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...

UK coronavirus live: Gavin Williamson backs Ofqual after exams furore | World news

Students will be taking to the streets because they are fed up of not being listened to. The government subjected students to an assessment system that has further entrenched educational inequality, and the U-turn was too little too late, meaning many of the most marginalised students have had their rightful university places torn away from them. This is not justice. But this is not just about...

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...

Ex-councillor paints ‘Dickens Racist’ graffiti across museum dedicated to author

A former councillor has claimed responsibility for scrawling "Dickens Racist" across a museum dedicated to the celebrated author. Ian Driver, 53, was pictured daubing local landmarks in his hometown of Broadstairs, Kent with black paint and Victorian author Charles Dickens felt the brunt of his anger. The carer wore a denim jacket and cream shorts as he took to the streets in the dead of night...

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...

Katherine Jenkins sings ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to empty Royal Albert Hall as lockdown Brits mark VE Day – The Sun

KATHERINE Jenkins led a nation-wide rendition of wartime anthems by Dame Vera Lynn in an empty Royal Albert Hall today as lockdown Brits mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The Welsh soprano sang World War Two classics like We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover during a half-hour performance at the iconic London venue. Katherine Jenkins has sung a series of wartime classic songs by...

UK coronavirus live: Some ‘disruptive’ lockdown measures set to remain in force for rest of year, says Whitty | Politics

Nicola Sturgeon said she was increasingly optimistic Scotland has passed the peak in cases after “really encouraging” data showed a continuing fall in hospital admissions and intensive care cases. The number of intensive care patients in Scotland fell for the seventh day running to 155, the lowest number since 1 April. Covid-19 hospital admissions by ambulance fell to 156 on Tuesday, 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...

UK weather forecast – Heavy rain to hit the UK as country prepares for wet and windy start to spring – The Sun

THE UK can expect a wet and windy start to spring, as heavy rain is set to hit the country this week. The Met Office has issued a three-day weather warning for the UK advising of heavy persistent rain which may lead to flooding. 8 The rain is expected to become heavy on Monday and persist through to WednesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty8 The weather warnings are likely to add stress to the...