May Day vs France lockdown | More riots expected as crisis smashes the economy

May Day celebrations in France in recent years have been remembered for scenes of tear gas and clashes with police. But since COVID-19 has strained businesses and left many without work, the scale of protests this Friday is expected to be huge.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • Coronavirus: Border restrictions to remain until next year | 9 News Australia
  • Coronavirus: Queensland to go without masks from Friday | 9 News Australia
  • Chengdu’s high-speed railway ready for 2021 Spring Festival rush
  • Biden to block Trump’s plan to lift COVID-19 European travel restrictions
  • Covid-19: Biden says travel bans will stay despite Trump order @BBC News live – BBC
  • In This Story: France

    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

    6 Recent Items: France

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  • China grants foreign scientists access to moon samples
  • Clashes between Tunisian police, rioters continue in wake of revolution anniversary
  • Portugal tightens Covid-19 lockdown amid record numbers of new cases, deaths
  • Michelin bestows 2021 restaurant stars despite Covid-19 closures
  • Italian PM wins confidence vote, but tougher test comes next week
  • In This Story: Lockdown

    During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.

    3 Recent Items: Lockdown

  • FBI worried about inside attack at Presidential Inauguration | 7NEWS
  • Keiser Report | No Country for Small Business | E1647
  • Sydney’s Blue Mountains under lockdown as major police operation takes place | ABC News
  • In This Story: Moscow

    Moscow, on the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia’s symbolic center. It’s home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum’s comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes.

    2 Recent Items: Moscow

  • Russia jails Navalny for 30 days; Kremlin foe calls for protests
  • Putin critic Alexei Navalny jailed upon return to Moscow
  • In This Story: Russia

    Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It extends from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the south.

    Russia spans more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area, stretching eleven time zones, and bordering 16 sovereign nations. Moscow is the country’s capital.

    The Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991 and since 1993 Russia been governed as a federal semi-presidential republic. Russia is a major great power, with the world’s second-most powerful military, and the fourth-highest military expenditure. As a recognised nuclear-weapon state, the country possesses the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.

    3 Recent Items: Russia

  • Alexei Navalny detained for 30 days | 9 News Australia
  • Russia jails Navalny for 30 days; Kremlin foe calls for protests
  • China grants foreign scientists access to moon samples
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