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BBC news with Stewart Macintosh.  

The coronavirus pandemic has driven the U.S economy into its most severe contraction for more than a decade. It shrank a rate of nearly 5% in the first three months of 2020. The head of the U.S central bank has warned that the slowdown will be even worse in the second quarter.

The White House health advisor Dr.Anthony Fauci says there has been positive data from the trial of an anti-viral drug to treat Covid-19. He said the drug, remdesivir helped reduce the time to recovery. But the BBC correspondent says it's still unclear if it saves lifes.

South Africa has reversed the decision to allow cigarette sales when coronavirus restrictions are eased to start in the next month. A government minister says health considerations have played a part in the decision to maintain the ban.

The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has given up on his attempt to appoint a personal friend as the new federal police chief, after a supreme court judge intervened. Three of Mr.Bolsonaro's sons are under police investigation.

More coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Yemen where aid agency has repeatedly warned the outbreak of the disease could be particularly devastating. Five infections have been discovered in the southern city of Aden.

A former military chief in the U.S has warned the potential damage of the pandemic is likely to do to nuclear arms control talk. Admiral Mike Mullen said intentions over China's handling of the outbreak meant it could be impossible to bring Beijing into discussions soon.

The Swedish city Lund is trying to discourage people from gathering for famous festival during the pandemic by tipping a ton of chicken manure over its main park. Official cerebrations for the festival have been canceled across Sweden. The city's mayor said at least the manure could be good for the grass.

That is the latest BBC news.
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