Today's most pressing coronavirus stories from around the globe in one place.
Starting with Luxembourg:
- The latest figures from the Ministry of Health show that 186 new cases of coronavirus were discovered yesterday, while five deaths were reported.
- Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of Health Paulette Lenert offered a shred of hope to the hospitality sector in a press conference on Friday, despite the announcement that restrictions would be extended a further two weeks. Read our summary here and our live coverage here.
- A coronavirus cluster was detected in the retirement home "Um Lauterbann" in Niederkorn. While it was initially reported that 20 people had tested positive for Covid-19, it has turned out that the number is significantly higher.
- Since 29 January, people arriving in Luxembourg by plane have to comply with special health measures. They have now been extended until at least the end of March.
- People are 'fed up' and no longer complying with restrictions, argued the Horesca sector.
- According to a recent survey, 20% of employees state that the pandemic has taken a significant toll on their mental health.
- Luxembourg and Belgium have agreed to extend the tax provision for cross-border employees working from home until 30 June 2021.
- Minister of Education Claude Meisch responded to a parliamentary question on the conditions for students in their final year of secondary school.
- The number of deaths due to Covid-19 dropped by seven percent around the world over the past week, although the rate of new cases remained stable, according to AFP data.
- Australia's prime minister on Friday played down the impact of Italy's landmark decision to block the export of 250,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses due to be delivered.
- New Zealand will lift a Covid-19 lockdown on nearly two million people on Sunday, as authorities say they are confident that a virus cluster in the country's largest city has been contained.
- The United States recorded fewer than 40,000 new daily cases of Covid-19 for the first time in five months on Thursday, a piece of promising news as countries across the globe struggle to hold off another infection surge before inoculations become widespread.
- Switzerland held a rare minute of silence on Friday in memory of its coronavirus victims, a year after the country's first Covid-19 fatality.
- Paris police warned Friday that alcohol consumption will be banned across large swathes of the capital this weekend, in the hope of avoiding a repeat of the huge crowds that have been gathering despite France's Covid-19 curfew.
- Covid-19 vaccines are not just coveted as protection from the deadly virus, they are also a currency in the battle for global influence, experts say, especially between China and Russia.
- Sri Lanka on Friday buried two Muslims who died of Covid-19, formally ending its policy of forced cremations that had sparked international outrage over the violation of Islamic funeral rites.