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Coronavirus latest: No new deaths in Spain for first time since early March

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A woman and a man relax sitting on their scooters at the Duomo square, in Milan, Italy, Monday, May 25, 2020.
A woman and a man relax sitting on their scooters at the Duomo square, in Milan, Italy, Monday, May 25, 2020.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Luca Bruno   -  

A summary of the latest developments

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France to open bars and restaurants from Tuesday

Bars, restaurants, museums, and more will reopen from Tuesday in France as part of a phase two of easing coronavirus restrictions.

Many restaurants began to set up terraces in preparation for the first day since mid-March that they could welcome members of the public.

Here's what people will be able to do in France from Tuesday:
  • Go to a cafe, bar or restaurant, although they now will have to keep a distance of one metre from other tables
  • Travel more than 100 kilometres from their residences
  • Go to the theatre for a show, although social distancing measures will have to be in place
  • Take a swim in the pool or go to the gym
  • See a piece of artwork in a museum or visit a national monument, although they must wear a mask
  • Go to the beach or the lake throughout the country
  • Sit in the park or garden in areas such as Paris that were more heavily impacted by the epidemic
  • Attend secondary school or high school, many of which will reopen next week

Bars and restaurants reopen in Finland and Norway

Bars and restaurants reopened in Finland and Norway on Monday after being closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Small groups quickly formed on terraces as restaurants reopened.

Finland has had 318 deaths linked to the COVID-19 and more than 6,800 infections. Neighbouring country Norway has had over 8,400 cases and 236 deaths.

Eurozone manufacturing bouncing back, but still struggling

A survey showed that Eurozone manufacturing bounced back in May after crashing to its lowest level in April due to lockdown measures put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Despite some improvement, the score for May still shows "we're a long long way from a market that's growing and thriving again," said business analyst Guy Shone.

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Officials worry that US protests could lead to more coronavirus infections

Some officials have expressed concern that mass protests against systemic racism in the US could lead to more coronavirus infections.

“You turn on the TV and you see these mass gatherings that could potentially be infecting hundreds and hundreds of people after everything that we have done,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in the city at his daily briefing.

“We have to take a minute and ask ourselves: ‘What are we doing here?’”

The Democratic governor said he agreed with demonstrators fighting racism but said New York is only supposed to open starting next week after three months of an order to stay at home.

“New York City opens next week. It took us 93 days to get here. Is this smart?” Cuomo asked.

Read more about the protests against racism and police violence here:


Difficult to predict when coronavirus will peak in Central and South America, WHO emergencies chief says

Central and South America are currently witnessing the most intense transmission of coronavirus though it's difficult to predict when the epidemic will peak, the World Health Organization's emergencies chief said.

Five of the 10 countries reporting the highest number of cases are in the Americas, Dr Michael Ryan said, including the U.S., Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico.

Growth of cases is not exponential but there is a progressive increase in cases.

“We’re particularly concerned about places like Haiti because of the inherent weaknesses in the system,” Ryan said at a press briefing on Monday. “I think we now absolutely need to focus on supporting particularly Central and South America,” he said.

“I don’t believe we’ve reached the peak” in the Americas, Ryan said, noting that fragile health systems in the region.


France records an additional 35 deaths in hospitals in 24 hours

France recorded 35 deaths in hospitals in 24 hours, according to Public Health France.

There are 14,288 people currently in hospital due to COVID-19, and 1,302 in intensive care, the Directorate General for Health said in a statement.

There have been over 150,000 cases of coronavirus in France since the beginning of the epidemic.

Spain records no deaths in 24 hours, a first since early March

Spain reported no deaths in 24 hours from COVID-19 for the first time since March.

The development is “very, very encouraging,” emergency health response chief Fernando Simón said.

The country also recorded just 71 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, AP reported.

“We are in a very good place in the evolution of the pandemic,” Simón said. “The statistics are following a trend. They are going in the right direction.”


Italy records just 178 new cases, the lowest number since February

Italy recorded just 178 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, which is the lowest number since February 26th, the country's Civil Protection Authority said in a statement.

The total number of people who currently have coronavirus in Italy is 41,367, with a decrease of 708 patients compared to yesterday. Among the currently positive, 424 are undergoing intensive care and 6,099 people are hospitalised with symptoms.

Another 60 people died in 24 hours, bringing the total death toll due to coronavirus to 33,475.

Most of the positive cases in Italy continue to be in the northern region of Lombardy.

Minor differences in UK lockdown rules but major principles are same, officials say

UK health minister Matt Hancock said he spoke to his Scottish counterpart frequently about lockdown rules but that legally the powers to implement the lockdown are devolved.

Hancock said he respected "the Scottish government's right" to take "different decisions,".

"The overall responsibility for public health emergencies is a UK-wide one," Hancock added, but there are differences on the ground and a slightly different "shape" of the pandemic in Scotland.

People who have been shielding are now allowed to go outside in England but they are not in Scotland, for instance.

"We give very similar advice," added Prof Newton and they try to have the same "principles".

"We do everything we can to simplify and unify," Prof Newton said.

Additional sources • AP