In Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus epidemic began, 11,000,000 citizens are finally out of lockdown after 76 days. But Brazil is waiting for the virus to take hold of its crammed favelas while the government argues over how to stop the pandemic as the BBC's Daniel Gallas explains. And with New York reaching what it hopes is a peak in coronavirus cases, some Wall Street firms are asking their traders to return to their desks; we hear from Michelle F Davis of Bloomberg News. YouTube has banned all conspiracy theory videos falsely linking coronavirus symptoms to 5G networks; the Google-owned service will now delete videos violating the policy; the BBC's Zoe Thomas brings us the details. To mark Global Health Day, Lucy Burton examines how healthcare systems around the world are under strain due to the pandemic. And as America's biggest and most important survey, the US census, gets underway we explore how authorities plan to collect the statistics during an outbreak. Plus throughout the programme we're joined by Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe, president of the Women's Institute for Science, Equity and Race, in Richmond Virginia, USA. And in Delhi, Jyoti Malhotra, editor of national and strategic affairs at The Print website. (Picture description: a train station in China by Getty Images).
Boris Johnson moved to intensive care with coronavirus.
The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care as his condition has worsened; we get the latest from our correspondent. A poll from the US Chambers of Commerce reveals 25% of US small businesses say they’re two months or less from closing permanently. We speak to Executive Vice President of the Chambers Neil Bradley and Dr Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business. As Japan is poised to declare a state of emergency, we speak to Robin Harding from the Financial Times in Tokyo. As the global economy takes a battering due to Covid-19, countries like Singapore are unveiling bigger stimulus measures and aid packages for businesses. Plus, as lockdown measures force millions of people to stay at home, we explore a variety of apps that could make remote working a lot easier and enjoyable. And joining us throughout the programme are Nisha Gopalan a Bloomberg opinion columnist based in Hong Kong. And in the US, we speak to economist Peter Morici, Professor Emeritus of International Business at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. (Picture of Boris Johnson by Kate Green via Getty Images).
US unemployment rises sharply
The US unemployment rate in March rose to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5% in February. We hear more from Chris Low at FHN Financial in New York. Google is now making available the analysis of location data from billions of Google users’ phones to help health authorities assess how coronavirus is spreading; we speak to the BBC's Zoe Thomas. Kai Rysdale from our sister programme Market Place in the US explains how the health of crews on the vital Mississippi river barges are being put at risk. An indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rain forest has contracted coronavirus, the first case reported among Brazil’s more than 300 tribes; the BBC’s Brazil correspondent Daniel Gallas tells us more. If you wander the streets of even the biggest cities of the world at the moment you'll hear the sound of silence. For some scientists it's an opportunity to concentrate on things that usually, amidst the hubbub, can’t be heard. Dr Brian Baptie is the Head of Seismology at the British Geological Survey. Plus, in a world of lockdowns, staying in is the new going out. There's a new trend in so-called 'cloud clubbing', and the BBC's Nina Nanji checked out a virtual set by her cousin, DJ Ninja. And we're joined throughout the programme by Peter Ryan, he's based in Sydney as ABC's senior business correspondent. (Picture of an employment bureau by Tim Boyle for Getty Images).
Record numbers file unemployment claims in the US
More than 6.65 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the US last week; we speak to the BBC's Michelle Fleury. We also hear from people who've lost their jobs in the US and the boss of one heart clinic has been facing some difficult choices. There's been turbulence on the oil markets but with signs of a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Russia, the oil price has rebounded as we hear from Nitesh Shah, Commodity Strategist at Wisdom Tree. The lives of millions of people have changed over the last few weeks and many are doing never jobs they had never before even considered; the BBC's Dougal Shaw met some actors who went from packing theatres to stacking shelves. Justin Rowlatt talks to the scientists trying to come up with a Covid 19 vaccine. And we hear from Captain Rajesh Unni, CEO of Synergy Marine Group, which supplies crews for commercial ships; he says the right balance between human welfare and global supply chain security has to be hammered out soon. Every crisis has its villains but it also has its heroes. When conventional supply chains aren't delivering vital equipment in time or in sufficient volume the private sector is proving amazingly inventive. We speak to three inspiring manufacturers of masks, ventilators and other essential equipment. And we're joined throughout the programme by Alison Van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues who's based in San Francisco and on the other side of the globe, Enda Curran, chief Asia economics correspondent for Bloomberg News in Hong Kong. (Picture of Brooklyn office of NYS Department of Labor by Lev Radin via Getty Images).
Trump: next couple of weeks will be horrific
US President Donald Trump has said the next couple of weeks will be horrific as coronavirus continues to spread. And in India, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has continued to rise; one has appeared in Mumbai’s biggest slum, Dharavi and it's feared that infections will rise quickly. British American Tobacco is working on a plant-based coronavirus vaccine. We hear from Kingsley Wheaton who's on the company's board. Wimbledon has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the first time the tournament has been called off since the Second World War; we get analysis from former British number one, Annabelle Croft. With toilet paper in short supply in many parts of the world, we hear how there are echoes today of a toilet paper shortage in Hawaii in the early 1970s. And we talk to Izzy Saralis-Wheatly, one of four zookeepers at Paradise Park in Cornwall in south west England who have decided to live with the parrots and other animals they look after until the coronavirus emergency is over. Plus, we're joined throughout the programme by Bloomberg's Mumbai bureau chief, Jeanette Rodrigues and in Toronto, Ralph Silva from Silva Research Network. (Picture of Donald Trump by Win McNamee for Getty Images).