The Trump administration is determined to withdraw from a 28-year-old treaty

The Trump administration is determined to withdraw from a 28-year-old treaty intended to reduce the risk of an accidental war between the west and Russia by allowing reconnaissance flights over each other’s territory.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, which has put off a full national security council (NSC) meeting on the Open Skies Treaty (OST), the secretary of defence, Mark Esper, and secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, have agreed to proceed with a US exit, according to two sources familiar with administration planning.

The monarch’s intervention came after the health secretary criticised members of the public for flocking to parks to sunbathe during the lockdown.

Matt Hancock warned that the government could toughen up restrictions on public movement, only to backtrack slightly by saying changes to exercise rules were not “imminent”.

By 1880, northern elephant seals were hunted almost to extinction when only 20 breeding animals remained. Now there are more than 200,000.

Northern gannets, seabirds that were targeted for their eggs, meat and feathers in the 19th century, have increased fourfold to more than a million in the past 80 years.

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the right-wing League party, has agreed with conservative Catholics who have criticised the Church for suspending public liturgies. “You can go to the tobacconist because people can’t do without cigarettes, but for many people care for the soul is fundamental,” he said.

Mr Salvini called on bishops to reinstate Easter masses, while respecting the government’s social distancing requirements.

Devastated relative Oksana Stasevich said: ‘We were told that she was dying. They allowed us to enter her ward and say goodbye to her.

‘Galina died hours after giving birth to her child.’