Millions brace as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall

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Ferocious wind and rain is lashing parts of eastern India and Bangladesh as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall. Millions of people were evacuated in anticipation of the storm, which originated in the Bay of Bengal. The storm, the first super…

Wuhan to test all residents in 10 days as new cases emerge

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Millions of people in Wuhan will be tested for the novel coronavirus within the coming days, after a new cluster of cases emerged despite a strict 76-day lockdown that was intended to eliminate the virus from the central Chinese city. Over…

State of emergency lifted in most of Japan

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Japan has lifted a state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus in 39 out of 47 prefectures, after a sharp fall in new infections. The order still applies in Tokyo, Osaka and on the northern island of Hokkaido, where new cases are emerging…

Infants and mothers killed in attack on Kabul hospital

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has directed security forces to resume offensive operations against the Taliban, hours after separate attacks at a maternity hospital and a funeral ceremony left dozens of people dead. At least 11 were killed…

Australia to lift restrictions in 3-step plan to reopen economy

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a three-step plan to reopen the country's economy by July, as the government begins winding down social distancing measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus. Australia banned…

New Zealand PM: No open borders for 'a long time'

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country will not have open borders with the rest of the world for "a long time to come". Ms Ardern was speaking after attending part of Australia's cabinet meeting via video link. The…

Coronavirus currently eliminated in New Zealand

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New Zealand says it has stopped community transmission of Covid-19, effectively eliminating the virus. With new cases in single figures for several days - one on Sunday - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the virus was "currently" eliminated. But…

China outbreak city Wuhan raises death toll by 50%

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The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus originated last year, has raised its official Covid-19 death toll by 50%, adding 1,290 fatalities. Wuhan officials attributed the new figure to updated reporting and deaths outside hospitals.…

Japan declares nationwide state of emergency

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A nationwide state of emergency has been declared in Japan due to the country’s worsening coronavirus outbreak. The move allows regional governments to urge people to stay inside, but without punitive measures or legal force. The state…

Abe unveils massive $1 trillion coronavirus aid package

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday declared a state of emergency to fight coronavirus infections in major population centres and rolled out a nearly one-trillion-dollar stimulus package to soften the economic blow. The state of…

Coronavirus lockdown eases in China

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The novel coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December. Since then, it has spread across the world, infecting and killing thousands and forcing cities into lockdown. A month after it was declared a global pandemic,…

China mourns Covid-19 victims with three-minute silence

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China has mourned the victims of the coronavirus outbreak by observing a three-minute silence, bringing the nation to a halt. A day of remembrance was declared in China to honour the more than 3,300 people who died of Covid-19. At 10:00…

Developing countries face economic collapse in COVID-19 fight: UN

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The coronavirus outbreak threatens to disproportionately devastate the economies of already impoverished countries as they gear up to tackle a health crisis with extremely limited resources, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has…

Australia and New Zealand ban non-residents from entry

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Australia and New Zealand will ban entry to all non-residents from Friday in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his nation's order would come into effect from 21:00 on Friday (10:00…