This deer is one of more than 1,000 roaming the Japanese city of Nara, where people have been told to stay at home. (Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
- From animals wandering deserted city streets to world leaders on a video call, Nature’s pick of the must-see science images this month focuses on the COVID-19 outbreak. (Nature | Leisurely scroll)
- Austria and Denmark are the first nations in Europe to announce the dates they will cautiously ease their lockdowns. In Austria, small shops are slated to reopen on 15 April, and in Denmark, primary schools should reopen the day after. Leaders will be keeping an eye on their own statistics and on Singapore and Japan, where re-openings have been met with waves of new infections. (The Washington Post | 6 min read)
- With science around the world grinding to a halt, the influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is struggling to keep the world’s most influential climate report on track. Climatologist Valérie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of the working group that assesses the physical science of climate change, describes how the scientists involved are dealing with the crisis. (Nature | 5 min read)
- South Korea and Germany have shown that the rest of the world needs to urgently ramp up testing to keep a lid on COVID-19, argues a Nature Biomedical Engineering editorial. The journal outlines how mass at-home serological testing for antibodies in those who have had the disease, and frequent point-of-care testing for those who might be currently infected, can restore livelihoods and economies until a vaccine is available. (Nature Biomedical Engineering | 7 min read)
Read more: Continuously updated list of the tests in commercial development and in-depth analysis from Nature Biotechnology (12 min read).
Read Nature’s continuously updated selection of the must-read papers and preprints on COVID-19.