The coronavirus “may never go away”, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear. He added that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a “massive effort”. There are currently more than 100 potential vaccines in development.
New Zealand has entered level two of lockdown easing – and the country is open for business. Shopping centers, retail stores and restaurants reopened as of midnight with many people returning their workplaces during the coronavirus pandemic. But most gatherings will be limited to 10 people and social distancing guidelines will remain in place under the level two restrictions.
Uber is adopting several safety measures starting May 18 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among drivers and riders. Drivers and riders will have to confirm they are wearing a mask or cover before every ride, the company said. Additional guidelines include reducing the maximum suggested number of passengers for an UberX ride from 4 to 3. The new guidelines are in effect through the end of June.
Muslim-majority Malaysia will ease a ban on mass prayers in mosques, starting from Friday and ahead of this month’s Eid festival, the government said, as it gradually relaxes curbs that have helped rein in the coronavirus. It comes ahead of the Eid holiday that ends the fasting month of Ramadan, and falls on May 24 this year.
Famed French serial killer expert Stephane Bourgoin has confessed that his prestigious career is founded on lies, following a series of revelations. Bourgoin, 67, built a reputation as the country’s foremost expert in serial killers, writing more than 75 books and producing dozens of documentaries, before an investigation brought him down. Bourgoin has now admitted falsehoods, both in the press and on his personal Instagram account.