Spain eases curbs as coronavirus toll drops

China has reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases – 108 – in nearly six weeks.

The death rate in Italy, Spain and France – three of the countries worst-affected by the coronavirus – appears to be slowing down.

Japan’s Hokkaido island declared a second state of emergency.
Russia recorded its highest daily jump in coronavirus cases with 2,558 new infections.

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to address the nation for a third time later on Monday but is expected to stress the need for the lockdown to continue.

Globally, more than 114,000 people have died from the new coronavirus, while nearly 434,000 have recovered, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Monday, April 13
12:10 GMT – UK’s Johnson to follow medical advice on return to work

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will follow medical advice on when he should return to work, his spokesman said, declining to speculate on how long his full recovery from the coronavirus might take.

“He was only released from hospital yesterday and any decisions which he makes in relation to when he returns to government work will be following the advice of his medical team,” the spokesman said.

Johnson tested negative for coronavirus before he left St Thomas’ Hospital in central London on Sunday and is continuing his recovery at his country residence of Chequers, the spokesman added

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