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Marriott has reopened all of its hotels in China and the group says it has seen a recovery in business travel.
The world’s third largest hotel chain has 350 outlets across China and says that occupancy rate is now at 40%.
Marriott gave an upbeat statement on Monday about its business in China as it emerges from coronavirus lockdowns.
Last week it said the financial impact from the pandemic has been more severe for the hotel chain than 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis combined.
BBC Pakistan and Afghanistan correspondent
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has insisted a lockdown is not the solution to the country’s coronavirus outbreak – even as the number of new cases continues to rise.
In a televised address on Monday, he said Pakistanis would have to “learn to live with the virus”, as the poorer sections of society could not afford to not go to work.
There have been around 75,000 Coronavirus cases, and 1,500 deaths in Pakistan so far.
From the start of the outbreak, Mr Khan has expressed his opposition to lockdown measures. Restrictions that had been imposed in March by local authorities have now largely been lifted, with streets and markets crowded, despite doctors expressing concerns the healthcare system will be overwhelmed.
Mr Khan also appealed to the public to follow social distancing rules, but also said even more businesses would now be allowed to open up.
The move comes as the results of randomised testing in the city of Lahore were released – suggesting around 5% of the city’s population could be infected, amounting to more than half a million people – vastly higher than the official number of cases across the whole country.
India has the fifth largest economy in the world but its size hasn’t protected it from the impact of coronavirus and the lockdown that followed.
Unemployment has gone up by 120 million since March. One of the country’s biggest employers, the tea industry, has been hugely impacted.
Queensland government has apologised to relatives of a 30-year-old man who was wrongly
identified last week as having died with the virus.
Turner, who succumbed to unrelated medical complications, had been recorded as
Australia’s youngest Covid-19 death.
It sparked alarm as the first case in a coal
mining town, Blackwater – prompting the widespread
testing of locals. Officials scrambled to trace
how the virus had entered the small community.
Now they say they got it wrong. While Mr Turner had
initially tested positive after his death, subsequent tests found he didn’t
have the virus.
are angry – saying in an online petition the false result “created emotional,
mental and physical trauma” for them.
State officials defended their actions in reacting promptly to a positive test, but apologised to Mr Turner’s family.
know I really want to say to the family that we’re incredibly sorry that that
has happened,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
family I know that is still grieving and I don’t want them to be stressed
any more. I know it is a very tough time for them but we do know that the
coroner made that finding yesterday and we accept that finding.”
This revises Australia’s death
toll down to 102 cases. More
than 90% of
the nation’s 7,200 people with the virus have recovered.
Today Singapore moves from its strict lockdown (called circuit breaker) to the first phase of easing restrictions.
More people are being allowed back to work and some schools are also reopening, although only classes for graduating years will resume.
So how do students feel going back to school amid tight social distancing regulations?
“It’s necessary and it doesn’t bother us. Life goes on,” one student told the BBC.
Mexico’s death toll has risen by 237 over the past day, taking the overall toll to 10,167.
There were also 2,771 new confirmed infections taking the country’s total case load to 93,435. Health officials caution though that the actual number might be significantly higher .
The World Health Organization meanwhile warned Latin American countries that the pandemic in the region had not yet reached its peak and to not ease the lockdowns.
The warning comes as several countries are beginning to ease restriction. In Mexico, workers are returning to car production, construction and mining.
The money will be spent on “research into vaccines, into antivirals, and also into respiratory clinical trials as well as health system management”, says Health Minister Greg Hunt.
“This funding is about saving lives
and protecting lives and it’s part of our dual process of containment and
flattening the curve and increas[ing] the ability of our health system to respond – in particular in relation to the containment,” he said.
Australia has seen about 7,200 virus cases and 102 deaths.
Welcome back to our rolling coverage. This is where you can get all the most important updates from around the world on the pandemic we are all living through.
Here’s what you need to know:
- In Mexico, the death toll has passed 10,000 as the country slowly reopens its economy
- This comes as the World Health Organization warns that Latin America should not ease lockdowns yet as the region is not yet at its peak in terms of infections and deaths
- In Australia, officials confirm the country’s “youngest victim” did not, in fact, have Covid-19 and have apologised to the family
- Europe continues to ease lockdown restrictions and more countries are reopening restaurants, hotels and cultural sights. Spain has recorded zero deaths over the past day – the country had hundreds of fatalities daily in March
- Globally, there have been more than 6.2m confirmed cases and 375,000 deaths have been linked to the virus