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There has been another night of protests across the United States, in the wake of the death in police custody of George Floyd.

In cities across the country, demonstrators ignored curfews and confronted police.

Riot police clashed with protesters in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, firing tear gas to try to disperse the crowds.

In Minneapolis, a truck driver was arrested after a tanker was driven at protesters.

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False information poses a serious threat to public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new NUI Galway study.

Researchers looked at the sharing of coronavirus misinformation on social media, and found people may stop following recommended guidelines if they believe false stories.

They say one article incorrectly claiming that Sweden (where lockdown measures weren't implemented) was experiencing low death rates was shared more than 20,000 times on Facebook.

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There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic.

66 new cases of the virus were also confirmed by the Department of Health yesterday evening.

It brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 24,990, while the number of deaths now stands at 1,652

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Coronavirus restrictions are being eased in England today, allowing people reunite with loved ones and some children return to school.

Groups of up to six people can now meet in public spaces or private gardens, while travel around England is also allowed.

Some scientists have criticised the further easing of measures - warning it is too much, too soon.

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A Fianna Fáil TD's calling on insurers to clarify if businesses will be covered if there's a second wave of COVID-19.

Many companies are due to re-open in June and July.

However, Deputy Robert Troy says some firms have been told they didn't qualify for business interruption cover.

Main image: An SUV of New York police department burns during a protest over the death of George Floyd in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Picture by: Michael Nagle/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

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