Coronavirus latest: US confirmed cases exceed 1 million

A technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island.
A technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island. Copyright AP Photo/John Minchillo
By Lauren ChadwickRachael Kennedy and Alice Tidey
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Irish PM, a medical doctor, lends helping hand to frontline workers

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was on Monday pictured in scrubs and a face mask as he helped frontline staff carry out a testing campaign.
Varadkar, a qualified doctor, rejoined the medical register last month and has been helping healthcare workers one day a week since early April. 

Belgium to recruit 2,000 people to track down new cases


Italian death toll rises by 382

The number of people known to have died from COVID-19 in Italy reached 27,359 on Tuesday, health authorities have announced. 
The number of confirmed cases is now above 200,000. 

US infections now above 1 million

The number of confirmed cases recorded in the US reached 1,002,498 on Tuesday, according to a tally kept by the John Hopkins University.
The US is the most heavily-impacted country in the world with more than 57,600 fatalities.

France's death toll now at 23,660

Health authorities have announced that a further 367 fatalities had been recorded over the previous day.
As of Tuesday, 14,810 deaths have been observed in hospitals and 8,850 in care homes. 

Pope Francis tells faithful to obey lockdowns

Pope Francis waded into the church-state debate about virus-imposed lockdowns of religious services, calling Tuesday for “prudence and obedience” to government protocols to prevent infections from surging again.

Francis’ appeal came just two days after Italian bishops bitterly complained that the Italian government offered no provisions for Masses to resume in its plan to reopen Italian business, social and sporting life starting May 4.


British Airways announces plan to cut 12,000 jobs

International Airlines Group (IAG), which owns several carriers including British Airways, announced it has notified trade unions of a proposed restructuring plan.
"The proposals remain subject to consultation but it is likely that they will affect most of British Airways’ employees and may result in the redundancy of up to 12,000 of them," IAG said. 
It added that it expects passenger numbers to take years to return to pre-COVID-19 levels.

'Weak evidence' that face masks reduce transmission

Asked about face masks and whether they should be made mandatory when in public, Hancock said that the government is "guided by the science".
The UK government's position "hasn't changed not least because the most important thing people can do is social distancing," he said.
Professor Angela McLean, the chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defense, added that there is "weak evidence of a small effect" that wearing masks will reduce the risk of transmission. 
We're experiencing technical difficulties regarding the live video of the UK government's daily briefing. The live video will resume as soon as possible. 

UK testing capacity currently at 73,400 a day

Hancock reiterated that the government is on track to reach its goal of 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month and that the daily testing capacity now stands at above 73,000 a day.
He added that testing will be rolled out for asymptomatic residents and staff in care homes as well as asymptomatic patients and staff in the NHS.

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