UK opts for cautious easing of coronavirus lockdown: Live updates | News

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage fo the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur. 

  • Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a cautious easing of the country’s lockdown, encouraging those who cannot work from home to go back to their workplaces and allowing people tp go out for unlimited exercise.

  • Former US President Barack Obama launched a scathing attack on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, calling it an “absolute chaotic disaster”.

  • Globally, more than four million cases of the coronavirus have now been confirmed, and 1.4 million people have recovered, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 282,500 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Monday, May 11

00:15 GMT – Shanghai Disneyland to welcome first guests

Shanghai Disneyland will welcome its first guests in four months on Monday.

The park, the first of Disney’s theme parks to reopen after the coronavirus pandemic, will operate at 30 percent capacity (24,000 people) and visitors will have to wear masks and follow strict rules on social distancing. 

Shanghai Disney

One of the first visitors to Shanghai Disneyland after the theme park reopened on Monday [Aly Song/Reuters]

00:00 GMT – Some Australian children return to school

Some children in the Australian states of New South Wales (NSW) and Brisbane began returning to school on Monday after weeks off school because of the coronavirus.

NSW has equipped schools with sanitiser, soap, personal protective equipment and temperature monitors, while class sizes will be smaller and personal contact reduced.

“I know this is a huge relief for families,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters. “It is a huge relief for the state government because we know how important it is for students to receive that face-to-face teaching.”

Read all the updates from yesterday (May 10) here.

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