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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson out of intensive care but remains in hospital
Boris Johnson will continue to be closely monitored and is in "extremely good spirits", Downing Street says.

EU agrees €500bn coronavirus rescue package
EU finance ministers reached the deal after marathon talks in Brussels.

Coronavirus: Raab urges UK public not to ruin lockdown progress
The UK is starting to see the impact of people's sacrifices but it is too early to lift restrictions, he says.

Coronavirus: UK claps for its carers
People around the UK did a round of applause for all of the people working on the NHS front line.

Coronavirus: 'I'm in lockdown with my long-lost sister'
Sue Bremner and Margaret Hannay had only met once before they ended up in coronavirus lockdown together.

Coronavirus: Universities warn of going bust without emergency funds
Universities call for £2bn bail out to survive the cash pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Worst economic crisis since 1930s depression, IMF says
Global economic growth will turn "sharply negative" this year due to the pandemic, the IMF warns.

Record fall in UK economy forecast
The shutdown of large swathes of the UK economy will mean a huge hit to GDP over the next quarter.

Brexit: Labour warns against 'chaotic' no deal outcome
The new shadow chancellor urges ministers not to put "ideology over national interest" in EU trade talks.

Coronavirus: Significant minority find lockdown 'extremely difficult', poll suggests
Restrictions in the UK are making life very challenging for a significant minority, a survey suggests.

Coronavirus: Easter warnings from police, parks and councils
Police forces say they will turn around second-homers and are asking the public to report breaches.

Coronavirus: Spain PM sees 'fire coming under control'
Pedro Sánchez is the latest leader to express cautious optimism about the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: Greater Manchester Police warning after 660 parties shut down
Greater Manchester Police says some house parties even featured bouncy castles, DJs or fireworks.

The Papers: 'So much for lockdown, minister!'
Friday's front pages celebrate Boris Johnson's move out of intensive care and question a cabinet minister's travel history.

Coronavirus: Can we 3D-print our way out of the PPE shortage?
The 3D printer community is creating kit for healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Family's heartbreak over life support dad
Mal Martin is on a ventilator after contracting Covid-19, his family have been told to expect the worst.

Coronavirus: Keith Watson, 101, recovers from Covid-19
Keith Watson, from Worcestershire, was initially in hospital for surgery on his leg.

Coronavirus: ‘We won’t get a refund on our £17,000 chalet’
Holidaymakers say they are struggling to get refunds on cancelled holidays due to the lockdown.

Virtual pub quiz: How to run one that's actually good
Eggheads quizmaster Jeremy Vine is here to improve your quizzing.

Mysteries of decorated ostrich eggs in British Museum revealed
Five Easter-egg sized decorated ostrich eggs in the British Museum are the subject of a new study.

Coronavirus crisis forces farmers to throw milk away
Some dairy farmers are throwing away thousands of litres amid supply chain disruption due to coronavirus.

Wheelchair fitness: Surviving coronavirus lockdown on wheels
The BBC’s Frank Gardner shows how he’s keeping fit during the UK's coronavirus lockdown measures.

Coronavirus: 'We need to recruit hundreds more live-in carers'
The CEO of a social care firm says there is a surge in demand for live-in carers due to coronavirus.

Coronavirus: How Russia's ballet wasn't shut down despite lockdown
The spread of coronavirus has shut down entertainment venues but for these dancers the show must go on.

What was the best year for music?
Was 1984 more influential than 1982? Streaming statistics from the BPI suggest it might have been.

Coronavirus: Flour mills working 'round the clock' to meet demand
The industry is struggling to keep up with demand as shoppers turn to baking amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus: Why do we talk about 'fighting' illness?
Dominic Raab's been criticised for his comments on Boris Johnson's coronavirus, but is this fair?

Will we ever take cruise holidays again?
The cruise line industry faces a long journey back from the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Will summer make a difference?
Other coronaviruses are sensitive to the seasons.

Coronavirus in Suifenhe: Remote border town locks down as China opens up
As cases rise in Suifenhe - 1,000 miles from Beijing - people have been ordered to stay indoors.

Coronavirus: The porous borders where the virus cannot be controlled
People surging unmonitored over borders in a volatile part of the world has sparked dire warnings.

Coronavirus: Wuhan emerges from the harshest of lockdowns
As Wuhan lifts its severe lockdown, there is anger, relief and even defiance from some residents.

Coronavirus: How England lags behind other UK nations on testing
Official data suggests testing in England has been slower than in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland.

Whatsapp and Zoom – how Premier League captains united to set up NHS initiative
Bournemouth captain Simon Francis gives an insight into how Premier League players came together to support the National Health Service.

Key questions before SPFL clubs vote on ending league early, as season suspended until June
With Friday's deadline for clubs to vote on the football season looming, BBC Scotland examines the key issues.

England v West Indies series in June looking 'less and less likely'
The staging of England's home Tests against West Indies in June is looking "less and less likely", says director of cricket Ashley Giles.

National League to vote on immediate end to season
The National League board is to ask clubs in its three divisions to vote on whether to end the season without further matches.

Football carries on in Belarus amid coronavirus pandemic.
Dinamo Brest beat defending champions Shakhtyor 2-0 in the first leg of their Belarusian Cup semi-final tie.

Andy Murray signs up for virtual Madrid Open
Andy Murray will swap his racquet for a controller after he signed up to compete in a virtual version of the Madrid Open at the end of the month.

F1 could begin championship season in October
Formula 1 could still hold a world championship this year even if the season cannot start until October, managing director Ross Brawn says.

Coronavirus symptoms: What are they and how do I protect myself?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care, a specialist ward for people who are very ill.

Coronavirus pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak
Key maps and charts explaining how the respiratory virus has spread around the world and how it is being dealt with.

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

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

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

Coronavirus: Testing and why it matters
What are the tests for coronavirus and how do they work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Red Sea Diving Resort: The holiday village run by spies
An idyllic holiday resort on the banks of the Red Sea was a base for Israeli spies with a secret mission.


How New Zealand has only one recorded coronavirus death
New Zealand has managed to do something that many countries wish they could achieve: for four straight days, it has reported a decline in new coronavirus cases.

Boris Johnson out of intensive care. US model now showing fewer projected deaths.

Chris Cuomo shares picture that embarrasses his brother
CNN's Chris Cuomo speaks to his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, about a stay at home campaign and shares an old family photo of them.

Lockdowns shouldn't be fully lifted until vaccine found, study warns

Biden pledged to choose a female VP. Here are the 10 likeliest running mates

This overwhelmed hospital's workers say people are dying in hallways before help can arrive
A Detroit hospital has been so overwhelmed by the influx of Covid-19 patients that at least 2 people have died in its emergency room hallways before help can arrive, health care workers there told CNN.

Some US labs quickly developed tests. Then the government got in the way

Sailor from USS Teddy Roosevelt found unconscious, transferred to intensive care

White House reverses position after blocking health officials from appearing on CNN
Vice President Mike Pence's office has declined to allow the nation's top health officials to appear on CNN in recent days and discuss the coronavirus pandemic killing thousands of Americans, in an attempt to pressure the network into carrying the White House's lengthy daily briefings in full.

Americans abroad don't want to come home over safety concerns
Carly Fuglei was with a group of Danish friends in Beirut last month when she first considered moving back to the United States. They were preparing to leave Lebanon amid fears of a major coronavirus outbreak there, and tried to convince her to do the same.

I was Covid-exposed and put in a camp. This is what I found

'Yikes!' Amanpour reacts to Fox News montage about virus
CNN's Christiane Amanpour and NYT opinion columnist Kara Swisher discuss Fox News' role in spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta remembers Charlotte Figi, the little girl who changed the world
For the last 20 years, I have straddled the world of medicine and journalism. Many times along the way, I worried that my personality was not suited for either. Both expose you to tremendous joy and inspiration, but can also take you to the depths of despair and sadness.

People are luring this grocery delivery service's shoppers with big tips -- then changing them to zero
In late March, Instacart worker Annaliisa Arambula accepted a grocery order that came with a big tip: $55. The store was just down the street, everything the customer wanted was available, and the order seemed to go off without a hitch.

35 million years ago, a crew of monkeys rafted across the Atlantic to South America
A crew of now-extinct monkeys made a treacherous transatlantic journey on a natural raft from Africa to settle in South America around 35 million years ago, according to a study of fossilized teeth found in Peru.

'Saturday Night Live' will produce a remote episode this weekend
Live from various homes, it's Saturday night!

People in India can see Himalayas for first time in 'decades' as lockdown eases air pollution
People in the northern Indian state of Punjab are reacting with awe at the sight of the Himalayan mountain range, which is now visible from more than 100 miles away due to the reduction in air pollution caused by the country's coronavirus lockdown.

He dreamed of walking across a graduation stage, now he can't
Jonquall Carrothers would've been the first man in his family to walk across a graduation stage, now he can't. Watch more human stories of the pandemic.

The Brazilian favela resident who saw coronavirus coming
When the coronavirus first emerged, it seemed like a distant threat to Brazil and the country's sprawling and impoverished favelas. But as the virus spreads across the South American nation, one favela resident is taking it upon himself to protect the neighborhood.

Woman arrested after licking $1,800 worth of grocery store items, police say
A woman was arrested after she licked $1,800 worth of merchandise at a California grocery store near the Nevada border, authorities said.

Melania Trump encourages face mask use with photo of herself
First lady Melania Trump shared a photo of herself wearing a cloth face mask in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first member of the Trump family to publicly don a face covering.

What Fox News' silence about 'Diamond & Silk' says about the network
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Airlines and TSA report 96% drop in air travel
The number of people traveling by plane has dropped by about 96% amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple metrics.

She has to tell grandma over and over why she can't come inside
Teresa Tomassoni's grandmother has dementia and is isolated in an assisted living facility. She visits her through a window but her grandmother struggles to understand why. Watch more human stories of the pandemic.

The pandemic is playing to almost every one of Amazon's strengths
As the coronavirus pandemic has forced people to stay inside, few companies have proven themselves as essential as Amazon. From groceries to cleaning supplies, shipments from Amazon have become lifelines for many who are steering clear of supermarkets and other physical retail stores. Company executives have likened the surge in demand to the annual holiday shopping crush.

Saudi Arabia declares ceasefire in Yemen over coronavirus
The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen has declared a two-week ceasefire in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the war-torn country, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Watch Tripp talk about Lewinsky scandal in 2003 interview
Linda Tripp, whose taped conversations with Monica Lewinsky became a key part of President Clinton's impeachment, speaks to Larry King about the White House scandal.

Will this be the death of the handshake?
In an interview Wednesday night, Dr. Anthony Fauci made a recommendation for post-coronavirus pandemic America.

86-year-old who broke social distancing space in ER and grabbed IV pole died after being shoved: NYT
An 86-year-old woman with dementia who broke coronavirus social distancing guidelines and grabbed onto another patient's IV pole in the emergency room was shoved, fell to the floor and later died of her injuries, the New York Times reported.

Scientists reconstruct skulls of 200 million-year-old dinosaur embryos in 'unprecedented' 3D detail
The oldest known fossils of dinosaur embryos have been examined in "unprecedented" detail to reveal how their skulls developed, according to a new study published Thursday.

Governor Cuomo says he faces criticism for being 'too prepared'
CNN's Chris Cuomo pushed back at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo when he claimed that some might say New York was "too prepared" for the coronavirus pandemic.

'It's just a nightmare.' Trash collectors overwhelmed by rising amount of household waste
Barney Shapiro, owner of Tenleytown Trash, never expected that he would turn to the Washington National Opera's costume department to design gear for his employees. But when a member of his staff heard the National Opera was sewing masks for workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, he jumped at the chance.

World's oldest string of yarn shows Neanderthals were smarter than we thought
Archeologists say they have found the world's oldest string of yarn or cord, which our Neanderthal ancestors made by twisting together natural fibers.

Princess Diana's Bahamas vacation home is up for sale
Here's a home we wouldn't mind isolating in: a Bahamas beach house with a pool, five bedrooms, a terrace and 180 feet of private white-sand frontage.

Qatar and Russia deny allegations of World Cup bribery
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) isn't letting up on its investigation into corruption in soccer.

Rebecca Black of 'Friday' fame says she is queer
Rebecca Black said she has "made a conscious decision to not, like, 'come out.'"

Prince William and Kate video call children at school to boost morale
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spread some Easter cheer to pupils and teachers at one primary school in the UK when they dialed in for a video call while the country is on lockdown.

People painted and sold ostrich eggs thousands of years ago. We may finally know how they did it
A 5,000-year-old mystery surrounding how a collection of ostrich eggs got their colorful decorations may have finally been cracked.

Astronomers clock extremely high winds on an object outside of our solar system
For the first time, scientists have been able to measure the wind speed on an object outside of our solar system, according to a new study. The object, known as a brown dwarf, is 33.2 light-years away from Earth.

Charming, chaotic scenes of family life in small-town America
In Julie Blackmon's photographs, her quiet neighborhood in Springfield, Missouri, is transformed into a theatrical stage where children reign. They gather poolside in the balmy summer; direct talent shows in the garage; and prepare to take flight off of kitchen chairs, leaving toys and household ephemera strewn about. Adults, when they do appear, are often cropped out of frame, obscured like the unintelligible grownups of Charlie Brown's world.

Tyler Perry pays for seniors' groceries across Southeast
Media mogul Tyler Perry paid for seniors' groceries across the Southeast. HLN's Susan Hendricks speaks to Ray Metoyer, who had his groceries paid for by Perry.

Best Turkish foods: 23 delicious dishes
Turkey may be famous for its kebabs, but the popular dish is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Turkish cuisine.

Airbnb unveils virtual travel experiences
Virtual Airbnb Experiences pairs travelers with local hosts from more than 30 countries

US model now showing fewer projected deaths

Lockdowns may need to last until a vaccine, researchers warn
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Some US labs quickly developed tests. Then the government got in the way
A weeks-long testing delay that effectively blinded public health officials to the spread of the coronavirus in the US might have been avoided had federal agencies fully enacted their own plan to ramp up testing during a national health crisis.

Dr. Gupta: Here's why US has so many coronavirus deaths
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why the US has so many coronavirus deaths when compared with the rest of the world.

Biden pledged to choose a female VP. Here are the 10 likeliest running mates
• CNN poll: Biden leads Trump head to head • Analysis: Trump missing biggest asset in reelection bid

Sailor from USS Theodore Roosevelt found unconscious, transferred to intensive care

Boris Johnson is out of intensive care
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is no longer in intensive care, though he remains hospitalized after persistent coronavirus symptoms.

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US churches confront coronavirus restrictions for Easter
As local governments prohibit large gatherings, churches turn to streaming services and drive-in movie theatres.

UK coronavirus toll jumps as Johnson leaves ICU: Live updates
UK PM remains in hospital as country's death toll rises by 881 to 7,978 and confirmed cases worldwide top 1.5 million.

Canada lifts suspension of arms exports to Saudi Arabia
Ottawa says renegotiation of contract will secure 'jobs of thousands of Canadians' but activists accuse it of hypocrisy.

Boris Johnson out of intensive care as UK's economic issues mount
The UK is approaching its coronavirus peak, but questions are being raised about financing crisis mitigation plans.

Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread
The virus has killed more than 90,000 people and infected at least 1.5 million worldwide.

UK presses ahead with points-based immigration plan amid pandemic
Shortcomings of the Conservatives' plan for points-based immigration system exposed by COVID-19 crisis, opponents say.

One hundred Italian doctors have died of coronavirus
Doctors said being asked to fight the coronavirus pandemic without adequate protective equipment was 'not a fair fight'.

Dozens buried on NY Hart Island a day as coronavirus deaths surge
NYC has used the island to bury those with no next of kin or whose families can not arrange a funeral since the 1800s.

Uganda's Museveni releases indoor workout video amid lockdown
President Yoweri Museveni has banned outdoor exercise to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Battle over voting by mail upends US's 'coronavirus election'
Voting rights advocates believe the pandemic will significantly impact how many people turn out in upcoming elections.

Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?
Over 1.49 million infections are confirmed in at least 184 countries and territories, including more than 88,000 deaths.

Will the Saudi-UAE-led coalition's ceasefire hold in Yemen?
The Saudi-UAE-led coalition battling the Houthi rebels in Yemen begins a two-week truce due to coronavirus pandemic.

Chadian troops 'kill 1,000 Boko Haram fighters' in Lake Chad
Chad's army says it lost 52 troops during the operation against Boko Haram.

In Zimbabwe, lack of tests sparks fear COVID-19 goes undetected
Medics, opposition politicians and activists sound alarm over shortage of test kits and infrastructure challenges.

How many coronavirus cases does each US state have?
The US now has the most coronavirus cases in the world. As testing continues, the number is expected to rapidly climb.

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

Lockdowns, closures: How is each US state handling coronavirus?
Some states are taking sweeping action while others are taking a limited approach. Here is a breakdown, state by state.

'Week of heartache': US coronavirus deaths top 15,000
Grim totals come as NY, other states see drop in hospitalisations, a sign social distancing, other measures are working.

How US cancer patients are navigating new coronavirus anxiety
Doctors must weigh risks of not doing surgeries, treatment with what coronavirus threat may mean if they do.

Syria condemns 'misleading' chemical arms watchdog report
EU mulls expanding sanctions on Damascus, following report blaming Syrian government for toxic attacks in 2017.

Partisan battle over US coronavirus aid for small businesses
Senate Democrats stall Trump's request for $250bn to supplement a 'paycheck protection' programme for businesses.

Uganda faces food shortage as coronavirus disrupts locust fight
Desert locusts swarm into Uganda from neighbouring Kenya, threatening food security and livelihoods.

Iraq's al-Kadhimi to form gov't after PM-designate withdraws
Mustafa al-Kadhimi is the third person to be appointed to the post in just over two months.

Hundreds of migrants stuck in Niger amid coronavirus pandemic
As countries close borders to curb spread of coronavirus, aid groups in Niger 'overwhelmed' by requests of support.

Yemen's Houthis to not 'stop fighting' after ceasefire
Statement comes after Saudi-UAE coalition announced two-week unilateral ceasefire to prevent coronavirus outbreak.

MercoPress - South American Agency

Chilean consumer prices rose 0.3% in March, and 3.7% in twelve months

Chile´s economy has been hammered by mass protests over inequality that began in late 2019 and now, the coronavirus outbreak Chile consumer prices rose 0.3% in March, the government's statistics agency said on Wednesday, pushed upwards by a rise in food and education costs but counterbalanced by a fall in transportation prices.

Bolsonaro thanks Indian PM Modi for allowing export of hydroxychloroquine raw materials

In his address to the nation on Wednesday Bolsonaro said he thanked the Prime Modi and the people of India for the “timely help to the people of Brazil”. Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro has thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing the export of raw materials to continue production of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug believed effective in the treatment of the novel coronavirus. In his address to the nation on Wednesday, Mr. Bolsonaro said he thanked the Prime Modi and the people of India for "timely help to the people of Brazil".

Brazil spurs manufacturers to make ventilators after a 15.000 units purchase from China fell through

“Practically all our purchases of equipment in China are not being confirmed,” Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said at a news conference. Brazil’s health minister said on Wednesday that the country’s attempts to purchase thousands of ventilators from China to fight a growing coronavirus epidemic had fallen through and the government is now looking to Brazilian companies to build the devices.

Thousands arrested in Central America for violating quarantine rules

Central America is home to a large, poor population with no options to work from home, take paid sick leave or observe social distancing rules because they work in the informal economy Thousands of people have been detained across Central America for violating rules put in place by their governments to curb the fast-spreading new coronavirus in a region that has fewer medical resources than developed countries.

Taiwan accuses WHO of ignoring its achievements; Tedros condemns Taipei for "racist slurs"

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus rejected “racist slurs” against him, which he said had originated in Taiwan. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry on Thursday condemned "groundless" accusations from the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) that racist slurs against him had come from the island, as Taipei escalated its feud with the body.

Falklands restricts non-essential visitors to the Islands

The restrictions seek to protect the local community and reduce demand on the Stanley hospital. Visitor permits will not be granted The Falkland Islands Executive Council has approved measures to restrict non essential visitors to the Islands in order to help delay the spread of the Covid/19 in the archipelago.

Peru launches economic stimulus plan equivalent to 12% of its GDP

One reason it’s easier for Peru to fire billions of dollars at the pandemic is because it has accumulated savings in the past decade equal to about 15% of GDP, or 117 billion soles (US$ 34.4 billion) While Latin America’s two largest economies, Brazil and Mexico, fret over the wisdom of pursuing large economic stimulus packages that could erode fiscal targets, Peru is going big and getting rewarded.

Argentine food exports face a drop in demand and prices

In 2019, Argentina was the largest exporter in the world of soy flour and soy bean oil, and third for corn. It's also a major exporter of meat and vegetables The United Nations has warned of an impending food shortage due to the coronavirus pandemic as major exporters such as Argentina find it increasingly difficult to sell their produce.

An Amazon Yanomani indigenous 15 year old boy has tested positive for COVID-19

”Today we confirmed a case (of the virus) among the Yanomami, which is very worrying,” Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta told a news conference. Brazil said on Wednesday the first case of COVID-19 had been detected among the Yanomami people, an Amazon indigenous group known for its remoteness and its vulnerability to foreign diseases.

Global trade expected to plummet this year, says World Trade Organization

“World trade is expected to fall by between 13% and 32% in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts normal economic activity and life around the world” Global trade growth is expected to plummet by up to a third in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday, warning that the numbers would be "ugly".

EU Newsroom

Coronavirus: EU global response to fight the pandemic
The European Commission and the High Representative set out plans for a robust and targeted EU response to support partner countries' efforts in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Commission adopts Recommendation to support exit strategies through mobile data and apps
The Commission recommends steps and measures to develop a common EU approach for the use of mobile applications and mobile data in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of culture and media

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers (development)
EU development ministers held an informal meeting via videoconference to discuss the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and greenlighted the launch of a “Team Europe” package.

Coronavirus: EU Medical Teams deployed to Italy
A team of European doctors and nurses from Romania and Norway, deployed through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, is being immediately dispatched to Milan and Bergamo to help Italian medical staff working to battle the coronavirus.

Results of the Video conference of ministers of justice

Results of the Video conference of foreign affairs ministers (defence)
EU Ministers of defence held a video conference to discuss the defence implications of the Covid-19 pandemic, focusing in particular on military assistance in the fight against the crisis, and CSDP missions and operations.

Coronavirus: Commission and European Investment Fund (part of EIB Group) unlock €8 billion in finance for 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses
The European Commission has unlocked €1 billion from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) that will serve as a guarantee to the European Investment Fund (EIF), part of the European Investment Bank Group.

Coronavirus: Commission encourages and facilitates cross-border treatment of patients and deployment of medical staff
To support and encourage cross-border healthcare cooperation between national, regional and local authorities, the Commission has today issued practical guidance to Member States. Cooperation across borders can help ease the pressure on overburdened hospitals by transferring patients suffering from coronavirus for treatment in Member States where hospital places are available.

Main results of the Video conference of foreign affairs ministers
EU Foreign Ministers discussed international aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on consular coordination and repatriation, strengthening international cooperation and assistance, and disinformation.

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

EU launches Operation IRINI to enforce Libya arms embargo

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

COVID-19: EU adopts slot waiver to help airlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The EU's outermost regions: strengthened partnership bears fruit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Union that strives for more: the first 100 days

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commission reports on progress made by Albania and North Macedonia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main results of the General Affairs Council meeting

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

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

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

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

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

February infringements package: key decisions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main results of the General Affairs Council

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

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

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

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

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Global Times

China aids Philippines in virus prevention and control

Heading out

Brazil's slander over supplies unfair as US middleman profiteers: source

Shanghai eyes to become one of world's top cities for public health

Chinese vigilant on deifying writer Fang Fang amid publication of Wuhan diary in English

As Wuhan lifts lockdown, hundreds of young soccer players from the city still quarantined in Spanish mountains

Hot search trends show return to normal after Wuhan lockdown

Short selling may signal trouble for new US listings

City faces long road to full recovery as hurdles remain: expert

License to export aircraft engines to COMAC benefits GE: analyst

Excavator sales boom indicates China on road to economic recovery

Land ports with Russia closed to passengers

Increasing cooperation between China and Mideastern countries upsets US

Cities cautiously welcome Wuhan returnees

Ill-intentioned American think tank fellow maligns Chinese assistance in Middle East to sow discord

Cars headed for export markets ready to load in Jiangsu

Heilongjiang's corn crop heads for southern cities

Iranian envoy blasts West media for hyping Iranian health official's remarks on China's virus figures

Y-20 cargo plane-Type 15 tank combination enhances Chinese military capability

Turkmenistan holds mass exercises, defies coronavirus concerns

African Americans dying of coronavirus at higher rates, preliminary data shows

Right-wing leaning courts block extended mail-in voting

Tsinghua University students and faculty release documentary about COVID-19 hit Wuhan

Marriage registrations spike on first day after Wuhan reopens

John Prine, revered US folk songwriter, dies of coronavirus complications

US plan to halt WHO funding to hurt intl. cooperation on COVID-19 pandemic: FM

Chinese and Italian opera artists join forces for music video 'Together' amid COVID-19 pandemic

Young people from Chinese mainland and Hong Kong get closer through social media

Indian fans and celebrities wish action star Jackie Chan a happy 66th birthday

Five Chinese in France detained after handing out masks have been released: embassy

Chinese antibody test firm awaits UK feedback, exports comply with rules

Taiwan separatists use COVID-19 to poison cross-Straits ties

Chinese doctors, internet users extend thoughts and prayers for Johnson recovery

New connection

China willing to lend helping hand to the US

Guangzhou ups infection risk level

China dismisses rumors that 1.5 million Chinese in Russia will be expelled due to pandemic

Apple's future uncertain despite resumed production, expected new launches

Chinese firms accelerate production of hydroxychloroquine, other APIs to meet global needs

Land ports beef up drive against imported infections

Work back on track on China-Laos railway

PBC pledge signals accelerated pace of digital currency issuance: insiders

Amphibious AG600 airplane plans sea test

Business blooms at Asia's largest fresh flower market

Online sale of Hubei products hits $5.7m in 2 hours

Japan's state of emergency over COVID-19 one week too late, but helpful: experts

Ventilator shortage may 'collapse' Japan healthcare

Consumer prices in China likely to further increase in March amid global coronavirus pandemic: analysts

Foreigners equally treated, must abide by Chinese laws in epidemic control: FM

Outspoken Chinese diplomat says tweet on COVID-19 origin was response to US stigmatization of China