Coronavirus latest: Second wave 'cannot be excluded', WHO says as Europe eases lockdown

People walk along Portobello Road Market in London, Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
People walk along Portobello Road Market in London, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Copyright AP Photo/Frank Augstein
By Euronews with AP, AFP, DPA
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Here's what people who live in France will be allowed to do from June 2, that they could not do during phase one of lockdown:

  • Go to a cafe, bar or restaurant, although they now will have to keep a distance of one metre from other tables
  • Travel more than 100 kilometres from their residences
  • Go to the theatre for a show, although social distancing measures will have to be in place
  • Take a swim in the pool or go to the gym
  • See a piece of artwork in a museum or visit a national monument, although they must wear a mask
  • Go to the beach or the lake throughout the country
  • Sit in the park or garden in areas such as Paris that were more heavily impacted by the epidemic
  • Attend secondary school or high school, many of which will reopen next week
The lifting of lockdown measures comes as hospitalisations in France continue to decrease with roughly 15,000 people hospitalised and 1,400 people in intensive care units.

France meanwhile recorded 66 additional deaths in 24 hours in hospitals, bringing the total number of deaths since the beginning of the epidemic to more than 28,600.

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Nissan announces closure of Barcelona plant

Angry workers protested and burned tyres after Nissan announced it would close its factory in Barcelona.

Spain's government urged the Japanese carmaker to reconsider, saying its decision would cost 3,000 jobs. Workers' unions, meanwhile, have warned the move would cost 20,000 more jobs in Nissan's supply chain in Spain.

Nissan made the announcement after posting a €5.6 billion loss for the financial year ending in March.

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WHO's European regional director said a second wave cannot be excluded as more countries relax lockdown restrictions

"A second wave is not inevitable but it cannot be excluded," Dr Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization (WHO)'s regional director for Europe told Euronews.

He said that it's normal for countries to begin coming out of lockdown gradually as long as the move is guided by data.

"It has to be what I call a partnership between the people and the policy makers. The most important [part] is we know what works: respiratory hygiene, physical distancing and hand washing," he added.

"The lockdown has changed nothing. We do not have a vaccine, not a treatment. In that sense, routine surveillance remains very important," Dr Kluge said.

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Brazil has become an epicentre of COVID-19 outbreak with more than 410,000 cases

Brazil has the second most cases of coronavirus in the world after the United States with 410,000 cases and more than 25,000 deaths.

The governor of Sao Paulo, which is the most impacted state, told Euronews that the city had it under control and people were provided with masks.

"We are against the position of the president of Brazil," said Joao Doria, adding that President Jair Bolsonaro gave the wrong example by going into the street without a mask and recommending chloroquine.

"In Sao Paolo state, we follow the World Health Organization," Doria said.

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Ireland 14-day quarantine comes into effect

Visitors arriving in Ireland will have to quarantine for 14 days and could be subject to criminal charges if they refuse.
Ireland is moving out of lockdown much slower than other countries, with pubs not set to reopen until August.

Some have criticised the quarantine measures as too strict.

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English Premier League will resume on June 17 after 100-day absence

The Premier League season will resume on 17 June, after a three-month lay-off during the coronavirus pandemic.

Top-flight football matches in the UK have been suspended since March 13, with 92 fixtures of the 2019-20 season still be played.

The Premier League has confirmed that games will now be played behind closed doors, with no fans in attendance.

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Italy records 70 deaths due to coronavirus

Italy recorded 70 additional deaths in 24 hours due to coronavirus bringing the total death toll since the beginning of the epidemic to 33,142, the country's civil protection authority announced on Thursday.

There are some 7,379 people in hospital with coronavirus, down 350 from yesterday. Just 489 people are in intensive care, a decrease of 16 patients in 24 hours.

The total number of people who have contracted the virus is 231,732, with an increase compared to yesterday of 593 new cases.

Italy has gradually begun reopening since early May after being the first European country to have a significant outbreak of the coronavirus.


Another 2.1 million Americans apply for unemployment benefits

An estimated 2.1 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, AP reported.

This brings the total number of Americans who applied for unemployment since the coronavirus shutdowns to about 41 million, the US government said.

It comes as the US death toll passed 100,000 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 14.7% in April, and many economists expect it will be near 20% in May.


Johnson prevents health experts from responding to questions on Cummings

"I have said quite a lot on this already," said Prime Minister Boris Johnson referring to his top aide's travel during lockdown.

He said it was "unnecessary" for health advisers to respond to political questions.

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