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Live Reporting

Edited by Alix Kroeger

All times stated are UK

  1. We are pausing our live coverage

    That's it from us today. Thank you for joining us. Here is a round-up of some of Sunday's key developments.

    • Spain has recorded its lowest daily death toll since 20 March, with 288 fatalities. In a slight easing of lockdown measures, Spanish children are now allowed outside their homes for one hour a day, under adult supervision
    • The UK's death toll has risen to 20,732, with a further 413 fatalities in hospitals - the lowest daily increase reported this month
    • Police in Paris have seized 140,000 face masks destined for the black market. Officers caught the masks being unloaded from a lorry into a house in St Denis
    • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to return to work on Monday as he recovers from Covid-19. The BBC understands he will chair a cabinet meeting and, possibly, lead the daily news briefing
    • Top US health official Dr Deborah Birx says Americans can expect social distancing measures to continue over the summer
  2. Charli XCX tells BBC of plan to record album in lockdown

    Charli XCX

    For many people, the lockdown is about slowing down but Charli XCX has opted to keep herself busy by creating an entire album in just weeks.

    The singer plans to write and create an album with just the tools in her Los Angeles apartment.

    She's been getting fans involved by sharing demos on Instagram Live and posting ideas for lyrics to Twitter.

    The BBC's Mark Savage caught up with her via video chat to see how it's going.

    Read more here.

  3. Gavin and Stacey's Nessa gives social distancing warning

    Ruth Jones has transformed into her Gavin and Stacey character Nessa to remind people to stick to social-distancing rules.

    Speaking in a video posted on Twitter, Jones says: "Don't even think about breaking that two-metre rule."

    "Stay safe, stay out of my way and protect the NHS," Jones adds.

    More than two million people have watched the video so far and it has been shared by members of the cast including James Corden and Larry Lamb.

    View more on twitter
  4. 'Nobody in Puerto Rico has received US bailout cheque'

    The mayor of San Juan, the largest city in Puerto Rico, says not a single person on the US island territory has yet received their $1,200 stimulus cheque from the US federal government.

    Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told MSNBC on Saturday: “No-one in Puerto Rico has received their $1,200 coronavirus stimulus cheques from the federal government. We’re having problems with a local $500 cheque that the governor said was going to be distributed.”

    She added that there was a backlog of around 130,000 unemployment applications.

    Earlier this week, the island’s treasury secretary said around 486,000 Puerto Ricans should expect to receive an email this weekend informing them that they are eligible to receive the federal bailout money.

  5. New York reports continued drop in death rate

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the death rate has dropped in the state, with 367 deaths on Saturday compared with 437 on Friday.

    He said that transmission rates, as well as death rates, would dictate how and when the state reopens.

    Cuomo added that asking public to remain in their homes indefinitely with nothing to do through the summer would be impossible.

    “There’s a sanity equation here,” he says, pointing to reports that domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health problems have already increased.

  6. New guidance as UK high street shops consider reopening

    Shoppers queue outside a shop

    High street shops considering reopening have been given advice from trade bodies on social distancing.

    The British Retail Consortium as well as union Usdaw have suggested stores should provide hand-sanitiser and limit the number of people shopping at one time, among other arrangements.

    It comes after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said earlier that "careful steps" would be needed to bring the country out of lockdown.

    The advice for non-food retailers is similar to measures which have been put in place by supermarkets and other essential shops, including floor markings to remind customers about 2m social distancing and scheduling deliveries at times to avoid crowding.

  7. Police disperse sunbathers in London

    The UK has seen more warm weather this weekend leading to fears the public would disregard lockdown rules.

    In the video below, police can be seen dispersing sunbathers at Primrose Hill in London.

    In the UK people are allowed to leave their homes for exercise once a day but sunbathing or picnics are not allowed.

    Video content

    Video caption: Police in North London tell sunbathers to leave park
  8. Australia launches contact-tracing app

    An Australian mobile phone app, which notifies people if they have been in close contact with another user who has tested positive for coronavirus, has been launched.

    The contact-tracing app - based on one introduced in Singapore - uses bluetooth to "ping" or exchange a "digital handshake" with another user when they come within 1.5 metres of each other.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said social restrictions could be eased if enough people download the app. The app needs to be downloaded by 40% of the population to be effective, according to the government.

    But concerns have been raised about privacy and the storing of personal information. Health Minister Greg Hunt described safeguarding measures as "the strongest ever", insisting only state health authorities can access the information. The data will be deleted after 21 days.

    Norway have already launched a contact tracing app
    Image caption: Norway is among the countries to have already launched a contact tracing app
  9. Italy records lowest daily death toll for over a month

    Italy has seen its lowest daily death toll since 14 March, with the Civil Protection Agency recording another 260 deaths. It brings the total number of fatalities to 26,644, second only to the USA.

    Today's figures marked the third successive daily fall in deaths and were sharply down from 415 yesterday.

  10. Are we going outside less?

    Reality Check

    Prof Stephen Powis, the national medical director for NHS England, has said there is a “hint” of a small increase in people driving during the lockdown.

    The government statistics show that the use of transport has plummeted since the end of February. For instance, London bus usage has dropped by around 85%, while the use of the Tube and National Rail is down by 95%.

    However, motor vehicle usage has been creeping up slowly - in the first week of the lockdown this was down 64% but is now only down 59%.

    Similarly, visits to parks and grocery stores have also seen small upticks, according to the latest analysis from Google.

    However, the Google data also shows a significant further decline in visits to workplaces.

    Graph showing decline in travel in the UK
  11. Children enjoy the outdoors again in Spain

    Children in Spain have been enjoying the outdoors on Sunday after being allowed out of their homes for the first time in six weeks.

    Spain has relaxed lockdown rules to allow under-14s to leave their homes each day for a total of one hour between 9am and 9pm.

    They had been banned from leaving their homes completely from 14 March.

    Some restrictions remain, however, preventing the children visiting public parks or venturing more than 1km.

    Children play with parents
    Boy plays with kite
    Child plays at beach
    Family read books outdoors
  12. Could the UK really see another 100,000 deaths?

    David Shukman

    Science editor, BBC News

    A new estimate that more than 100,000 people could die of Covid-19 in the UK later this year has made headlines.

    It comes from a modelling study by scientists at Imperial College London and it assesses the risk of one particular scenario.

    The researchers assessed what might happen if everyone was released from lockdown apart from the most vulnerable. Only the elderly and people with underlying health conditions would remain shielded.

    According to Prof Neil Ferguson from Imperial, in an interview with the UnHerd website, these people were most at risk and were also those who most need support, therefore needing to have some interactions with their carers.

    Even if there could be an 80% reduction in the infection risk for that group, his study suggests that would still mean more than 100,000 dying.

    It’s worth pointing out that at the moment, the UK government is giving no indication of how or when any lockdown restrictions might be relaxed. And the study itself has yet to be released – that may happen in the coming days.

    Whatever its conclusions – and these will be hotly debated – the work provides another reminder of the threat from the virus and the extreme difficulty of judging how best to ease the measures to tackle it.

  13. Experts mull options to ease UK lockdown

    Victoria Gill

    Science reporter, BBC News

    Woman walks past a sign thanking NHS staff in London
    Image caption: The UK went into lockdown to prevent the NHS becoming overloaded

    Lockdown was an emergency stop - the only immediately available measure to put the brakes on a virus that outpaced our ability to contain it.

    And it has worked. The best estimates are that the rate of infection in the UK is now at a point where the number of new infections is decreasing. To keep it there, though, the next step has to be a very careful one.

    Prof Neil Ferguson, one of the government’s key scientific advisers, explained in a podcast called UnHerd how taking the brakes off too abruptly would drive that infection rate back up and cost thousands more lives.

    Closed school in Nottingham

    What he and other scientists will do now is create models of different scenarios as we enter a new lockdown phase.

    With the best data they have on this very new disease, they will calculate the impact - on that all-important infection rate - of reopening schools, of easing travel restrictions and of opening up certain types of businesses.

    The post-lockdown restrictions on our lives - and there will be many - will be guided by those careful calculations.

    But it will be down to the government to weigh the risks and the benefits and to tell us what the next phase in our “new normality” will look like.

  14. Paris police seize 140,000 face masks destined for black market

    Two people take a picture while wearing a mask

    Police in France say they have seized 140,000 face masks that were destined for sale on the black market.

    Officers say they discovered the haul when they spotted a businessman unloading the masks from a lorry into a house in St Denis, north of Paris.

    France requisitioned all stocks and production of face masks to equip health workers.

    There have been several seizures of masks in the Paris region since the pandemic began.

    Read more here.

  15. What exactly is the UK 100,000 testing target?

    Reality Check

    As the UK government struggles to reach its target to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of April, it has started to emphasise the capacity to do tests.

    At today's news conference, Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “We have been ramping up our capacity to do those tests - it currently stands at over 50,000 a day.”

    But the latest daily number of tests actually done is just 29,058 - a minuscule increase on the figure given yesterday.

    In a previous briefing, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he was confident that the government’s coronavirus testing target of 100,000 by the end of the April “will be met in terms of capacity”.

    But when the target was first announced by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock on 2 April it was clearly intended to mean 100,000 tests actually being done a day.

    Graph showing daily number of tests carried out in UK
  16. Analysis: UK lockdown talks going on behind the scenes

    Iain Watson

    Political correspondent

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson could possibly lead the daily news conference on Monday but, if not then, it will be pretty soon afterwards.

    As far as I understand, he will be getting briefed by his Downing St team early tomorrow morning and then he will be chairing the Covid-19 meeting, which is a smaller group of cabinet ministers. That is what he used to do before he was off sick.

    Chairing Monday's meeting is a measure of him saying, "I’m back in charge".

    From what I've been told, and the conversations I’ve had with people in Whitehall and Downing St, the prime minister will proceed with caution when it comes to dealing with the lockdown.

    We would expect an announcement on 7 May, when all this is being reviewed again, and I do think at that stage he will take his foot off the brake ever so slightly.

    But he will move cautiously because he will not want to fuel a second wave of infections.

    Although they haven't yet set a clear route map out of lockdown, not in the same way as the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, those discussions are most certainly going on behind the scenes. Talks involving the prime minister have taken place from his country residence Chequers with senior Cabinet ministers.

  17. Woman gang-raped while in unofficial quarantine

    Police in India have arrested three men who are accused of gang-raping a woman who had been unofficially quarantined.

    The woman, a low wage worker, was trying to walk more than 100km (62 miles) to her home in Jaipur, Rajasthan, when she got lost.

    Police spotted her and told her to spend the night in a deserted school building, away from other people just in case she had the virus.

    But she was gang-raped there after dark.

    India’s lockdown was imposed last month leaving tens of thousands of people without jobs. Some have walked for days in desperation to reach their homes.

    Read more about the situation in India.

  18. How sport might look under eased restrictions

    With most of the world's sport currently on hold, many fans are wondering what their favourite competitions will look like when they are allowed to safely resume.

    Perhaps these pictures from Nicaragua provide a clue.

    Authorities in the Central American country have allowed sporting events to continue during the coronavirus pandemic - but a boxing event held on Saturday looked very different.

    The boxers wore masks during the ring walk and at a pre-bout face off, although they were allowed to remove them in the ring. Referees, judges, the media, fans and ring girls also wore masks.

    Fans had to sit two seats apart and had their temperature checked before entering the arena in the capital Managua.

    Boxers in Nicaragua wear face masks as they prepare for their bout
    Spectators at a Nicaraguan boxing event sat apart to stay socially distant
  19. What we learned from the UK briefing

    • More staff are back at UK supermarkets as absence from illness and self-isolation has more than halved. But there are only a third of the usual number of migrant workers available to pick fresh fruit and vegetables - prompting the government to encourage furloughed workers to help with harvests
    • UK test capacity has reached 50,000 a day - but much of that capacity is still going unused, with only 29,058 tests conducted in the last 24-hour period
    • The environment secretary said "no decisions" had been taken about increasing restrictions on international travellers arriving in the UK, adding that at this stage of the pandemic they are "only a tiny proportion" of the infections
  20. Brad Pitt plays Dr Fauci on Saturday Night Live

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    Long-running US comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live (SNL) tapped Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt to play top disease expert Anthony Fauci - a mainstay of many White House coronavirus briefings.

    In the opening sketch, Pitt fact-checks Trump's claims about the virus.

    “Yes, the president has taken some liberties with our guidelines,” Pitt said. “So tonight, I would like to explain what the president was trying to say.”

    The episode was the second recorded from the comedians' homes rather than live from New York City's Rockefeller Center.

    Earlier this month the 79-year-old director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told CNN that he would want Pitt to portray him if he was ever lampooned by SNL.

    At the end of the routine, Pitt removes his silver wig and personally thanks Fauci for his "calm and clarity in this unnerving time".