Coronavirus latest: Vietnam opens parliamentary session amid surge in its southern provinces

The US recession stemming from the coronavirus pandemic lasted two months, making it the shortest downturn on report. The National Bureau of Economic Research, which is taken into account the official choose of when and the way lengthy recessions occurred, mentioned on Monday that the economic system bottomed out in April 2020. 

Andrew Lloyd Webber has cancelled the opening of his new West End musical Cinderella to full audiences, blaming the “blunt instrument” of presidency self-isolation guidelines. The present’s Monday night efficiency, on the day all distancing restrictions have been lifted in England, was cancelled after a solid member examined constructive

Florida congressman Vern Buchanan introduced he has examined constructive for Covid-19, regardless of being absolutely vaccinated. The prognosis comes in opposition to a backdrop of rising coronavirus infections in Florida, which has accounted for one in 5 new instances reported throughout the US over the previous week. 

Iran will this week shut down two of its most essential provinces, together with its capital, as authorities intensify travelling restrictions in a lot of the nation. The six-day shutdown from Tuesday centres on Tehran and its neighbour Alborz and can shut banks and state establishments, including to journey bans in most of Iran’s provinces.

Fans pose at a Black Widow screening in Los Angeles © Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Cinema house owners within the US have hit out at Disney for making Marvel’s Black Widow accessible concurrently on the silver display and its streaming platform. The National Association of Theatre Owners attributed the “stunning second weekend collapse in theatrical revenues” to Disney’s resolution to stream the film.

Executives at mid-sized American firms have turned sharply optimistic in regards to the prospects for the US economic system and their very own companies, in response to a JPMorgan Chase survey that additionally solid doubt on predictions of a rout within the workplace property market. Business confidence is at its highest degree in a decade.

Stonegate, the UK’s largest pub group, is suing for losses it suffered in the course of the pandemic, in a bitter dispute between the hospitality and insurance coverage industries. The firm, backed by personal fairness group TDR Capital, is in search of £845m from MS Amlin, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe and Zurich.

Taiwan on Monday authorized its first home Covid-19 vaccine, boosting the nation’s efforts to inoculate its 23.6m inhabitants. A committee of well being officers and scientists granted emergency use authorisation to MVC-COV1901, a vaccine developed by Medigen, a Taiwanese pharmaceutical firm.