China reports possible new wave of Covid-19 cases; Greece extends migrant camp lockdown,
Germany sees infections rise again after easing lockdown; France to end lockdown on Monday; White House advisers self-quarantine.
The global death toll has passed 280,000. The total number of coronavirus fatalities stands at 282,495, according to Johns Hopkins University. Globally, 4,091,297 cases have been confirmed.
‘This is not the time to end the lockdown,’ Boris Johnson has said.In a speech condemned by some as confusing, the UK prime minister said some schools in England and some shops might be able to open next month, and the government was “actively encouraging” people to return to work if they cannot work from home. Johnson encouraged workers to avoid public transport, and said restaurants and cafes should not expect to open until at least July.
South Africa has passed 10,000 confirmed cases. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa stands at 10,015, including 194 fatalities, health minister Zwelini Mkhize has announced. 84% of new cases are in Western Cape and Eastern Cape, and eight new deaths have been recorded.
A leading Latin American airline has filed for bankruptcy. Avianca Holdings, Latin America’s No. 2 airline and one of the oldest in the world, has filed for bankruptcy, after failing to secure aid from Colombia’s government and with a bond payment deadline looming. Avianca could be one of the first major carriers worldwide to go under as a result of the pandemic.
Poland must declare new election date within 14 days, the head of Poland’s electoral commission has said. The central European country had been due to hold a presidential election on Sundayand, while the vote was not officially cancelled or postponed, the electoral commission had said on Thursday it could not be held due to the coronavirus crisis.
France will be exempt from UK’s quarantine restrictions. The British and French governments have released a joint statement saying that the French will be exempt from the UK’s proposed quarantine restrictions, following a call between the countries’ leaders.
France has reported its lowest daily death toll since lockdown.France reported 70 more deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, its lowest daily toll since the lockdown began on 17 March, as it prepared to ease restrictions. The new deaths brought the total toll in hospitals and nursing homes to 26,380.
The WHO has suspended activity in Yemen’s Houthi-held areas.The World Health Organization has suspended staff activity at its hubs in Houthi-held areas of Yemen in a move sources said aimed to pressure the group to be more transparent about suspected coronavirus cases. The Houthis have reported just two cases, compared to the government’s 34.