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Coronavirus latest: UK government says 17% of people in London may have had coronavirus

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People sit on benches near the bandstand in Southwark Park in London, Tuesday, May 19, 2020
People sit on benches near the bandstand in Southwark Park in London, Tuesday, May 19, 2020   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Tony Hicks
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Key updates

  • 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

  • A daily record 106,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday

Follow the latest updates below:

05.21.2020
22:28

First batch of US-manufactured ventilators arrive in Moscow 

The first batch of ventilators sent from the US to Russia have arrived in Moscow. This shipment includes 50 machines, while a further 150 will be sent next week. 

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. 
05.21.2020
21:55

Turkey records lowest daily increase of new cases in months

Turkey said it had recorded 961 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, which marked the lowest daily increase of infections 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. 
05.21.2020
21:40

Boris Johnson clapped in tribute of health and care workers from his doorstep at Downing Street

05.21.2020
21:07

People across the UK are clapping on their doorsteps to pay tribute to NHS and care workers 

05.21.2020
20:45

Latvia to resume kids camps, sports training and amateur art groups from June 1

05.21.2020
20:22

Syrian refugee working in the NHS thanks campaigners for pushing government to U-turn on healthcare surcharge for migrant workers

Hassan Akkad, an Emmy-award winning filmmaker now working for the NHS during the pandemic, tweeted a video shortly after the British government U-turned on a decision about healthcare surcharges for foreign 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.  
05.21.2020
19:56

Researchers say implementing social distancing measures one week earlier in US could have prevented nearly 36,000 deaths

Researchers at Columbia University used computer models to look at the transmission of COVID-19 in the US

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.
05.21.2020
19:36

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. 

05.21.2020
19:23

France records 83 additional deaths, 58 in hospital and 25 in care homes

France recorded 83 additional deaths bringing the country's total to 28,215.

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.
05.21.2020
19:07

Italy records 156 new deaths from coronavirus

There were another 156 people who died of coronavirus in the last 24 hours bringing the total death toll to 32,486. The death toll yesterday was 161 people.

A total of 228,006 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Italy, including 642 more than yesterday.