Coronavirus latest: Japan voluntary social distancing plea failing to achieve target

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Senior members of the UK’s governing Conservative party have called on the government to adopt a tougher stance towards China, citing growing concerns about Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Delta Air Lines is raising a further $3bn to shore up liquidity as it anticipates a 90 per cent plunge in revenue during the second quarter.

Donald Trump warned Georgia’s Republican governor that he “strongly” disagreed with his decision to reopen the economy from Friday, saying it was “totally egregious” to open spas, beauty salons and tattoo parlours.

Mexico sold $6bn in bonds, with strong appetite from investors, despite the coronavirus pandemic, oil price shocks and downgrades to its sovereign debt and that of the state oil company.

The US death toll from coronavirus rose by more than 2,000 for the second consecutive day, pushing the nation’s total above 42,000.

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan has tested negative for coronavirus, a Pakistani minister said late on Wednesday night, despite coming into contact with the head of a Pakistani charity who was later found to be infected.

A group of Republican senators has pleaded for the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve to change the terms of federal aid to businesses struck by the coronavirus pandemic to make it easier for energy companies to access the money.

France’s director general of health sounded a note of caution about preliminary findings from a Paris hospital this week that smokers were less numerous among hospitalised Covid-19 patients than in the general population, with one theory being that nicotine competes with the virus for access to receptors in the lungs and so protects smokers.

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