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Monday 4 May

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Monday 4 May 2020 News Briefing – Today’s headlines are dominated by the global Coronavirus Pandemic. As of 6:30 am (GMT), these are the global active numbers.

Global COVID-19 UPDATE

Coronavirus Cases: 3,566,842

Deaths: 248,306

Recovered: 1,156,984

  • Coronavirus: Global cases top 3.5 million. 
  • Japan’s medical system overloaded, but there are signs of hope. 
  • UK: Possible post-lockdown workplace rules revealed.
  • Trump confident there will be a vaccine in 2020, blames China and predicts US death toll. 
  • Vietnam kids go back to school after a staggering three-months in lockdown.
  • Saudi G20 presidency to lead virus campaign to collect $8bn. 

Coronavirus: Live updates

CNN says the coronavirus has infected more than 3.5 million people and killed at least 247,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the US, more than 1.1 million cases and at least 67,000 Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded.

Elsewhere, other countries appear to be emerging from the lockdown. Spain and France recorded their lowest daily death tolls in several weeks as European countries begin to reopen. From Monday, Italy will loosen some restrictions, including allowing funerals with up to 15 attendees.

Read the full story on CNN

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Japan’s medical system overloaded but virus experts see signs of hope

Japan Times says the health care system in Japan remains overloaded but signs of hope are emerging thanks to a dropoff in Covid-19 cases and public compliance with the emergency stay-home requests, medical experts helping the government’s coronavirus panel say. 

The panel said that the medical system remains under significant strain in certain prefectures and steps must be taken to prevent a full-scale collapse.

Read the full story on Japan Times

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UK: Possible post-lockdown workplace rules revealed

BBC News says reduced hot-desking and alternatives to social distancing where it is not possible are among measures being considered to let workplaces reopen. 

A draft government plan to ease anti-coronavirus restrictions seen by the BBC also urges employers to minimise numbers using equipment, stagger shift times and maximise home-working. 

Read the full story on BBC

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Trump ‘very confident’ of Covid-19 vaccine in 2020 and predicts up to 100,000 US deaths

The Guardian says Donald Trump has said he is “very confident” there will be a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, revising up his estimate of the final US death toll as several European countries prepare to start easing the lockdown.

The president used a Fox News “virtual town hall” on Sunday night to repeat his regular virus talking points, saying the vaccine is not far away, Covid-19 was China’s fault and the economy would not only recover but “grow like crazy.”

Read the full story on The Guardian

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Vietnam kids back to school after three-month virus break

France24 says millions of schoolchildren in Vietnam returned to class Monday after the country reported its 17th straight day of no domestically transmitted coronavirus infections. 

The decision to reopen schools came after the country eased social distancing measures at the end of April — with experts pointing to a decisive response involving mass quarantines and expansive contact tracing for its apparent success in containing the disease.

Read the full story on France24

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Saudi G20 presidency to lead virus campaign to collect $8bn

Arab News says Saudi Arabia is joining forces with global partners to kickstart the Coronavirus Global Response campaign to raise funds to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The campaign, launched by the Saudi G20 Presidency on May 4 is an answer to a joint call made by the World Health Organization (WHO) and global health organisations to produce a fund to develop safe, effective vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics at an affordable cost and accessible for all.

Read the full story on Arab News

  • Philippine’s largest TV network is facing closure as gov continues attack on the free press. 
  • Venezuela claims it ‘foiled’ an attack which was backed by the US and Colombia. 
  • Two teenagers arrested over the murder of a 24-year-old NHS keyworker. 

Targeted by Duterte, future of Philippines’ ABS-CBN in balance

Aljazeera news says the Philippines’ largest TV network is facing possible closure on Monday after President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies in Congress refused to renew the station’s 25-year licence. Critics and media watchdogs have denounced the move as part of the government’s continuing assault on the free press.

Read the full story on Aljazeera

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Venezuela claims it ‘foiled’ attack backed by the US, Colombia

Fox News says Venezuelan officials claimed they stopped a team of attackers, backed by the US and Colombia, who tried storming the country from the sea early Sunday morning. 

Read on the full story on Fox News

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Two teenagers arrested over the murder of NHS worker

The Independent says two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering an NHS worker in east London, police have said. David Gomoh, a 24-year-old marketing graduate who worked for the NHS, was stabbed to death in Newham just days before the funeral of his father, who died of a coronavirus-related illness.

Read the full story on the Independent

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