Coronavirus crisis - as it happened on April 7-8, 2020
- World Health Organisation chief warns against politicising coronavirus pandemic.
- UK, US cybersecurity bodies warn about increase in COVID-19-related phishing scams.
- Spain records another rise in deaths and cases after days of falling numbers
- EU science chief quits, slamming pandemic response
- Boris Johnson spends a second night in intensive care but is "responding to treatment"
- Spread of COVID-19 under control in Czech Republic, health ministry says
- More than one billion workers worldwide are at risk of a pay cut or losing their jobs.
EU vows to raise €15 billion
Domestic abuse spikes amid lockdown
'Too early' to lift social distancing measures as 'continuous spread' of coronavirus can be expected in Europe
“In the current situation, continuous spread of the virus can be expected," Ammon said.
He also stressed the importance of a coordinated strategy between EU member states when it will be time to lift the current measures, saying: "Solidarity and coordination between Member States will remain essential when considering the lifting of any measures."
Italy records 542 new deaths as its number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care continues to drop
There are 95,262 confirmed cases of coronavirus patients in Italy, with an increase of 1,195 in the last 24 hours.
For the fifth consecutive day, the number of patients in intensive care units has been falling. it is now of 3,693 patients in the wards, 99 fewer than Tuesday.
The EU is struggling to find an agreement on the Eurozone rescue plan to counter the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Madrid's coronavirus death toll in nursing homes could be five times higher than previously thought, authorities say
France to extend its lockdown beyond 15 April
France records 541 deaths overnight in hospitals, more than 7,000 people in intensive care units
Jérôme Salomon, the country's director general of health, said hospitalisations were at an "unprecedented level" with intensive care units filling "at a level absolutely unmatched in French medical history".
A total of 10,869 people have died since the beginning of the epidemic in France and there are more than 82,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
"Staying at home is to act against the virus," Salomon added, asking people to respect the movement restrictions put in place by the French government.
"You are our most efficient weapons against the spread of this virus."
Airbus reduces production rate by a third
"Our customers, the airlines, are heavily affected by the Covid-19. We are adapting our production to this new situation and are working on operational and financial measures to face this reality", said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury in a statement, according to AFP.