Coronavirus deaths in UK hospitals pass 20,000

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) warned against countries issuing so-called “immunity passports” to those recovered from COVID-19, saying there is no evidence yet the previously infected cannot be reinfected.

  • In the United Kingdom, an additional 813 people died in hospital after testing positive for the disease caused by the new coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 20,319.

  • India allowed a limited reopening of shops in neighbourhoods and residential areas, a month after the country of some 1.3 billion people went into lockdown.
  • Worldwide, more than 199,000 people are known to have died due to the pandemic, with some 2.8 million confirmed infections and 803,000 recoveries.

    Saturday, April 25

    16:27 GMT – Stamping out misinformation in Kenya

    Maureen Akinyi has experienced a lot in her seven years as a front-line volunteer for Kenya Red Cross – but nothing like this.

    “It’s different [now] because I’m scared. Personally, it is also difficult,” she said.

    Still, the health crisis unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic is not stopping Akinyi. As one of Kenya Red Cross’s 160,000 country-wide volunteers, she has been setting out onto the streets of Nairobi to provide critical information about COVID-19.

    16:20 GMT – US airlines receive extra $9.5bn payroll support: Treasury

    The US Treasury Department disbursed $9.5bn in additional funds from the Payroll Support Program to US air carriers, bringing to $12.4bn the amount of funds provided to the sector hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the department said.

    “Since announcing the first Payroll Support Program payments to passenger air carriers on April 20, Treasury has disbursed an additional $9.5bn in initial payments to approved applicants, including an additional 8 major airlines and 29 smaller passenger air carriers,” it said in a statement.

    A total of 93 air carriers have received funds from the programme since the first disbursements were made to passenger carriers on April 20,

    15:55 GMT –  Japan economy minister cancels appearances

    A key government official in charge of Japan’s economic response to the coronavirus outbreak called off his public appearances to work from home after it was discovered that he had been in contact with a member of staff who tested for the coronavirus.

    The Cabinet Office said that Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura had cancelled a media briefing scheduled for 05:00 GMT and would not attend a separate meeting later in the day.

    In a statement, the office said that it had discovered that Nishimura had visited a university hospital last week with an office staff member who later tested positive for the virus.

    15:20 GMT – Lockdown put UK nature reserves at risk

    Tough restrictions have placed an enormous financial strain on the UK’s reserves dependent on visitor revenue.

    The loss in revenue puts conservation work on hold and without visitor revenues, the reserves can survive not long until unless it can secure additional support.

    16:20 GMT – US airlines receive extra $9.5bn payroll support: Treasury

    The US Treasury Department disbursed $9.5bn in additional funds from the Payroll Support Program to US air carriers, bringing to $12.4bn the amount of funds provided to the sector hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the department said.

    “Since announcing the first Payroll Support Program payments to passenger air carriers on April 20, Treasury has disbursed an additional $9.5bn in initial payments to approved applicants, including an additional 8 major airlines and 29 smaller passenger air carriers,” it said in a statement.

    A total of 93 air carriers have received funds from the programme since the first disbursements were made to passenger carriers on April 20,

    15:55 GMT –  Japan economy minister cancels appearances

    A key government official in charge of Japan’s economic response to the coronavirus outbreak called off his public appearances to work from home after it was discovered that he had been in contact with a member of staff who tested for the coronavirus.

    The Cabinet Office said that Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura had cancelled a media briefing scheduled for 05:00 GMT and would not attend a separate meeting later in the day.

    In a statement, the office said that it had discovered that Nishimura had visited a university hospital last week with an office staff member who later tested positive for the virus.

    15:20 GMT – Lockdown put UK nature reserves at risk

    Tough restrictions have placed an enormous financial strain on the UK’s reserves dependent on visitor revenue.

    The loss in revenue puts conservation work on hold and without visitor revenues, the reserves can survive not long until unless it can secure additional support.

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