Russia has announced that 232 more people have died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours in a record one-day increase in the country.
India’s coronavirus death and case tolls have passed China’s, after the country recorded 175 new deaths and 7,466 new cases.
The English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A are set to resume 0 June after a near-three month suspension over coronavirus fears.
- China again reported no new cases as US President Donald Trump renewed attacks on Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic. He called the virus “a very bad gift from China”.
- More than 5.8 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Some 359,000 people have died, while more than 2.4 million have recovered.
Friday, May 29
10:50 GMT – World Bank lends Philippines $500m to counter virus impact
The World Bank Group approved a $500m loan for the Philippines to help it cope with the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Bank said on Friday.
The Philippine government will begin easing from June 1 one of the world’s toughest and longest lockdowns for residents in the capital and other key cities, restoring much-needed activity to an economy facing its deepest contraction in nearly three decades.
The loan will support efforts to provide immediate relief to poor Filipinos and small business workers who have lost their jobs during the lockdown since mid-March, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said in a statement.
10:30 GMT – Polish football fans to return to stadiums from June 19: PM
Polish football supporters will be able to attend matches from June 19, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said, but only 25 percent of the capacity of stadiums will be used in order to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.
“The Polish Football Association and the Premier League have chosen the 19th, so it will be possible to prepare everything according to the correct procedures,” Morawiecki said.
10:10 GMT – Portugal’s tourism collapses in April due to coronavirus
The number of overnight stays by tourists in Portugal dropped 98.3 percent to nearly 71,000 last month from the previous year, showing the sector’s collapse as lockdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus grounded flights and kept visitors away.
The National Statistics Institute said in its flash estimate overnight stays by Britons, the main source of tourism for Portugal, fell 99.3 percent in April compared to the same period in 2019.
09:25 GMT – Indonesia reports 678 new coronavirus cases, 24 deaths
Indonesia has reported 678 new coronavirus infections, taking the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 25,216, according to the health ministry official, Achmad Yurianto.
Yurianto reported 24 new deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 1,520, while 6,492 people have recovered.
08:50 GMT – Russia reports record one-day rise in coronavirus deaths
Russia has reported 232 deaths from the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a record one-day amount that pushed the nationwide death toll to 4,374.
Officials said 8,572 new infections had been confirmed, bringing the national tally to 387,623, the third-highest reported total in the world after the United States and Brazil.
08:30 GMT – Bulgaria to end quarantine on travel from most of EU
Bulgaria plans to lift an obligatory 14-day quarantine from June 1 for travellers from some European Union countries, but not those states with the biggest coronavirus outbreaks, a senior health official said.
The quarantine will remain obligatory for travellers from Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Malta, the country’s chief health inspector said, as well as the UK, which is in a transition period after leaving the EU.
The health minister still needs to approve the move. A ban on the entry of visitors from outside the EU will remain in place.
08:15 GMT – Which countries have not reported any coronavirus cases?
The new coronavirus has been labelled a pandemic and has been reported in at least 188 countries, according to Johns Hopkins University’s data.
However, a handful of countries have not yet reported any cases of the virus.
07:50 – Thailand to ease restrictions, shorten curfew hours
Thailand will next week shorten curfew hours and ease restrictions on more businesses, the government has said, in response to its low numbers of locally transmitted cases of the novel coronavirus.
Starting from June 1, cinemas and theatres can reopen, but with no more than 200 people at a time and with strict social distancing measures, said Somsak Roongsita, secretary-general of the National Security Council.
A curfew will be shortened by one hour to last from 11pm to 3am local time and shopping malls, which reopened earlier this month, will also be allowed to extend their operating hours, he added.
07:30 – UK needs to start tapering its COVID furlough scheme: minister
The UK cannot run its COVID-19 jobs protection scheme indefinitely and needs to start tapering it down as people slowly return to work, environment minister George Eustice said.
“The furlough scheme has been incredibly important in terms of keeping people on standby and ready to return to work,” he told Sky News. “Clearly as we start to emerge from the lockdown and start to get our economy back to work, we can’t keep people on that furlough scheme indefinitely.”
“We need to start identifying ways of moving them off the furlough scheme and back into work … We need a furlough scheme that can be tapered down as people return to work.”
07:10 GMT – Singapore health ministry confirms 611 new cases
Singapore’s health ministry said it has confirmed 611 new coronavirus cases, taking the city state’s tally for infections to 33,860.
The country reported 23 deaths in total.