The White House has pushed back on a Trump administration projection from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

The White House has pushed back on a Trump administration projection from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention that would see the daily death toll increase to 3,000 per day by 1 June.

The latest projection, first obtained by The New York Times, was confirmed as authentic, but the White House has denied the veracity of the report despite the CDC’s role in its drafting.

When officers raided his rented home they are said to have found a pot of half-eaten swan broth in the kitchen.

The man, who is known by his surname Wu, claimed he attacked the swan in self-defence as the bird ‘pecked him when he was teasing it with a club’, Mail Online reports.

According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, Beijing is concerned that showing off the bomber will add to tensions with the US.

Zhuhai is where China has in the past displayed its most advanced aircraft, including in recent years a new-generation stealth combat drone prototype called CH-7 which is similar in design to the American B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. The B-2, with the B-52H Stratofortress and supersonic B-1B Lancer, have been the mainstay of America’s strategic bombing capability for many years. The US is now developing the next-generation bomber, the B-21 Raider, which is expected to make its flying debut at the end of next year.

Meanwhile Portugal has lifted its state of emergency and is allowing small shops to re-open today – although with €350 fines for anyone who fails to wear a mask.  

Spain is also allowing customers to return to some shops such as hair salons, although only by appointment.

Paraguay has become one of the first Latin American countries to start relaxing its lockdown, Will Costa writes from Asunción.

The landlocked nation, which has reported some of the lowest numbers of cases in the region with 396 cases and 10 deaths, has launched a four-phase plan under which some public freedoms and economic activities will gradually be reintroduced over a period extending until early July.