Coronavirus live news: Spain records second day of fewer deaths as China honours 'martyrs'

Total of 809 die in Spain in 24 hours; China remembers those who died fighting virus; Trump rejects advice to wear masks. Follow the latest updates

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Britains main opposition Labour Party has elected lawyer and lawmaker Keir Starmer as its new leader, after a contest thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus outbreak.

A special conference to announce the winner was scrapped, and the news came Saturday in a press release accompanied by a pre-recorded acceptance speech.

It is the honor and the privilege of my life to be elected as leader of the Labour Party. It comes at a moment like none other in our lifetime,” Starmer said.

Angela Rayner was chosen as deputy leader in a vote of Labours half a million members

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Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed to 3,452 on Saturday, with 158 more fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpur said.

The total number of cases diagnosed with the disease reached 55,743, of whom 4,103 are in critical condition, he said on state TV. Iran is the country worst affected by the pandemic in the Middle East.

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