Coronavirus latest – summary
- The number of confirmed cases in the US rose on Tuesday to 1,002,498. The US now accounts for nearly a third of all infections worldwide.
- UK health minister says 4,343 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in British care homes since Easter
- Most French businesses – except cafés, bars, and restaurants – can reopen on May 11
- France’s top football league has 2019/20 season scrapped – French PM
Germany’s COVID-19 infection rate rises after lockdown lifted
Scrap passengers’ right to ticket refunds, airline lobbyists tell Brussels
EU denies it bowed to Beijing pressure over COVID-19 disinformation report
‘If I eat lunch, I don’t eat dinner’: Coronavirus lockdown punishes Spain’s poorest
Greece to begin lifting lockdown restrictions on May 4.
Irish PM, a medical doctor, lends helping hand to frontline workers
Belgium to recruit 2,000 people to track down new cases
Italian death toll rises by 382
US infections now above 1 million
France’s death toll now at 23,660
Pope Francis tells faithful to obey lockdowns
Pope Francis waded into the church-state debate about virus-imposed lockdowns of religious services, calling Tuesday for “prudence and obedience” to government protocols to prevent infections from surging again.
Francis’ appeal came just two days after Italian bishops bitterly complained that the Italian government offered no provisions for Masses to resume in its plan to reopen Italian business, social and sporting life starting May 4.