Five Things You Need To Know About Coronavirus Today

Here are the latest developments on Covid-19: An RAF plane, believed to be carrying a delayed consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS staff, has landed in the UK. Flight tracker RadarBox showed the Airbus A400-M registered ZM416 depart Istanbul and land just after 3.30am on Wednesday at RAF Brize Norton, PA Media reports. The US state of Missouri has become the first to sue the Chinese government over its handling of the coronavirus, in a move critics say is yet another attempt to deflect attention from President Trump’s slow response to the crisis which has so far killed 43,000 Americans. The complaint alleges Missouri and its residents have suffered possibly tens of billions of dollars in economic damages and seeks cash compensation.  “The Chinese government lied to the world about the danger and contagious nature of COVID-19, silenced whistleblowers, and did little to stop the spread of the disease,” Schmitt, a Republican, said in a statement. “They must be held accountable for their actions.” The lawsuit also accuses the Chinese government of making the pandemic worse by “hoarding” masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). A legal doctrine called sovereign immunity offers foreign governments broad protection from being sued in US courts, said Tom Ginsburg, a professor of international law at the University of Chicago. Ginsburg also said he thought the recent flurry of lawsuits against China serve a political end for Republican leaders facing an election in November. Last month Trump pushed the potential healing effects of the drug without any rigorous scientific evidence to back it up and to the clear discomfort of the US government’s top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci. The government is “throwing everything” at developing a coronavirus vaccine, Matt Hancock said as he announced that human trials led by the University of Oxford will begin this Thursday. Previous spells of warm weather have been met with pleas from the government for people to avoid spending time outdoors, particularly in parks, as the nationwide lockdown continues.