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Coronavirus : Global case total approaches 4 million

• More than 3.9 million people worldwide have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and over 275,000 have died. • In the United States, there have been over 1.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases. More than 77,000 Americans have died. • Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary tested positive for the virus on Friday. President Trump’s personal ...

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Why has Spain been hit so hard by the coronavirus pandemic?

BARCELONA, April 25, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – In Spain, one of the hardest-hit countries in the pandemic, the coronavirus spread quickly and widely without being detected, especially among the elderly, experts told AFP. While they stressed it was too early to carry out a detailed analysis, the experts pointed to the country’s sociable lifestyle and close ties between young and older ...

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COVID-19 death toll rises to 775 in India, cases climb to 24,506

NEW DELHI, April 25, 2020 (BSS/PTI) – The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 775 and the number of cases climbed to 24,506 in India on Saturday, according to the Union Health Ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 18,668 while 5,062 people were cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. The total ...

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Political row hits UK govt as virus death toll nears 20,000

LONDON, April 25, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – Boris Johnson’s government on Saturday was embroiled in a political row after it emerged his chief advisor attended meetings of the main scientific group advising ministers on the coronavirus pandemic in Britain. Downing Street was forced to deny that Dominic Cummings and another advisor, Ben Warner, were members of the politically independent Scientific Advisory ...

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Saudi Arabia abolishes flogging

RIYADH, April 25, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment, the state human rights commission said Saturday, hailing a “major step forward” in the reform programme launched by the king and his powerful son. Court-ordered floggings in Saudi Arabia — sometimes extending to hundreds of lashes — have long drawn condemnation from human rights groups. But ...

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‘No evidence’ people with coronavirus are immunised: WHO

GENEVA, April 25, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – The World Health Organization (WHO)warned on Saturday that there is no evidence that people who test positive for the new coronavirus are immunised and protected against re-infection. The warning suggests that the issuance of “immune passports” may promote the continued spread of the pandemic. “There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered ...

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Quader condemns BNP for unnecessarily criticising health sector

A wami LeagueAwami  General Secretary Obaidul Quader  came down heavily on BNP, saying the party has been making unnecessary criticisms of the country’s health sector over the coronavirus outbreak. “BNP secretary general Fakhrul Islam is unnecessarily criticising the country’s health management over the death of Dr Moin,” he told a press conference at his official residence here. Quader, also road transport and ...

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Coronavirus updates

* Over 2 million people worldwide have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 138,000 people have died. * The United States has had over 639,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 30,000 deaths, leading the world in both numbers. * President Trump’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization over its ...

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France reports first citizen to die from coronavirus

A 60-year-old man has become the first French victim of the coronavirus in the country, the health ministry announced Wednesday. The man died overnight after being rushed to a Paris hospital in serious condition on Tuesday evening, bringing the total death toll in the country to two, said the ministry’s deputy head Jerome Salomon. In a televised statement, Salomon said ...

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Pak PM urges int’l community to ‘act now’

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday urged the world community to “act now” on the deadly violence against Muslims in India. Communal violence in the capital New Delhi has led to the deaths of 20 individuals and injured 200 others since Sunday, reports Dawn. In a post shared on Twitter, the premier said: “Today in India we are seeing ...

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