Coronavirus live news: deaths surge in Brazil and Russia as Trump says US is quitting WHO

President claims body has ‘failed to reform’; UK expert says country not ready to ease lockdown; Australia to relax rules on 1 June. All the developments live

7.17am BST

Reuters reports on developments in the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan has extended measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus until 15 June, but relaxed some restrictions, allowing the resumption of domestic tourism and soccer games, the authorities said on Saturday.

The country had locked down all its provinces and closed all non-essential businesses in March.

7.01am BST

AFP reports on some worrying sentiments against Singapore’s 90 or so otters, who are evidently unhindered by the city’s lockdown conditions. They’ve featured in nature documentaries, including the Nature’s New Wild shown on the BBC.

From AFP.

Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the coronavirus lockdown but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull.

With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping centre, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond.

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