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Edited by Sean Fanning and Claire Heald

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  1. We're pausing our live coverage

    Our colleagues in Asia will be taking over in a few hours, but for now, we'll leave you with Monday's main stories.

    • At the World Health Assembly, the US accused the World Health Organization of allowing the pandemic to spin "out of control"
    • The US death toll has passed 90,000 - the highest in the world
    • The lockdown in Europe continues to be eased - bars and restaurants reopened in Italy; in France a court ordered that places of worship can open
    • Cases continue to soar in Brazil - it has the fourth highest tally in the world, and São Paulo's hospitals are close to collapse
    • In Britain, anyone over five can now be tested if they show symptoms. The UK has now added loss of smell to its list of symptoms
    • A vaccine trial in the US by Moderna Inc has shown promising results - antibodies that can neutralise coronavirus were found in eight participants
    • France and Germany proposed a 500bn euro plan to relaunch the EU economy
    • And let's end on something lighter. In Ghana, Private Joseph Hammond, 95, is walking two miles a day for a week to raise money for frontline workers and vulnerable veterans across Africa.

    BBC journalists across the world contributed to writing this live page. They are: George Wright, Jasmine Taylor-Coleman, Vicky Baker, Georgina Rannard, Claire Heald, Sean Fanning, Katie Wright, Gavin Stamp, Paul Seddon, Joseph Lee, Frank Keogh, Tom Gerken, Matthew Henry, Ritu Prasad, Lucy Webster, Joshua Nevett, Alex Bysouth, Victoria Bisset, Andreas Illmer, Aparna Alluri, Saira Asher, Yvette Tan

  2. Golfing in lockdown: 'It means everything to me'

    Some golf courses in the UK have reopened for the first time since the start of the coronavirus restrictions.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Merthyr golfers' joy as courses open in lockdown
  3. 'Films and TV series to resume production in France'

    Filming on World War Two movie Adieu Monsieur Haffmann in Paris was halted by the pandemic
    Image caption: Filming on World War Two movie Adieu Monsieur Haffmann in Paris was halted by the pandemic

    When parts of the world went into lockdown, production stopped on films and TV shows, sometimes mid-filming. Now Netflix and Amazon are to resume production in France, reports Variety magazine.

    Two big-budget films by Pathe will also resume shooting in Paris in June.

    Work on Amazon series "Voltaire, Mixte" is expected to restart in mid-July in the south of France. Netflix's "Arsene Lupin", which was filming at the Louvre museum in Paris, will resume in September.

    The French government has established a fund of €50 million ($54 million) for film and TV productions that have been interrupted or canceled during the pandemic.

    When France went into lockdown in March, a Paris street film set had to be abandoned, leaving its residents in 1942 Nazi occupied France.

  4. Vaccine optimism drives big stock increases

    A stockbroker lost in thought

    Hope for the outcome of a US trial for a Covid-19 vaccine drove a surge in global stocks on Monday.

    Wall Street made large gains, with the S&P rising 3.2%, the Dow Jones 4% and the Nasdaq 2.4%.

    While it is hard to pinpoint an exact cause for the surge, it seems to have been boosted by an announcement from Moderna that it had seen positive results in eight people given doses in its early vaccine trials.

    The rallies also saw a large increase in the price of US crude oil - its biggest hike in two months - leading to a proclamation from the US president that "oil (energy) is back!!!!"

  5. Ghanaian WW2 veteran sets out on Covid-19 fundraiser

    Private Joseph Hammond

    Captain Tom Moore captured the hearts of the UK, raising more than £32m for charity, and now he has inspired another World War Two veteran to do the same.

    Private Joseph Hammond - a 95-year-old from Ghana - has set himself the challenge of walking two miles a day for a week to raise money for coronavirus charities.

    He hopes to raise $600,000 (£500,000) for frontline workers and vulnerable veterans across Africa.

    Private Hammond fought with the British army in Burma, in the Gold Coast Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force.

  6. Greece requests exemption from UK quarantine

    Greece has had a total of 2,834 cases and 163 deaths from coronavirus
    Image caption: Greece has had a total of 2,834 cases and 163 deaths from coronavirus

    Greece has urged the UK to exempt Greeks from a planned quarantine for arrivals to Britain. It would be in return for British people being able to enter Greece.

    The British government has said it will introduce a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals to the UK with the exception of Ireland from early June. But on Monday the UK transport secretary said people coming from countries with low rates of infection could be exempted in the future.

    "The kind of aggressiveness this country (the UK) is showing in making the decisions is totally understandable," Greek tourism minister Harris Theoharis told the BBC.

    "What I can say is we think this is a time for us to start lifting restrictions, and to try and remove as many barriers as possible."

    The Greek economy is heavily reliant on tourism. The EU last week promised that Europe will have a summer tourist season in some form.

    The Greek tourism minister was speaking the BBC's Coronavirus Newscast. Listen here

  7. Trump says he has been taking hydroxychloroquine

    Donald Trump

    US President Donald Trump has said he is taking hydroxychloroquine in an attempt to ward off coronavirus.

    Trump has previously touted the malaria drug as a treatment for coronavirus, but there is scant scientific evidence it can fight off Covid-19.

    Clinical trials are under way to see if it is at all effective.

    "I'm taking it for about a week and a half now and I'm still here, I'm still here," Trump told reporters on Monday.

    Asked what evidence he had for he drug's positive benefits, Mr Trump said: "Here's my evidence, I get a lot of positive calls about it."

  8. US death toll passes 90,000

    US Senate

    The US coronavirus death toll has passed 90,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

    The US toll now stands 90,312 - the highest of any nation in the world.

    The UK has reported the second highest death toll with 34,876, followed by Italy with 32,007.

  9. French court orders government to lift ban on places of worship


    France's highest administrative court has ruled the government must lift a blanket ban on meetings at places of worship imposed as part of measures to combat the coronavirus, AFP reports.

    The latest rules ban all gatherings in places of worship except funerals which are limited to 20 people.

    The Council of State has ruled such a ban on freedom of worship caused "a damage that is serious and manifestly illegal" and is "disproportionate in nature."

    It told the government to lift the ban within the next eight days.

  10. UK right to reopen schools - Tony Blair

    Tony Blair has spoken to BBC Newsnight about coronavirus and global leadership
    Image caption: Tony Blair has spoken to BBC Newsnight about coronavirus and global leadership

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said in a BBC interview that it is right to reopen schools. Speaking amid a row about the safety of bringing teachers and children back to the classroom from 1 June, he says he believes the government's approach is based on evidence.

    "I don’t think they would say that they’re putting school opening above health risks. What they’re doing is basing it on the evidence, actually. There are countries that have reopened parts, at least, of their school system.

    "If you look at all the best evidence, and my institute has assembled a lot of the different data on this, especially for younger children, the risks of transmission are actually quite low."

    Blair, who runs the Tony Blair Institute For Global Change, also said he was shocked by "the absence of global leadership" in particular from the US.

    The West should "stand together" in a new relationship with China, he says.

    "I think we need a strategic response to China, not simply ad-hoc or reactive response on individual issues or questions."

    The full Newsnight interview can be seen at 22.30 BST on BBC Two

  11. Another New York region to reopen

    Andrew Cuomo

    Western New York is expected to begin reopening on Tuesday, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

    The region - which contains Niagara Falls - will join Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North County and Southern Tier in phase-one reopening.

    This means parts of the economy including retail, agriculture, construction and manufacturing may soon start up again.

    There were 106 coronavirus-related deaths yesterday in New York state, taking the total to more than 28,000.

    Cuomo also used his press briefing to announce that he wants professional sports teams to start competing again without fans in attendance. "Hockey, basketball, baseball, football, whoever can reopen. We're a ready, willing and able partner," he said.

  12. Giving birth during a pandemic

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    We spoke to three new mothers about giving birth and caring for their new child during a pandemic.

    Here are their stories.

    Brooke Young Russell

    Brooke Young Russell is in New York City. She had her son on 12 April, and had to wear a mask while giving birth to him as she was right next to coronavirus patients in the hospital.

    She was initially told that her partner couldn't be with her for the birth, but then thousands signed a petition to get the hospital to reverse its decision, which it did.

    "My mom hasn't met my son yet and that is traumatising for me... my family's absence feels so much stronger now because there's no way that they can be here. The fact that my mother hasn't been able to hold her grandson yet just kills me every time."

    Salma Ishaq

    Salma Ishaq is in London. She gave birth on 10 March, at 27 weeks. Her baby is in hospital and, before lockdown, she and her husband could visit the neonatal unit 24 hours a day.

    "When the lockdown came in, the hospital policies changed. In the unit I'm in, dads are not able to visit at all and mums only for two hours.

    "Twice he's had to be resuscitated and having to go in by yourself, without your husband being allowed, and going and seeing your baby in an incubator, having the ventilator... I'd kind of gone into this survival mode. Now that it's been two months I've started to process it a bit more."


    Vicky Kavanagh is in Dublin, and gave birth in January.

    "We live very near to my in-laws and we're very lucky - they're very involved in our lives. They were able to spend a bit of time with their granddaughter before everything kicked in."

    "I always think of all the things she's missing out on. The closeness she should have had with her grandparents.

    "There's this whole chapter of her life that only me and her father have witnessed and it's been very isolating for the three of us going through that."

    You can listen to the full story here.

  13. South Sudan's vice president tests positive for coronavirus

    South Sudan's Vice President Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny, the country's defence minister, have tested positive for coronavirus.

    Machar, who is in his late 60s, was tested on 13 May after one of the members of the government 's Covid-19 task force tested positive.

    He says he has no symptoms and will self-isolate for the next 14 days.

    A number of Machar’s bodyguards and staff have also been found positive.

    South Sudan has recorded 236 cases of the virus, while four people have died.

    Read more on Riek Machar

    Riek Machar
    Image caption: Machar is a former rebel leader who was sworn in as first vice-president in February, sealing a peace deal aimed at ending six years of civil war
  14. US woman, 96, speaks Welsh for first time in 40 years

    Keith McDermott put a call on social media for Welsh speakers to talk with his mum Ray
    Image caption: Keith McDermott put a call on social media for Welsh speakers to talk with his mum Ray

    The pandemic has brought suffering and isolation to millions worldwide, but it has had some positive consequences.

    Ray McDermott, 96, is originally from Carmarthenshire, Wales, but she has lived in the US for 70 years. She worried she would never speak Welsh again after her mother died four decades ago.

    "I don't think I'll ever have a chance to speak Welsh again," she recently told her son Keith.

    Worried about his mum's loneliness and memory-loss, Keith put out a call on social media for Welsh speakers.

    Within 30 minutes, he was deluged with responses.

    One of those who responded was Melisa Annis - a director and playwright originally from Cardiff but living in New York. She gave Ray a call.

    "It's a very hard time at the moment and we are all feeling a little bit isolated and especially if you are older. I thought, 'Why not reach out?' I am a fluent Welsh speaker and very pro the Welsh language," Melisa said.

    Ray's first words in Welsh, after 40 years, were: "I used to talk in Welsh with my mum."

    Read the full story here.

  15. What's the risk on public transport?

    In Rome, Italy, limits of the number of people allowed on trains have been introduced
    Image caption: In Rome, Italy, a limit on the number of people allowed on trains have been introduced

    With lockdowns easing across much of Europe and the US, and some sectors returning to work, you might be wondering how safe public transport is.

    Many cities are urging commuters to cycle or walk instead of catching a bus or train, but in some cases, there is no other option.

    A lot of the potential risk of infection on trains and buses depends on how crowded they are, and how far away you can keep from other people.

    Ventilation also plays an important role as fresh air can help droplets containing the virus dissipate faster.

    In the UK, the advice for people taking public transport incudes:

    • Travel at off-peak times
    • Take a less busy route and reduce the number of changes
    • Wait for other passengers to get off before boarding

    Read more about the infection risks on public transport.

  16. How many confirmed UK cases are there in your area?

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    Key graphics explaining how coronavirus has spread in the UK and the government's response.

    UK coronavirus cases up by 12,155 on Sunday

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    Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.

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  17. First evidence Moderna Inc jab can train immune system

    Work on a coronavirus vaccine has been taking place at unprecedented speed
    Image caption: Work on a coronavirus vaccine has been taking place at unprecedented speed

    Earlier we reported about a promising early trial for a Covid-19 vaccine produced by Moderna Inc. Share prices in the US pharmaceutical company have shot up.

    Now, here's some more information about what the vaccine trials have found.

    In the first eight people who took part in Moderna Inc's trials, antibodies were found that can neutralise coronavirus.

    Even people taking the lowest dose of the trial vaccine produced antibodies at the same levels seen in patients who recover from Covid-19.

    But there is still some way to go.

    Testing for these neutralising antibodies has only taken place on the first eight, out of 45, people on the trial.

    And it will take larger trials to see if people are protected against the virus.

    Our Health Correspondent James Gallagher has been delving more deeply into this development.

    Read more here.

  18. Priest blesses communion with holy water pistol

    A priest fires water from a water pistol into a nearby car

    Have you heard the one about the priest who set up a drive-through holy water shooting gallery?

    Father Tim Pelc, of St Ambrose Parish in Michigan, became a hit online after he came up with a novel solution to blessing church-goers during the coronavirus pandemic.

    "You can't double dip into the holy water container," he told Today in the US. "I thought, what could I do that would keep the quarantine restrictions going and give kids the experience of Easter?"

    He fired the holy weapon at Easter, but a tweet showing this social distancing solution has now been liked more than 570,000 times.

    It has even inspired parody art, such as the following effort from Redditor Tomdoerr88:

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  19. Man devises 'cuddle curtain' to hug gran

    A man desperate to hug his grandmother while protecting her from possible infection has come up with what has been dubbed the "cuddle curtain".

    Footage of the pair enjoying a long-awaited hug has been viewed millions of times on social media.

    Based on a plastic shower curtain and featuring disposable gloves, it was created by Antony Cauvin, from Stratford-upon-Avon in England. He said he had been thinking about the problem for some time.

    Despite the easing of some lockdown measures in England, the government is still asking people to avoid meeting up with more than one person at a time from a different household and to maintain a gap of at least two metres at all times.

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    Video caption: Grandson devises 'cuddle curtain' for visit with gran
  20. Uber cuts 3,000 more jobs


    Uber has announced it will cut 3,000 more jobs worldwide as part of an action plan to scale back its business.

    The latest job cuts come after plans to cut 3,700 jobs were announced earlier this month, meaning around a quarter of the company's jobs will be lost.

    The workforce cuts do not include drivers, whom Uber considers independent contractors.

    Uber said it would reorganise its remaining staff and cut back spending in areas that are not part of its core personal transport or food delivery businesses, including its AI Labs.

    The number of Uber rides dropped 80% around the world last month as the company was hit by coronavirus restrictions.