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  • Australia coronavirus live update: Scott Morrison announces free childcare as death toll rises to 24 – latest news
    by Melissa Davey (now) and Amy Remeikis (earlier) on April 2, 2020 at 5:58 am

    Victoria and Queensland register deaths as federal government acts on childcare and industrial relations concerns. Follow live updatesYour questions about Australia’s coronavirus lockdown rules explainedHave you encountered police enforcing social distancing laws?Sign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statisticsSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.55am BSTThanks to Mel for her work just now. I’ll be with you into the evening. 6.51am BSTI’m handing over our live coverage to Melbourne reporter Luke Henriques-Gomes, who will take you through the rest of the evening. Thanks for following out reporting so far. Continue reading...

  • Coronavirus live news: global cases near million mark as US federal stockpile of medical equipment dwindles
    by Helen Sullivan on April 2, 2020 at 5:50 am

    Trump says personal protective gear has nearly run out; Florida, Georgia, Mississippi ordered to shelter in place; record daily fatalities in UK. Follow the latest updates. At a glance: summary of key eventsLondon hospital almost runs out of oxygen for coronavirus patientsAustralia coronavirus – latest updatesSee all of our coronavirus coverage 6.50am BSTPoland may face a peak in coronavirus infections in April, government spokesman Piotr Muller told state radio on Thursday, adding that further curbs on people’s movements could not be ruled out. By Wednesday, 2,554 people had been infected with the virus, with 43 dead in the country of 38 million people. 6.40am BSTWe face, among other more existential challenges, a whole new set of rules. Coronavirus has turned etiquette on its head and what once were gestures of friendship are now acts of daring. Fundamentally, society used to run on the idea that we were all welcome in one another’s space; suddenly, civility amounts to how much distance we keep between ourselves, and how much we shield others from our presence. It is one hell of a gear shift. And it is also important not to overcorrect, not to judge one another from a thousand yards, not to needlessly insult one another in situations that are not, actually, that endangering. Courtesy has never been more serious: it is the way we signal that we still care about each other, when we’re not allowed to hug. So here are some answers to the questions that we are increasingly asking. Related: The new rules of lockdown: how to stay clean, safe and two metres away from everyone Continue reading...

  • 'It’s a place where they try to destroy you': why concentration camps are still with us
    by Daniel Trilling on April 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Mass internment camps did not begin or end with the Nazis – today they are everywhere from China to Europe to the US. How can we stop their spread? By Daniel TrillingAt the start of the 21st century, the following things did not exist. In the US, a large network of purpose-built immigration prisons, some of which are run for profit. In western China, “political education” camps designed to hold hundreds of thousands of people, supported by a high-tech surveillance system. In Syria, a prison complex dedicated to the torture and mass execution of civilians. In north-east India, a detention centre capable of holding 3,000 people who may have lived in the country for decades but are unable to prove they are citizens. In Myanmar, rural encampments where thousands of people are being forced to live on the basis of their ethnicity. On small islands and in deserts at the edges of wealthy regions – Greece’s Aegean islands, the Negev Desert in Israel, the Pacific Ocean near Australia, the southern Mediterranean coastline – various types of large holding centres for would-be migrants.The scale and purpose of these places vary considerably, as do the political regimes that have created them, but they share certain things in common. Most were established as temporary or “emergency” measures, but have outgrown their original stated purpose and become seemingly permanent. Most exist thanks to a mix of legal ambiguity – detention centres operating outside the regular prison system, for instance – and physical isolation. And most, if not all, have at times been described by their critics as concentration camps. Continue reading...

  • Tips for mindfulness during coronavirus isolation – video
    by Lea Waters, David Fanner on April 2, 2020 at 4:38 am

    Australian academic, psychologist and author Lea Waters shares some tips for mindfulness during the coronavirus crisis.  The video forms part of a multi-part series looking at ways we can all stay positive during the coronavirus crisis. Silver linings: how to stay positive during the coronavirus crisisThe good place: a series providing positive and practical stories for these difficult coronavirus timesContinue reading...

  • Little Women scene stolen by water bottles spotted in background
    by Stephanie Convery on April 2, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Greta Gerwig remake of 19th century novel features not one, but two, very modern itemsLouisa May Alcott’s classic 1868 novel Little Women is known for being forward thinking – but not so forward thinking that it predicted the invention of plastic water bottles or Hydro Flasks.Both were spied in the background of a scene in Greta Gerwig’s 2019 film adaptation of the classic American coming-of-age tale, in echoes of an incident earlier last year in which a takeaway coffee cup was spotted in the background of a shot in the final season of fantasy epic Game of Thrones. Continue reading...

  • 'Shambles, chaos, ridiculous': what the UK papers say about Covid-19 testing
    by Martin Farrer on April 2, 2020 at 1:49 am

    Failure to get NHS staff checked dominates coverage – while banks told to ‘do your duty’ in return for 2008 bailoutCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe unfolding coronavirus testing fiasco dominates the major UK newspaper front pages after the daily death toll hit climbed to a new record and it emerged that only 2,000 NHS staff had been tested.“Shambles” says the Mirror’s headline alongside pictures of the latest two health workers to die from the disease – including retired doctor Alfa Saadu, 68, who was volunteering at the Queen Victoria memorial hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. Continue reading...

  • Trump says US stockpile of protective equipment nearly gone amid coronavirus
    by David Smith in Washington on April 2, 2020 at 12:52 am

    Report warns of White House and states competing for supplies as president focuses on counter-narcotics operations at briefingDonald Trump has admitted the US government’s emergency stockpile of protective equipment is nearly exhausted because of the extraordinary demands of the coronavirus pandemic.The shortage was first reported by the Washington Post, which said the supply of respirator masks, gloves and other medical supplies was running low. Continue reading...

  • Brazil confirms first indigenous case of coronavirus in Amazon
    by Reuters on April 2, 2020 at 12:51 am

    Positive test for 20-year-old woman from Kokama tribe comes amid fears virus could devastate remote communitiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rainforest has contracted the novel coronavirus, the first case reported among Brazil’s more than 300 tribes, the Health Ministry’s indigenous health service Sesai has said.The 20-year-old from the Kokama tribe tested positive for the virus in the district of Santo Antonio do Iá, near the border with Colombia, 880km (550 miles) up the Amazon river from the state capital Manaus, Sesai said in a statement on Wednesday. Continue reading...

  • Boris Johnson: testing 'will unlock the coronavirus puzzle' – video
    on April 1, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Boris Johnson has emphasised the importance of testing in battling the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. In a video posted on social media on Wednesday, the UK prime minister said it was a 'sad, sad day' as 563 more coronavirus-related deaths were announced, the largest day-on-day increase so farLatest coronavirus newsContinue reading...

  • 'Thank you': NHS staff clap public for staying at home – video
    on April 1, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    The theatre and endoscopy staff at the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust have thanked and applauded the general public for staying at home. In a video posted online, matron Vicky Oluwole says: 'We, the staff of Lewisham endoscopy theatres, are thanking you for clapping for the NHS. Now, we are clapping and saying thank you for staying at home'Coronavirus - latest newsContinue reading...