Summary of key developments
- EU forecasts 'recession of historic proportions' for 2020
- UK's death toll in hospital passes 30,000 - the highest toll in Europe
Germany's Bundesliga football league to resume from mid-May, Merkel says
- UK and US allege attempt to hack COVID-19 response operations
- Italian hairdressers angry as they remain under lockdown
- Will a coronavirus vaccine be accessible to all or for the privileged few?
'At least 90,000 healthcare workers infected by COVID-19', says nursing group
At least 90,000 healthcare workers have been infected by COVID-19 and more than 260 nurses have lost their lives to the pandemic, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) said on Wednesday, warning that numbers could be much higher.
The figures released by the ICN are based on data from just 30 countries. It shows that, on average, 6% of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 are among healthcare workers.
"If that proportion were repeated globally, the 3.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world would yield a figure for the number of infected healthcare workers of 210,000," the ICN said in a statement.
Germany's Bundesliga to resume on May 14
"Today's decision is good news for the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga," Christian Seifert, the managing director of the Bundesliga, said in a statement.
Seifert highlighted "the great responsibility for the clubs and their employees to implement the medical and organisational requirements in a disciplined manner".
Travellers charged €190 at Vienna airport to avoid 14-day COVID-19 quarantine
Austria says anyone arriving at its airports or land borders without proof they are coronavirus-free must go into isolation.
If travellers don't have proof, they can pay €190 for a test at Vienna airport.
But German MEP, Michael Bloss, told Euronews the charge is discriminatory and risks exacerbating existing inequalities
Mark Rutte unveils Dutch lockdown exit plan
- a maximum of 30 persons (incl. staff) and 1.5 meters away,
- booking will be mandatory.
"Sports competitions can take place without an audience. This also applies to professional football," the statement adds.