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Top EU scientist forced out in Covid-19 row

Listen to Top EU scientist forced out in Covid-19 rowMauro Ferrari says he's lost faith in the system, but officials say he was asked to leave. Also: the pandemic pushes South African gangs into some unlikely alliances, and JK Rowling shares a coronavirus tip.

Lockdown restrictions lifted in Wuhan

Listen to Lockdown restrictions lifted in WuhanThe Chinese city where the coronavirus outbreak began has been re-opened. Also: the acting secretary of the US Navy has resigned, and European finance ministers are meeting to discuss an economic recovery plan in response to the pandemic.

China reports no new deaths from coronavirus for the first time since January

Listen to China reports no new deaths from coronavirus for the first time since JanuaryThe report comes as the Chinese government is under scrutiny as to whether it is underreporting its figures. Also, the British Prime Minister remains in intensive care due to coronavirus but ministers insist the business of government will carry on. And, the Vatican says it welcomes an Australian court’s decision to quash Cardinal Pell’s sentence for child abuse.

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is in intensive care

Listen to The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is in intensive careThe British Prime Minister's coronavirus symptoms worsen. He's moved to an intensive care unit. Also: A New York politician warns that bodies may have to be buried in parks, and practical tips to cope with self isolation - from a former NASA astronaut.

Austria plans to ease some of the restrictions imposed because of coronavirus

Listen to Austria plans to ease some of the restrictions imposed because of coronavirusAustrians will have to wear masks in all shops and on public transport, and there will be no public events until June at the earliest. Also, Ecuador’s Vice-President apologises after bodies of people killed by coronavirus are abandoned in the streets. And, scientists use cold war nuclear tests to work out the age of the world’s biggest fish.

British prime minister admitted to hospital

Listen to British prime minister admitted to hospitalBoris Johnson taken to hospital 10 days after testing positive, also Queen Elizabeth urges people to show self-discipline and resolve, and how the virus affects religious feasts

US Covid-19 deaths top 8,000 – but hopes rise in Europe

Listen to US Covid-19 deaths top 8,000 – but hopes rise in EuropeNew York records its worst day yet -- but Spain and Italy sense the worst may soon be past. Also: India’s wildlife reclaims the streets, and dating in the days of social distancing.

IMF head says Coronavirus pandemic has created economic crisis like no other

Listen to IMF head says Coronavirus pandemic has created economic crisis like no otherKristalina Georgieva says the IMF has a one trillion dollar war chest, also how Andorra is coping with the outbreak and love across borders during the pandemic

Another huge daily toll of Covid-19 deaths in Spain

Listen to Another huge daily toll of Covid-19 deaths in SpainSpain and Italy are the European countries with the most coronavirus cases. Also, Google has released data showing which governments are succeeding in restricting people's movements, and bones found in a cave in South Africa show that three different species of mankind's ancestors existed at the same time more than two million years ago.

Coronavirus: Confirmed global cases pass one million

Listen to Coronavirus: Confirmed global cases pass one millionThe US accounts for the most cases; Italy the highest death toll. Also: NATO steps up efforts to help member states fight the virus, and the faith healer selling ‘plague protection’ oil he claims can cure the virus.

US Coronavirus Death Toll exceeds 5000

Listen to US Coronavirus Death Toll exceeds 5000President Trump says US stockpiles for tackling coronavirus are almost exhausted; Also: More than ten thousand people in Spain have now died of coronavirus, And India's largest slum records its first coronavirus death, raising fears about the rapid spread of the disease there.

WHO says it's extremely concerned about the rapid rise in coronavirus cases worldwide

Listen to WHO says it's extremely concerned about the rapid rise in coronavirus cases worldwideThe head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the global number of confirmed coronavirus cases would reach a million in the coming days. Also: in the US more than two hundred thousand people have been infected with Covid-19, and Britain has recorded its worst one- day figure for coronavirus-related mortality.

Coronavirus: Are loss of smell and taste key symptoms?

Listen to Coronavirus: Are loss of smell and taste key symptoms?Research has backed the finding that a loss of smell and taste may be one of the first signs that a person has been infected with Coronavirus. Also: the health authorities in the Netherlands have invited thousands of people to take part in a controversial investigation into herd immunity, and as millions of us are now having to use video calls to keep in touch, a video messaging app comes under scrutiny for privacy hacks.

US coronavirus death toll overtakes China's official count

Listen to US coronavirus death toll overtakes China's official countThe number of people who've died in the United States from Covid-19 is now more than 3600. Also: Italy records a relatively low number of new infections for a second day in a row, and an invention by a Jamaican student that could help fight the virus.

Spain suffers highest daily death toll so far

Listen to Spain suffers highest daily death toll so farHospitals are struggling to deal with the pandemic after 849 die in 24 hours. Also: Russia introduces strict measures aimed at containing the Covid-19 outbreak, and what to watch while you're in lockdown - the surprise TV hit about the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger than fiction world of big cat fanciers.

Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeks

Listen to Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeksItaly reckons the peak will come in just over a week’s time, as officials say it is evidence the country is heading in the right direction after three weeks of lockdown. Also, a new date for the Tokyo Olympics is announced. And, a Van Gogh painting is stolen from a museum in the Netherlands.

Special: Your coronavirus questions answered

Listen to Special: Your coronavirus questions answeredIn our latest coronavirus special, we put your questions about Covid-19 to experts in the fields of health and science, business, and politics around the world.

Spain registers more cases of Coronavirus than China

Listen to Spain registers more cases of Coronavirus than ChinaBut the Spanish foreign minister says the upward rise in cases appears to be flattening. Also: the Japanese media says the government is preparing to deny entry to foreigners; and how sports organisers are turning to online gaming to fill the void left by cancelled fixtures.

President Trump vows to ‘vanquish’ coronavirus amid warning 200,000 Americans may die

Listen to President Trump vows to ‘vanquish’ coronavirus amid warning 200,000 Americans may dieMr Trump said death rates would peak in two weeks' time and movement restrictions would be extended until the end of April. Also: Italy sees its first drop in the number of deaths and new infections, Britain is told to brace itself for a possible six months of isolation and tips from a neuroscientist on how to combat loneliness during isolation.

New York quarantine proposal

Listen to New York quarantine proposalNew York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, said he hadn't discussed a mandatory quarantine with President Trump but didn't like the sound of it. Also: Italy has become the first country in which more than ten-thousand people have died of the coronavirus, and we look at the growth of online exercise classes, including yoga, for those people in self-isolation.

 

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