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Lockdown restrictions are relaxed in England from Wednesday as confusion persists
UK economic output shrinks by 5.8% in March as COVID-19 death toll passes 38,000 - ONS
Italy reports 1,402 new cases in large daily rise, mostly in Lombardy
Britain's government unveiled a €680 million package to help care homes control the virus
US Federal Reserve warns of prolonged recession from coronavirus crisis
EU sets out advice to enable travel and try to save Europe's tourist season
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US COVID-19 death toll increases to 82,246
Coronavirus: France records sharp drop in crime during lockdown
The most noticeable decline pertained to non-violent thefts on people with some 4,000 victims identified last week, down from 12,000 during the same week in 2019 and nearly 14,000 in the first week of March.
Thefts involving vehicles have meanwhile more than halved since the beginning of March to reach 4,500 last week. Law enforcement noted, however, that this represented a "significant" rise from the previous week when fewer than 4,000 instances had been recorded.
Russia records more than 10,000 new cases for 11th day in a row
With 242,271 confirmed cases, Russia is now second to the US in terms of infections.
Italian COVID-19 death toll now over 31,000
French coronavirus death toll passes 27,000, with 83 new deaths
Greece to reopen some beaches from Saturday
Greece will allow the reopening of some beaches on Saturday when a heat wave is expected to hit the country.
The Civil Protection Agency has said the measure would affect 515 beaches in Greece, where shade umbrellas must be planted at least 4 meters (13 feet) apart, and a maximum 40 people will be allowed per 1,000 square meters of beach.
It’s part of the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions in the country.
On Wednesday, health officials announced 16 confirmed infections and three more deaths, bringing the total to 2,760 and 155, respectively.
100-year-old Russian woman recovers from coronavirus
A Moscow hospital has discharged a 100-year-old woman after she successfully recovered from the new coronavirus Wednesday.
Pelageya Poyarkova was admitted to a hospital for treatment after being diagnosed with the virus at an early stage.
"Despite a certain number of complications in her cardiovascular system, she turned out to be a tough grandma," said Vsevolod Belousov, a doctor at the hospital where Poyarkova was treated.
"She didn't have to go to intensive care, she was in the ward the whole time and received the standard therapy: anti-inflammatory drugs and anti-coagulants," he added.
Upon here recovery, she was greeted by a crowd of journalists who brought gifts and flowers, and then wheeled out of the hospital by a volunteer to return home.
Russia has recorded 242,271 official cases of the coronavirus, with 48,003 official recoveries.
Coronavirus: UK should have quarantined airport arrivals 'much earlier' in COVID-19 outbreak
Introducing a two-week quarantine on travellers arriving into UK airports should have been done much earlier in the outbreak, an expert has told Euronews.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans for the isolation measure as he addressed the nation on Sunday (May 10) evening and laid out a plan for gradually easing the country’s COVID-19 lockdown.
He said that with the transmission rate of the disease now “significantly lower” it was time to introduce the quarantine.