Summary of key developments
- Boris Johnson is to unveil the UK's lockdown exit roadmap on Sunday
- Paris and three northeastern regions will have stricter rules than the rest of France on May 11 when the first restrictions are lifted, ministers have announced
- Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine seeing an increase in cases, says WHO
French court orders Renault to close factory
The court sided with a union and order the carmaker to suspend activities at its plant in Sandouville, ruling that security measures to protect workers for COVID-19 are insufficient.
The factory in which more than 1,8000 people work, partially reopened last week and will remain shut "for the time it takes to effectively implement measures" to protect staff, the court in Le Havre said.
The European Commission approved a French aid measure last week consisting of a €5 billion loan guarantee to Renault to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
Boris Johnson joins weekly "Clap for our Carers"
The British Prime Minister, who was hospitalised for a week in April after contracting COVID-19 joined in the national applause at 8pm local time on Thursday from the doorstep of 10 Downing Street.
The applause takes place every week at the same time to thank healthcare workers, emergency services, armed services as well as all other essential workers including delivery drivers, shop workers, waste collectors, teachers, postal workers, cleaners who keep the country working.
One of Donald Trump's valets test positive
A member of the military serving as one fo the valets for the US President has tested positive to COVID-19, the White House said on Thursday.
It added that the Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both since tested negative and "remain in good health".
International tourism could fall 80% in 2020: World Tourism Organisation
According to the UN agency (UNWTO), the global health crisis could lead to an annual decline in international tourist numbers of between 60% and 80% when compared with 2019 figures.
"This places millions of livelihoods at risk and threatens to roll back progress made in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals," the agency warned on Thursday.
International tourism down 22% in the first quarter which translates into US$80 billion in lost exports, UNWTO said.
France reports 178 new deaths of coronavirus in one day
France reported on Thursday that 178 people have died of coronavirus in 24 hours, according to data from the country's Health authority.
The number of patients in intensive car in France has decreased to 186.
In total, 25,987 people have died of coronavirus in France.
Millions at risk of tuberculosis amid COVID-19 lockdowns, warns study
As the world focuses on the coronavirus pandemic more cases of tuberculosis are going undetected and untreated, according to new research.
Up to 6.3 million additional people could contract TB by 2025, and 1.4 million more people could die as cases go undiagnosed and untreated due to lockdown restrictions.
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Norway to reopen schools from 11 May, bars from 1 June
Norwegian schools will reopen from 11 May and bars from 1 June, the Norwegian authorities announced on Thursday.
Cultural and sport gatherings of up to 200 people will be allowed from 15 June and the country's football league could start on 16 June, with clubs starting training again from Thursday, the government said.
"Our goal is, by 15 June, to reopen most places that have closed," Erna Solberg, Norway's prime minister, said. "But there is an important condition: we will only lift the measures if we can keep the pandemic under control."
Norway introduced a soft lockdown mid-March to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
On 20 April, nurseries reopened, followed by schools for ages 6 to 10 on 27 April.
"This is not the end," the Health minister Bent Høie warned. "At best, it's the beginning of the end."
Norway has reported 7,995 cases of coronavirus and 209 deaths.
WHO Europe 'deeply troubled' by rising interpersonal violence
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that European member states "are reporting up to a 60% increase in emergency calls by women subjected to violence by their intimate partners in April this year, compared to last."
It also said that online enquiries to violence prevention support hotlines have increased up to five times.
It said it was "deeply troubled" by such reports and blamed confinement measures.
"The past month of restrictive measures and lockdowns have understandably bred stress and anxiety. Social networks are disrupted, and insecurity and financial strains with jobs in jeopardy. For many, uncertainty, separation, and fear are part of daily life," it added.
It called on ensure services to address violence are available and resourced and to expand hotlines and online services.
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UK trying to avoid second peak in winter
Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer for England, said during the UK government briefing that the aim for British authorities is to prevent a second peak of COVID-19 from taking place in the winter.
"We definitely don't want a second peak and we don't want it in the winter because people will be suffering from other winter infections," she said.