Reuters Wednesday morning news briefing:  BMA U-turn on schools https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/wednesday-morning-news-briefing-bma-u-turn-schools/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:6bf40ac4-3d08-37e3-b323-9032018a27af Wed, 20 May 2020 02:57:22 -0400 structure:news structure:news/uk-news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Danny Boyle Wednesday morning news briefing: BMA U-turn on schools https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/wednesday-morning-news-briefing-bma-u-turn-schools/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:046eebd7-fef9-351f-92b7-e148bcfd5932 Wed, 20 May 2020 02:57:22 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Danny Boyle Man in Singapore sentenced to death via Zoom call https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/man-singapore-sentenced-death-via-zoom-call/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:442f8836-87ec-c341-adc6-0560c8fa47f8 Wed, 20 May 2020 01:36:42 -0400 topics:places/malaysia structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/asia topics:places/singapore-asia topics:things/crime storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Donald Trump calls hydroxychloroquine study an 'enemy of the state' https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/donald-trump-callshydroxychloroquine-critics-enemy-state/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:0b8f76f6-0acc-ad97-0162-5f0a569fba7a Tue, 19 May 2020 23:48:54 -0400 topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:people/donald-trump topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:places/white-house storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Donald Trump calls hydroxychloroquine study results an 'enemy statement' https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/donald-trump-callshydroxychloroquine-critics-enemy-state/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:27132f7d-deb8-38a3-d0f0-f799390a6a25 Tue, 19 May 2020 23:48:54 -0400 topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:people/donald-trump topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:places/white-house storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Plaintiff in Roe v Wade US abortion case says she was paid to switch sides https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/plaintiff-roe-v-wade-us-abortion-case-says-paid-switch-sides/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:54530768-a0e1-cfe6-e492-ae9112596eef Tue, 19 May 2020 23:19:44 -0400 topics:places/usa topics:things/abortion structure:news/world-news structure:news storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff What essential shops are open during the coronavirus lockdown? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/essential-shops-open-lockdown-uk-post-office-bank/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:b72bccab-117a-5553-1eda-8b799d4172ae Tue, 19 May 2020 23:00:43 -0400 topics:organisations/retail-and-consumer-industry topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown topics:things/social-distancing topics:organisations/nhs topics:people/boris-johnson topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Harry Yorke 'I can't get a supermarket home delivery slot - what should I do?' Coronavirus Q&A https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/home-food-delivery-supermarket-opening-times-rules-tesco-waitrose/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:f72ec522-26f7-c9b7-0763-cf1e43f13ce4 Tue, 19 May 2020 23:00:11 -0400 topics:organisations/asda topics:things/supermarkets topics:organisations/tesco-plc topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:organisations/sainsburys-plc storytype:standard Lizzie Roberts London lockdown: are Tubes and buses still running - and can I travel out of the city? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/25/london-lockdown-coronavirus-tube-bus-leave/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:03aa390f-8f85-d13d-8487-127506f8d7b2 Tue, 19 May 2020 22:58:20 -0400 topics:people/sadiq-khan topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:organisations/nhs topics:people/boris-johnson topics:organisations/tube topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Tony Diver Coronavirus school closures: what happens now exams are cancelled - and how long are schools shut? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/coronavirus-school-closures-how-long-what-happens-uk-exams/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:c21a4b21-eb73-d346-bd0f-da41150e4584 Tue, 19 May 2020 22:58:01 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown structure:news topics:in-the-news/education-news structure:family structure:family/schooling structure:family/parenting/young-children topics:people/gavin-williamson topics:organisations/nhs topics:people/boris-johnson topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Walter Barton: Missouri man executed for murder despite two overturned convictions https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/walter-barton-missouri-man-executed-murder-despite-two-overturned/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:e28e9b6c-1800-df8b-73d2-bd294a32e0a3 Tue, 19 May 2020 20:41:21 -0400 topics:things/crime topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Donald Trump says highest coronavirus cases in world is 'badge of honour' for the US https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/donald-trump-highest-coronavirus-cases-world-badge-honour-us/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:2b3e8bf8-1ffb-0286-5cc9-584cb0a618bc Tue, 19 May 2020 20:20:38 -0400 topics:people/donald-trump topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Donald Trump says having most coronavirus cases in world is 'badge of honour' for the US https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/donald-trump-highest-coronavirus-cases-world-badge-honour-us/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:c665c80b-e117-1bbf-6178-fd5f3054491d Tue, 19 May 2020 20:20:38 -0400 topics:people/donald-trump topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff Donald Trump says having most coronavirus cases in world is 'badge of honour' as all US states begin to reopen https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/20/donald-trump-highest-coronavirus-cases-world-badge-honour-us/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:b99a752e-b02a-e8ab-4442-2d284c580d42 Tue, 19 May 2020 20:20:38 -0400 topics:people/donald-trump topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Verity Bowman Sir Tom Moore: 100-year-old fundraising veteran to be given knighthood https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/sir-tom-moore-100-year-old-fundraising-veteran-given-knighthood/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:af3201c3-ca03-3da7-360e-abda7c10793b Tue, 19 May 2020 17:30:00 -0400 structure:news topics:people/queen-elizabeth-ii topics:organisations/nhs topics:people/boris-johnson topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Tuesday evening news briefing: UK faces 'severe recession' https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/tuesday-evening-news-briefinguk-faces-severe-recession/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:ed8f33f2-5ea5-8583-290c-108f7d970fbe Tue, 19 May 2020 12:49:11 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Danny Boyle Travel restrictions live: Lift holiday ban before planning 'air bridges', Government urged https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/travel-restrictions-live-worlds-largest-airline-cap-passenger/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:66eb0892-f34d-ecfb-241f-e2e67acdee5f Tue, 19 May 2020 12:42:03 -0400 structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Hugh Morris 'Policeman of the year' dismissed for sending explicit photos to woman while on duty https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/policeman-year-dismissed-sending-explicit-photos-woman-duty/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:9742b38a-1ba7-53db-668a-b32393c2b555 Tue, 19 May 2020 10:00:04 -0400 structure:news topics:organisations/west-midlands-police structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Travel restrictions live: Lift holiday ban before planning 'air bridges', Government warned  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/travel-restrictions-live-worlds-largest-airline-cap-passenger/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:5e24c2a1-335d-26f4-c403-e225bc2423af Tue, 19 May 2020 08:21:52 -0400 structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Hugh Morris Travel restrictions live: Greece could be first 'air bridge' holiday link https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/travel-restrictions-live-worlds-largest-airline-cap-passenger/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:107a7ea8-7de4-9764-5bc3-43587d62cabf Tue, 19 May 2020 08:05:01 -0400 structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Hugh Morris Kidnapped Chinese toddler reunited with parents after 32 years https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/kidnapped-chinese-toddler-reunited-parents-32-years/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:5fc85f75-8c4c-1bab-0b47-773d482faa48 Tue, 19 May 2020 07:29:18 -0400 structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/asia topics:things/non-coronavirus-stories topics:places/china topics:things/children storytype:standard Marcus Parekh Travel restrictions live: World's largest airline to cap passenger numbers on flights https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/travel-restrictions-live-worlds-largest-airline-cap-passenger/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:341b24ad-cf97-67d7-0cf4-1d1e8ba7beea Tue, 19 May 2020 05:07:37 -0400 structure:content-rf-subs structure:news structure:travel topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Hugh Morris Your life in lockdown - we want to hear from you https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/life-lockdown-want-hear/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:506b66f3-5663-082a-8047-cef8326c6d29 Tue, 19 May 2020 04:36:03 -0400 topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown topics:things/you-are-not-alone structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Telegraph Readers Tuesday morning news briefing: 'Air bridge' to save holidays https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/tuesday-morning-news-briefingair-bridge-save-holidays/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:ddb26b6e-7139-47a6-c0c2-daf65be9cc5e Tue, 19 May 2020 02:51:03 -0400 structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Danny Boyle Trump threatens to pull US out of WHO, branding it 'a puppet of China' https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/trump-threatens-pull-us/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:b7faab1a-bc99-6dab-b16a-39d6d5a1204d Tue, 19 May 2020 02:42:23 -0400 topics:organisations/world-health-organisation topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/china topics:people/donald-trump topics:in-the-news/coronavirus storytype:standard Our Foreign Staff UK pays £20m for Donald Trump's malaria drug 'Covid cure' https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/15/uk-pays-20m-donald-trumps-malaria-drug-covid-cure/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:c596be75-9f6f-a988-fd50-584b2de3cc04 Tue, 19 May 2020 01:11:59 -0400 topics:people/donald-trump structure:news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:organisations/nhs structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters British children among least likely to eat meals with their family, study finds https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/british-children-among-least-likely-eat-meals-family-study-finds/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:d06dca01-9caf-7f74-0d77-5c9657b361f0 Tue, 19 May 2020 01:00:00 -0400 topics:organisations/world-health-organisation structure:news structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Yohannes Lowe Agency workers are helping to spread coronavirus in care homes, study claims https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/19/agency-workers-helping-spread-coronavirus-care-homes-study-claims/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:f79b9a6b-0be9-549b-9b09-a14588b33633 Mon, 18 May 2020 20:30:55 -0400 structure:news topics:organisations/nhs topics:things/social-care topics:organisations/department-of-health topics:in-the-news/coronavirus structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Italy begins reopening bars and cafes as rate of deaths and new infections falls again – as it happened https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/18/coronavirus-live-news-record-daily-cases-in-south-africa-as-india-extends-lockdown Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:086be27e-d182-9144-54ad-dbced5cfbd5e Mon, 18 May 2020 19:30:19 -0400 <p>Southern European countries ease lockdowns; South Africa reports highest daily increase; global infections pass 4.7 million. This blog is now closed</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/19/coronavirus-live-news-imf-chief-says-economic-recovery-unlikely-in-2021-as-us-deaths-pass-90000">Follow the latest global coronavirus blog here for live news</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T23:28:34.755Z">12.28am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>We’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/19/coronavirus-live-news-imf-chief-says-economic-recovery-unlikely-in-2021-as-us-deaths-pass-90000">Coronavirus live news: WHO promises independent review into global response as US deaths pass 90,000</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T23:16:52.487Z">12.16am <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The UK government is coming under pressure to provide back-to-work support for <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/06/coronavirus-lockdown-to-hit-low-paid-young-and-women-hardest-warns-ifs">young people</a> amid evidence that the under-25s have been hardest hit by the Covid-19 economic fallout.</p><p>In a report published on Tuesday ahead of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/21/uk-furlough-scheme-unemployment-rise-coronavirus">unemployment figures</a> expected to show the first signs of the pandemic’s impact on the labour market, the Resolution Foundation said younger and older workers were the most likely to have lost their jobs or had their incomes reduced.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/19/young-workers-jobs-covid-19-crisis-resolution-foundation-economic-fallout">Young workers most likely to have lost jobs during Covid-19 crisis</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T22:26:14.851Z">11.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here is the full story on Trump’s hydroxycholorquine claims: </p><p>Donald Trump has told reporters at the White House that for “a couple weeks” he has been taking a malaria drug as a defense against Covid-19 – despite warnings from his administration that it is dangerous.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/18/trump-taking-hydroxychloroquine-covid-19-fda-warnings">Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19 despite FDA warnings</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T22:19:15.247Z">11.19pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here are the main developments from the last few hours: </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T22:14:25.223Z">11.14pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hi, Helen Sullivan joining you now. I’ll be with you for the next few hours – please do get in touch on <a href="https://twitter.com/helenrsullivan">Twitter @helenrsullivan</a> with any questions, comments, tips or news from where you live. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T22:05:23.989Z">11.05pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Some areas of New York City have seen death rates nearly 15 times higher than others, according to data released by New York City’s health department, showing the disproportionate toll taken on poorer communities.</p><p>For the first time, the data shows a breakdown on the number of deaths in each of the city’s more than 60 ZIP codes, Reuters has reported. The highest death rate was seen on the edge of Brooklyn in a neighbourhood dominated by a large subsidised-housing development called Starrett City.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T21:44:58.318Z">10.44pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The music monthly Q is one of 10 magazines that could disappear from newsagents’ shelves as one of the UK’s biggest publishers considers the future of print titles as the coronavirus crisis hastens the shift of readers and advertisers online.</p><p>The German-owned <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/bauer">Bauer</a> Media, which owns magazines in the UK including Grazia and Empire as well as the Kiss, Magic and Absolute radio networks, said that many already struggling magazines will not be sustainable after the pandemic passes.</p><p>The pandemic and lockdown has further accelerated the trends already affecting the publishing industry.</p><p>Bauer publishes nearly 100 magazines in the UK, and some titles that were already challenged, unfortunately, are not expected to be sustainable after the crisis. We must protect the long-term health of our business and ability to invest in future growth by re-shaping our portfolio.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/may/18/future-of-q-magazine-in-doubt-as-coronavirus-crisis-hits-media">Future of Q magazine in doubt as coronavirus crisis hits media</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T21:24:53.558Z">10.24pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Police and protesters have clashed in Santiago amid a city-wide lockdown as local officials warned that food shortages have hit one of the Chilean capital’s poorest neighbourhoods.</p><p>Reuters reports that a group of protesters threw rocks and burned piles of wood along a street in the destitute neighbourhood on Santiago’s southern fringe. Images on social media and local television showed police spraying tear gas and water cannons to disperse the growing crowd.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T21:21:56.321Z">10.21pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Qatar will close all shops and halt all commercial activities, from 19 to 30 May, state news agency QNA has reported, citing a decision by Qatar’s cabinet. The closure excludes pharmacies, food supply stores and food deliveries.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T21:02:00.228Z">10.02pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>If Trump is taking hydroxychloroquine, he is going against the advice of his own administration.</p><p>The FDA has warned against using hydroxychloroquine or a related compound, chloroquine, for treating or preventing Covid-19 without medical supervision in a hospital, or as part of a clinical trial. <a href="https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-reiterates-importance-close-patient-supervision-label-use">In late April</a>, the FDA commissioner <strong>Stephen Hahn</strong> said:</p><p>While clinical trials are ongoing to determine the safety and effectiveness of these drugs for Covid-19, there are known side effects of these medications that should be considered. The FDA will continue to monitor and investigate these potential risks and will communicate publicly when more information is available.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T20:56:56.132Z">9.56pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s the clip of Trump saying he’s been taking hydoxychoroquine:</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/jeffmason1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jeffmason1</a>: What is the evidence that hydroxychloroquine has a preventative impact?<br><br>TRUMP: "Are you ready? Here's my evidence -- I get a lot of positive calls about it ... what do you have to lose?" <a href="https://t.co/51b967dypu">pic.twitter.com/51b967dypu</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T20:55:10.013Z">9.55pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Extraordinary news emerging from the White House – the president has mentioned that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine. This is the dubious treatment for coronavirus that Trump had fiercely touted in the past but that was found to have a very mixed effect on patients.</p><p>No studies so far have shown that it had a good effect on patients and regulators have advised it not be taken outside of a hospital or clinical trial setting.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: President Trump says he is taking hydroxychloriquine and has been doing so for weeks. <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBSNews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Covid_19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Covid_19</a></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/06/hydroxychloroquine-trump-coronavirus-drug">Hydroxychloroquine: how an unproven drug became Trump’s coronavirus 'miracle cure'</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T20:28:20.503Z">9.28pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Local authorities across <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/mexico">Mexico</a> have resisted President <strong>Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s</strong> call to lift emergency measures in municipalities without confirmed cases, warning that the pandemic is far from over.</p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/17/covid-19-cases-in-brazil-surpass-italy-as-virus-surges-in-latin-america">Mexico has registered </a><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/17/covid-19-cases-in-brazil-surpass-italy-as-virus-surges-in-latin-america">nearly 50,000 cases </a>and more than 5,000 deaths, and its testing rate ranks among the lowest in Latin America, with just 0.4 tests per 1,000 people.</p><p>We need to maintain discipline, not relax this discipline since we’re almost there. I have a lot of faith and many expectations that we’re going to finish taming this pandemic.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/18/mexico-amlo-coronavirus-covid19-restrictions-reopen">Mexico president begins lifting Covid-19 lockdown despite fears worst is still to come</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T20:07:30.601Z">9.07pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is planning a nationwide study of up to 325,000 people to track the virus’ spread into next year and beyond, Reuters reports.</p><p>Citing the director of the nonprofit Vitalant Research Institute, <strong>Dr Michael Busch</strong>, the news agency says the study is expected to launch in June or July and will test samples from blood donors in 25 metropolitan areas for antibodies.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T19:57:21.240Z">8.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The president of the European Central Bank <strong>Christine Lagarde</strong> has also welcomed the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/18/coronavirus-live-news-record-daily-cases-in-south-africa-as-india-extends-lockdown?page=with:block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f#block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f">proposed €500bn recovery fund</a>, saying it would bring much-needed relief to the worst-hit EU countries.</p><p>“The Franco-German proposals are ambitious, targeted and welcome,” Lagarde said in a joint interview with four European newspapers, after announcement of the plan sent the euro higher and reduced Italian bond yields.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T19:53:04.922Z">8.53pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Sudan has extended a lockdown of the state of Khartoum by an additional two weeks from Tuesday, the state news agency has reported. The country had registered 2,591 cases and 105 deaths as of Saturday.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T19:40:18.294Z">8.40pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>South Sudan’s vice-president <strong>Riek Machar</strong> and his wife <strong>Angelina Teny</strong> have tested positive, his office has said. It also said that “a number of his office staff and bodyguards” had also tested positive.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T19:29:20.320Z">8.29pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>France’s highest administrative court has ruled that the government must lift a blanket ban on meetings at places of worship imposed as part of measures to combat the epidemic, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.</p><p>After receiving complaints from several individuals and associations, the Council of State said that such a ban on freedom of worship caused “a damage that is serious and manifestly illegal”.</p><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">La décision du Conseil d'Etat d’ordonner la levée de l'interdiction de réunion dans les lieux de cultes est une bonne nouvelle pour la liberté de culte qui est un droit fondamental.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T19:10:43.482Z">8.10pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the UK, the opposition Labour party has expressed concern at lockdown measures being eased at the start of June after ministers conceded that a key part of the test-and-trace regime to contain new outbreaks, a phone app, will not be ready for weeks.</p><p>The health secretary <strong tabindex="-1">Matt Hancock</strong> announced that anyone over the age of five with symptoms would be eligible for a test. The news is expected to lead to a surge in people visiting the gov.uk website to book home test kits or drive-through appointments.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/18/phone-app-delay-raises-concerns-about-easing-lockdown-on-1-june">Phone app delay raises concerns about easing lockdown on 1 June</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T18:58:32.071Z">7.58pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The Norwegian prime minister <strong>Erna Solberg</strong> and her colleagues have filmed a physically distanced dance for the country’s Constitution Day. It was aired on 17 May on the government-owned broadcaster NRK.</p><p>Mass gatherings and parades are not permitted at least until mid-June to try and slow the spread of the virus.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T18:35:58.138Z">7.35pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Spain’s prime minister <strong>Pedro Sánchez</strong> has welcomed <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/18/coronavirus-live-news-record-daily-cases-in-south-africa-as-india-extends-lockdown?page=with:block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f#block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f">the €500bn (£447bn) recovery fund</a> proposed by France and Germany to help regions and sectors hardest hit by the pandemic.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We welcome the proposal by France and Germany to establish a €500 bn European Recovery Fund based on grants. It is a positive step in the right direction, in line with our own demands. Now its time for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EU</a> to put forward a proper financial package. We should keep moving forward.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T18:13:22.000Z">7.13pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>My colleague<strong> Kevin Rawlinson</strong> will be taking you through the next few hours of this blog. Thanks for your company, and all your emails and tweets, so far today.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T18:11:09.062Z">7.11pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>United Arab Emirates </strong>will extend a nightly curfew by two hours, starting this week, after reporting an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.</p><p>The curfew, which currently runs from 10pm to 6am, will start at 8pm as of Wednesday until further notice, Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesman for the national emergency crisis and disaster management authority, told a press conference.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T18:00:40.463Z">7.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>French health authorities reported 131 new coronavirus deaths on Monday, constituting a slowing increase of 0.5% and bringing the total to 28,239. The country’s death toll remains the fourth-highest in the world behind the US, the UK and Italy.</p><p>The ministry said the number of people in intensive care with Covid-19 fell by 4.3% to 1,998, below the 2,000 threshold for the first time since 22 March.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:50:45.437Z">6.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>On a lighter note, here is a scene from a barber’s in Rome today. </strong>I can’t be the only person who could desperately do with a similar service sooner rather than later.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:44:30.817Z">6.44pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>Czech Republic </strong>is planning to ease travel between the central European country and other countries deemed safe from risks of coronavirus from 8 June, its health minister Adam Vojtech has announced.</p><p>It was among the first countries in Europe to ban entry by foreigners and even banned most Czechs from travelling abroad to keep the spread of the infection under control in March. Some restrictions have been eased but the country is still not open for foreign tourism and Czechs are required to present a negative coronavirus test upon return or go into quarantine.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:34:47.162Z">6.34pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Here are synopses of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/18/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-18-may">the biggest stories</a> from the last few hours:</strong></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:26:11.430Z">6.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The German government has released the full text of the<strong> French-German Initiative for the European Recovery from the Coronavirus Crisis</strong>. This comes after today’s meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, which we <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/18/coronavirus-live-news-record-daily-cases-in-south-africa-as-india-extends-lockdown?page=with:block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f#block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f">trailed earlier in the blog</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.bundesregierung.de/resource/blob/973812/1753772/414a4b5a1ca91d4f7146eeb2b39ee72b/2020-05-18-deutsch-franzoesischer-erklaerung-eng-data.pdf?download=1"><strong>Here is the text</strong></a>, written in English and covering four key points.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:17:39.939Z">6.17pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The Guardian has seen a protocol prepared by Spain’s top football division,<strong> La Liga</strong>, ahead of a planned return to action. It would be following in the footsteps of Germany’s Bundesliga. <strong>Sid Lowe</strong> has the story:</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/18/la-liga-plans-for-197-people-to-attend-games-but-no-restriction-on-celebrations">La Liga plans for 197 people to attend games but no restriction on celebrations</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:13:13.640Z">6.13pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The 23-time Olympic swimming champion, <strong>Michael Phelps</strong>, has said the Covid-19 pandemic is taking a toll on his mental health.</p><p>[Phelps] has spoken in the past <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/nov/10/michael-phelps-did-not-want-to-be-alive-anymore-after-dui-arrest">about his struggles with depression</a> and said that being under lockdown during the pandemic has been a struggle.</p><p>“The pandemic has been a challenge I never expected,” <a href="https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/29186389/michael-phelps-most-overwhelmed-ever-felt">he told ESPN in an article published on Monday</a>. “All the uncertainty. Being cooped up in a house. And the questions. So many questions. When is it going to end? What will life look like when this is over? Am I doing everything I can to be safe? Is my family safe? It drives me insane. I’m used to traveling, competing, meeting people. This is just craziness. My emotions are all over the place. I’m always on edge. I’m always defensive.”</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/18/michael-phelps-coronavirus-pandemic-depression-mental-health-swimming">'Overwhelmed' Michael Phelps says Covid-19 has taken toll on his mental health</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:00:44.254Z">6.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The president of <strong>Turkey</strong>, Tayyip Erdogan, has said a four-day lockdown starting on 23 May will be imposed nationwide as part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday.</p><p>Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan also said schools would not reopen in this academic year and education would continue in person in September with the new academic year.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T16:52:04.036Z">5.52pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Coronavirus cases in <strong><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/belgium">Belgium</a> </strong>have continued to fall amid a simmering political row over nurses’ pay and conditions, reports <strong>Jennifer Rankin</strong>.</p><p>Nurses protesting over wages, staff numbers and a gov Coronavirus outbreak World news Science Infectious diseases Australia news UK news US news Africa Middle East and North Africa Europe Americas China Russia Microbiology Medical research Helen Sullivan (now and earlier); Kevin Rawlinson, Nick Ames, Amy Walker and Jessica Murray Photograph: Manuel Silvestri/Reuters Prisoners with Covid-19 symptoms denied showers for fortnight, inspection report finds https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/18/prisoners-covid-19-symptoms-denied-showers-fortnight-inspection/ Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news urn:uuid:51bd1582-72c4-b313-50dd-c5672d5c70d1 Mon, 18 May 2020 19:03:07 -0400 structure:news structure:news/uk-news topics:in-the-news/coronavirus topics:in-the-news/uk-coronavirus-lockdown topics:things/crime storytype:standard Telegraph reporters Coronavirus live news: Italy begins reopening bars and cafes as rate of deaths and new infections falls again https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/18/coronavirus-live-news-record-daily-cases-in-south-africa-as-india-extends-lockdown Russia | The Guardian urn:uuid:3c390c07-dcdc-b80c-d745-1a8811e3b8c0 Mon, 18 May 2020 18:42:35 -0400 <p>Southern European countries ease lockdowns; South Africa reports highest daily increase; global infections pass 4.7 million</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/18/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-18-may">Coronavirus latest: at a glance</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/18/lockdown-protests-spread-coronavirus-cellphone-data">US lockdown protests may have spread virus, cellphone data suggests</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/18/global-report-italy-reopens-cafes-as-spain-prepares-for-return-of-tourists">Global report: Italy reopens cafes as Spain prepares for return of tourists</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/18/coronavirus-us-trump-obama-whistleblower-death-toll-90000-latest-news-updates">US coronavirus updates – live</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T22:26:14.851Z">11.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here is the full story on Trump’s hydroxycholorquine claims: </p><p>Donald Trump has told reporters at the White House that for “a couple weeks” he has been taking a malaria drug as a defense against Covid-19 – despite warnings from his administration that it is dangerous.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/18/trump-taking-hydroxychloroquine-covid-19-fda-warnings">Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19 despite FDA warnings</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T22:19:15.247Z">11.19pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here are the main developments from the last few hours: </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T22:14:25.223Z">11.14pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Hi, Helen Sullivan joining you now. I’ll be with you for the next few hours – please do get in touch on <a href="https://twitter.com/helenrsullivan">Twitter @helenrsullivan</a> with any questions, comments, tips or news from where you live. </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T22:05:23.989Z">11.05pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Some areas of New York City have seen death rates nearly 15 times higher than others, according to data released by New York City’s health department, showing the disproportionate toll taken on poorer communities.</p><p>For the first time, the data shows a breakdown on the number of deaths in each of the city’s more than 60 ZIP codes, Reuters has reported. The highest death rate was seen on the edge of Brooklyn in a neighbourhood dominated by a large subsidised-housing development called Starrett City.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T21:44:58.318Z">10.44pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The music monthly Q is one of 10 magazines that could disappear from newsagents’ shelves as one of the UK’s biggest publishers considers the future of print titles as the coronavirus crisis hastens the shift of readers and advertisers online.</p><p>The German-owned <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/bauer">Bauer</a> Media, which owns magazines in the UK including Grazia and Empire as well as the Kiss, Magic and Absolute radio networks, said that many already struggling magazines will not be sustainable after the pandemic passes.</p><p>The pandemic and lockdown has further accelerated the trends already affecting the publishing industry.</p><p>Bauer publishes nearly 100 magazines in the UK, and some titles that were already challenged, unfortunately, are not expected to be sustainable after the crisis. We must protect the long-term health of our business and ability to invest in future growth by re-shaping our portfolio.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/may/18/future-of-q-magazine-in-doubt-as-coronavirus-crisis-hits-media">Future of Q magazine in doubt as coronavirus crisis hits media</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T21:24:53.558Z">10.24pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Police and protesters have clashed in Santiago amid a city-wide lockdown as local officials warned that food shortages have hit one of the Chilean capital’s poorest neighbourhoods.</p><p>Reuters reports that a group of protesters threw rocks and burned piles of wood along a street in the destitute neighbourhood on Santiago’s southern fringe. Images on social media and local television showed police spraying tear gas and water cannons to disperse the growing crowd.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T21:21:56.321Z">10.21pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Qatar will close all shops and halt all commercial activities, from 19 to 30 May, state news agency QNA has reported, citing a decision by Qatar’s cabinet. The closure excludes pharmacies, food supply stores and food deliveries.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T21:02:00.228Z">10.02pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>If Trump is taking hydroxychloroquine, he is going against the advice of his own administration.</p><p>The FDA has warned against using hydroxychloroquine or a related compound, chloroquine, for treating or preventing Covid-19 without medical supervision in a hospital, or as part of a clinical trial. <a href="https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-reiterates-importance-close-patient-supervision-label-use">In late April</a>, the FDA commissioner <strong>Stephen Hahn</strong> said:</p><p>While clinical trials are ongoing to determine the safety and effectiveness of these drugs for Covid-19, there are known side effects of these medications that should be considered. The FDA will continue to monitor and investigate these potential risks and will communicate publicly when more information is available.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T20:56:56.132Z">9.56pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Here’s the clip of Trump saying he’s been taking hydoxychoroquine:</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/jeffmason1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jeffmason1</a>: What is the evidence that hydroxychloroquine has a preventative impact?<br><br>TRUMP: "Are you ready? Here's my evidence -- I get a lot of positive calls about it ... what do you have to lose?" <a href="https://t.co/51b967dypu">pic.twitter.com/51b967dypu</a></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T20:55:10.013Z">9.55pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Extraordinary news emerging from the White House – the president has mentioned that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine. This is the dubious treatment for coronavirus that Trump had fiercely touted in the past but that was found to have a very mixed effect on patients.</p><p>No studies so far have shown that it had a good effect on patients and regulators have advised it not be taken outside of a hospital or clinical trial setting.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: President Trump says he is taking hydroxychloriquine and has been doing so for weeks. <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBSNews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Covid_19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Covid_19</a></p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/06/hydroxychloroquine-trump-coronavirus-drug">Hydroxychloroquine: how an unproven drug became Trump’s coronavirus 'miracle cure'</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T20:28:20.503Z">9.28pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Local authorities across <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/mexico">Mexico</a> have resisted President <strong>Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s</strong> call to lift emergency measures in municipalities without confirmed cases, warning that the pandemic is far from over.</p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/17/covid-19-cases-in-brazil-surpass-italy-as-virus-surges-in-latin-america">Mexico has registered </a><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/17/covid-19-cases-in-brazil-surpass-italy-as-virus-surges-in-latin-america">nearly 50,000 cases </a>and more than 5,000 deaths, and its testing rate ranks among the lowest in Latin America, with just 0.4 tests per 1,000 people.</p><p>We need to maintain discipline, not relax this discipline since we’re almost there. I have a lot of faith and many expectations that we’re going to finish taming this pandemic.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/18/mexico-amlo-coronavirus-covid19-restrictions-reopen">Mexico president begins lifting Covid-19 lockdown despite fears worst is still to come</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T20:07:30.601Z">9.07pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is planning a nationwide study of up to 325,000 people to track the virus’ spread into next year and beyond, Reuters reports.</p><p>Citing the director of the nonprofit Vitalant Research Institute, <strong>Dr Michael Busch</strong>, the news agency says the study is expected to launch in June or July and will test samples from blood donors in 25 metropolitan areas for antibodies.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T19:57:21.240Z">8.57pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The president of the European Central Bank <strong>Christine Lagarde</strong> has also welcomed the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/18/coronavirus-live-news-record-daily-cases-in-south-africa-as-india-extends-lockdown?page=with:block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f#block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f">proposed €500bn recovery fund</a>, saying it would bring much-needed relief to the worst-hit EU countries.</p><p>“The Franco-German proposals are ambitious, targeted and welcome,” Lagarde said in a joint interview with four European newspapers, after announcement of the plan sent the euro higher and reduced Italian bond yields.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T19:53:04.922Z">8.53pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Sudan has extended a lockdown of the state of Khartoum by an additional two weeks from Tuesday, the state news agency has reported. The country had registered 2,591 cases and 105 deaths as of Saturday.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T19:40:18.294Z">8.40pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>South Sudan’s vice-president <strong>Riek Machar</strong> and his wife <strong>Angelina Teny</strong> have tested positive, his office has said. It also said that “a number of his office staff and bodyguards” had also tested positive.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T19:29:20.320Z">8.29pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>France’s highest administrative court has ruled that the government must lift a blanket ban on meetings at places of worship imposed as part of measures to combat the epidemic, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.</p><p>After receiving complaints from several individuals and associations, the Council of State said that such a ban on freedom of worship caused “a damage that is serious and manifestly illegal”.</p><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">La décision du Conseil d'Etat d’ordonner la levée de l'interdiction de réunion dans les lieux de cultes est une bonne nouvelle pour la liberté de culte qui est un droit fondamental.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T19:10:43.482Z">8.10pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>In the UK, the opposition Labour party has expressed concern at lockdown measures being eased at the start of June after ministers conceded that a key part of the test-and-trace regime to contain new outbreaks, a phone app, will not be ready for weeks.</p><p>The health secretary <strong tabindex="-1">Matt Hancock</strong> announced that anyone over the age of five with symptoms would be eligible for a test. The news is expected to lead to a surge in people visiting the gov.uk website to book home test kits or drive-through appointments.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/18/phone-app-delay-raises-concerns-about-easing-lockdown-on-1-june">Phone app delay raises concerns about easing lockdown on 1 June</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T18:58:32.071Z">7.58pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The Norwegian prime minister <strong>Erna Solberg</strong> and her colleagues have filmed a physically distanced dance for the country’s Constitution Day. It was aired on 17 May on the government-owned broadcaster NRK.</p><p>Mass gatherings and parades are not permitted at least until mid-June to try and slow the spread of the virus.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T18:35:58.138Z">7.35pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Spain’s prime minister <strong>Pedro Sánchez</strong> has welcomed <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/18/coronavirus-live-news-record-daily-cases-in-south-africa-as-india-extends-lockdown?page=with:block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f#block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f">the €500bn (£447bn) recovery fund</a> proposed by France and Germany to help regions and sectors hardest hit by the pandemic.</p><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We welcome the proposal by France and Germany to establish a €500 bn European Recovery Fund based on grants. It is a positive step in the right direction, in line with our own demands. Now its time for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EU</a> to put forward a proper financial package. We should keep moving forward.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T18:13:22.000Z">7.13pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>My colleague<strong> Kevin Rawlinson</strong> will be taking you through the next few hours of this blog. Thanks for your company, and all your emails and tweets, so far today.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T18:11:09.062Z">7.11pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>United Arab Emirates </strong>will extend a nightly curfew by two hours, starting this week, after reporting an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.</p><p>The curfew, which currently runs from 10pm to 6am, will start at 8pm as of Wednesday until further notice, Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesman for the national emergency crisis and disaster management authority, told a press conference.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T18:00:40.463Z">7.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>French health authorities reported 131 new coronavirus deaths on Monday, constituting a slowing increase of 0.5% and bringing the total to 28,239. The country’s death toll remains the fourth-highest in the world behind the US, the UK and Italy.</p><p>The ministry said the number of people in intensive care with Covid-19 fell by 4.3% to 1,998, below the 2,000 threshold for the first time since 22 March.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:50:45.437Z">6.50pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>On a lighter note, here is a scene from a barber’s in Rome today. </strong>I can’t be the only person who could desperately do with a similar service sooner rather than later.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:44:30.817Z">6.44pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The <strong>Czech Republic </strong>is planning to ease travel between the central European country and other countries deemed safe from risks of coronavirus from 8 June, its health minister Adam Vojtech has announced.</p><p>It was among the first countries in Europe to ban entry by foreigners and even banned most Czechs from travelling abroad to keep the spread of the infection under control in March. Some restrictions have been eased but the country is still not open for foreign tourism and Czechs are required to present a negative coronavirus test upon return or go into quarantine.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:34:47.162Z">6.34pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Here are synopses of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/18/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-18-may">the biggest stories</a> from the last few hours:</strong></p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:26:11.430Z">6.26pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The German government has released the full text of the<strong> French-German Initiative for the European Recovery from the Coronavirus Crisis</strong>. This comes after today’s meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, which we <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/18/coronavirus-live-news-record-daily-cases-in-south-africa-as-india-extends-lockdown?page=with:block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f#block-5ec268b08f0886ce4f5d599f">trailed earlier in the blog</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.bundesregierung.de/resource/blob/973812/1753772/414a4b5a1ca91d4f7146eeb2b39ee72b/2020-05-18-deutsch-franzoesischer-erklaerung-eng-data.pdf?download=1"><strong>Here is the text</strong></a>, written in English and covering four key points.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:17:39.939Z">6.17pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The Guardian has seen a protocol prepared by Spain’s top football division,<strong> La Liga</strong>, ahead of a planned return to action. It would be following in the footsteps of Germany’s Bundesliga. <strong>Sid Lowe</strong> has the story:</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/18/la-liga-plans-for-197-people-to-attend-games-but-no-restriction-on-celebrations">La Liga plans for 197 people to attend games but no restriction on celebrations</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:13:13.640Z">6.13pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The 23-time Olympic swimming champion, <strong>Michael Phelps</strong>, has said the Covid-19 pandemic is taking a toll on his mental health.</p><p>[Phelps] has spoken in the past <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/nov/10/michael-phelps-did-not-want-to-be-alive-anymore-after-dui-arrest">about his struggles with depression</a> and said that being under lockdown during the pandemic has been a struggle.</p><p>“The pandemic has been a challenge I never expected,” <a href="https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/29186389/michael-phelps-most-overwhelmed-ever-felt">he told ESPN in an article published on Monday</a>. “All the uncertainty. Being cooped up in a house. And the questions. So many questions. When is it going to end? What will life look like when this is over? Am I doing everything I can to be safe? Is my family safe? It drives me insane. I’m used to traveling, competing, meeting people. This is just craziness. My emotions are all over the place. I’m always on edge. I’m always defensive.”</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/may/18/michael-phelps-coronavirus-pandemic-depression-mental-health-swimming">'Overwhelmed' Michael Phelps says Covid-19 has taken toll on his mental health</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T17:00:44.254Z">6.00pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>The president of <strong>Turkey</strong>, Tayyip Erdogan, has said a four-day lockdown starting on 23 May will be imposed nationwide as part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday.</p><p>Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan also said schools would not reopen in this academic year and education would continue in person in September with the new academic year.</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T16:52:04.036Z">5.52pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p>Coronavirus cases in <strong><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/belgium">Belgium</a> </strong>have continued to fall amid a simmering political row over nurses’ pay and conditions, reports <strong>Jennifer Rankin</strong>.</p><p>Nurses protesting over wages, staff numbers and a government decree that makes it possible for them to be forced to come to work <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2020/may/17/coronavirus-medics-turn-backs-on-belgiums-prime-minister-in-silent-protest-video">turned away from the official motorcade when prime minister Sophie Wilmès </a>visited the Saint Pierre hospital in Brussels on Saturday.</p><p>“Politics constantly turns its back on our appeals for help,” one anonymous nurse told the Francophone state broadcaster RTBF. “The teams are understaffed and the burnout rates show it. We are asking for our work to be valued and for more staff on our teams.”</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/18/coronavirus-cases-fall-in-belgium-amid-row-over-nurses-pay">Coronavirus cases fall in Belgium amid row over nurses' pay</a> </p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2020-05-18T16:39:47.125Z">5.39pm <span class="timezone">BST</span></time> </p><p><strong>Nigeria’s </strong>government has extended a coronavirus lockdown on the northern region of Kano after it became a hotspot for new inf Coronavirus outbreak World news Science Infectious diseases Australia news UK news US news Africa Middle East and North Africa Europe Americas China Russia Microbiology Medical research Helen Sullivan (now and earlier); Kevin Rawlinson, Nick Ames, Amy Walker and Jessica Murray Photograph: Manuel Silvestri/Reuters