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…

WHO warns COVID-19 pandemic will not end any time soon

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The global coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon, with many countries still in the early stages of the fight, health experts have warned as researchers revealed the first US deaths from the disease came weeks before the alarm was raised…

Ramadan commences in several Muslim countries

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Saudi Arabia said that it had sighted the Ramadan moon and that the month of fasting would be commence tomorrow (Friday) in the country. The announcement was made after the Kingdom's moon sighting committee convened a meeting after Maghreb…

Trump unveils plan to reopen states in phases

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As Covid-19 continues to spread across the US, President Donald Trump has given governors guidance on reopening state economies in the coming months. The guidelines for "Opening up America Again" outline three phases for states to gradually…

Trump says peak is passed and US to reopen soon

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President Donald Trump says the US has "passed the peak" of new coronavirus cases and predicted some states would reopen this month. Mr Trump told the daily White House briefing that new guidelines would be announced on Thursday after he…

'Deadly resurgence' if curbs lifted too early, WHO warns

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Lifting coronavirus lockdown measures too early could spark a "deadly resurgence" in infections, the World Health Organization chief has warned. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said countries should be cautious about easing restrictions, even…

Pope Francis urges people not to 'yield to fear'

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Pope Francis has urged people not to "yield to fear" over coronavirus, calling on them to be "messengers of life in a time of death". The leader of the Roman Catholic Church was speaking at his Easter vigil service in an almost empty St Peter's…

US death toll world's highest

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The United States now has now overtaken Italy to have the highest death toll from coronavirus in the world. The latest data, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, shows more than 20,000 people in the US have now died. The grim milestone…

Virus could push half a billion people into poverty

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The economic fallout from the coronavirus could increase global poverty by as much a half a billion. This bleak warning comes from a United Nations (UN) study into the financial and human cost of the pandemic. It will be the first time…