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  1. Trump taking unproven drug against virus

    Peter Bowes

    North America correspondent

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    Video caption: Trump takes unproven malaria drug to prevent coronavirus

    US President Donald Trump has been promoting, for several weeks, the use of hydroxychloroquine, as a drug that may lessen the symptoms of the coronavirus. The president, who is 73, said he was given the go ahead by the White House doctor to take the drug, even though there is no medical evidence that it helps patients recover from the disease.

    Last month the US Food and Drug Administration said hydroxychloroquine had “not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing Covid-19.” It issued a warning that some people could suffer serious heart rhythm problems as a result of taking it in combination with other drugs.

    Trump, who says he hasn’t shown any symptoms of the disease, made his surprise announcement following a meeting with restaurant executives, about the impact of the virus.

    The president’s comments stunned even his most ardent supporters. Immediately following Mr Trump’s remarks, a presenter on the Fox News network, which is generally politically aligned with the president, issued a stern warning to his viewers. Citing a government study, Neil Cavuto said the drug would kill people with vulnerable conditions such as respiratory problems and heart ailments.

    Read our piece by the Reality Check team on what we know for sure about this drug.

  2. Australia death toll hits 100

    Australia has now recorded 100 deaths from the virus, says the national broadcaster ABC.

    The latest victim is a 93-year-old woman who had been a resident at an aged care home in Sydney, where there’s been a super cluster of cases. 19 people have now died at the home.

    Australia’s figures for deaths and reported cases are still far lower than other Western nations, with about 7,000 confirmed cases.

  3. Recovery fund to ‘unite the eurozone’

    Here are some more details on the Europe recovery fund we mentioned.

    France and Germany have united in calling for €500bn ($545bn; £448bn) to be distributed amongst the EU countries worst affected by Covid-19.

    The leaders of both countries Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel agreed that the funds should be provided as grants.

    Mr Macron said it was a major step forward and was “what the eurozone needs to remain united”.

    Merkel said the European Commission would raise money for the fund by borrowing on the markets. This would be repaid gradually from the EU’s overall budget.

    The move marks a major step forward for Merkel, who had earlier rejected the idea of nations sharing debt.

    Find out more about the proposed fund here.

    Merkel And Macron Hold Joint Press Conference During The Coronavirus Crisis

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  4. The French musician playing to his US neighbours

    Frederic Yonnet is an urban jazz harmonica player living in the US who was about to go on tour just as the pandemic brought life to a standstill.

    Now he’s doing sessions from his house and garden in Washington with all his neighbours and passersby invited to “eavesdrop” and enjoy a gig from a safe distance.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus lockdown: The harmonica player giving cheer to neighbours
  5. Chile protesters clash with police over food

    Protesters were demonstrating about a lack of government help

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    Protesters and police in the Chilean capital of Santiago have clashed amid tension over food shortages in lockdown.

    Local television showed police using tear gas and water cannons on protesters in El Bosque, who had earlier been throwing stones and setting fires.

    District mayor Sadi Melo told local radio that the neighbourhood was facing a “very complex situation” because of “hunger and lack of work”.

    President Sebastián Piñera later pledged his government would provide 2.5 million baskets of food and other essentials over the next week or so.

    Read more about the situation in Santiago here.

  6. China angered by Wuhan writer’s ‘virus diary’

    Fang Fang

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    A diary written by an award-winning Chinese author documenting her life in the city of Wuhan – where the virus first emerged last year – has now been translated into English.

    In her diary entries, Fang Fang wrote about everything from the challenges of daily life to the physiological impact of forced isolation, providing millions in China with a rare glimpse into the city.

    She emerged as an alternative voice to state media and many eagerly turned in to read her words, but public opinion turned against her after it was revealed that a US publisher was turning her words into a book.

    She was seen instead not as a bearer of truth but a traitor to China, a woman capitalising on her fame – and even possibly a tragedy.

    “She’s seizing this time of national crisis and taking advantage [of it],” one user on Weibo had said. “Contemptible.”

    Read more about Fang Fang’s story here.

  7. Trump slams WHO as ‘puppet of China’

    Donald Trump

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    US President Donald Trump has accused the World Health Organization of being a “puppet of China”. His comments come as the WHO is holding a two-day virtual meeting focussed on the global pandemic.

    He said the WHO “gave us a lot of very bad advice, terrible advice” and were “wrong so much and always on the side of China”.

    While Trump did not himself attend, the US health secretary joined via video, saying the WHO mishandled the crisis, costing “many lives”.

    Trump, who has been criticised for his own handling of the pandemic, has repeatedly accused the WHO for failing to alert the world early enough and for putting too much trust in China. Trump has accused China of covering up the crisis at the beginning of the outbreak.

    The US has already suspended its funding of the WHO, pending an investigation of the body’s handling of the pandemic.

    At the start of the WHO meeting on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China was “open and transparent” and insisted that any investigation should happen after the pandemic was brought under control.

  8. Hello and welcome back

    Hello and a warm welcome back to our continued coverage of the
    coronavirus outbreak. We’re writing to you from Singapore this morning, and
    will be joined by our colleagues across Asia and London later on today. Here’s
    a quick glance at all that’s happened overnight:

    • US President Trump has lashed out again at the
      World Health Organization (WHO), this time calling it a “puppet of China”. Trump has previously accused the WHO of failing to hold Beijing to account.
    • Meanwhile the WHO agreed that it
      would hold a global review of its handling of the pandemic. Its decision making body, the World Health Assembly, is now holding its annual meeting
    • And more Trump news coming your way. The US
      president said he is taking the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine
      as a preventive treatment for Covid-19, despite medical warnings about the use
      of the anti-malarial drug
    • Over in Europe, France and Germany are proposing
      a €500bn European recovery
      fund be distributed to the worst affected EU countries. It’s a big step forward
      for Ms Merkel, who had previously rejected the idea of nations sharing debt
    • Globally, more than 4.79 million people in the
      world have now been infected with the coronavirus, according to data from Johns
      Hopkins University. Total deaths stands at 318,303