Coronavirus live news: Italy begins reopening bars and cafes as rate of deaths and new infections falls again

Southern European countries ease lockdowns; South Africa reports highest daily increase; global infections pass 4.7 million

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The Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg and her colleagues have filmed a physically distanced dance for the country’s Constitution Day. It was aired on 17 May on the government-owned broadcaster NRK.

Mass gatherings and parades are not permitted at least until mid-June to try and slow the spread of the virus.

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Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez has welcomed the €500bn (£447bn) recovery fund proposed by France and Germany to help regions and sectors hardest hit by the pandemic.

We welcome the proposal by France and Germany to establish a €500 bn European Recovery Fund based on grants. It is a positive step in the right direction, in line with our own demands. Now its time for #EU to put forward a proper financial package. We should keep moving forward.

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