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Iran announces 144 new deaths from COVID-19

AFP Tehran Iran, on Friday, announced 144 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the official number of fatalities to 2,378 in one of the world’s worst-hit countries. “In the past 24 hours, we’ve had 2,926 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections across the country,” health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in a televised news conference. “This brings the overall …

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Coronavirus ‘very grave’ in Singapore but will do all to stabilise economy: Lee

PTI Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has described the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore as “very grave,” saying that his government will do whatever it takes to stabilise the country’s economy even if nobody can tell what lies ahead.  Speaking to reporters after the government unveiled a supplementary budget of 48.4 billion Singapore dollars in Parliament on Thursday to tackle …

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Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that he has tested positive for coronavirus after experiencing “mild symptoms” and is now self-isolating at 10 Downing Street. In a video message posted on Twitter, the 55-year-old UK Prime Minister said that he will continue to lead the UK government’s response to the deadly virus, which has claimed 578 lives. …

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London hospitals cope with ‘continuous tsunami’ of coronavirus cases

London: Hospitals in London – Britain’s COVID-19 hotspot with over 3,000 of the country’s 9,529 confirmed cases – are witnessing wave after wave of seriously ill coronavirus patients, a senior official from the state-funded National Health Service (NHS) said on Thursday as the UK entered day three of its lockdown to curb the pandemic. Chris Hopson, the chief executive of …

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Xi praises WHO’s role after Trump accuses health agency of siding with Beijing

Beijing/Washington: The war of words between the US and China over the origins of the deadly coronavirus has extended to the WHO as Chinese President Xi Jinping praised its role in advancing global battle against COVID-19 amid his American counterpart Donald Trump’s criticism that the UN health agency sided with Beijing and people are unhappy with its position. President Xi …

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Testing blunders crippled US response as coronavirus spread

Washington: A series of missteps at the nation’s top public health agency caused a critical shortage of reliable laboratory tests for the coronavirus, hobbling the federal response as the pandemic spread across the US like wildfire, an Associated Press review found. President Donald Trump assured Americans early this month that the COVID-19 test developed by the Centers for Disease Control …

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US reports 10,000 virus cases in a single day

Washington: Over 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in a single day in the US, raising the number of COVID-19 patients to 43,734, as President Donald Trump signed an executive order to prevent hoarding of vital medical supplies and personal protective equipment. The US also for the first time registered over 130 deaths in a day due to coronavirus, taking …

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