Coronavirus cases in US go past 300,000

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The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has exceeded 300,000, while the death toll passed 8,100. New York state's coronavirus toll has risen at a devastating pace to 3,565 deaths, up from 2,935 the previous day, the largest 24-hour…

Scientists begin tests on two possible vaccines

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Scientists in Australia have begun testing two potential coronavirus vaccines in "milestone" lab trials. The vaccines, made by Oxford University and US company Inovio Pharmaceutical, have been cleared for animal testing by the World Health…

US Congress approves history's largest aid package

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(Washington) - The US House of Representatives passed a historic $2 trillion rescue package that injects cash into the pockets of struggling Americans and fortifies an economy so ravaged by coronavirus that it is sliding toward recession. After…

Russia sees no epidemic but starts shutdown

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Russia is beginning what Vladimir Putin called a "non-working week", to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The government is urging people to stay at home, though mixed messaging has left many Russians confused. Officials now hint…

UN launches virus aid plan

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Poorer countries need $2bn of international humanitarian aid to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said in launching a major donation appeal on Wednesday. "COVID-19 is threatening the whole of humanity…

Canada backs $75bn coronavirus relief bill

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Canada has passed a multi-billion-dollar relief package to respond to the coronavirus slowdown. It allows the government to spend C$107bn ($75bn, £64bn) in emergency aid and economic stimulus to assist Canadians struggling financially. All…

Senate agrees $1.8tn stimulus package with Trump

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A stimulus package worth more than $1.8 trillion (£1.5tn) has been agreed by US Senate leaders and the White House to ease the impact of coronavirus. It reportedly includes payments of $1,200 to most American adults and aid to help small…

Coronavirus delays Russian vote

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed a vote on constitutional change that would allow him to stay in power, because of coronavirus concerns. He said the public vote - previously due to be held on 22 April - would be delayed until…

Trump puts US on war footing to combat outbreak

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Describing himself as a "wartime president", President Donald Trump has vowed the US will achieve "total victory" over the coronavirus. He spoke as he revived a Korean War-era measure allowing the US to ramp up production of vital medical…

Coronavirus hits all 50 US states as death toll rises

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The deadly coronavirus has now hit all 50 states in the US as West Virginia reported its first case of the infection on Tuesday. Announcing West Virginia's first Covid-19 patient, Governor Jim Justice said: "We knew this was coming." New…

Half a billion students miss school amid coronavirus outbreak

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More than half a billion children and youth are unable to go to school because of the coronavirus, the UN education agency said, as the outbreak continues to spread to new countries. At least 56 countries have shut down schools nationwide…

Tokyo Olympics will go ahead, Japan's PM

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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead as planned in July, despite coronavirus concerns resulting in the postponement of sporting events. Abe added the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would have the…
Australian politician Peter Dutton tests positive for coronavirus

Australian politician Peter Dutton tests positive for coronavirus

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(Sydney) - Senior Australian politician Peter Dutton tested positive for the new coronavirus and entered hospital quarantine, days after returning from Washington where he met Ivanka Trump and US Attorney General William Barr. Home Affairs…

Trump declares coronavirus national emergency

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(Washington) - US President Donald Trump announced a national state of emergency, freeing up $50 billion in federal funds for the battle against the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic. "To unleash the full power of the federal government,…