More than 500 tourists are still stuck in Maldives, Ali Waheed, the country’s tourism minister told CNN’s Richard Quest.
He said about 100 of those people ended up stranded at the airport. The government is helping people who cannot afford to continue staying in resorts.
“We believe they are like locals, they are the people who have brought this country to where it is now,” Waheed said.
1:59 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020
Italy reports record number of coronavirus recoveries
From CNN's Mia Alberti
Italy has reported a record high in new patient recoveries from Covid-19, data from the Italian Civil Protection Agency showed Thursday.
The number of people who have recovered from the virus is now 75,945, a record high. The agency reported 4,693 recoveries since Wednesday alone.
Italy also recorded 285 new deaths, the lowest increase in deaths in the last four days.
1:48 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020
WHO says there are 102 potential Covid-19 vaccines in the works worldwide
From CNN's Elizabeth Cohen and Devon M. Sayers
The World Health Organization (WHO) says 102 potential Covid-19 vaccines are in development around the world, according to documents posted on the organization’s website.
Eight of the potential vaccines are approved for clinical trials. That is up from seven vaccines four days ago. The additional group is from China, but it is unclear if they have started trials on human study subjects – the other seven have.
Of the groups approved for clinical trials on humans, four are from China, one is from England, one is American and another is a combined American and European group.
The American National Institutes of Health (NIH) trial was the first to start testing in human trial subjects on March 16.
1:36 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020
UK lockdown heightens risk for victims of domestic abuse, London mayor says
From CNN's Nada Bashir in London
The nationwide lockdown in the UK brings a "heightened risk" for victims of domestic abuse, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Thursday.
“We’re acutely aware of the heightened risk of domestic abuse that comes with people being asked to stay in their homes,” Khan said in a video message shared on Twitter.
“This is an exceptionally anxious time for those for whom home is a place of danger, not a place of safety,” he added.
The Metropolitan Police is working alongside specialist organizations to ensure that help is available to those in need, Khan said.
“At City Hall, we’re working closely with the Met police and with specialist organizations supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse to make sure that the help you need is available, whether that’s a quick police response, someone to help you to cope and recover, or a safe place to stay,” the mayor said.
1:09 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020
Russia’s Prime Minister tests positive for coronavirus
From CNN’s Mary Ilyushina in Moscow
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has said he's tested positive for coronavirus.
“It just became known that the coronavirus tests I took came back positive, so I must oblige by the self-isolation rules and it’s mandatory [that I do that] for the safety of my colleagues,” Mishustin said in a videoconference with President Vladimir Putin, a segment of which aired on state news channel Russia 24.
Mishustin proposed the candidacy of his deputy Andrey Belousov for the position of acting prime minister. Putin has signed a decree appointing Belousov.
So far this is the highest-profile case among politicians in Russia, which as of Thursday officially reported more than 100,000 coronavirus cases.
12:51 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020
Boris Johnson hints he will ask Britons to wear face masks when lockdown is eased
From CNN's Rob Picheta in London
Boris Johnson suggested British people will be encouraged to wear face masks when the UK's lockdown is slowly eased, in a major shift from the government's previous advice.
The Prime Minister said he agrees with scientific advice that "face coverings will be useful" when he moves to re-open the country's economy, both for epidemiological reasons and in "giving people confidence" that they can return to work.
He added that the public would hear more about that next week when he unveils a plan to lift lockdown restrictions.
The UK has previously not actively told its citizens to wear face masks, in line with the World Health Organization's guidance but contrary to a growing list of countries that are urging their use.
12:58 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020
Rome and Florence airports to reopen May 4
From CNN's Livia Borghese
Florence’s Peretola airport and Rome’s Ciampino airport will fully reopen May 4, according to Italian Transport Minister Paola De Micheli.
The two airports will reopen after a request by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority "to meet the increased traffic needs and at the same time allow the testing of a screening system for Covid-19 passengers," a note from the Transportation Ministry read.
The note also said that long-distance railway connections will be implemented.
All civilian flight operations have been suspended since March 14 at these two airports.
12:30 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020
Johnson will set out "comprehensive plan next week" to restart economy
From CNN’s Nada Bashir in London
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to set out a “comprehensive plan next week” to restart the economy.
He said this would involve a “menu of options” on “how we can get our children back into school, back into childcare; and how we can travel to work and make life in the workplace safer… in short, how we can continue to suppress the disease and restart the economy."
Johnson added: “We have so many reasons to be hopeful for the long-term. The UK is leading international efforts to find a vaccine."
He was referencing Oxford University’s partnership with AstraZeneca to develop “what they believe could soon be a means of inoculating ourselves against this disease."
12:20 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020
The UK has passed its coronavirus peak, Boris Johnson says
From CNN's Rob Picheta in London
Boris Johnson has said the UK is "past the peak" of its coronavirus outbreak and is looking towards a lockdown exit strategy, as he led the British government's coronavirus briefing for the first time since recovering from Covid-19.
"We're past the peak and we're on the downward slope," Johnson said. "We can now see the sunlight and the pasture ahead of us."
He added that he would set out a "comprehensive plan" next week to outline the government's plans on restarting its economy, re-opening schools and enabling Britons to travel to work.
But he cautioned against easing restrictions too early, which could cause a second peak and lift the virus's reproduction rate above 1 -- meaning the average person with Covid-19 would infect more than one person on average.
Johnson said that another 674 people had died from coronavirus in the UK in the past 24 hours. But he said more than 81,000 tests were carried out over the past day. This is by far the highest daily number to date -- and a vast increase on the country's testing rates just a few days ago.
The government had set a target of carrying out 100,000 tests by the end of April, although testing figures only include tests where a result has been confirmed, so it is not yet clear whether that has been reached.
The Prime Minister also admitted the UK has faced "logistical problems" in getting personal protective equipment to frontline health workers, and "frustrations" in scaling up testing.
"We are throwing everything at it, heart and soul, night and day" to get it right, Johnson added.