– Italian scientists from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases of Lazzaro Spallanzani claim to have developed a vaccine candidate who could neutralize COVID-19 in human cells.
– Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez seems ready to get enough parliamentary votes to extend the state of emergency for two more weeks as the country comes out of the foreclosure measures.
– Spain has seen an increase in daily deaths, 244 – there were less than 200 deaths in each of the previous three days.
– The German federal government and 16 states have agreed that all stores can reopen and some sports can restart under certain conditions, while schools will gradually open to all students, according to documents seen by Reuters.
– France declared more than 300 additional deaths for the second day in a row, but the number of people hospitalized with confirmed cases fell to its highest rate ever.
– The World Health Organization (WHO) says a report that COVID-19 appeared in December in France, sooner than expected, was “not surprising” and urged countries to investigate any other suspected early cases.
– France accused Apple of undermining efforts to fight coronavirus by refusing to help make its iPhones more compatible with a planned “StopCovid” contact search application.
– The United Kingdom is preparing to reduce its wage subsidy scheme against coronaviruses in July.
– An in-depth study in the Czech Republic to determine the number of undetected infections in the country has revealed a low number of cases.
– The United Kingdom has established a three-step plan to facilitate lockingaccording to The temperature before a review of the measures on May 7.
A couple wearing masks to enjoy the sun in a park full of flowers in Milan, Italy. / AP Photo / Antonio Calanni
Toni Waterman in Brussels
“It is now quite clear that the EU has entered the deepest economic recession in its history,” said European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni as he published the first economic forecasts for Brussels since the coronavirus pandemic swept across the continent.
Brussels now expects the eurozone economy to contract a record 7.7% this year – a much deeper contraction than that at the height of the 2008 global financial crisis. expected in 2021, but will be well below a full recovery.
Greece, Italy and Spain are expected to experience the most pronounced declines in growth, all plunging by more than 9% and their recovery will take much longer. This, said Gentiloni, endangers European stability.
Andrew Wilson in the UK
The United Kingdom is now the European nation most affected by COVID-19, after its death toll rose to 29,501, exceeding Italy’s 29,315.
Neil Ferguson, the scientist whose research on coronaviruses caused the foreclosure, resigned from his post as government adviser after committing an “error in judgment” by breaking social distancing rules to meet his married lover.
The government can still consider controversial restrictions for those over 70 and vulnerable groups to allow more movement for the rest of the country after the foreclosure.
Efficient public messaging is considered crucial and scientific advisers would consider a traffic light system to classify activities of high risk (avoid) to low (no restriction).
Another study, conducted by the Tony Blair Institute, urged step-by-step routes out of lockdown similar to those in Australia and New Zealand to allow people to plan ahead logistically. and, just as important, psychologically.
Restrictions on who is allowed to exercise only once a day can be lifted as outdoor activities are increasingly seen as low risk.
A hairdresser returns to work in the north of Spain. / AP Photo / Alvaro Barrientos
Ira Spitzer in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding a conference call Wednesday with leaders of the country’s 16 states to agree on further relaxation of restrictions on coronaviruses.
According to a draft agreement seen by the media, the plan is to reopen all stores and schools this month. The federal government plans to leave a large share of decisions to states, such as reopening restaurants and fitness centers.
However, the agreement specifies that the measures should be quickly re-imposed in certain regions if the infection rate in the region is greater than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous seven days.
Ross Cullen in Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron will unveil a rescue plan to support the country’s famous cultural sector. Theaters, cinemas, cabarets and museums will remain closed until further notice, even after the country began to ease its lockdown on May 11.
France is the most visited country in the world, with its history of refined culture attracting millions of tourists each year. The government promised $ 23 million in emergency cultural assistance in mid-March, but the sector is seeking much more support.
Last week, some of the best-known French artists wrote an open letter to Macron condemning the Minister of Culture for what they described as his failure to do more for the sector.
Source (s): Reuters