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A daily round-up on the spread of the coronavirus, with reports from affected areas, details of the latest medical information and the impact on health, business and travel.

Coronavirus Global Update BBC

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A daily round-up on the spread of the coronavirus, with reports from affected areas, details of the latest medical information and the impact on health, business and travel.

    Big leap in US unemployment numbers

    Big leap in US unemployment numbers

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits has surged for a third week as the economic toll tied to the coronavirus pandemic intensifies. Also: the World Bank says sub-Saharan Africa will go into recession for the first time in a quarter of a century, and three astronauts escape the pandemic by going into space.

    • 4 min
    WHO warns countries not to lift lockdown measures

    WHO warns countries not to lift lockdown measures

    As China eases restrictions in Wuhan, some European governments have discussed giving their populations more freedom. Meanwhile, statistics from New York City show a disproportionately high number of black and Hispanic residents are dying from coronavirus. And one of Russia’s most popular ballet troupes keeps the show going, with videos from self-isolation.

    • 4 min
    Coronavirus: 'Drop in global trade to be worse than 2008 crisis'

    Coronavirus: 'Drop in global trade to be worse than 2008 crisis'

    In a new report the WTO forecasts a contraction of between 13% and 32% this year. Also: The online criminals taking advantage of the pandemic, and the child prodigy in Greece composing his own Isolation Waltz.

    • 4 min
    People of Wuhan allowed to leave after ten-week lockdown is lifted

    People of Wuhan allowed to leave after ten-week lockdown is lifted

    The months-long lockdown in the city of Wuhan in China's Hubei province - where the coronavirus pandemic started - has been lifted. Also: Britain's prime minister Boris Johnson spends another night in intensive care, and veterinary scientists recommend cat-owners keep their pets indoors.

    • 4 min
    What next for UK government as Prime Minister remains in intensive care?

    What next for UK government as Prime Minister remains in intensive care?

    British government to carry on working, despite Boris Johnson's hospitalisation. Also: Chinese authorities have reported no deaths from Covid-19 for the first time since the outbreak began, and a story of neighbourly good will from the Turkish city of Istanbul.

    • 5 min
    British Prime Minister moved to intensive care unit in hospital as symptoms worsen

    British Prime Minister moved to intensive care unit in hospital as symptoms worsen

    Boris Johnson was given oxygen before being transferred to the intensive care unit at a London hospital. Also: refrigerated containers store the dead in New York City, and should face masks be reserved for medical professionals only?

    • 4 min

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