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    Open in new window icon Donations pour in but India's 'PM CARES' coronavirus fund faces criticism
    12.4 Hours ago Wed, 08 Apr 2020 06:05:03 -0400 )
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    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for creating a new coronavirus relief fund when about $500 million was lying unspent in an older fund, even as top businesses and celebrities pledge millions of dollars in new donations. Modi launched the "PM CARES" fund to provide relief to those affected by the coronavirus that has infected more than 5,000 people in India, and killed 149. The fund is expected to help millions of day labourers, many of whose lives were devastated by a nationwide lockdown ordered by Modi to stem the epidemic.
    Open in new window icon Coronavirus map of the US: latest cases state by state
    12.6 Hours ago Wed, 08 Apr 2020 05:49:06 -0400 )
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    * Coronavirus: world map of deaths and cases * Coronavirus – latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageThe number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 continues to grow in the US. Mike Pence, the vice-president, is overseeing the US response to the coronavirus.So far, 80% of patients experience a mild form of the illness, which can include a fever and pneumonia, and many of these cases require little to no medical intervention. That being said, elderly people and those with underlying conditions such as diabetes or heart and lung issues are the most vulnerable. The coronavirus death rate in China for people 80 or over, in the government’s study of more than 72,000 cases, was 14.8%.default default default * Due to the unprecedented a
    Open in new window icon India's financial hub Mumbai set to extend coronavirus lockdown: sources
    13.3 Hours ago Wed, 08 Apr 2020 05:10:02 -0400 )
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    India's financial hub Mumbai is set to extend lockdown measures until at least April 30 as authorities race to expand testing to stem the spread of coronavirus cases in the city, three senior officials said. A 21-day nationwide lockdown that Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared in late March to fight the epidemic is officially set to end on April 14. The Mumbai municipal authority and the state government in the western state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, both declined to comment.
    Open in new window icon Japan to Fund Firms to Shift Production Out of China
    13.4 Hours ago Wed, 08 Apr 2020 05:01:52 -0400 )
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    (Bloomberg) -- Japan has earmarked $2.2 billion of its record economic stimulus package to help its manufacturers shift production out of China as the coronavirus disrupts supply chains between the major trading partners.The extra budget, compiled to try to offset the devastating effects of the pandemic, includes 220 billion yen ($2 billion) for companies shifting production back to Japan and 23.5 billion yen for those seeking to move production to other countries, according to details of the plan posted online.The move coincides with what should have been a celebration of friendlier ties between the two countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping was supposed to be on a state visit to Japan early this month. But what would have been the first
    Open in new window icon Virus-hit Iran urges IMF to approve its loan request
    14.1 Hours ago Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:24:30 -0400 )video thumbnail
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani appealed to the International Monetary Fund Wednesday to approve a $5 billion emergency loan request to combat its novel coronavirus outbreak. "I urge all international organisations to fulfil their duties," Rouhani said during a cabinet meeting. "We are a member of the IMF... if there's going to be any discriminatio
    Open in new window icon Tokyo sees biggest daily jump in infections as coronavirus emergency begins
    14.8 Hours ago Wed, 08 Apr 2020 03:42:13 -0400 )
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    Tokyo recorded 144 coronavirus infections on Wednesday, its biggest daily jump since the start of the pandemic, the city's governor Yuriko Koike said, on the first day of a state of emergency aimed at containing the outbreak. Total infections in the Japanese capital stand at 1,339, said Koike, a rise that helped carry the nationwide tally to 4,768, according to an evening report by public broadcaster NHK. Deaths in Japan as of Wednesday morning stood at 98, said the NHK.
    Open in new window icon 27 dead on Solomon Islands ferry: Did it follow virus order?
    15.3 Hours ago Wed, 08 Apr 2020 03:08:41 -0400 )
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    The leader of the remote Solomon Islands said Wednesday that 27 people had died after being washed overboard from a crowded ferry last week and the government is conducting a criminal investigation. The ship MV Taimareho left Honiara on the evening of April 2 as a tropical cyclone was approaching. In the Solomon Islands, crews recovered seven bodies of those washed overboard.
    Open in new window icon Dr. Anthony Fauci cautiously predicts kids will return to school next fall, 'but it's going to be different'
    15.7 Hours ago Wed, 08 Apr 2020 02:45:00 -0400 )
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    A reporter at Tuesday's White House coronavirus press briefing raised the question many, many parents want answered: How soon will the kids be going back to school? This school year is probably out in most of the country, but what about summer school? In the fall?Vice President Mike Pence, who was at the lectern, thanked America's teachers for adjusting to remote learning. The coronavirus task force will work on "guidance going forward, whether it be summer school or whether it be returning to school next fall," he said, "but the most important thing we can do is put this epidemic behind us as quickly as possible."Pence turned the stage over to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and
    Open in new window icon Wearing mask, gloves, and protective gown, Wisconsin GOP assembly speaker says it's 'incredibly safe' to vote
    18.4 Hours ago Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:04:00 -0400 )
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    While decked out in a mask, gloves, and full protective gown, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) said it was "incredibly safe" for people to come out and vote on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.> "You are incredibly safe to go out" Republican @SpeakerVos tells his constituents, in full gown, gloves and mask.> > -- Justin (@JustinAHorwitz) April 7, 2020On Monday morning, Gov. Tony Evers (D) issued an executive order to delay in-person voting until June 9, saying he "cannot in good conscience" allow any kind of gathering that would further the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Hours later, the Wisconsin Supreme Court's conservative majority sided with Republic
    Open in new window icon Korean Air puts 70 percent of staff on leave
    20.2 Hours ago Tue, 07 Apr 2020 22:17:10 -0400 )video thumbnail
    Korean Air is the flagship of the Hanjin group, one of the multifaceted, family-controlled conglomerates known as chaebols that dominate business in South Korea and played a key part in its rise to become the world's 12th-largest economy. Most of its staff will go on leave from April 16 for six months in response to "deteriorating business circumst
    Open in new window icon Trump says he never saw a January WH memo warning of the impact from coronavirus
    22.5 Hours ago Tue, 07 Apr 2020 19:55:29 -0400 )video thumbnail
    At Tuesday’s coronavirus task force briefing, President Trump said he never saw a memo written in late January by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro warning about the possible effects of coronavirus in the United States. The memo warned that the illness could endanger the lives of millions of Americans.
    Open in new window icon Chinese Official Tries to Walk Back Claim U.S. Military Brought Virus to Wuhan
    1 Days ago Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:59:15 -0400 )
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    China Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian held his first press conference in several weeks on Tuesday, attempting to walk back his earlier claim that the U.S. military had brought the novel coronavirus to the city of Wuhan.“The virus [is] a scientific question that requires scientific opinions,” Zhao told reporters. He was then asked if he stood behind a March 12 tweet in which he wrote that, “It might be the U.S. Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.”“The questions raised on my personal Twitter account are a response to U.S. politicians' stigmatization of China, which also reflects the righteous anger of many Chinese people over these stigmatizing acts,” Zhao responded.China blocks Twitter within its borders, although certain citi
    Open in new window icon As New York Posts Highest One-Day Death Toll, Cuomo Says No Victim Died ‘Because We Couldn’t Provide Care’
    1.2 Days ago Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:30:18 -0400 )
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    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that no victim of the coronavirus has died because the state could not provide health care for them, even as New York posted its highest number of deaths in one day."You can't save everyone. This virus is very good at what it does, and it kills vulnerable people," Cuomo said at his daily briefing providing updates on the outbreak. "The question is, are you saving everyone you can save? And there the answer is yes, and I take some solace in that fact.""Our health care system is operating. I don’t believe we’ve lost a single person because we couldn’t provide care," the Democratic governor continued. "People we lost we couldn’t save despite our best efforts.&qu
    Open in new window icon Germany caught up in mask fraud scheme
    1.2 Days ago Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:26:35 -0400 )video thumbnail
    Authorities in Germany have fallen victim to a multi-million-euro fraud involving masks much needed in the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors said Tuesday. The German managing director of two distribution companies based in Zurich and Hamburg raised the alarm after realising he had been tricked. According to the man's police report, he received an o
    Open in new window icon Congo mine gun attack kills three Chinese nationals: Xinhua
    1.3 Days ago Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:24:31 -0400 )video thumbnail
    A gun attack in a mining area in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed three Chinese nationals, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Chinese embassy in the mineral-rich central African country.
    Open in new window icon President says US will withhold funding from WHO following its 'missed calls' on coronavirus
    1.4 Days ago Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:00:00 -0400 )
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    As New York City’s death toll from coronavirus hits 3,845, officials are considering using Hart Island in Long Island Sound off the Bronx as a temporary grave site at a time when morgues are overrun.Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, has meanwhile broken with Donald Trump to warn that the world may never “go back to normal” after the outbreak because the threat will linger, issuing the caution as America approaches 400,000 cases and 12,300 deaths in total.
    Open in new window icon Mexican government warns of lack of doctors amid coronavirus fight
    1.4 Days ago Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:22:06 -0400 )
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    Mexico's health ministry on Tuesday warned that the country was facing an acute shortage of doctors as the country seeks to ramp up hospital care to fight the fast-spreading novel coronavirus outbreak. Mexico on Monday registered 296 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country's total to 2,439 cases and 125 deaths, with health officials expecting the death toll to rise sharply. Mexico has among the lowest number of medical personnel relative to population among countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Mexican health officials say.
    Open in new window icon 'A lot of pain.' NY has biggest 1-day jump in virus deaths
    1.4 Days ago Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:19:32 -0400 )
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    New York state reported 731 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, its biggest jump since the start of the outbreak, dampening some of the cautious optimism officials have expressed about efforts to stop the spread of the virus. Cuomo said the death tally is a “lagging indicator” that reflects the loss of critically ill people hospitalized earlier. While Cuomo said New York could be reaching a “plateau” in hospitalizations, he warned that gains are dependent on people continuing to practice social distancing.
    Open in new window icon Special Report: Johnson listened to his scientists about coronavirus - but they were slow to sound the alarm
    1.4 Days ago Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:04:16 -0400 )
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    It was early spring when British scientists laid out the bald truth to their government. It was "highly likely," they said, that there was now "sustained transmission" of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. If unconstrained and if the virus behaved as in China, up to four-fifths of Britons could be infected and one in a hundred might die, wrote the scientists, members of an official committee set up to model the spread of pandemic flu, on March 2.
    Open in new window icon Bangladesh arrests fugitive killer of independence leader
    1.4 Days ago Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:50:06 -0400 )
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    Police in Bangladesh arrested a fugitive killer of the country’s independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Tuesday, nearly 45 years after the brutal assassination, the country's home minister said. Abdul Majed, a former military captain, was arrested in the capital, Dhaka, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, adding that the arrest was “the biggest gift” for Bangladesh this year. Majed had publicly announced his involvement in the assassination after the killing and had reportedly been hiding in India for many years.
    Open in new window icon Pelosi reportedly tells Democrats next coronavirus relief package will top $1 trillion
    1.8 Days ago Mon, 06 Apr 2020 22:55:00 -0400 )
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    During a private conference call with Democrats on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at least $1 trillion will be needed for the next coronavirus relief package.Last month, Congress passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package, and Pelosi said the next bill will build onto that, people on the call told Bloomberg News. Pelosi said there will have to be more direct payments to individuals, extended unemployment insurance, and additional funding for food stamps and the Payroll Protection Plan, which provides small business loans.One lawmaker told Bloomberg News Pelosi also said the bill should help state and local governments, particularly in areas with no more than 500,000 residents. While the House isn't scheduled to be back
    Open in new window icon Georgia Mom Goes Missing as Boyfriend Is Wanted for Murder
    2 Days ago Mon, 06 Apr 2020 18:08:24 -0400 )
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    Georgia police are searching for a 21-year-old mother of two who is thought to be in “grave danger” and possibly being held hostage by a man suspected of murder.Autumn Keara Finlay vanished after her boyfriend, Cody Bryce Matthews, 20, allegedly shot and killed a man on Sunday in Butts County. The gunfire erupted in a pool area—close to tennis courts where children played—at the Jackson Glenn subdivision, a local newspaper, the Jackson Progress-Argus, reported. Matthews is wanted for murder and aggravated assault in connection to the fatal shooting, which claimed the life of a man in his 30s. Police did not release the man’s name on Monday afternoon, but relatives identified him as Ryan Ray of Jenkinsburg. Authorities have released few deta
    Open in new window icon Wisconsin Governor Halts In-Person Voting on Eve of Presidential Primary
    2.1 Days ago Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:58:49 -0400 )
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    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Monday issued an executive order suspending in-person voting for the state's primary the next day and delayed the election until June 9 in a move to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.“Today, I signed an executive order suspending in-person voting for tomorrow’s election,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. “Frankly, there’s no good answer to this problem — I wish it were easy.”“As municipalities are consolidating polling locations, and absent legislative or court action, I cannot in good conscience stand by and do nothing. The bottom line is that I have an obligation to keep people safe, and that’s why I signed this executive order today,” Evers continued.In addition to the Democratic
    Open in new window icon Brazil minister offends China with 'racist' virus tweet
    2.2 Days ago Mon, 06 Apr 2020 12:33:51 -0400 )video thumbnail
    China demanded an explanation from Brazil Monday after the far-right government's education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country's "plan for world domination," in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent. In the latest incident to strain ties between Brasilia and Beijing, Education Minister Abraham Weintraub insinuated China was
    Open in new window icon Swedish P.M. Tells Country to Prepare for ‘Thousands’ of Deaths as Pressure Builds to Abandon Lax Coronavirus Response
    2.3 Days ago Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:58:39 -0400 )
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    Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven warned in an interview published over the weekend that the country could face “thousands” of coronavirus deaths, after the country’s minimal lockdown efforts have left grade schools, bars, restaurants, and parks open amid the pandemic.On Sunday, Sweden reported a total of 401 deaths so far from Covid-19, up 8 percent from Saturday and greater than the totals recorded in its three Nordic neighbors combined — all of which have stricter lockdowns in place. Sweden’s death toll per million inhabitants is 37, compared with 28 in Denmark, 12 in Norway, and 4.5 in Finland.New legislation is expected this week to introduce new emergency steps, such as shutting airports or train and bus stations, closing shops an

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