We're pausing our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Our colleagues in Asia will shortly take over from us here in London. It's been a busy day with the World Health Organization agreeing to an independent inquiry into the pandemic, advising that it should examine the response of governments to the crisis. The other top stories today:
- Economic forecasts continue to be dire. The UK is facing "a severe recession the likes of which we have not seen" its government warns, while the US risks "permanent damage" if the lockdown goes on for much longer
- The latest tally shows there have been 4.8 million confirmed cases globally, with more than 320,000 deaths
- The pandemic is growing in Latin America. It is threatening vulnerable indigenous communities in the Amazon region shared by Brazil, Colombia and Peru, the Pan American Health Organisation warns
- There's more evidence of the huge change in our environmental impact during the pandemic. Daily emissions of carbon dioxide fell by 17% at the peak of the shutdown, scientists say
- In the latest easing of lockdown measures, Portugal has reopened cafes, restaurants and many more shops
- Anger grows for cruise ship crews trapped at sea, with reports of protests and suicides last week
- And coronavirus is making harder the evacuation of millions in India and Bangladesh ahead of a super cyclone approaching from the Bay of Bengal
The contributors to today's coverage were: Saira Asher, Frances Mao, Yvette Tan, Andreas Illmer, Ayeshea Perera, Patrick Jackson, Jasmine Taylor-Coleman, Matthew Davis, George Wright, Mal Siret, Claudia Allen, Georgina Rannard, Sarah Collerton, Alex Bysouth, Emlyn Begley, Steve Sutcliffe, Katie Wright, Joseph Lee, Lucy Webster and Tom Gerken.
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