Brazil faces dark week as Covid-19 toll rises

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Brazil appears to be entering another dark week, as coronavirus cases grow by the thousands and controversy swells around President Jair Bolsonaro. The Ministry of Health announced 11,687 new cases of coronavirus had been confirmed over the…

Russia to hold World War II victory parade on June 24

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Russia will hold a military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the defeat over Nazi Germany in World War II on June 24, after the celebration was postponed from May because of the coronavirus pandemic. Russian President Vladimir Putin…

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

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The World Health Organization said Monday that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malarial drug U.S. President Trump says he is taking — from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts…

WHO assures of reviewing its coronavirus response

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that it it would launch an independent review of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Washington is locked in an increasingly bitter spat with Beijing over the new coronavirus pandemic…

Spraying Disinfectants Can Be ‘Harmful’, Says WHO

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Spraying disinfectant on the streets, as practised in some countries, does not eliminate the new coronavirus and even poses a health risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Saturday. In a document on cleaning and disinfecting…

Russia now has second highest virus cases

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Russia has confirmed 232,000 cases of coronavirus - the second highest toll in the world after the US. In the last 24 hours the country has reported 10,899 infections, the tenth consecutive day that number has been above 10,000. Among…

Putin eases Russian lockdown as cases rise

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says that from Tuesday the nationwide coronavirus lockdown will be eased and businesses will go back to work. He said the country's "non-working period" imposed to curb the virus had lasted six weeks. The…

Coronavirus: Global Cases Surpass 4 Million

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More than four million confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported around the world, according to a data collated by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll has also risen to above 277,000, the BBC reported citing the data. The…

WHO urges countries to invest in healthcare

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(Geneva) - The World Health Organisation urged countries to invest in getting their healthcare systems better to fight the next pandemic rather than scrambling around in panic when it hits. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said investing…

Do not use untested remedies, WHO warns

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning against people using untested remedies for coronavirus. Africans deserve access to medicines that have gone through proper trials even if they are derived from traditional treatments,…

Russia coronavirus cases surpass 125,000

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Russia reported 9,623 new coronavirus cases - its highest daily rise since the start of the pandemic - bringing the total to 125,054, mostly in the capital Moscow. The death toll nationwide rose to 1,222 after 57 people died in the last 24…

US authorises Ebola drug for coronavirus treatment

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The US's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised emergency use of the Ebola drug remdesivir for treating the coronavirus. The authorisation means the anti-viral drug can now be used on people who are hospitalised with severe Covid-19. A…

Russian PM tests positive for coronavirus

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Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has gone to hospital after he was diagnosed with coronavirus. His positive test came on the same day that Russia recorded a record 7,099 cases, taking the total number of infections above 100,000. Mr…

US states partly reopen as virus deaths top 50,000

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Three US states have allowed some shops to reopen after measures imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as the country's death toll passed 51,000. Salons and spas could reopen in Georgia and Oklahoma while Alaska lifted restrictions…