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North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus The nuclear-armed nation shut down its borders in January after the virus was first detected in neighbouring China.

North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus The nuclear-armed nation shut down its borders in January after the virus was first detected in neighbouring China.

Experts say North Korea is particularly vulnerable to the virus because of its weak medical system [File: KCNA/Reuters] North Korea remains totally free of coronavirus, a senior health official insisted, despite mounting scepticism overseas as confirmed global infections approach one million. The already isolated, nuclear-armed country quickly shut down its borders and imposed strict containment measures in January […]

Russia’s coronavirus cases top 3,500 The death toll has risen to 30

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Russia’s coronavirus cases top 3,500 The death toll has risen to 30

© Kirill Kukhmar/TASS MOSCOW, April 2. /TASS/. The number of coronavirus cases in Russia grew by 771 in the past 24 hours, reaching 3,548, the coronavirus response center said in a statement on Thursday. “A total of 3,458 coronavirus cases have so far been recorded in 76 Russian regions. As many as 45 patients recovered […]

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Spain’s coronavirus death toll tops 10,000

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Spain’s coronavirus death toll tops 10,000

  File photo of a healthcare worker near the entrance of the emergency unit in Madrid, Spain March 28, 2020. REUTERS – Sergio Perez Spain’s death toll from coronavirus surpassed the 10,000 threshold after a record 950 people died overnight, the country’s health ministry said on Thursday.  The country’s total death toll caused by the coronavirus outbreak was […]

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Record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as coronavirus chokes economy

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Record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as coronavirus chokes economy

(Reuters Photo) More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, far exceeding a record high set just last week, a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly […]

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Doctor who escaped execution to lead Somalia’s war against coronavirus

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Doctor who escaped execution to lead Somalia’s war against coronavirus

Somali doctor Abdirizak Yusuf Ahmed speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Mogadishu. Picture: Feisal Omar/Reuters Mogadishu – Somali doctor Abdirizak Yusuf Ahmed has escaped an execution, battled deadly diseases and treated war victims. Now – at 35 years old – he’s been tapped to lead his nation’s response to the coronavirus. […]

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Xi’s trip to Zhejiang boosts confidence,President says China must foster new growth engines amid challenges of crisis

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Xi’s trip to Zhejiang boosts confidence,President says China must foster new growth engines amid challenges of crisis

President Xi Jinping visits Xixi National Wetland Park in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Tuesday. YAN YAN/XINHUA President Xi Jinping has offered a confidence boost to the market and businesses with his four-day inspection trip to Zhejiang province, in which he underlined the importance of turning crisis into opportunities and fostering new growth engines amid the […]

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G-20 prepares coronavirus rescue package for Africa Africa has been less badly hit by the crisis so far than Europe and Asia, but the impact is projected to be huge,By Simon Marks

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G-20 prepares coronavirus rescue package for Africa Africa has been less badly hit by the crisis so far than Europe and Asia, but the impact is projected to be huge,By Simon  Marks

Cars line up at a coronavirus testing station in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 1, 2020. | Jerome Delay/AP Photo ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A group of G-20 leaders are preparing an international response to the impact of the coronavirus crisis in Africa that would include debt relief and financial aid, […]

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Coronavirus in Italy: 13,155 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic

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Coronavirus in Italy: 13,155 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic

Rome 1 Apr, 2020 There are a total of 80,572 coronavirus patients in Italy, with an increase compared to yesterday of 2,937. On Tuesday the increase had been 2,107. The total number of infected people – including victims and recovered – is 110, 574. 16,847 people recovered in Italy after contracting the coronavirus, 1,118 more […]

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WATCH Russian military plane with masks & other Covid-19 medical aid depart for US

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WATCH Russian military plane with masks & other Covid-19 medical aid depart for US

Boxes of Russian medical supplies bound for the US. ©  Russian Ministry of Defense The aid shipment comes after a phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart on Tuesday, during which the two discussed the fast-growing pandemic and a major shortage of protective gear in the US, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov […]

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Japan ‘on the brink’ as it struggles to hold back coronavirus

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Japan ‘on the brink’ as it struggles to hold back coronavirus

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question during an upper house Diet session in Tokyo on Wednesday.  Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato  Japan is struggling to hold the line against the coronavirus and is on the brink of crisis with medical experts particularly worried about preparations in Tokyo, officials said on Wednesday, raising the prospect of emergency lockdowns. Japan […]

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