Coronavirus live news: Spain records second day of fewer deaths as China honours 'martyrs'

By Sarah Marsh(now) and Rebecca Ratcliffe(earlier)

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Fall in daily deaths in Spain

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An interesting article today from Tom Phillips on the connection between Covid-19 and Brazil’s globe-trotting elite, highlighting the gulf between rich and poor in one of world’s most unequal societies.

Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin)

“Nobody could have imagined the virus would strike with such devastating force.” https://t.co/ly8YFNHa5M

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Summary of developments so far today:

  • China came to a standstill on Saturday to mourn patients and medical staff killed by the coronavirus, as the world’s most populous country observed a three-minute silence.
  • Indonesia reported 106 new confirmed infections on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the south-east Asian country to 2,092. Health ministry official Achmad Yurianto also said there were 10 new deaths, taking the death toll to 191.
  • Elsewhere, Malaysia has reported 150 new coronavirus cases, with 3,483 in total and four new deaths.
  • Britain will not be able to relax its stringent lockdown rules until the end of May, a leading government adviser has said, warning that first the spread of coronavirus must slow and intense testing must be introduced.
  • The Philippines health ministry on Saturday reported 76 additional coronavirus infections and eight new deaths.
  • At least 15 medics in Egypt’s main cancer hospital have been quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus, officials have said.

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