- India records its biggest single day jump in cases with nearly 8,000 new infections and 265 deaths
- More than a third of all cases are in Maharashtra, one of India's richest states
- But despite the rising number of covid-19 cases, the government has been easing restrictions
- Meanwhile, President Trump says the US is ending its relationship with the World Health Organization
- Germany has strongly criticised the decision, calling it "disappointing"
- UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak says the government is "in a position" to ease lockdown despite warnings the infection level remains high
- Confirming changes to the government's furlough scheme, Sunak says employers will be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions in August
- People must be prepared for new outbreaks of coronavirus to build up very quickly, the World Health Organization tells the BBC
Welcome back to our rolling coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Our team will be keeping you up to date this weekend.
Here’s what you need to know so far:
- India has recorded its largest single-day jump in cases of coronavirus, with almost 8,000 new infections and 265 deaths. More than a third of the cases are in Maharashtra, one of the country’s richest states. Footage from hospitals in Mumbai earlier this week showed wards overwhelmed with patients
- President Trump has terminated the US’s relationship with the WHO, claiming that “China has total control over” the organisation. With more than 102,000 deaths, the US has by far the world’s largest death toll from the virus
- As the UK prepares to ease restrictions, two scientific advisers to the government have warned it’s too soon - one says the decision to lift restrictions is a “political” one
- In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel says she won’t go to an in-person G7 summit this year that President Trump said he’d host at the White House and Camp David, according to the Politico website. The summit was originally going to be held as a video conference, but last week Mr Trump said he’d hold it in person after all
- Brazil has recorded another 1,124 deaths in 24 hours, bringing its total death toll up to 27,878. Brazil is at the epicentre of the virus in Latin America, and its death toll is now higher than Spain’s. With more than 465,000 infected people it also has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world, although it trails far behind the US’s 1.7m cases
- More than 200 schools in South Korea have been forced to close again just days after reopening, after a spike in the virus with 79 new confirmed cases. Most of the new cases are linked to a distribution centre in Bucheon.
India sees largest daily rise in casesIndia has recorded 7,964 new infections - its largest one-day jump in the number of cases.
More than a third of these were in Maharashtra, one of the country’s richest states and home to Mumbai, India’s most populous city.
Footage from Mumbai hospitals released earlier this week showed wards overwhelmed with patients, while our correspondent Yogita Limaye reported that the city’s medical infrastructure was "on the brink of collapse" .
But despite the number of cases continuing to rise, India’s government has been easing lockdown restrictions. The two-month lockdown has hit the economy hard, and tens of millions of people have been left without work.
A total of 4,980 people have now died in India, and 173,763 cases have been recorded.
Here's the latest in the UKIt’s the final weekend before a further easing of lockdown measures in England, which will see more than two people able to meet outside from Monday and schools will reopen to some pupils.
Here are three things you need to know from the UK:
1. Scientific advisers to the government have warned of the risk of lifting lockdown in England.
Prof John Edmunds from the London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine said the levels of the coronavirus were still "very high" and it was a "political decision" to ease measures. And Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, warned that the virus was “spreading too fast to lift lockdown” and that the NHS test and trace system should be "fully working" first.
2. Some extremely vulnerable people have been told they have been removed from shielding lists via text message, without the knowledge of their GP.
Around 2.2 million people in the UK are shielding – but healthcare charities say the lack of a clear plan for their future is causing anxiety and potentially putting their health at risk. Some people have received text messages removing them from official lists with no explanation, while charities say others have been asked to shield for longer - until the end of June.
3. And new research suggests private renters are more likely to be struggling with payments than those who own their homes.
The Resolution Foundation think tank says one in eight private renters have fallen behind with housing costs since the coronavirus crisis began, compared with one in 12 mortgaged home owners.
Trump pulls out of WHOPresident Trump has said he’s taking the drastic step of severing the US’s relationship with the World Health Organization.
He made the announcement a few hours ago, while announcing a host of measures aimed at punishing Beijing. He initially halted funding last month, arguing that the WHO had failed to hold China to account.
“China has total control over the World Health Organization,” he said late on Friday, adding that Washington would redirect funds to other bodies.
The move could be disastrous for the WHO - particularly in the middle of a pandemic. The US is its largest single contributor, providing more than $400m (£324m) last year.
Among those criticising the president's move is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
The President's withdrawal from @WHO as it leads the fight against COVID-19 is an act of extraordinary senselessness. Again and again, he blames others and refuses to take responsibility. Only with a coordinated global response will we defeat this virus.
'Dangerous moment' as lockdown eased - BurnhamAndy Burnham, Labour mayor of Greater Manchester, says he agrees with the government scientific advisers who have warned that easing lockdown measures in England is premature.
Speaking to Radio 4's Today programme, he describes the decision as a "dangerous moment" and calls on the government to publish regional breakdowns of infection rates.
"The time has come to empower the public with much more information about the level of risk in their own part of the country," he says.
He adds that he is not calling for different policies in different parts of the country, but for "an ability for people at local or regional level to flex the policies in a certain direction".
Premier League manager Rodgers says he had virusLeicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he contracted the coronavirus in March.
The Northern Irishman, 47, is the second Premier League manager to confirm he has had Covid-19, after Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, and both have fully recovered.
The ex-Liverpool boss, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity in 2011, said he suffered with "breathlessness".
"I could hardly walk and it reminded me of walking up Mount Kilimanjaro," Rodgers told BBC Radio Leicester.
"For three weeks I had no smell or taste. I had no strength, and a week after, my wife was the same. We were tested and both of us were detected with the virus."
As India's lockdown eases, virus cases surgeJill McGivering - South Asia editor
The number of newly confirmed cases in India is growing dramatically day by day.
This is the biggest increase so far - but the day before there were, for the first time, more than seven thousand new cases; And every day for the previous week more than six thousand.
The apparent surge comes as India slowly emerges from its national lockdown, put in place in late March.
It's caused hardship, especially for migrant workers, stranded without wages. This month, the authorities have helped 10 million travel home.
Another complication is India's low testing rate - which leaves the full picture unclear.
Ending virtual Parliament 'disenfranchising'Parliament returns on Tuesday and MPs will no longer be able to take part virtually.
Karen Bradley, chairwoman of the Commons Procedure Committee which has criticised the ending of digital voting, says it will be "suboptimal" both for MPs and their constituents.
"It’s disenfranchising those members who simply cannot get to Parliament," she tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme, referring to those who are shielding or have responsibilities that will prevent them attending.
Shadow disabilities minister Vicky Foxcroft, who is shielding, says online voting and remote participation has been working. "I see no reasons why those can’t continue," she says.
Merkel gives G7 summit in US a missGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel won't be going to an in-person summit of G7 leaders in late June, her spokesman has said.
The summit had been moved online earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but last week US President Donald Trump said he would host the summit in person after all, at both the White House and Camp David.
Mrs Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert was quoted as saying: "As of today, considering the overall pandemic situation, she cannot agree to her personal participation, to a journey to Washington. The federal chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit."
However, a French official said President Emmanuel Macron would be "willing to go to Camp David if the health conditions allow".
The US has the world's highest coronavirus death toll by far. More than 102,000 people have died, and over 1.7m people have confirmed as having the virus.
Third UK scientist warns of risk in easing lockdown too soon
Prof Horby says there's still considerable uncertainty over how high the tranmission rate is
Government scientific adviser Prof Peter Horby, an epidemiologist at the University of Oxford, says he shares concerns voiced by two fellow advisers about the easing of lockdown measures in England.
He's told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that while the social distancing measures have been "very successful", the UK still sees around 8,000 cases a day and the R number - the number of people each infected person passes the virus on to - is "only a bit below one".
"We've got very little headroom actually and it's really important that we use that headroom very wisely and we don't lose control again," he says.
"I can understand the desires for the relaxation of the social measures, but we really can't go back to the situation where we've got the numbers of cases and deaths we've had in the past."
What sport events are happening?
- Germany’s Bundesliga football season continues behind closed doors with five games on Saturday. There are four games at 15:30 local time (14:30GMT) before leaders Bayern Munich host third-bottom Fortuna Dusseldorf in the early evening kickoff two hours later. Bayern won 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday to go seven points clear at the top of the table.
- Sport returns to Las Vegas on Saturday as the UFC hosts a Fight Night at their own Apex facility, without fans, headlined by Tyron Woodley’s welterweight bout with Gilbert "Durinho" Burns. The UFC had staged three events in Jacksonville, Florida, from 9-16 May, but boxing and mixed martial arts events were given the go-ahead to return to Vegas after the Nevada state authorities lifted a combat sports ban this week.
Scientists 'not entirely sure' about effect of easing lockdownMore on Prof Peter Horby's comments on England's lockdown measures being eased from Monday. More than two people will be able to meet outside when the rules change.
Prof Horby, who's on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), says advisers have always been clear that the test, trace and isolate system "needs to be in place and fully operational" before social distancing measures can be safely relaxed.
"We're not entirely sure what the effect of relaxing the social measures will be," he told Radio Four's Today programme, adding that advisers "don't have a great handle" on the role children in schools play in transmission.
"So we need to have that safety net of the test, trace and isolate system."
The test and trace programme began in England and Scotland on Thursday , but Prof Horby says it is not yet fully operational. Northern Ireland has its own version already and Wales' scheme is due to start in early June.
He adds that such systems can be a "very good tool in keeping low levels of infection under control" - but levels in the UK are "not very low" and so it will be under "a lot of pressure".
Germany criticises Trump break with WHOGermany has strongly criticised President Trump's decision to sever ties with the World Health Organization.
Health Minister Jens Spahn says it's "disappointing" and a setback for global health.
Scientists 'very concerned' about second spikeProf Horby also says scientific advisers "are very concerned about" the risk of a second spike and urges people to "enjoy their liberties with restraint" by maintaining social distancing, washing their hands and staying at home if they are ill.
"We're all looking forward to Monday, but we need to make sure we still follow the rules," he says.
PM Modi praises India's 'resilience' against pandemicIndia has just recorded its biggest one-day jump in confirmed coronavirus cases since its outbreak began, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written an open letter to the nation.
He wrote the letter to mark one year since he was voted in for his second term, and says that while normally "I would have been in your midst... the present circumstances do not permit that".
"Many feared that India would become a problem for the world when corona hits it. But today, through sheer confidence and resilience, you have transformed the way the world looks at us," he writes.
A reminder that in the past 24 hours India has recorded another 7,964 infections and 265 deaths.
"There are many challenges and problems that our country faces. I am working day and night," the prime minister writes. "There could be deficiencies in me but there is nothing that our country lacks. So I believe in you, your strength and your abilities even more than I believe in myself."
You can read the full letter here
Football wage cuts see Federer become highest paid athleteRoger Federer is the first tennis player to top the annual Forbes list of the world's highest paid athletes, overtaking footballer Lionel Messi.
Federer, 38, moved up four places after earning £86.2m ($106.3m) in the past year - about £81m of it in endorsements.
Cristiano Ronaldo (£85m), Messi (£84m) and Neymar (£77.5m) come next, while American basketball player LeBron James (£71.5m) completes the top five.
"The coronavirus pandemic triggered salary cuts for soccer stars Messi and Ronaldo, clearing the way for a tennis player to rank as the world's highest-paid athlete for the first time," said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor at Forbes.
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka was revealed to be the highest paid female athlete earlier this month and is 29th overall on the list.
Brazil nears half a million casesKaty Watson - BBC South America correspondent
Each and every day here, the numbers go up and up.
Not only does Brazil boast the fifth-highest death toll in the world now, but yet again the country has posted a record number of new cases – nearly 27,000 in one day.
It’s barrelling towards having half a million overall. If it carries on at this rate, this number is easily achievable in the next couple of days.
But Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro remains silent on the pandemic.
These past few days he’s been more focused on a Supreme Court investigation looking into allegations of fake news among his supporters – a move that he has said is politically motivated.
Easing lockdown 'lifting lid on boiling pan' - Sage memberAnother member of the UK government's scientific advisory group Sage has expressed doubts about England easing lockdown from Monday.
Calum Semple, professor of Outbreak Medicine at the University of Liverpool, has told BBC's Radio 5 Live it's not the right time to relax the rules.
"Essentially we’re lifting the lid on a boiling pan and it’s just going to bubble over. We need to get it down to simmer before we take the lift off, and it’s too early," he said.
He said levels of transmission and hospital admissions are still too high.
"I think a political decision has been made to tie in with when school was due to start, were everything normal, but it’s not normal," he said.
"We’re still seeing high levels of transmission, high levels of admission, and nationally 2,000 cases being tested positive a day."
England launched a contact tracing system this week, but Prof Semple thinks more time is needed before it’s properly established.
"Two or three weeks of keeping the restrictions in place, while we wait to establish a test and trace system, would have made all the difference," he said.
And he is also concerned that all regions of England are being treated the same as the lockdown measures are relaxed - despite the coronavirus situation looking different across the country.
"The North East, the Midlands and the North West are still two or three weeks behind the south, London specifically, in terms of where we are in the outbreak," he said.
Read more about coronavirus cases around the UK here .
Seeing others could help people 'comply better', says scientistEpidemiologist Prof Sian Griffiths has told BBC Breakfast that England's lockdown would probably not be eased right now if scientists were in charge of decision-making - but there are other factors to consider.
"I would say there is a huge amount of stress and strain which goes along with not being able to see your friends and your family, and that to be able to see them - albeit at a distance - may actually help people's mental health," she said.
It may help people "live with lockdown better" and even "comply better", she added.
Government 'informed by data and evidence' - No 10No 10 says policy has "at all times been informed by the data and evidence" after scientific advisers to the government warned of the risk of lifting the lockdown in England.
Referring to the R number - the number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to, on average - a Downing Street statement said: "This package of measures has been carefully designed so that we can ease the burdens of lockdown while expecting to keep that R below one."
Hundreds of German expats fly back to ChinaAround 400 German managers, workers and their families are returning to China on charter flights, as multinational companies begin to open up again.
An initial flight carrying 200 people took off from Frankfurt on Friday night and was heading for Tianjin, German broadcaster ARD reports.
Another flight is scheduled to fly to Shanghai on Thursday.
There are more than 5,200 German companies in China, and they employ more than a million people.
Jens Hildebrandt, executive director of the German Chamber of Commerce in North China, said: "We know there is a huge demand in the German business community to get more foreign employees back to China."
How lockdown varies across the UKEach of the UK's nations has a different approach - and timescale - to lifting the lockdown on Monday...
Is India's surge in cases down to testing?Soutik Biswas - India Correspondent
Epidemiologists say the increase in reported infections - a record 7,964 in 24 hours - could be because of increased testing. India has been testing up to 100,000 samples a day in the past week or so, and testing criteria have been expanded to include asymptomatic contacts of positive patients.
But India's testing remains one of the lowest in the world per head of population - a little more than 2,000 tests per million people.
The silver lining so far has been India’s low death rate, and high recovery rate of Covid-19 patients. India has recorded 4,971 deaths so far and over 82,000 recoveries.
Epidemiologists say the combination of a rising number of cases but low death rate possibly points to milder infection in a younger population, and a large number of asymptomatic cases.
But if the infection rate continues to grow, there are fears of hospitals getting overwhelmed in hotspot cities like Mumbai and Delhi.
Experts believe the first wave of infections is likely to peak around July.
Read more about India's fight against the virus here .