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Coronavirus live news: US states start to reopen as detained Wuhan journalist reappears

World has ‘a long way to go’, warns WHO chief; Singapore cases pass 10,000; first case among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Follow the latest updates. * Coronavirus latest: at a glance * Ramadan in a time of plague: ‘The best thing is to stay home, stay quiet’ * UK coronavirus updates – live * Australia coronavirus updates – live * See all our coronavirus coverage 3.49am BST South Korea’s economy saw its worst performance in more than a decade in the first quarter as the coronavirus epidemic raged across the country, the central bank said Thursday, with officials warning of a bigger impact still to come, AFP reports. The world’s 12th-largest economy endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside China, although it appears to have largely been contained thanks to an extensive “trace, test and treat” programme. 3.38am BST Staying in Asia Pacific for now: Australian treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has announced that Australians have withdrawn a total of AU$3.8bn (US$2.4bn) from their superannuation (Australia’s compulsory retirement savings scheme). The government has allowed early access to superannuation savings as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic which has also, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced today, seen 587,686 jobseeker applications being processed – more than the service that handles these usually does in a year. Continue reading...
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