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  1. Stalled vaccine schemes put children’s lives at risk

    Tulip Mazumdar

    Global Health Correspondent

    Woman wearing a face mask with child

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    Millions of children could die from preventable disease because of severe disruptions to vaccination programmes caused by coronavirus, experts warn.

    At least 68 countries have been affected – with some stopping vaccination campaigns completely.

    The World Health Organization advised many countries to suspend vaccinations to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

    But now the WHO itself is one of several groups expressing concern about the long-term impact.

  2. Study casts doubt on hydroxychloroquine as Covid-19 therapy

    A pharmacy tech pours out pills of Hydroxychloroquine

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    Hydroxychloroquine did not prevent Covid-19 in a study of 821 participants who had been exposed to patients infected with the virus, according to research from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

    The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, are from the first large, controlled, clinical trial of the controversial drug, say local reports.

    Study participants were sent either placebo or hydroxychloroquine pills and told to take them for two weeks.

    Results showed that there was little difference in who developed Covid-19 symptoms.

    “The take-home message for the general public is that if you’re exposed to someone with Covid-19, hydroxychloroquine is not an effective post-exposure preventive therapy,” said the lead author of the study, Dr David R Boulware, from the University of Minnesota, according to a New York Times report.

    The anti-malarial drug has been repeatedly promoted by US President Donald Trump, who said he had taken it himself

    Read more on what we know about the drug here.

  3. George Floyd had coronavirus

    African American George Floyd, whose death in police custody triggered a wave of protests across the US, tested positive for the virus weeks before his death.

    A 20-page autopsy report released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office shows he had the virus on 3 April.

    However, because the virus’s genetic code can remain in someone’s body for weeks, it is likely that he was asymptomatic at the time of his death but showed a “persistent positivity from previous infection”, said the medical report.

    Dr Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who was one of two doctors who conducted a private autopsy for Floyd, told the New York Times that county officials had not informed him that Floyd had tested positive for Covid-19.

    “If you do the autopsy and it’s positive for the coronavirus, it’s usual to tell everyone who is going to be in touch with the body. There would have been more care,” he said.

  4. What’s the latest in the UK?

  5. Prince Charles ‘got away lightly’

    The UK’s Prince Charles has said he “got away with it quite lightly” when he contracted coronavirus earlier in March.

    The 71-year-old had self-isolated after testing positive for the virus and only experienced mild symptoms.

    “I was lucky in my case,” he told broadcaster Sky News. “But I’ve had it and I can so understand what other people have gone through.”

    Prince Charles, who is heir to the throne, recovered from the virus after spending seven days in quarantine at his home.

    The prince said the experience made him more determined to “push and shout and prod” as he called for nature to return to the “centre of our economy”.

    “Before this, nature has just been pushed to the peripheries, we’ve exploited and dug up and cut down everything as if there was no tomorrow, as if it doesn’t matter.”

    Read more on his experience here.

    Prince Charles

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  6. No more empty skies between US and China?

    Robin Brant

    BBC News, Beijing

    Aircraft at Shanghai Airport

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    The worsening relationship between the US and China includes empty skies. American passenger flights haven’t flown here for months.

    Now US President Donald Trump said he will ban all Chinese airlines from travelling to the US.

    In response to that decision China has signalled an easing of its restrictions. The civil aviation administration said “qualifying” airlines will be allowed to fly once a week to a city here of their choosing.

    It also announced that all airlines coming to China will be allowed to increase flights to twice weekly if passengers all test negative for Covid-19 for three weeks in a row.

  7. Lockdown baking gives small mills a boost

    Did you start baking during the lockdown? At least you know someone who did. And you might have noticed that flour has been flying off the shelves – actually, most of the time it’s just been sold out.

    Baking has soared in popularity since the pandemic began as many people have found they have more time on their hands.

    For a small flour mill in Wales, that has meant a booming business with production doubling in a month.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Lockdown baking craze gives Talgarth mill new lease of life
  8. Italy’s ‘time to smile’ as travel allowed again

    Busy beach in Italy

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    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has offered a hopeful message as the country moved to its final stage in easing lockdown restrictions.

    “We deserve to smile, to be cheerful, after weeks of great sacrifice,” he said, adding that now was the time for the country to enact economic reforms.

    His comments came the same day as the country entered its final phase in easing lockdown restrictions, allowing domestic travel between regions and opening its international borders.

    With more than 33,600 fatalities and almost 234,000 cases since the coronavirus outbreak began, Italy has been one of the hardest-hit countries.

  9. China’s cinemas could face widespread closures

    Justin Harper

    Business reporter, BBC News Singapore

    Staff members spraying disinfectant at a theatre as it prepares to reopen.

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    More than 40% of cinemas in China could go bust according to a bleak report by the China Film Association.

    Having been temporary closed during the virus pandemic, audiences may struggle to return, the association says.

    Millions of Chinese have enjoyed watching movies online during cinema closures thanks to a wide range of streaming services.

    And with a lack of blockbuster movies on their way, thousands of outlets could shut permanently.

    Read more here

  10. Delhi reduces quarantine for asymptomatic arrivals

    Those arriving in Delhi, India’s capital, will now need to quarantine themselves for seven days instead of 14.

    The reduced home quarantine will apply to those arriving via flights, trains and buses, reported local media.

    The change in rules comes just as Delhi witnessed a rise in cases this week as lockdown relaxations kicked in, including the reopening of salons and barbershops.

    The capital has reported more than 23,000 cases so far and the city has over a 100 containment zones.

    Meanwhile India’s death toll crossed 6,000 on Thursday as its total tally of infections jumped beyond 200,000, according to health ministry data.

  11. Tracking the global pandemic

    While the easing of lockdowns around the globe might suggest the pandemic is on its way out, there are still hotspots in Latin America and new spikes for instance in Iran. And every country is worried about a false sense of security leading to a second wave.

    The BBC’s Visual and Data Journalism team has put together a special site where you can always track the global development of the pandemic.

    Click here to see their analysis and many graphics that illustrate how the virus spread, which countries have managed to flatten the curve and where cases are still on the rise.

    Graph showing global infections and deaths

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  12. Tests for those travelling between Singapore and China

    We’ve got more information now about a “fast lane” travel agreement between Singapore and China, which is set to start next Monday.

    Those that have been approved to travel between the two countries will be exempt from rules that require travellers to serve a quarantine period of up to 14 days upon landing.

    However, they must first agree to be tested and bear the costs of this – if they are found to be infected, they will have to be hospitalised and pay for their own treatment either in Singapore or China, said a report by the Straits Times.

    The new Singapore-China “fast lane” agreement is meant to help facilitate essential business travel between both countries – it will only apply to business and official travel for flights between Singapore and six places in China: Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

    A man at Changi International airport

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  13. Coronavirus changes how doctors deal with death

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, doctors have had to deal with death more often than many are used to, and due to restrictions in place over hospital visitors, they are often the last person to spend time with a terminally ill patient.

    Filmmaker Paul Myles spoke to five doctors administering end-of-life care during the crisis.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus changes how doctors deal with death
  14. Austria lifts virus-related border restrictions

    Austria is lifting coronavirus-related border restrictions for all neighbouring countries – except Italy.

    “As of tomorrow there will be no more checks to enter Austria,” its foreign minister Alexander Schallenberg said at a press conference on Wednesday, according to an AFP report.

    He said the controls on the Italian border would be evaluated again next week, adding that they were considering the possibility of allowing entry from Italian regions where infection figures are low.

    Austria which closed its borders in mid-March has around 16,000 virus cases.

    A man in protective gear is seen with an clinical thermometer to check the temperature of the passengers in cars arriving from Italy at the Brenner Pass border crossing on March 11, 2020 near Matrei am Brenner, Austria.

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  15. Scenes from life in Iran

    Iran has reported a second day of more than 3,000 virus cases – sparking fears of a second wave of mass infections. But Iran continues to ease restrictions for many in the country:

    An Iranian man walks in front of a pastry shop in the capital Tehran on June 3, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis.

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    Image caption: Cafes and restaurants reopened in the capital Tehran late last month after more than two months of closure

    This picture taken on June 2, 2020 shows a view of heavy traffic along a main road in Iran's capital Tehran

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    Image caption: Traffic too has returned to the streets

    Iranians wearing face masks walk along a street in the capital Tehran on June 3, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis.

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    Image caption: Some people are wearing masks outside…

    People sit at the tables as they spend time near the Chitgar Lake until late hours amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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    Image caption: …but others have chosen not to wear masks in public settings, and social distancing is not widely enforced everywhere.
  16. ‘Brazil’s death toll is soaring’

    Katy Watson

    BBC South America correspondent

    People mourning on a cemetery in Brazil

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    For the second day running Brazil has posted a record death toll – 1,349 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total to more than 32,500. Brazil also has nearly 600,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

    The country’s death toll is soaring – yet in the middle of this pandemic, it still doesn’t have a permanent health minister.

    Eduardo Pazuello was confirmed as interim minister on Wednesday after nearly three weeks in the job – a sign for many people that the federal government is not taking the issue seriously enough.

    Indeed, just this week, Jair Bolsonaro reacted to the rise in fatalities saying death was the destiny of everyone, once again blaming the media for causing panic among Brazilian people.

  17. China ‘did not delay releasing virus data’: FM

    China’s foreign ministry has refuted claims that Beijing delayed releasing coronavirus data to the WHO, saying this was “seriously inconsistent” with the facts.

    It comes after the Associated Press yesterday reported that there had been “considerable frustration” among WHO officials who were not getting the information they needed.

    The report claimed that the WHO were lauding China in public because they wanted to coax more information out of the government, citing obtained recordings.

    “I can assure you certain reports were seriously inconsistent with facts,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian at a media briefing, according to a Global Times report.

    “China’s coronavirus response is open to the world, with clear data and facts that can stand the test of time and history.”

  18. Qantas plans to ‘ramp up’ Australian flights

    Australian airline Qantas says it hopes to increase domestic flights to 40% of pre-pandemic levels by August, up from 5% currently.

    That’s contingent on state borders reopening as expected, says chief executive Alan Joyce.

    The airline and its budget carrier, Jetstar, will welcome back some furloughed staff. But “the majority” of those 25,000 employees will remain stood down for now, the company said.

    “We know there is a lot of pent up demand for air travel and we are already seeing a big increase in customers booking and planning flights in the weeks and months ahead,” Mr Joyce said in a statement.

    “We can quickly ramp up flying in time for the July school holidays if border restrictions have eased more by then.”

    A group of four Qantas planes lined up on a tarmac

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  19. ‘If there’s a chance to help, I should take it’

    Anthony Houlahan has been working from home during the partial lockdown in Singapore.

    To keep himself active he’s also been doing food deliveries in his spare time, but donating everything he earns to a children’s cancer charity.

    Anthony is originally from Wales, but has lived in Singapore for many years and says this was a chance for him to give something back.

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    Video caption: Singapore coronavirus: ‘If there’s a chance to help, I should take it’
  20. Recession looms in India

    Nikhil Inamdar

    BBC News, Mumbai

    Production costs have soared with social distancing, screens and PPE suits in workplaces

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    India is gradually unlocking its economy after a shutdown that lasted more than two months. But it’s unlikely to be business as usual for millions of retailers, small enterprises and factories.

    By all accounts, reversing the disruption caused by India’s lockdown will be a long haul – and the price businesses, especially small firms, have paid is just starting to become clear.

    “At least 20% of neighbourhood mobile shops that sell smartphones may never reopen again,” says Arvinder Khurana, president of India’s mobile retailers association.

    The reasons are many, he adds – on the one hand, owners have fled the cities and are yet to return, and on the other, with job losses mounting and banks averse to offering consumer loans, there is no demand for high-end phones.

    Read more here.