//Coronavirus live news: New Zealand sees record fall in GDP; WHO warns Latin America opening up too early

Coronavirus live news: New Zealand sees record fall in GDP; WHO warns Latin America opening up too early

Third-highest daily cases in France; new restrictions in north-east England; hospitalisations of 15 to 49-year-olds rising, says WHO. Follow the latest updates

WHO warns Latin America reopening too earlyNew Zealand sees record fall in GDPCDC director says coronavirus vaccine won’t be widely available until late 2021Why Covid may have already peaked in many African countries‘I up-played it’: Trump disputes own admission on pandemic

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Dr Robert Redfield, testifying before a Senate subcommittee, suggested face masks may be even more effective than a vaccine in limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said face masks are ‘the most important, powerful public health tool we have’:

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The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told a Senate panel that he thinks it will take one year before a coronavirus vaccine will be “generally available to the American public”.

That estimation contrasts with recent bullish messaging by Donald Trump, who on Tuesday repeated his assertion that “we’re going to have a vaccine in a matter of weeks” even though a successful vaccine has yet to be unveiled from ongoing US trials.

Related: CDC director says coronavirus vaccine won’t be widely available until late 2021

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