Coronavirus live news: Vaccine trial restarts as cluster worsens in Victoria, Australia

Dr Fauci says White House task force meeting less despite rising infection rates; WHO warns of ‘exponential’ rise in cases. Follow updates 1.26am BST Mexico’s health ministry reported on Friday 6,604 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 418 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 880,775 and the death toll to 88,312.Health officials have said the real...

Coronavirus live news: Czech health minister quits as cases rise; Germany to set up ‘fever walk-in clinics’ | World news

We now have more details on the resignation of the Czech Republic’s health minister, courtesy of Robert Tait, who writes for the Guardian from Prague. Adam Vojtěch quit after an alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, which had previously been hailed for its successful handling of the pandemic. Vojtěch, 33, a member of prime minister Andrej Babiš’ ANO party,...

Coronavirus live news: Melbourne lockdown extended; anti-mask protests held in Europe | World news

China has reportedly launched a “PR blitz” to change perceptions of Wuhan, the city whose name is now synonymous with the pandemic’s ground zero. Agence-France Presse has this report: China is recasting Wuhan as a heroic coronavirus victim and trying to throw doubt on the pandemic’s origin story as it aims to seize the narrative at a time of growing global distrust of Beijing. The PR...

Coronavirus live news: US reports 5,000 deaths in five days as Australia sees record new cases | World news

The Hong Kong government is on the defensive over its extensive quarantine exemptions which have now been identified as driving much of the current outbreak. More than 1,400 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 this month – more than half of Hong Kong’s total infections in the coronavirus pandemic. Medical and testing systems in the city are overwhelmed. Hong Kong has had strict entry...

Coronavirus live news: Austria’s president apologises for curfew breach | World news

Elected officials, businesses and others are depending on coronavirus testing and infection-rate data as states reopen so that they will know if a second wave of contagion is coming and whether another round of stay-at-home orders or closings might be needed. But states are reporting those figures in different ways, and that can lead to frustration and confusion about what the numbers mean. In...

Coronavirus live news: Democrats pass House bill calling for $3tn stimulus, Brazil health minister quits | World news

Afghanistan’s health ministry warned of a surge in deaths as confirmed cases of Covid-19 reached 6,402 amid war raging on across the country.Wahid Majroh, the country’s deputy health minister, said 1,113 suspected patients were tested over 24 hours, of whom 349 came back positive. Fifteen Covid-19 deaths were recorded overnight, pushing the toll to 168. There have been 788 recoveries.“If...

International Dawn Chorus Day celebrated amid lockdown – Channel 4 News

It has become a soundtrack to lockdown: not the wailing sirens or the helicopters overhead – but the melody of birdsong at sunrise, now sounding clearer than it has been for decades, in a world that has ground to a halt. Today, the first Sunday in May, the height of spring – marks International Dawn Chorus Day – the sound of birdsong giving people around the world some distraction from the...

Coronavirus live news: global trade forecast to fall by up to a third as US sees highest one-day death toll | World news

6.48pm BST18:48 Kenya has reported seven new confirmed cases of coronavirus. The country’s ministry of health has provided all the information about the latest developments on Twitter. Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) In the last 24 hours, we have tested a total of 305 samples, out of which seven people have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease. All the seven are Kenyans.#KomeshaCorona...

Coronavirus: Cruise ship turned away from five countries allowed to dock in Cambodia – latest news | World news

Chinese academics have launched an online petition challenging Beijing on freedom of speech in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the South China Morning Post reports. They are calling for the day whistle-blowing doctor Li Wenliang died to become a national day for freedom of speech, and want the government to protect freedom of speech. The death of Li, who was threatened by security forces...

The Right Chemistry: A tarantula bite won’t make you dance

Undoubtedly, being bitten by a tarantula is not a pleasant experience. Yet while it may cause some pain, it isn’t going to cause the victim to go into a dancing frenzy. Unless the victim believes that it will! That is just what happened in episodes of “tarantism” that broke out on a number of occasions between the 11th and 18th centuries in the province of Taranto in southern Italy. People...