Spain hopes to welcome tourists starting in “late June,” according to the country’s transportation minister. The government last week introduced a 14-day quarantine period for visitors entering the country, saying it was necessary to avoid a second peak of COVID-19 infections. José Luis Ábalos now says the two-week quarantine will be phased out and travel restrictions will be gradually lifted.
President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to make the freeze on U.S. funding for the World Health Organization permanent. He also laid out allegations of “missteps” in the way the agency responded to the coronavirus in a letter he said he sent to the WHO’s leader. It accuses the organization of an “alarming lack of independence from the People’s Republic of China.”
The first hints that a vaccine can train people’s immune system to fight coronavirus have been reported by a company in the US. Moderna said neutralizing antibodies were found in the first eight people who took part in their safety trials. It also said the immune response was similar to that in people infected with the actual virus.
Authorities in eastern India and Bangladesh were scrambling on Tuesday to move tens of thousands of villagers away from coasts expected to suffer widespread damage from a super cyclone, a task complicated by the battle on the coronavirus. India faces one of its biggest storms in about a decade, the weather office said, as the super cyclone Amphan, equivalent to a hurricane of category 5, is expected to hit its coast late on Wednesday.
Lesotho’s beleaguered prime minister, Thomas Thabane, has resigned, ending a months-long crisis that engulfed the poor mountain kingdom after he was accused of having a part in his ex-wife’s murder. Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was shot several times at close range as she sat in a car outside her home, two days before her husband’s inauguration. She had reportedly refused a divorce and won a court battle to retain her privileges as first lady.