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Coronavirus live news: Spain proposes €1.5tn EU Covid-19 fund; US blocks pro-WHO statement by G20

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Trump backs anti-lockdown protesters; deaths in Italy and Spain fall; China reports no new deaths and 12 new cases

The head of the World Health Organization is opening this afternoon’s press conference (which you can watch at the top of this blog). Tedros Adhanom starts by thanking musicians and entertainers for this weekend’s One World: Together at Home concert, which was broadcast across multiple television and streaming channels around the world.

The Austrian government has said that roughly a tenth of the country’s population is registered for a state scheme aimed at preventing lay-offs that enables employers to keep staff on their books while only paying for hours actually worked.

The scheme, introduced soon after Austria went into coronavirus lockdown roughly a month ago, is a form of ‘kurzarbeit’, or shorter working hours, a model widely used in German-speaking countries.

The 63,189 (approved company) corona-kurzarbeit applications are securing 871,039 jobs. That is an increase of almost 50% compared to last week.

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