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- Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced the easing of a series of lockdown restrictions, including the reopening of all shops, bars, restaurants and hairdressers, from 18 May, and free travel to Italy for people coming from EU countries from 3 June without having to undergo quarantine.
- Nepal has reported its first coronavirus death late on Saturday, a 29-year-old woman who recently gave birth, as the total number of people infected in the country reached 281.
- Ireland recorded 92 more cases, the lowest daily number in nine weeks, with the total now at 24,048. A further 15 people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland, which brings the country’s official death toll to 1,533.Turkey records lowest death toll since end of March
- Turkey’s health ministry said 41 more people have died from Covid-19 in the 24 hours to Saturday, bringing the death toll to 4,096. The daily death toll is the lowest registered since the end of March.
- Dozens of people were detained in the Polish capital of Warsaw during a protest by business owners against coronavirus restrictions. 19 protesters were arrested in London, and police dispersed rallies in several German cities.
- Tens of thousands of India’s migrant workers on the move, as impoverished workers are leaving cities and walking on highways and railway tracks towards their home communities as they see themselves forced to leave cities and towns after they were abandoned by their employers amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
- Schoolchildren and their families will be tested for coronavirus if they develop symptoms, the British education secretary Gavin Williamson announced on Saturday in a bid to reassure parents and appease unions, as some children in England are set to go back to school on 1 June.
- The Israeli government has approved the resumption of school for all grades in areas that are not considered coronavirus hotspots, starting on Sunday. Beaches will officially open on Wednesday.
- The Spanish government will seek to extend its coronavirus state of emergency for the last time until late June, as the country’s daily death toll reached a near eight-week low.
- Lockdown easing is driving up infections in New York, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, said on Saturday. The state’s new confirmed Covid-19 cases are predominantly coming from people who left their homes to go shop, exercise or socialise, and not from essential workers. The state’s daily death toll was 157 and half the regions in the state are now in the process of reopening.
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