Coronavirus live news: Brazil poised to overtake Italy as country with third-highest death toll

Sweden death rate now higher than France; Pakistan records largest single day rise in new infections; global deaths pass 380,000

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The crisis is an opportunity for “a new beginning”, Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte has said, as he outlines plans for the country’s economic recovery.

“The acute phase of the health emergency is behind us but now we have to deal with the economic emergency,” Conte said, adding that Italy had earmarked €80bn (£71.4bn) worth of measures to help companies and workers affected by the lockdown.

The numbers are encouraging and we deserve to smile after months of sacrifice … but the virus has not disappeared.

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Spain’s congress has voted to approve a sixth and final two-week extension of the country’s state of emergency, which has been in effect since 14 March, writes Sam Jones, the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent.

Wednesday’s vote means that the exceptional measures that have underpinned one of Europe’s strictest Covid-19 lockdowns will now remain in force until 21 June.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Coronavirus live news: Brazil poised to overtake Italy as country with third-highest death toll ———

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