Global coronavirus death toll exceeds 300,000: Live updates
- To date, more than 4.4 million people have been infected, and over 301,000 have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 1.6 million people have recovered.
- Nearly three million laid-off workers in the US have applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total since coronavirus shutdowns began two months ago to over 36 million.
- Officials have confirmed the first coronavirus infection of a Rohingya refugee in the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh, where over 1 million members of the persecuted Muslim ethnic group live.
- The number of coronavirus cases in Russia has surpassed 250,000, but daily new infections fell below 10,000 for the first time in nearly two weeks.
- US authorities have accused China-linked hackers of breaking into organisations in the US researching the coronavirus.
- The United Nations is forecasting that the pandemic will push an estimated 34.3 million people into extreme poverty, mostly in Africa.
- Japan has lifted a state of emergency in most parts of the country.
Here are the latest updates:
Thursday, May 14
22:30 GMT - US Senate approves bill to pressure China over Uighur rights
The US Senate approved legislation calling on President Donald Trump's administration to toughen its response to China's crackdown on its Uighur Muslim minority, as Trump blames Beijing for worsening the coronavirus pandemic.
The bipartisan bill, introduced by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, calls for sanctions against those responsible for the repression of Uighurs and other Muslim groups. It specifically singles out a member of China's powerful Politburo as responsible for "gross human rights violations" against them.
21:35 GMT - New York Stock Exchange to reopen
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) trading floor will partially reopen on May 26, over two months after it closed down to control the spread of the coronavirus, NYSE President Stacey Cunningham said in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.
Cunninghma said floor brokers will return in smaller numbers at first and wear protective masks while they work, adding that brokers and visitors will be screened and have their temperatures taken as they enter the building.
20:55 GMT - US CDC issues guidelines on reopening schools, transit and workplaces
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines to help schools and workplaces determine whether they are ready to open for business.
The six so-called "decision trees" cover yes or no scenarios that are aimed to help assess readiness for opening workplaces, restaurants and bars, mass transit, childcare, camps and schools.
20:45 GMT - EU top diplomat wants independent probe into coronavirus origins
The EU's foreign policy chief has called on China to contribute significantly to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and said there should be an independent scientific investigation into the origins of the pandemic.
In a guest column in Friday's edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, Josep Borrell said China should act to help protect the world from future pandemics.
"An independent scientific investigation of the origin of this pandemic is also necessary," he wrote.