Coronavirus live news: Brazil reports a record 881 deaths as Wuhan prepares to test 11m residents

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The former Fortescue Metals chief executive Nev Power, handpicked by the Australian prime minister Scott Morrison to be his Covid-19 coordination adviser, is being paid $500,000 (about £264,000) for six months’ work.

Power’s remuneration was revealed at a hearing of the Senate inquiry into the management of the coronavirus crisis, where senators focused on whether there were proper processes in place for members of the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission to declare any conflicts of interest, given that many are company directors.

Related: Nev Power paid $500,000 for six months’ work as head of Australia’s Covid-19 commission

The British Office for National Statistics has announced that UK economy contracted by 2% in the first quarter of 2020 after plunging 5.8% in March as the coronavirus crisis took hold:

GDP fell 5.8% in March; services (-6.2%) and construction (-5.9%) both saw record monthly falls, while manufacturing also fell 4.6% https://t.co/MEDDRForLF pic.twitter.com/7Lap3dyeXv

Related: UK economy shrinks by 2% as Covid-19 slump begins – business live

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