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 […]

North Korea fires multiple long-range cruise missiles into the sea – World News

North Korea has fired multiple short-range cruise missiles into the sea. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have said the airborne explosives landed between the Korea peninsula and Japan on Tuesday. South Korea’s military is monitoring for more developments,while its intelligence officials are, along with the US,conducting more analysis of launch, the JCS said. It […]

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 […]

Coronavirus live news: death toll in Spain overtakes China, and India locks down | World news

A crack down on travel and an imposition of social distancing measures are to be introduced in Iran in the next 24 hours, Patrick Wintour, the Guardian’s diplomatic editor, reports. The country’s President Hassan Rouhani made the announcement at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday following recommendations from the health ministry about the course of the […]

Coronavirus live updates: Italy-wide lockdown comes into force | World news

10.47am GMT10:47 Hong Kong will quarantine all visitors from Italy and parts of France, Germany and Japan for two weeks from March 13 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the French consulate in the city has said. Visitors from Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Est in France, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, and Hokkaido in Japan will […]

Coronavirus outbreak: woman tests positive after disembarking Diamond Princess – live news | World news

9.23am GMT09:23 What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms? My colleagues Sarah Boseley, Hannah Devlin and Martin Belam have answered questions on the virus. Here are a selection of them, including whether we should panic: What is Covid-19 – the illness that started in Wuhan? It is caused by a […]

Iran elections: conservatives heading for large majority | World news

Iran’s conservatives are heading for a large overall majority in the country’s parliamentary elections, according to preliminary results, an outcome that reflects frustration with collapsing living standards and the apparent dead end of engagement with the west. It means strong supporters of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, will control all the main levers of […]

Trump responds to impeachment acquittal with rambling, vitriolic speech – live news | US news

Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign plagiarized portions of its plans for maternal health, LGBTQ equality, the economy, tax policy, infrastructure, and mental health from research publications, media outlets, and a number of nonprofit, educational, and policy groups. The Intercept found that exact passages from at least eight Bloomberg plans or accompanying fact sheets were direct copies […]

Anne Sacoolas charged over death of Harry Dunn | UK news

The wife of a US intelligence officer has been charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of the 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced. Anne Sacoolas was whisked out of the UK by the American embassy days after the accident in August, with the US claiming she was covered by […]