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May 31, 2020
The official number of coronavirus cases around the world has now passed six million. Also, in Argentina there have been protests demanding an end to strict quarantine measures, and a Belgian Prince has tested positive for the virus after he went to a party in Spain during lockdown.
May 30, 2020
India to loosen lockdown despite record cases. Also, President Trump faces criticism for his decision to end ties with the World Health Organisation and one of Italy's best-known tourist attractions - the leaning Tower of Pisa - has reopened to the public.
May 30, 2020
President Trump says the US is ending its relationship with the World Health Organisation. Also: Portugal has paused moves to ease the lockdown in Lisbon after a new spike in coronavirus cases, and another football league has announced its return date - Spain's La Liga.
May 29, 2020
The record rise comes despite the number of new cases starting to slow. Also: the WHO warns new outbreaks could quickly develop, and life continues to get back to normal in Europe.
May 29, 2020
Brazil has recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day. Also: South Korea is shutting more than eight-hundred schools, and the Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time.
May 28, 2020
The Premier League re-start date is set for June the 17th, subject to government approval. Also: US pandemic jobless claims top 40 million, and BBC Proms goes virtual.
May 28, 2020
However the number of new infections is slowing and the economy is beginning to reopen. Also: Britain's testing and tracing system launches, and Rugby League in Australia is restarting.
May 27, 2020
United Nations research says one in six young people out of work due to pandemic. Also European Commission outlines an 800-billion dollar proposal to build EU economies. And England's top football clubs agree to resume contact training.
May 27, 2020
The WHO's Pan American Health Organization says it's worried about the rapidly spreading outbreaks in Brazil, Chile and Peru. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has arrested 40,000 people over the past two months for breaking lockdown rules. And the state of New York starts to re-open some businesses.
May 26, 2020
President Duterte says without a vaccine, the risk to children is too great. Also, the New York Stock exchange trading floor re-opens. And wanted in Britain -- the plasma of Covid-19 survivors.
May 26, 2020
Health officials say an "abundance of caution" is necessary, after a recent study suggested the anti-malaria drug could lead to more deaths among COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, the US state of California will let shops and places of worship re-open, albeit with restrictions. And Haiti braces for a spike in cases.
May 25, 2020
The Japanese PM says it got the outbreak under control in less than two months. Also: Germany stumps up $10bn to bail out the airline Lufthansa, and the curators documenting Covid-19 for future generations.
May 25, 2020
Cyril Ramaphosa says the risk of a COVID-19 resurgence has never been greater, as the country prepares to lift its curfew next week. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends his top adviser, who is accused of breaking lockdown rules. And as India restarts domestic flights, each state has its own quarantine measures for travellers.
May 24, 2020
The Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, said the US and China should work together. Also, The New York Times devotes entire front page to victims of Covid-19 and Eid celebrations under lockdown.
May 24, 2020
Saudi Arabia, Turkey and others order a complete lockdown during this festival, which is traditionally a time for feasts and gift-giving. Meanwhile, Russians begin to question the accuracy of their country’s official death toll. And Mexican officials say drug cartels have been less active under the lockdown, though murders are on the rise.
May 23, 2020
President Kenyatta said funding would help vulnerable families, tourism and agriculture sectors. Also: one of the world's biggest car hire firms, Hertz, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US, and La Liga football season can resume next month.
May 23, 2020
The WHO says many countries in the region have seen a worrying rise in cases. Also: a study says hydroxychloroquine increases the risk of patients with Covid-19 dying from the disease, and the mystery of the Paris park pandemic lock-picker.
May 22, 2020
Aid agencies say there's a shortage of equipment and oxygen. Also, India records its highest daily increase in cases and researchers in the UK begin a trial using immunotherapy.
May 22, 2020
Psychologists say a “disconcertingly high” number of people hold conspiracy theories. Also: Brazil registers a record number of deaths, and France fines protesting healthcare workers.
May 21, 2020
The cases are recorded by John Hopkins University. Also: A Syrian refugee who works as a hospital cleaner helps persuade the British PM to abandon a policy, and the Tokyo Olympics must be held next year or will be cancelled.
May 21, 2020
The WHO reports the biggest rise in new infections in a single day. Also: new rules come into force in Spain and Greece prepares for the summer holiday season.
May 20, 2020
The National Health Commission says new infections also have longer incubation. Also: Brazil authorises the use of hydroxychloroquine; infected mink could have passed the virus to a worker at a Dutch fur farm; and 'adopt a grandparent' -- how people in Bolivia are helping each other's elderly relatives.
May 20, 2020
The US and China have traded accusations over who has done more damage, but most WHO member states say the probe should be about building a plan for the future, not trying to lay blame. Meanwhile, health officials say Indigenous communities in the Amazon are under threat from COVID-19. And we take a look at the outsized role American women are playing, at work and at home, during the pandemic.
May 19, 2020
Reaction from Beijing after Mr Trump threatens to withdraw US membership of the World Health Organisation. Also: carbon emissions fall to levels not seen since the Second World War as a result of the pandemic and why Chopin won't be heard outdoors in Warsaw this summer.
May 19, 2020
The president says he’s heard “good stories” about the anti-malaria medicine, though US authorities have warned against its use for COVID-19. Meanwhile, Germany and France propose more than $500 billion in funding to help the European Union recover financially from the pandemic. And we introduce you to the Cuddle Curtain – one man’s plan to hug his loved ones while social distancing.
May 18, 2020
The head of the World Health Organisation has promised an independent review of its handling of coronavirus – ‘at the earliest opportunity’. Also: US firm Moderna reports promising early results in its vaccine trial; and a Ghanaian war veteran aims to follow in Colonel Tom Moore’s fundraising footsteps.
May 18, 2020
Bruno Covas calls for a full lockdown in Brazil’s largest city, citing the failure of partial social distancing guidelines. Meanwhile, Japan is headed for its worst economic slump since the Second World War. And the WHO weighs in on sending children back to school.
May 17, 2020
Thais have been returning to department stores, museums and other public spaces. Also: Spain reports fewer than 100 Covid-19 deaths since before the country entered lockdown and Qatar enforces some of the toughest penalties in the world for not wearing a face mask.
May 17, 2020
The former president says COVID-19 has “torn back the curtain” on US leadership, during an address to graduating university students. Meanwhile, Brazil installs an army general with no medical experience as its interim health minister, as the country’s outbreak becomes the fourth-largest in the world. And police in London arrest 19 people during anti-lockdown protests.
May 16, 2020
Millions of Germans can finally watch a match after two months but fans aren't allowed into stadiums. Also: doctors say some patients who are severely ill with coronavirus have developed dangerous blood clots and how rabbis are getting round the lockdown.
May 16, 2020
From June Italians can travel abroad and foreign visitors can enter. Also: Germany’s professional football league resumes and the Dutch government changes its sex advice.
May 15, 2020
Germany's economy shrank by 2.2% in the first three months of this year as the coronavirus pandemic pushed it into recession. Also: The newly appointed Brazilian health minister has resigned after disagreements with President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the crisis, and Slovenia becomes the first European country to declare an end to its virus epidemic.
May 15, 2020
The WHO warns quarter of a billion Africans could catch Covid-19, the surrogate babies who can't be collected by their parents and the Hollywood actor Matt Damon surprises a frontline healthworker.
May 14, 2020
Two Rohingya refugees have tested positive for coronavirus in the world’s largest refugee camp. Also: A US virus expert warns that America faces the darkest winter in its modern history, and New Zealand reopens with midnight queues for hairdressers.
May 14, 2020
US says Chinese hackers are trying to steal research on Covid-19 vaccines, the WHO warns the virus "may never go away" and how the pandemic is affecting two pandas far away from home.
May 13, 2020
Restrictions on movement are re-imposed in Jilin after new cases emerge. Also, Lebanon shuts down again as "total" lockdown begins for four days. And the extra burden of Covid-19 for some people living in rental accommodation.
May 13, 2020
Brazil has seen a record rise in the number of deaths from coronavirus, Doctor Anthony Fauci warns over easing the restrictions in the US and Spain's oldest woman survives the virus.
May 12, 2020
Top US infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warns Senate of 'suffering and death’ if US reopens too quickly. The W-H-O says the Americas are now driving the pandemic. And, a German man has finally left Delhi airport after being stuck there for almost eight weeks.
May 12, 2020
The new precautions come as Donald Trump claims the US has ‘prevailed’ at testing for the virus. Meanwhile, Twitter has said it will start putting warning labels on misleading posts about COVID-19. And India has seen its first drop in carbon emissions for almost 40 years.
May 11, 2020
President Putin says Russia will begin a gradual exit from its coronavirus restrictions -- despite a record daily increase in infections. Meanwhile, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been defending his plan for the easing of restrictions in England. And, South Dakota Sioux refuse to take down 'illegal' coronavirus checkpoints.
May 11, 2020
The prime minister encourages Britons to get back to work, but Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain cautious over easing their restrictions. Meanwhile, Australia slowly re-opens its schools. And Italy faces a backlash after releasing mafia members from prison.
May 10, 2020
President Moon Jae In warned people to remain vigilant after a spike in new cases – the highest for a month. Also: infections rise in Germany just days after the country eases its lockdown restrictions, and the airline passengers paying more than 200 dollars to be tested in Austria.
May 10, 2020
The former president said the Trump administration's efforts had been a "chaotic disaster". Meanwhile, Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro goes jet skiing, as the country observes three days of mourning for COVID-19 victims. And athletes have been testing positive as football and mixed martial arts restart competition.
May 9, 2020
China says it will improve public health systems after criticism of its early response to the virus. Also: thousands attend a military parade in Belarus despite the Covid-19 risk, and scientists investigate whether the female sex hormone oestrogen protects against the coronavirus.
May 9, 2020
The US said fake Twitter accounts amplified propaganda tweeted by Chinese diplomats. Also: South American countries raise concerns over Brazil's outbreak and billions are made available to support Eurozone countries.
May 8, 2020
The World Health Organisation says it could take at least a year to determine the exact origins of the coronavirus; also: Disney is to reopen its Shanghai theme park but at reduced capacity, and celebrations take place to mark 75 years since Victory in Europe and the end of the second world war.
May 8, 2020
President Bolsonaro's government warns of economic collapse if regional lockdowns remain. Also: Europe commemorates VE Day with events held despite restrictions and India begins to repatriate hundreds of thousands of citizens.
May 7, 2020
Shops and some schools allowed to reopen - but restrictions remain in Paris. Also, there's been a further steep rise in unemployment in the United States with increasing numbers of white collar workers losing their jobs.
May 7, 2020
Over six and a half billion dollars are being sought to support fragile countries. Also: Donald Trump says the pandemic is the worst attack ever on the United States and hear why Covid-19 has seen an unlikely friendship form between Ireland and Native Americans.
May 6, 2020
All restrictions on shops will be lifted and schools will gradually re-open. Also: the European Commission has warned that the EU faces its worst economic downturn since the 1930s, and Uber announces job cuts.
May 6, 2020
Vice-President Mike Pence suggests it could be disbanded within weeks. Also: Germany prepares to ease lockdown restrictions and why the pandemic has helped reduce emissions.
May 5, 2020
The United Kingdom has outstripped Italy in the number of coronavirus deaths, becoming the worst affected country in Europe. Also: India is to bring home hundreds of thousands of its citizens who have been stranded overseas because of the government lockdown, and can naval divers help coronavirus patients recover?
May 5, 2020
It’s a stark demonstration of how quickly the country's financial situation has changed. Also: doctors suggest the virus arrived in France almost a month earlier than previously thought, and the list of animals known to be at risk of being infected just got longer.
May 4, 2020
A virtual conference for world leaders and philanthropists took place in a bid to raise $8.3bn. Also: Japan extends its state of emergency until the end of the month, and getting a haircut in Germany after many weeks.
May 4, 2020
Most experts say it will be at least 12 to 18 months before a vaccine can be developed, but President Trump says the US is "very confident". Also: the number of infections in Brazil surges beyond 100,000, and countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa are easing some lockdown restrictions.
May 3, 2020
More than ten thousand new infections have been registered -- the highest such figure in Europe. Also: the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said there is enormous evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and the Philippines has suspended repatriation flights for citizens stranded overseas because its quarantine facilities are full.
May 3, 2020
The British prime minister reveals he needed "litres and litres of oxygen" while he was seriously ill in hospital with coronavirus. Also: Thailand becomes one of the latest countries to relax its lockdown measures, and Madrid has found a way for some of its residents to go to the cinema without leaving their homes.
May 2, 2020
With its infection rate in decline, Spain is slowly easing its tough lockdown restrictions. Meanwhile, Malaysia has defended its mass detention of undocumented migrants, saying the arrests were carried out to stop the spread of COVID-19. And India has ordered workers to use a smartphone app that can trace people who may have been infected.
May 2, 2020
The experimental anti-viral drug can now be used to treat people who are hospitalised with severe cases of Covid-19. Also: several European countries are easing different elements of their lockdown measures, and firefighters in Corsica are training dogs to sniff out the virus.
May 1, 2020
Concerns about the economy are driving the lifting of lockdown measures. Also there are worries that personal protective equipment (PPE) isn't well designed for women, and celebrating the coming of summer on May Day in England - online.
May 1, 2020
President Trump says he has seen evidence that the virus came from a Chinese lab, the Russian prime minister tests positive for Covid-19 and how the band Queen are paying tribute to healthcare workers across the world.
April 30, 2020
Boris Johnson said Britain was past the peak of the outbreak and on the downward slope; also France enters recession amid warnings of an unprecedented economic slump in Europe, and a new long lasting disinfectant developed in Hong Kong.
April 30, 2020
Hopes that a drug could reduce the recovery time for Covid-19, South Africa reverses a decision to allow people to buy cigarettes and the couple who were together for more than 60 years and died just hours apart.
April 29, 2020
The world's largest economy contracts by nearly 5% as pandemic measures take a toll. Also: the role genetics play in how badly you suffer from the coronavirus, and the 98-year-old doctor still caring for patients.
April 29, 2020
The number of known cases in the US passes a million, President Putin admits Russia has a shortage of PPE for medics, the campaign to stop racist attacks on Asian Americans.
April 28, 2020
The United Nations Population Fund says lockdowns restrict access to contraception
April 28, 2020
President Trump believes China could have stopped coronavirus at the source, Nigeria extends lockdown for a week and why Belgians are being encouraged to eat chips.
April 27, 2020
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells the BBC he was confident the US would increase its aid. Also: France registers a record monthly rise in the number of people seeking unemployment benefits, and hairdressers go back to work in Switzerland.
April 27, 2020
The prime minister Giuseppe Conte has outlined a timetable for easing quarantine measures in the country that's recorded the most deaths in Europe. Also: senior US doctors say social distancing will be needed throughout the summer, and millions of Syrian students are told school won't return until next year.
April 26, 2020
The number of deaths in Spain in a day from coronavirus is at its lowest level since the 20th of March. Also: the Chinese authorities have confiscated more than eighty-nine million poor-quality face masks, and more countries are using or adopting tracing apps in the fight against the pandemic.
April 26, 2020
Boris Johnson will return to the helm of a government facing growing criticism over its handling of the coronavirus crisis, with more than 20,000 deaths recorded. Also: President Trump has said daily pandemic briefings are no longer worth his time, and Spanish children are allowed out of their homes for the first time in six weeks.
April 25, 2020
The World Health Organisation warns that past infection is no guarantee of future immunity. Also: the fear of new waves of infection in Iran, and the zoo chimps and covid-19.
April 25, 2020
President Donald Trump says his suggestion that coronavirus patients could be injected with disinfectant was sarcastic, but doctors say it was dangerous and unhelpful. Also: Belgium prepares to ease its lockdown, and psychologists in Italy say the country is facing a mental health emergency.
April 24, 2020
The WHO calls for solidarity in tackling the pandemic. Also: President Trump's suggestion that Covid-19 can be treated by injecting disinfectant is widely criticised, and South Korea records no new coronavirus deaths for the first time in more than a month.
April 24, 2020
President Trump says the fourth coronavirus relief bill will help more than 26 million Americans who have filed for unemployment benefits in the last five weeks. Also: South Africa begins to ease a nationwide lockdown and children in Spain receive an apology after being confined to their homes for weeks.
April 23, 2020
China's ambassador to the UK denies a cover-up. Also: the German Chancellor says she regrets having to impose restrictions on the elderly, and how Muslims are observing Ramadan under lockdown.
April 23, 2020
Anthony Fauci said there was no doubt coronavirus would return later in the year. Also: Brazil digs mass graves for victims of the pandemic and EU leaders to discuss how to end lockdowns.
April 22, 2020
The money sent by migrant workers to families back home could fall by as much as 20%. Also: Koranic schools across northern Nigeria are being shut, and Germany is the latest country to announce human vaccine trials.
April 22, 2020
The President said the move would protect American jobs during the coronavirus crisis. Also: the Spanish government is seeking parliamentary approval to extend the national lockdown and Singapore struggles to stop cases surging among migrant workers.
April 21, 2020
The head of the World Food Programme says the number of hungry people could double. Also: President Trump says immigration to the US will be suspended, and the UK will begin trialling a vaccine on people from Thursday.
April 21, 2020
Producers paid buyers to take their supplies as demand dries up. Also: Italy reports a fall in the number of people in intensive care and Ghana uses drones to speed up testing.
April 20, 2020
Some areas ease restrictions so farmers can get back to normal due to food shortage fears; also a lack of personal protection equipment (PPE) such as gowns and masks causes concern in Britain and Malawi, and vulnerable leatherback turtles return to beaches in Thailand left empty by tourists during lockdown.
April 20, 2020
The state announces widespread testing for COVID 19 antibodies, to find out how many New Yorkers have survived the virus. Meanwhile, India’s president calls for unity and brotherhood as the pandemic sparks anti-Muslim rhetoric. And Disney puts half its workforce on unpaid leave.
April 19, 2020
A senior British cabinet minister has admitted that Boris Johnson missed five of the government's top level emergency planning meetings as the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold. Also: Russia has registered a steep rise in new cases for the second day running, and a football team from the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak has finally arrived home.
April 19, 2020
Texas, Vermont and others are preparing to lift restrictions, as anti-lockdown protests continue around the US, with President Trump's encouragement. Meanwhile, Russian hospitals struggle to cope with the country's growing outbreak. And South Korea records just eight new cases in 24 hours.
April 18, 2020
Spain is third country after the US and Italy to surpass twenty thousand. Also: Pakistan says mosques can reopen during Ramadan and performers link up for a concert to pay tribute to frontline workers across world.
April 18, 2020
The president has tweeted his support for anti-lockdown protests, prompting a Democratic governor to accuse him of fomenting rebellion. Meanwhile, UK hospitals are running out of protective equipment for doctors and nurses. And Turkey continues its weekend lockdowns, despite calls for full-time restrictions.
April 17, 2020
Germany says infection rates reduced due to lockdown measures and extensive testing, Swedish officials have raised concerns about the health impact of strict Covid-19 lockdowns, and what does Earth look like after months on the space station ?
April 17, 2020
Donald Trump has said it will be up to individual states to decide when and how they implement the government’s three-phase strategy. Meanwhile, China’s economy has shrunk for the first time in decades. And the World Health Organisation has predicted Africa could be the next epicentre of the pandemic.
April 16, 2020
A week where five million more Americans lose their jobs as the coronavirus crisis intensifies, Japan declares a state of emergency after a spike in new infections, and a Vietnamese businesswoman provides free rice for those affected by Covid-19 from an ATM machine.
April 16, 2020
The International Monetary Fund says the impact on Asia will be "severe, across the board, and unprecedented". Also: President Trump says data suggests that the US has passed the peak of new infections, and researchers in Britain are hoping to fast-track new treatments for the virus.
April 15, 2020
World Health Organisation calls on the international community not to get caught up in recriminations.,There's been a record fall in US retail sales in March -- and forecasters say worse is yet to come, and a solo round the world sailor tells us how best to overcome self-isolation
April 15, 2020
President Trump says the World Health Organisation "failed in its basic duty" over coronavirus, but his comments have been widely criticised by health experts. Also: South Korea's parliamentary elections go ahead with tight hygiene measures in place, and the island in Europe which has been labelled by locals as "corona island" after becoming a virus hotspot.
April 14, 2020
IMF says corona pandemic is "crisis like no other" The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide is nearing two million although the true figure is higher,and what's good for Amazon may not be good for everyone.
April 14, 2020
During a bad-tempered White House briefing, the president said his actions had saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Also: several European countries are taking steps to ease lockdown measures, and doctors in India are concerned over the lack of testing.
April 13, 2020
World Health Organisation warns that lifting of Covid-19 controls must be measured; Spain begins relaxing some lockdown restrictions; Indonesia uses an age-old superstition to keep people indoors.
April 13, 2020
Infection rates appear to be slowing and governments in Madrid and Rome want to revive their economies. Also: China sees a spike in cases, and millions watch Andrea Bocelli perform inside an empty cathedral.
April 12, 2020
The Pope expressed particular concern for the future of the European Union, saying it was facing an “epochal challenge”. Also: the philanthropist Bill Gates has said compromises may have to be made if a vaccine against the virus is to be ready in eighteen months, and the British PM Boris Johnson has spoken emotionally of his gratitude to the doctors and nurses who he says saved his life.
April 12, 2020
More than 20,000 Americans have died from coronavirus. Meanwhile, Italy has said some businesses will re-open, despite a three-week extension of the country's strict lockdown. And Canada pledges more than $50 billion to protect workers during the crisis.
April 11, 2020
Stefan Löfven says it's obvious not enough was done in advance of the pandemic, also: New York mayor says public schools to be closed until September and how a New Zealand headmistress created new Coronavirus lyrics to an old favourite
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