Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak today. We’ll have another update for you on Monday.
1. Coronavirus ‘a devastating blow for world economy’
World Bank president David Malpass has warned that the coronavirus pandemic is a “devastating blow” to the world economy and that the fallout could last for a decade. Billions of people will have their livelihoods affected by the pandemic, with up to 60 million potentially being pushed into “extreme poverty”, he warned.
2. Thousands gather globally in anti-racism protests, despite coronavirus advice
Thousands of people around the world have joined mass gatherings to march against racism, despite officials advising against mass gatherings because of coronavirus. Protests, sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, were seen in the UK, US, Portugal, Germany, France and Australia. Find out more what lockdown laws say about protests.
3. Places of worship to reopen for private prayer
Places of worship in England are expected to be allowed to reopen for private individual prayer on 15 June. The government is due to announce plans next week, although the new guidance is not expected to include permission for weddings of any size or full services.
4. Living lockdown in an empty hotel: ‘It’s spooky’
Thousands of the UK’s hotels are standing empty after the coronavirus pandemic forced the hospitality and travel sectors to grind to a halt in March. But although guests may be long gone, many buildings still need upkeep. Maintenance manager Will Whelan moved into Durham’s Royal County hotel after it shut its doors. He reveals what it’s really like living in one of its 150 four-star rooms.
5. A street art video to make you smile and remember life before lockdown
A professional chalk artist is turning everyday objects and cracks he sees on the street into works of art. David Zinn, a self-taught artist, is on a mission to show that you don’t need fancy equipment to draw. His whimsical pieces have appeared in New York, Sweden and Taiwan, as this video filmed before the worldwide lockdown shows.
And don’t forget…
And you can read tributes to some of the thousands of people who have died here.
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