Coronavirus live: Colombia faces calls to put capital into total lockdown | World news

10.32pm BST22:32 Face masks to be mandatory in English shops Face masks will become mandatory in shops across England, UK government ministers are to announce on Tuesday, following mixed messages, a cabinet split and mounting pressure on the country’s prime minister Boris Johnson to change public advice, Jessica Elgot, Heather Stewart and Vikram Dodd write. […]

Industry Commissioner says Europe will speed up space ambitions

Thierry Breton, Internal Market Commissioner said on Sunday EU is planning to invest in rocket launches, satellite communication and space exploration, in light of rapid progress by the US and China.  “Space is one of Europe’s strong points, and we’re giving ourselves the means to speed up,” Breton told Reuters in an interview, on Sunday. […]

Coronavirus live news: US cases pass 2.5m as Australia considers new lockdown in Melbourne | World news

4.42am BST04:42 Martin Farrer ‘Real vulnerability’: Qantas job cuts show Covid-19 will change the future of work As he surveyed the economic wreckage from 6,000 Qantas job cuts this week, the deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, expressed the glass-half-full hope that there would be other openings for redundant workers as the sector rebounds. He quickly […]

Coronavirus live news: Fauci warns against Trump rallies; health fears in Australia over BLM protests | World news

3.04am BST03:04 China reported 11 new Covid-19 cases and seven asymptomatic cases for June 12, the national health authority said on Saturday. The National Health Commission said in a statement that five of the new confirmed patients were so-called imported cases involving travellers from overseas. The six locally transmitted cases were all in Beijing. The […]

UK coronavirus live: test and trace gets under way in England and Scotland | World news

10.09am BST10:09 The number of passengers arriving in the UK by air fell from around 7.1 million in January to 3.8 million in March, according to a Home Office report. Numbers fell “sharply” since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, dropping to some 112,300 arrivals in April. This is 99% lower than the number of […]

Coronavirus live news: WHO sounds alarm over surge of Covid-19 cases in Latin America | World news

10.00am BST10:00 Nearly 200 chefs, including some with Michelin stars, gathered outside the Spanish parliament yesterday. They were demanding greater dialogue between the government and the hard-hit catering sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Europa Press Entertainment/Europa Press/Getty Images 9.56am BST09:56 France has revoked a decree authorising hospitals to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 patients. […]

Kawasaki-like disease affecting children ‘is caused by coronavirus’, study claims

A mysterious new coronavirus-related illness has hit the headlines in recent weeks, after several cases were seen in children across the globe. The illness is being described as an ‘inflammatory syndrome’, similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Until now, its link to coronavirus has remained unclear, with some children testing positive for COVID-19, […]

Coronavirus live news: Spain to quarantine overseas travellers; French economy shrinks | World news

French economic activity plunged 27% in April compared with its expected trajectory before the coronavirus pandemic but this was still a slight improvement on March, the Bank of France said. The economy had been predicted to grow 0.1% in the first quarter of the year, the central bank said, with the 27% drop counted from […]

Coronavirus live news: Spain’s daily death toll drops below 300 as children allowed out for first time in weeks | World news

3.20pm BST15:20 The French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, will present the national strategy for lifting the country’s lockdown on Tuesday. The pandemic has killed 22,614 people in France since the start of March, with officials on Saturday reporting 369 new deaths in the previous 24 hours. The French government plan to relax certain restrictions from […]

Coronavirus live news: WHO sees ‘encouraging signs’ in Europe despite Spain death toll passing 4,000 | World news

WHO sees ‘encouraging signs’ in Europe The World Health Organization says it is encouraged by the lower rate of new infection in Italy. Its regional director, Hans Kluge, said: “While the situation remains very serious, we are starting to see some encouraging signs. Italy, which has the highest number of cases in the region, has […]