Italy records 156 new deaths from coronavirus; France records 83 deaths
UK says around 17% of people in London may have coronavirus antibodies, due to preliminary results of a study
UK government U-turns on decision to increase healthcare surcharge for foreign healthcare workers
Global cases of COVID-19 pass five million
Beijing threatens "retaliation" in case of US coronavirus sanctions
Austria latest European nation to relaunch travel
Greece fears 70% drop in tourists this year
EasyJet resumes some flights from June 15
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First batch of US-manufactured ventilators arrive in Moscow
It comes as part of a $5.6m (€5.1m) humanitarian donation to Russia, which is the second worst-hit country in the world by the virus.
Turkey records lowest daily increase of new cases in months
A further 27 people died from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 4,249 deaths. A total of 153,548 in Turkey have tested positive.
Syrian refugee working in the NHS thanks campaigners for pushing government to U-turn on healthcare surcharge for migrant workers
The government announced earlier in the week that it would be increasing an NHS surcharge imposed on foreign workers from October.
But campaigners criticised this move - particularly as it would affect many of the people risking their lives during the coronavirus crisis - and led the government to pledge to find away to scrap the charge altogether for NHS and care workers.
Researchers say implementing social distancing measures one week earlier in US could have prevented nearly 36,000 deaths
If control measures had been adopted on March 8 instead of March 15, researchers found, some 703,975 cases and 35,927 deaths could have been avoided.
This was due to a retrospective analysis of the virus' spread.
They also warned that public health measures need to be implemented quickly to prevent second outbreaks.
“Efforts raising public awareness of the ongoing high transmissibility and explosive growth potential of COVID-19 are still needed at this critical time,” said lead researcher Jeffrey Shaman, a professor of environmental health sciences at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.
The paper was published on a pre-print server and is under peer-review for publication.
Nearly 39 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits
Nearly 39 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic, the government reported Thursday.
More than 2.4 million people filed for jobless aid last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the outbreak.
This brought the total number of Americans filing for unemployment to 38.6 million.
This comes as many states plan to reopen amid the pandemic.
France records 83 additional deaths, 58 in hospital and 25 in care homes
The country had adjusted the numbers in care homes down the previous two days.
More than 144,000 have tested positive for the virus in France. The country began relaxing strict lockdown measures on May 11.
Italy records 156 new deaths from coronavirus
A total of 228,006 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Italy, including 642 more than yesterday.