Coronavirus - latest summary
- WHO: Estimates show up to half of deaths in Europe have occurred in care homes
- EU agrees massive aid package of immediate support for member states
- EU summit: coronavirus rescue plans test Union's solidarity - Analysis
- The UK government has revealed plans to 'test, track and trace' the virus
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EU agrees massive aid package of immediate support for member states
Macron calls for EU to go "further, stronger" towards European sovereignty - AFP
Emmanuel Macron called on EU countries to go "further, stronger" towards European sovereignty as leaders held their summit by videoconference, AFP reports.
The French President said a "consensus" was coming together among leaders to strengthen the autonomy of European strategy.
They have been trying to come up with solutions over the bloc’s response to the coronavirus crisis and how to finance an economic recovery fund.
EU Presidents von der Leyen and Michel: news conference
The Presidents of the European Commission and Council have been giving a news conference on the day EU leaders try to reach consensus on a common strategy for the coronavirus aftermath. You can watch it here:
Yanis Varoufakis: Coronavirus economic fallout could heap more misery onto Greece
Greece has done a good job containing coronavirus but it’s likely to be the hardest hit by the pandemic's economic fallout, the country’s former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, has told Euronews.
Vaccine trials begin in UK and get green light in Germany
Germany has announced that researchers in the country are starting clinical trials to develop a vaccine, after regulators gave the green light.
Meanwhile two separate trials have begun in the UK, in London and Oxford.
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Italy records a further 464 deaths
Hancock refuses to say how lockdown will be relaxed
UK plans to “test, track and trace”
Scotland sets out framework for emerging from lockdown
- “Suppress the virus through compliance with physical distancing and hygiene measures, ensuring that the reproduction number remains below 1 and that our NHS remains within capacity”
- “Care for those who need it, whether infected by the virus or not”
- “Support people, business and organisations affected by the crisis”
- “Recover to a new normal, carefully easing restrictions when safe to do so while maintaining necessary measures and ensuring that transmission remains controlled, supported by developments in medicine and technology”
- “Protect against this and future pandemics, including through effective testing, contact tracing and isolation”
- “Renew our country, building a fairer and more sustainable economy and society”