Coronavirus latest: Donald Trump says places of worship should reopen as he calls them 'essential'Comments
UK records 351 additional deaths due to coronavirus, bringing total to 36,393
International travellers to UK required to quarantine for two weeks
Russia records highest daily spike in deaths in single day
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Trump deems places of worship 'essential'
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, he said: "Today I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services."
Health agencies have generally advised people to avoid large gatherings amid the pandemic, but Trump stressed the importance of places of worship in the community and compared them with other places that hadn't been shut down.
He added: "Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential” but not churches, he said [...] It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential."
More than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Africa
Hospitalisations continue to go down in France
There have been a total of 144,566 cases of coronavirus in France and 28,289, with an increase of 75 deaths in 24 hours.
France 'regrets' UK decision on quarantine for international arrivals
France's interior minister said the country "regrets" the UK decision that international arrivals will have to enter a 14-day quarantine, AFP reports.
A joint statement between the UK and France had said on May 10 that "no quarantine measures would apply to travellers coming from France at this stage" adding that "any measures on either side would be taken in a concerted and reciprocal manner."
The UK later backtracked on this supposed exemption.
A further 130 people die in 24 hours in Italy
The country also recorded another 652 positive cases of the virus.
The number of people hospitalised continues to decrease in Italy with just 595 still in intensive care units.
There are 8,957 people in hospital with symptoms, a decrease of 312 patients compared to yesterday, Italian officials said.
There have been a total of 228,658 cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the outbreak.
International arrivals to the UK after June 8 will need to quarantine, home secretary says
People arriving to the UK from other countries after June 8 will need to self-isolate for 14 days, the country's home secretary has announced.
People breaking quarantine will have to pay a fixed fine of £1,000 (€1,118), or face a block from entering the country for overseas nationals.
Border force officials will be carrying out "spot-checks" at the UK border, and further checks from mid-June to ensure people are self-isolating for the full two weeks.
"We are taking [the measure] at a time it will be most effective," Home Secretary Priti Patel said as she announced the new restrictions on Friday.
Africa could benefit from a younger population in coronavirus fight, WHO says
Dr Mike Ryan from the WHO emergencies programme said the concern is that there are many vulnerable groups in Africa including refugees.
WHO's Dr Maria Van Kerkhove warned however that deaths due to coronavirus are typically not reported for several weeks after cases emerge.
A further 351 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, bringing the country's total number of deaths to 36,393
South America has become a new epicentre for coronavirus, says WHO
The WHO noted that although Brazil has approved hydroxychloroquine, the current clinical evidence does not support the widespread use of the anti-malaria drug.