Pakistan to ease coronavirus lockdown from Saturday

  • Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan will ease lockdown in phases from Saturday despite an increase in number of coronavirus cases in the country.
  • Senior German health official Lars Schaade said a second coronavirus wave could hit Germany before autumn. Case numbers are falling but this is not an all-clear signal, Schaade said at a news conference.
  • Globally, more than 3.7 million people have been confirmed infected with the new coronavirus so far, and more than 264,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Thursday, May 7

16:00 GMT – Canada, provinces agree to boost wages of essential workers: Trudeau

Canada and the ten provinces have agreed to boost the pay of essential workers such as those working in seniors’ residences, where many coronavirus cases have occurred, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said.

Trudeau told a briefing that Ottawa would contribute C$4 billion, which he said represented 75  percent of the total cost. The provinces will be responsible for determining who is essential and how much they receive, he added.

15:50 GMT – France to keep borders closed until at least June 15: Interior minister

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that following the lifting of the coronavirus lockdown in France on May 11, the country’s borders would remain closed until further notice.

“Since the start of the crisis the closure of the borders is the rule, and the authorisation to cross a border is the exception. We have to keep this protection in place, this will not change soon,” Castaner told a televised news conference.

He said that the restrictions would remain in place until at least June 15.

15:40 GMT – Kremlin says Trump offered to send medical aid to Russia

US President Donald Trump offered during a phone call with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to send medical aid to Moscow to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, the Kremlin has said.

In a readout of the phone call, the Kremlin said the two presidents had also discussed global oil markets, noting their support for last month’s output deal between OPEC and non-OPEC producers, something they said had helped stabilise oil prices.

15:30 GMT – Trump tests negative after report valet infected

US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have tested negative for coronavirus after finding out a member of the US military who worked on the White House campus had become infected, a White House spokesman has said.

The military official was identified by CNN as personal valet to Trump.

15:20 GMT – Japan approves Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir

Japan has approved Gilead Sciences Inc’s remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19, making it the country’s first officially authorised drug to tackle the coronavirus disease.

Japan reached the decision just three days after the US drugmaker filed for fast-track approval for the treatment.

“There has so far been no coronavirus medicine available here so it is a significant step for us to approve this drug,” a Japanese health ministry official said at a press briefing. Remdesivir will be give to patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms, he added.

With no other approved treatments for COVID-19, interest in the drug is growing around the world.

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