1. The U.S. National Institute of Health says a study shows that an experimental antiviral drug may have helped patients recover from coronavirus. The country’s top infectious disease expert says remdesivir will become the standard of hospital care for Covid 19.
  2. Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said it is questionable whether it will be possible to say on May 6 that the state of emergency is over. He said it looks unlikely, noting infections continue to rise.
  3. Restaurants and cafes in Italy have staged a demonstration calling for government support. This comes as the country is expected to extend a ban on such businesses from opening amid the coronavirus pandemic.