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Coronavirus latest – Death toll in Spain falls ahead of loosened restrictions

Spain’s daily death toll keeps falling

Death toll continues to fall in Spain, with 179 new deaths reported today. That is 50 fewer than yesterday. Overall the number of deaths climbed up to 26,478. There are 262,783 confirmed cases. 2,666 cases were registered between yesterday and today

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Belarus: Tens of thousands attend Victory Day parade despite Covid-19 outbreak

A full military parade of some 3,000 soldiers was held Saturday in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, which has not imposed restrictions to block the coronavirus’ spread despite sharply rising infection figures.

Tens of thousands of spectators, few of them wearing masks, watched the event.

Some aged war veterans in the stands at the parade wore masks, but, in general, there were few masks to be seen in the throng of spectators.

President Alexander Lukashenko has consistently dismissed concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, calling it a “psychosis”.

Europe leaders call for solidarity among nations on Europe Day to overcome Covid-19 crisis

The leaders of the 27 EU member states, flanked by the leaders of the three EU institutions, called for solidarity to come out “stronger” from the ordeal, in a video published on Twitter for Europe Day.[contfnewc]

Russia nears 200,000 cases

Russian authorities reported new 10,817 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to more than 198,600 in the country, which has also recorded more than coronavirus-related 1,800 deaths, of which 104 in the last 24 hours.

The country today celebrates the 75h anniversary of Victory Day amid lockdown measures that left Moscow deserted.

Russian Sukhoi Su-25 warplanes fly over the Kremlin and the Red Square in Moscow to mark the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in WW2.

UK considering to impose 14-day quarantine on international arrivals

The UK government is planning to introduce a mandatory 14-day self-isolation on all international travellers coming to the country, except for those arriving from the Republic of Ireland.

This should come into force at the end of May.

Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, commented these speculations saying that it “would effectively kill international travel to and from the UK and cause immeasurable damage to the aviation industry”.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce this measure tomorrow.

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