EU wants borders opened for tourism: Coronavirus live updates
- The European Union unveiled its plan to help European citizens salvage their summer vacations and resurrect Europe's heavily battered tourism industry
- The Chinese city of Jilin has imposed travel restrictions, closed off residential areas and banned gatherings after a number of coronavirus cases were confirmed.
- Dr Anthony Fauci, top US infectious disease expert, has warned that the country does not yet have the disease under control and that easing lockdowns too soon risks unnecessary deaths. US President Donald Trump calle his warning unacceptable.
- More than 4.26 million people around the world have been infected with the coronavirus to date, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 291,000 have died - 82,000 of them in the US. Nearly 1.5 million people have recovered.
Here are the latest updates.
Wednesday, May 13
23:55 GMT - Drugmaker Roche in talks with UK govt to roll out test kits
Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG said on Wednesday it was in talks with the UK government to roll out its coronavirus antibody test kits in the country after Public Health England (PHE) found them reliable, Reuters news agency reported.
PHE, which conducted an independent evaluation of Roche's antibody test last week, said it found Roche's assay has a specificity of 100 percent.
"This is a very positive development because such a highly specific anti-body test is a very reliable marker of past infection," UK's coronavirus testing programme coordinator John Newton said.
23:12 GMT - US face mask rules grow but enforcement proves a challenge
US ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are requiring drivers and passengers to wear masks while using their services, joining a growing list of transportation companies hoping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as some cities emerge from lockdown.
All major US airlines have already rolled out requirements for passengers and crew to wear face coverings in response to concerns over contagion, particularly in small or confined spaces that present higher risks of infection than well-ventilated or outdoor settings.
But pilots worry that travelers could remove their masks and spark a confrontation with others during a flight. They are pressing the Federal Aviation Administration to require masks instead of leaving it up to individual airlines.
"I can't imagine the stir on the airplane if someone takes off their mask," said Dennis Tajer, a 737 pilot and spokesman for the pilots' union at American Airlines. "It puts the flight crew in a precarious position."
22:30 GMT - Brazil registers record 11,385 new coronavirus cases
Brazil confirmed a daily record 11,385 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, as well as 749 new deaths, according to data from the country's health ministry.
Brazil has now registered 188,974 cases since the outbreak began, passing France's tally of 177,700 confirmed and suspected cases to become the sixth hardest-hit country in the world.
21:50 GMT - Trump to tap ex-Glaxo executive, US general to spearhead coronavirus vaccine effort
US President Donald Trump is expected to tap a former GlaxoSmithKline executive and a US general to spearhead the government's effort at developing a coronavirus vaccine on an accelerated schedule, officially called "Operation Warp Speed”, an administration official said.
The former head of Glaxo's vaccines division, Moncef Slaoui, will serve as chief adviser on the operation and U.S. General Gustav Perna will act as its chief operating officer. Trump has previously said he would be the top boss on the effort to develop, test and produce on a shortened timeline a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus that has caused a global pandemic.
21:20 GMT - Trump says he was surprised at Fauci's warning on reopening economy
US President Donald Trump said he was surprised by a warning this week from top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci about the dangers of reopening the economy too quickly.
"To me it's not an acceptable answer," Trump told reporters at the White House about the warning Fauci presented in testimony to the US Senate on Tuesday.