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  1. Australia has only 21 cases in hospital

    Visitors at Taronga Zoo in Sydney

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    Image caption: Australia this week moves into Stage 2 of its three-step exit from lockdown

    … and 92% of the country’s recorded 7,200 cases have recovered.

    With the health situation largely contained, today marks another significant relaxing of restrictions across the country.

    Rules vary across states, but in New South Wales (the most-populous state, which includes Sydney), the venues reopening include beauty salons, museums, libraries and public pools.

    Leisure travel across the state is allowed, while pubs and restaurants can also have 50 patrons on site – as long as social distancing is maintained.

    Twenty-person gatherings are also now allowed in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia – while Western Australia and the Northern Territory will allow even bigger groups later this week.

  2. Manila reopens its doors

    Metro Manila’s transition to more relaxed measures will be a welcome relief for many whose livelihoods have been affected by one of the world’s longest lockdowns.

    Filipinos out of work and stranded due to the coronavirus pandemic queue to receive meals

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    Image caption: Millions of unemployed Filipinos that had to receive handouts may find a chance again at employment as dozens of essential industries are set to open at full capacity

    Cruise ships sit idle in the waters of Manila Bay as their crew completes quarantine before being allowed to disembark, on May 29, 2020 in Manila, Philippines.

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    Image caption: Services not marked as essential like cement and steel, machinery and equipment, as well as transport equipment – will be allowed to run at up to 50% of full operational capacity.

    A worker is seen wearing a face mask and face shield at a restaurant inside a mall on May 16, 2020 in Quezon city, Metro Manila,

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    Image caption: Malls will also be allowed to open, with 50% of staff required to work on-site, and the rest from home
  3. US sends Brazil 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine

    The US had supplied Brazil with two million doses of hydroxychloroquine – despite medical warnings about risks associated with the controversial drug.

    The WHO had days ago suspended testing the drug in Covid-19 patients due to safety concerns.

    But the leaders of both countries have touted the use of the drug – US President Trump said he was taking the anti-malaria drug as a preventive measure – and his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro said he kept a box of the drug in case his 93-year-old mother needed it.

    There is no scientific evidence that hydroxycholoroquine is effective against the coronavirus.

    Here is what we know for sure about the drug.

    Pills of Hydroxychloroquine sit on a tray at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah

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  4. Wuhan reports no new asymptomatic cases

    The Chinese city of Wuhan – where the coronavirus first emerged – reported no new asymptomatic cases on Sunday.

    It’s the first time this has happened since Wuhan started releasing figures on virus carriers showing no symptoms.

    China has recorded 16 new cases on Sunday – all of which were imported – up from just 2 cases the day before.

    Of the new cases, 11 were recorded in Sichuan province, 3 in Inner Mongolia and 2 in Guangdong.

    Read more about “silent spreaders” in this piece from our Science editor David Shukman.

    Planes Flies In Front Of Snowcapped Mountain In Sichuan

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    Image caption: The new imported cases are believed to have come from a flight from Egypt
  5. Belgian Prince sorry for lockdown party

    A Belgian prince who contracted coronavirus after attending a party during lockdown in Spain has apologised and “will accept the consequences”.

    “I deeply regret my actions,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

    Prince Joachim, 28, travelled from Belgium to Spain for an internship on 26 May, but went to a party two days later in the southern city of Córdoba.

    Spanish reports suggest the prince, a nephew of Belgium’s King Philippe, was among 27 people at the party.

    Read our full story here.

    Prince Joachim of Belgium is said to have mild coronavirus symptoms

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    Image caption: Prince Joachim of Belgium is said to have mild coronavirus symptoms
  6. 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
  7. Brazil has second-highest number of cases globally

    There are no more spaces for tombs in the cashew cemetery, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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    Image caption: A cemetery in Rio de Janeiro

    Brazil has reported 16,409 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing its total number of infected cases to 514,849 – the second highest case load in the world.

    There were also 480 new deaths reported, bringing the death toll to 29,314 – the world’s fourth highest death toll. Only the US, UK and Italy have recorded more deaths.

    Despite this, President Jair Bolsonaro has consistently played down the outbreak, criticising state lockdowns for harming Brazil’s economy and jobs.

    Many experts believe Central and South America are now the major hotspots for increased infections.

    A combination of under-pressure healthcare systems and a mixed response by governments to the severity of Covid-19 has meant the region cannot apply the same easing of lockdowns taking place in Europe and elsewhere.

  8. Sydneysiders hit the pool – one person per lane

    Simon Atkinson

    BBC News, Sydney

    The city has
    opened two council-run outdoor pools today for the first
    time since mid-March.

    I was among the first to get
    back in the water – but swimming in the time of Covid is very different.

    Before even being allowed to
    take up a booked 45-minute swim slot there was an online form.

    Here I declared I was not
    unwell, agreed not to engage in any “unmeaningful or unnecessary conversations” and – tough one this – promised not to urinate in the pool.

    To keep other potential sources
    of infection to a minimum, it’s swimming costume and goggles only. No floats,
    kickboards or inflatable crocodiles.

    Changing rooms are closed (plan
    your outfit carefully). Instead there’s a chair with your lane number because – Olympic-style – you get your own lane.

    While slowly splashing my way up lane 3, I spotted an employee thoroughly cleaning the steps that lead
    into the pool.

    With just eight swimmers an hour –
    each paying A$6 (£3; $4) – the operation is running at a huge loss.

    But on a crisp sunny winter
    morning it was absolutely glorious. And everyone I spoke to afterwards seemed
    grateful and glad to be back. Hopefully those counted as meaningful

    A lifeguard looks out over Sydney's Victoria Park Pool

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    Image caption: Sydney’s Victoria Park Pool opened today to pre-booked swimmers

    A chair with sign saying

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    Image caption: Each lane is booked to a swimmer for 45 minutes
  9. Manila finally comes out of lockdown

    The Philippines’ capital region of Metro Manila has today emerged from a lockdown that began in mid-March – longer even than the 76-day quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged last year.

    Manila has moved into a state of general community quarantine (GCQ), which will allow more people to return to work, some shops and factories to reopen, and public transportation to run at a limited capacity.

    However, public facilities like gyms, cinemas, karaoke bars and nightclubs will remain shut – and authorities have reiterated the need for the public to stay at home if they can.

    Manila two weeks ago moved to the “Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)” – a slightly more relaxed version of its original lockdown, which allowed some people to do things like exercise outdoors.

    The Philippines currently has 18,086 confirmed cases and 957 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    Philippines Eases Lockdown Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak

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    Image caption: Those in the Philippines have been in a state of lockdown for weeks
  10. Hello and welcome back

    Hello and welcome back to our rolling coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. We’re writing to you from Singapore this morning, and will be joined by our colleagues across Asia, the UK, and the US later today. For now, here’s a quick look at what’s happened overnight:

    • Metro Manila, the capital region of the Philippines, has finally eased a lockdown that has been in place since mid-March. More people will be allowed to work and shops will reopen – though many restrictions are still in place
    • In Brazil, the number of confirmed cases has passed half a million, the second highest total in the world
    • The US has sent Brazil two million doses of hydroxychloroquine, the unproven drug that was touted by US President Trump. The WHO recently suspended clinical trials of the drug over safety concerns
    • There have now been 6.1 million confirmed cases and 371,000 deaths linked to Covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University