BBC News: Coronavirus: Spending lockdown in Henry VIII’s palace

BBC News – Coronavirus: Spending lockdown in Henry VIII’s palace

The Spring Bank Holiday would usually see thousands of tourists descend upon the UK’s historic palaces, mansions and stately homes.

But these incredible buildings and gardens, which were once homes for royals and the super rich, are being occupied by just a few people who are maintaining them during the pandemic.

What is it like living and working in these now deserted houses and grounds?

I do feel incredibly fortunate. There are definitely worse places to be locked down than a palace

Lucy Hutchings

The complex beside the River Thames in south-west London was for many years home to the Tudor king and is rumoured to be haunted by his third wife Jane Seymour. It was later home to Oliver Cromwell and eventually opened to the public by Queen Victoria.

Some 21,000 visitors would normally pass through the doors during Spring Bank Holiday and various events like jousting contests had been planned for this weekend.



BBC News: Coronavirus: Brazil overtakes Spain and Italy as new cases grow

BBC News – Coronavirus: Brazil overtakes Spain and Italy as new cases grow

President Bolsonaro continues to downplay the virus

Brazil has overtaken Spain and Italy to become the country with the fourth largest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the world.

Officials on Saturday reported 14,919 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 233,142. Only the US, Russia and the UK have higher numbers.

The daily death toll in the Latin American nation rose by 816 to 15,633 – the world’s fifth highest.



BBC News: Coronavirus: How lockdown is being lifted across Europe

BBC News – Coronavirus: How lockdown is being lifted across Europe

How lockdown is being lifted across Europe

Across Europe, people are already seeing an easing of lockdown measures, as businesses reopen and children start going back to school. Here is how Europeans are emerging from life under lockdown.

Germany has begun opening up: control of lifting the lockdown will now be in the hands of Germany’s 16 federal states. But Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed that an ”emergency brake” will be applied anywhere that sees a surge in new infections.

Italy imposed a strict and lengthy lockdown, with a ban on walking or exercising more than 200m away from home. In early May, some restrictions were relaxed and people are now able to travel for longer distances, as well as visit their relatives in small numbers. Travel between regions and to and from the country will be allowed from 3 June.

France’s strict lockdown was imposed on 17 March and residents were required to provide a travel permit justifying any trips outside. From 11 May, those restrictions have been eased and the situation will be reviewed after three weeks.



BBC News: Coronavirus: Can China test all of Wuhan in only 10 days?

BBC News – Coronavirus: Can China test all of Wuhan in only 10 days?

The announcement came after the emergence of six new coronavirus cases in the city – the first ones since early April.

How long will the testing take?

In late April, the Hubei provincial government reported 63,000 people were being tested in Wuhan every day.



UK to launch Covid-19 pandemic monitoring system ranking threat level from 1 to 5

Via Euronews: UK to launch Covid-19 pandemic monitoring system ranking threat level from 1 to 5 https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/10/uk-to-launch-covid-19-pandemic-monitoring-system-ranking-threat-level-from-1-to-5

The UK is reportedly to launch a system that tracks the evolution of the pandemic the country.

The system will rank the health threat level on a scale from 1 to 5, in a similar way to what happens with terror threat levels.

A biosecurity center will collect data and monitor progress against the virus, hence determining the government’s response.

Specific measures may be implemented in certain parts of the country, depending on the evolution of the pandemic.

UK Prime Minister

The system is expected to be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johson during tonight’s address to the nation at 8pm.


France, Spain and UK prepare to ease lockdowns starting Monday

Via Euronews: France, Spain and UK prepare to ease lockdowns starting Monday https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/09/france-spain-and-uk-prepare-to-ease-lockdowns-starting-monday

In Spain regions where hospitals can show they’re able to handle a possible second wave of coronavirus infections will be allowed to loosen their lockdown starting Monday.

In some areas, mostly rural ones, bars and restaurants will be allowed to open up half of their outdoor seating. Churches, theatres and museums will also be reopened with limits on visitor numbers.

But Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez indicated the spread of the virus could ramp up again.

“The fight against the epidemic is continuing because it has not been extinguished, nor will it be extinguished until we find a vaccine or a definitive therapeutic remedy,” Pedro Sánchez said.

In France, after 55 days, the lockdown will also be loosened on Monday.

People won’t need to present a permit to travel within 100 kilometres of where they live and public transport will step up a gear.

But restaurants, cafés bars and museums will remain firmly shut, for now.

Hairdressers will also open, as will small shops but not big shopping malls.

In the UK, which has Europe’s highest death toll, the measures to loosen the restrictions are much more limiting.

The government is expected to allow people to exercise outside for longer.

And £2bn will be spent on promoting walking and cycling, partly by widening pavements, establishing cycling tracks and making some streets only open to cyclists.