36 million US jobless since coronavirus shutdown

  • Nearly three million laid-off workers in the US have applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total since coronavirus shutdowns began two months ago to over 36 million.

  • Officials have confirmed the first coronavirus infection of a Rohingya refugee in the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh, where over 1 million members of the persecuted Muslim ethnic group live.

  • The number of coronavirus cases in Russia has surpassed 250,000, but daily new infections fell below 10,000 for the first time in nearly two weeks.

  • US authorities have accused China-linked hackers of breaking into organisations in the US researching the coronavirus.
  • The United Nations is forecasting that the pandemic will push an estimated 34.3 million people into extreme poverty, mostly in Africa.
  • Japan has lifted a state of emergency in most parts of the country.
  • To date, more than 4.34 million people have been infected, and at least 296,000 have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 1.6 million people have recovered.
  • 19:10 GMT – Sanofi says vaccine will be available worldwide simultaneously

    Sanofi will ensure that a potential vaccine against COVID-19, if approved, reaches all regions of the world at the same time, the chairman of the French drugmaker has said.

    “There will be no particular advance given to any country,” Serge Weinberg told France 2 television. “We are organised with several manufacturing units. Some of them are in the United States but even more of them are in Europe and France.”

    The group’s chief executive Paul Hudson said on Thursday it was vital that any coronavirus vaccine reach all parts of the world, after angering the French government earlier by saying the United States would get priority access.

  • 18:45 GMT – Will working from home work?

    Companies have been forced to embrace remote working to limit the spread of COVID-19.

    But that’s if the job doesn’t require you to be there in person. For those who can, working from home could become permanent.

    Twitter is going to give that option to workers who wish to do so. Other firms are working out how to reopen offices while maintaining social distancing.

    18:30 GMT – UK test-and-trace app downloaded by half of people in Isle of Wight test bed

    Britain’s coronavirus test-and-trace app has been downloaded by 72,300 residents of the Isle of Wight, where it is being trialled, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said.

    “Over half the residents of the Isle of Wight… have downloaded the tracking app,” he said.

    Britain released the app on the island off the southern coast of England earlier this month. Shapps said the app would eventually be used to check compliance with a proposed 14-day quarantine for international travellers.

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