Coronavirus live news: world must beat pandemic before investigating source, says China’s UN envoy

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Coronavirus live news: world must beat pandemic before investigating source, says China’s UN envoy




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Trump wants to disband Covid-19 taskforce as deaths top 70,000; Germany looks to reopen shops and restart amateur sport; number of Russian cases rises by more than 10,000 for fourth consecutive day

The German government and the 16 federal states agreed at a meeting on Wednesday to extend until 5 June social distancing measures designed to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, two participants said.

The sources said chancellor Angela Merkel and the premiers of the states had agreed to loosen the restrictions, with members of two households to be allowed to meet.

The Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, warned that abruptly ending nearly eight weeks of lockdown would be “unforgivable” as he sought parliamentary approval to re-extend the state of emergency.

“Ignoring the risk posed by the epidemic and lifting the state of emergency very quickly would be absolutely wrong, a total, unforgivable error,” he told parliament as he sought support for a fresh extension of the measure, which has been rejected by his rightwing opponents.

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