2020.04.08

News Headlines - 08 April 2020

Coronavirus: tens of thousands say goodbye to Wuhan as city ends 11 weeks of lockdown | South China Morning Post

Towns and cities across China were preparing for the return of thousands of residents on Wednesday after people locked down for weeks in Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the initial coronavirus outbreak, were finally allowed to leave.
An estimated 55,000 people left the city by train alone on the first day the railways reopened, heading to all parts of the country, from Shanghai to Beijing, Shenzhen to Chengdu, according to the local railway authority. More than 100 commercial flights also took off from the city, the first departures since runways, like the roads and railways, were closed down on January 23.

Boris Johnson improving and sitting up in bed, chancellor says | The Guardian

Boris Johnson remains in intensive care but his condition is improving and he is sitting up in his hospital bed, the chancellor has said.
Rishi Sunak said the prime minister was “engaging positively” with medical staff as he gave an update on Johnson’s condition at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
He said Johnson was receiving “excellent care”, adding: “The latest from the hospital is the prime minister remains in intensive care where his condition is improving.

UK government admits Covid-19 antibody tests don’t work | Financial Times

The UK government has admitted that none of the 17.5m antibody tests it ordered in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic work well enough to be used... The failure of the tests is a significant setback and suggests Britain may be further away from being able to launch an effective programme of mass testing.
The government is working with nine companies that have developed coronavirus antibody tests, which screen for whether someone has recovered from the disease and is likely to be immune. The tests are being assessed by researchers at Oxford university - but each one has so far proven unreliable.

Ruby Princess coronavirus deaths to be subject of criminal investigation by NSW Police homicide squad - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Police have launched a criminal investigation into whether the operator of the Ruby Princess downplayed potential coronavirus cases before thousands of passengers disembarked in Sydney last month.
Eleven passengers have died from COVID-19 since the vessel docked at Circular Quay on March 19 - the latest being a 78-year-old who died in Queensland earlier this afternoon.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said there were "many unanswered questions" about the cruise, which was operated by Carnival Australia.

US prosecutors allege bribes in 2018, 2022 World Cup votes

Prosecutors revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and charged a pair of former 21st Century Fox executives with making illegal payments to win broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

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