Coronavirus latest: Global death toll crosses 300,000 mark

A nurse monitors a machine machine connected to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center Friday, May 8, 2020, in Seattle.
A nurse monitors a machine machine connected to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center Friday, May 8, 2020, in Seattle. Copyright AP/Elaine Thompson
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The British government announced a rescue deal for the London Underground on Thursday, as unemployment kept rising in the US and the WHO warned that the coronavirus may never be fully eradicated.

The latest updates (see live blog below for details):



Trump says critical manufacturing should be brought back to US

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he intends to rebuild the country's stockpile and to bring critical manufacturing back to the US to prepare for future pandemics. 

"My goal is to produce everything America needs for ourselves and then export to the world, including medicines," he told the Fox Business network.

"These stupid supply chains that are all over the world," he said, adding: "One little piece of the world goes back, and the whole thing is messed up."


UK pays tribute to essential workers in weekly Clap for our Carers

The weekly applause to thank essential workers started at 8pm local time.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, joined in from the doorstep of Downing Street. 

International Olympic Committee approved $800m fund for postponed event

The IOC said on Thursday that it expects to have to bear costs of up to $800 million (€741 million) "for its part of the responsibilities for the organisation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020".
Some $650 million will fund the organisation of the postponed Games while an aid package of $150 million will go to the Olympic movement which includes International Federations, National Olympic Committees and IOC-Recognised Organisations, "to enable them to continue their sports, their activities and their support to their athletes."

Global death toll crosses 300,000 mark

There have now been 300,074 deaths from COVID-19 around the world, according to a tally kept by the Johns Hopkins University.
The US accounts for over a quarter of all fatalities worldwide with 84,985 deaths.
It is followed by the UK and Italy which have so far recorded 33,692 and 31,378 deaths respectively.
The number of confirmed infections, meanwhile, has passed 4.4 million. 

Brazil's Bolsonaro says lockdown is 'path to failure' as hundreds wait for intensive care beds in Rio state

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that lockdowns and closing everything to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic "is the path to failure".

"It will break Brazil,” he said, talking to journalists in Brasilia.

Bolsonaro, who has been critical of lockdown since the start of the pandemic, warned of looming “chaos” as he once again lambasted governors and mayors who introduced lockdowns in their states and cities.

Meanwhile, local news reported that 900 people in Rio de Janeiro were waiting for an intensive care bed in one of the state’s overwhelmed units. 

Alagoas joined the growing list of states whose intensive-care units are full in several hospitals.


France reports 351 new deaths in one day

France reported 351 new deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.
The country has recorded a total of 27,425 deaths since the start of the pandemic, the French health authority said.
The number of patients in intensive care units is receding: they were 2,299 on Thursday, 129 less than the previous day.
The high daily toll is due to deaths from care homes, that are not being reported day by day but every few days.

Turkey's death toll tops 4,000

Over 4,000 people have died of coronavirus in Turkey, the country's Health ministry said on Thursday.
Turkey reported 55 new deaths and 1,635 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of confirmed cases has reached 144,749.
The country's daily death toll has remained lower than 100 since 26 April. 
Health minister Fahrettin Koca said on 6 May that the pandemic was "under control" but that "social life would be limited" with a variety of measures to ensure that the pandemic continues to decrease.

UK government 'optimistic' solution to bail out London public transport can be found 

Shapps said that "we are now in a situation where I am optimistic of having a solution with Transport for London and the mayor of London."
Sadiq Khan, London's mayor, had warned earlier in the day that public transport services in the capital may be reduced unless the government stepped in. 
Without government bailout, TfL would be forced to reduce buses and trains, Khan said.
Khan said that Transport for London and the British government have been negotiating for weeks.
TfL said earlier this week that it expects to lose £4 billion in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

UK to roll out 'very reliable' antibody test in coming weeks

Shapps said that a new antibody test currently being approved is a "very exciting" development, adding that it is "very, very reliable".
Professor Van-Tam added that "will be rapidly rolled out in the days and weeks to come - as soon as it is practical to do so".

Italian death toll rises by 262

Italy on Wednesday reported its highest one-day death toll in a week with 262 new fatalities. 
31,368 people have now lost their lives to the virus in the country.
The number of confirmed cases rose by 992 to 223,096.

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