New Zealand has eradicated coronavirus

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New Zealand appears to have completely eradicated the coronavirus -- at least for now -- after health officials said the last known infected person had recovered. The announcement was greeted with joy around the country and means the nation…

Malaysia set to reopen nearly all economic activities

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Malaysia said it would reopen nearly all economic activity and allow interstate travel starting June 10, lifting coronavirus restrictions imposed nearly three months ago as it moves to revive an economy battered by the pandemic. Prime Minister…

Japan aims to have coronavirus vaccines in use by June 2021

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Japan aims to put coronavirus vaccines into use by June 2021, the health minister said, as the country strives to be fully ready to host the Tokyo Olympics, originally planned for this summer but postponed by one year due to the pandemic. Drugmakers…

Japan launches surprise fireworks to lift spirits amid pandemic

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Fireworks have lit up skies across Japan in surprise displays to lift spirits during the Covid-19 pandemic. The shows were held at secret locations, each lasting five minutes from 20:00 local time (12:00 BST). Organisers set a time limit…

Nigerian Air Force researchers unveil new ventilator

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Nigeria’s Air Force Institute of Technology, based in Kaduna, has unveiled locally made ventilators that it hopes will be a game changer in the country’s fight against Covid-19. "The ventilators will go a long way to help not only coronavirus…

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…