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Coronavirus world round-up: Special masks enable Bangkok beauty clinic to treat clients

As Thai businesses modify their work practices after coming out of lockdown, a beauty clinic in Bangkok has devised a mini face mask for clients receiving up close and personal cosmetic treatments during the coronavirus pandemic.

The idea of the mask, which uses a narrower protective strip to expose more of the face, is for doctors to conduct procedures while limiting contact with the nose and mouth.

"At first, I thought it was weird but it is actually really great because it's specifically designed to keep us safe during facial treatments," said Kannika Sae-Ngow, a customer at the Waleerat Clinic who was receiving a laser treatment on Tuesday.

The clinic does not currently sell the masks, but has about 100 that can be disinfected and re-used.

"We also plan to design other versions of these masks that can cover part of a nose so that doctors can treat the nose without having to take the masks off," said Wisarut Krimthungthong, the clinic's chief marketing officer.

Staff are also using a plastic shield during treatments.

Italy needs foreigners to return - and quickly

Italy reopens to travellers from Europe today, three months after the country went into coronavirus lockdown, with all hopes pinned on reviving the key tourism industry as the summer season begins.

Gondolas are ready to punt along Venice's canals, lovers will be able to act out Romeo and Juliet on Verona's famed balcony, and gladiator fans can pose for selfies at Rome's Colosseum.

France's cafes are back

Paris gleefully tucked into a moveable feast on Tuesday as cafes, bars and restaurants around France finally reopened for business - albeit with strict social distancing rules - after 10 weeks of solitary confinement.

President Emmanuel Macron hailed “the return to happy days” as eating and drinking outlets opened partially in the French capital and fully in the rest of the country, though with at least one metre (three feet) between tables, and no standing at bars for drinks.

Concern in Berlin after hundreds ignore social distancing

Authorities in Berlin have appealed to people to follow social distancing rules after a party saw hundreds of people take to the city’s canals in boats at the weekend.

The event, dubbed “All in One Boat”, was organised by members of the Berlin clubbing scene and billed as a demonstration in support of the city’s nightclubs, many of which are struggling financially because of the coronavirus lockdown.

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says the pandemic's disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities in the US and protests triggered by George Floyd's death had laid bare "endemic inequalities" that must be addressed.

Rio to start reopening

Although Brazil has one of the world's highest tolls, Rio de Janeiro will start gradually easing lockdown measures, beginning with the reopening of places of worship and water sports.

Hospitals in Pakistan brace for a surge

A surge in Covid-19 cases is predicted to sweep through Pakistan within coming weeks, potentially overwhelming hospitals, doctors and health officials have warned.

Hospitals are braced for a spike in both cases and deaths after a widespread relaxation of lockdown rules fed through into more gatherings, mingling and parties for the Eid holiday.

Doctors told The Telegraph they feared the spare capacity of beds and ventilators would soon be used up as hospital admissions rose relentlessly and ever higher numbers of staff were taken sick.

The warning came as the prime minister, Imran Khan, said the country had to ease restrictions because of their financial toll, but acknowledged that deaths would rise.

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Recovery hampered by funding shortfall

World Bank president David Malpass warns the global economy faces "staggeringly large" losses from the pandemic, and that developing nations will be forced to rethink the structure of their economies.

International donors pledged $1.35 billion in humanitarian aid to war and coronavirus-ravaged Yemen, around half the required $2.41 billion.

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