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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Global COVID-19 cases pass 3.3 million; NSW nursing home under investigation; Australia's death toll stands at 93 - The Sydney Morning Herald

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Summary

  • The global death toll from coronavirus has passed 239,000. There are more than 3.3 million known cases of infection but more than 1 million people have recovered, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally
  • In Australia, the death toll stands at 93 and there are 6781 confirmed cases
  • Australia's death toll remained unchanged on Saturday as Queenslanders enjoyed a relaxing of some restrictions
  • Boris Johnson and fiancée Carrie Symonds pay tribute to doctors with son's name
  • The UK's death toll climed above 28,000 putting it on the verge of registering the most deaths in Europe

UK death toll passes 28,000

The UK is on the verge of registering the highest death toll in Europe after the number of fatalities from coronavirus increased by 621 to 28,131.

Only Italy, once the epicentre of the pandemic outside China, has logged more deaths in Europe - 28,236. Medical experts in Britain say the UK's outbreak is about two-weeks behind Italy's, meaning the UK is on track to be the worst-hit European country, with the world's second-highest death toll.

The United States has the highest death toll in the world of more than 65,000 - more than double the UK's. However, the UK has a higher mortality rate, with 41.49 deaths per 100,000 people compared to the rate in the US of 19.85 deaths per 100,000.

Cabinet Minister Robert Jenrick announced the new toll with Britain's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries, at the government's daily news conference at Number 10, Downing Street.

The UK has been in lockdown since March 23.

In pictures: Spaniards exercise outdoors, first time in seven weeks

Bringing you some pictures of Spaniards exercising outdoors for the first time in seven weeks.

People running and cycling through Madrid's Puerta de Alcala on the first day since Spain eased the Covid-19 lockdown measures to allow exercise.

People running and cycling through Madrid's Puerta de Alcala on the first day since Spain eased the Covid-19 lockdown measures to allow exercise.Credit:Getty Images

Spain has the world's fourth-highest death toll - 24,543 - although that figure does not include nursing home deaths. Spain has the world's second-highest mortality rate of 52.53 deaths every 100,000 persons.

A man skips with a skipping rope next to a closed beach in Barcelona, Spain.

A man skips with a skipping rope next to a closed beach in Barcelona, Spain.Credit:AP

However, the country's outbreak is abating, meaning for the first time Spanish adults are allowed outdoors for exercise.

Spaniards exercising in Barcelona, Spain.

Spaniards exercising in Barcelona, Spain. Credit:Getty Images

The government set time slots in which age groups are allowed onto the street for different activities, with exercise allowed in the early part of the morning.

A man uses an outdoor bench in Barcelona, Spain, to exercise.

A man uses an outdoor bench in Barcelona, Spain, to exercise.Credit:Getty Images

The next stage of the government's plan to phase out of the lockdown will start May 4, when restaurants, stores, bars and hotels are allowed to open under certain strict rules in four islands.

A woman wearing a protective face mask jogs along Barcelona's port.

A woman wearing a protective face mask jogs along Barcelona's port.Credit:Getty Images

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J.K. Rowling donates £1 million for homelessness, domestic abuse

British author J.K Rowling has announced a £1 million ($1.9 million) donation to two charities that support the homeless and victims of domestic violence.

Police in London said last month that reports of domestic violence had increased by 24 per cent since the country was ordered into lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Author J.K Rowling

Author J.K RowlingCredit:Reuters

Concerns that those in abusive relationships would suffer during the stay-at-home orders have also been borne out in the US, with New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo reporting a 30 per cent spike in reports of abuse across the state.

Rowling made the donation in honour of the final battle in her best-selling Harry Potter series.

"Today's the 22nd anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, but I'm going to be honest and say that it feels inappropriate to talk about fictional deaths today," Rowling said on Twitter.

"Too many people are losing loved ones in the real world.

"As ever in a crisis of this sort, the poorest and most vulnerable are hit hardest.

"So in honour of the Battle of Hogwarts, I'll be making a donation of £1 million, half of which will go to https://crisis.org.uk, who're helping the homeless during the pandemic, and half of which will go to https://refuge.org.uk, because we know that domestic abuse has, sadly, increased hugely during the lockdown."

Boris Johnson, Carrie Symonds honour doctors with son's name

Boris Johnson and fiancée Carrie Symonds have honoured the two doctors who treated the UK Prime Minister during his battle with coronavirus last month, in the naming their first son.

Symonds revealed the name of her first child was Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, in an Instagram post.

Carrie Symonds, the fiancée of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, holds their first son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.

Carrie Symonds, the fiancée of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, holds their first son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.Credit:Instagram/@apples_symonds

"Wilfred after Boris’ grandfather, Lawrie after my grandfather, Nicholas after Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart - the two doctors that saved Boris’ life last month," the 32-year-old wrote.

"Thank you so, so much to the incredible NHS maternity team at UCLH that looked after us so well.

"I couldn’t be happier. My heart is full."

Wilfred is Johnson's sixth known child; the Prime Minister refuses to say how many children he has fathered.

The 55-year-old is expected to marry Symonds later this year, in what will be his third marriage.

Global death toll approaches 240,000

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic for Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Latika Bourke here, taking you through developments overnight.

The global death toll from coronavirus has passed 239,000. There are more than 3.3 million known cases of infection but more than 1 million people have recovered, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

In Australia, the death toll stands at 93 and there are 6781 confirmed cases.

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