India reports 5,242 new cases of coronavirus, taking country’s infection tally to more than 96,000, the highest in Asia.
Spain has reported a daily death toll below 100 for the first time in two months, while Italy’s was the lowest since the start of its lockdown.Globally, there have been more than 4.7 million known cases of COVID-19, and nearly 315,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 1.7 million people have recovered.
Here are all the newest updates:
Monday, May 18
07:21 GMT – Acropolis in Athens reopens after shutdown
Greece reopened the Acropolis in Athens and every one other archaeological sites within the country to the general public after a two-month closure.
President Katerina Sakellaropoulou led the ceremony together of the primary to go to the traditional Greek monumental complex that sits on a hill above the capital. Only journalists and employees wearing masks were present.
07:00 GMT – English Premier League could show more matches on free-to-air, minister says
The English Premier League could show more matches on free-to-air TV platforms once it resumes, including during the normally protected 15:00 BST slot on a Saturday, minister Oliver Dowden said.
Dowden, head of the department for digital, culture, media and sport, said making the games available on free platforms could help to stop fans from turning up outside the stadium for games that are being shown behind closed doors.
“It is probably going to (resume) mid June at the earliest,” he told BBC TV.
06:57 GMT – Hungary government to propose abandoning emergency powers on May 26
Hungary’s government will submit a proposal to parliament on May 26 to finish its special coronavirus emergency powers, hirtv.hu quoted Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff as saying.
Gergely Gulyas put a date on an identical statement by Orban on Friday. Gulyas said Parliament would take a couple of days to pass the bill, which can end the much-criticised emergency powers by early June.
No end date was set when parliament gave the govt permission to rule by decree in matters associated with the coronavirus, resulting in international criticism and accusations of an autocratic power-grab.
06:47 GMT – ‘Idiotic’ UK mismanaging crisis: Ryanair CEO
Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said British government had mismanaged its response to the coronavirus outbreak for several weeks and its policy on a 14-day quarantine for international travellers was idiotic.
“It is idiotic and it’s unimplementable,” O’Leary told BBC radio. “This an equivalent government that has… mismanaged the crisis for several weeks.”
06:41 GMT – UK still in talks with France over quarantine exemption: minister
The UK remains in talks with France over whether French travellers should be exempt from a 14-day quarantine once they arrive within the UK, culture minister Oliver Dowden said.
“Discussions are ongoing with the French thereon ,” he told Sky News.
The two countries said earlier this month that the united kingdom wouldn’t impose quarantine to travellers coming from France at this stage but the united kingdom has still not began the complete details.
06:30 GMT – India records largest single-day coronavirus surge
India has recorded its biggest single-day surge with 5,242 new cases of coronavirus and 157 deaths within the last 24 hours, taking the country’s infection tally to quite 96,000, the very best in Asia.
The country now has 3,029 reported fatalities thanks to COVID-19.
The surge in infections comes each day after the federal extended a nationwide lockdown to May 31 but eased some restrictions to revive economic activity and gave states more control choose the character of the lockdown.
Authorities are attributing the surge in infections to the return of many thousands of migrant workers to India’s villages, which have weaker health infrastructure.