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3:37 p.m. ET, May 7, 2020

French schools to start gradual reopening

From CNN's Barbara Wojazer in Paris

A staff member walks in the canteen of the private school Institut Sainte Genevieve prepared to respecting the social distance with only two children per table, in the French capital Paris on May 7, 2020, as the schools in France are to gradually reopen from May 11, when a partial lifting of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus will come into effect. (Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP) (Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
A staff member walks in the canteen of the private school Institut Sainte Genevieve prepared to respecting the social distance with only two children per table, in the French capital Paris on May 7, 2020, as the schools in France are to gradually reopen from May 11, when a partial lifting of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus will come into effect. (Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP) (Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP via Getty Images) Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

French students will gradually start returning to schools staring Monday, depending on where they live and their school year, French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said today. 

Primary schools will open across the country Monday, with classes limited to 15 students, Blanquer said.

Middle-school students from regions where the rate of infection is slowing down — categorized as “green” by the French government — will be returning to school on May 18. But middle schools in areas where the virus is still actively circulating — categorized as “red” — will not reopen. 

High schools will remain closed until at least the beginning of June, the education minister added. 

Schools “cannot welcome everyone at the same time,” Blanquer said, so some students will be given priority. These include disabled children, children of health care or essential workers, and children who are classed as at risk of dropping out.

In some instances children may return next Tuesday to give professors time to prepare.

5:27 p.m. ET, May 7, 2020

Denmark to open stores and shopping malls

From Susanne Gargiulo in Copenhagen and Lindsay Isaac

Shuttered shops stand in Fisketorvet-Copenhagen Mall in Denmark, on Wednesday, April 15.
Shuttered shops stand in Fisketorvet-Copenhagen Mall in Denmark, on Wednesday, April 15. Carsten Snejbjerg/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Denmark will begin to open retail stores and shopping centers as coronavirus restrictions are gradually lifted, the prime minister said today.

Professional sports will be allowed to resume without spectators starting Monday.

"Phase two" of the government’s plan will see the reopening of restaurants, cafes, bars, libraries, churches, schools and boarding schools for students in grades 6 through 10, from May 18. Younger students returned to school last month, during the country's first phase of reopening.

All reopenings will take place under strict rules to maintain social distancing and cannot be considered a return to “normal” life, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said. 

"We have to expect more cases as we open society. That is why it is crucial that we protect the people that are vulnerable to the disease. But there is a risk and that is why we must continue to maintain social distancing," the prime minister said.

A ban on gatherings of more than 10 people will remain and borders are to stay closed.

The situation in the country is still “serious” and restrictions could be reimposed if there is a spike in cases upon reopening, Frederiksen said.

The second phase will continue with ongoing precautions in place: random testing, the use of protective equipment, social distancing, good hygiene, and the avoidance of possible “super spreading” situations, such as mass gatherings.  

The number of hospital admissions attributed to coronavirus in Denmark fell below 200 today for the first time in seven weeks. The number of admitted patients have been dropping steadily since peaking with 535 people at the start of April. 

In Denmark, 514 people have died from the virus.

The first phase of reopening began three weeks ago and included school children up through fifth grade, as well as businesses including hairdressers and chiropractors reopening.

3:03 p.m. ET, May 7, 2020

It's 8 p.m. in London. Here's what you need to know

If you're just joining us, here is the latest on the coronavirus pandemic across the globe:

  • Trump valet tests positive: A member of the US Navy serving as one of President Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus, raising concerns about the President's possible exposure to the virus.
  • Britain's stay-home order: The UK may start lifting stay-at-home restrictions from as early as this Sunday.
  • Brazil pushes to reopen: Just one day after Brazil saw a record spike in coronavirus cases, its government is pushing for quarantine measures to be relaxed to save the country's economy from collapse.
  • The situation in China: More than five months after the coronavirus pandemic broke out in China, all mainland counties are now at a “low-risk” of the outbreak. But the government warns China is still faced with a high level of uncertainty.
  • Treatment for Covid-19: Japan has approved the use of the experimental anti-viral drug remdesivir, for the treatment of coronavirus patients with severe symptoms.
  • Virtual safari: CNN got exclusive access to a team filming virtual safaris as wildlife tourism in South Africa is shut down due to coronavirus.
7:51 p.m. ET, May 7, 2020

UK government fails to reach 100,000 daily coronavirus tests for the fifth day in a row

From CNN's Milena Veselinovic in London

A temporary coronavirus testing site run by the armed services at High Wycombe Park & Ride on Wednesday, May 6.
A temporary coronavirus testing site run by the armed services at High Wycombe Park & Ride on Wednesday, May 6. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

UK government has failed to complete 100,000 daily coronavirus tests for the fifth day in a row, with 86,583 tests carried out on Wednesday and 69,463 on Tuesday. 

The last time that threshold was reached was Friday, when 105,937 tests were completed, according to the Department of Health and Social Care data.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday set a new target of 200,000 daily Covid-19 tests by the end of May, after meeting the initial challenge of 100,000 by April 30, but his spokesperson added that it only covered testing capacity “across all of the different testing pillars,” according to PA. 

Overall, 1,534,533 tests were carried out across the UK, 206,715 people have tested positive which is an increase of 5,614 since the day before, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday.

Background: UK is the second worst-hit country in the world in terms of deaths, behind the US. So far 30,615 people have died with coronavirus in UK, according to Department of Health and Social Care data.

2:24 p.m. ET, May 7, 2020

Brazilian officials push for relaxed quarantine measures despite case spike

From CNN's Shasta Darlington in Sao Paulo

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro talks to supporters of his government on Wednesday, May 6, in Brasilia.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro talks to supporters of his government on Wednesday, May 6, in Brasilia. Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Just a day after Brazil saw a record spike in coronavirus cases, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said that quarantine measures need to be relaxed or the country's economy could collapse.

“A problem that increasingly worries us… the issue of unemployment, the issue of the economy no longer working. We can’t let the side effect of the fight against the virus be more harmful than the disease itself,” Bolsonaro said during a speech at the Supreme Court today.

“We need to save the economy because the economy is life,” Bolsonaro added.

Guedes warned that the economy could be headed toward a “total collapse.”

“The economy is beginning to collapse. We don’t want to turn into a Venezuela,” the Economy minister said.

Where the numbers stand: Yesterday, the Health Ministry of Brazil reported that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country rose by a record 10,503 to 125,218 in 24 hours. The death toll also rose by a record 615 to 8,536.

Brazil currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Latin America.

Bolsonaro has faced criticism for downplaying the threat of the virus. He has repeatedly attended large political rallies calling for an end to quarantine measures in the country.

2:17 p.m. ET, May 7, 2020

Some parks will reopen in Madrid tomorrow

From CNN’s Claudia Rebaza and Mia Alberti

The closed gates of Madrid's El Retiro Park are seen on Monday, April 27.
The closed gates of Madrid's El Retiro Park are seen on Monday, April 27. Alejandro de Dios/Alter Photos/Sipa/AP

The Spanish capital will reopen some of the city's parks from tomorrow, Madrid's City Hall said today. 

Starting Friday, most neighborhood parks and garden areas in the city will be open, but playgrounds and exercise areas will remain closed.

The city will also prohibit vehicles on some of its major streets this weekend to guarantee those going out for walks, runs or bicycle rides can maintain social distancing and follow safety rules.

But the city's most emblematic parks, such as El Retiro in the city center and the sprawling Casa de Campo park on the east side, will remain closed "to avoid big crowds." The traffic cuts will start Saturday and continue for several weekends.

While Spain continues to wind down its state of emergency confinement order, the government is set to announce certain regions may advance to the first phase of reopening.

But that's only if they can show their region's infection rates are low and health facilities are able to quickly handle any new outbreaks. Madrid is one of the regions asking the central government to move to Phase 1 as early as next Monday. 

Madrid’s Regional Government Vice-President Ignacio Aguado told Spanish Radio SER his region is ready and has met the health criteria. The region includes the capital city and the surrounding other cities and towns. 

"Confinement doesn't kill the virus, it stops the health services from collapsing. We need to resume our day to day" activities, Aguado said. "Madrid was the first one hit by the impact of the virus and should be the first one to leave" confinement, he added.

Spain's Director for Health Emergencies, Dr. Fernando Simón, reiterated any decision will be based on health criteria and would depend on the evolution of the pandemic. 

"The health criteria to change phases are health [criteria], they are not economic. The economic criteria will have to be given by whoever is responsible for that and it will have to assess if they are worth more than the health ones, but that is not discussed in the (technical) groups that I am taking part in," he said. 

2:07 p.m. ET, May 7, 2020

Peru's minister of agriculture tests positive for Covid-19

From CNN’s Tatiana Arias in Atlanta

Peru’s Minister of Agriculture, Jorge Montenegro, tested positive on Wednesday for coronavirus, the ministry announced today.

Montenegro is now in isolation and “following the doctors’ recommendations for a prompt recovery."

The minister has been actively visiting food markets, facilitating Covid-19 tests for merchants and business owners, taking part in food handling markets across the country, according to the Agricultural ministry's statement

More than 54,000 cases of Covid-19 and more than 1,500 deaths have been reported in Peru.

1:57 p.m. ET, May 7, 2020

French nursing home staff will get bonuses

From CNN's Barbara Wojazer and Fanny Bobille in Paris 

Nursing home staff in France will receive bonuses of up to 1,500 euros, roughly $1,634 USD, Health Minister Olivier Véran said today. 

The bonus will “reward their unwavering commitment” during the county's coronavirus health crisis, Véran said. 

Last month, the Prime Minister announced a bonus for frontline health care workers, prompting nursing home staff to demand similar recognition. 

1:26 p.m. ET, May 7, 2020

Chile reports spike of more than 1,500 coronavirus cases in one day

From CNN’s Cristopher Ulloa in Santiago

A security guard checks the body temperature of a man wearing a face mask in Santiago, on Wednesday, May 6.
A security guard checks the body temperature of a man wearing a face mask in Santiago, on Wednesday, May 6. Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images

Chile’s ministry of health has reported 1,533 new cases of the coronavirus in a single day, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 24,581.

Four more people have died, bringing the country’s death toll to 285. 

The Health Ministry has administered 244,226 tests in the country so far.