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Coronavirus: Questions over how testing pledge will be met
Labour calls for detail on how the government will increase coronavirus testing ten-fold by the end of April.

Coronavirus: Confirmed global cases pass one million
The number of cases has doubled in less than a week, according to the latest figures.

Clap for Carers: UK applauds NHS staff and key workers
A second "Clap for Carers" tribute saw the country salute NHS staff and other key workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

MI6: World War Two workers in rare 'forbidden' footage
Rare footage is released of workers at MI6 during WW2 which has never been seen by the public before.

Coronavirus: Emergency business loan scheme revamped after criticism
Firms have made more than 130,000 loan enquires, but fewer than 1,000 had been approved.

Government bails out bus firms to keep routes open
A £167m fund will cover the losses of bus companies to keep essential services running for key workers.

Coronavirus: Single parents take government to court over welfare rules
The High Court will hear pleas for benefit restrictions to be lifted due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: Premier League players should take a pay cut - Matt Hancock
The "first thing" Premier League footballers can do is "take a pay cut and play their part" to help out during the coronavirus pandemic, says health secretary Matt Hancock.

Coronavirus conman barges in on 83-year-old woman
Trading standards officers say old-fashioned doorstep crime is rising as virus concern is exploited.

Coronavirus: US Navy removes Captain Brett Crozier who raised alarm
Capt Brett Crozier had pleaded for quarantine to prevent deaths aboard a US aircraft carrier.

Bafta Games Awards: Outer Wilds wins Best Game
Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium both win three golden masks at this year's Bafta Games Awards.

The Papers: Test pledge as government admits to virus mistakes
The government's pledge to increase testing to 100,000 a day by the end of month dominates the front pages.

‘I just had a baby - now I’m going to the frontline.’
A nurse in NYC ended her maternity leave early to help her colleagues on the frontline.

Coronavirus: How NHS Nightingale was built in just nine days
How London's ExCel centre was transformed into a hospital to treat coronavirus patients.

The staff battling coronavirus in a Barcelona ICU
The head of the intensive care unit at one of Spain's biggest hospitals show us what staff are facing.

Quiz of the week: Who joined James Corden's lockdown show?
How closely have you been paying attention to what's been going on during the past seven days?

Coronavirus: Shoppers face 'essential items' confusion
The government says you should only shop for "basic necessities" - but what does that actually mean?

BBC radio stars lead the nation in a mass singalong
Five BBC stations joined forces to get the country singing to Prince and Florence + The Machine.

Why Anne Tyler won't be writing about the coronavirus
One of America's greatest living writers says it would be "wrongheaded" to mention the virus in a book.

Coronavirus: Expert panel to assess face mask use by public
Experts are set to assess the value of face masks in helping slow the spread of coronavirus.

The Coronavirus Newscast: 'It's a heck of a target'
The BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg looks at the government's aim for 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by May.

Coronavirus: Photos show deserted lockdown locations at high noon
Photographers around the world have taken pictures showing lockdown locations with a running theme.

Coronavirus career pivots: 'I now work in a supermarket'
An actress and a commercial sales leader talk about making the switch to working in a supermarket.

Dua Lipa interview: How I released an album from lockdown
The pop star dreamt up her new album in Las Vegas, but she's releasing it from an Airbnb in London.

Presenter chooses poetic tribute to NHS
BBC presenter Sophie Raworth reads These Are The Hands by Michael Rosen.

Coronavirus: More health myths to ignore
Lemon juice and other misleading health advice being shared online.

Coronavirus: Keeping Chelsea Pensioners safe
The Chelsea Pensioners are among the UK's most famous war veterans, and life for them under coronavirus is now very different.

Coronavirus: Volunteers help protect NHS workers
The army of volunteers making essential supplies for NHS workers fighting Covid-19.

Coronavirus: Where will be the last place to catch Covid-19?
Some places are yet to record a case - but what will they do if and when it arrives?

Coronavirus: What does it mean if I've been furloughed by work?
Millions unable to do their job due to coronavirus will have their wages paid by a new scheme.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: Making rapid life-and-death decisions
Covid-19 cases have been filling wards at Bradford Royal Infirmary, and leaving staff with tough decisions to make.

Coronavirus: Can I still walk my dog? And other questions
How many times can I walk my dog, how safe are groceries, can I have a birthing partner, and other questions answered.

Virus threatens next generation of smartphones
The latest smartphones might be delayed due to disrupted supply chains and shoppers staying at home.

Coronavirus: A US tourist town telling visitors to stay away
Its state slogan is "live free or die" - but locals now fear being overwhelmed by tourists.

Coronavirus: Where has all the hand sanitiser gone?
Shelves all over the world are empty - it turns out more alcohol is needed, to ramp up production.

Coronavirus: Meet the ex-NHS staff who are returning to work
Thousands of ex-NHS staff have returned to work to help fight coronavirus after a government appeal.

Coronavirus: BA reaches deal to suspend thousands of workers
The airline will temporarily suspend more than 30,000 of its workers after reaching a deal with unions.

Recovering from coronavirus: Three harrowing stories of surviving Covid-19
We have spoken to three people who were hospitalised after contracting coronavirus.

Premier League restart date to be pushed back
The restart date for the Premier League will be pushed back on Friday when all 20 clubs meet to discuss the future of the season.

BBC to air memorable sporting highlights including London 2012, Euro '96 and Wimbledon
The London 2012 Olympics and Euro '96 are just some of the memorable moments that viewers can relive during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jones should keep 'competitive edge', even if he does 'slightly cross line' on occasions
RFU boss Bill Sweeney urges Eddie Jones to keep his "competitive edge", even if the England head coach does "slightly cross the line" on occasions.

Newcastle Falcons promoted to Premiership
Newcastle Falcons' promotion back to the Premiership is confirmed by the Rugby Football Union.

British champion Fitzgerald charged with three counts of assault
British champion Scott Fitzgerald is charged with three counts of common assault and one of witness intimidation.

The racing driver turned PPE delivery man - how motorsport is helping coronavirus fight
Formula E's Alex Sims is keeping sharp behind the wheel of his delivery van, as others in motorsport and cycling help to fight coronavirus.

Play along with BBC Sport's live 'Quarantine Quiz' on Friday night
Test your sporting knowledge with Friday's live BBC Sport 'Quarantine Quiz' followed by a Question of Sport on Saturday.

Coronavirus: Are we getting closer to a vaccine or drug?
We answer some of the big questions about vaccines and how long one for coronavirus could take.

Coronavirus: Why does testing matter?
What is the test for coronavirus and can I get one?

Coronavirus symptoms: What are they and how do I protect myself?
The virus is spreading around the world, but what is it and what are the symptoms?

Coronavirus: What are social distancing and self-isolation?
Everybody should be avoiding non-essential contact, and you should stay at home wherever possible.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body
What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?

Coronavirus in UK: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
Key graphics explaining how coronavirus has spread in the UK and the government's response.

What is the coronavirus?
Everything you need to know about the coronavirus – explained in just one minute.

Coronavirus information: What should I do?
Step-by-step, what to do to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus: A visual guide to the pandemic
Key charts explaining how the respiratory virus has spread and how it is being dealt with.

Coronavirus: How to wash your hands - in 20 seconds
Dr Adele McCormick from the University of Westminster demonstrates how to wash your hands.

Coronavirus update: Why does staying at home help?
After Boris Johnson brings in new measures, the BBC explains why staying in is a matter of life and death.

Coronavirus: 'I'm begging you, please be careful'
A woman being treated for coronavirus has made an appeal for people to stay home.

Coronavirus: When will the outbreak end and life get back to normal?
The huge challenge the world faces to find an exit strategy to end the lockdowns and return to normal.

Coronavirus death rate: What are the chances of dying?
The current best guess of a 1% death rate does not apply to everyone.

The workers braving coronavirus
From supermarkets to warehouses to pharmacies, these are the people keeping things running.

Coronavirus: More myths to ignore
Reality Check tackles misleading health advice being shared online.

The volunteer army helping self-isolating neighbours
The coronavirus outbreak has left many feeling trapped indoors, but for some help may not be far away.

Coronavirus: 'How I'm coping with self-isolation'
With the impact that coronavirus is having on our daily lives, people are finding new ways to fill their free time.

Coronavirus: The rough sleepers who can't self-isolate
With soup kitchens closing and hostels 'like a Petri dish', homeless people are scared about the future.

My disabled son’s amazing gaming life in the World of Warcraft
Robert and Trude thought their son Mats lived a lonely life, but they discovered this was far from true.


Trump passes the buck as deadly ventilator shortage looms
President Donald Trump is pinning the blame on states for a shortage of ventilators that governors warn could effectively condemn coronavirus patients to death when the pandemic peaks.

Coronavirus cases top 1 million globally

As China goes back to work, doubts over its coronavirus recovery linger
As the United States and much of the rest of the world locks down over the novel coronavirus pandemic, China is cautiously opening back up.

How to properly wipe down your groceries and remove gloves
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta demonstrates the proper way to wipe down grocery or take-out items before bringing them into the house, and how to remove contaminated gloves without compromising your hands.

US Navy removes aircraft carrier commander after he sounded outbreak alarm

Even in a pandemic, the Japanese likely won't stay home until Abe makes them
Salary men in suits crammed into trains during the rush-hour commute are staple scenes in Tokyo.

Anger as Japan leader refuses to declare coronavirus emergency
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing a public backlash after he said the government would distribute two reusable cloth face masks per household amid growing concern over medical shortages as the country faces a worsening coronavirus outbreak.

Why the peak is coming after weeks of social distancing
Dr. Anthony Fauci explains why even after weeks of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, the peak of coronavirus in the US is still yet to come.

The hilltop fortress town that cut itself off from the world -- and coronavirus
The fortress town of Zahara de la Sierra in southern Spain is used to fending off enemies. The Moors and Christians fought over it in medieval times, and it was sacked by the French in 1812. Now its formidable position high above the Andalusian countryside has suddenly become an invaluable asset once more.

How US can keep death toll far below the 100,000 projection
On Tuesday, the White House projected an alarming possibility: Between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could die from the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the efforts in place to minimize the spread of the disease. Yet these 100,000 to 240,000 deaths are not inevitable. Far from it. As of Thursday night there have been around 5,850 to date in the US, and of the 242,000 active cases, unfortunately several thousand are likely to die. But the US could still keep the death toll well below 100,000. It all depends on our public policy, and especially on our public health system.

Coronavirus can spread through talking or breathing, prestigious panel tells White House
A prestigious scientific panel told the White House Wednesday night that research shows coronavirus can be spread not just by sneezes or coughs, but also just by talking, or possibly even just breathing.

A healthy 39-year-old DJ died of coronavirus. What his widow and daughter want you to know
Nicole Buchanan wasn't even allowed to say goodbye to her husband.

CNN anchor: I've lost 13 pounds in 3 days from Covid-19
CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta speak to Chris Cuomo about his coronavirus symptoms and how he's been coping at home with the illness.

How Fauci and Birx got Trump to listen to science

More than 40 spring breakers who ignored public health advice test positive for virus
Dozens of spring breakers from Texas boarded a plane for fun and came home with coronavirus.

In locked-down South Africa, unity is fleeting
It was a rare moment of national unity in a country that in the past decade has become increasingly fractious and fraught with racial and ethnic tensions. But it did not last long.

Print this so you don't bring coronavirus home

Russia's 'aid' delivery to the US was a PR coup for Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin knows how to make a very small investment for an outsized public-relations gain, and the Covid-19 pandemic has been no exception.

A 3,000% jump in jobless claims has devastated the US job market
Millions more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, as businesses continue to lay off and furlough workers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

99-year-old in New Jersey charged after attending party during state ban on gatherings
A 99-year-old man and nine others were charged in New Jersey with violating the state's ban on gatherings aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus, officials said.

2 dead and several Covid-19 cases after party she hosted
Several people contracted Covid-19 and two others died after a reporter held a birthday party for her 90-year-old mother. Now, she's warning others not to make the same mistake.

'Contagion' vs. coronavirus: The film's connections to a real life pandemic
As we live through a developing pandemic, some of us can't help but compare it to the 2011 American thriller which some claim predicted Covid-19: "Contagion."

The Rock, in a towel, sings ultimate hand-washing song for 'Moana' fans
Dwayne Johnson is making sure his youngest child has strong hand washing game with a little help from "Moana."

Oil prices soar as Trump talks up huge production cuts and Saudi Arabia calls for OPEC meeting

Fact-checking Trump's claim that scarves are better than masks
CNN's Daniel Dale and Dr. Sanjay Gupta fact-check President Trump's claim that a scarf may be a better option than face masks because they are "thicker."

The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth shake less
Once-crowded city streets are now empty. Highway traffic has slowed to a minimum. And fewer and fewer people can be found milling about outside.

How two funerals helped turn one small city into a hotspot
When a retired janitor suddenly died in southern Georgia, crowds of relatives and friends flocked to a local funeral home and mourned together. Within weeks, their city was overrun by coronavirus cases.

Spain passes 10,000 deaths after highest single-day rise yet, but curve is stabilizing
Spain passed another grim milestone as it grappled to contain its coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, reporting that more than 10,000 have now died in the country as a result of the virus.

Nurse struggled to get tested and worked while infected
A nurse in New York who was showing symptoms of coronavirus worked at two hospitals for about seven days while waiting on test results that would eventually come back positive. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has the story.

UK officials release guidance on who to save first

Man charged for train derailment near US Navy ship
A train engineer has been charged after allegedly admitting to intentionally crashing a train near a US Navy hospital ship that he said was "suspicious."

World's most unequal country has two types of lockdowns

Europe's most illiberal democracy lurches toward autocracy as pandemic gives Europe's police new powers
While people in Europe are giving up some hard-won freedoms to contain the cornavirus, the pandemic is being used by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as a cover for a power grab. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Boeing offering buyouts as it projects recovery will take years
Boeing is offering employees buyouts as its CEO said it will take years for the airlines and aerospace industry to recover from the coronavirus crisis.

How people are killing time while in quarantine
Quarantine videos take the internet by storm, from Jack Black to horseplay. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the best of them.

Life found in rocks beneath the ocean floor give scientists hope of finding life on Mars
When scientists find microbial life thriving in some of the most extreme environments on Earth, it gives them hope that they may be able to find life on other planets.

Mice make different faces depending on how they feel -- and that could impact how we treat mood disorders, a new study says
Mice, unlike most people, cannot force a smile or disguise their disgust (as far as we know). Most of us may not have realized that their tiny, fuzzy faces can muster an emotional expression at all.

The rich treasures of Renaissance cabinets of curiosities
The cabinet of curiosities is synonymous with delight and surprise, with marvels and rare objects, but is also the mirror and representation of the world in its entirety.

Shenzhen becomes first Chinese city to ban consumption of cats and dogs
Shenzhen, in southeastern China, has become the first city in the country to ban the consumption of cats and dogs, the government announced Thursday.

New England Patriots team plane flying 1.2 million medical masks from China
A New England Patriots team plane loaded with 1.2 million N95 protective masks is on its way back to Boston after picking up the vital supplies in China.

This glass could turn skyscrapers into power generators
In the United States, buildings consume approximately 70% of the country's electricity. But a breakthrough in solar glass could offset that demand by converting the windows of every building into solar panels.

K-pop star Kim Jae-joong apologizes after telling fans on April Fools' Day he had coronavirus
K-pop star Kim Jae-joong has apologized after telling fans on April Fools' Day that he had caught coronavirus.

Elusive 'missing link' black hole discovered by Hubble
Astronomers have long studied supermassive black holes and smaller black holes that form when massive stars implode, but they have searched for intermediate-mass black holes for years.

Outlandish hair freezing contest offers much-needed laughs
During these uncertain times, we'll take the laughs where we can get them.

Renowned chef Ina Garten makes a giant cocktail for one
Barefoot Contessa's Ina Garten demonstrates the best way to make a cosmo

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson set for charity rematch involving NFL stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are set to be joined by NFL legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in a possible televised charity match.

Famous stolen paintings: Where high art and low deeds collide
In Hollywood movies, the art thief has become something of a romantic legend. But away from the big screen, art looting is big and ugly business.

Coronavirus cases top 1 million | South Korea becomes second Asian country to record 10,000 cases

Top US infectious diseases expert Fauci calls for nationwide stay-at-home orders
The nation's top infectious disease expert said Thursday he doesn't understand why every state hasn't issued stay-at-home orders as novel coronavirus cases continue to surge across the US.

Trump on masks: 'In many ways, the scarf is better. It's thicker'
President Donald Trump said Thursday his administration will soon release nationwide recommendations on wearing face masks after initially telling Americans they weren't necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Al Jazeera

US coronavirus deaths near 6,000, cases top 240,000: Live updates
UN General Assembly approves resolution recognising 'unprecedented effects' of virus as cases surpass one million.

India COVID-19 lockdown means no food or work for rural poor
Millions in underdeveloped regions face penury and deprivation as economic activity grinds to a halt due to lockdown.

COVID-19 pandemic is testing world's leaders. Who's stepping up?
Whether millions live or die depends on the decisions the world's leaders take in the coming days and weeks.

Coronavirus cases top 1 million with 50,000 deaths: Live updates
Pandemic worsens in the United States and Europe as number of confirmed infections worldwide exceeds one million.

UK 'must be pressed to recognise Palestinian state': ex-diplomat
The status quo in the occupied Palestinian territories is 'unacceptable', said Sir Vincent Fean.

Coronavirus: US moves towards promoting broader use of face masks
Trump administration will likely recommend that those in US coronavirus hot spots wear nonmedical masks when outside.

By refusing refugees, Poles, Hungarians and Czechs 'broke EU law'
Warsaw, Budapest and Prague will face no immediate penalty for refusing to host refugees in 2015.

Where are the US coronavirus hot spots?
As New York continues its fight against the deadly virus, officials are concerned about other population centres.

US Navy relieves commander of coronavirus-hit ship over memo leak
Brett Crozier wrote a letter asking Navy leaders for stronger measures to control the outbreak on the aircraft carrier.

Coronavirus spike on Navajo Nation raises alarms
COVID-19 could 'wipe out' tribal communities with at-risk populations, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham warns.

Venezuelans face evictions amid Colombia coronavirus quarantine
Venezuelans, many of whom have lost their informal work, face especially 'dark times' under quarantine.

Biden joins fellow US Democrats in call for easing Iran sanctions
The Democratic presidential frontrunner says US has moral obligation to aid those in need regardless of where they live.

US Congress seeks to oversee coronavirus stimulus spending
House Democrats also want to authorise a bipartisan commission to review how the pandemic caught the US by surprise.

Coronavirus: All you need to know in 500 words
Virus thought to have originated in China's Wuhan has killed over 51,000 people and infected more than 1 million.

Grim milestone as global confirmed COVID-19 cases top one million
The coronarivus disease has killed over 51,000 globally, with the largest number of deaths in Italy, Spain and the US.

Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?
As the virus spreads across the globe, sports bodies are cancelling or postponing events.

What happens if you catch the new coronavirus?
What we know so far on what COVID-19 does to the human body in cases of infections and deaths.

Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread
The virus has killed more than 51,000 people and infected more than 1 million worldwide.

Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks
Countries around the world are stepping up efforts to tackle the new coronavirus that has killed thousands.

Putin extends Russia's coronavirus nonworking period
Despite a raft of measures, reported cases spiked on Thursday with 771 new infections, bringing the total to 3,548.

Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?
Over 1 million infections are confirmed in at least 180 countries and territories, including more than 50,000 deaths.

How should health workers fighting coronavirus be protected?
Doctors and nurses on the front line face enormous physical and mental strain due to long hours and huge workloads.

Cautious optimism as Italy shows initial signs of crisis slowing
A slowing rate of hospitalisations requiring intensive care may mean the peak of Italy's crisis is within sight.

Coronavirus pandemic: Which politicians and celebs are affected?
Top politicians, celebrities and sportspeople have been infected as governments take strict measures to curb the virus.

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by country
Countries around the world have taken drastic measures, including border closures, in an attempt to curb COVID-19.

MercoPress - South American Agency

Trump orders sanitary evacuation of Zaandam and Rotterdam passengers

The ships' operator, Holland America Line, said it was awaiting confirmation that disembarkation will take place in Fort Lauderdale. US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that US authorities will evacuate passengers from a stranded cruise ship due to dock in Florida after being barred from several South American countries because of a coronavirus outbreak aboard.

Wild animals are slipping to explore empty streets of lock-downed cities

Wild boar have descended from the hills around Barcelona in Spain while sika deer are nosing their way around the deserted metro stations of Nara in Japan. With humans retreating into their homes as more and more countries go under coronavirus lockdown, wild animals are slipping cover to explore the empty streets of some of the biggest cities. Wild boar have descended from the hills around Barcelona in Spain while sika deer are nosing their way around the deserted metro stations of Nara in Japan.

One million Brits claimed "universal credit" welfare payments in two weeks

Between March 16 and March 31, 950,000 people successfully applied for universal credit payments, up from about 100,000 in a normal two-week period Almost one million people have claimed "universal credit" welfare payments in the UK in the past two weeks, exposing the massive economic hit from Boris Johnson's coronavirus lockdown.

With lockdown, Spain's helpline for victims of gender violence shoots up

Calls increased by 12.4% in the first two weeks of the lockdown compared to the same fortnight last year, while online consultations of the help-line's website grew by 270%, the Equality Ministry said Calls to Spain's governmental helpline for victims of gender violence shot up in the first two weeks of a state of emergency lockdown imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday.

Indigenous woman in the Brazilian Amazon tests positive for coronavirus

The patient, whose name was not made public, is a medical worker who had travelled upriver to several villages, including the town of Tabatinga (Pic Wikimedia) An indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rainforest has contracted the novel coronavirus, the first case reported among Brazil's more than 300 tribes, the Health Ministry's indigenous health service Sesai said on Wednesday

Growing opinion in US that China's coronavirus figures are a “major cover-up operation”

“How do we know” if they are accurate, Trump asked at a press conference. “Their numbers seem to be a little bit on the light side.” President Donald Trump cast doubt on Wednesday on the accuracy of official Chinese figures on its coronavirus outbreak after US lawmakers, citing an intelligence report, accused Beijing of a cover-up.

Antarctica some 90 million years ago was a temperate, swampy rainforest

The sediment core obtained by the RV Polarstern in the Amundsen Sea near the Pine Island Glacier dated to about 90 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period Antarctica is now a harsh land of ice and snow but has not always been that way. Earth's southernmost continent long ago was home to temperate, swampy rainforests teeming with life, scientists said on Wednesday based on pristinely preserved forest soil they retrieved by drilling under the seafloor off Antarctica's coast.

Carnival Cruises raises US$ 6,25bn in new debt and equity but at very high cost

Despite having its cruise ships idled to comply with coronavirus travel restrictions, Carnival was able to attract enough investors Carnival Corp, the world's largest cruise operator, said it has raised US$6.25 billion by issuing new debt and equity on Wednesday, borrowing at a high cost to weather the economic storm of the coronavirus pandemic.

US unemployment claims expected at record high: 80% Americans under some form of lockdown

Thursday's weekly jobless claims report from the Labor Department is expected to show that claims blew past the previous week's record 3.3 million The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits likely shot to a record high for a second week in a row as more jurisdictions enforced stay-at-home measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic, which economists say has pushed the economy into recession.

Two US babies coronavirus deaths surprise the medical community

“This is absolutely heartbreaking. We believe this is one of the youngest lives lost anywhere due to complications relating to COVID-19.” A six-week-old infant has died of complications relating to COVID-19, the governor of the US state of Connecticut said on Wednesday, in one of the youngest recorded deaths from the virus. Governor Ned Lamont tweeted that the newborn was "brought unresponsive to a hospital late last week and could not be revived".

EU Newsroom

Coronavirus: the Commission mobilises all of its resources to protect lives and livelihoods
Saving lives and supporting livelihoods in these times of acute crisis is paramount. The Commission is further increasing its response by proposing to set up a €100 billion solidarity instrument to help workers keep their incomes and help businesses stay afloat, called SURE.

EU launches Operation IRINI to enforce Libya arms embargo

Emergency coronavirus research: Commission selects 18th project to develop rapid diagnostics
The European Commission has decided to fund another project as part of its emergency call for urgently needed research and innovation into the coronavirus. This means it will support 18 projects with a total of €48.5 million from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.

Coronavirus: Commission issues questions and answers to help increase production of safe medical supplies
The Commission is making available guidance to assist manufacturers in ramping up production of essential medical equipment and material in three areas: the production of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), leave-on hand cleaners and hand disinfectants and 3D printing in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 - Council adopts measures for immediate release of funds

EU-Vietnam: Council gives final green light to free trade agreement
The Council today adopted a decision on the conclusion of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and Vietnam. This decision clears the path, on the EU side, for the entry into force of the agreement.

COVID-19: EU adopts slot waiver to help airlines

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers
The Commission has issued new practical advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU, in particular those in critical occupations to fight the coronavirus pandemic, can reach their workplace.

EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile
The European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile.

COVID-19: MEPs call for a more unified EU response
Showing strong support for EU measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, MEPs spoke up for strong EU solidarity to help citizens in Thursday’s plenary debate.

Main results of the Video conference of the members of the European Council
On 26 March, the members of the European Council followed up, by video conference, on the EU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They also addressed EU enlargement, the earthquake in Croatia and the situation at the EU's external borders.

Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world
The European Commission and the High Representative set out the priorities and way ahead on Human rights and Democracy, adopting a Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024.

Coronavirus: harmonised standards for medical devices to respond to urgent needs
Yesterday, the Commission adopted decisions on harmonised standards which will allow manufacturers to place on the market high performing devices to protect patients, health care professionals and citizens in general. The standards will facilitate a faster and less expensive conformity assessment procedure.

Coronavirus: Commission issues guidelines to protect critical European assets and technology in current crisis
The European Commission issued guidelines to ensure a strong EU-wide approach to foreign investment screening in a time of public health crisis and related economic vulnerability.

Coronavirus: Commission bid to ensure supply of personal protective equipment for the EU proves successful
Producers made offers covering and, in some cases, even exceeding the quantities requested by the Member States that take part in the procurement, for every single item requested. The joint procurement covers masks type 2 and 3, gloves, goggles, face-shields, surgical masks and overalls.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup discussed further policy responses to the COVID-19 economic fallout, following the invitation of members of the European Council on 17 March.

Main results of the video conference of ministers for European affairs
EU ministers responsible for European affairs gave their political agreement to the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The EU's outermost regions: strengthened partnership bears fruit

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes
The Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, ministers discussed the flexibility of the Stability and Growth Pact, in view of the communication presented by the European Commission on the economic aspects of the COVID-19 crisis on 20 March.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers
Ministers exchanged views on the international response to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with a particular focus on the repatriation of EU travellers stranded abroad. Ministers also discussed how to step up international cooperation and solidarity in order to support the most fragile countries.

COVID-19: Commission creates first ever rescEU stockpile of medical equipment
The European Commission has decided to create a strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks to help EU countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State aid: Commission adopts Temporary Framework to enable Member States to further support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak
The European Commission has adopted a Temporary Framework to enable Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eastern Partnership: Commission proposes new policy objectives for beyond 2020
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have put forward a proposal for the long-term policy objectives of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020.

COVID-19: Commission provides guidance on EU passenger rights
In our efforts to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has today published guidelines to ensure EU passenger rights are applied in a coherent manner across the EU.

ECB announces €750 billion Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP)

Video conference of the members of the European Council
Members of the European Council held a videoconference on COVID 19 in order to follow up on previous conclusions of 10 March 2020 together with the ECB President, the President of the Eurogroup and the High Representative. They reaffirmed the need to work together and to do everything necessary to tackle the crisis and its consequences.

COVID-19: Commission presents guidelines for border measures to protect health and keep goods and essential services available
The Commission presented guidelines to Member States on health-related border management measures in the context of the COVID-19 emergency. The aim is to protect citizens' health, ensure the right treatment of people who do have to travel, and make sure essential goods and services remain available.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup held an in-depth discussion, together with non-euro area members, and adopted a statement on how to respond to the extraordinary human and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.

COVID-19: Commission sets out European coordinated response to counter the economic impact of the Coronavirus
COVID-19 is a severe public health emergency for our citizens, societies and economies with infections in all Member States. It is also a major economic shock to the EU. The Commission therefore presents today an immediate response to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, centred on a European coordinated response.

Main results from the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers were informed of the latest developments at the EU's external borders with Turkey. They also assessed how the measures mentioned in the home affairs ministers statement of 4 March are being implemented. Over lunch, ministers responsible for civil protection issues discussed the coronavirus outbreak, following up on the priorities identified by EU leaders on 10 March.

New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers
With measures along the entire life cycle of products, the new Action Plan aims to make our economy fit for a green future, strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers.

Plenary highlights: Coronavirus debate, budget, migration
In a shortened plenary session due to coronavirus concerns, MEPs discussed the EU’s response to the outbreak, tensions at the Greek-Turkish border and the EU long-term budget.

Meeting of the members of the European Council on Coronavirus
The members of the European Council discussed, by video conference, how to coordinate EU efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, President of the Eurogroup, Mario Centeno, and High Representative Josep Borrell also took part in the discussion.

Making Europe's businesses future-ready: A new Industrial Strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe
The Commission presents a new Strategy to help Europe's industry lead the twin transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The Strategy aims to drive Europe's competitiveness and its strategic autonomy at a time of moving geopolitical plates and increasing global competition.

EU paves the way for a stronger, more ambitious partnership with Africa
The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy proposed the basis for a new strategy with Africa. The communication sets out proposals to intensify cooperation through partnerships in five key areas: green transition; digital transformation; sustainable growth and jobs; peace and governance; and migration and mobility.

EU-Turkey leaders' meeting
Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Brussels. The leaders discussed bilateral relations, the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement on migration, security, stability in the region and the crisis in Syria.

Migration: Commission takes action to find solutions for unaccompanied migrant children on Greek islands

A Union that strives for more: the first 100 days

COVID-19: Commission steps up research funding and selects 17 projects in vaccine development, treatment and diagnostics
Following the publication of a €10 million call in January, the Commission has secured an additional €37.5 million for urgently needed research on COVID-19 vaccine development, treatment and diagnostics. This action is part of the coordinated EU response to the public health threat of COVID-19.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers discussed the crisis in Idlib and the situation at the EU external borders with Turkey. The Council adopted a statement.

Gender Equality Strategy: Striving for a Union of equality
The European Commission presented its strategy for equality between women and men in Europe. While the EU is a global leader in gender equality and has made significant progress in the last decades, gender-based violence and stereotypes continue to persist.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Council exchanged views on the European Green Deal and adopted the EU's long-term climate strategy submission to the UN. The Council also adopted conclusions on improving air quality. Climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed ministers as guest of the Croatian Presidency.

Committing to climate-neutrality by 2050: Commission proposes European Climate Law and consults on the European Climate Pact
The Commission presents a proposal to enshrine in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, to protect the planet and our people. The European Climate Law sets the 2050 target and the direction of travel for all EU policy, and gives predictability for public authorities, businesses and citizens. At the same time, the Commission is launching a public consultation on the future European Climate Pact. Through this consultation the public will be involved in co-designing this instrument.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council adopted a statement on the situation at the EU's external borders. In this statement, the Council expresses its solidarity with Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and other member states which might be similarly affected, including in efforts to manage the EU's external borders.

European Commission launches global coalition for biodiversity
On the occasion of the World Wildlife Day, the European Commission launched today in Monaco a new global coalition for biodiversity. With this communication campaign, the Commission is calling for stronger mobilisation in raising awareness about the need to protect biodiversity.

New Eurobarometer Survey: Protecting the environment and climate is important for over 90% of European citizens
The Eurobarometer Survey published today reveals that citizens want more to be done to protect the environment, and that they believe responsibility should be shared by big companies and industry, national governments and the EU, as well as citizens themselves.

Commission reports on progress made by Albania and North Macedonia

Coronavirus response
The European Commission is working on all fronts to support efforts to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes ongoing coordination with Member States to share information, assess needs and ensure a coherent EU-wide response.

EU4FairWork: Commission launches campaign to tackle undeclared work
The Commission is launching today the first European campaign for declared work. It will work hand in hand with the European Platform tackling undeclared work and the European Labour Authority. The initiative intends to raise awareness amongst workers, companies and policymakers that undeclared work does not pay off.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council adopted a set of conclusions in the context of its better regulation agenda. These conclusions touch upon the quality of impact assessments, the need for policymakers to take into account the particular interests of small and medium-size enterprises, starts-ups and micro enterprises, as well as to improve methods of checking whether existing EU laws remain fit-for-purpose.

Winter Package puts competitive sustainability at the heart of the European Semester
The Commission has published country reports analysing each Member State's key socio-economic challenges. The analysis in the country reports reflects the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy, presented in December 2019, focusing on competitive sustainability with the aim to build an economy that works for people and the planet.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council exchanged views on relations with the UK and adopted the negotiating mandate for the upcoming talks. Ministers also prepared for the March European Council, discussed plans for legislative work and heard presentations by the Commission on the revised enlargement methodology and the new European rule of law mechanism.

EU-UK relations: Council gives go-ahead for talks to start and adopts negotiating directives
The Council adopted a decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with the UK, and formally nominating the Commission as EU negotiator. The Council also adopted negotiating directives which constitute a mandate to the Commission for the negotiations.

COVID-19: EU working on all fronts, €232 million for global efforts to tackle outbreak
The European Commission is working around the clock to support EU Member States and strengthen international efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Main results of the Special European Council
On 20 and 21 February, EU heads of state or government met in Brussels to discuss the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027. Following intense negotiations, it became evident that it was not possible to reach an agreement and more time was needed.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
Education ministers adopted a resolution on education and training in the European Semester and held a public debate on the topic of 'brain circulation'.

Shaping Europe's digital future: Commission presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence
The Commission unveils its ideas and actions for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted a revised list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. The Commission presented its review of the EU economic governance. The ministers also discussed the European Semester 2020 and the EU budget for 2021.

EU invests more than €100 million in new LIFE Programme projects to promote a green and climate-neutral Europe
The European Commission announced an investment of €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. The funding will support 10 large-scale environment and climate projects in nine Member States, helping Europe's transition to a sustainable economy and climate neutrality.

Main results of the General Affairs Council meeting

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council exchanged views on current affairs, Libya and EU-African Union relations. Over an informal lunch ministers discussed EU-India relations with the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Plenary highlights: EU long-term budget, trade with Vietnam, EU-UK relations
MEPs demanded an ambitious EU long-term budget, approved free trade deals with Vietnam and set out their position on future EU-UK relations during this week's plenary session.

Winter 2020 Economic Forecast: Offsetting forces confirm subdued growth
The Winter 2020 Economic Forecast published today projects that the European economy is set to continue on a path of steady, moderate growth. The euro area has now enjoyed its longest period of sustained growth since the euro was introduced in 1999.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (Health)
An extraordinary Council gathered health ministers to have an exchange of views and adopt conclusions in relation to the COVID-19.

February infringements package: key decisions

More than money: the long-term EU budget is a tool for Europe’s future
MEPs underlined that Parliament will only give its consent to a budget that meets the European Union’s ambitions, in a debate on EU funding for 2021-2027.

Parliament approves EU-Vietnam free trade and investment protection deals
The EU-Vietnam trade agreement, the “most modern and ambitious agreement ever concluded between the EU and a developing country”, got Parliament’s backing on Wednesday.

EU-UK future relations: “level playing field” crucial to ensure fair competition

Trade preferences boost developing countries' exports to the European Union
Exports to the European Union from developing countries using special tariff preferences under the EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) reached a new high of €69 billion in 2018.

A more credible, dynamic, predictable and political EU accession process - Commission lays out its proposals
The European Commission put forward a proposal to drive forward the EU accession process, by making it more credible, with a stronger political steer, more dynamic and predictable.

Commission presents review of EU economic governance and launches debate on its future
The Commission presents a review of the effectiveness of the economic surveillance framework and launches a public debate on its future.

European Commission and European Investment Fund launch €75 million BlueInvest Fund
The BlueInvest Fund will be managed by the European Investment Fund and will provide financing to underlying equity funds that strategically target and support the innovative blue economy.

European Commission launches EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan
Today, on World Cancer Day, the European Commission is launching an EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. The consultation will help shape the Plan, identify key areas, and explore future action.

Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission takes first step to launch negotiations with the United Kingdom
The European Commission has issued a recommendation to the Council to open negotiations on a new partnership with the United Kingdom. This recommendation is based on the existing European Council guidelines and conclusions, as well as on the Political Declaration agreed between the EU and the United Kingdom in October 2019.

Trade: First year of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement shows growth in EU exports
1 February 2020 marks the first anniversary of the entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). In the first ten months following the implementation of the agreement, EU exports to Japan went up by 6.6% compared to the same period the year before.

Antitrust: Commission fines NBCUniversal €14.3 million for restricting sales of film merchandise products

Parliament wants binding rules on common chargers to be tabled by summer
The European Parliament calls on the Commission to put forward beefed-up rules on common chargers by July 2020 at the latest. There is an “urgent need for EU regulatory action” to reduce electronic waste and empower consumers to make sustainable choices, MEPs say in a resolution.

European Commission 2020 Work Programme: An ambitious roadmap for a Union that strives for more
The European Commission adopted its 2020 Work Programme. It sets out the actions the Commission will take in 2020 to turn the Political Guidelines of President von der Leyen into tangible benefits for European citizens, businesses and society.

Secure 5G networks: Commission endorses EU toolbox and sets out next steps
The Commission is endorsing the joint toolbox of mitigating measures agreed by EU Member States to address security risks related to the rollout of 5G, the fifth-generation of mobile networks.

Brexit deal approved by the European Parliament
The Withdrawal Agreement was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday evening by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions.

Erasmus+ and its predecessors: a life-changing experience for 10 million young Europeans
The 2018 annual report on Erasmus+, published today, shows that over the last three decades, more than 10 million people have participated in what turned out to be a life-changing experience for many of them.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council exchanged views on the European Green Deal and the regulation on CAP transitional rules.

Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe
The Commission set out its ideas for shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe, which should be launched on Europe Day, 9 May 2020 and run for two years. The Communication adopted is the Commission's contribution to the already lively debate around the Conference on the Future of Europe – a project announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her Political Guidelines, to give Europeans a greater say on what the European Union does and how it works for them.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) discussed digital taxation and the European Green Deal. It also kick-started the 2020 European Semester exercise.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed current affairs, including the latest developments regarding Libya. Foreign ministers also exchanged views on the Sahel and climate diplomacy. Over a working lunch ministers discussed the Middle East peace process and issues concerning the wider region.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Plenary highlights: European Green Deal, future of Europe, Brexit
During the first plenary session of 2020, Parliament called for more ambitious measures to tackle climate change and to put citizens at the centre of an initiative to reform the EU.

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level
MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October by show of hands.

Brexit: MEPs concerned about citizens' rights
Parliament highlights that assurances are needed on the protection of citizens’ rights to ensure its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement. In a resolution, MEPs take stock of citizens’ rights in the context of Brexit and highlight that their consent to the Withdrawal Agreement will take into account “experiences gained and assurances given” about their protection.

Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions
MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets. Parliament adopted its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary debate in December.

Financing the green transition: The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism
The European Green Deal's Investment Plan - the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - presented today will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.

Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions
The Commission presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback on further action at all levels in the area of employment and social rights.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed current affairs, focusing on Libya, and exchanged views on recent events in Iraq with a view to finding ways to de-escalate tensions in the region.

European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets
The European Commission published the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to be addressed.

Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, EU Ombudsman, pollinators
The 2019 Sakharov Prize award ceremony, the election of the new EU Ombudsman and a debate on the decline of bees topped the agenda of the December plenary session in Strasbourg.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council adopted conclusions on biodiversity. Ministers spelled out member states' views on the commitments and actions needed in EU environment and climate policy 2019-2024, including the European Green Deal.

Global Times

Top medics remain in Hubei to save lives of critically ill patients

Wuhan govt weighs whether to test all residents to find silent carriers

High-tech detector

Tomb sweeping

Joyful release

China to beat back US' tech 'hegemony'

Wuhan story might prove Trump is right about reopening economy - partially

Cuba provides medical relief worldwide despite US sanctions

Happy reunion

Stringent new measures

Political bias risks millions of lives in US

Chinese ambassador refutes doubts about coronavirus death toll

Mental health experts discuss support for frontline medical workers in the wake of COVID-19

Back on track to Kazakhstan

Chinese exported thermal detectors deserve more attention overseas: insiders

Netizens count down for Wuhan's lockdown removal

Green loan channel opens for exports in Jiangsu

China willing to share virus experience, equipment with India: FM

Political attacks on Chinese medical supplies take toll on exports

US infrastructure plan inefficient in economic stimulation amid pandemic: experts

Navigating economy in 2020

Chinese researchers to conduct animal trials for COVID-19 vaccine in May

Sixty Aussie newspapers to cease printing

Facebook feature lets people reach out for help in pandemic

India's economic fallout from COVID-19 likely to harm global firms

For those planning something virus-themed for April Fools' Day: 'Don't.'

Goats claim the streets in Britain

Countries should follow China's lead in using blockchain

Virus crisis gives US abortion opponents an opening

PMI rebound may not mean a full recovery: analysts

China has no intention to compare with other countries on COVID-19 aid

Thailand's tourist elephants face crisis amid COVID-19

Release of late NBA star Kobe Bryant's newest 'Wizenard Series' novel sparks another round of mourning in China

Italy expects 210,000 COVID-19 infections by mid-April: research team

Wuhan reports first imported case, a student returning from UK

Soldier confronting the plague: Zhang Boli at frontline treating COVID-19 with TCM

Counting silent carriers eases fears

Improved facial recognition tech won't cause privacy problems: industry insiders

Showing their appreciation

Rapid testing

Swift response

War against silent carriers starts

Scientists slam smear on China's virus data

Stigmatization may sabotage China-India cooperation in pandemic fight

Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region to open its first autonomous region-level art museum

China needs to manage quality of exported medical supplies

Delusional push for US-China decoupling may cost lives in global pandemic

Trial on track

Stricter supervision needed over hotels designated for quarantine: experts

Airshow China schedule unchanged despite COVID-19, major improvement expected