Summary of latest updates:
- Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings defends his conduct over lockdown furore and refuses to resign or apologise
German economy sinks into 'technical recession' after shrinking by over 2% in first quarter
Greece resumes ferry services to islands in bid to boost tourism; Czech bars resume full service
White House announces a ban on travel to the US from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus
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'Significant milestone' as Ireland sees first day without COVID-19 death
France records 90 more deaths in hospitals
50 more deaths in Spain
Outdoor markets and car showrooms to open from 1 June in UK
Germany approves €9bn euro aid package for Lufthansa
The German government has approved a 9 billion euro aid package for stricken airline Lufthansa to keep a major employer going through the coronavirus pandemic.
Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said the aid package is a “sustainable and reasonable” solution to keep the company going. “We have also ensured that over 100,000 people need not live in fear of imminent loss of their jobs," he said at a briefing in Berlin.
He added that the government was in talks with the European Commission over its approval for the deal but declined to say what was at issue.
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told employees on April 24 that the company was losing cash at the rate of a million euros per hour and that passenger numbers had fallen to 1 percent of previous levels.
Immunity to coronaviruses may only last just six months, says new study
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam found that there was an "alarmingly short duration of protective immunity to coronaviruses". Read more:
UN trial for virus therapies pauses testing on Trump's drug
The World Health Organization says it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the malaria drug President Trump says he is taking — from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts need to review all available evidence to date.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in light of a paper published in the Lancet that showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems, there would be “a temporary pause” on the hydroxychloroquine arm of its global clinical trial.
Dr Michael Ryan, WHO's emergencies chief, said there was no indication of any safety problems with hydroxychloroquine in the WHO trial to date, but that statisticians would now analyse the information.
Last week, Trump announced he was taking hydroxychloroquine although he has not tested positive for COVID-19. His own administration has warned the drug can have deadly side effects, and both the European Medicines Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration warned health professionals last month that the drug should not be used to treat COVID-19 outside of hospital or research settings due to numerous serious side effects that in some cases can be fatal.
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Russia remains in lockdown as COVID-19 cases top 350,000
Russia President Vladamir Putin has delegated the responsibility of easing lockdown measures to regional governors.
The number infections is of one of the highest in the world, and Moscow is at the centre of the country's outbreak.
Our Moscow correspondent Galina Polonskaya reports:
Cummings 'eyesight' claim ridiculed on social media
The explanation by Boris Johnson's adviser for his 30-mile trip to Barnard Castle on April 12 (Easter Sunday) has... raised eyebrows on social media and elsewhere.
Dominic Cummings said he wanted to test his recovery, especially his eyesight which had suffered while he had COVID-19, before making the longer drive back to London.
"If I’m worried about my vision, driving a car containing my family for 30 miles is a bold choice of eye test," said one comment on Twitter.
"Oh come on now, who hasn’t gone for a drive to check their eyesight?" asked Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Alyn Smith, with not a little hint of irony.