Coronavirus Global Update

Coronavirus Global Update

By BBC World Service

A daily round up of the latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world, with reports from effected areas and details of the latest medical information, and what the global effects are on health, business, sport, travel, and more.”


Brazil records more than 500,000 deaths

Health experts say vaccination programme in Brazil must rapidly expand. Also: US donates millions of vaccines to Taiwan; and for the first time an Olympic athlete tests positive in Tokyo.
20/06/214m 31s

Palestinians cancel a vaccine swap with Israel

Palestinians cancel a vaccine swap with Israel; a second record day of cases in Moscow and trials for a nasal spray vaccine in Australia.
19/06/213m 26s

Will spectators be allowed at the Toyko Olympics?

Japan wrestles with prospect of thousands of Olympic spectators coming to the country; there are fears in India about coronavirus breaches and another major festival becomes a victim to the pandemic.
18/06/213m 33s

Japan eases state of emergency

Relaxed measures in Tokyo and other regions ahead of Olympics. Also: New restrictions come into force in the Russian city of St Petersburg, one of the venues for the delayed Euro 2020 football tournament, and the 5 metre long face-mask for a giant statue of a Buddhist Goddess.
17/06/214m 52s

Vaccinations compulsory for many Moscow workers

Authorities have ordered 60% of service workers to get the jab, as cases surge. Also: India reopens the Taj Mahal, and New York and California ease restrictions.
16/06/214m 58s

New Zealand works on ways to re-use PPE

Researchers begin final stage of a study to see if masks and gowns can be decontaminated. Also: Russia says it's worried about low vaccine take-up and US airlines report thousands of cases of passengers exhibiting bad behaviour on flights - many refusing to wear a face mask during the pandemic.
15/06/214m 59s

G7 makes global vaccine promise

Leaders pledge one billion doses for poorer countries. Italy eases restrictions as infection rates continue to fall across Europe, and the Argentinian football star Lionel Messi says he's concerned about contracting the virus at the Copa America in Brazil
14/06/214m 58s

South Africa stops use of contaminated vaccines

Millions of doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines made in Baltimore are affected. Also: Saudi Arabia restricts this year's Hajj to its own citizens; and a new wave of infections in the Democratic Republic of Congo delays the return of the only remains of Patrice Lumumba.
13/06/214m 58s

G7 to adopt new pandemic plan

The Carbis Bay declaration promises measures to prevent a repeat of the Covid-19 crisis. Also: politicians in Pakistan have threatened to block the mobile phones or withhold the salaries of people who refuse to be vaccinated; and 16,000 mask-wearing fans have been at the world's biggest international sporting event since the outbreak of the pandemic.
12/06/214m 59s

One billion vaccines expected to be donated by G7 leaders

Grand gestures of Covid vaccines from the leaders of the G7, the world's richest nations, at the summit in Cornwall, but critics warn they won't be sufficient. Also: Chile's back in lockdown despite high vaccination rates and there's to be more freedom of movement for the vaccinated in much of Europe
11/06/214m 59s

Pandemic hits global campaign to end child labour

The United Nations is warning that nine million additional children are at risk of exploitation as a result of Covid-19. Also: a new study finds that vegans and vegetarians are less likely to become severely ill from the virus than meat-eaters; and we hear how the pandemic has affected global plastic production.
10/06/214m 59s

US accuses Russia and China of vaccine intimidation

The US National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, says Russia and China had twisted arms and demanded concessions in order to deliver coronavirus vaccines. Also, France is further easing coronavirus restrictions, and Brazil's Supreme Court will consider whether to allow the Copa America football competition because of coronavirus restrictions.
09/06/214m 59s

Call to stagger global vaccine donations

Unicef warns wealthy nations not to overwhelm poorer countries with leftover vaccines that may then go to waste. Also: hospitals in Kenya prepare for an expected surge in infections; and why some Americans are about to be told it's "high" time they got a jab.
08/06/214m 59s

Thailand begins mass vaccination campaign

Thailand starts a mass vaccination campaign to curb a third wave of infections. Also: Taiwan extends lockdown measures amid increasing case numbers, and vaccine stickers come to dating apps in the UK.
07/06/214m 59s

US donates vaccines to Taiwan

Washington pledges 750,000 doses, as Taiwan struggles with a surge in Covid-19 infections. Also, the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, is expected to urge wealthy countries to commit to a global vaccination programme. And we look at the precautions being taken for the Tokyo Olympics, as athletes arrive in Japan.
06/06/214m 59s

Easing of lockdown in Indian capital

The authorities in Delhi announce a partial lifting of Covid restrictions -- just weeks after the city suffered a devastating second wave of the virus. Also: Beijing accuses Taiwan of playing politics with the pandemic, and the G7 rich nations say they'll only share vaccines with poorer countries when they've protected their own people.
05/06/214m 58s

Nepalese PM says Britain has a duty to help his nation

Prime minister KP Sharma Oli says the two countries share close ties, Also: Taiwan gets more than a million vaccine doses from Japan, and a cautious welcome to Biden vaccine offer.
04/06/214m 58s

Olympics 100% on says Tokyo 2020 president

But she warns they could be held without local fans if there is a coronavirus outbreak. Also: India's Supreme Court has strongly criticised the government's Covid-19 vaccination programme, and the dogs filling a visitor void for prisoners during the pandemic.
03/06/214m 59s

Urban crime 'falls by more than a third' during pandemic

New study of major cities find lockdowns led to 37% decrease in overall crime, cases of so called “black fungus” among Covid 19 patients are on the rise in India, and cricket resumes at Lords for the first time since 2019.
02/06/214m 59s

Malaysia battles rise in infections

Covid infections are more than five times higher than at the start of the year prompting new restrictions on travel and store openings. Also; there are fears of a third wave in the UK, and the WHO introduces a new convention for naming strains of the virus.
01/06/214m 58s

Vietnam bans international flights to Hanoi

Officials have warned of a new hybrid variant, which is highly transmissible. Also: Burkina Faso receives its first vaccines, and the King of Spain gets his first jab.
31/05/214m 59s

Brazil protesters denounce Bolsonaro over Covid crisis

Thousands gathered in front of Congress calling for President Bolsonaro's impeachment. Also: the leaders of New Zealand and Australia rub noses, and tennis crowds return to the French Open.
30/05/214m 59s

Vietnam reports new hybrid variant

The country’s health minister says it is a combination of those first identified in India and the UK. Also: The EU regulator approves the use of the Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12-15, and the Indian premier league cricket tournament is to resume in the United Arab Emirates.
29/05/214m 59s

New centre for global collaboration to prevent future health crises

Oxford University's Pandemic Sciences Centre hopes to ensure the world is never caught unprepared again. A new computer programme can identify Covid-19 from just the sound of a cough. And Japan extends its coronavirus emergency, less than two months before the Tokyo Olympics.
28/05/214m 58s

US calls for deeper probe into virus origins

China says politicising Covid-19 could undermine global efforts to curb the pandemic. Also: Doctors' groups in Japan warn of potential Olympic virus strain, Australian state of Victoria enters another snap lockdown and Ohio's first Vax-a-Million winners.
27/05/214m 58s

US joins calls for a transparent investigation into the origins of Covid 19

Reports in American media suggest there's growing evidence that the coronavirus could have emerged from a laboratory in Wuhan. The former chief advisor to the British prime minister has told MPs that the government failed when the public needed it most. And an official partner of the Tokyo Olympics has called for the Games to be cancelled over COVID.
26/05/214m 57s

Hong Kong may throw away huge stores of covid vaccines

A mistrust of government and a lack of urgency has meant vaccine take-up has been slow in Hong Kong. The United States is warning against travel to Japan weeks before the Olympics. Austria is to ban direct flights from the UK.
25/05/214m 58s

Japan opens mass vaccination centres ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Japan is trying to curb a surge in coronavirus infections that's left much of the country under a state of emergency. Also, WHO chief describes vaccine inequality as scandalous, and India registers more than three hundred thousand Covid-19 deaths
24/05/214m 59s

Pfizer and AZ jabs 'work against Indian variant'

A study says they are effective but protection is low after only one dose. Also: tourists will be allowed back into Spain from Monday, and fans hope the Eurovision Song Contest will be a blueprint for future live entertainment.
23/05/214m 58s

Oxfam criticises rich nations' new pledge to poor countries

The charity says their promise to boost vaccination efforts is too little, too late. Also: India asks social media to avoid using the term 'Indian variant' as it hurts its image, and - pop music in a pandemic: the Eurovision song contest is being held on Saturday night.
22/05/214m 58s

WHO says number dead from Covid-19 is vastly underestimated

Coronavirus death total 'likely' two or three times higher than officially reported; plus patients in Africa are found to be much less likely to survive severe Covid; and the Mayor of Moscow says the number refusing to be vaccinated Russia's capital is "astonishing".
21/05/214m 59s

WHO warns against international travel

New variants mean travel still too risky. Also: Taiwan faces a surge in new infections; and a boom in billionaires - thanks to the pandemic.
20/05/214m 58s

India records the world's highest ever daily death toll

4,529 people in India died from Covid-19 in the latest 24-hour period, as the country's main supplier of vaccines says it won't be able to resume exports until the end of this year. Also: EU member states recommend reopening borders for countries with low infection rates; and Malawi publicly burns thousands of expired vaccines.
19/05/214m 59s

ICRC says unvaccinated communities are breeding grounds for variants

The International Red Cross says wealthy countries and the pharmaceutical industry must radically change their vaccine strategy. Also: President Biden has announced he will give an extra 20 million doses to Covax, and there are calls for a revolution in ventilation.
18/05/214m 58s

COVAX calls on world's richest countries to step up

The vaccine sharing scheme is more than 100 million doses short; Also: Indonesia sets up roadblocks to question travellers after Eid celebrations; and Britain eases restrictions, despite scientific concerns about the Indian variant.
17/05/214m 59s

Japan extends Covid-19 restrictions as Olympics draw near

Japanese officials have extended the state of emergency to Okayama, Hiroshima and Hokkaido, where the Olympic marathon will take place. Also: lockdowns and panic-buying in Taiwan as Covid-19 cases rise, and a member of the Polish delegation at Eurovision tests positive for coronavirus.
16/05/214m 57s

Australian flight arrives half empty from India

Many of the intended passengers on the repatriation flight were barred after positive Covid19 tests. Also: WHO warns that this 2nd year of the pandemic is likely to be deadlier than the first, and China cancels Everest climbs from the Tibetan side over fears of coronavirus.
15/05/214m 59s

Japan extends restrictions to three more prefectures

Japan extends its State of Emergency to three more prefectures. India's PM warns rural residents. Plus, Greece welcomes back tourists at the start of the summer season.
14/05/214m 59s

Indian state governments to buy vaccines from international companies

Indian state governments to buy vaccines from international companies. There's been a surge of coronavirus infections inside Thailand's overcrowded prisons. And a million reason in the US state of Ohio to take the vaccine...
13/05/214m 58s

A damning report into how the world handled Covid 19

A report into the world's response to the pandemic says both the WHO and individual governments made serious mistakes. Also: the British Prime Minister announces a public inquiry into his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and why some health care professionals are quitting their job.
12/05/214m 57s

Africa urged to speed up vaccinations

Health officials warn Africa could see rapidly escalating infections and deaths unless more people receive jabs. Also, Facebook says it will remove pages that discourage vaccine use. And Pakistan tries to avoid a surge in cases during the festival of Eid.
11/05/214m 59s

Saudi Arabia gives the green light for international pilgrims at this year's Hajj

Only ten thousand Saudi nationals were permitted to attend last year. Also,Germany lifts priority limits for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the IOC head cancels his trip to Japan in advance of the Olympics.
10/05/214m 57s

Spain lifts Covid state of emergency

The Spanish measures had restricted travel. Also, the Olympic stadium in Tokyo holds a test event, and Dracula's castle offers free jabs.
09/05/214m 59s

India records more than 4,000 daily deaths

There are fears the real number of deaths is higher, and infections may not peak until the end of May. Also: new restrictions for Pakistan, and the WHO approves China's vaccine Sinopharm.
08/05/214m 58s

Japan extends Covid restrictions as Olympics loom

Officials have extended the state of emergency less than three months before the Games. Also: India's Supreme Court orders the government to increase oxygen supplies, and Australia is to resume some India flights.
07/05/214m 58s

US backs waiver on vaccine patents to boost supply

One hundred of the WTO's members are said to be in favour, and a panel on intellectual property is expected to discuss the issue next month. Also: India has reported another record rise in cases, and the makers of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine have agreed to supply their jab to all athletes in the Tokyo Olympics.
06/05/214m 59s

India's delegation at the G-7 talks in London is self-isolating after two people test positive

Foreign ministers from the G-7 group are discussing the global distribution of coronavirus vaccines, also,Australian man takes his own government to court over a ban on returning home, and a test half-marathon in Japan - 11 weeks before the start of the Olympics.
05/05/214m 58s

India suspends IPL cricket tournament after rise in Covid-19 cases among players

An Indian Cricket Board official said they would try to hold the matches as soon as possible but no date had been fixed. Also: G7 foreign ministers meet in London face to face to discuss a range of global challenges, including access to vaccines. And the European Union's medicines regulator has started reviewing data on a Chinese coronavirus vaccine.
04/05/214m 58s

EU unveils plans for tourists to return

People who have had two vaccine doses will be allowed to travel. Also: the Indian army is asked to set up covid-care facilities in Delhi; and Covax agrees a deal with Moderna to supply up to 500 million vaccine doses.
03/05/214m 58s

India records its highest daily number of coronavirus deaths

The country is still struggling with lack of oxygen supplies, bordering nations raise fears about infections spreading. Wuhan, where coronavirus first emerged, hosts a huge music festival.
02/05/214m 58s

India's vaccination programme expanded

But states say they don't have enough doses - as new cases pass 400,000. Also: Australians returning from India could face jail, and Hong Kong is accused of discrimination - after ordering all foreign domestic workers to have Covid tests.
01/05/214m 58s

Indian Supreme Court rules citizens can criticise handling of the pandemic

The Indian Supreme Court rules that people can complain about the handling of the pandemic, after the government tries to get social media posts removed. Portugal emerges from lockdown. Why the American podcaster Joe Rogan has been telling his listeners that he is a moron.
30/04/214m 58s

Indian hospitals promised ventilators from abroad

Aid comes as India suffers another record number of Covid cases. Also, Turkey enters its first national lockdown and the boss of London Heathrow calls on the UK government to tackle delays at immigration control.
29/04/214m 58s

India surpasses 200,000 deaths

Many say the real total is higher - as people struggle to find oxygen. Also: one vaccine dose 'halves transmission', and US relaxes guidance on wearing masks outdoors.
28/04/214m 57s

India: covid pandemic 'beyond crisis point'

It's thought officials have under-reported the death rate. Also: Brazil launches inquiry into President Bolsonaro's handling of the pandemic; and police officers in the Philippines are cleared of wrongdoing after they were found holding people in a secret jail cell.
27/04/2126m 10s

India accused of under-reporting Covid deaths

One study suggests that deaths recorded by crematoria in Delhi may be double the government figures, which reflect only those who've died in hospital. Also: Brazil's president faces possible impeachment over his handling of the pandemic; and organisers of an experimental indoor concert last month in Barcelona say the results show such events can be held safely.
27/04/214m 59s

Countries send aid to ease India's oxygen emergency

Doctors say people are dying because of a shortage of oxygen and beds. Also, Italy, France and Belgium ease coronavirus restrictions; and the European Commission launches legal action against the vaccine maker, AstraZeneca.
26/04/214m 58s

Delhi extends lockdown as cases soar

For the fourth day in a row, India sets world record for new infections as oxygen shortages continue. Also: The Brazilian president threatens to deploy the armed forces in response to coronavirus restrictions imposed by state governors, and a new vaccine Valneva goes into phase three trials.
25/04/214m 58s

India Covid surge: Hospitals send SOS

In India 346,000 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today - another world record. The United States lifts its pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Scientists have recommended that people who have experienced smell loss due to Covid-19 should try “smell training”.
24/04/214m 57s

Japan announces emergency Covid-19 restrictions just months before the Olympics

In Japan, restaurants and bars serving alcohol will be asked to close for two weeks from Sunday, as will shops. Also: the Indian PM, Narendra Modi, says the government is trying to boost the supply of oxygen to hospitals as the pandemic there escalates, and a climber on Mount Everest has tested positive for Covid-19.
23/04/214m 59s

India sees the world's highest daily cases

The rise comes amid an acute shortage of oxygen supplies at hospitals. Also: Organisers of the Tokyo Olympics report the first infection connected to the torch relay through Japan, and the Brit Awards will go ahead with a live audience, as part of research into how large scale events can reopen safely in the pandemic.
22/04/214m 59s

Oxygen leak leaves many Covid patients dead in India

The accident in an Indian hospital in Nashik city happened when an oxygen tanker was refilling a storage tank. Also: president Putin praises Russia's vaccine work, and the passport helping Denmark open up after Covid19.
21/04/214m 57s

India's surging cases threaten to overwhelm health system

India's surging cases threaten to overwhelm health system. India's latest official daily death toll, more than seventeen-hundred, is its worst yet. Also, a covid-19 community foodbank in the Philippines suspends operations over fears volunteers could be assassinated, and senses dulled by the virus, French wine tasters call for vaccine priority.
20/04/214m 59s

Delhi announces a week-long lockdown

The city had imposed a weekend curfew but reported its highest single-day spike so far on Sunday with nearly 25,000 cases. Also, half of the adult population in the US has now received at least one dose of vaccine, and Australia and New Zealand have opened a quarantine-free travel bubble.
19/04/214m 59s

The president of Germany says deep wounds have been left by the pandemic

Bells ring out as Germany remembers those who've died during the pandemic. Also, in Brazil, six out of ten households now face food insecurity due to the pandemic, and easing out of lockdown and into hugging.
18/04/214m 59s

More than 3 million dead from Covid-19

Johns Hopkins University says most of the world’s Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in the US, Brazil, Mexico and India. Also, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges worshippers not to gather for the Hindu festival Kumbh Mela. And Peru’s former president has been suspended from holding public office over allegations he used his influence to jump the queue for the vaccine.
17/04/214m 59s

WHO chief warns of deadly new surge

New countries risk big outbreak says Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Also today: Angela Merkel warns that the third wave has Germany firmly in its grip. And a tale from the sharp end of England’s love affair with the beer garden.
16/04/214m 58s

India records 200,000 Covid cases in a single day

The country is suffering a huge surge, with figures doubling in the past ten days. Also: A senior member of Japan’s ruling party has said cancelling the Olympics remains a possibility because of the pandemic, and Sir David Attenborough on what lockdowns have meant for the natural world.
15/04/214m 59s

Denmark drops AstraZeneca vaccine

First country to stop use of the jab completely over blood clot fears. Also: the UK trial into whether different vaccines can be mixed expands, and the Dutch experiment into whether cafes and restaurants can open safely.
14/04/214m 57s

President Biden's chief medical adviser casts doubt on use of AZ

Dr Fauci says safety concerns over vaccine must first be resolved, also, India authorizes the Russian coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, and WHO demands an end to the sale of live wild animals in food markets.
13/04/214m 58s

Most of the severely ill patients in Brazil are under-40

Doctors say more under-40s are developing severe symptoms and needing intensive care. Also: wealthy nations urged to fund vaccines for poorer countries; England's lockdown eases; and the Dutch holiday experiment in Greece.
12/04/214m 57s

India could pass Brazil in total infections

It has reported a record daily rise of over 150,000 cases and more than 800 new deaths. Also: France increases the gap between first and second vaccinations, and could sunshine help beat Covid?
11/04/214m 58s

Brazil reports another record daily high number of deaths from Coronavirus

Brazil reports another record daily high number of deaths from Coronavirus. The World Health Organisation criticises the vaccine gulf between rich and poor nations. And the world's most famous steeplechase - the Grand National - goes ahead - with no spectators
10/04/214m 58s

New vaccine blood clot inquiry

EU regulator investigates potential link with Johnson & Johnson jab. Also: France to mix vaccine doses in response to AstraZeneca concerns, testing plan unveiled to reopen travel from England and Norway's PM fined for breaching her own Covid restrictions.
09/04/214m 58s

AstraZeneca vaccine: how safe is it?

The makers of the vaccine are trying to maintain public confidence in it. Also: India accuses Europe and the US of depriving it of raw materials to make the vaccine; and the French Open tennis tournament is delayed by a week.
08/04/214m 58s

Brazil daily Covid deaths top 4,000

Hospitals are overcrowded, but President Bolsonaro opposes any lockdown measures. Also: the Covid link to an increased risk of brain conditions, and India records its highest number of daily cases.
07/04/214m 58s

North Korea pulls out of Tokyo Olympics over Covid-19 fears

North Korea pulls out of the Tokyo Olympics after an increase in cases, New Zealand and Australia announce a quarantine-free travel bubble and restrictions ease in Portugal and the United Kingdom.
06/04/214m 58s

India hits record number of daily cases

India hits a record number of daily cases, the UK government steps up testing as lockdown lifts and Thailand hopes vaccinating an entire holiday island will bring tourists back.
05/04/214m 58s

Pope calls vaccines an 'essential tool' in Covid fight

In his Easter address, Francis urged rich nations to help vaccines reach poor countries. Also: England's plans for a Covid passport, and dancing in Central Park to beat the pandemic.
04/04/214m 59s

Italy returns to strict lockdown for Easter

Italy is battling a third wave of the pandemic, with more than 20,000 new cases daily. Also: the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is linked to rare blood clot deaths in the UK; and Argentina's president tests positive for the virus despite having already been vaccinated.
03/04/214m 59s

India cricket legend hospitalised

As cases in India surge Sachin Tendulkar is admitted to a Mumbai hospital. AstraZeneca reports 30 examples of blood clots from its vaccination programme in the UK, and Vietnam's plea for vaccines.
02/04/214m 59s

WHO criticises European vaccine roll-out

The World Health Organization blames Europe's 'unacceptably slow' vaccine campaigns for prolonging the pandemic. Also: India widens its immunisation programme to include everyone over the age of 45, and the Eurovision Song Contest becomes a Covid-19 event experiment.
01/04/214m 59s

War-torn Yemen gets first vaccine shipment

The country is facing a public health disaster and the vaccines will be a 'game changer'. Also: Germany suspends the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under sixty; and Russia registers the world's first Covid vaccine for animals.
31/03/214m 59s

World leaders call for international pandemic treaty

A new global coalition urges action now to prepare for the next global pandemic – declaring that ‘nobody is safe until everyone is safe’. Also today: police in Sicily say health officials on the Italian island fiddled the figures to avoid lockdown. And could a government shake-up in Brazil help it beat Covid?
30/03/214m 58s

Mexico under-reports Covid deaths by 60 percent

The Mexican government says Covid related deaths have risen to 320,000. Also, some regions in Germany are opening up - against the wishes of Chancellor Merkel, and how soothing organ music at a vaccination centre inspired an album.
29/03/214m 58s

There's growing concern in Germany about the rapid rise in coronavirus infections

Germany's health minister, Jens Spahn, says he'd like his country to enter a complete Covid19 lockdown immediately. Also, the president of the Pacific nation of Palau has flown to Taiwan to launch Asia's first post-pandemic air corridor, and a pilot concert has taken place in Spain to test the viability of holding large cultural events during a pandemic.
28/03/214m 58s

Poland introduces stricter coronavirus measures

Poles are being urged not to travel at Easter. New daily infections have reached record highs in the country. Also: new booster jabs are being planned in England, and we hear some of the songs inspired by lockdown.
27/03/214m 59s

Germany: Third wave could be the worst yet

The head of the German agency for disease control warns of grave consequences unless the current wave of infections is limited. Also, the French foreign minister accuses Russia of using its Sputnik V vaccine as a tool of propaganda and "aggressive diplomacy". And Thailand loosens its quarantine rules for tourists.
26/03/214m 59s

EU leaders hold a virtual summit likely to be dominated by a third wave of infections.

The twenty-seven EU leaders will look at how to increase vaccine production and tighten export controls. Also: A global alliance says low-income countries will be most affected by India's decision to suspend vaccine exports, and a mixed response to suggestions that people prove their vaccination status to get into pubs.
25/03/215m 0s

Germany cancels its strict Easter lockdown

Chancellor Angela Merkel abandons plans following widespread criticism. Also: The EU plans tougher controls on vaccine exports, and the lockdown artwork that has become one of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction by a living artist.
24/03/214m 58s

Germany tightens restrictions to fight third wave

Angela Merkel announces the toughest measures yet as Germans brace for an Easter lockdown. Also today:America's top infectious diseases expert demands more evidence over the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and one man's fight for vaccine justice in Lebanon.
23/03/214m 57s

US trial: AstraZeneca jab is safe

The study of 32,000 people showed the vaccine is effective and had no link to blood clots. Also: cases continue to climb in India, and the row between the UK and EU over supplies continues to deepen.
22/03/214m 59s

Covid curfew in Florida's Miami Beach

The mayor said the South Beach entertainment district was being overwhelmed by visitors. Also: a mass vaccination programme is under way in the West Bank and Gaza, and why the Dutch government is backing a live music festival in lockdown.
21/03/214m 59s

Tokyo Olympics ban international fans

Covid fears mean overseas spectators won't be allowed at the delayed event. Also: France and Poland impose new lockdowns, and 'Covid outbreak' at Trump's Florida residence.
20/03/214m 58s

European countries start using Astra Zeneca's vaccine again

Several European countries start using Astra Zeneca's vaccine once again after more assurances about its safety. Also, pressure grows on the German government to reimpose lockdown restrictions and a sharp u-turn from South Korea over coronavirus tests for foreigners.
19/03/214m 58s

EU countries wait for AstraZeneca decision

EU countries are waiting to find out if they should restart AstraZeneca vaccinations as the regulator looks at possible links to a small number of blood clots. Also, Tanzania has denied that President John Magufuli died of Covid-19 and victims of the pandemic are remembered in Italy.
18/03/214m 58s

EU threatens to block vaccine exports

Warning aimed at UK and other countries with high vaccination rates. Also: EU plans rollout of digital travel certificates, Donald Trump publicly backs vaccination programme and celebrating St Patrick's Day under lockdown.
17/03/214m 58s

European Medicines Agency says benefits of AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risks

The European Medicines Agency says it's convinced the benefits of the AstraZeneca covid vaccine outweigh any risks. Drug regulators in Nepal have launched an investigation into how a Bahraini prince brought vaccine into the country. And the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics announce further restrictions - barring spectators from the launch of the torch relay.
16/03/214m 58s

More countries suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine

WHO says AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, Somalia gets its first supplies and the Bollywood star accused of breaking covid rules.
15/03/214m 58s

London police condemned over Covid policing

Police handcuffed and arrested women who had defied Covid rules to attend a vigil. Also: why some US Catholic bishops oppose the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the Grammy nominees who partly put their success down to Covid restrictions.
14/03/214m 58s

Covid wave intensifies in Europe

New cases are rising in Germany, Poland and Italy - which is tightening restrictions. Also: the role of sewage in Covid detection, and the French actress making a bare faced plea for a pandemic handout.
13/03/214m 57s

Biden eyes 4 July as 'Independence Day' from virus

In his first prime-time speech, the US president said he was boosting vaccination efforts. Also: Austria has accused the EU of distributing vaccines unfairly, and the WHO has said AstraZeneca jabs should continue after reports of blood clots in some who have had the shot.
12/03/214m 59s

The pandemic has taken a severe toll on nature conservation efforts

Experts say conservation budgets have been hit hard, especially in Africa and Asia. Also: the UN warns that vaccination programmes are unequal, and the Australian government is offering subsidised domestic flights to boost the tourism industry.
11/03/214m 56s

British PM denies 'vaccine blocking' claims

British PM Boris Johnson denies 'vaccine blocking' claims, saying he opposes vaccine nationalism "in all its forms". Also, India and South Africa propose suspending patents to increase vaccine production; and athletes' families may be banned from Tokyo 2020.
10/03/214m 59s

Global economic activity likely to rise above pre-pandemic levels

The OECD says global economic activity will increase by the middle of this year. Also: Italy surpasses 100,000 coronavirus deaths, and PPE is washed up on coral reefs close to Manila.
09/03/214m 57s

Israel starts vaccinating Palestinians with Israeli work permits

Human rights activists say Israel should vaccinate all Palestinians. Also: Italy approves the Astrazeneca vaccine for people aged over 65; and an experiment in the Netherlands to see if large-scale gatherings are safe.
08/03/214m 57s

US passes $2tn stimulus package

Long-awaited Covid relief package is passed in the US senate. Also as Israel reopens its borders, its prime minister says the country is almost done with Covid, and UK nurses demand better face masks.
07/03/214m 57s

WHO warns of a risk of further surges if restrictions are relaxed

WHO officials said it was a mistake to think the pandemic was almost over. Also, police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in Paraguay and, nine apes in a zoo in the US have been vaccinated after some gorillas test positive.
06/03/214m 58s

Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda start vaccine rollout

Health workers are among the first to receive the jab. Also: the Brazilian president says there's 'no point hiding under the bed', and Switzerland holds a minute's silence.
05/03/214m 59s

Obese countries have 'highest' Covid-19 death rates

The WHO says the correlation between weight and mortality is clear and compelling. Also: Germany changes its mind and recommends the AstraZeneca shot for older people, and Pakistan suspends its domestic cricket league.
04/03/214m 59s

Biden: vaccines for all US adults by May

President Biden says the United States will have enough coronavirus vaccines for every American adult by the end of May. Also, an explosion has damaged a coronavirus test centre in the Netherlands; and Dolly Parton sings for her vaccine urging fans to take the jab.
03/03/214m 52s

Sri Lanka plans covid burials on remote island

The move, which comes days after the end of forced cremations, has angered Muslims. Also: a large shipment of vaccine has arrived in Nigeria, and there's a warning that greenhouse gas emissions are rising above pre-covid levels.
02/03/214m 58s

Vaccines: Rollout begins in West Africa

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana is the first person to receive a vaccine from the global sharing programme Covax. Also: Dr. Anthony Fauci says the US could start vaccinating children later this year, and New Zealand's Prime Minister urges people to inform on Covid rule-breakers.
01/03/214m 59s

Johnson & Johnson to begin vaccine distribution in US

The vaccine was formally approved by US regulators. Also, Philippines get first vaccines from China, and UK churches urge vaccine uptake.
28/02/214m 57s

Biden’s 1.9 trillion Coronavirus relief bill passes House vote

The ‘American Rescue Plan’ seeks to boost vaccinations and testing and stabilize the economy, Also: New Zealand’s biggest city will begin a seven-day lockdown after the discovery of a new coronavirus case in Auckland, and the UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in armed conflicts around the world so vaccines can be delivered.
27/02/214m 57s

Queen Elizabeth urges vaccine-hesitant to think of others

In a video call with British health workers she said 'it didn't hurt at all', and while she understood getting a jab could be a 'difficult' experience for some people she urged everyone to 'think about other people rather than yourselves'. Also: Sri Lanka ends the forced cremation of people who have died from Covid-19, and Russian diplomats find an original way out of North Korea because of coronavirus travel restrictions.
26/02/214m 59s

EU leaders discuss speeding up vaccine distribution

European Commission criticised for taking longer than Britain and US to order jabs. Also: the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have confirmed that the Games' torch relay - delayed because of the pandemic - will now begin next month as planned, and in rugby, Sunday's Six Nations match between France and Scotland has been postponed, after an eleventh French player tested positive for coronavirus.
25/02/214m 58s

World's first Covax vaccines delivered to Africa

It is a milestone for a scheme aiming to distribute jabs fairly to poorer nations. Also: Uganda denies the president and officials were vaccinated before other Ugandans, and the debate in Japan over whether the Olympics should go ahead.
24/02/214m 58s

WFP warns Covid protocols putting North Korea help at risk

The World Food Programme warns Covid-19 protocols may force it to abandon its operation in North Korea; President Biden speaks of his heartbreak over the half a million Americans who have died in the pandemic; and the UK weighs up the ethical and practical dilemmas of vaccine certificates.
23/02/214m 59s

Single vaccine jabs 'prevent serious illness'

UK data shows one dose of Biontech and AstraZeneca vaccines gives up to 94% protection. Also: Air New Zealand to trial digital passport app, another five top-level French rugby players test positive for Covid-19, and scientists find wearing glasses makes you less likely to catch coronavirus.
22/02/214m 58s

Israel eases restrictions after vaccine success

Shops, synagogues and gyms re-open but entry limited to people who've been immunised. Also: UK confirms one in three adults have now received their first vaccination shot. France considers partial lockdown for Nice region after spike in Covid cases. And Russia registers its third coronavirus vaccine.
21/02/214m 58s

G7 boost global vaccination rollout

World's wealthiest nations pledge 7.5 billion dollars to Covax initiative. Also: Covid deniers protest in cities across Australia, Thai TV host given suspended jail sentence for holding a birthday celebration in defiance of coronavirus restrictions and Florida women pose as grannies to try and jump the vaccine queue.
20/02/214m 58s

Rich nations accused of hoarding vaccines

So far, 130 countries have had no vaccines at all. Also: Israeli study finds Pfizer jab is 85% effective after one dose. And how gum disease can increase your risk of developing severe covid symptoms.
19/02/214m 58s

US life expectancy falls by a year

It is the largest decline in decades and the pandemic is a major factor, experts say. Also: poor financial results for the airline industry, and how some Brazilians try to buy a house to jump the vaccination queue.
18/02/214m 58s

S Africa is first to roll out new vaccine

South Africa has started vaccinating health care workers with Johnson and Johnson jabs. Also: the UK healthy volunteers who will be exposed to Covid, and international tributes to Sir Tom Moore.
17/02/214m 58s

Dutch court strikes down coronavirus curfew

Dutch courts strike down a night-time curfew designed to stop the spread of coronavirus; judges say the ban on public outings has no lawful basis. Plus, North Korea is accused of trying to steal the secrets of one of the world's most effective Covid-19 vaccines; and to help citizens cope with the crisis, Norway brings snow to the heart of the city.
16/02/214m 59s

Vaccinations see huge drop in cases, Israel study shows

It has carried out one of the biggest real-world tests so far of the effectiveness of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Also: suspects behind the production and distribution of fake vaccines are arrested in China, and Japan's economy shrinks 4.8% in 2020 due to the pandemic.
15/02/214m 59s

New Zealand imposes a three-day stay-at-home order in Auckland.

A three-day lockdown to deal with a coronavirus outbreak in Auckland. Also, the US criticises China over its refusal to hand over some data from the earliest stages of the pandemic, and hope that the world's biggest competition on natural ice might just go ahead this year.
14/02/214m 57s

Scientists demand speedy global access to vaccines

Scientists writing in the medical journal the Lancet, say it could take years to control Covid unless all countries including the world's poorest, are vaccinated. Also: fears over a fake steam remedy promoted in South Asian communities, and, Peru's health minister resigns after a vaccine scandal involving the president.
13/02/214m 58s

Snap lockdown in Victoria with tennis fans barred from Open

The Australian state shuts down over a dozen Covid-19 cases. Also: the British economy suffers its biggest decline on record, and President Biden says he's ordered enough vaccine doses to inoculate every American.
12/02/214m 59s

Israel begins vaccinating Palestinian labourers

Believed to be first time Israel has offered jabs to non health workers from the West Bank. Also: new figures say people with disabilities accounted for more than half of all coronavirus deaths in England last year, and France decides not to extend its biggest airport - partly because of the pandemic.
11/02/214m 59s

European Union admits vaccine shortcomings

The European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen tells the Brussels parliament 'we're still not where we want to be'. Also: South Africa may swap or sell AstraZeneca vaccine, and Europe's oldest person survives Covid19 just before 117th birthday.
10/02/214m 57s

WHO: 'Extremely unlikely' that Covid leaked from a lab

The WHO was providing details of its fact-finding mission to the Chinese city of Wuhan, and a vaccination programme gets underway in Iran.
09/02/214m 59s

UK tries to allay vaccine concern

British government tries to ease worries about AstraZeneca vaccine; some European countries ease lockdown restrictions; and Dr Fauci says: don't delay the second dose.
08/02/214m 58s

Oxford jab protection against S Africa variant 'limited'

AstraZeneca says the trial involved over 2,000 mainly healthy and young patients. Also, Israel begins easing its third nationwide lockdown, and real fans join cut-outs at the NFL Superbowl.
07/02/214m 59s

China approves second vaccine

Beijing’s medical regulators have endorsed the Sinovac jab, which is already in use in China and abroad. Also, one year after his death, tributes are paid to the doctor who raised the alarm about the virus. And, President Joe Biden urges Congress to approve his economic relief plan.
06/02/214m 59s

Mental health problems surge in South Korea

A new study in South Korea shows that depression and suicidal thoughts have increased since the start of the pandemic, with young women and girls at particular risk. Also, the UK says that from February 15th, travellers returning from coronavirus hotspots must quarantine in government-approved hotels.And all tennis players and officials at the Australian Open have tested negative, after an infection scare.
05/02/214m 59s

International Red Cross plans to bring vaccines to poorer countries

The plan will cost more than 100 million dollars, also: Britain looks at the effect of mixing vaccines, and Australian Open to go ahead as planned next week.
04/02/214m 58s

WHO inspectors visit Wuhan lab

Members of the Trump administration had speculated research centre was source of pandemic. The visit to the Chinese city is part of a probe into the origins of Covid-19. Also: Pakistan begins the rollout of its vaccination programme and a 100 year old war veteran who raised millions for health worker charities in Britain, has died.
03/02/214m 59s

China arrests scores over fake vaccines

About three-thousand counterfeit doses containing a saline solution were seized. Also: one of the biggest healthcare providers in Israel says the country's inoculation programme is highly effective, and Japanese authorities insist the delayed Olympics will go ahead.
02/02/214m 59s

Europol warns against fake Covid certificates

EU's law enforcement agency says criminals are selling fake negative Covid test certificates, allowing people to avoid travel bans. Also, Pakistan has received its first batch of vaccines from China, and hundreds of bars and restaurants in France and Hungary threaten to open in defiance of restrictions.
01/02/214m 58s

WHO investigators visit Wuhan market

World Health Organisation investigators have visited the market in China where the first coronavirus outbreak is thought to have begun. Also, the Australian city of Perth has imposed a sudden lockdown after its first case of coronavirus transmission in ten months, and Dubai has set out plans to act as a global logistics hub for vaccine distribution.
31/01/214m 55s

EU backtracks on UK vaccine threat

The EU says it was a mistake to attempt to impose vaccine export controls on the Northern Irish border -- in breach of the post-Brexit agreement. Also, the WHO calls for rich countries to pause their inoculations to let the rest of the world catch up and the Australian Open to allow up to 30 thousand fans a day.
30/01/214m 58s

Janssen's single dose vaccine 66% effective

Trials of the vaccine involved more than 40-thousand people, none of whom needed hospital treatment or died from coronavirus after the jab took effect. It's not the only experimental vaccine that's performed well in trials: the Novavax two-shot jab has been shown to be 89% effective. Also, we hear from the world's biggest tennis stars as they emerge from quarantine in Australia.
29/01/214m 59s

Germany warns of tough weeks ahead

The health minister, Jens Spahn, says a shortage of vaccines is to blame as the European Union and AstraZeneca fail to resolve a row over supplies. Also: a team of World Health Organisation experts are allowed out of quarantine in Wuhan to investigate how the pandemic started, and why people in Britain are being urged to take up sculpture during lockdown.
28/01/214m 58s

French firm steps in to help Pfizer vaccine production

Sanofi is to produce millions of the Pfizer/Biontech jab with its own plans on ice; EU anger grows at vaccine-maker AstraZeneca; and in Moscow, restrictions are eased as the Mayor declares the pandemic in decline.
27/01/214m 59s

Fresh calls for fairer distribution of vaccines

The EU warns vaccine producers they must deliver agreed supplies. Also: will the vaccines work against the new variants of the disease, and the people taking advantage of an offer to work for their employers back home - from Barbados.
26/01/214m 58s

Mexican President contracts Covid 19

The 67-year-old President says his symptoms are mild. He's been criticised for downplaying the pandemic. Also: South Korea rushes to contain an outbreak at a religious training school, and a novel approach to putting on a covid secure pop concert.
25/01/214m 59s

US 'passes 25 million cases'

US media report more than 25,000,000 cases and more than 400,000 deaths - a world record. Also: NZ has its first case of community transmission in months, and Germany has reportedly bought supplies of the experimental treatment credited with helping Donald Trump recover.
24/01/214m 57s

Wuhan marks lockdown anniversary

The city has returned to normal but China continues to have small localised outbreaks. Also: the UK variant could be 'slightly more deadly' than the original virus, and Sri Lanka's health minister contracts Covid - after consuming a 'miracle remedy'.
23/01/214m 58s

Vaccine delays halt jabs in Europe

Parts of Italy and Spain have suspended inoculations as they wait for Pfizer supplies. Also: Beijing denies Covid-19 originated in China, and the virus 'contributed' to a rise in suicides in Japan.
22/01/214m 58s

President Biden begins unpicking Donald Trump's pandemic policies

Dr Anthony Fauci announced that President Biden had reversed the former administration's decision to leave the WHO, hours after being sworn in. Also: Mongolia's Prime Minister resigns after an outcry over the treatment of a new mother who was infected with the virus, and how cinemas in Britain are helping the most vulnerable.
21/01/214m 59s

Trump: "We did something that was a medical miracle"

Donald Trump leaves the White House saying the vaccine was one of the great achievements of his presidency. Also: how doctors in Venezuela are struggling to treat Covid patients without PPE and running water, and the smart watches that may be able to detect if you have the virus.
20/01/214m 57s

Biden dismisses Trump decree on Covid visiting rules

Joe Biden says he'll overturn an attempt by President Trump to end travel bans for visitors from some countries. Also, India's mass vaccination programme is halted in some states because of issues with the app, and more tennis players test positive for Covid 19 at the Australian Open.
19/01/214m 59s

Unfair distribution of vaccine risks 'catastrophic moral failure' says WHO

Rich countries are accused of hogging vaccines while poorest countries suffer. Also: Australia says its international border could be closed all year, and how wearing a mask incorrectly in Japan can affect your education.
18/01/214m 58s

Pakistan's drug regulators approve the use of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

Pakistan's neighbour, India, launched its own mass immunisation programme on Saturday. Also: the head of Britain's National Health Service says they have new coronavirus hospital cases "every thirty seconds", and Australian Open players hit out at Covid-19 isolation.
17/01/214m 55s

India begins world's biggest Covid vaccine drive

India aims to vaccinate more than 1.3 billion people against Covid-19. Also: US expects 'rapid growth' of virus variant; and getting the jab in UK while listening to Handel's Largo.
16/01/214m 57s

Biden reveals plan to tackle US Covid-19 pandemic

The US president-elect says the nationwide vaccine rollout so far has been a 'dismal failure'. Also: France to extend a six pm curfew across the country, and fake news 'causing UK South Asians to reject jab'.
15/01/214m 56s

WHO team arrives in China

Team of experts is in the city of Wuhan to investigate the origin of coronavirus. Also, Germany records sharp economic decline, and a Spanish island asks people to stop talking on public transport to stop the spread of the disease.
14/01/214m 56s

UK variant has reached 50 countries and territories, WHO says

The coronavirus variant first detected in England has spread around the world. Also, a new study shows that doctors and nurses are suffering serious mental health problems from their work during the pandemic. And Indonesia launches its vaccination campaign by prioritising young workers.
13/01/214m 59s

Malaysia: state of emergency declared because of virus

PM vows to hold a general election as soon as outbreak is under control in his country following accusations that the state of emergency is keeping his fragile government in office. Also: Britain sees the biggest increase in deaths in a single year since the Second World War, and several gorillas in a zoo in California test positive for Covid-19.
12/01/214m 59s

Indonesia approves Chinese-made vaccine

A trial in Indonesia concluded that the jab was 65% effective. Also: China records its biggest jump in new infections in more than five months, and the Scottish football club Celtic is to play this evening despite the majority of its first-team players being forced to self-isolate.
11/01/214m 57s

A new pandemic law gives Swedish ministers more powers to impose restrictions

Parliament in Stockholm approved the law on Friday, also: Cuba and Iran will work together on a coronavirus vaccine, and Queen Elizabeth and her husband have been vaccinated.
10/01/214m 58s

US, UK and Germany see record high Covid-related deaths

The number of cases continues to rise, amid fears of a highly contagious variant of the virus. Also: a new Chinese study of patients in Wuhan looks at the lasting effects of the illness, and the head of the WHO has criticised rich countries for buying up supplies of vaccines.
09/01/214m 58s

Iran bans US and UK made vaccinations

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has banned the import of any US or British-made coronavirus vaccines. Also: The UK becomes the first country to approve three separate vaccines, and Brisbane goes into lockdown after recording one new case.
08/01/214m 59s

South Africa hit by deadliest day so far

South Africa records 840 fatalities and 20,000 new cases on Wednesday. Also: Swedes are now being asked to wear masks on public transport and residents are banned from leaving the Chinese city of Shijiazhuang
07/01/214m 58s

China turns away WHO scientists

They were travelling there on a planned trip to investigate the origins of Covid-19. Also: Orthodox churches in Greece are defying lockdown restrictions to celebrate the festival of Epiphany, and Europe approves a second vaccine.
06/01/214m 58s

France takes urgent measures to speed up vaccination campaign

France takes urgent measures to speed up its vaccination campaign. Also scientists in South Africa try to find out if vaccines will work on a new mutation of the virus. And India denies banning exports of the AstraZeneca jab
05/01/214m 58s

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is rolled out in the UK

Scientists say the jab is a "game changer" as it's much cheaper than the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine and doesn't need to be kept in the deep freeze. Also: the slow pace of inoculations in France sparks anger, and the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, says don't judge his defender, Benjamin Mendy, too harshly for breaching Covid rules.
04/01/214m 57s

India's local vaccine approval criticised

The opposition in India has questioned the government's decision to approve a covid vaccine developed by a local firm. Also: the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has rejected claims he didn't do enough to combat the spread of the new coronavirus variant, and the Pope has criticised people going on holiday to avoid lockdowns.
03/01/214m 57s

China claims Covid began in numerous countries

Chinese Foreign Minister made controversial claim; US won't delay second dose of vaccine, after UK announces plans to do so. The Sydney Opera House opens its doors again.
02/01/214m 57s

Research confirms faster transmission of new variant

Imperial College London says the variant increases the rate of infections by up to 0.7. Also: WHO approves vaccine for emergency use, and travelling on holiday while you're in lockdown.
01/01/214m 58s

China gives first approval of own coronavirus vaccine

China gives first full approval of one of own coronavirus vaccines for general public. Also: in the US, Covid-19 deaths hit a new record, and for many countries around the world, a very different New Years Eve.
31/12/204m 59s

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine approved for use in UK

The first doses will be given on Monday, amid concern over rising cases in Britain. Also: AstraZeneca stress their vaccine will be given at cost price to developing countries, and the director of the pandemic thriller Contagion is making a sequel.
30/12/204m 58s

Iran begins vaccine clinical trials

Iran begins clinical trials of its own coronavirus vaccine, and officials say they will soon have the capacity to manufacture 1.5 million doses per month. Also, a majority of Russians say they do not intend to get Moscow’s Sputnik V jab. And the German health authorities have approved a new rapid coronavirus test that can provide results within forty minutes.
29/12/204m 59s

China jails citizen journalist for Wuhan reports

A Chinese citizen journalist who covered Wuhan's coronavirus outbreak has been jailed for four years. Also: A new variant of Covid-19 linked to the UK is detected in South Korea, and cases in South Africa surpass one million.
28/12/204m 59s

EU launches mass vaccination rollout

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been delivered to all 27 member states. Also: more cases of a highly infectious variant are recorded outside the UK, and Israel enters a third lockdown, lasting at least two weeks.
27/12/204m 57s

Tougher Covid rules begin for millions in UK

The new restrictions are in response to a steep rise in the number of cases, linked to a highly infectious strain of the virus. Also: Chile, Mexico and Costa Rica become the first Latin American countries to begin vaccination campaigns, and Russia approves its vaccine for those older than 60.
26/12/204m 59s

Argentina becomes the first country in Latin America to approve Russian vaccine

The announcement coincides with intensified efforts across the region to begin immunisation campaigns, the New York Mayor says police officers will check if UK visitors are following new quarantine rules and, ferries crossings between England and Europe resume to clear stranded lorries.
24/12/204m 59s

France lifts UK travel ban

The French government agreed to allow entry to its own citizens and some others on the condition that they test negative for Covid nineteen. President Trump has threatened to veto a nine-hundred-billion-dollar coronavirus relief package, and, coronavirus reaches Antarctica.
23/12/204m 59s

WHO will discuss new UK variant at a meeting of member states

The World Health Organisation says there is no evidence that the new strain of coronavirus causes more severe symptoms. Also, the vaccine-maker BioNTech says it is “highly likely” its jab can be modified for this new variant. And India’s number of daily infections drops to its lowest point in five months.
22/12/204m 59s

Countries around the world stop travel from UK

EU leaders try to agree a common response to spread of new Covid-19 variant in England. Also: South African scientists are investigating a new variant, and the US agrees a stimulus package to alleviate coronavirus hardship.
21/12/204m 59s

Tough new lockdown hits London

Countries ban flights from UK over new variant. Also: Tighter restrictions are coming into force across Australia’s largest city, Sydney. And after months of wrangling, Democrats and Republicans have agreed a coronavirus relief package and a federal budget.
20/12/205m 0s

Ten million cases in India, but rate of infection slows

India records ten million cases, but the rate of infection slows. Also: Switzerland authorises Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and the Sydney to Hobart yacht race is cancelled.
19/12/204m 58s

Mike Pence receives Pfizer vaccine

US vice president Mike Pence becomes first senior member of Trump administration to receive a Coronavirus vaccine. Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro criticises a Supreme Court decision on compulsory vaccination. And the former head of state of Burundi dies of Covid-19
18/12/204m 57s

French president tests positive for Covid

Emmanuel Macron has Covid-19, forcing several European leaders to self-isolate.
17/12/204m 58s

EU countries to begin vaccinations next week says von der Leyen

EU Commission president made announcement in parliament, also: European countries introduce harsher restrictions, and Peru resumes commercial flights to Europe.
16/12/204m 58s

Europe prepares for Christmas under Covid-19 restrictions

Countries adopt diverging approaches as leaders wary of disrupting the holiday festival. Also: the World Health Organisation renews its appeal for financial support to ensure fair access globally to coronavirus treatments and vaccines, and how the art of football commentary has been altered by empty stadiums.
15/12/204m 59s

US begins largest ever vaccine rollout

Health workers and the old are getting the first of millions of doses supplied nationwide. Also: calls for rich countries to ensure poor nations receive vaccines, and the Malaysian MPs who broke quarantine to vote.
14/12/204m 58s

New lockdown for Germany as virus spikes

The authorities have been struggling to control a growing number of infections and deaths. Also: US vaccinations to start on Monday, and S Korea fights to contain a third wave.
13/12/204m 58s

US approves Pfizer vaccine for emergency use

Officials say the authorisation was a 'significant milestone' in the pandemic. Also: Mexico approves the Pfizer vaccine, and S Korea reports a record number of infections.
12/12/204m 57s

The US is poised to start its mass vaccination programme

A panel of experts paves the way for final approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab by the US Food and Drug Administration. Also: Russian and British scientists are teaming up to try to find out if their vaccines can be used alongside each other to produce a more effective treatment and the South African minister who's sparked a Covid controversy.
11/12/204m 58s

US reaches grim Covid milestone

America records its highest number of coronavirus deaths in a single day. Shipping containers in South Korea are turned into temporary hospitals And the British actors bringing West End shows to people's doorsteps
10/12/204m 54s

Wealthy countries told to stop hoarding vaccines

An alliance of aid agencies and human rights groups say people living in poorer nations will miss out. Also: Joe Biden promises a huge vaccination programme, as cases in the US continue to rise, and attempts to get the cruise industry back up and running have hit a setback.
09/12/204m 54s

UK first country to roll out fully tested vaccine

A 90 year old woman receives the first jab. Also: Hong Kong is set to impose new restrictions to battle a fourth wave of the virus, and five lions at a zoo in Spain test positive for Covid 19.
08/12/204m 58s

California in strict new lockdown

Officials talk of a 'viral tsunami' of cases, with intensive care capacity shrinking fast. Also: patients die due to an oxygen shortage, and Trump lawyer Giuliani is in hospital with Covid.
07/12/204m 56s

S Korea: 'Critical' rise in infections

The country is raising its alert level as infections are now more than 500 a day. Also: Mass testing in Austria, and the Romanian election dominated by Covid.
06/12/204m 59s

Covid jabs start in Moscow

The Sputnik V vaccine is still being tested, but Russia says it is safe. Also: Argentina's plans to tax the rich to pay for Covid, and the couple whose house is subject to one set of virus rules, and their garden - to another.
05/12/204m 59s

US President-elect Biden to call for 100 days of mask wearing

US President-elect Joe Biden says he'll bring in a stronger policy on wearing masks. Also: Japan says it will need an extra two-point-four billion dollars in extra funding to hold the Olympics next year, and China is well on the way to a full economic recovery.
04/12/204m 58s

Russia to roll out vaccine

Final stage trials of Sputnik V are still underway. Also: Iran cases reach one million, and the Los Angeles mayor orders residents to stay at home.
03/12/204m 58s

UK becomes first country in the world to approve Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

The first doses of the vaccine are already on their way to the UK, with the first immunisations due to begin next week. Britain's Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, hailed it as "a day to remember", but how was the vaccine approved so quickly? Also: the World Health Organisation issues stricter guidance on when and where face masks should be worn.
02/12/204m 59s

US disease expert Fauci tells BBC virus cases relentlessly high

As a senior White House pandemic adviser steps down, the top US disease expert shares his concerns; research shows Covid-19 could be causing lung abnormalities still detectable more than three months after patients are infected; and the F1 world champion is looking for a speedy recovery.
01/12/204m 59s

Moderna says its vaccine works well

The US pharmaceutical firm says it’s applying for emergency approval; US warnings of a surge after Thanksgiving; and the Chinese economy bounces back.
30/11/204m 58s

US continues to set new coronavirus records

There are fears the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is making the problem significantly worse. Also: British PM writes to MPs amid anger over new lockdown tiers.
29/11/204m 58s

US tops 13 million coronavirus cases

The pandemic in the United States continues to surge from coast to coast. Also: France reopens shops as it starts easing its lockdown.
28/11/204m 58s

UK boosts AstraZeneca vaccine with regulator request

The UK has asked its regulator to examine AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine with a view to rolling out jabs in the coming weeks. Also: India will help Russia’s vaccine effort by producing 100 million doses; and symptomatic cases drive a coronavirus surge in South Korea.
27/11/204m 58s

UN: Gender equality suffers under the pandemic

A new report by the United Nations says women have had to take on even more unpaid work in the home since the rise of Covid-19. Also, Germany says its most vulnerable citizens will be given masks for free. And two museums are collecting people’s dreams to see how the pandemic has affected the human subconscious.
26/11/204m 59s

US prisoners defraud the authorities of up to a billion dollars in pandemic employment relief

An anti-fraud taskforce in California says tens of thousands of prisoners have defrauded the authorities of up to a billion dollars in pandemic employment relief. Also, French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a slight easing of the country's second coronavirus lockdown which will see shops re-open from Saturday. And the Australian Open tennis tournament is likely be delayed as talks continue over staging the tournament in Melbourne, which has only recently emerged from months of lockdown.
25/11/204m 59s

Sweden changes tack as restrictions are imposed

Swedish government bans public events with more than 8 people, also: Bishop who conducted the funeral of the head of Serbia's Orthodox Church - who died of Covid-19 - tests positive himself, and Qantas says future travellers will have to be vaccinated.
24/11/204m 58s

Latest Covid-19 vaccine proves highly effective

The Oxford University vaccine has shown to be up to 90% effective in large-scale trials. Also, Australia lifts travel restrictions as European countries bring in more measures, and the impact of the pandemic on our language.
23/11/204m 57s

California introduces night-time curfew

Thirty seven million residents will be affected by the new measure. Also, the Australian state of Victoria relaxes restrictions, and the unlikely award for Covid communication.
22/11/204m 57s

Pandemic to dominate G20

World leaders at the online summit are being asked to raise billions of dollars to fund vaccines worldwide. Also: Trials targeted at those who can't tolerate vaccines begin, and Amazon postpones Black Friday in France - after pressure from local bookshops who are losing business in lockdown.
21/11/204m 58s

India launches door-to-door Covid-19 survey in Delhi

India has recorded more than nine million cases and authorities are determined to test those who are asymptomatic. Also: the WHO urges people to rethink Christmas, and the pizza maker who prompted a statewide lockdown in Australia.
20/11/204m 58s

Latest vaccine: developers say it triggers immune response in elderly

AstraZeneca's reporting strong results on vaccine it's developing with Oxford University. Also: Japan's Prime Minister has warned the country is on "maximum alert" after a record number of new cases, and the makers of the new Wonder Woman film say it will be available to be streamed at home in the US on the same day it's released to cinemas.
19/11/204m 56s

Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine is a step closer to US approval

They say it's 95% effective - better than previously thought - and is safe even in older people. Also: a snap lockdown in South Australia and why Dolly Parton says she feels "very honoured and proud" to help fight the pandemic.
18/11/204m 59s

Biden: 'More people may die' as Trump transition stalls

The US president-elect said co-ordination was needed to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Also: the head of the International Olympic Committee has said athletes will not have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to take part in next year's Tokyo Games, and why the coronavirus has led to the French rugby union team scoring victory over Fiji - without ever stepping on the pitch.
17/11/204m 58s

New Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection

The results add to growing confidence that vaccines can combat the pandemic effectively. Also: the head of the Olympics says he's confident the Tokyo Games will take place next year in front of spectators, and if your lockdown habit is gaming, we have some good news for you.
16/11/205m 0s

Vaccine firm warns against early results

Biontech founder says it won't have a significant impact on the pandemic until next summer. Also: Mexico registers over a million COVID-19 cases. The cause of a fire that killed 10 people in a Romanian hospital treating coronavirus patients is being investigated. And tributes are paid to the Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who has died of virus-related complications.
15/11/204m 56s

Biden: 'Urgent action now'

Joe Biden warns measures on Covid-19 must be taken before he takes office in January. Also: Lebanon goes into lockdown to save its health services, and Diwali festivities under Covid-19.
14/11/204m 58s

Tony Blair: 'Poor nations must prepare to vaccinate'

The former British PM is working with developing nations to access and promote vaccines. Also: a court in Prague rejects a Czech government order to wear face masks in public, and is Sweden about to change its opposition to lockdowns?
13/11/204m 57s

60% of the French may have broken rules

A survey of public attitudes suggests more than half of people have ignored restrictions. Also: New York's mayor warns restrictions are 'last chance' to halt second wave, and authorities outside Moscow struggle to cope.
12/11/204m 58s

Robust future pandemic proposals for Europe

The EU wants to form a health union and create stockpiling plans for medical supplies. Also: the US hits new record for infections, and Irish priests suffer from trolling by 'mass hoppers' during online services.
11/11/204m 57s

Countries act to secure Pfizer vaccine supplies

Countries around the world look at how to get the proposed Coronavirus vaccine to citizens; A senior Palestinian negotiator dies of Covid-19; and in the Philippines, amid the pandemic a ‘plant-demic’.
10/11/204m 57s

First Covid vaccine said to be 90 percent effective

American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and partner, German manufacturing company BioNTech say it could be available by Christmas after phase three trials. Worldwide cases pass fifty million and much of Portugal is under a night-time curfew.
09/11/204m 59s

Joe Biden vows to tackle the pandemic

The US president-elect unveils new plans just hours after being declared the winner of the election. Also: nations around the world are watching Slovakia, as it becomes the first European country to conclude a nationwide testing operation, and the new study that suggests wealthy countries won't share a potential vaccine.
08/11/204m 58s

Greece imposes new lockdown

People have been told not to go out unless absolutely necessary. Also, research shows the psychological impact of the virus on women and the UK’s first mass Covid-19 testing trial has begun in Liverpool.
07/11/204m 57s

Italy imposes new coronavirus restrictions

The measures which divide the country into three zones are criticised by regional leaders. Also, investigations continue into mutations of coronavirus in mink; and one hard-hit industry dips a toe into the water of potential recovery.
06/11/204m 58s

Record 100,000 new Covid cases reported in US

The figure marks a new one-day record – and was accompanied by a steep rise in hospital admissions - suggesting that it is not solely due to increased testing. Also: Greece and England introduce new lockdowns and Denmark is culling seventeen million minks over covid mutation fears.
05/11/204m 57s

Covid-19 and the US presidential election

The pandemic was one of the top issues for the electorate when deciding who to vote for and how. Also: Scientists at Oxford University say they hope to get crucial trial results for their vaccine before the end of the year, and a new study sheds light on why some patients suffer from the condition known as “Long Covid”.
04/11/204m 47s

North Korea reportedly deploys landmines against coronavirus

South Korea's Intelligence Agency says Pyongyang has taken extreme measures to control Covid-19. Also: Restrictions tighten across Europe as cases surge, and evidence of immune cells responding to the virus months after people were infected.
03/11/204m 59s

Germany enters ‘lockdown light'

Once seen as a model for containing the virus, Germany is struggling to regain control through a raft of new restrictions. Also, on the eve of the US presidential election, Donald Trump tries to win votes in states badly affected by the pandemic. And Mexico curtails its annual Day of the Dead celebrations, while declaring three days of mourning.
02/11/204m 59s

British government confident about new four-week lockdown

British government rejects accusations that it was too slow to impose a second lockdown. Also: Saudi Arabia opens the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca for Muslims from other countries, and Machu Picchu re-opens.
01/11/204m 59s

Trump lashes out at doctors

The president has, without evidence, accused US doctors of artificially inflating coronavirus numbers. Also, Greece announces a partial lockdown. And British scientists say “radical action” is needed as England prepares for new restrictions.
31/10/204m 59s

EU prepares for mass vaccination

Commission president Ursula von der Leyen urges a coordinated response across the bloc
30/10/204m 57s

Merkel warns of long, hard winter ahead

German chancellor announces second lockdown in parliament, Also: Taiwan marks 200 days without community transmission, but Marshall Islands see first cases.
29/10/204m 58s

Tough new restrictions for Germany and France

Chancellor Merkel and president Macron to announce new measures, Also: South Africa's president self-isolates, and Kim Kardashian's island trouble.
28/10/204m 58s

Experts warn Covid-19 antibodies fade 'quite rapidly'

British researchers say there is a risk of catching the virus multiple times. Also: the WHO warns of the risk of restrictions in Europe, and Australia lifts one of the world's longest lockdowns.
27/10/204m 58s

Tougher restrictions take effect in Italy

The government has warned that the rise in cases was causing a huge strain on the country's health services. However, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said a full lockdown would be catastrophic for the economy. Also: Melbourne exits lockdown and police in Berlin break up an open air party.
26/10/204m 59s

Top US virus expert disagrees with Trump

Anthony Fauci rejects the president's claim the US has 'turned a corner'. Also: Mike Pence's staff test positive, and Colombia passes a million cases.
25/10/204m 53s

Eleven days before the US election, daily cases hit a new high

Eleven days before the US election, daily cases hit a new high. Daily cases in US hit new high. France says it will be fighting the virus until at least the middle of next year. The Polish President tests positive for the coronavirus.
24/10/204m 56s

France night curfew extended

Two-thirds of the country affected after record daily infections. Also: New study casts doubt on benefits of blood plasma therapy, Trump and Biden row over Covid in last TV debate ahead of US presidential election and a pledge to deliver Santa this Christmas.
23/10/204m 55s

Barack Obama criticises Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic

The former US president said he had failed to contain the outbreak as cases across the United States were continuing to rise. Also: the Czech Republic is beginning a second lockdown and Paul McCartney announces the release of a new album.
22/10/204m 59s

Long Covid: Who is more at risk?

Scientists say age, asthma, weight and being female increase the risk of developing it. Also: human rights officials condemn Nepal for making people pay for treatment, and the impact of sound on lockdown.
21/10/204m 58s

Volunteers to be infected with Covid-19

Up to 90 volunteers will be vaccinated, then infected, in vaccine research. Also: cases in India fall - and rise in Argentina, and Sweden urges the elderly to socialise more.
20/10/204m 58s

China's economic recovery continues

Chinese figures show the country sustained its rebound from lockdowns for the 3rd quarter. Also: global cases pass 40 million with more than 1.1 million deaths, and countering virus disinformation.
19/10/204m 58s

Tough new restrictions across Europe

Curbs for millions - as governments step up efforts to slow the surge in infections. Also: the 'lost generation' of young people, and the Dutch royal family's holiday - cut short after just one day.
18/10/204m 58s

Queues in China for experimental vaccine

The Covid-19 vaccine is available to the public in the city of Yiwu under an emergency use programme. Also: why flying on an aeroplane during the pandemic may be safer than you might think, and could high doses of vitamin D offer protection against the virus?
17/10/204m 59s

Blow for anti-viral drug in WHO study

A WHO report talks down the chances of an anti-viral drug helping patients survive. Also, a German court throws-out Berlin’s pub curfew, and investigators link an online vaccine disinformation campaign to Russian officials.
16/10/204m 58s

France and Germany announce tighter restrictions

These include night-time curfews and early closing for bars. Dutch drinkers are filmed partying minutes before partial lockdown rules come into force. And new research on the 'rollercoaster of symptoms' that come with so-called Long-term Covid.
15/10/204m 59s

Europe introduces stricter measures

Sharp rises in cases across Europe force partial lockdowns across the continent. Also, a second vaccine trial has been halted, and the World Bank approves 12 billion dollars funding for Covid-19 treatments.
14/10/204m 56s

Man in US gets infected twice

The US reports the country's first confirmed case of reinfection. Also: President Trump appears in his first election rally since testing positive, and a stranded tourist in Peru is treated to a solo visit of Machu Picchu.
13/10/204m 58s

China to test 9 million people in just five days

The city of Qingdao is testing its entire population for Covid-19 over five days. Also, further restrictions across Europe as cases continue to rise, and English arts venues get a cash boost.
12/10/204m 57s

More than seven million cases in India

Confirmed cases in India have passed seven million. Also: The British government is to consider introducing travel restrictions, and President Trump's doctor says he's no longer contagious.
11/10/204m 58s

Trump says he has stopped taking any medication against the virus

President Trump's revelation comes hours before he's due to hold an outdoors event with supporters at the White House. Also: Germany announces stricter measures to combat the rise in number of Covid cases in big cities, and frontline workers and volunteers who contributed to the response to coronavirus dominate this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.
10/10/204m 58s

Madrid: State of emergency

Spain invokes a state of emergency in Madrid, China formally joins the international Covid-19 vaccine programme, COVAX, and Norway pledges millions of dollars to fight loneliness amongst the elderly.
09/10/204m 58s

Spanish court rejects Madrid lockdown measures

A local court strikes down new Covid-19 restrictions imposed by Spain’s federal government, saying the rules violate fundamental liberties. Also, Germany sees a spike in infections. And the World Bank says the pandemic has halted years of economic growth in Africa.
08/10/204m 59s

Trump calls off stimulus package negotiatios

US president cites Democrats' financial demands as a reason to end talks on stimulus package for the economy, Also: wife of Israeli PM accused of breaking Covid rules, and the return to normality in New Zealand's biggest city.
07/10/204m 59s

President Trump is accused of sending out the wrong messages on the virus

The president, who's still contagious, is continuing to receive treatment for Covid-19. Also: the WHO warns of 'Coronavirus Fatigue' and Singapore offers a 'baby bonus' for couples prepared to have a child during the pandemic.
06/10/204m 58s

President Trump criticised over drive-past

The decision to greet supporters while being treated for Covid-19 is under scrutiny. Also: The WHO’S top officials meet to discuss the global response to the pandemic, and can the common cold help in the fight against coronavirus?
05/10/204m 59s

Next few days will be 'real test' says Trump

US president made remark as he continues Covid treatment in hospital. Also: Grand Mosque in Mecca opens to pilgrims again, and a London Marathon with a difference.
04/10/204m 58s

President Trump treated in military hospital

President Trump has spent his first night in a military hospital, where he's receiving treatment for his coronavirus infection. Also: New restrictions come into force in Madrid, and India records more than 100,000 deaths.
03/10/204m 59s

President Trump tests positive

The US president and First Lady were tested after his close aide confirmed with Coronavirus. Also in this podcast: a new large scale study in India indicates super-spreaders are a big factor in viral transmission, and Nigeria reopens all of its schools.
02/10/204m 55s

Italy's infection rate drops

Italy now has a lower infection rate than many other European countries. Also: people who have inherited a gene from Neanderthals are more likely to suffer severe coronavirus symptoms. And the British poet laureate reads his specially-commissioned work on living through the pandemic.
01/10/204m 58s

Pandemic takes centre stage at US presidential debate

Donald Trump and Joe Biden clash over Covid-19. Also: Israel bans mass protests as lockdown tightens and mass job losses at oil giant Shell.
30/09/204m 57s

Global Covid-19 death toll passes one million

Deaths in the US, Brazil and India make up nearly half that total. Also: WHO to give cheap, quick coronavirus tests to poorer countries, and why Covid vaccines might mean bad news for the shark population.
29/09/204m 59s

India's Covid infections top 6 million

Another thousand people have died after contracting the virus. Also: Madrid in standoff with government over lockdown restrictions and big fines in England for those who defy an order to self isolate.
28/09/204m 57s

Thousands defy lockdown to protest outside Israeli prime minister's home

Thousands of Israelis defy lockdown to protest outside Benjamin Netanyahu's home, there's international pressure on China to close wet markets permanently, and the "happiness lab" helping people to cope with covid restrictions.
27/09/204m 58s

WHO predicts two million deaths

TWHO's emergencies head Dr Michael Ryan says it's "quite possible" two million people will die before a vaccine is developed. The US now has more than seven million cases - and we look at the role our genes play in our response to Covid-19.
26/09/204m 58s

Restrictions tightened across Europe

France records its highest daily number of new cases - just over 16,000. Also: measures to simplify the postponed Olympics, and are animals the answer to identifying Covid-19?
25/09/204m 58s

Volunteers 'to be infected with Covid-19'

UK trials to vaccinate volunteers and then expose them to the virus. Also: the European Commission calls for measures to prevent a second wave, and Israel tightens restrictions.
24/09/204m 58s

US death toll passes 200,000

President Trump defends his record and blames China. Also: Johnson & Johnson becomes the fourth company to begin a final and large-scale trial of a vaccine, and football fans in Brazil can return to stadiums.
23/09/204m 59s

Boris Johnson warns UK has reached 'a perilous turning point'

The British Prime Minister has introduced a raft of new restrictions in England as coronavirus cases continue to increase. Also: Joe Biden renews his attack on President Trump's handling of the pandemic, and football fans return to Italian stadiums.
22/09/204m 59s

Madrid imposes partial lockdown

Spain tries to avert a second surge, while the UK fears it could be heading for 50,000 cases a day by October. And India's most famous landmark reopens to the public.
21/09/204m 56s

British health minister warns the country is at a tipping point in tackling Covid-19

Matt Hancock told the BBC that people had a choice: to either follow the rules or prepare for new measures. Also: the WHO has agreed rules for testing African herbal remedies to fight Covid-19.
20/09/204m 58s

WHO warns that the Covid-19 pandemic is not burning out

The World Health Organisation says countries in the northern hemisphere must prepare for a winter battle against the disease, and how is Israel coping with a second nationwide lockdown?
19/09/204m 58s

Number of confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide passes 30 million

The US, India and Brazil have the highest figures, but the number of new infections in Europe is increasing. Also: Israel has become the first developed country to return to a nationwide lockdown, and the head of the World Food Programme, asks billionaires to donate money to help.
18/09/204m 59s

The WHO: Infection rates are a 'wake-up call'

The WHO has said transmission rates are alarming, experts reveal the latest on symptoms to look out for and parts of England get a widespread local lockdown.
17/09/204m 57s

OECD: Global recession not as deep as expected

But the pandemic could still cost the world economy 7 trillion dollars. Also: the EU urges member states to build a stronger health union, and the number of cases in India tops 5 million.
16/09/204m 58s

Bill Gates: Covid-19 has set back global health by two decades

Billionaire philanthropist says crisis has exposed tens of millions of people to the threat of more poverty, inequality, and disease. Also: China's economy picks up speed as shoppers return, and how to make TV comedy work without a studio audience.
15/09/204m 59s

WHO reports a record increase in infections

More than 300,000 cases were reported on Sunday. Also: a promising new treatment for Covid-19 using artificial antibodies is about to be tested in the UK; and we hear from a doctor who treated coronavirus in the war-torn Yemeni city of Aden.
14/09/204m 59s

Melbourne eases lockdown rules

The number of infections has been falling in Australia’s second most populous city. Also, an Israeli government minister resigns over plans to impose a second lockdown across the country. And in Germany, the Dresden Symphonic Orchestra finds an innovative way to play a socially distanced concert.
13/09/204m 59s

Who are France's anti-mask protesters?

France,one of the first countries to introduce compulsory face masks, sees a rise in protests against them, also: Chile's constitutional referendum to take place under a state of emergency, and the virus threat to indigenous tribes in Brazil.
12/09/204m 59s

Poorer countries hardest hit by Covid-19

Poll suggests the pandemic has increased global inequality in the past six months. Also: North Korea is reportedly operating a shoot-to-kill policy at the Chinese border to stop infected people entering the country, and Myanmar has grounded all domestic flights.
11/09/204m 58s

Major European airlines group asks for 3 billion dollar investment

IAG, which owns British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus, asks shareholders for investment, also: face masks compulsory again in Czechia and Indonesia postpones construction of new capital.
10/09/204m 57s

Vaccine trials halted after volunteer becomes ill

The volunteer had a suspected adverse reaction to the drug developed by Oxford University. Also: groups of 6+ will be illegal in England as cases rise, and villagers in rural Punjab attack health workers.
09/09/204m 58s

South Africa's economy shrinks by half

Every sector except agriculture saw a decline. Aviation, tourism and hospitality hit hard. Also: the Japanese government says the Tokyo Olympics must be held next year ‘at any cost’, and some good news about how even countries with limited resources can combat Covid-19.
08/09/204m 51s

India surpasses Brazil

India now has the second highest number of recorded cases of COVID-19 and it could soon overtake the US. Also: young people in Britain are told they could be risking a second wave and the study offering new hope for patients recovering from long term symptoms.
07/09/204m 58s

Warning over access to digital learning in Mexico

The Mexican government admits that as many as two-and-a-half million children may drop out of school altogether as a result of the pandemic. Spanish teachers and students demand better protection. The Covid survivors offering support to current patients in Jerusalem. And Russia's most famous theatre re-opens.
06/09/204m 57s

Arrests at Australia anti-lockdown protests

Hundreds of people march through Melbourne and Sydney in defiance of social distancing measures. Coronavirus cases in India pass 4 million while France registers its highest daily infection rate. And one of Europe's biggest brothels files for bankruptcy.
05/09/204m 58s

The number of confirmed cases in Brazil passes four million

There are hopes that infections there are starting to slow. Also: New Zealand records its first death from coronavirus in more than three months, and filming of the new Batman movie is suspended again, after someone on the set tests positive.
04/09/204m 59s

France announces multi-billion euro recovery plan

The prime minister of France has announced a multi-billion euro plan to kickstart the economy impacted by Covid 19. Also; India has confirmed a new daily surge record, there's a night time curfew in Havana for the first time in six decades and international football is back.
03/09/204m 57s

Australia in recession

PM Scott Morrison says Covid-19 played a big role, and his government will fight back. Also: the European countries tightening coronavirus rules, and music takes to the skies.
02/09/204m 58s

Thousands of African children 'could die'

A charity says 70,000 children, already affected by Covid-19, could die from hunger. Also: the Chinese pupils doused in disinfectant, and the tennis players in a bubble within a bubble.
01/09/204m 58s

DRC 'struggling' with Ebola, Bubonic Plague and Covid-19

The authorities are fighting Malaria and Measles as well. Also: China installs cameras in students' bedrooms to enforce social distancing, and Lady Gaga urges fans to stay safe.
31/08/204m 58s

Number of cases worldwide passes 25 million

India sees the world's largest increase in infections in a single day. Also: Germany's politicians condemn 'anti-corona' protests in Berlin, and why the snake-catching business is booming in Australia since lockdown.
30/08/204m 58s

Can children spread the virus?

Research from South Korea shows children can carry the virus for up to three weeks. Also: the difficulties of testing in the Kurdish-administered part of Syria, and beachgoers in Bondi are told to stay a towel-length apart.
29/08/204m 56s

Covid risk to schoolchildren is 'tiny', says study

Authors of the largest ever study examining children treated in hospital for Covid-19 say parents should be reassured by the findings. Also, mink farms across the Netherlands are ordered to close permanently following mass coronavirus outbreaks, and how one soap opera is managing to film love scenes - while maintaining social distancing.
28/08/204m 59s

India records its highest number of new cases in a single day

For the first time, members of a remote tribe in the Andamans archipelago test positive. Also: Paris imposes the wearing of facemasks in public, and why, despite a rapid increase in cases across Europe, the number of covid-related deaths is not rising.
27/08/204m 58s

South Korea threatens legal action against striking doctors

The doctors say plans to increase the number of medical students won't address systematic problems in the health service. Also: what difference has the pandemic made to friendships?
26/08/204m 58s

South Korea closes all schools in capital Seoul

Schools in the South Korean capital switch to online teaching to fend off a resurgence of cases. Also, lockdown in Gaza, and how music can help deal with the pandemic blues.
25/08/204m 58s

WHO warns against a nationalist race for a vaccine

The organisation’s director-general calls for more support for a collaborative approach to the search. Also today: the US starts using plasma from recovering patients to treat new sufferers; and a doctor warns that cold is killing patients in South Africa’s Covid-19 wards.
24/08/204m 54s

India passes 3 million cases

Around a million Indians have tested positive in the past two weeks, but the country’s death rate remains relatively low. Also, Irish politicians face a mounting scandal over a parliamentary dinner that broke social distancing rules. And German researchers stage a series of pop concerts to study the way coronavirus spreads at large events.
23/08/204m 59s

WHO: Coronavirus pandemic could end in two years

The head of WHO,Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says Covid-19 can be overcome more quickly than the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. Also: South Korea imposes new coronavirus restrictions, and German music fans take part in pop concerts in the name of science.
22/08/204m 58s

Lebanon returns to lockdown after Beirut explosion

The Middle Eastern country is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases while, at the same time, struggling to rebuild Beirut’s healthcare system following the deadly blast earlier this month. Meanwhile, the US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden vows to introduce a new strategy for the pandemic. And we hear from the British researcher training dogs to sniff out coronavirus.
21/08/205m 0s

WHO warns young people: ‘Don’t let your guard down’

The World Health Organization’s director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge, says he is “very concerned” that more young people are being infected. Meanwhile, South Korea is increasing restrictions after an outbreak within a fringe religious group. And an isolated Indigenous community in Brazil makes contact with the outside world, raising fears about its vulnerability to the virus.
20/08/204m 59s

Australia secures vaccine for all citizens

Australia announces deal with AstraZeneca and Oxford University, but backtracks on making vaccine mandatory. Also: Britain hopes to shorten quarantine with airport testing, and a man gets forced off a high speed train for not wearing a mask.
19/08/204m 57s

WHO warns against "vaccine nationalism"

The organisation's chief says countries are exacerbating the pandemic by putting their own interests first. Also: Brazil's vice-president defends its handling of the pandemic, and infection rates in Spain remain high.
18/08/204m 58s

India passes 50 thousand deaths

It has more than 2.6 million cases - the world's 3rd highest. Also: Covid-19 delays NZ election, and China patents its 1st vaccine.
17/08/204m 58s

S Korea says sect leader 'obstructed' Covid-19 fight

The government says the Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon blocked the testing of church members. Also: South Africa eases lockdown, and Italian cruise ships take to the waters again.
16/08/204m 58s

Restrictions tightened in South Korea

South Korea records the highest number of infections in more than five months. Also: Russia's vaccine goes into production, and the thousands of staff who can now work from home permanently.
15/08/204m 55s

UK imposes new rules after French Covid spike

British tourists arriving home from France must self-isolate after Saturday. Also: the lockdown in New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, is extended and Russian doctors express misgivings about the Sputnik vaccine.
14/08/204m 58s

India now has the 4th highest number of deaths in the world

Cases surge there after lockdown measures were eased and social distancing becomes increasingly difficult. Also: China discovers traces of the virus in frozen chicken imported from South America, and how false information spread on social media has proved fatal.
13/08/204m 58s

South Africa sees a dramatic drop in new infections

The number of South Africans recovering from Covid has also risen. Also: Britain suffers its worst economic slump, and how the pandemic is disrupting the lives of young people.
12/08/204m 59s

Worldwide infections reach 20 million

More than a quarter of cases are in the US. Also: Russia gives the go-ahead for its own vaccine, and lockdown measures are reintroduced in Auckland, after only four new cases.
11/08/204m 58s

Face masks now compulsory at busy outdoor Paris sites

Concern over the growing number of infections in France prompted officials to make face masks compulsory outdoors in busy parts of Paris from today. Also: A BBC investigation has revealed that some staff in Ghana's hospitals have been selling vital PPE for personal profit, and New Zealand plans to open a travel bubble with the Cook Islands.
10/08/204m 58s

Brazil passes 100,000 deaths

Despite having the world's second highest figure, Bolsonaro is unlikely to change course. Also: Nagasaki's mayor says Covid-19 is like an atomic bomb, and cutting hair creatively to beat the virus.
09/08/204m 58s

Talks fail on US coronavirus aid package

President Trump will sign executive orders on benefits, as politicians remain at odds. Also: NZ PM's re-election campaign stresses her success in tackling Covid-19, and keeping Antarctica virus-free.
08/08/204m 59s

UK scientists: Pandemic - 'an opportunity' to beat climate change

Despite falling greenhouse gases in lockdown, scientists say people's habits must change. Also: India records 2 million cases, and a creative way to avoid Covid-19 rules.
07/08/204m 58s

Surge in cases across Europe

France, Spain and Greece record their highest number of infections in weeks. Also: Facebook and Twitter penalise Donald Trump for posts showing "harmful Covid misinformation", and Thailand delays the launch of a travel bubble agreement with selected countries.
06/08/204m 59s

South Africa’s infection curve starts to dip

The government says it is successfully managing the biggest Covid-19 surge on the continent. Also: Afghanistan's health ministry estimates that a third of the population have been infected with the coronavirus, and how singing can help survivors of the disease.
05/08/204m 58s

Millions return to lockdown in Philippines

A strict curb on movements is re-imposed in Manila after a surge in new infections. Also: harsh new penalties for Australian residents who ignore orders to self-isolate, and the 28-year-old American woman who was dying of Covid-19 before receiving a double lung transplant.
04/08/204m 59s

Iran deaths 'much higher than official figures suggest'

Leaked government documents show more than twice the number of deaths than reported. Also: Doctors in Zimbabwe say the country is facing a crisis from a shortage of healthcare workers, and new penalties for coughing on the football pitch.
03/08/204m 58s

Night curfew imposed on Melbourne

The Australian state of Victoria ushers in strict measures until mid September after almost 700 cases were detected in the country the previous day. Also: South Africa hits half a million cases and Russia says it will start mass vaccination in October.
02/08/204m 59s

Mexico's death toll becomes world's third highest

Mexico has now suffered more than 45,500 deaths during the pandemic. Also, India's growing COVID-19 problem. And, Salzburg holds music festival despite coronavirus.
01/08/204m 59s

WHO: Pandemic is a 'once-in-a-century' health crisis

WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says effect of pandemic will be felt for decades to come. Also, Eurozone suffers deepest contraction on record and, Nepal reopens Everest despite pandemic uncertainty.
31/07/204m 58s

US economy sees sharpest contraction in decades

The US economy shrank by 10 per cent in the second quarter. It was the sharpest decline since the government began keeping records in 1947. Also, England had the most excess deaths in Europe in the months until the middle of June, and snooker brings back spectators indoors.
30/07/204m 58s

Anthony Fauci: ‘Do not be distracted by political infighting’

Washington’s top adviser on the pandemic urges co-operation, as the US surpasses 150,000 Covid-related deaths. Meanwhile, the annual Muslim pilgrimage, the Hajj, is dramatically scaled back. And Instagram censures Madonna, after the pop star posted misleading information about Covid treatments.
29/07/204m 59s

Is Europe facing a second wave?

Spain, Germany and Belgium see a rise in cases. Also: global tourism and airlines take a huge financial hit from the virus; and the Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, says Italy's covid rules are humiliating.
28/07/204m 58s

Concern in Vietnam after first coronavirus cases in months

The city of Da Nang has been closed to tourists to contain a new Covid-19 outbreak. Flights have been laid on to take thousands of people home. Also: The World Health Organisation warns that long term travel bans are not a sustainable way of combatting the virus, and a pet cat is the first animal in the UK to be confirmed to have the disease.
27/07/204m 59s

Spain insists it is safe for tourists

Spain's foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya has insisted the country is safe to visit and that three coronavirus outbreaks are being brought under control. She was speaking after Britain abruptly ordered travellers returning from Spain to spend fourteen days in quarantine. Also: The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declares an emergency, and one of the world's biggest New Year's Eve celebrations is cancelled due to the pandemic.
26/07/204m 59s

Catalonia shuts nightlife venues to stem spike

All nightclubs and late-night bars in the north-eastern region of Spain are to close for the next two weeks, due to a spike in coronavirus infections. Also: India records nearly 100,000 new cases in two days, and could losing weight help you avoid going into intensive care with Covid-19?
25/07/204m 59s

Europe fears second wave as cases rise in Spain and Poland

Spain reports nearly 1,000 new cases in 24 hours. Also: British PM says UK may have gone into lockdown too late, and on the day the Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony was due to be held, questions are raised over whether the delayed games will ever take place.
24/07/204m 59s

South Korea and Australia fall into recession

South Korea follows Japan and Singapore while Australia faces its biggest budget deficit since the Second World War. Also: the head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, rejects claims by the US Secretary of State that he was "bought" by China, and the number of deaths in South Africa could be far higher than previously thought.
23/07/204m 58s

President Trump says it will be worse before it gets better

The president admits that Americans will continue to feel the effects of the pandemic and he urges them to wear a face mask when they can't socially distance. Also: face coverings are made mandatory in Melbourne and the US orders a hundred million doses of a potential vaccine.
22/07/204m 58s

EU leaders agree post-pandemic recovery deal

The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, said Europe as a whole now had a "big chance" of emerging from the crisis stronger. It comes as it's revealed that one in eight bars, restaurants and hotels in Spain have closed permanently. And after months of saying he wouldn't wear a mask, President Trump appears to be softening his stance.
21/07/204m 59s

Vaccine shows promising results in trials

The vaccine developed by Oxford University induced a strong immune response in volunteers. Also: new treatment could dramatically lower hospital death rates; EU leaders still haven't agreed a multi-billion euro recovery fund; and sumo wrestling has resumed in front of a live audience in Japan.
20/07/204m 58s

Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 600,000

The number of fatalities is still rising quickly in the US, which remains the centre of the pandemic. Meanwhile, face coverings have been made mandatory in and around the Australian city of Melbourne. And, as Syrians vote in parliamentary elections, we look at the government’s failure to implement coronavirus precautions.
19/07/204m 59s

UN chief criticises lack of global cooperation on COVID-19

The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, has strongly criticised the world’s biggest powers for failing to work together to tackle the coronavirus crisis. Also: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says 25 million Iranians have already been infected by the virus, and a study is underway to understand the risks of singing in public during the pandemic.
18/07/204m 59s

India's Covid-19 cases surge past one million

Infections have passed the one million mark in India hours after Brazil’s total passed two million. Also: European Union leaders have met in Brussels to try to agree a huge coronavirus recovery fund, and Captain Tom Moore, the WW2 veteran who raised millions of dollars for charity during the pandemic, has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
17/07/204m 59s

Russia accused of trying to steal vaccine information

Russian spies are targeting organisations trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, US and Canada, security services have warned. Spain holds a memorial service to honour those killed by COVID-19. And would you deliberately expose yourself to the virus to help develop a cure?
16/07/204m 59s

US firm’s vaccine trial to enter final stage

Moderna says phase one testing has proved safe and provoked an immune response. Also: allegations of fake Covid-19 certificates being issued by a Bangladeshi hospital, and how to stop your glasses from fogging up when wearing a mask.
15/07/204m 59s

California reimposes sweeping restrictions amid virus spike

California has reimposed restrictions on businesses and public spaces amid a spike of coronavirus infections in America's most populous state. Also: facemasks to become compulsory in English shops and the shock tactic used to enforce social distancing at a pub.
14/07/204m 59s

WHO: Pandemic will get 'worse and worse' if health advice ignored

The coronavirus pandemic is going to get “worse and worse” if certain governments do not take decisive action to curb the spread of the disease, the World Health Organisation has warned. Also: Latin America becomes the second worst-hit region for COVID-19 deaths and Florida sets a new record for infections.
13/07/204m 59s

Infection rates increase sharply

Five countries account for half the world’s total of 13 million recorded cases. Also: President Trump is seen wearing a mask for the first time in public, and a family of Bollywood stars test positive for COVID-19.
12/07/204m 59s

'Virus drugs available to all'

Bill Gates says coronavirus drugs and eventual vaccines must go to the needy not the highest bidder; All university exams in the Indian capital Delhi are cancelled to stop the spread of the disease, and Disney World in Florida reopens -- despite the recent surge in infections and deaths in the State.
11/07/204m 59s

USA records highest one day figure

More than 63,000 coronavirus cases were registered on Thursday according to Johns Hopkins University, and some intensive care units reach capacity. South Africa has also hit its highest single day increase, and Barbados tempts homeworkers.
10/07/204m 58s

Oxfam warns that more people could die from hunger than Covid-19

The UK based charity says the pandemic is disrupting food supplies and aid. Also: the WHO announces a review of the global response to Covid-19, and the number of new cases in Tokyo has reached a record high, as Japan prepares to relax some restrictions.
09/07/204m 59s

US passes three million coronavirus cases

Vice President, Mike Pence, said more than 39 million people had been tested. Also: the WHO acknowledges emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny air particles, and crowds in Serbia storm parliament to protest about a new curfew.
08/07/204m 58s

Brazil's Bolsonaro announces: ‘It came back positive’

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus. Meanwhile, Australia places Melbourne under 6-week lockdown. And Spanish study casts doubt on herd immunity feasibility.
07/07/204m 59s

Israel closes bars and clubs as COVID-19 cases rise

Public spaces have been shut indefinitely, as Israel grapples with the spread of infections. Meanwhile, Australia has closed the border between two states as cases rise there. And the Louvre Museum in Paris reopens after four months.
06/07/204m 59s

South Africa - officials consider reimposing lockdown in most populous province

There are more than 50,000 cases in Gauteng which is the country's economic powerhouse. Also Britain celebrates the 72nd anniversary of the National Health Service - which has faced the most challenging year in its history with the battle against Covid-19, and an Indian man buys a gold face mask but admits it may not be effective against the coronavirus.
05/07/204m 59s

England eases lockdown in pubs, restaurants and hair salons

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, says it's the biggest step so far to recovery. Also two hundred thousand people are put back into quarantine in a region of Spain and Sri Lankan police patrol to enforce the wearing of facemasks in public.
04/07/205m 0s

Israel brings back Covid-19 restrictions as cases increase

The number of infections in Israel and the occupied West Bank has reached its highest point since April. Meanwhile, India records its highest single-day spike in cases. And the isolated residents of a US care home have received thousands of letters, thanks to a viral post on Facebook.
03/07/204m 58s

US jobs rebound

Unemployment has fallen after a massive rise in April when lockdowns were introduced. Also: Mexico's virus-related deaths have risen to over 28,000, and the African Union warns of the pandemic's impact on tourism.
02/07/204m 57s

US to buy almost entire global supply of Covid drug

The US has struck a near-exclusive deal to buy Remdesivir for the next three months. Also: global lockdowns cause layoffs in the aviation sector, and the mayor in Colombia who reported his own son from breaching restrictions.
01/07/204m 58s

EU recommends partial re-opening of external borders

European Union diplomats suggest member states allow visitors from 15 non-EU countries. Also: South Korean officials conclude the idea of a community forming herd immunity is "wishful thinking", and doctors in Afghanistan say their healthcare system is being over-run.
30/06/204m 59s

The WHO warns the pandemic is far from over

The World Health Organization says the virus has a "lot of room to move" after the number of people who died from COVID-19 passed the 500,000 mark. Also: mental health experts call for former patients to be tested for post traumatic stress disorder and the Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, asks football fans celebrating the club's recent victory to behave themselves.
29/06/204m 58s

Infections worldwide top 10 million

More than 10 million coronavirus cases have been declared worldwide. Also: The outbreak in the United States continues to grow, and Iran is to make face masks compulsory in some areas.
28/06/204m 59s

India now has 500,000 confirmed cases

Despite a record daily rise in infections the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, says that his country is well placed to cope with COVID-19. Also: a global fundraiser featuring world leaders and pop stars is held to help poor countries fight the virus just as easily as rich ones, and refunds for Hajj pilgrims in Pakistan who can't get to Mecca.
27/06/204m 58s

The WHO needs $28bn to fight the virus

The World Health Organization has to plug a huge funding gap to help poor countries fight Covid-19. Also: daily infections in the US reach a record high and panic buying returns to Australia.
26/06/204m 56s

'Very significant' resurgences in Europe alarm WHO

Europe has seen an increase in weekly cases of COVID-19 for the first time in months as restrictions are eased, the World Health Organization says. Also; US Governors impose a two-week quarantine for some interstate visitors... and the Eiffel Tower reopens to visitors in Paris.
25/06/204m 59s

IMF says pandemic hurting global growth more than forecast

The International Monetary Fund has lowered its global growth forecast for this year and next in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Also; every household in Dehli will be tested in the next two weeks, and the Australian military are asked to help contain a new outbreak.
24/06/204m 59s

England to ease lockdown restrictions

England to see most comprehensive easing of restrictions since lockdown first imposed; the annual Hadj has effectively been cancelled with only a thousand worshippers allowed to attend; and world tennis number one Novak Djokovic tests positive for the virus.
23/06/205m 0s

WHO warns pandemic still accelerating

It says global leadership and unity are needed after a record surge in cases. Also: Brazil becomes the second country to pass fifty thousand confirmed deaths; and Novak Djokavic is under fire for holding an exhibition tennis tournament.
22/06/204m 58s

Spain welcomes tourists back as emergency ends

Spain has lifted its state of emergency, reopening its borders to visitors from most of Europe and allowing British tourists in without having to quarantine. Also; German soldiers test thousands of abattoir workers after a outbreak, and Iraqis mourn the death of one of their best-known sportsmen from COVID-19.
21/06/204m 59s

Brazil confirms more than one million cases

Brazil has become the second country in the world to confirm more than one million cases of COVID-19, as the disease continues to spread. Also; Anger on the streets of Paris over the government's handling of the pandemic, and Spain welcomes tourists from inside the European Union.
20/06/204m 59s

WHO: Pandemic entering 'new and dangerous phase'

The head of the World Health Organisation has warned against relaxing coronavirus lockdown rules too soon, saying the pandemic is still accelerating and the world is entering a dangerous phase. Also; Scientists find the virus was present in Italy much earlier than first thought, and kissing scenes return to French film sets.
19/06/204m 58s

Number of pandemic deaths much higher than recorded: report

At least another 130,000 people worldwide have died during the coronavirus pandemic on top of 450,000 officially recorded deaths from the virus, according to BBC research. Also; thousands of Germans are ordered in quarantine after an outbreak at an abattoir, and do social media platforms pose a health threat by circulating conspiracy theories?
18/06/204m 59s

WHO: Signs of hope in the fight against Covid-19

But the Director General warns countries must continue to work on prevention measures. Also, travel restrictions imposed on millions in Beijing, and how the police are the best coronavirus investigators in Iceland.
17/06/204m 57s

Scientists celebrate ‘breakthrough’ drug finding

The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say. Also; schools in Beijing are closed again after new outbreak at a food market, and the virus returns to New Zealand after nearly a month of no cases.
16/06/204m 59s

New lockdown for Chennai

Tamil Nadu is one of India's worst affected areas. Also: Peru cathedral shows photos of victims, and Paris cafe owners celebrate.
15/06/204m 58s

India announces new emergency measures following an increase in cases in Delhi

Testing will be increased and 8,000 more beds will be created for patients. Also, several Latin American countries have reported a record number of new infections and the UK government is to review its social distancing guidelines after warnings from businesses.
14/06/204m 59s

New lockdown in Beijing

Parts of the Chinese capital face restrictions again after Covid-19 outbreak. Also: number of dead in Brazil soars, and New Zealand welcomes back rugby.
13/06/204m 58s

UK economy shrinks by 20%

The contraction in April was worse than expected, but the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, says there will be a recovery. Also: Sources in Burundi confirm the president died after catching Covid-19, and Australia will re-open stadiums to spectators.
12/06/204m 56s

Global stock markets suffer big losses

Wall Street recorded its worst day in three months, with millions unemployed by COVID-19. Brazilian activists stage a beachside protest over President Jair Bolsonaro's response to the virus; and the countries hoping to restart the tourism industry.
12/06/204m 59s

Further job losses in the US

Another one-and-a-half million Americans are made unemployed as the pandemic continues to devastate a once booming American economy. Also: claims that coronavirus is being used to abuse the rights of workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and top flight football is returning to Spain.
11/06/204m 58s

WHO warns crisis far from over

The World Health Organisation remains concerned by the spread of the virus in Central and South America, as European nations continue to ease restrictions. Also: the Spanish health workers receiving bonuses of more than $1000 after treating COVID-19 patients
11/06/204m 59s

Bereaved families take legal action in Italy

They say poor handling of the pandemic meant their dead loved ones were abandoned. Also: Dire warnings about the impact on the world economy; WHO says virus spreading exponentially in Latin America; and could an earlier lockdown in the UK have reduced deaths by half?
10/06/204m 58s

Brazil reinstates Covid-19 recording website

The health ministry had abruptly removed it over the weekend. Also: Coronavirus is on the rise in almost half of US states, and there's warnings of widespread malnutrition in India being worsened by the lockdown.
10/06/204m 59s

Migrant workers in India must be home in 15 days

State governments are given a deadline by India's Supreme Court after people lost their jobs when restrictions were imposed. Also: the international airline industry is set for its biggest ever losses and the Michelin starred chef who's fed millions during the pandemic.
09/06/204m 58s

Pandemic pushes US into recession

Production, employment and consumption have collapsed as a result of the coronavirus. Also: the number of new cases worldwide hits a record high, and new research puts a figure on the number of lives saved by lockdowns.
09/06/204m 58s

India’s economy reopens amid rise in virus cases

India begins the most significant easing of coronavirus restrictions since the start of lockdown. Also: New Zealand steps fully out of lockdown, and Spain’s football competition La Liga will return with virtual images of stands.
08/06/204m 59s

New Zealand says it has eradicated coronavirus

New Zealand says it has eradicated coronavirus in the country. Thousands of Brazilians take to the streets to protest the president's handling of the virus. Why gym owners in India are unhappy.
08/06/204m 59s

China denies a cover up over Covid-19

Beijing says it briefed the US in early January, when the disease was largely unknown. Also: South Africa's lifted alcohol ban has led to a sharp rise in trauma admissions at hospitals, and as many lockdowns ease, how we can help our pets adjust to our return to work?
07/06/204m 59s

Coronavirus data withheld from Brazilians

President Bolsonaro defends his decision to withhold key Covid-19 data from the public, The World Bank says the pandemic is a catastrophe for the global economy. Why people are being warned not to try and smuggle themselves to remote Scottish islands.
07/06/204m 59s

Iran’s President says no end in sight to the country’s Covid-19 outbreak

A recent upsurge in virus cases has stoked fears of a second wave of the disease. Also: Kenya extends the overnight curfew, and the rise of virtual tourism.
06/06/204m 59s

The World Health Organisation says we should all wear face masks in public

Advice on wearing face masks in public changes, the Brazilian president threatens to pull the country out of the WHO. Prince William volunteers during lockdown.
06/06/204m 59s

Virus ‘under control’ in France

The French government's top scientific adviser says the coronavirus epidemic in France is now under control. Also: South Africa's top vaccine expert has warned that its hospitals could be overwhelmed by virus cases within a matter of weeks, and a team of Samoan rugby players who set off for a match in February have still not made it home because of COVID-19.
05/06/204m 59s

Brazil overtakes Italy as country with third highest coronavirus deaths

Brazil reaches a grim milestone as it becomes the third worst hit country, the governor of New York urges George Floyd protesters to get tested for Covid-19. The NBA will restart season in July.
05/06/204m 59s

Fears Iran faces a second wave

Cases of Covid-19 also accelerate in India, Brazil and Mexico. Also in England, face coverings are to be compulsory on public transport, and France is to transform vast quantities of unsold wine into hand sanitiser.
04/06/204m 59s

How to reduce the risk of COVID-19 at protests

With demonstrators across the US calling for racial justice, we ask a health expert how to protest safely during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Brazil marks another record increase in its death toll. And a survey shows nearly a quarter of Americans would refuse a coronavirus vaccine.
04/06/204m 59s

Hopes ibuprofen could treat Covid-19

Scientists are testing if the drug could prevent severe breathing problems. Also: WHO resumes hydroxychloroquine trials; new evidence about so-called superspreaders; and British Vogue replaces models with key workers on its cover.
03/06/204m 59s

Brazil: Indigenous communities under threat

Illegal mining operations in the Amazon are exposing Indigenous villages to COVID-19. Meanwhile, recordings obtained by the Associated Press suggest that, while the WHO publicly praised China’s efforts, officials were frustrated with Beijing’s lack of transparency. And India’s tea industry – which employs more than a million people – is struggling to recover from the pandemic.
03/06/204m 59s

UN: higher ethnic minority death rates highlight existing inequalities

UN’s human rights chief says pandemic is exposing issues ignored for too long. Also: New research shows every centimetre counts in social distancing; and the return of Parisian pavement cafes.
02/06/204m 58s

Latin America: WHO says outbreak has not yet peaked

Brazil and Mexico are easing their COVID-19 restrictions, despite the continuing rise in infections. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin schedules a referendum on the Russian constitution, already delayed by coronavirus. And a chef re-opening his restaurant in the US tells us what precautions he’s taking.
02/06/204m 59s

Iran says dangerous new peak possible

Health Minister’s warning follows highest daily new infections for two months. Also: Restrictions eased in Moscow – despite Russia’s highest weekly deaths; more businesses reopen in Brazil and Mexico; and visitors return to some of Europe's top museums.
01/06/204m 58s

Brazil in political crisis as COVID outbreak spikes

President Jair Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the pandemic, joins a rally of his supporters calling for military action against Brazil’s congress and the Supreme Court. Meanwhile South Africa scales back its ban on selling alcohol. And we look at the precautions being taken at a Dutch primary school, where students have returned to the classroom.
01/06/204m 59s

Officials in Afghanistan warn of impending coronavirus 'catastrophe'

Afghan health officials call for the re-imposition of strict lockdown measures, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise. Also, China says the country is leading the way in the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine and worshippers return to mosques across the Middle East.
31/05/204m 58s

Global coronavirus cases pass six million

The official number of coronavirus cases around the world has now passed six million. Also, in Argentina there have been protests demanding an end to strict quarantine measures, and a Belgian Prince has tested positive for the virus after he went to a party in Spain during lockdown.
31/05/204m 59s

India records biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases

India to loosen lockdown despite record cases. Also, President Trump faces criticism for his decision to end ties with the World Health Organisation and one of Italy's best-known tourist attractions - the leaning Tower of Pisa - has reopened to the public.
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