Coronavirus latest: Macron unveils €8 billion rescue package for car industry

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Emmanuel Macron visits a factory of manufacturer Valeo in Etaples
Emmanuel Macron visits a factory of manufacturer Valeo in Etaples   -  Copyright  AP

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€8 billion in aid for French automobile industry

Emmanuel Macron announces 8 billion injection into France’s car industry.
The sector has been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic.
“A blow to the auto industry is a blow to the French identity,” said the French president, as he announced the aid for the industry at a French car factory.
The focus is on a greener industry going forward, as he announced government rebates for electric and hybrid vehicle purchases.

Minister resigns over top adviser Cummings' lockdown breach


UK government to 'look at' reviewing childcare-related lockdown fines

In an apparent reference to the furore surrounding chief government advisor Dominic Cummings, a member of the public asked at today's press conference whether the UK government would review all fines handed out to families for breaching lockdown when they were seeking childcare.

It comes amid calls for Cummings to resign after he made a 400km trip during lockdown from London to north-east England. 

In a press conference defending his actions yesterday, Cummings said finding someone to look after his son should both he and his wife become incapacitated due to COVID-19 was a major factor in his decision to make the journey. 
A man from Brighton asked health minister Matt Hancock on Tuesday: "Will the government review all penalty fines on families travelling for childcare purposes during the lockdown?"
Hancock said he would "look at it" and respond at a later press conference.

COVID-19 has 'weakened' the case for the EU, finds Euronews poll

Most German, Italian and French people believe the COVID-19 pandemic has weakened the arguments in favour of the European Union and think the bloc has not done nearly enough to support their country during the crisis.

A survey commissioned by Euronews has revealed that Italians are the harshest critic of the EU with 61% of respondents from the country saying the pandemic has weakened the case for the bloc, compared to 40% in Germany and 47% in France.

The poll, carried out by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, involved 1,500 participants from each of the three EU countries.

Seventy per cent of Italian respondents also said the EU has not done enough to help their country during the crisis — higher than the 60% and 57% observed in Germany and France respectively.

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Hancock brushes off questions over Boris Johnson's advisor failing to obey lockdown rules

At the daily briefing Matt Hancock was repeatedly asked questions on the theme of how the government can expect the public to follow instructions and guidelines for stopping the spread of coronavirus, when the rules apparently didn't apply to the Prime Minister's chief advisor Dominic Cummings. 
Cummings has been accused of breaking lockdown rules when he took a 400km trip to a second home while possibly infected with coronavirus during the height of the lockdown.
Matt Hancock repeated the government's defence of the advisor, saying he did not break lockdown guidelines. 

New trial of antiviral drug to treat COVID-19 announced in UK

The health secretary in the UK has announced a new trial of an antiviral drug for the treatment of COVID-19 using NHS patients.
In the daily government briefing on the coronavirus response, Matt Hancock said previous studies on Remdesivir had shown promising initial results, with early data suggesting it can shorten recovery time by four days.
"This is probably the biggest step forward in the treatment of coronavirus" since the crisis began, he claimed.
Watch the entire briefing in the video player above.

Spain to start 10 days of mourning for COVID-19 victims

The 10 days are mourning to honour the victims of the pandemic are to start on Wednesday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.
This will be the longest mourning period ever observed in the country.

Trump lashes out at 'political hacks', defends COVID-19 actions

US President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that he acted "very quickly, and made the right decisions" to curb the spread of the pandemic in across the country.
"If I hadn’t done my job well, & early, we would have lost 1 1/2 to 2 Million People, as opposed to the 100,000 plus that looks like will be the number," he added.

Hungary to end controversial rule by decree on June 20

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga announced that a bill to rescind emergency powers that gave Prime Minister Viktor Orban the ability to rule by decree is to be presented to parliament shortly.

The rule by decree powers were first introduced on March 30 and enabled government to issue prison sentences for the spread of false information, leading to a number of people being investigated by authorities. The government also recently made it illegal to lawfully change gender.
The European Parliament debated the country's controversial coronavirus laws and MEPs called for the Commission to start infringement procedures and to stop payments to Hungary.