Coronavirus live news: global deaths near 500,000 as Australian state of Victoria steps up efforts to fight outbreak | World news

1.39am BST01:39 Morrison government denies reports it will permanently lift unemployment benefit payments The Morrison government has denied it about to permanently lift unemployment benefit payments when the treasurer makes a long-awaited economic statement next month. News Corp newspapers, citing senior ministers, had reported the jobseeker payment would rise to $75 per day from $40 […]

Coronavirus live news: pandemic accelerating across Africa; over 2 million cases in US | World news

Reuters has more from the coronavirus briefing earlier today by the World Health Organization’s regional office from Africa. According to the Canadian-owned news agency, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Africa regional director, said that the Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating in Africa, spreading to the hinterland from capital cities where it arrived with travellers. Ten countries are driving […]

Coronavirus live news: WHO drops hydroxychloroquine trial and warns of ‘second peak’ in pandemic | World news

6.56am BST06:56 Global report: ‘disaster’ looms for millions of children as WHO warns of second peak The coronavirus pandemic will have a “disastrous” impact on children’s rights worldwide, making them more vulnerable to forced labour and underage marriage, a rights group has said, as the World Health Organization warned of an “immediate second peak” in […]

Coronavirus deaths in Spain exceed China – Channel 4 News

25 Mar 2020 Coronavirus has now claimed 16,000 lives across 195 countries – and the United Nations says individual countries can’t respond alone – calling for the world’s richest nations should provide $2 billion to help the world’s poorest survive. Coronavirus has now claimed 16,000 lives across 195 countries – and the United Nations says […]

Coronavirus live news: UK wakes up to lockdown as Trump insists US will ‘reopen’ in weeks | World news

8.16am GMT08:16 UK mobile firms asked to alert Britons to heed coronavirus lockdown The UK government has taken the unprecedented step of asking mobile companies to send an alert to everyone in the UK telling them to heed the new nationwide lockdown rules. It is the first time ministers have called upon all the UK’s […]

Artificial intelligence helps to discover powerful new antibiotic – Channel 4 News

We’ve all heard of superbugs – nasty bacteria which can’t be wiped out by antibiotics – well a powerful new drug that can kill some of the world’s most dangerous strains of drug resistant bacteria has been discovered using artificial intelligence. Researchers on the project, based at the Massachusetts of Technology, called it “absolutely a […]

EU’s soaring climate rhetoric not always matched by action | World news

The European Union considers itself as a leader on the environment and not without cause: policymaking in Brussels moved ahead of the international consensus in the 2000s. But the soaring rhetoric has not always been matched by structural changes in the way European economies work and citizens live their lives. Progress has been made in […]