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Irish antibody testing plans and Trump suggests G7 return to Camp David: Today's Covid-19 main points

Here is the latest news on the virus today.
May 20th 2020, 9:13 AM 48,426 36

Updated May 20th 2020, 6:00 PM

9895 Covid 19 Quiet streets with some commuters on Dublin's north quays. Source: Sasko Lazarov/

A DAY AFTER health officials faced questions from TDs about the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, ministers will today be questioned by the opposition.

It comes as we got our first indication of when antibody testing is likely to begin in Ireland, a plan that should give a truer sense of how many people in the population have had the virus.

Here are today’s Covid-19 main points



  • US President Donald Trump has suggested that the G7 summit could happen in Camp David and not by video conference. The meeting planned for three week’s time had originally been planned for the presidential retreat before the Covid-19 pandemic. 
  • The University of Cambridge has confirmed that all “face-to-face lectures” will be moved online during the next academic year.
  • The English Premier League has confirmed that there have been six positive results across arising from the first wave of Covid-19 testing for footballers.
  • Hundreds of thousands of South Korean students have returned to school after a coronavirus delay of more than two months.
  • A registry of death certificates in Mexico City suggests the actual Covid-19 death toll in the city could be more than three times the recorded number. The registry mentioned Covid-19 in 4,577 deaths while the official total is 1,332. 
  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has raised the prospect of Kiwis enjoying extra public holidays and a shorter working week to help the country’s post-lockdown economy.
  • The 3,000 members of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, will gather in Beijing this week after months of delay due to Covid-19. 

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