Coronavirus: Bolsonaro hides Brazil death figures, minister criticises Australian BLM protests – live updates

Brazil cumulative cases and deaths taken offline; Black Lives Matter demonstrators ‘reckless’; UK to partially reopen churches

8.02am BST

China has released a lengthy report on the country’s response to Covid-19, while officials have rejected allegations that information about the virus was withheld, the country’s state television channel CGTN reports.

The report praises officials’ response to the pandemic as a thorough and comprehensive effort.

The allegation that China delayed reporting #COVID19 is contrary to the facts, the director of China’s National Health Commission, Ma Xiaowei says.
 
He stresses China quickly reported the totally unknown new #coronavirus to the international community and no cover-up involved. pic.twitter.com/NW55rlfwQE

7.37am BST

Australia’s deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly has said authorities could be forced to ask Australians who attended Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend to self isolate if clusters emerge among attendees, reports Elias Visontay in Canberra.

Kelly said he was encouraged by the sight of masks at Saturday’s protests and said he understood the right to protest, but reiterated the different state governments and the Australian Health Protection and Principal Committee had strongly suggested people not attend any of the mass gatherings.

Black Lives do matter, all lives matter, and I absolutely understand the depth of feeling that people expressed in those protests yesterday and are expressing in other ways over this matter.

It does bring people from widely dispersed parts of a city or a state that may not know each other into close proximity, which allows that virus to spread from person to person and then for people to widely scatter to within the city or the state…This is of concern if there was someone in one of those large protests yesterday with COVID-19, and they were infectious.

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