What happened today
- Holidaymakers could be able to travel abroad this summer after the Government announced plans to create “air bridges” with other nations
The first coronavirus vaccine tested on humans appears safe and generated antibodies which stopped the virus replicating, according to early trial results
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More than one in three private sector workers are having their wages paid by the Government amid the coronavirus crisis, the Chancellor has revealed
Nigeria extends coronavirus lockdown on region of Kano
538prom精品视频在线播放Nigeria’s government has extended its lockdown on the northern region of Kano after it became a hotspot for new infections.
The head of the country’s coronavirus taskforce, Boss Mustapha, said the lockdown on the economic hub – which includes Nigeria’s second biggest city – would be prolonged for two weeks.
538prom精品视频在线播放The authorities will also start to impose “precision” lockdowns in any other areas that report a “rapidly increasing number of cases, when the need arises”, he said.
The outbreak in Kano has become a major cause of concern after medics and residents last month began reporting a spike in deaths, AFP reports. Regional officials at first put the “unexplained” fatalities down to other ailments, but government investigators later said coronavirus was suspected in most cases.
Neighbouring states to Kano have also begun reporting suspicious surges in death tolls that authorities are scrambling to investigate.
Is the Government pushing nurseries to open too soon?
Are nurseries ready to reopen or is the Government pushing too much, too soon? We speak to two early years educators - one says social distancing isn’t possible; the other believes her nursery style holds the answers.
538prom精品视频在线播放“We have about 90 children on the books and I employ 18 staff members. We can’t keep children apart. We can’t clean every single Lego brick they may or may not touch between each child using it” says Nicola New, owner of Rascals Childcare in Essex. “We also have babies. How can we not touch them? Hold them? My staff want reassurances from me that they’ll be safe. I’m not qualified to say: Yes, 100 per cent you’ll be safe.”
But Poinsy Pino, acting head of the Maria Montessori Institute School, argues that Montessori education can support social distancing.
“Montessori classrooms offer an uncluttered and enticing environment specifically designed for children at each stage of their development,” she says. “We are lucky that our Children’s Houses (3-6-year-olds) and Elementary classes (6-12-years) enjoy large, spacious rooms with fewer pupils per room, but the careful use of the space is also key.”
You can read the full debate here.
BREAKING: Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine
Donald Trump has revealed he is taking hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug which he has controversially touted as a potential treatment for coronavirus, Ben Riley-Smith writes.
The US president said he takes a pill every day and has been doing so for the last 10 days. He also said he is taking zinc, which has also been floated as a possibly remedy to the virus.
"I’ve taken it for about a week-and-a-half and I’m still here," Mr Trump said of hydroxychloroquine, downplaying warnings that it could cause negative side-effects.
Read more: Trump reveals he is taking anti-malaria drug
Trump accuses WHO of being a Chinese 'puppet'
538prom精品视频在线播放Donald Trump has attacked the World Health Organisation as a Chinese "puppet"and confirmed he is considering slashing or cancelling US support.
538prom精品视频在线播放"They're a puppet of China, they're China-centric to put it nicer," he said at the White House.
538prom精品视频在线播放Trump said the United States pays around $450 million annually to the World Health Organization, the largest contribution of any country.
538prom精品视频在线播放Plans are being crafted to slash this because "we're not treated right."
Greece urges UK to exempt it from quarantine
The Greek minister of tourism has urged the UK Government to exempt the country from its quarantine measures, the BBC is reporting.
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has already warned France would impose a reciprocal quarantine if the measures applied from travellers returning from there.
Criminals using Zoom to display child abuse images, says NCA
More than 120 cases of Zoom video calls being hijacked by people displaying images of child abuse are currently being investigated in the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.
538prom精品视频在线播放Incidents of strangers disrupting video calls with offensive language and imagery, a practice known as "Zoombombing", have increased during the coronavirus lockdown.
The video conferencing app has grown in popularity since the introduction of social distancing measures, as millions turned to it to work or study from home.
In a statement to the PA news agency, a National Crime Agency spokesman said: "The NCA is leading and co-ordinating the UK's response to Zoom video conferences being interrupted by indecent images of children, with police forces conducting their own investigations into more than 120 cases."
538prom精品视频在线播放Cases have been widely reported because of a security flaw in the platform which allowed anyone to access a meeting if they obtained its ID number or a link to it.
538prom精品视频在线播放Phil Perry, Zoom head of UK and Ireland, said it was working with the National Crime Agency to take action against such incidents.
538prom精品视频在线播放"These incidents are truly devastating and appalling, and our user policies explicitly prohibit any obscene, indecent, illegal or violent activity or content on the platform," he said.
Marks & Spencer under fire for £11.50-a-bottle hand sanitiser
Marks & Spencer has been accused of exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic by selling bottles of hand sanitiser for twice as much as equivalents elsewhere, with 500ml being advertised in stores as costing £11.50.
M&S said the sanitisers were initially priced at £15 by mistake, but the new £11.50 cost is still considerably more expensive than similar products sold elsewhere.
Another brand’s bottle of the same amount of hand sanitiser is advertised for sale at Boots for just £4.15 with a different 250ml one priced at £2, while Superdrug offers 300ml of hand gel for £3.49, the Guardian reports.
M&S’s pricing has prompted indignation from customers, while Labour’s shadow business and consumer minister, Lucy Powell, warned it was unacceptable for businesses to exploit the pandemic to “line their pockets”.
The Competition and Markets Authority received 21,000 complaints between 10 March and 19 April related to the pandemic, including grievances about price rises. The average price hike in reports was 130% but in the case of hand sanitisers it reached 367 per cent.
Tony Blair backs return to schools
Boris Johnson's administration is right to start reopening schools, former Labour prime minister Tony Blair has said.
The Government's plans to start sending children back to school next month has come under attack from teaching unions and some local authorities, with critics arguing it is too soon to lift the coronavirus-related lockdown restrictions.
Prime Minister Mr Johnson, in his address to the nation on May 10, said Reception, Y1 and Y6 pupils would be the first to go back, starting on June 1 "at the earliest".
538prom精品视频在线播放His ambition, Mr Johnson said, was that secondary pupils scheduled to take exams next year would "get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays".
538prom精品视频在线播放In an interview with BBC Newsnight, due to be broadcast on Monday evening, the PM of 10 years said the Government was adhering to scientific advice by preparing schools to open their doors again.
538prom精品视频在线播放"They're right, I think, to be reopening the schools," said Mr Blair.
"I don't think they would say that they're putting school opening above health risks. What they're doing is basing it on the evidence, actually.
538prom精品视频在线播放"There are countries that have reopened parts, at least, of their school system."
China has 'lied, lied and lied again' says former Tory minister
538prom精品视频在线播放China has "lied, lied and lied again" about the Covid-19 pandemic, a Tory former Home Office minister has said.
538prom精品视频在线播放Lord Blencathra also rounded on the World Health Organisation and its director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who he argued had "acted like the propaganda mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, clearing China of all blame".
538prom精品视频在线播放Speaking during a virtual House of Lords debate, the Conservative peer branded the global response as "feeble and kowtowing to China".
538prom精品视频在线播放International calls for an independent investigation into the outbreak had failed to mention China, where it had originated, he said.
Lord Blencathra told peers: "That is like having an inquiry into the Second World War and not mentioning Nazi Germany had a little something to do with it.
538prom精品视频在线播放"We know the outbreak originated in China, was covered up by China, that China destroyed the initial samples and that the regime has disappeared any doctors who spoke out.
"China has lied, lied and lied again about Covid-19. When this is over there has to be fundamental shift in working relationships with China."
How department stores will change after lockdown
Government guidelines on how non-essential stores should operate post-lockdown are yet to be issued, but already retailers are planning how to navigate the challenges of welcoming shoppers in a post-pandemic world.
This is a little easier for small boutiques, which can offer by-appointment shopping sessions or a one-in, one-out policy, but department stores, which typically rely on heavy foot traffic, will have to come up with more innovative solutions if they are to survive.
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'No plans' to exempt care workers from the NHS surcharge, says Raab
538prom精品视频在线播放The Government has "no current plans" to exempt foreign care workers from the NHS surcharge, the Foreign Secretary has said.
538prom精品视频在线播放Under immigration rules, workers coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area are required to pay the fee in order to be able to use the health service.
During the daily Downing Street briefing on Monday, Dominic Raab was asked if migrant carers working during the coronavirus pandemic would be made exempt from the charge or even see it scrapped.
538prom精品视频在线播放Mr Raab responded: "There's no current plans to make the change that you describe."
He added: "I know the Home Secretary is very keen to make sure we've got a sensitive immigration system for those exceptional frontline workers, whether it is in care homes or in the NHS.
"We recognise that there are a lot of people who come from abroad that do those jobs and make a huge and valuable and valued contribution to this country."
538prom精品视频在线播放The NHS surcharge costs £300 per year for student visas and £400 per year for all other visa and immigration applications, according to the Government's website.
Comment: Lockdown might be easing, but we can’t relax our grip on domestic abuse
There is more than one devastating pandemic facing us at the moment and more than one grim death toll to report, writes John Sutherland, former Metropolitan Police Superintendent.
538prom精品视频在线播放On average in this country, two women a week are murdered by their current or former partner, and one in four women will experience domestic abuse at some point in her lifetime. And those are just the recorded figures.
538prom精品视频在线播放All of this was before coronavirus struck, and in recent weeks the reality has become even more horrifying. Since the start of lockdown, the domestic abuse murder rate has almost trebled.
538prom精品视频在线播放At some unspecified point in the future, when we have begun to rediscover some semblance of normality, the relentless range of demands on policing will expand again. And it won’t be possible for everything to be a priority. Every crime matters to every victim – understandably so – but not all crimes are equal. Some will always have to matter more. And domestic abuse will always have to matter most of all.
You can read the full piece here.
- Dominic Raab has stressed that the Government is making "good progress" on its track and trace programme, but Prof Van-Tam was happy to admit it must be "bigger and faster."
- Thousands of coronavirus cases have probably being missed because the UK did not update its list of potential symptoms to include loss of smell and taste quick enough, Professor Tim Spector told the BBC today. The symptoms were , placing the UK weeks behind some European neighbours.
- Testing is to be expanded beyond key workers and those in a care setting so that , the health secretary has said.
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- A second Nightingale Hospital – the Birmingham NEC – has been put on "standby" as coronavirus cases fall - while another is still being built.
- could begin to be lifted from 28 May, the first minister has announced.
- Meanwhile in Northern Ireland ministers gave the go-ahead for outdoor gatherings of four to six people from outside the same household and the reopening of places of worship for solitary prayer.
- The World Health Organization director general has said that the world can no longer afford the "short-term amnesia" that has characterised its approach to pandemic planning. Dr Tedros spoke at the World Health Assembly, which took place today, while he and many world leaders called on global unity in the coronavirus fight.
- Several nurses in Russia’s Chechnya have been brought in for public shaming after they complained about shortages of personal protective equipment at their hospital.
- Levels of pollution have was eased, indicating that Beijing may opt for a “dirty” recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
- The mayor of São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, has warned that hospitals have reached 90 per cent capacity and are “near collapse."
Uber to cut around 3,000 jobs as coronavirus restrictions sap demand
538prom精品视频在线播放Uber has announced it will cut around 3,000 jobs, in addition to the 3,700 it announced earlier this month, as coronavirus restrictions have caused a slump in demand for the ride-hailing services.
538prom精品视频在线播放The company’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, explained the cuts in an email to employees on Monday. The business has suffered a near-total collapse as large parts of the United States and the rest of the world shut to combat the spread of the virus.
538prom精品视频在线播放Nearly two-thirds of Uber’s revenue is generated in the United States and Canada, where stay-at-home orders were issued in the middle of March. The company said trip requests had plummeted 80 per cent globally in April, but are slowly recovering.
Headteacher won’t reopen primary school on June 1
The headteacher of Woodbridge Primary School in Suffolk has told parents that he will not be opening the school to foundation, year one and year six pupils on June 1.
The school is currently open to the children of key workers, and head Mark Krisson said that would continue in his letter to parents.
The decision comes as the row between the Government and teachers’ unions over reopening primary schools on June 1 continues.
Yesterday, Michael Gove insisted England’s schools were safe to reopen but acknowledged “you can never eliminate risk”.
But Mr Krisson said he would only start a return to school once he had more information about four questions he set out in his letter including whether the school has "enough available staff" and if "children play a role in transmission to adults".
538prom精品视频在线播放He went on to say he was "not completely ruling out a return to school before the end of this term".
Prisoners left without showers for two weeks, says report
Prisoners with coronavirus symptoms were locked in cells for up to two weeks without being allowed out to shower, according to a report.
538prom精品视频在线播放The findings emerged following inspections of conditions in three jails - Wandsworth in south London, Altcourse in Liverpool, and Elmley on the Isle of Sheppey.
In a report published on Monday, chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke said: "The vast majority were locked up for nearly the whole day with usually no more than half an hour out of their cells.
"We found some examples of even greater restrictions.
538prom精品视频在线播放"In one prison, a small number of symptomatic prisoners had been isolated in their cells without any opportunity to come out for a shower or exercise for up to 14 days."
Coronavirus vaccine in first human trial shows signs of creating immunity
A coronavirus vaccine being developed by US biotech company Moderna appears to be safe and able to stimulate an immune response against the virus, it was announced today.
The findings are based on results from the first eight people who each received two doses of the vaccine, starting in March.
The healthy volunteers made antibodies that were then tested in human cells in the lab, and were able to stop the virus from replicating - the key requirement for an effective vaccine. The levels of those so-called neutralising antibodies matched the levels found in patients who had recovered after contracting the virus in the community.
538prom精品视频在线播放The company has said that it is proceeding on an accelerated timetable, with the second phase involving 600 people to begin soon, and a third phase to begin in July involving thousands of healthy people. The FDA approved the second phase of the trial earlier this month.
If those trials go well, a vaccine could become available for widespread use by the end of this year or early 2021, Dr. Tal Zaks, Moderna’s chief medical officer, said.
Read the full story by Ben Riley-Smith here.
Contact tracers target exceeded as ministers announce 21,000-person team
538prom精品视频在线播放Ministers have hired 3,000 more contact tracers than planned, the Health Secretary has confirmed.
Matt Hancock has told MPs that 21,000 tracers are now in place to manually track people who have been in contact with anyone freshly diagnosed with, or showing symptoms of, coronavirus.
One third of the staff hired are doctors.
On Friday, Labour branded it a "shambles" that only 1,500 tracers, out of a target of 18,000, had been hired.
But Mr Hancock, speaking in the Commons, confirmed that the initial target had now been exceeded and before the looming deadline at the end of this week.
The manual tracing operation will complement the NHS Covid-19 symptoms app, which the Government has confirmed will be given a national rollout in the "coming weeks" - later than initially promised.
What did we learn from today's coronavirus briefing?
Today's coronavirus briefing didn't contain a huge amount of new information, but there were some key lines in Dominic Raab and Jonathan Van-Tam's answers to the public and journalists' questions.
- Track and trace must be "bigger and faster". Dominic Raab stressed that the Government was making "good progress" on its track and trace programme, but Prof Van-Tam was happy to admit it must be "bigger and faster", and the scientific advice to ministers was to hurry it up.
- "Double bubble" still under review. We had no update on possible plans to allow two households to merge, allowing grandparents to see their grandchildren - a move named "double bubble" by the tabloids. No update either on the prospect of camping.
- Ministers aren't too worried about children. While the transmission rate between children is about the same as between adults, there have been few serious cases of the virus in children and primary schools are therefore not especially high risk, said Prof Van-Tam.
- Taste and smell loss was a symptom all along. The deputy CMO said that while the Government knew that the loss of taste and smell was a symptom of the virus, it usually comes with other more common symptoms so "some very careful analysis behind the scenes" was needed to decide whether to tell people about it.
Quarantine for travellers to the UK is not new, says deputy CMO
538prom精品视频在线播放Asked why the Government has not imposed a travel quarantine on travellers to the UK before, Jonathan Van-Tam says it did - when restrictions were placed on travellers from Wuhan, the Hubei province, Lombardy and South Korea.
538prom精品视频在线播放When the UK reaches a very low number of cases, it makes more sense to consider what the effect of foreign travel is, he says.
No word yet on 'double bubble' or camping
Tom Newton-Dunn asks Jonathan Van-Tam how far the Government's Sage committee has got in investigating the prospect of "double bubble" - the joining of two households under lockdown.
538prom精品视频在线播放"My mum lives on her own. She hasn't seen her grandchildren for many months so I appreciate how difficult and stressful it is," he says.
538prom精品视频在线播放He says it "would not be right and proper" for him to comment on the review while it is taking place.
Asked about the prospect of camping, he "stands ready to give advice to the Government on all those complex issues as and when it asks for them".
'We must be bigger and faster' on track and trace, says JVT
Jonathan Van-Tam says the app is only one part of track and trace, and the rest of the strategy is a "tried and tested" Public Health England plan.
538prom精品视频在线播放A third of the 21,000 people hired as contact tracers are doctors, he says.
The app will inform action the Government takes.
"We need to do it bigger and faster, and as fast as we can," he says.
Has the track and trace app been delayed?
538prom精品视频在线播放Gary Gibbon from Channel 4 asks when the NHS's track and trace app will be released.
538prom精品视频在线播放Previously the Government said it would be launched in mid-May, he said, but is now trailed as being "in the weeks ahead".
Dominic Raab says the Government is making "good progress" and does not address the suggestion it has been delayed.
538prom精品视频在线播放"We've always said that the steps that we might take would be at the earliest on June 1," he said.
"We haven't committed ourselves to anything at this point."
How risky is sending children back to school?
538prom精品视频在线播放Rigby asks Jonathan Van-Tam whether the Government is expecting any level of transmission of the virus in primary schools.
538prom精品视频在线播放Jonathan Van-Tam says he is aware of what could be a version of the disease, "Kawasaki Syndrome" in children, but they experience very mild symptoms compared to adults.
538prom精品视频在线播放Secondly, children generally have a rate of infection about the same as adults, he says.
Unlike influenza, children do not seem to be the "high output transmitters" of the virus.
538prom精品视频在线播放"All of the measures that are being considered are always run against the test case of 'can we keep control of the R0'," he adds.
Anything that could push the R rate above one would not be recommended by Government scientists, he says.
Track and trace programme making 'good progress', says Dominic Raab
538prom精品视频在线播放Beth Rigby from Sky asks Dominic Raab whether it is common sense to wait for the Government's track and trace programme to be running before sending people back to work.
538prom精品视频在线播放Dominic Raab says the Government is making "good progress" on its track and trace programme, and has recruited 21,000 contact tracers, while 60,000 people have downloaded the NHS track and trace app in its Isle of Wight pilot.
Why has the UK only just added a loss of taste and smell to the list of symptoms?
Fergus Walsh from the BBC asks the Government why it has only just added a loss of taste and smell to the official list of coronavirus symptoms, when France added it to the list in March.
Jonathan Van-Tam said the Government had to consider whether adding the symptom would change anyone's behaviour.
538prom精品视频在线播放A loss of taste and smell rarely occurs without other symptoms, and usually comes amid much more prominent symptoms like fever and cough.
The Government has done "some very careful analysis behind the scenes" to determine which symptoms to add to the official list.
Is the Government planning for a second peak?
Another member of the public asks Dominic Raab whether the Government is planning for a second peak of the virus.
538prom精品视频在线播放Mr Raan says the Government is doing everything it can to avoid the NHS becoming overwhelmed.
Jonathan Van-Tam says we could be living with the virus "for several years".
The Government is preparing for the worst case scenario, he says, and there is no guarantee there will ever be a vaccine that will get the UK "out of this".
He adds that there "may well be an element of seasonality" to coronavirus that would create a "healthcare surge" in the autumn and winter this year.
Dominic Raab: The roadmap to recovery is conditional
Now for questions from the public.
Danny from Bury asks when the Government will publish its roadmap to rescue the economy from coronavirus.
Mr Raab says the Government has already published a 50-page document that shows when measures will be taken.
538prom精品视频在线播放"But it is a conditional plan," he says. It could change depending on the status of the virus in the UK.
Searches for walking and cycling directions are up, says deputy CMO
538prom精品视频在线播放Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy Chief Medical Officer, says the number of searches on Apple devices for walking and cycling are up, while directions for public transport are flat.
538prom精品视频在线播放This is in line with guidance on avoiding public transport as much as possible, he says.
Most people should stay at home, says Dominic Raab
Mr Raab says for the vast majority of people, the guidelines still mean that they should stay at home for as long as possible.
People who exercise outdoors or see one friend should keep two metres from each other, wash hands regularly and wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, he says.
Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate, he said.
Dominic Raab outlines steps ahead
Mr Raab says the Government has established a new Covid alert system, based on the rate of infection and the total number of cases in the UK overall.
Since the lockdown began, we have been at level four of five, he says. The UK is still in the process of moving between level four and level three.
Mr Raab says by "gradually easing certain measures we can allow people to return to something resembling a normal way of life".
But easing too fast risks permanent damage to the economy and overwhelming the NHS, he says.
This graph shows the number of people in hospital with Covid-19.
Dominic Raab updates on UK figures
538prom精品视频在线播放Dominic Raab kicks off today's press conference with the latest data on the pandemic.
There are 2,684 new cases in the UK reported in the last 24 hours, he says.
9408 people are in hospital with the virus, down 13 per cent on last week.
Mr Raab reports 34,796 people who have tested positive have died, an increase of 160 on yesterday.
Experts sceptical about Oxford vaccine
538prom精品视频在线播放Experts have cast doubt on the efficacy of the Oxford University vaccine, which has been tipped as a “front runner” in the race to develop a coronavirus jab.
538prom精品视频在线播放Alok Sharma, the Business Secretary, said yesterday the UK could vaccinate as many as 30 million people by the autumn if trials of the vaccine were successful.
538prom精品视频在线播放“Whilst the vaccine induced neutralising antibodies and vaccinated animals experienced less severe clinical symptoms than unvaccinated animals (good), the neutralising antibody titres were low and insufficient to prevent infection and – importantly – insufficient to prevent viral shedding in nasal secretions (worrying),” said Professor Eleanor Riley, professor of immunology and infectious diseases at the University of Edinburgh.
If similar results were obtained in humans, she warned, the vaccine would likely only provide partial protection against the disease, and would be unlikely to reduce transmission in the wider community.
These concerns were echoed by Professor Jonathan Ball, professor of Molecular Virology at the University of Nottingham, who said that while the fact that the virus prevented pneumonia in all of the vaccinated animals was encouraging, the amount of virus genome detected in the noses of vaccinated and unvaccinated monkeys is concerning.
He said: “If a similar thing occurs in humans, then vaccinated people can still be infected, shed large amounts of virus which could potentially spread to others in the community. If the most vulnerable people aren’t protected by the vaccine to the same degree, then this will put them at risk.”
Comment: Let’s not romanticise Sweden’s ill-prepared and adrift coronavirus response
Sweden stands out in many ways, writes Mark Brolin:
It has one of the lowest population densities in the world, a low level of multigenerational mixing, it borders only other countries with low population densities and it includes no international hub such as coronavirus hotspots Brussels, New York and London.
It follows, then, that when comparing absolute numbers Sweden can only be meaningfully compared to its Nordic neighbours. The outcome is then bleak.
With now 3698 dead, the death toll is well over 3 times higher than the combined death toll of Denmark (548), Norway (233) and Finland (300). When comparing deaths per million, Sweden last week surpassed even Europe’s most densely populated country, the Netherlands.
Just imagine if the UK would have adopted the Swedish strategy of allowing, for example, restaurants, pubs, hairdressers, beauty-salons and retailers to remain open - even during the crucial early weeks, when health carers were trying to catch up with the exploding demands for protective gear, ventilators, hospital beds and safer overall routines and habits.
You can read the full comment piece, as Sweden records its highest one-month death toll in 27 years, here.
Nurses in Chechnya shamed for complaining about PPE
Several nurses in Russia’s Chechnya have been brought in for public shaming after they complained about shortages of personal protective equipment at their hospital, Nataliya Vasilyeva, Moscow Correspondent, reports.
538prom精品视频在线播放Health care workers rallied outside the hospital in the city of Gudermes last week, saying that they were afraid to come in for work because of dire shortages of face masks and other PPE.
538prom精品视频在线播放Several days later, some of the nurses were dragged over the coals by senior officials of Chechnya where public shaming on state TV is one of the most common tools to keep people in check.
538prom精品视频在线播放One of the nurses publicly apologised for her remarks saying in the footage released by state television on Saturday that she “didn’t know” that there in fact was enough PPE at the hospital.
538prom精品视频在线播放Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov weighed in on Sunday, telling the local coronavirus task force that the nurses whom he described as “provocateurs” should be fired. He insisted that the region that saw two separatist wars in the 1990s has plenty of PPE and could even ship it to other Russian regions.
Chechnya has reported 966 Covid-19 cases and just ten deaths.
Scientists discover SARS antibody effective against coronavirus
538prom精品视频在线播放An antibody from a patient who recovered from SARS has been shown to block Covid-19 infection in a laboratory setting, researchers said today in another potential breakthrough in the search for an effective coronavirus treatment.
538prom精品视频在线播放Scientists based in Switzerland and the United States previously isolated the antibodies from the patient in 2003, following the SARS outbreak that killed 774 people.
Anyone over the age of five will be eligible for coronavirus test
538prom精品视频在线播放Anyone over the age of five with symptoms of coronavirus will be eligible to be tested from today, the health secretary has said.
538prom精品视频在线播放Until now tests have been restricted to key workers, including those working in hospitals, care homes and supermarkets.
538prom精品视频在线播放Today Matt Hancock said that the service would be expanded, so that anyone with one of three key symptoms could book a test.
He told the Commons:
538prom精品视频在线播放“Today I can announce to the house that everyone five and over with symptoms, is now eligible for a test that applies right across the UK in all four nations from now.
538prom精品视频在线播放“Anyone with a new continuous cough, a high temperature or the loss or change of sense of taste or smell can book a test.”
It follows changes in the official advice, adding loss of taste and smell to the symptoms which are used to identify cases of suspected Covid-19.
538prom精品视频在线播放He also said the health service has now recruited over 21,000 contact tracers in England, as part of efforts to test, track and trace the spread of the virus. This will include 7,500 healthcare professionals, he said.
Our Health Editor Laura Donnelly reports.
Fears of dirty recovery as China air pollution shoots up
Levels of pollution have risen to above normal levels in China since the country’s lockdown was eased, indicating that Beijing may opt for a “dirty” recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Air pollution in the country dropped dramatically during February’s lockdown as industry and transport ground to a halt. The country’s carbon emissions were estimated to have dropped 25 per cent during the most stringent lockdown period.
However, if newly released data is anything to go by, it looks as if China's pollution levels have already begun to climb.
Our Environment editor Emma Gatten has more here.
Stormont ministers agree another series of lockdown relaxations
At an executive meeting on Monday, ministers gave the go-ahead for outdoor gatherings of four to six people from outside the same household and the reopening of places of worship for solitary prayer.
Drive-in religious services are also to be allowed. It is understood non-contact sports like golf and tennis will also be able to return to action.
538prom精品视频在线播放The Department of Health will need to formally amend the current regulations before the activities can restart, but it is anticipated they could all resume on Tuesday.
538prom精品视频在线播放It is understood the only step in phase one of Stormont's exit plan that ministers have not yet signed off on is indoor visits to immediate family members.
Today - in pictures
538prom精品视频在线播放Ugandan academic Stella Nyanzi is dragged away by police officers after joining protests in Kampala criticising the Government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak
White circles are drawn on the lawn to indicate safe social distance during the coronavirus pandemic at Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Kenyan nurses who take care of coronavirus patients at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital in Nairobi take part in a stress-relieving Zumba dance-fitness class
Story time: celebrity edition
Stuck at home with the kids? Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cate Blanchett may be able to help.
538prom精品视频在线播放Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi has lined up some of his Hollywood friends by videolink from their living rooms for a coronavirus lockdown charity reading of Roald Dahl's classic "James and the Giant Peach".
538prom精品视频在线播放Waititi, director of "Jojo Rabbit" and "Thor: Ragnarok", reads the British author's 1961 children's novel while his friends chime in, voicing characters and having fun.
538prom精品视频在线播放Cynthia Erivo, Beanie Feldstein, Josh Gad, Mindy Kaling, Gordon Ramsay, Eddie Redmayne, Olivia Wilde, Ruth Wilson and Archie Yates are among the cast.
The novel will be read in 10 instalments, with the first two available from Monday on the Roald Dahl YouTube channel. Funds raised will go to Partners In Health, a charity for maternal health in Sierra Leone.
Authorities must take urgent action amid outbreak in Qatar prison, says Human Rights Watch
Prison authorities should take urgent measures to better protect prisoners and prison staff amid an apparent Covid-19 outbreak in the Doha central prison, Human Rights Watch said today.
The organisation has warned that overcrowding and unsanitary conditions threaten further spread of the virus, and is urging Qatar’s authorities to reduce prison populations by releasing vulnerable and non-violent prisoners.
Human Rights Watch interviewed six foreign detainees in recent days, who said that guards informally told them in recent weeks about the suspected outbreak, though Qatari authorities have not publicly confirmed it.
The authorities reportedly sealed and isolated the block where the suspected outbreak occurred, but not before transferring some detainees from that block to other “already-overcrowded and unsanitary sections of the prison”.
538prom精品视频在线播放“People are sleeping on the floor, in the [prison] mosque, in the library; and everyone is scared of each other, we don’t know who could infect us,” one prisoner said. “At a time when we should be isolated from each other, we are being kept like animals in a shed.”
Sweden records highest one month death toll in 27 years
More Swedes died in April than in any one month since 1993, figures from the Statistics Office showed on Monday.
538prom精品视频在线播放Sweden, which has stopped short of the strict lockdown measures enforced by many countries, has suffered a higher death rate during the coronavirus pandemic than its Scandinavian neighbours.
In Sweden, the pandemic has caused around 3,700 deaths since the first reported fatality in March, but has not been as deadly as some seasonal flu over the last three decades, when the toll in December 1993 and January 2000 was higher, the Statistics Office said.
The toll for all deaths in December 1993 was 11,057 compared to 10,458 in April this year.
Sweden has been much lauded for it's response to the virus, but Mark Brolin makes the case for not romantising the country's ill-prepared and adrift coronavirus response here.
São Paulo's mayor warns health system in Brazil's biggest city is 'near collapse'
The mayor of São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, has warned that hospitals have reached 90 per cent capacity and are “near collapse” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Bruno Covas told the BBC that the city's hospitals could run out of space in just two weeks as the nation faces one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks.
He accused those breaking lockdown rules, including those who attended pro-Bolsonaro rallies over the weekend, of “playing Russian roulette” with people’s lives.
Verity Bowman has more on this story here.
Disabled people in the UK threatened with the sack unless they go back to work
Disabled people and their carers are being put at risk of catching Covid-19 by returning to the workplace after being missed off the Government’s vulnerable list, the Guardian reports.
Employers are understood to be denying some disabled people and carers paid leave to remain at home if they cannot provide a letter from the Government showing proof of vulnerability, despite being at high-risk from coronavirus or caring for someone who is.
The Government’s register for extremely vulnerable people, which excludes a number of high-risk disabilities, is reportedly being used by some employers as a condition for allowing employees to take paid leave.
Disabled people and carers who were not on the list told the Guardian they had been required to go into work by their employer or face dismissal when they could not show proof of vulnerability, with one worker forced to self-isolate between shifts in order to protect their disabled child.
They included key workers such as a teacher and a supermarket assistant, and employees with primary multiple sclerosis and a worker whose son has type one diabetes and low immunity.
NHS England confirms further 122 deaths
A further 122 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus have died, NHS England has confirmed.
That brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 24,739.
Patients were aged between 47 and 100 years old, seven of whom had no known underlying health condition.
Revealed: the top bosses in secret Forces unit that built Nightingale hospitals
How were the NHS Nightingale hospitals built so quickly and with so little fuss?
538prom精品视频在线播放When the decision was taken to expand hugely the capacity of the health service to cope with the worst-case scenario of the Covid-19 pandemic, who stepped forward and picked up the phone? And who did they call?
538prom精品视频在线播放Welcome to the Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps; probably the greatest military unit you’ve never heard of.
Our Defence and Security Correspondent Dominic Nicholls has the details here.
Experts respond to updated symptom list
538prom精品视频在线播放Experts have responded to the announcement that anosmia, which refers to the loss of smell, has been added to the official Covid-19 symptom list in the UK, albeit much later than our European counterparts.
Professor Jane Parker, director of the Flavour Centre at the University of Reading, said:
538prom精品视频在线播放“It’s a very sensible move, as those that have experienced a sudden loss of smell have until now been advised to continue to work, and have probably been unwittingly spreading the virus.
538prom精品视频在线播放"Now they qualify for testing and should self-isolate, to prevent further spread of the disease.
"In many cases sudden loss of smell is an early warning signal and other symptoms of Covid-19 follow within days.”
French retail workers describe 'dread' of returning to work
A week after France eased lockdown restrictions, many French shop assistants are frustrated at having to deal with irascible customers who refuse to wear masks, use hand gel or maintain social distancing, David Chazan reports from Paris.
538prom精品视频在线播放“I dread going to work each morning,” said Patricia, 29, who works in a Paris gift shop. “Customers call us names. They tell us we’re stupid, incompetent and shouldn’t be giving them orders when we ask them to wear face-masks inside the shop or use hand gel.”
Many supermarkets have stationed burly security guards at their entrances, who ensure that customers use hand gel as they come in. “They don’t get as much abuse as we do because customers are scared to insult them,” Patricia told The Telegraph.
Estelle, 26, who works in a well-known international clothing store, said: “Some customers started screaming at me when I asked them to wear face-masks. Others laugh and joke that they don’t want to get caught disobeying the shop assistant.”
Estelle said she feels “like a punchball for customers” and broke down in tears after her first day back at work. “For two months I just wanted lockdown to end, but now I’m not so sure.”
Parisians have a reputation for rudeness, but French newspapers report similar complaints from shop assistants across the country.
World can no longer afford 'short-term amnesia' in pandemic planning, says WHO
The world can no longer afford the "short-term amnesia" that has characterised its approach to pandemic planning, World Health Organization director general Dr Tedros Adhonam Ghebreyesus has said.
Speaking at the World Health Assembly - the decision making body of the WHO - Dr Tedros said the world must never be the same after the pandemic.
"Whatever lessons there are to learn from this pandemic, the greatest failing would be to not learn from them, and to leave the world in the same vulnerable state it was before.
"If there is anything positive to come from this pandemic, it must be a safer and more resilient world," he said.
He said that he would launch an independent inquiry into the WHO's response to the pandemic "at the earliest appropriate moment", supporting a resolution by more than 120 countries including the UK and the European Union calling for such a measure. But he said countries must also examine their own responses and "learn from the experience".
Filipinos ‘are worst hit health workers’
538prom精品视频在线播放The Philippines’ ambassador to Britain has called for key workers to be “properly protected”, after it was claimed that Filipinos had the highest death rate among NHS and care services staff, the Times reports.
Approximately 13 per cent of the estimated 173 frontline healthcare workers who have lost their lives to the coronavirus were of Filipino origin.
Antonio Lagdameo, who has been ambassador to the UK since 2017, said: “I urge the NHS to ensure that those heroes who put their lives on the line for all of us are properly protected and equipped as they do their job.”
Francis Fernando, a nurse and officer for the Filipino Nurses Association UK, said he believed the community had suffered more deaths in Britain’s health and care sector than any other ethnic group.
“There must be something in our culture that prevents us from speaking out or we feel that we just have to follow the manager’s requests, that we cannot say no,” Mr Fernando said.
Official figures indicate that about 18,500 Filipinos worked in the NHS in England as of March 2019, about 1.5 per cent of an estimated 1.2 million workforce.
Coronavirus positive: Your daily good news roundup
As always, Thom Gibbs and Harriet Barber have your daily compendium of positive coronavirus news stories from across the world.
Here are some highlights:
- As of today, shops, hairdressers and restaurants are allowed to re-open in Italy after a 10-week lockdown. Unlimited travel is now permitted within individual regions, and pals can meet in restaurants, so long as table are two metres apart
- In New Zealand, hundreds of thousands of excited children returned to school on Monday after two months at home. Instead of taking their children directly to the classroom, parents said goodbye at “kiss and go” zones to reduce contact with other families and teachers
- A clinical psychologist is using social media app TikTok to help people tackle mental health issues during lockdown. Dr Julie Smith has made a range of videos breaking down ways to prevent anxiety and reduce worry
- Military spouses have been sewing scrubs for army doctors who have faced shortages similar to healthcare workers. A team of 250 cutters, sewers, washers and drivers are pulling together to produce scrubs, hats, visors, and scrub bags
You can read the full roundup here.
Second Nightingale Hospital placed on 'standby'
538prom精品视频在线播放A second Nightingale Hospital has been put on "standby" as coronavirus cases fall - while another is still being built.
Birmingham NEC has joined the London Excel as being "placed on standby", the PM's spokesman confirmed today.
Only one of the seven purpose built hospitals - Manchester - is currently treating patients, while Harrogate and Bristol are "ready to accept" people, he said.
Sunderland opened last week and is not expecting to receive patients any time soon, while Exeter is still being built.
538prom精品视频在线播放The PM's spokesman said he did not have "an overall bill for them yet but I am sure NHS England and the Department for Health will make that public in due course".
He added: "Nightingales provide extra surge capacity should it be required, we think they perform a valuable role and as I have said in the past, the fact that they have not had to be used in significant way is testament to the sacrifice of the British public and the hard work of the NHS in keeping infection rates down."
Never fear, Carole Baskin is here...
538prom精品视频在线播放The Tampa Bay Times reports that Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin, prominently featured in Netflix's "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," has started selling face masks with her oft-quoted catchphrase.
The dual-layered tie masks feature the words "Hey all you cool cats and kittens" above a whiskered feline smile.
Five things to read this lunchtime
Good afternoon. Here’s some news, analysis and comment from across our website to keep you informed this lunchtime.
- Doubts over Oxford vaccine as it fails to stop coronavirus in animal trials. As the Government claimed that 30 million doses of a vaccine could be available by September, experts have warned the vaccine may only be ‘partially effective’ after the results of a trial on monkeys
- UK joins more than 120 nations urging China to allow independent inquiry into Covid-19 origins. A draft resolution at the World Health Assembly, tabled by Australia and the EU, calls for an “impartial evaluation” of how the outbreak happened
- ‘Hong Kong’s airport had testing and electronic tags - Edinburgh’s didn’t even have hand gel’. Our travel writer, Lee Cobaj, details the contrast between the stringent measures in Hong Kong’s airport and the non-existent hand gel and temperature check stations in Edinburgh
- What your cleaner really thinks about you. As the debate around “cleanergate” rages on, how do cleaners really feel about returning to our houses? Two women share their thoughts…
- Play bubbles and segregated desks: First images emerge of new life for British primary schools. As the debate over reopening primary schools rages on, Holywell Village First School in Northumberland has revealed its social distancing measures for when pupils return
Doubts over Oxford vaccine as it fails to stop coronavirus in animal trials
The Oxford University vaccine, tipped as a “front runner” in the race to develop a coronavirus jab, does not stop the virus in monkeys and may only be partially effective, experts have warned.
A trial of the vaccine in rhesus macaque monkeys did not stop the animals from catching the virus and has raised questions about the vaccine’s likely human efficacy and ongoing development.
538prom精品视频在线播放The vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, is now undergoing human trials in Britain. The Government has brokered a deal between Oxford University and AstraZeneca, the drug company, to produce up to 30 million doses if it proves successful having ploughed £47m into the research.
Sarah Newey and Paul Nuki from our Global Health team have more on this development here.
Four in 10 care homes hit by Covid-19
538prom精品视频在线播放Coronavirus outbreaks have been reported in almost four in 10 care homes in England, Downing Street has said.
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said data collected by Public Health England working with the Care Quality Commission showed that 5,889 care homes had reported a suspected outbreak of symptomatic or confirmed coronavirus as of May 17.
That amounted to 38 per cent of all care homes in England, the spokesman said.
Universities may rush to reopen campuses when it is ‘dangerous’, MPs told
Universities could rush to reopen campuses when it is still unsafe to do so amid increased competition to attract students, MPs have been told.
Jo Grady, general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), warned that leaving the decision to institutions could be "dangerous" as financial pressures could encourage them to reopen prematurely.
The Office for Students (OfS), the higher education regulator, has urged universities not to make any promises to students that everything will be back to normal in the autumn term if this is not the case.
Addressing a virtual Education Select Committee, Nicola Dandridge, chief executive at the OfS, said students should be told what kind of experience they will receive in advance of accepting offers.
Speaking during the same hearing, Dr Grady called for firmer Government guidance on universities fully reopening campuses to students next term to prevent some universities from rushing to reopen.
Scotland aims to ease lockdown on 28 May
538prom精品视频在线播放Coronavirus lockdown measures in Scotland could begin to be lifted from 28 May, the first minister has announced.
Nicola Sturgeon said the easing of restrictions would mean people would be able to meet up with others outside their household and be allowed to do more outdoor activities.
Macron and Merkel to present joint EU recovery plan
538prom精品视频在线播放The French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will present a joint plan to spur EU recovery from the coronavirus crisis, following weeks of debate over how to deploy billions of euros needed to combat recession.
The bloc has pledged to muster €500bn in emergency funding, and the European commission is hoping to propose a budget that could be used to unleash stimulus worth one trillion euros.
Macron and Merkel aim to define “a French-German initiative to respond to the Covid-19 crisis at the European level, in the areas of health, the economic recovery, the environmental and digital transition, and industrial sovereignty”, the French presidency said.
538prom精品视频在线播放They will meet via video conference, beginning at 3.30pm (2.30pm BST), followed by a joint declaration and press conference at around 5pm, AFP reports.
‘High chance’ of coronavirus vaccine being developed, expert says
538prom精品视频在线播放Professor Robin Shattock, head of mucosal infection and immunity at Imperial College London, has said that there is a “very high chance” that we will see a number of vaccines that work, but not to expect any to become widely available until next year.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think we have a very high chance of seeing a number of vaccines that work because we know a lot about this target and I think there's good scientific rationale to say it's not such a hard target as others.
538prom精品视频在线播放"My gut feeling is that we will start to see a number of candidates coming through with good evidence early towards next year - possibly something this year - but they won't be readily available for wide scale use into the beginning of next year as the kind of most optimistic estimation."
538prom精品视频在线播放It comes as a University of Oxford team is currently testing a vaccine candidate on humans, while another group from Imperial College London are expected to start human trials next month.
If Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine candidate proves successful, then up to 30 million doses for the UK could be available by September, the Government has said.
Coronavirus pandemic will be overcome quicker if world works together, says Merkel
538prom精品视频在线播放German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the coronavirus pandemic would be overcome more quickly if the world works together to tackle it, adding that it was necessary to look at whether the World Health Organization's processes could be improved.
"The World Health Organization is the legitimate, global institution where all the threads come together. Because that is the case we have to keep looking at how we can further improve its functioning," Merkel said in a video message at a WHO meeting, adding that this included ensuring it has sustainable financing.
Stressing that no country could tackle the coronavirus alone, she also said: "I am convinced we will overcome the pandemic. The more we work together internationally, the quicker we will achieve this."
China supports inquiry 'after pandemic brought under control'
China supports an "comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic after it "has been brought under control", President Xi Jinping told the World Health Assembly.
Xi said that China has "always had an open, transparent and responsible attitude", and had shared information on the virus in a timely manner.
Governments including the US and Australia have also called in recent weeks for an investigation into the origins of the virus, which has become a flashpoint in deteriorating tensions between Washington and Beijing.
538prom精品视频在线播放Both US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have accused China of a lack of transparency over the issue, and repeatedly pushed the theory that the virus emerged from a Wuhan maximum-security laboratory.
Most scientists believe the virus originated in animals before it was passed on to humans.
China has strenuously denied accusations of a cover up, insisting it has always shared information with the WHO and other countries in a timely manner.
Two more die in Scotland
538prom精品视频在线播放A total of 2,105 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by two from Sunday, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
538prom精品视频在线播放Speaking at the latest Scottish Government coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, the First Minister said there are 1,427 patients in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, an increase of 119 from Sunday.
Of these, 63 were in intensive care, a rise of four.
538prom精品视频在线播放She issued a note of caution over the death figures, saying although deaths can be registered at the weekend, registrations tend to be lower.
Broadcasters unite on guidelines to help TV productions return to work
Major TV broadcasters have joined forces to introduce broad guidelines which aim to help the TV industry work through the coronavirus pandemic.
ITV, the BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITN are among those to have jointly published the document.
The guidance is intended to "enable a return to production for the television industry", according to a statement, and includes considerations about making sure that filming locations have a large enough capacity to allow for social distancing and limiting the amount of travel that is needed.
538prom精品视频在线播放BBC director-general Tony Hall said: "Everyone across the TV industry wants to get production back up and running. Recent weeks have shown just how important shows are to the public.
"But we can only move forward with the right safety measures in place. This guidance is an attempt to get that right."
Half a million sign up to online suicide prevention course under lockdown
An online training course designed to prevent suicide in the UK has reached a major milestone, after a surge in popularity during lockdown which saw more than 500,000 people sign up during the last three weeks.
538prom精品视频在线播放The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) - which works with charities, NHS trusts and other partners to empower people to identify suicidal behaviour and support those suffering with mental health problems - said it was "fantastic" to pass the one million mark at the weekend, three-and-a-half years after launching.
The online resource had been completed 515,000 times between November 2017 and March 2020, the start of lockdown measures in the UK. That number had more than doubled in the last three weeks, with 545,000 completions between April 27 and May 17.
Joe Rafferty, ZSA chairman, said: "We probably won't know the true impact of the last few weeks and months on society until it's all over, but we do know the stress and worry of the coronavirus is bound to have impacted people's mental health.
"Suicide is a serious public health issue and every single death by suicide devastates families, friends and communities.”
South Korea suggests giving more power to WHO
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has suggested giving the World Health Organization (WHO) more power to combat emerging diseases that threaten global health.
538prom精品视频在线播放Moon, in remarks to the WHO's annual ministerial assembly being held online, said: "We must update the WHO International Health Regulations and other relevant norms and augment them with binding legal force".
538prom精品视频在线播放Under the 2005 rules, WHO's 194 member states are supposed to inform the Geneva-based agency quickly of any outbreaks. But WHO currently has limited leverage and lacks the power to enter countries to investigate without their permission.
538prom精品视频在线播放"Infection-related data should be shared among countries in a more transparent manner and an early warning system and a cooperation mechanism must be jointly established," Moon said.
Increase in demand for food bank support up by more than 148 per cent
The average increase in demand for food bank support has been over 148 per cent, with some cities like Bristol seeing a 216 per cent rise in households needing their help, according to Trussell Trust and Investec.
538prom精品视频在线播放The findings also reveal that 67 per cent of those depending on food banks in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets cite Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions as the cause of their visit, with 20 per cent of those being over 70. A further 15 per cent had lost their job and were waiting for Universal Credit, while 10 per cent are facing eviction.
Bournemouth has also been particularly hard-hit, seeing a 108 per cent rise, of which around a quarter are children.
In response to this, Investec has announced that it will be extending its partnership with food banks and aiming to supply around 20,000 food items on a weekly basis to 15 food banks across the country, as well as 18,000 food items a week in East London.
China vows to make coronavirus vaccine a 'global public good' once ready
China would make any coronavirus vaccine it developed a "global public good" once it was put into use, President Xi Jinping told the World Health Assembly tiday.
538prom精品视频在线播放Xi also told the assembly's first-ever virtual gathering that China will provide $2 billion in global Covid-19 aid over two years.
UK gangs could recruit more child drug mules as lockdown lifts
538prom精品视频在线播放Criminal gangs that use young people to sell drugs across Britain could recruit more out-of-school children as the country’s lockdown eases, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned.
538prom精品视频在线播放As lockdowns lift globally and several countries consider reopening borders, criminal gangs will likely ramp up efforts to import drugs into Britain to replenish their depleted stocks, said Nikki Holland, the agency’s Director of Investigations.
Thousands of children in Britain are estimated to be used to carry drugs from cities to rural areas as part of the so-called county lines trade, and many are trapped by debt bondage or threats of kidnap, violence and rape.
With secondary schools shut for the foreseeable future, authorities and families must be vigilant against criminals who may seek to groom and recruit children remotely, Holland said. "Criminals could increase their activities ten-fold as borders open and drugs come into Britain," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "The potential is there (of more children being used to transport drugs) ... we have to be alive to that."
South Korean football club sorry for 'sex doll' controversy
One of South Korea's top football clubs apologised for causing "deep concern" after being accused of using sex dolls to fill empty seats at a weekend game.
538prom精品视频在线播放FC Seoul insisted the mannequins - used in the absence of fans, who are banned because of the coronavirus - had "no connection to sex toys".
But some of the artificial spectators, deployed for Sunday's game against Gwangju FC, were pictured wearing T-shirts with the logo of SoloS, a sex toy seller.
'Little global unity' in Covid-19 battle says UN chief
538prom精品视频在线播放The UN secretary general has opened the World Health Organization's annual World Health Assembly by saying that there needs to be more global unity in fighting Covid-19.
There has been "little [global] unity in response to Covid-19", António Guterres said.
538prom精品视频在线播放He added that the pandemic will potentially be "even more devastating in developing countries".
Pakistan reopens shopping centres
Pakistan's supreme court has ordered local officials to reopen shopping centres and allow other shops to open at the weekend as it demolished several lockdown precautions, Ben Farmer reports.
The move comes after the chief justice of Pakistan, Gulzar Ahmed, questioned the "logic" of keeping shopping malls closed.
Pakistan has attempted to ease restrictions in the past eight days, allowing small shops to open four-days-a-week, while keeping schools and big shopping centres closed. But the easing appears to have been widely interpreted as a return to normal life and markets and streets have been thronged.
538prom精品视频在线播放Exasperated ministers have warned that unless Pakistanis abide by distancing rules, the lockdown will have to be reimposed.
The supreme court decision now to open shopping malls, which it was feared would be hubs for spreading covid-19, may increase confusion.
The chief justice also said that keeping other shops shut on Saturday and Sunday was against the constitution. "Coronavirus does not go anywhere on Saturday and Sunday," he said, Dawn newspaper reported. "What is the reason behind keeping markets closed on Saturday and Sunday?"
Oxford University uses video calls to monitor its Covid vaccine trial
Oxford University is using software made by a British start-up to help researchers working on its coronavirus vaccine trial to stay in touch with participants using video calls.
538prom精品视频在线播放The trial, which involves more than 1,000 people, is using video call software made by Oxford start-up Nye Health to replace face-to-face meetings.
538prom精品视频在线播放Nye chief executive Alexander Finlayson, a practicing GP, said: “Some experts may have to work from home in the coming weeks and keeping in close, secure contact with participants will be vital.”
Vaccine trials typically rely on face-to-face meetings to monitor people as the project progresses, but these meetings have become difficult to conduct during lockdown.
James Cook has more on this story here.
Loss of smell and taste added to coronavirus symptoms
538prom精品视频在线播放All four of the UK's Chief Medical Officers have a released new guidelines advising members of the public to self-isolate if they experience a lost of taste or smell.
The latest statement come following criticism from Professor Tim Spector of King's College London who told the BBC today programme that 50,000 to 70,000 infections could have been missed because the UK has not updated its list of potential symptoms.
In a joint statement the Chief Medical Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said:
538prom精品视频在线播放“From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia.
“Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.
538prom精品视频在线播放“We have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence on COVID-19 and after thorough consideration, we are now confident enough to recommend this new measure.
538prom精品视频在线播放“The individual’s household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste.”
Russia sets up coronvirus field hospital in remote Siberian gold mine
Russia’s Defence Ministry has deployed more than 400 troops and medics to a remote gold mine in Siberia where hundreds of workers are believed to have been infected with coronavirus, Nataliya Vasilyeva, our Moscow correspondent, reports.
The troops will set up a makeshift hospital at the gold mine in the Krasnoyarsk region where 364 people have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the Polyus company that runs the mine.
538prom精品视频在线播放A mine worker last week posted pictures of a gym filled with dozens of beds, saying that dozens of men are staying there for coronavirus quarantine.
The first case at the remote mine was reported in early May and several dozens of workers have been evacuated.
Several patients were previously moved to a nearby village and some were air-lifted to the regional capital Krasnoyarsk.
Gas fields and mines, typically situated in remote areas, have been among Russia’s largest clusters of infections as many of those sites keep working despite the ongoing epidemic.
Today – in pictures
538prom精品视频在线播放World-leading artists have created amazing virtual graffiti on an Cheltenham's walls after coronavirus disrupted its annual paint festival.
Workers of a funeral parlour in Rio de Janeiro place the body of Valnir Mendes da Silva in a casket. The 62 year old sadly died on the sidewalk following breathing problems brought on by Covid-19.
538prom精品视频在线播放Malaysia's King Sultan wears a face mask as he offers prayers during the opening ceremony for the third term of the 14th parliamentary session in Kuala Lumpur.
French schools shut after child tests positive
538prom精品视频在线播放Seven schools in the north-eastern French city of Roubaix have been forced to close after a child tested positive for Covid-19
538prom精品视频在线播放French schools began to reopen last week as the country slowly eased its lockdown. But many were concerned about the move, with one poll showing 69 per cent of respondents thought authorities could not keep them safe.
538prom精品视频在线播放Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told French broadcaster RTL on Monday that 70 cases of the virus had been found in the roughly 40,000 schools that have opened since last week.
All affected schools had been shut and number of other schools have since closed as a precaution, he said.
China smog rises for first time this year
Chinese air pollution has risen for the first time since December, official data shows.
538prom精品视频在线播放The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said concentrations of hazardous airborne particles known as PM2.5 rose by 3.1 per cent in April in 337 cities across the country, the first year-on-year increase since December when PM2.5 rose by 10 per cent.
538prom精品视频在线播放Liu Bingjiang, an official in charge of air pollution at the MEE, said last week that the resumption of industrial activity could cause pollution to rise by a certain amount but it wasn't the primary cause of the spike seen in April.
He said straw burning in the three northeastern provinces of Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning had increased by eight times compared with the same period of last year, and sandstorms had also caused air quality to deteriorate in some regions.
Slovenia border opening to be 'gradual'
538prom精品视频在线播放Slovenia says it will only open the borders gradually in line with neighbours, taking a step back from last week when the Alpine country declared free entry to all EU citizens.
538prom精品视频在线播放"The opening of the borders - except for Slovenian citizens and citizens with permanent residence in Slovenia - will run gradually," the government said late on Sunday.
The policy would be implemented gradually following bilateral agreements with European Union countries and depend on the epidemic situations there.
The move is an about-turn from last week when the country declared the borders open to all EU citizens amid an easing of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican reopens
Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican reopened to visitors on Monday after being closed for over two months under Italy's lockdown orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
A handful of visitors queued up, observing social distancing rules, and were watched by police officers wearing face masks before having their temperatures taken to enter the church, which has been closed since March 10.
The government started lifting restrictions on May 4, and on Sunday joggers, walkers and cyclists were plentiful on the streets of Rome's historic centre.
Restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and hairdressers, among other businesses, were all expected to reopen today, with public masses also resuming.
UK 'missing 70,000 cases due to outdated symptoms' list
Thousands of coronavirus cases are probably being missed because the UK has not updated its list of potential symptoms, Prof Tim Spector from King's College London told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
538prom精品视频在线播放Prof Spector leads the team running the Covid Symptom Tracker app and said they had identified around 14 symptoms associated with having a positive test - but the UK continues to emphasise only coughs and fevers.
He said the country was likely to be missing 50,000 to 70,000 infections by overlooking complaints such as fatigue, muscle pain and loss of taste or smell, which other countries are including as indicators of coronavirus infection.
538prom精品视频在线播放"This country is missing them all, underestimating cases but also putting people at risk and continuing the epidemic," he said.
"There’s no point telling people to be alert if they don’t know the symptoms."
Thailand's economy contracts for first time since 2014
Thailand's economy shrank for the first time in six years because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered borders and devastated the tourism-reliant country.
Some 40 million tourists were expected to arrive in Thailand this year, drawn to its sandy beaches, infamous nightlife and street food culture.
538prom精品视频在线播放But the outbreak has sharply bruised the country's cash cow, with tourist vendors reporting as early as mid-January a drop in visitors after China - Thailand's largest source of tourists - went into lockdown.
538prom精品视频在线播放Data released Monday by its economic planning agency showed a nearly 40 percent drop in tourist arrivals in the first three months of 2020, compared with the same period last year.
538prom精品视频在线播放The decrease has translated to the economy shrinking 1.8 percent year-on-year in January-March.
Thailand has not seen a contraction since 2014 when it was brought to a standstill by political riots that clogged the streets of Bangkok and led to a coup two months later in May.
Taiwan says it will not press for WHA participation
Despite a strong US-led international lobbying campaign to secure Taiwan an invite to the World Health Assembly this week, Taipei opted on Monday to delay its push to attend the WHO’s top decision-making body until later this year.
The UK, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and multiple European and developing countries had all voiced their support for an invitation to Taiwan, which has been lauded globally for a robust pandemic strategy that has kept infections down to 440 and deaths at seven.
538prom精品视频在线播放Taiwan’s allies argue that it not only should be given a larger WHO platform to share its valuable insights on virus control but that excluding it creates a dangerous gap in the global health network needed to fight the coronavirus.
The invitation had not materialised by Monday, prompting Joseph Wu, the Taiwanese foreign minister, to express “deep regret and strong dissatisfaction” with the WHO secretariat, accusing it of “yielding to pressure from the Chinese government and continuing to disregard the right to health of 23 million Taiwanese people.”
However, he acknowledged that as time was short at this year’s virtual WHA meeting, “understandably, countries want to use the limited time available to concentrate on ways of containing the pandemic.”
Sophia Yan reports.
'Play bubbles' and segregated desks: First images emerge of new life for British primary schools
The first images have emerged of what British primary schools may look like when students return as one reveals its preparations including "play bubbles" and "segregated desks".
Holywell Village First School in Northumberland, revealed its social distancing measures for when pupils return to the classroom on June 1.
538prom精品视频在线播放In a now-deleted post on the school's Facebook page seen by the the school said pupils will be assigned "play bubbles" where they will have to stay when they go outside to the playground.
The post also said children will "not be allowed to leave the classroom outside of their allocated toilet times".
Jessica Caprini has more on this story here.
China's Xi to address WHO assembly
Chinese President Xi Jinping will be addressing the World Health Organization's 73rd World Health Assembly, getting underway today.
Xi will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the conference, which will be held by video link due to the global lockdown.
538prom精品视频在线播放China has been criticised by some countries for not alerting the WHO and the world early enough about the virus outbreak. China's foreign ministry repeated on Monday that it was premature to begin an investigation into this.
Spain to set up coronavirus support packages worth €3 billion
538prom精品视频在线播放The Spanish cabinet is due to approve next week a programme to grant a basic income to the poorest citizens to help them weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the country's Social Security Minister said today.
The cabinet would approve the programme, probably during the weekly cabinet meeting scheduled on May 26, Jose Luis Escriva told Spanish radio station RNE today.
He said as many as 1 million families would receive the new benefit, which would cost the government between 3 billion euros and 3.5 billion euros per year.
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Stations given one-way systems as people head back to work
538prom精品视频在线播放As a considerable amount of people head back to work this morning for the first time, following a slight easing of lockdown, measures have been put in place at stations to allow people to remain two metres apart.
Sir Peter Hendy said that "an enormous amount" of effort has been put into organising stations so the likelihood of being closer than two metres from someone is "less than it was".
The Network Rail chief executive said a lot of stations have been given one-way systems and a "huge" amount of work has been done on signage.
Sir Peter believes there would be co-operation from the public in the adoption of the new safety measures, telling BBC Breakfast: "We know that passengers are sensible and they will do their best too because nobody wants to get this terrible virus, do they?"
Rail industry 'very keen' for people to wear face masks says Network Rail chief
538prom精品视频在线播放Network Rail chief executive Sir Peter Hendy told BBC Breakfast that face coverings are not mandatory for passengers but "we are all very keen in the rail industry" for people to wear them.
On how a two-metre social distance will be enforced on the railway, he said: "Passengers are sensible. This is a national crisis of unprecedented proportions.
"We are relying on people to be sensible. We are doing our best too.
538prom精品视频在线播放"We want people to stay apart if they humanly can and if they can't, then a face covering is a quite sensible thing to do for the brief moments when you might be getting on or off a train or moving through a station."
You cannot restart the economy without transport says Ryanair chief
Discussing the Government's claims that face masks are ineffective on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme, Mr O'Leary said that it was "completely wrong".
538prom精品视频在线播放He said: "There is considerable consensus that masks are effective at eliminating the spread of Covid-19.
"It's the only way in actual fact that you can allow people in mass transport, whether it's commuter trains into London, the London underground or on airlines and in airports, to operate and to travel and without those people travelling you cannot restart this economy.
"This Government is telling us you can't fly unless you isolate for 14 days whereas you can go on the London underground you don't have to isolate for 14 days.
"They're making this stuff as they go along and none of it has any basis on science."
Face masks should be mandatory on planes and trains says Ryanair chief
Face masks should be mandatory on planes and trains as it reduces coronavirus spread by 98.5 per cent, Ryanair chief says.
538prom精品视频在线播放Michael O'Leary, Chief Executive Officer of Ryanair told BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme: "If you really want to do something that's effective wear masks.
538prom精品视频在线播放"What worries us is that the UK Government is talking about an ineffectual and unmanageable 14 day lockdown, instead of talking about allowing people to travel on the underground and on trains and on planes but wearing masks.
"If everybody is wearing masks you eliminate the risk of spread of Covid-19 by 98.5 per cent. So let's take some effective measures."
Government is having conversations with France about a quarantine period
538prom精品视频在线播放Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said the government is having conversations with France about a quarantine period for people entering the country.
Speaking on Sky News this morning, in response to Kay Burley asking if Britons could travel to France, Mr Dowden said: "Discussions are ongoing with the French on that."
He added: "We did say that we are having constructive discussionswith the French about quarantine and that is what is going on.
538prom精品视频在线播放He went on to say that holidaymakers should "wait to see what the quarantine measures look like and what measures we're taking in relation to France".
Rail commuters may have to book station arrival slots under coronavirus crowd control plan
Many more workers are expected to start commuting this morning following the slight easing of lockdown, as those travelling by rail may have to book station arrival slots under coronavirus crowd control plans.
538prom精品视频在线播放Train operators have been planning how they can limit numbers of commuters boarding certain services.
538prom精品视频在线播放Trains may well be reservation only with East Coast train operator LNER confirming it would shift to mandatory reservations, while Avanti West Coast has said it would not allow carriages to be more than a third full.
Other train companies will block off seats to ensure that passengers spread out and busy services may make the decision to not stop at other destinations along its route.
538prom精品视频在线播放One-way systems are already in place at stations, such as Clapham Junction in south-west London.
However, commuters returning to work this morning criticised such social distancing measures at stations and said that they were not working.
One person tweeted to Network Rail regarding measures at London Liverpool street station: "You are putting lives at risk with you failed one way system people are still allowed to walk into on coming public in the main area".
538prom精品视频在线播放Meanwhile, Kings Cross Station, one of London's busiest transport hubs, was almost deserted on Monday morning despite more trains running in an effort to help more commuters return to work after lockdown restrictions were eased in England.
The concourse was dotted with stickers reading "Protect your NHS, stay 2m apart", while regular announcements urged people to stick to social distancing measures.
NZ kids go back to school
Hundreds of thousands of New Zealand children returned to school on Monday after two months of home education.
Excited youngsters greeted classmates for the first time in eight weeks, while teachers reinforced messages about social distancing and hand-washing.
538prom精品视频在线播放Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the return to a noisy, bustling environment would be a "culture shock" after a challenging period for both children and parents.
"Our message is it's safe to send kids back to school, we want kids back at school and catching up with any learning that they've lost during the lockdown," he said.
Two-week quarantine plan for UK visitors poised to be announced
538prom精品视频在线播放A 14-day quarantine for visitors to Britain is expected to be announced by ministers this week and could be in place until an airport test for Covid-19 is available.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is due to set out new plans for the UK’s borders within the next three days.
The quarantine is expected to be time-limited with a “sunset” clause that would allow the Government to review it after a set period.
This would permit the introduction of an alternative coronavirus test at airports and ports at some point in the future if officials establish that it is feasible.
Summary of news from around the world
- China reported seven new coronavirus cases on Monday with new deaths reported in more than a month
- South Korea has reported 15 newcases and one more death, bringing its totals to 11,065 cases and 263 fatalities
- In the US, the Los Angeles Police Department wants to test everyone its officers arrest to determine whether they are infected
- US President Donald Trump called into a charity golf tournament broadcast on Sunday and promised Americans a speedy return to normalcy
- Crowds and vehicular traffic returned to shopping malls in the Philippine capital after a two-month lockdown was partially relaxed over the weekend, prompting police to warn of arrests and store closures
- Honduras on Sunday extended its blanket curfew for a week, a key measure in its efforts to curb the spread of the virus
First case detected in Ecuador Amazon tribe
538prom精品视频在线播放The first case of the novel coronavirus has been detected in one of Ecuador's indigenous Amazon tribes, the health ministry said Son unday.
538prom精品视频在线播放Waorani organisations - speaking through the GO Alliance for Human Rights in Ecuador (DDHH) - warned Covid-19's spread could be "catastrophic and highly lethal" for their community, which is vulnerable to diseases.
538prom精品视频在线播放The first case reported in the Waorani tribe is a "pregnant woman, 17 years old, who began to show symptoms on May 4," the ministry said in a statement.
538prom精品视频在线播放The federal government - in coordination with indigenous leaders - checked on 40 people that the woman had come into contact within the Miwaguno community, which has 140 inhabitants.
538prom精品视频在线播放"Seventeen citizens with a history of respiratory systems were found. To date, six of them have symptoms, so 20 rapid tests and a total of seven nasopharyngeal swabs were performed," the health ministry said, without releasing the test results.
Woman finds ingenious way to hug her mother
538prom精品视频在线播放 A Canadian woman has come up with an ingenious way to safely hug her mother, even during the pandemic: the "hug glove," a plastic tarp with four sleeves hanging from a clothesline.
In the southern Ontario city of Guelph, Carolyn Ellis and her husband Andrew developed the so-called "hug glove" on the eve of Mother's Day, which this year was celebrated on May 10 in North America.
It "occurred to me that she wasn't getting the hugs, and we really needed to do something about that," Carolyn said. "I want to give it for Mother's Day."
They taped plastic sleeves to a large tarp, allowing two people to hug each other without making direct contact.
Controversy after El Salvador's president declares state of emergency
538prom精品视频在线播放El Salvador's attorney general on Sunday challenged a decree by President Nayib Bukele, who declared a state of emergency the previous evening to extend coronavirus measures without approval by congress.
Congress approved an emergency declaration in March to respond to the pandemic, but after an extension in April, the measure was due to expire on Sunday. Lawmakers had planned to discuss an extension when they reconvened on Monday.
538prom精品视频在线播放But Mr Bukele, who swept to the presidency last year with an outsider candidacy, maintained he was well within his rights.
"All presidents in the democratic history of our country have had the power to declare a state of emergency and have exercised it, without legislative approval," he wrote in a post on Twitter on Sunday. "Will a president be prevented for the first time from exercising that vital power?"
US records its second-lowest death toll
538prom精品视频在线播放The United States on Sunday recorded 820 new coronavirus fatalities in the previous 24 hours, but the country's total death count neared 90,000, a Johns Hopkins University tracker reported.
The latest toll, marked at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday), was the lowest since 776 daily deaths were recorded on May 10, but the count ranged as high as 1,894 in subsequent days.
According to the real-time tracker by Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins, the United States has 1,486,376 cases of novel coronavirus.
India extends lockdown
India on Sunday extended its nearly 2-month-old lockdown by two weeks after reporting nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases, but said restrictions could be eased in low-risk areas to boost economic activity.
After surpassing China on Saturday, India now has the most confirmed virus cases in Asia, with nearly 91,000.
New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and some other key regions are still battling to control the rising curve of infections.
The Health Ministry on Sunday reported a record jump of nearly 5,000 cases in the past 24 hours, raising the number of confirmed cases in India to 90,927, including 2,872 deaths.
Australia plans pop-up car parks to avoid rush hour
Australian officials planned to open pop-up parking lots and extra bicycle lanes in Sydney and other cities as the country's most populous state began its first full week on Monday of loosened lockdown measures.
New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian is urging people to avoid peak-hour trains and buses as they return to work to ensure that social distancing between commuters is maintained.
538prom精品视频在线播放"We normally encourage people to catch public transport but given the constraints in the peak and the fact we are exercising social distancing, we want people to consider different ways to get to work," Berejiklian said.
"Places in and around the CBD, but also in employment hubs, will be investigated and more pop-up parking stations will be made available," she added.
Brazil's president flouts health advice
Wearing a face mask, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro posed for photographs with children plucked out of a crowd of supporters on Sunday, disregarding public health advice aimed at containing one of the world's worst outbreaks.
Bolsonaro's latest flouting of social-distancing guidelines came after he lost two health ministers in a month, both of whom resisted his fight against quarantines. Brazil's confirmed cases of the virus passed those of Spain and Italy on Saturday, making it the site of the world's fourth-largest outbreak.
Health Ministry figures released on Sunday evening showed that 7,938 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total above 241,000, while the death toll increased by 485 to 16,118.
Today's top stories
- Risk of coronavirus spreading in schools is 'extremely low' as study finds negligible transmission of Covid-19
- Army of transport police to be deployed amid fears of commuter 'chaos' as people return to work.
- A two week quarantine for UK visitors is set to be announced this week and could be in place until an airport test for Covid-19 is available.
- Children with inflammatory condition doctors fear could be linked to Covid-19, are often not testing positive for the virus, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
- The economy is likely to see a “slower recovery” from coronavirus than initially anticipated, the Office for Budget Responsibility has admitted.