Coronavirus live news: Putin says Russia past peak of outbreak despite highest daily death toll

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WHO warns of second peak as global cases pass 5.5m; Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar denies picnic with friends was rule breach; world health leaders urge green recovery

The Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has said that he caught the virus but had fully recovered by March. After attending hospital to donate blood to Covid-19 research, the singer posted on Facebook, writing:

The pandemic which has shaken the world has also affected – albeit mildly – me and certain members of my family.

Out of respect for those for whom contracting the virus has had more serious consequences, I decided it would be best not to share the news. I certainly didn’t want to unnecessarily alarm my fans and also wished to protect my family’s privacy.

Saudi public sector employees will start returning to work gradually as of Sunday 31 May after more than two months of suspension, Reuters reports.

Public sector workers will eventually resume work as normal as of 14 June, the Saudi minister of human resources Ahmed al-Rajhi has said.

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