Coronavirus Global Update

Coronavirus Global Update

By BBC World Service

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


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.
30/05/204m 58s

Trump terminates US relationship with WHO

President Trump says the US is ending its relationship with the World Health Organisation. Also: Portugal has paused moves to ease the lockdown in Lisbon after a new spike in coronavirus cases, and another football league has announced its return date - Spain's La Liga.
30/05/204m 57s

Russia: record number of Covid-19 deaths

The record rise comes despite the number of new cases starting to slow. Also: the WHO warns new outbreaks could quickly develop, and life continues to get back to normal in Europe.
29/05/204m 59s

Brazil registers a record number of cases

Brazil has recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day. Also: South Korea is shutting more than eight-hundred schools, and the Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time.
29/05/204m 59s

English Premier League football poised to return

The Premier League re-start date is set for June the 17th, subject to government approval. Also: US pandemic jobless claims top 40 million, and BBC Proms goes virtual.
28/05/204m 58s

US coronavirus deaths pass 100,000

However the number of new infections is slowing and the economy is beginning to reopen. Also: Britain's testing and tracing system launches, and Rugby League in Australia is restarting.
28/05/204m 58s

Job losses among the young are creating 'a lock-down generation'

United Nations research says one in six young people out of work due to pandemic. Also European Commission outlines an 800-billion dollar proposal to build EU economies. And England's top football clubs agree to resume contact training.
27/05/204m 59s

Health officials say Latin America is now the centre of the global pandemic

The WHO's Pan American Health Organization says it's worried about the rapidly spreading outbreaks in Brazil, Chile and Peru. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has arrested 40,000 people over the past two months for breaking lockdown rules. And the state of New York starts to re-open some businesses.
27/05/204m 59s

No school in Philippines until Covid-19 vaccine available

President Duterte says without a vaccine, the risk to children is too great. Also, the New York Stock exchange trading floor re-opens. And wanted in Britain -- the plasma of Covid-19 survivors.
26/05/204m 58s

WHO suspends Hydroxychloroquine tests amid safety fears

Health officials say an "abundance of caution" is necessary, after a recent study suggested the anti-malaria drug could lead to more deaths among COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, the US state of California will let shops and places of worship re-open, albeit with restrictions. And Haiti braces for a spike in cases.
26/05/204m 59s

Japan lifts its state of emergency

The Japanese PM says it got the outbreak under control in less than two months. Also: Germany stumps up $10bn to bail out the airline Lufthansa, and the curators documenting Covid-19 for future generations.
25/05/204m 57s

South Africa: President warns of spike in cases as lockdown is eased

Cyril Ramaphosa says the risk of a COVID-19 resurgence has never been greater, as the country prepares to lift its curfew next week. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends his top adviser, who is accused of breaking lockdown rules. And as India restarts domestic flights, each state has its own quarantine measures for travellers.
25/05/204m 59s

China condemns coronavirus lawsuits

The Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, said the US and China should work together. Also, The New York Times devotes entire front page to victims of Covid-19 and Eid celebrations under lockdown.
24/05/204m 59s

Eid al-Fitr: Pandemic disrupts Muslim celebration

Saudi Arabia, Turkey and others order a complete lockdown during this festival, which is traditionally a time for feasts and gift-giving. Meanwhile, Russians begin to question the accuracy of their country’s official death toll. And Mexican officials say drug cartels have been less active under the lockdown, though murders are on the rise.
24/05/204m 59s

Kenya announces a half billion dollar package to deal with pandemic impact

President Kenyatta said funding would help vulnerable families, tourism and agriculture sectors. Also: one of the world's biggest car hire firms, Hertz, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US, and La Liga football season can resume next month.
23/05/204m 59s

South America: a new centre of the pandemic

The WHO says many countries in the region have seen a worrying rise in cases. Also: a study says hydroxychloroquine increases the risk of patients with Covid-19 dying from the disease, and the mystery of the Paris park pandemic lock-picker.
23/05/204m 58s

UN warns of collapse of health systems in Yemen

Aid agencies say there's a shortage of equipment and oxygen. Also, India records its highest daily increase in cases and researchers in the UK begin a trial using immunotherapy.
22/05/204m 59s

Researchers warn of Covid-19 conspiracies

Psychologists say a “disconcertingly high” number of people hold conspiracy theories. Also: Brazil registers a record number of deaths, and France fines protesting healthcare workers.
22/05/204m 58s

More than five million virus cases worldwide

The cases are recorded by John Hopkins University. Also: A Syrian refugee who works as a hospital cleaner helps persuade the British PM to abandon a policy, and the Tokyo Olympics must be held next year or will be cancelled.
21/05/204m 58s

Global virus cases soar

The WHO reports the biggest rise in new infections in a single day. Also: new rules come into force in Spain and Greece prepares for the summer holiday season.
21/05/204m 58s

Chinese experts report changes to Covid-19 symptoms

The National Health Commission says new infections also have longer incubation. Also: Brazil authorises the use of hydroxychloroquine; infected mink could have passed the virus to a worker at a Dutch fur farm; and 'adopt a grandparent' -- how people in Bolivia are helping each other's elderly relatives.
20/05/204m 57s

WHO agrees to investigation of international pandemic response

The US and China have traded accusations over who has done more damage, but most WHO member states say the probe should be about building a plan for the future, not trying to lay blame. Meanwhile, health officials say Indigenous communities in the Amazon are under threat from COVID-19. And we take a look at the outsized role American women are playing, at work and at home, during the pandemic.
20/05/204m 59s

China accuses President Trump of shifting the blame for the US outbreak

Reaction from Beijing after Mr Trump threatens to withdraw US membership of the World Health Organisation. Also: carbon emissions fall to levels not seen since the Second World War as a result of the pandemic and why Chopin won't be heard outdoors in Warsaw this summer.
19/05/204m 57s

Trump says he takes the unproven drug Hydroxychloroquine

The president says he’s heard “good stories” about the anti-malaria medicine, though US authorities have warned against its use for COVID-19. Meanwhile, Germany and France propose more than $500 billion in funding to help the European Union recover financially from the pandemic. And we introduce you to the Cuddle Curtain – one man’s plan to hug his loved ones while social distancing.
19/05/204m 59s

WHO promises independent inquiry into its handling of the coronavirus pandemic

The head of the World Health Organisation has promised an independent review of its handling of coronavirus – ‘at the earliest opportunity’. Also: US firm Moderna reports promising early results in its vaccine trial; and a Ghanaian war veteran aims to follow in Colonel Tom Moore’s fundraising footsteps.
18/05/204m 58s

Brazil: Mayor says Sao Paulo health system is close to collapse

Bruno Covas calls for a full lockdown in Brazil’s largest city, citing the failure of partial social distancing guidelines. Meanwhile, Japan is headed for its worst economic slump since the Second World War. And the WHO weighs in on sending children back to school.
18/05/204m 59s

Thailand reopens shopping centres after lockdown

Thais have been returning to department stores, museums and other public spaces. Also: Spain reports fewer than 100 Covid-19 deaths since before the country entered lockdown and Qatar enforces some of the toughest penalties in the world for not wearing a face mask.
17/05/204m 58s

Obama again condemns Trump pandemic response

The former president says COVID-19 has “torn back the curtain” on US leadership, during an address to graduating university students. Meanwhile, Brazil installs an army general with no medical experience as its interim health minister, as the country’s outbreak becomes the fourth-largest in the world. And police in London arrest 19 people during anti-lockdown protests.
17/05/204m 59s

Football kicks off in Germany

Millions of Germans can finally watch a match after two months but fans aren't allowed into stadiums. Also: doctors say some patients who are severely ill with coronavirus have developed dangerous blood clots and how rabbis are getting round the lockdown.
16/05/204m 58s

Italy opens borders

From June Italians can travel abroad and foreign visitors can enter. Also: Germany’s professional football league resumes and the Dutch government changes its sex advice.
16/05/204m 58s

Pandemic pushes German economy into recession

Germany's economy shrank by 2.2% in the first three months of this year as the coronavirus pandemic pushed it into recession. Also: The newly appointed Brazilian health minister has resigned after disagreements with President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the crisis, and Slovenia becomes the first European country to declare an end to its virus epidemic.
15/05/204m 59s

The WHO warns that quarter of a billion Africans could catch Covid-19

The WHO warns quarter of a billion Africans could catch Covid-19, the surrogate babies who can't be collected by their parents and the Hollywood actor Matt Damon surprises a frontline healthworker.
15/05/204m 59s

COVID-19 reaches the world's biggest refugee settlement at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh

Two Rohingya refugees have tested positive for coronavirus in the world’s largest refugee camp. Also: A US virus expert warns that America faces the darkest winter in its modern history, and New Zealand reopens with midnight queues for hairdressers.
14/05/204m 59s

US accuses China of trying to steal coronavirus research

US says Chinese hackers are trying to steal research on Covid-19 vaccines, the WHO warns the virus "may never go away" and how the pandemic is affecting two pandas far away from home.
14/05/204m 59s

China seals off city after fresh Covid-19 cluster

Restrictions on movement are re-imposed in Jilin after new cases emerge. Also, Lebanon shuts down again as "total" lockdown begins for four days. And the extra burden of Covid-19 for some people living in rental accommodation.
13/05/204m 59s

Brazil sees record rise in coronavirus deaths

Brazil has seen a record rise in the number of deaths from coronavirus, Doctor Anthony Fauci warns over easing the restrictions in the US and Spain's oldest woman survives the virus.
13/05/204m 59s

Fauci warns Senate of 'serious consequences'

Top US infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warns Senate of 'suffering and death’ if US reopens too quickly. The W-H-O says the Americas are now driving the pandemic. And, a German man has finally left Delhi airport after being stuck there for almost eight weeks.
12/05/204m 59s

White House: Masks made mandatory for staff in the West Wing

The new precautions come as Donald Trump claims the US has ‘prevailed’ at testing for the virus. Meanwhile, Twitter has said it will start putting warning labels on misleading posts about COVID-19. And India has seen its first drop in carbon emissions for almost 40 years.
12/05/204m 59s

Russia to end partial national lockdown

President Putin says Russia will begin a gradual exit from its coronavirus restrictions -- despite a record daily increase in infections. Meanwhile, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been defending his plan for the easing of restrictions in England. And, South Dakota Sioux refuse to take down 'illegal' coronavirus checkpoints.
11/05/204m 59s

Boris Johnson reveals his plan to lift England’s lockdown

The prime minister encourages Britons to get back to work, but Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain cautious over easing their restrictions. Meanwhile, Australia slowly re-opens its schools. And Italy faces a backlash after releasing mafia members from prison.
11/05/204m 59s

Fears of a second wave of infections in South Korea

President Moon Jae In warned people to remain vigilant after a spike in new cases – the highest for a month. Also: infections rise in Germany just days after the country eases its lockdown restrictions, and the airline passengers paying more than 200 dollars to be tested in Austria.
10/05/204m 58s

Obama condemns President Trump's pandemic response

The former president said the Trump administration's efforts had been a "chaotic disaster". Meanwhile, Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro goes jet skiing, as the country observes three days of mourning for COVID-19 victims. And athletes have been testing positive as football and mixed martial arts restart competition.
10/05/204m 59s

Senior Chinese official admits health system weaknesses

China says it will improve public health systems after criticism of its early response to the virus. Also: thousands attend a military parade in Belarus despite the Covid-19 risk, and scientists investigate whether the female sex hormone oestrogen protects against the coronavirus.
09/05/204m 59s

US accuses China of Covid-19 disinformation

The US said fake Twitter accounts amplified propaganda tweeted by Chinese diplomats. Also: South American countries raise concerns over Brazil's outbreak and billions are made available to support Eurozone countries.
09/05/204m 58s

What are the exact origins of the coronavirus?

The World Health Organisation says it could take at least a year to determine the exact origins of the coronavirus; also: Disney is to reopen its Shanghai theme park but at reduced capacity, and celebrations take place to mark 75 years since Victory in Europe and the end of the second world war.
08/05/204m 59s

Brazil records big increase in deaths

President Bolsonaro's government warns of economic collapse if regional lockdowns remain. Also: Europe commemorates VE Day with events held despite restrictions and India begins to repatriate hundreds of thousands of citizens.
08/05/204m 59s

France announces measures to ease lockdown

Shops and some schools allowed to reopen - but restrictions remain in Paris. Also, there's been a further steep rise in unemployment in the United States with increasing numbers of white collar workers losing their jobs.
07/05/204m 58s

United Nations launches new coronavirus appeal

Over six and a half billion dollars are being sought to support fragile countries. Also: Donald Trump says the pandemic is the worst attack ever on the United States and hear why Covid-19 has seen an unlikely friendship form between Ireland and Native Americans.
07/05/204m 58s

The German Chancellor reaches deal on easing lockdown

All restrictions on shops will be lifted and schools will gradually re-open. Also: the European Commission has warned that the EU faces its worst economic downturn since the 1930s, and Uber announces job cuts.
06/05/204m 58s

White House plans to disband virus task force

Vice-President Mike Pence suggests it could be disbanded within weeks. Also: Germany prepares to ease lockdown restrictions and why the pandemic has helped reduce emissions.
06/05/204m 58s

UK reports highest coronavirus death toll in Europe

The United Kingdom has outstripped Italy in the number of coronavirus deaths, becoming the worst affected country in Europe. Also: India is to bring home hundreds of thousands of its citizens who have been stranded overseas because of the government lockdown, and can naval divers help coronavirus patients recover?
05/05/204m 56s

US to borrow record 3 trillion dollars in pandemic spending

It’s a stark demonstration of how quickly the country's financial situation has changed. Also: doctors suggest the virus arrived in France almost a month earlier than previously thought, and the list of animals known to be at risk of being infected just got longer.
05/05/204m 59s

European Commission launches global effort to fund vaccine research

A virtual conference for world leaders and philanthropists took place in a bid to raise $8.3bn. Also: Japan extends its state of emergency until the end of the month, and getting a haircut in Germany after many weeks.
04/05/204m 58s

Trump believes vaccine will be ready this year

Most experts say it will be at least 12 to 18 months before a vaccine can be developed, but President Trump says the US is "very confident". Also: the number of infections in Brazil surges beyond 100,000, and countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa are easing some lockdown restrictions.
04/05/204m 59s

Russia has recorded its biggest one day rise in coronavirus cases

More than ten thousand new infections have been registered -- the highest such figure in Europe. Also: the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said there is enormous evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and the Philippines has suspended repatriation flights for citizens stranded overseas because its quarantine facilities are full.
03/05/204m 58s

Boris Johnson: "There were plans in case I died"

The British prime minister reveals he needed "litres and litres of oxygen" while he was seriously ill in hospital with coronavirus. Also: Thailand becomes one of the latest countries to relax its lockdown measures, and Madrid has found a way for some of its residents to go to the cinema without leaving their homes.
03/05/204m 59s

Spain says adults can leave home for exercise for the first time in seven weeks

With its infection rate in decline, Spain is slowly easing its tough lockdown restrictions. Meanwhile, Malaysia has defended its mass detention of undocumented migrants, saying the arrests were carried out to stop the spread of COVID-19. And India has ordered workers to use a smartphone app that can trace people who may have been infected.
02/05/204m 59s

US authorises use of Ebola drug Remdesivir

The experimental anti-viral drug can now be used to treat people who are hospitalised with severe cases of Covid-19. Also: several European countries are easing different elements of their lockdown measures, and firefighters in Corsica are training dogs to sniff out the virus.
02/05/204m 59s

Half of US states prepare to ease coronavirus restrictions

Concerns about the economy are driving the lifting of lockdown measures. Also there are worries that personal protective equipment (PPE) isn't well designed for women, and celebrating the coming of summer on May Day in England - online.
01/05/205m 0s

President Trump says he's seen evidence that Covid-19 came from a Chinese lab.

President Trump says he has seen evidence that the virus came from a Chinese lab, the Russian prime minister tests positive for Covid-19 and how the band Queen are paying tribute to healthcare workers across the world.
01/05/204m 59s

British PM gives upbeat message despite high death toll

Boris Johnson said Britain was past the peak of the outbreak and on the downward slope; also France enters recession amid warnings of an unprecedented economic slump in Europe, and a new long lasting disinfectant developed in Hong Kong.
30/04/204m 59s

Drug has 'clear cut' power to fight coronavirus

Hopes that a drug could reduce the recovery time for Covid-19, South Africa reverses a decision to allow people to buy cigarettes and the couple who were together for more than 60 years and died just hours apart.
30/04/204m 59s

US economy shrinks at fastest rate since 2008

The world's largest economy contracts by nearly 5% as pandemic measures take a toll. Also: the role genetics play in how badly you suffer from the coronavirus, and the 98-year-old doctor still caring for patients.
29/04/204m 59s

US coronavirus cases pass one million.

The number of known cases in the US passes a million, President Putin admits Russia has a shortage of PPE for medics, the campaign to stop racist attacks on Asian Americans.
29/04/204m 59s

UN warns of effect of coronavirus pandemic on women

The United Nations Population Fund says lockdowns restrict access to contraception
28/04/204m 58s

President Trump 'not happy with China'

President Trump believes China could have stopped coronavirus at the source, Nigeria extends lockdown for a week and why Belgians are being encouraged to eat chips.
28/04/204m 58s

The US denies that it is reducing spending on global healthcare

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells the BBC he was confident the US would increase its aid. Also: France registers a record monthly rise in the number of people seeking unemployment benefits, and hairdressers go back to work in Switzerland.
27/04/204m 59s

Italy to gradually ease strict restrictions imposed seven weeks ago

The prime minister Giuseppe Conte has outlined a timetable for easing quarantine measures in the country that's recorded the most deaths in Europe. Also: senior US doctors say social distancing will be needed throughout the summer, and millions of Syrian students are told school won't return until next year.
27/04/204m 59s

Spain eases curbs on children as daily toll drops

The number of deaths in Spain in a day from coronavirus is at its lowest level since the 20th of March. Also: the Chinese authorities have confiscated more than eighty-nine million poor-quality face masks, and more countries are using or adopting tracing apps in the fight against the pandemic.
26/04/204m 59s

British Prime Minister returns to work after recovering from coronavirus

Boris Johnson will return to the helm of a government facing growing criticism over its handling of the coronavirus crisis, with more than 20,000 deaths recorded. Also: President Trump has said daily pandemic briefings are no longer worth his time, and Spanish children are allowed out of their homes for the first time in six weeks.
26/04/204m 59s

WHO challenges 'immunity passports'

The World Health Organisation warns that past infection is no guarantee of future immunity. Also: the fear of new waves of infection in Iran, and the zoo chimps and covid-19.
25/04/204m 57s

Doctors criticise President Trump's 'sarcastic' disinfectant comments

President Donald Trump says his suggestion that coronavirus patients could be injected with disinfectant was sarcastic, but doctors say it was dangerous and unhelpful. Also: Belgium prepares to ease its lockdown, and psychologists in Italy say the country is facing a mental health emergency.
25/04/204m 59s

Global leaders launch initiative to speed up development of drugs and vaccines

The WHO calls for solidarity in tackling the pandemic. Also: President Trump's suggestion that Covid-19 can be treated by injecting disinfectant is widely criticised, and South Korea records no new coronavirus deaths for the first time in more than a month.
24/04/204m 57s

US Congress passes $484 billion economic relief bill

President Trump says the fourth coronavirus relief bill will help more than 26 million Americans who have filed for unemployment benefits in the last five weeks. Also: South Africa begins to ease a nationwide lockdown and children in Spain receive an apology after being confined to their homes for weeks.
24/04/204m 58s

China cases 'may have been four times official figure'

China's ambassador to the UK denies a cover-up. Also: the German Chancellor says she regrets having to impose restrictions on the elderly, and how Muslims are observing Ramadan under lockdown.
23/04/204m 57s

Top US doctor urges caution on easing restrictions

Anthony Fauci said there was no doubt coronavirus would return later in the year. Also: Brazil digs mass graves for victims of the pandemic and EU leaders to discuss how to end lockdowns.
23/04/204m 58s

Migrant remittances at risk, says World Bank

The money sent by migrant workers to families back home could fall by as much as 20%. Also: Koranic schools across northern Nigeria are being shut, and Germany is the latest country to announce human vaccine trials.
22/04/204m 56s

Trump to temporarily halt immigration into the US

The President said the move would protect American jobs during the coronavirus crisis. Also: the Spanish government is seeking parliamentary approval to extend the national lockdown and Singapore struggles to stop cases surging among migrant workers.
22/04/204m 58s

The UN warns of multiple famines due to the pandemic

The head of the World Food Programme says the number of hungry people could double. Also: President Trump says immigration to the US will be suspended, and the UK will begin trialling a vaccine on people from Thursday.
21/04/204m 59s

Pandemic sends US oil prices into negative territory

Producers paid buyers to take their supplies as demand dries up. Also: Italy reports a fall in the number of people in intensive care and Ghana uses drones to speed up testing.
21/04/204m 58s

Millions return to work in India

Some areas ease restrictions so farmers can get back to normal due to food shortage fears; also a lack of personal protection equipment (PPE) such as gowns and masks causes concern in Britain and Malawi, and vulnerable leatherback turtles return to beaches in Thailand left empty by tourists during lockdown.
20/04/204m 59s

Governor Cuomo says New York is past the peak of infections

The state announces widespread testing for COVID 19 antibodies, to find out how many New Yorkers have survived the virus. Meanwhile, India’s president calls for unity and brotherhood as the pandemic sparks anti-Muslim rhetoric. And Disney puts half its workforce on unpaid leave.
20/04/204m 59s

UK Prime Minister missed string of emergency meetings in run-up to the outbreak

A senior British cabinet minister has admitted that Boris Johnson missed five of the government's top level emergency planning meetings as the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold. Also: Russia has registered a steep rise in new cases for the second day running, and a football team from the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak has finally arrived home.
19/04/204m 59s

Several US states set to re-open

Texas, Vermont and others are preparing to lift restrictions, as anti-lockdown protests continue around the US, with President Trump's encouragement. Meanwhile, Russian hospitals struggle to cope with the country's growing outbreak. And South Korea records just eight new cases in 24 hours.
19/04/204m 59s

Number of dead in Spain rises to more than twenty thousand

Spain is third country after the US and Italy to surpass twenty thousand. Also: Pakistan says mosques can reopen during Ramadan and performers link up for a concert to pay tribute to frontline workers across world.
18/04/204m 59s

Trump calls for ‘liberation’ of three states in lockdown

The president has tweeted his support for anti-lockdown protests, prompting a Democratic governor to accuse him of fomenting rebellion. Meanwhile, UK hospitals are running out of protective equipment for doctors and nurses. And Turkey continues its weekend lockdowns, despite calls for full-time restrictions.
18/04/204m 59s

Germany's coronavirus outbreak under control

Germany says infection rates reduced due to lockdown measures and extensive testing, Swedish officials have raised concerns about the health impact of strict Covid-19 lockdowns, and what does Earth look like after months on the space station ?
17/04/204m 59s

US unveils plan for lifting lockdown

Donald Trump has said it will be up to individual states to decide when and how they implement the government’s three-phase strategy. Meanwhile, China’s economy has shrunk for the first time in decades. And the World Health Organisation has predicted Africa could be the next epicentre of the pandemic.
17/04/204m 59s

22 million Americans file for unemployment in a month.

A week where five million more Americans lose their jobs as the coronavirus crisis intensifies, Japan declares a state of emergency after a spike in new infections, and a Vietnamese businesswoman provides free rice for those affected by Covid-19 from an ATM machine.
16/04/204m 59s

Economies in Asia will see zero growth this year, warns IMF

The International Monetary Fund says the impact on Asia will be "severe, across the board, and unprecedented". Also: President Trump says data suggests that the US has passed the peak of new infections, and researchers in Britain are hoping to fast-track new treatments for the virus.
16/04/204m 59s

WHO rejects President Trump's criticism over pandemic

World Health Organisation calls on the international community not to get caught up in recriminations. There's been a record fall in US retail sales in March -and forecasters say worse is yet to come, and a solo round the world sailor tells us how best to overcome self-isolation
15/04/204m 59s

US halts funding to WHO

President Trump says the World Health Organisation "failed in its basic duty" over coronavirus, but his comments have been widely criticised by health experts. Also: South Korea's parliamentary elections go ahead with tight hygiene measures in place, and the island in Europe which has been labelled by locals as "corona island" after becoming a virus hotspot.
15/04/204m 59s

World faces worst economic decline since 1930s

IMF says corona pandemic is "crisis like no other" The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide is nearing two million although the true figure is higher,and what's good for Amazon may not be good for everyone.
14/04/204m 58s

Trump defends US virus response

During a bad-tempered White House briefing, the president said his actions had saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Also: several European countries are taking steps to ease lockdown measures, and doctors in India are concerned over the lack of testing.
14/04/204m 59s

WHO says lockdown must be lifted slowly and with control

World Health Organisation warns that lifting of Covid-19 controls must be measured; Spain begins relaxing some lockdown restrictions; Indonesia uses an age-old superstition to keep people indoors.
13/04/204m 52s

Italy and Spain relax lockdown measures

Infection rates appear to be slowing and governments in Madrid and Rome want to revive their economies. Also: China sees a spike in cases, and millions watch Andrea Bocelli perform inside an empty cathedral.
13/04/204m 59s

Pope Francis calls for global solidarity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

The Pope expressed particular concern for the future of the European Union, saying it was facing an “epochal challenge”. Also: the philanthropist Bill Gates has said compromises may have to be made if a vaccine against the virus is to be ready in eighteen months, and the British PM Boris Johnson has spoken emotionally of his gratitude to the doctors and nurses who he says saved his life.
12/04/204m 58s

US outbreak now the world's deadliest

More than 20,000 Americans have died from coronavirus. Meanwhile, Italy has said some businesses will re-open, despite a three-week extension of the country's strict lockdown. And Canada pledges more than $50 billion to protect workers during the crisis.
12/04/204m 59s

Sweden not properly prepared for Coronavirus says prime minister

Stefan Löfven says it's obvious not enough was done in advance of the pandemic, also: New York mayor says public schools to be closed until September and how a New Zealand headmistress created new Coronavirus lyrics to an old favourite
11/04/204m 58s

Trump creates committee aimed at ending US lockdown

The president has said he wants restrictions relating to the pandemic to be lifted in May. Meanwhile, Christians around the world have found new ways to celebrate Easter. And Apple and Google are working together on software that can track the social interactions of people who test positive for the virus.
11/04/204m 59s

Tough new restrictions in Tokyo

Governor of Tokyo announces tough new measures including cinema closures, Also: German church organizes drive-in Easter services and how some Russians are trying to beat the virus by drinking vodka
10/04/204m 59s

New York opens mass graves for coronavirus victims

Photos show workers in hazmat suits stacking coffins in long trenches. Meanwhile the European Union has agreed to a rescue package worth over $500 billion. And new research suggests social distancing should be vastly increased around joggers and cyclists.
10/04/204m 59s

Big leap in US unemployment numbers

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits has surged for a third week as the economic toll tied to the coronavirus pandemic intensifies. Also: the World Bank says sub-Saharan Africa will go into recession for the first time in a quarter of a century, and three astronauts escape the pandemic by going into space.
09/04/204m 58s

WHO warns countries not to lift lockdown measures

As China eases restrictions in Wuhan, some European governments have discussed giving their populations more freedom. Meanwhile, statistics from New York City show a disproportionately high number of black and Hispanic residents are dying from coronavirus. And one of Russia’s most popular ballet troupes keeps the show going, with videos from self-isolation.
09/04/204m 59s

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

In a new report the WTO forecasts a contraction of between 13% and 32% this year. Also: The online criminals taking advantage of the pandemic, and the child prodigy in Greece composing his own Isolation Waltz.
08/04/204m 59s

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

The months-long lockdown in the city of Wuhan in China's Hubei province - where the coronavirus pandemic started - has been lifted. Also: Britain's prime minister Boris Johnson spends another night in intensive care, and veterinary scientists recommend cat-owners keep their pets indoors.
08/04/204m 59s

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

British government to carry on working, despite Boris Johnson's hospitalisation. Also: Chinese authorities have reported no deaths from Covid-19 for the first time since the outbreak began, and a story of neighbourly good will from the Turkish city of Istanbul.
07/04/205m 0s

Austria to relax some lock-down restrictions

Despite the restrictions, Austrians will still have to wear face masks in shops and public transport. Also: Spain has recorded it's lowest daily total in nearly two weeks and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in hospital but says he's "in good spirits".
06/04/204m 59s

Some good news for Spain as Covid-19 death toll falls

The latest daily number of deaths recorded was six hundred and seventy-four. Also: Criminal investigation launched into the Australian cruise ship responsible for nearly a tenth of all cases in the country, and how people in Italy are helping each other by dangling baskets out of their windows.
05/04/204m 59s

Italy’s daily death toll at lowest level for six days

The outbreak in Italy continues to take a heavy toll on the medical profession as more than 60 doctors have died. Also: the authorities in the Netherlands are investigating whether group or ‘herd’ immunity could stop the spread of Covid-19, and the Wimbledon tennis championships have been cancelled.
01/04/204m 58s

US coronavirus death toll overtakes 9/11 fatalities

Over 3000 people have died from the virus in the US. New York's governor is re-organising the state's entire health system. Also: Spain suffers its deadliest day so far, and why are so many young people in Australia testing positive?
31/03/204m 59s

Spain’s COVID-19 cases surpass China

It comes as the country announces new lockdown restrictions. Also: Japan reports a surge in coronavirus infections, and how motor racing engineers helped build a new device to assist breathing.
30/03/204m 58s

Spain and Italy say they're near the peak of the outbreak

The two European countries are hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Also India's prime minister, Narendra Modi asks for his country's forgiveness for imposing a sweeping lockdown, and the world's oldest man has to celebrate his birthday with no fanfare due to the outbreak.
29/03/204m 59s

Spain has largest coronavirus daily death toll to date

There's been a surge in the number of deaths from the coronavirus in Spain. Also: the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the pandemic began, has partially re-opened, and the world's biggest manufacturer of ventilators - in Germany - says demand is currently outstripping capacity ten-fold.
28/03/204m 57s

British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

The British health minister also has the virus, while England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, is showing symptoms of COVID-19. Also: the OECD has estimated that every month major economies spend in lockdown will cut growth by two percentage points, and we hear what it's like to be tested for the coronavirus.
27/03/204m 58s

National lockdown in Spain extended

The Spanish parliament voted to prolong the restrictions. Also: millions of people in the United States filed claims for unemployment last week due to the coronavirus, and getting married during a lockdown.
26/03/204m 57s

US Senate agrees huge stimulus package with Trump

The US deal worth $1.8 trillion is to ease the impact of coronavirus. Spain becomes only the second country after Italy to record more deaths than China, and Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus.
25/03/204m 57s

Worldwide cases top 300,000

Italy records a record jump of nearly 800 deaths in just 24 hours. Also: Iran rejects US help offer, and the new toilet paper calculator trying to discourage hoarding.
22/03/204m 59s

UK joins the global shutdown

UK urges people not to panic buy, as pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities close. Also: South Korea threatens to bring in new restrictions as cases begin to rise again; and how to keep young children informed.
21/03/204m 59s

EU plans to close border for 30 days

Coronavirus travel restrictions have forced airlines to ground planes. Also Africa implements the lessons learnt from Ebola and we hear about the first coronavirus vaccine trial.
16/03/204m 58s

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