Coronavirus Australia update LIVE: JobKeeper extension urged, COVID-19 cases surpass 5.2 million worldwide, Australian death toll stands at 102

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Summary

  • The global death toll from coronavirus has passed 338,000. There are more than 5.2 million known cases of infection but more than 2 million people have recovered, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally
  • In Australia, the death toll stands at 102 and there have been a total of 7106 cases, and 6494 have recovered from the virus
  • The ACT, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania have not reported a new case for more than a week
  • Spain is reopening to tourists from July
  • France has imposed a reciprocal quarantine on British travellers

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France will impose quarantine on Britons entering the country when it reopens for non-essential travel.

The measure was announced one day after the UK government confirmed a 14-day quarantine would be required for all overseas arrivals from June 8.

When flagging the measure, a fortnight ago, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the measures would not apply to France.

But France, hard-hit by COVID-19, will now be included following criticisms of exemptions.

Spain is reopening its borders to tourists from July, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced.

Spain has been one of Europe's hardest-hit nations and the government imposed one of the democratic world's strictest lockdowns on March 14.

Tourists will be welcomed back to Spain's beaches, including Barceloneta Beach, pictured filled with beachgoers, before the pandemic in Barcelona, Spain.

Tourists will be welcomed back to Spain's beaches, including Barceloneta Beach, pictured filled with beachgoers, before the pandemic in Barcelona, Spain.Credit:AP

But that is ending in time for the summer. Soccer will also resume on June 8.

"Spain has done what it needed to do and now new horizons can open for everyone," Sanchez said in a televised address to the nation.

"The time has come to recover many of our daily activities.

From June 8 La Liga will be able to return," he said.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic for Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Latika Bourke here, taking you through developments overnight.

The global death toll from coronavirus has passed 338,000. There are more than 5.2 million known cases of infection but more than 2 million people have recovered, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally

In Australia, the death toll stands at 102 and there have been a total of 7106 cases, and 6494 have recovered from the virus.

The ACT, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania have not reported a new case for more than a week.

On Saturday:

  • A Victorian man in his 60s died in hospital with coronavirus taking the national death toll to 102
  • There were 13 new cases of coronavirus reported, with three of those from people who had arrived from overseas and are in enforced quarantine in New South Wales

Read more from senior writer Caitlin Fitzsimmons: 'Not invincible': Health Minister Brad Hazzard wants young people to be tested

  • Australia's Muslims celebrated a subdued Eid due to the coronavirus restrictions

Read more from urban affairs reporter Angus Thompson: 'Taking it in our stride': Eid with a difference for Sydney's Muslim community

  • Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed that the state's bid to host the 2032 Olympics had been put on hold while the government focused on the COVID-19 outbreak

Read more: Queensland presses pause on Olympic bid amid COVID-19 recovery

  • The UK said that overseas travellers would have to quarantine for 14 days from June 8

Read more from our Europe correspondent Bevan Shields: UK rejects Australia's push for exemption from coronavirus quarantine

  • The International Cricket Council released guidelines for resuming play that could see post-wicket huddles, spitting on the ball and umpires holding bowler's caps all banned

Read more: Hats off: tradition latest COVID-19 victim as ICC releases guidelines

  • A major study has found that Trump's favoured coronavirus treatment hydroxychloroquine significantly increases the risk of death

Read more: Malaria drug touted by Trump linked to increased risk of death: study

  • Brazil became the sixth country to record more than 20,000 deaths

Read more from deputy foreign editor Lia Timson: Brazil's lethal coronavirus cocktail

  • And producers of the Avatar sequel said they will resume filming in New Zealand next week

Read more: 'Avatar' movie sequel to resume production in NZ

Recap: As the day unfolded: Morrison government reveals JobKeeper 'error' as global COVID-19 cases surpass 5.1 million, Australian death toll stands at 102

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