Coronavirus live news: Australian PM says virus ‘most likely’ came from Wuhan market

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WHO, Fauci and intel sources reject China lab theory; global deaths pass 250,000; Hong Kong suffers deepest economic contraction

As sport in various countries – notably England and Germany, whose football authorities are wrestling with the issues surrounding a restart – makes tentative steps towards coming back, news via our football editor that the Hungarian top flight will recommence later this month.

Hungarian league set to restart on 23 May: “The country has so far reported 3,051 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 351 deaths, a relatively modest number due mainly to an early and strict lockdown.”

There will be no quick return to our lives after the pandemic, writes Adrienne Matei, so some realistic pessimism might help temper our disappointment.

One healthy thing you can do is to pre-emptively curb disappointment by readjusting your horizons, says Dr Amelia Aldao, a psychologist specialising in anxiety. Some of us may still have our hopes fixed to an event in the future – a July wedding we half-expect to attend, or a September getaway we think might just work out – and that can be problematic, says Aldao. “The way things are shaping up, there’s a lot of uncertainty – what’s going to be open? Is there going to be a second wave [of outbreaks]?” We just don’t know.

Looking forward to plans can be psychologically beneficial, keeping us engaged in life. But given the current circumstances, “Either focus on the right here, right now, the immediate days and weeks – we all have a lot of control over the next week,” says Aldao, “Or try focusing on the more distant future – maybe a year or more from now.”

Related: ‘Focus on right now’: how to mentally prepare for more Covid-19 uncertainty

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