Coronavirus live news: Australia hit by $60bn payout error as Trump orders places of worship to reopen

Posted by on May 22, 2020 8:37 pm
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US president says worship ‘essential’ and orders governors to act, Muslims worldwide prepare for Eid; blame game in Australia over jobkeeper scheme mistake

1.29am BST

As mentioned, the US president, Donald Trump, declared churches, mosques and synagogues “essential services” and threatened to override governors who refuse to reopen them this weekend – a power he does not possess.

The Guardian’s US reporter, David Smith, reports from Washington that Trump held a two-minute press conference without taking questions from media, declaring: “The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now. For this weekend. If they don’t do it, I will override the governors. In America we need more prayer, not less.”

The president has called three prominent black journalists dumb in the last month alone. pic.twitter.com/XXUTeRL6XS

1.16am BST

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic. To recap the latest developments around the world:

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