Coronavirus: Germany eases COVID-19 restrictions on playgrounds, churches

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Germany will lift some coronavirus restrictions to reopen playgrounds, museums, galleries and parks. But Chancellor Merkel said major public events will remain prohibited. Follow DW for the latest.

– Germany has announced a record number of people on short-time work wage subsidy scheme amid the coronavirus pandemic

– The German government will wait until May 6 to decide on the next steps to ease the lockdown

– The reproduction rate in Germany is at 0.76, down from 1.0 on Monday

– South Korea has reported no daily increase in local infections for the first time since February 15

Updates in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC/GMT)

23:03 US President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested that the coronavirus may have originated in a virology lab in China. 

Trump claimed that he had seen evidence linking the virus to the Chinese state-backed Wuhan Institute of Virology but declined to give any further information.

“Yes, yes I have,” the president said on being asked if he had seen anything giving him a high degree of confidence for his claims about the origin of the virus.

“I can’t tell you that. I’m not allowed to tell you that,” he said, speaking at a White House event.

Trump said that US intelligence officials are probing how the virus first emerged and the steps China took to stop the infection from spreading to the rest of the world.

Trump’s latest comments came even as the US intelligence community concluded, earlier in the day, that the virus had originated in China but was not man-made.

Adding to his war of words with Beijing, Trump also said there was a possibility that China either could not stop the spread of COVID-19 or let it spread.

“At least they seem to be trying to be somewhat transparent with us,” he said of Beijing’s attempts to investigate how the pandemic began.

“But we’re going to find out. You’ll be learning in the not-too-distant future. But it’s a terrible thing that happened — whether they made a mistake or whether it started off as mistake and then they made another one. Or did somebody do something on purpose?” he said.

The president also said that tariffs against China could be a possibility in response to Beijing’s handling of the outbreak.

Credit : DW

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