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Edited by Joel Gunter and Claire Heald

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  1. Pausing our live coverage

    We are pausing our live coronavirus coverage here. You can follow again from Monday via the BBC News homepage or on your app.

    The contributors to today's coverage were: Jasmine Taylor-Coleman, Deirdre Finnerty, David Walker, Ritu Prasad, Kathryn Snowdon, Joshua Nevett, George Wright, Shamaan Freeman-Powell, Saj Chowdhury, Frank Keogh, Neil Johnston, Dulcie Lee and Paul Seddon.

  2. US lawmakers decline White House testing offer

    In a rare joint statement, the leaders of the US Congress have declined a White House offer of 1,000 rapid Covid-19 tests for lawmakers.

    Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday they were grateful for the offer, but “Congress wants to keep directing resources to the frontline facilities where they can do the most good the most quickly”.

    President Donald Trump responded in a tweet, saying: “No reason to turn it down, except politics.”

    The Senate is due back in session tomorrow, though the House is still in recess, per advice from the Capitol attending physician.

  3. France ready to launch StopCOVID app

    Eiffel Tower

    France is to start testing its StopCOVID contact-tracing app on 11 May.

    Minister for Digital Affairs Cédric O said the app would play an important role in controlling Covid-19 while waiting for mass testing.

    “There’s nothing magical about this app, but it’s not technological coquetry either,” O wrote on online publishing platform Medium.

    “It’s only useful if it’s integrated into a global health system.”

  4. Canadian PM funds virtual mental health

    Woman wears mask in Canada

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced C$240m ($170m, £136m) in funding to develop virtual mental health and other primary care programmes.

    The aim is to help Canadians access providers remotely, rather than having to visit a clinic or hospital.

    “If we can use apps to order dinner and video chats to stay in touch with family, we can use new technology to keep each other healthy,” he told reporters on Sunday.

    The government will also give C$175m towards vaccine development.

    Canada currently has over 60,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 3,779 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

  5. Violinist Benedetti offering free online tuition during lockdown

    Nicola Benedetti won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004, at the age of 16

    With concerts cancelled due to social distancing measures around the world, musicians are exploring new ways to reach out and connect.

    Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti has assembled a team of musicians to offer three weeks of free music classes online.

    The former BBC Young Musician of the Year winner has already offered online music classes through her own Benedetti Foundation.

    But the lockdown made her wonder whether they could reach an even wider audience on social media platforms, and nearly 800 people have signed up so far to teach or play.

    Read more here.

  6. Violent confrontations at California protests

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    A video filmed at a protest in Sacramento in California on Friday shows protesters without face coverings shouting directly in the faces of police officers, who are also not wearing masks.

    The video is one of the most shocking to emerge from a significant number of protests in the US against the ongoing coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Others have showed armed protesters occupying state government buildings.

    In the Sacramento video, protesters are seen violently pushing up against a line of police officers while chanting and holding signs.

    The demonstrations have varied in size, from a handful of individuals with signs to thousands rallying outside state capitol buildings. Many protesters have worn Trump hats or other paraphernalia.

    White House taskforce expert Dr Deborah Birx told Fox News on Sunday that a recent protest of hundreds in Michigan, including some armed individuals, was “devastatingly worrisome”.

    “We need to protect each other at the same time we’re voicing our discontent," Dr Birx said.

    Despite the vocal and headline-grabbing protests, most Americans support the lockdown measures, according to data from Pew Research Center.

    A study last month found 66% were more concerned that states would lift restrictions too quickly, including most moderate and liberal-leaning members of Trump’s Republicans.

    But 53% of more conservative Republicans expressed concerns that restrictions would not be eased quickly enough.

    It comes just days after gun-toting lockdown protesters rallied inside Michigan state capitol building.

    See here for more background on the US lockdown protests.

  7. If I download a contact-tracing app, where will my data go?

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    Video caption: What is contact tracing and how does it work?

    Millions of people in the UK will soon be asked to track their movements to limit the spread of coronavirus, by downloading an app in a few weeks.

    If a user develops coronavirus symptoms, they can let the app inform the NHS.

    Their disclosure may trigger an anonymous alert to other users with whom they recently had significant contact, asking those people to go into quarantine or be tested.

    The NHSX, the digital development arm of the health service, said the information gathered will only ever be used for health and research purposes, and that the app can be deleted at any time.

    But not everyone is happy with the government and third parties being given access to people's data.

    Civil rights group Liberty said the government must take the risks seriously, and should not make installing the app a condition to leaving the lockdown or returning to work.

  8. How did the US look in lockdown this weekend?

    With warmer weather approaching, many Americans have been eager to get out of their homes.

    A number of cities have ordered residents to wear masks in public spaces where social distancing is not possible, even as some states, like Texas, begin to ease their Covid-19 restrictions.

    In New York City, which saw its warmest day of the year this weekend, police were also out in parks to enforce safety measures.

    People in parks
    Image caption: Many people in New York headed to parks, which remain open
    People on the beach and in the sea
    Image caption: Beaches in Texas reopened to visitors on 1 May but some activities are not allowed
    Crowds in Washington
    Image caption: Despite social distancing measures being in place, crowds gathered in Washington to watch a flyover by the US Navy's Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds
  9. London theatres may not reopen until 2021, warns top producer

    Crowds in London's 'Theatreland' before the lockdown

    Theatres in London and New York will struggle to reopen before next year, according to one of the world's leading producers.

    “We will be back but we need time to get back and if we don’t hear in a few weeks, I think the truth is we won’t be able to come back until early next year. That’s my fear,” Sir Cameron Mackintosh told BBC Radio 2.

    Speaking on the Michael Ball Show, the producer of hit shows including Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera said it could take four to five months after social distancing rules have been relaxed for major shows to reopen.

    "It looks like London and Broadway are going to be the last to go back," he said.

    "Each big musical has about 200 people working in that building. It’s why live theatre is like no other and an exhilarating experience. We want the audience and the actors to feel safe."

  10. The country unable to cope

    Naomi Grimly, Global Affairs Correspondent

    Yemen market
    Image caption: Social distancing advice is not being heeded in places like markets

    Yemen's health system is in a state of collapse - leaving it unlikely to be able to cope with an outbreak of coronavirus.

    Dr Shalal Hasel is a hardworking official from the Department of Epidemiological Surveillance in the Yemeni province of Lahj. Usually his job focuses on dealing with outbreaks of cholera but now he's working round the clock to make sure Yemen is preparing properly for Covid-19.

    Although - at 30 - he's young and energetic, he's already sounding despondent.

    "You'll know about the deteriorating health situation in Yemen - especially after conflict and war. Hospitals here are limited and not equipped to receive coronavirus cases."

    Yemen currently has only 208 ventilators; another 417 are supposed to be on their way. It's a long way short of the many thousands being gathered or manufactured by developed countries.

    See here for more on Yemen's coronavirus battle.

  11. NYC governor sets out 90-day protective kit stockpile

    More than 65,000 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the US

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the governors of neighbouring New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware have announced a regional purchasing consortium to identify equipment and suppliers together, instead of competing against each other.

    Rhode Island and Massachusetts are also to be part of the new coalition.

    Cuomo said New York state will now require all hospitals to have a 90-day stockpile of all personal protective equipment.

    Other key points:

    • Saturday saw 789 new Covid-19 cases in the state
    • The number of New Yorkers in hospital due to Covid-19 fell below 10,000 for the first time since March, and deaths also declined, with 280 in the last day
    • Cuomo again noted the virus strain affecting NYC was not from China, but a “totally different” one from Europe, saying some medical experts told him “our strain was more virulent than the strain that came from China”
    • Cuomo said while the Trump administration’s travel ban on China “may have been helpful, the horse was already out of the barn” as the virus was in Europe and no one was watching out for European travellers
    • He called people not wearing masks “disrespectful” to front-line workers and other residents, adding many employees are doing “unprecedented work” to sanitise public spaces
  12. Death rate continues to drop in the UK

    The trends in the UK death rate, it's variation across different areas of the country and the increase, and then dip, in testing are clearly shown here.

    Overall, the number of deaths per day has continued to fall overall, as the country remains in lockdown.

    VisJo number of deaths

    Here, the huge rise in testing capability, and then the fall-off in the number of tests in these first few days of May, is evident.

    VisJo testing

    While this chart shows how the highest number of UK deaths have occurred in London, followed by the Midlands. And how the number of those who have died is greater than that in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    VisJo areas of deaths
  13. What the 'dip' in tests tells us about the UK target

    A significant drop or weekend anomaly?

    Helen Briggs

    BBC science and health journalist

    A member of staff hands over a Covid-19 self test kit

    Test, track and trace is the strategy that could help to ease the UK's lockdown and return the country to some kind of “new normal”.

    Hopes rest on the UK’s huge expansion of testing, with the government exceeding its target of 100,000 tests a day by the end of April.

    Three days on and there has been “a dip”, with figures put at 76,496 for the 24 hours up to 09:00 BST on Sunday.

    When quizzed on this at the daily press briefing earlier, Michael Gove said one might expect over a weekend, with fewer people going to work, “a dip in the amount of testing that might occur”.

    The figures include both tests processed through official labs and tests sent to homes or other sites.

    The tests to be conducted at home or at satellite centres are counted before the recipient has provided and returned their sample to the lab, with thousands of home kits distributed by Amazon and the Royal Mail on behalf of the government.

    This has raised questions over whether counting a test put in the post is the same as a conducted test which has results.

    Only time will tell if the dip today is a weekend anomaly or something more significant.

  14. What do 'shielders' look like?

    Grace is a buzzcut-wearing, tattooed 26-year-old with an underlying illness.

    Like many other young people in the UK, she is deemed extremely vulnerable and has been asked to "shield" for 12 weeks to protect her from contracting Covid-19.

    Grace is not allowed to leave her flat or see her boyfriend or her family. She spoke to the BBC about how she was getting on.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: What it's like to be shielding in your twenties
  15. US city eases mask rule after violent threats

    In Stillwater, Oklahoma, officials softened a requirement to wear face coverings in stores and restaurants on the same day it went into effect, after people were threatened for trying to enforce it.

    City Manager Norman McNickle said a number of local business staff were “threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse” on 1 May - within three hours of the rule’s enactment.

    In one case, someone threatened staff with a firearm.

    McNickle said those with objections mistakenly believed the requirement was unconstitutional.

    But it was just a show of "respect and kindness to others" he said.

    The city government still recommends wearing a mask but it is no longer mandatory.

    Read more on the US pushback against Covid-19 restrictions here.

    Protesters take part in an anti-lockdown demonstration
  16. Austrian doctors issue warning after lockdown loosened

    Bethany Bell

    News Correspondent

    People walk through the old town in Salzburg
    Image caption: People walk through the old town in Salzburg

    The President of the Austrian Medical Association, Thomas Szekeres, has appealed to Austrians to be careful, following the easing of some of the country's lockdown restrictions.

    In a statement, he said he was concerned by pictures of long queues outside some shops on Saturday. He urged Austrians to continue to observe strict hygiene measures, including wearing face masks, washing hands and keeping their distance.

    "We have achieved a great deal in recent weeks," he said, "but we must not undo the successes of this first stage.”

    All shops have now re-opened in Austria and people no longer need a reason to leave home, although home working is still encouraged and people are asked to keep at least a metre apart.

  17. Italy deaths near 29,000

    Italy has reported 174 new coronavirus-related deaths, which is the country's lowest toll since lockdown measures were rolled out in early March.

    The total number of people who have died is 28,884, while the total number of cases has increased to 210,717.

    There are 17,242 patients in hospital with symptoms, 1,501 in intensive care, while 81,436 are self-isolating at home.

    Italy is preparing to relax measures from Monday, with people being allowed to visit their relatives in small numbers. Parks, factories and building sites will reopen, but schools will not restart classes until September.

  18. Top US diplomat again says China to blame

    Mike Pompeo

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed China for the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, telling ABC News that the country “had the opportunity to prevent all of the calamity that has befallen the world” but tried to “conceal and hide and confuse” information.

    The Trump administration has in recent weeks increasingly pointed the finger at China, in what BBC correspondent Barbara Plett Usher wrote recently was a co-ordinated effort to reframe Trump's handling of the pandemic ahead of November's election.

    When asked about an unproven theory that the virus was manmade - a notion President Donald Trump has also repeatedly suggested - Pompeo said he did not disbelieve the theory, claiming “the best experts so far seem to think it was manmade”.

    But last week, the US intelligence community stated that it agreed with a scientific consensus that the virus was not manmade or modified.

    When asked about that assessment live on the show, Pompeo reversed course, saying he agreed with the intelligence analysis and had “no reason to doubt” its accuracy.

    The secretary later said he couldn’t answer whether the virus was intentionally or accidentally released as “the Chinese Communist Party has refused to cooperate with world health experts”.

  19. Froome concerned about Tour de France attracting crowds

    Chris Froome
    Image caption: Froome has won the Tour de France four times

    British cyclist Chris Froome thinks the Tour de France can work without spectators but does not know how organisers can stop large crowds from attending.

    The Tour, originally scheduled to start on 27 June, is now due to begin on 29 August.

    No French mass gatherings are allowed before September, but the government has said the Tour could start in August if the first stages were carefully run.

    “Would the organisers be able to keep people from coming and gathering in large crowds?" said Froome, 34.

  20. What did we learn from today's UK briefing?

    • Michael Gove announced that a total of 28,446 people have now died with coronavirus in the UK, an increase of 315 on Saturday’s figure
    • Today’s figures show testing has fallen to 76,496 tests in the 24 hours up to 09:00 BST on Sunday – a drop of more than a third on the 122,000 tests carried out on 30 April. It comes after the health secretary had previously announced that the UK had met its target of carrying out 100,000 tests-a-day by the end of April
    • NHS England's Stephen Powis, said the UK has now passed the peak of hospital admissions, particularly in London
    • When asked about whether the UK would be prepared for future outbreaks of the virus, Powis said the NHS is "incredibly flexible," and can increase capacity at short notice.
    • Gove said the Prime Minister will next week set out a plan on how the country may be able gradually to ease lockdown restrictions.
    • Powis said a contact tracing app, due to be trialled on the Isle of Wight next week, will be just “one component of a number of measures that will be needed" to help the country move into the next stage of dealing with the outbreak
    • When asked whether the Nightingale hospitals were "built in error" given that they are almost empty, Powis said: "Absolutely 100% not”