Face masks in a Porsche factory. / © AFP
All of today's national and international coronavirus news in one place.
Starting with Luxembourg
- The Ministry of Health's latest figures show that only one person tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 3,981. The death toll remains at 109.
- Extensive testing was and remains a key weapon in the battle against coronavirus, Minister of Health Paulette Lenert stressed in a press conference with Minister of Education Claude Meisch.
- In another press conference, the Minister of the Economy Franz Fayot outlined Neistart Lëtzebuerg, the plan to reopen Luxembourg.
- As Luxairport reopens next week, passengers and staff will be required to wear face masks covering nose and mouth in the airport's terminals, but trade unions are worried about the impact of coronavirus on the industry.
- German police apologised after a number of Luxembourgers hoping to cross the border to go shopping were turned back by police this Friday morning.
- Restaurants, cafés and hotels are hoping to reopen by Pentecost.
And news from around the world
- More than 660,000 people have been displaced from their homes in conflict zones around the world since March, despite a UN call for a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic, a top international aid group said.
- A study of nearly 100,000 coronavirus patients has shown no benefit in treating them with anti-viral drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine and even increased the likelihood of them dying in hospital.
- President Donald Trump pressed for a further reopening of the United States as job losses mount from coronavirus shutdowns, while China's premier warned of "immense" economic challenges even as the Asian giant emerges from the worst of the pandemic.
- Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, who is 94 and was the world's oldest leader until he quit earlier this year, has passed the country's virus lockdown by keeping fit on a treadmill and exercise bike.
- Guatemala blasted US President Donald Trump on Thursday over US deportations of migrants infected with coronavirus.
- The fortunes of US billionaires rose 15 percent in the two months since the coronavirus pandemic hit, a study found, with Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg seeing massive gains.