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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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Travel hub UAE to halt flights as virus reaches Gaza

AP Dubai The United Arab Emirates, home to the world’s busiest international airport, announced early on Monday that it was suspending all passenger and transit flights for two weeks to stymie the spread of the new coronavirus.  The announcement came a day after the first cases were reported in the Gaza Strip and Syria, where years of conflict have severely …

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Teenager becomes UK’s youngest coronavirus fatality

IANS London An 18-year-old teenager has become the UK’s youngest coronavirus fatality, bringing the overall death toll in the country to 281, according to the National Health Services (NHS). In a statement on Sunday, the NHS said that all those who died were in vulnerable groups including with underlying conditions, reports the Metro newspaper. Besides the fatalities, the UK has …

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HK bans foreign travellers, alcohol sales

IANS Hong Kong Hong Kong will halt all foreign tourist and transit arrivals to the city from Wednesday and ban the sale of alcohol at more than 8,000 bars and restaurants to contain the spread of the coronavirus, after a sudden spike in cases, with the majority of them imported. Making the announcement at a press conference on Monday, Chief …

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Coronavirus: Nepal seals borders with India, China

PTI Kathmandu The Nepal government has closed its borders with India and China for a week starting Monday, in a bid to prevent a possible outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the Himalayan nation. Although the cross-border human movement is halted till midnight of March 29, supply of goods from the countries will continue as usual, Finance Minister Yuba Raj …

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Air Canada lays off 5,000, France tries to save food supply

AP Paris The rapid spread of the coronavirus since it was first reported in China has dealt an unparalleled shock to the world economy.  Following are business developments Monday related to the outbreak as governments attempt to stabilize their economies, companies struggle to cope and millions of people face job losses and disruptions in supplies of goods and in services. …

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