Coronavirus live news: Democrats pass House bill calling for $3tn stimulus, Brazil health minister quits

By Nick Ames (now); Helen Sullivan (earlier)

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  • A nine-year-old child from Marseille, France, is reported to have died of Kawasaki disease, the rare inflammatory disorder which has been linked to Covid-19. The boy is the first victim of the disorder in France and the second in Europe after a teenager died of the syndrome in London last week. Although Kawasaki disease is said to mainly affect children under five, those diagnosed in France are aged from one to 14. About 230 suspected cases have been reported across Europe.
  • Afghanistan’s health ministry has warned of a surge in deaths if the country’s lockdown is not adhered to. Confirmed cases of Covid-19 reached 6,402 amid war raging on across the country. “If people continue to not heed, we will witness a big catastrophe among families,” said Wahid Majroh, the deputy health minister.
  • Russia has recorded its highest daily Covid-19 death toll. The country reported 9,200 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, with 119 deaths over the last 24 hours. The latter figure is the highest daily figure of deaths the country has recorded so far.
  • Burundi is pushing on with plans to hold a controversial election on Wednesday despite concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic. It could be the first truly peaceful transfer of authority in the east African nation since independence in 1962.
  • The Trump administration has fired the state department’s inspector general, Steve Linick. He is reported to have been investigating the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, for a potential abuse of office.
  • Spain has reported lowest rise in Covid-19 deaths since mid-March. Spain’s overnight death toll from Covid-19 was 102 on Saturday, the health ministry has said, marking the country’s lowest 24-hour rise in eight weeks.

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A nine-year-old child from Marseille, France, is reported to have died of Kawasaki disease, the rare inflammatory disorder which has been linked to Covid-19. The boy is the first victim of the disorder in France and the second in Europe after a teenager died of the syndrome in London last week.

Doctors treating the French boy said he had developed a form of coronavirus but had no symptoms. He was admitted to hospital on 2 May suffering from what medics at first thought was scarlet fever. After being given treatment for scarlet fever he was allowed to return home as doctors said his symptoms were mild.

Later the same day the child was rushed to hospital by ambulance and admitted to intensive care where he was diagnosed as suffering “signs of Kawasaki disease”. He died six days later on 8 May after suffering a heart attack that caused brain damage.

There are believed to be 144 diagnosed cases of Kawasaki disease in France, most of them in the Paris area, more than half of whom have tested positive for Covid-19. The French public health authority, Santé Publique France, said research suggested the little-known syndrome appeared on average around four weeks after the children were infected by Covid-19, and was possibly a reaction to the virus. This has yet to be confirmed by scientific research.

Although Kawasaki disease is said to mainly affect children under five, those diagnosed in France are aged from one to 14. About 230 suspected cases have been reported in Europe, including in the UK where a 14-year-old boy died last week at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

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Afghan health ministry warns of "big catastrophe" if lockdown unheeded

Afghanistan’s health ministry warned of a surge in deaths as confirmed cases of Covid-19 reached 6,402 amid war raging on across the country.Wahid Majroh, the country’s deputy health minister, said 1,113 suspected patients were tested over 24 hours, of whom 349 came back positive. Fifteen Covid-19 deaths were recorded overnight, pushing the toll to 168. There have been 788 recoveries.“If people continue to not heed, we will witness a big catastrophe among families,” Majroh said in a press conference in Kabul. He said the ministry had a three-phase plan to ease the lockdown. “According to our plan, the lockdown should be in place for one year so we can get back to normal life,” he said.Despite a government-authorised lockdown in several provinces, streets are still crowded, raising fears of a surge in number of death and infections. Experts fear the real number of people with Covid-19 may be much higher than reported by the ministry as testing capacity remains low.“We talk about our concerns about the virus in the country each day, but people still go out and break the lockdowns, which will help the numbers to go higher,” Majroh said.The ministry has pledged to increase number of daily tests. Majroh said this week that the country was waiting to receive more testing kits to increase daily testing capacity to around 2,500 in the first phase, “5,000 in the second, and 10,000 tests each day”. So far, 21,969 patients have been tested in Afghanistan.Most of the new cases and deaths reported on Saturday were in the country’s capital, Kabul, with 126 new cases and six deaths. The total number of infections in Afghanistan’s worst-affected area is 1,844, with 25 deaths.The eastern province of Paktia, where a car bomb killed at five civilians this week, reported its biggest one-day rise of infections – with 56 cases reported out of 119 tests today. Paktia has so far recorded 234 confirmed cases and five deaths from Covid-19.The number of new infections in southern province of Kandahar has slowed compared with recent days, as 10 new cases were reported over the past 24 hours. The eastern province of Nangarhar recorded 37 new cases; concerns are high in the province as six cases were confirmed in its prison last week.

Meanwhile, war rages on across the country. The president, Ashraf Ghani, in response to an attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul, ordered a resumption of a full offensive against the Taliban and other militant groups, ending a period of reduced military activity ahead of US-brokered peace talks that had been expected to start this year.

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