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Fears for world’s largest refugee settlement as Coronavirus draws closer

The United Nations and human rights groups are calling for the internet to be restored in the world’s largest refugee settlement to help in the fight against the virus. But the situation is not much better in other refugee camps around the world. An NGO worker tells us how the situation is in Samos, in Greece.

Also in the programme: Iran has announced that some economic activities will resume from next Saturday; and we hear from Italian novelist Francesca Melandri and her views about life with the pandemic.

(Photo: A clinic worker checks the body temperature of a Rohingya man at a local clinic facility in Kuala Lumpur. Credit: Getty Images).

Cyber criminals attack hospitals battling coronavirus: Interpol

The international police agency Interpol has warned that cyber criminals are targeting hospitals at the forefront of the coronavirus response. It said that criminals were planting malicious software that blocks computers unless a ransom is paid, mainly through emails containing an infected link. We speak to Interpol's Secretary-General Jürgen Stock.

Also in the programme: Russia is using facial recognition technology to enforce its lockdown; and we look at the emergence of what's been labelled "pandemic pop".

(A source code on a computer: EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO)

Coronavirus: Spain records lowest death number in a week

The death toll in Spain has risen by 809 in 24 hours, the first time in three days that the daily toll has been under 900. Spain has a total of 124,736 cases - more than Italy and the government is considering extending the lockdown for another two weeks.

Also in the programme: How a Palestinian shoemaker started the West Bank’s only face-mask factory overnight; and Britain's opposition Labour Party has a new, more moderate leader - the former human rights lawyer, Sir Keir Starmer.

(Photo: A general view of the almost empty Plaza Castilla in central Madrid, Spain. Credit:EPA).

Pressure eases on Spain's intensive care units

New trends suggest social distancing and other Covid-19 measures are working in Spain, where the daily death toll from the coronavirus fell slightly for the first time this week.

Also in the programme: In the absence of national restrictions, Brazil's favelas are organising their own responses to the virus; and is China's "face-mask diplomacy" a ploy to turn a national disaster into a global triumph?

(Picture: Health workers Barcelona applaud citizens who showed their gratitude to hospital staff from balconies and windows last week. Credit: Nacho Doce/Reuters)

How will the pandemic affect the US election?

After the Democratic Party postpones naming its presidential candidate, and the Republican convention no longer seems set in stone, could the US presidential elections this November fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic?

Also in the programme: French police crackdown on people breaking the lockdown for a traditional Easter holiday exodus from the cities, and a love-story for the age of the Coronavirus.

(Picture: A Florida poll worker wipes up a voter check-in counter while waiting on voters to arrive. Credit: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

US jobless claims hit new record

Fresh claims for unemployment benefit in the United States have more than doubled in a week, as the labour market has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Also in the programme: can Venezuela cope with a significant outbreak? And Noam Chomsky on a radical solution to the economic shock.

(Picture: A spike in a graph from the US bureau of Labor Statistics. Credit: BBC)

Coronavirus: US toll climbs

A US Navy ship has arrived in New York to relieve pressure on the city's overstretched hospitals by freeing up beds for coronavirus patients. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has called on the Trump administration to provide more medical supplies.

Also in the programme: the Hungarian parliament has voted to allow the government to rule by decree indefinitely because of the pandemic; and we hear from Ethiopia's health minister, Lia Tadesse, on why greater global cooperation and sharing of resources is needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

(Photo: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Credit: EPA)

Trump pushes back return to normal

President Trump has revised his previous goal of a return to normal by Easter, asserting that “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory has been won."

Also in the programme: A US nurse tells us of her fear of a return to wartime medicine, with medics having to chose which patients to save; and a huge rise in enrolment for an online course in the Science of Wellbeing, amid anxiety over the spread of the coronavirus worldwide.

(Photo: US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., 29 March 2020. Credit: Reuters/Al Drago)

Coronavirus: over 100,000 positive cases in the US

The World Health Organisation has stressed the need for testing in the US but there are still problems rolling the tests out across the country. Also: in Russia even though there are only four confirmed virus related deaths, people have still been told to stay at home; and we’ll also hear about some carers who are moving in with those they care for to protect them from the coronavirus.

(Photo: The US Capitol on March 27, 2020, in Washington, DC Credit: Olivier Douliery/ AFP/ Getty Images).

PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. Mr Johnson said he developed mild symptoms over the past 24 hours, including a temperature and cough. He is self-isolating in Downing Street but said he will "continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus".

Also in the programme: we hear from a doctor in New York from the frontline of the coronavirus crisis; and a report from Syria where UN warns spread of coronavirus in refugee camps could have devastating impacts.

(Photo: Mr Johnson was last seen taking part in Thursday evening's tribute, cheering NHS and care workers. Credit: Reuters)

Coronavirus: Cases quintupled in New York while record number of Americans file for unemployment

The US Senate and the White House have agreed a massive relief package worth nearly 2 trillion US dollars to try to palliate the impact of the virus on the US economy. Last week alone, 3.3 million people in the US filed a claim for unemployment benefit.

Also in the programme: we hear from a hospital doctor and a patient in Madrid about how the coronavirus is hitting the Spanish capital; and we go to South Korea to find the reason for the country’s successful response to the outbreak.

(Photo: The economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic sparked an explosion of Americans filing for unemployment benefits. Credit: AFP)

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