France unveils plans for coronavirus lockdown exit

 

  • French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe presented plans to unwind a nationwide lockdown from May 11 conditional on the number of new cases dropping below 3,000 per day, making urban transport as accessible as possible.
  • China accused US politicians of telling lies to distract from their own performance, shortly after US President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on China.
  • Worldwide the number of people confirmed to have coronavirus has risen to more than three million, and at least 212,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 906,000 people have recovered.
  • Trump returned to his daily press briefings after a few days’ absence to attack China over its handling of the coronavirus, saying his administration was conducting “serious investigations” into what happened.
  • The United Nations human rights chief has warned countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting the pandemic risks sparking a “human rights disaster”.

Here are the latest updates:

Tuesday, April 28

16:08 GMT – Italy’s tops 200,000 coronavirus cases, daily death toll rises

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 382, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the total of people infected since the start of the outbreak reached 201,505. The daily tally of new infections stood at 2,091.

People registered as currently carrying the illness fell to 105,205, including 1,863 people in intensive care. Of those originally infected, 68,941 were declared recovered.

The agency said 1.275 million people had been tested for the virus, out of a population of about 60 million.

16:03 GMT – Greece to gradually ease virus lockdown from May 4

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday announced a gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown rules from May 4, but said implementation would be monitored on a daily basis.

“Having contained the first wave of the virus, we are now ready to move to the second phase, the gradual de-escalation of (lockdown) measures,” Mitsotakis said in a televised address.

  • French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe presented plans to unwind a nationwide lockdown from May 11 conditional on the number of new cases dropping below 3,000 per day, making urban transport as accessible as possible.
  • China accused US politicians of telling lies to distract from their own performance, shortly after US President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on China.
  • Worldwide the number of people confirmed to have coronavirus has risen to more than three million, and at least 212,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 906,000 people have recovered.
  • Trump returned to his daily press briefings after a few days’ absence to attack China over its handling of the coronavirus, saying his administration was conducting “serious investigations” into what happened.
  • The United Nations human rights chief has warned countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting the pandemic risks sparking a “human rights disaster”.

Here are the latest updates:

Tuesday, April 28

16:08 GMT – Italy’s tops 200,000 coronavirus cases, daily death toll rises

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 382, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the total of people infected since the start of the outbreak reached 201,505. The daily tally of new infections stood at 2,091.

People registered as currently carrying the illness fell to 105,205, including 1,863 people in intensive care. Of those originally infected, 68,941 were declared recovered.

The agency said 1.275 million people had been tested for the virus, out of a population of about 60 million.

16:03 GMT – Greece to gradually ease virus lockdown from May 4

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday announced a gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown rules from May 4, but said implementation would be monitored on a daily basis.

“Having contained the first wave of the virus, we are now ready to move to the second phase, the gradual de-escalation of (lockdown) measures,” Mitsotakis said in a televised address.

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