Coronavirus: Complacency 'one of the greatest dangers we face' warns WHO

Medical workers tend to a patient at the Intensive Care Unit of the Tor Vergata Covid-4 hospital on April 21, 2020 in Rome
Medical workers tend to a patient at the Intensive Care Unit of the Tor Vergata Covid-4 hospital on April 21, 2020 in Rome Copyright ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP
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Unrest in Paris suburbs as police accused of heavy-handedness

For a fourth consecutive night on Tuesday, residents clashed with police while cars and rubbish bins were set on fire. People livng under lockdown were protesting over what they call heavy-handed tactics on the part of the police.
They say authorities have taken advantage of their special mandate to enforce restrictions and police have harassed, humiliated and even abused them.

The sale of fireworks has been temporarily banned after demonstrators launched some at police.

Manufacturers join the fight against COVID-19

Governments are having to find innovative ways to supply the equipment health workers need in the battle against coronavirus. In France, some companies that manufacture materials for cars, the air industry or clothes, are joining in the effort and have turned their machines to creating face masks that meet medical standards.
Watch Guillaume Petit's report below.

Greek island migrant camps 'not prepared for COVID-19'

Human Rights Watch is calling on Greek authorities to do more to protect people most at risk of contracting the new coronavirus in the country’s overcrowded migrant camps.
"While the Greek government is working to stop the spread of the virus, the images of the squalid conditions in camps on the islands make clear that it’s not complying with minimum preventive and protective measures against COVID-19 there," Belkis Wille, senior crisis and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement on Wednesday. 

The warning comes after Greek authorities announced on Tuesday (April 21) that 150 people tested positive at a locked-down migrant hotel in the country’s south.


UK deaths much higher than reported total

The UK government has officially registered more than 18,000 deaths related to coronavirus - but these are deaths in hospital, and do not factor in deaths in carehomes, or the community. 
The government has come in for widespread criticism for its response to the crisis, particularly on getting protective equipment to health workers, and its testing numbers.

Spain looks to ease restrictions from mid-May

Spain’s prime minister has indicated the country, hit hard by COVID-19, will gradually ease its lockdown restrictions from mid-May. 
A strict lockdown was imposed on March 14, just before coronavirus cases began to overwhelm the country’s health system. Pedro Sanchez, in a sparsely attended parliamentary session, said “the containment will only be lifted when we are prepared for it because we are not going to run any risk”. But he suggested it could be the second half of May. 
Spain recorded 435 new deaths on Wednesday, a slight rise for the second day in a row, bringing total deaths to 21,717. Spain has suffered the most deaths in the world after the US and Italy.
There have been signs of improvement in Spain, which saw its peak of deaths on 2 April, with hospitals no longer saturated and the closure of a morgue in the ice rink of a Madrid shopping centre, where more than a thousand corpses had been stored. 

Earth Day turns 50 - and goes digital amid lockdown

On April 22, 1970, 20 million people across the United States took to the streets as university and school students joined to demand greater protection for the environment.

It marked the first Earth Day, an event that five decades on is observed by over one billion people across 190 countries.

This year, due to the COVID-19 lockdown measures, the event is going digital with a 72-hour long livestream and online messages from Pope Francis, Al Gore, Andrea Bocelli, and others.

Read our full story here:

Earth Day at 50: 'No country is getting it right,' activists say

euronewsEnvironmentalists will come together today to demand greater action to protect the planet.


Italy death toll tops 25,000 - but more people are getting better

Wednesday's figures from Italy showed 437 new deaths over 24 hours, bringing the total to 25,085.

However, the number of patients declined for the third consecutive day. The figure fell by 10 to a total of 107,699. There are 2,384 in intensive care -- 87 fewer than the previous day -- this total is the lowest since March 18.

Italy's government is planning to activate "phase 2", easing drastic lockdown restrictions in place since March 9, and which are due to run until May 3.

Earlier figures from Spain also saw numbers stabilising, with 435 more deaths in 24 hours.


More than 21,000 deaths in France

Latest coronavirus figures from French health authorities show there have been 21,340 deaths overall. The number rose by 544 over the past 24 hours.

Health chief Jérôme Salomon said the number of people admitted to hospital and intensive care continued to decline slowly, but "the epidemic massive and severe".


Pandemic 'still in early stages' in parts of the world

More from the latest briefing from the World Health Organization. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the virus "remains extremely dangerous" and many of the world's population were still susceptible to the disease.

He especially cautioned countries in Africa, Central and South America and Eastern Europe, many of which "are still in the early stages of their epidemics" and reporting "worrying upward trends."

While acknowledging "stay-at-home orders and other physical distancing measures have successfully suppressed transmission" in some nations, Tedros cautioned the risk of resurgence remains high, even in nations that have successfully flattened their infection rates. (AP)

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