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Boris prepares to take full charge after hospitalisation

PTILondonBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson has begun taking charge of the government even as he convalesces at Chequers in south-east England, following his hospitalisation after testing positive for coronavirus.‘The Sunday Telegraph’ reports that Johnson began giving directions to his Cabinet, including to his deputy UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, from his prime ministerial countryside retreat as he prepares to resume …

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Trump warns China of consequences if found guilty of creating COVID-19

PTIWashingtonUS President Donald Trump has warned China that it should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the spread of the novel coronavirus, upping the ante on Beijing over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.Trump, who has expressed disappointment over China’s handling of the coronavirus disease, alleged non-transparency and initial non-cooperation from Beijing with Washington on dealing with the …

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Pay the rent or eat? Jobless Americans face dilemma

San Francisco: Terra Thomas, one of the millions of Americans who have lost their income due to the coronavirus pandemic, was stuck between a rock and a hard place — pay her rent or put food on the table? “Looking at my finances, it was, ‘do I give the last little bit of my money to my landlord — who …

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Trump sides with anti-lockdown protesters as US record around 37,000 deaths

Washington: Coronavirus deaths have surged past 150,000 worldwide with nearly a quarter of them in the United States, where President Donald Trump lent his support to protestors rallying against lockdown orders. Evidence is mounting that social distancing successfully slowed the pandemic after more than half of humanity — 4.5 billion people — were confined to their homes. Governments around the …

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World economy bound to suffer ‘severe recession’: IMF

Washington: The world economy, already “sluggish” before the coronavirus outbreak, is now bound to suffer a “severe recession” in 2020, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva has warned and said the current crisis posed “daunting challenges” for policymakers in many emerging markets and developing economies. Addressing the Development Committee Meeting during the annual Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and …

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Doctors in England forced to reuse gowns as shortage persists

London: Healthcare staff across hospitals in England are being advised by the UK government to consider reusing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gowns as it battles to deal with a shortage of supplies due to rising demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. Public Health England updated its guidance on PPE to say that some should be considered for reuse based …

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China revises fatality count; toll mounts to 4,632

PTIBeijing/WuhanChina’s coronavirus death toll mounted to 4,632 on Friday after it revised the fatality figures by 50 per cent in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, as Beijing faced mounting international criticism of under-reporting of the COVID-19 data.Citing data discrepancies, the Wuhan municipal headquarters on Friday revised the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths due to the disease which …

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Things have happened that we don’t know about in China: Macron

AFPParisFrench President Emmanuel Macron said there were grey areas in China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and that things “happened that we don’t know about”, speaking in an interview with the Financial Times published Thursday.“Let’s not be so naive as to say it’s been much better at handling this,” he said of China’s management of the outbreak.“We don’t know. There …

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Stocks soar after reports of possible COVID-19 anti-virus drug

AFPLondonGlobal equities surged Friday as reports of encouraging trials for a possible coronavirus drug injected optimism into investors.Asian indices posted healthy gains also as official data showed the fatal COVID-19 pandemic had not hit China’s economy as badly as some had feared.However, WTI oil prices tanked to $18.03 per barrel to strike a fresh 18-year low point, punished by crude …

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Royal couple William, Kate find lockdown ‘mentally stressful’

IANSLondonThe UK’s Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have said that the coronavirus lockdown was “stressful” for many people and it was important to look after mental health.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made the remarks in a wide-ranging BBC interview where the royal couple spoke about the pandemic, mental health and the National Health Service (NHS).Prince William described …

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