Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

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The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House has announced. Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mild symptoms "but otherwise remains in good health", a spokesman said, adding that the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has…

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…

Saudi Arabia imposes curfew

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Saudi Arabia will impose a nationwide curfew from Monday evening, as the coronavirus cases in the world continue to increase. Saudi King Salman ordered a curfew to slow the spread of the coronavirus, state news agency SPA reported. The curfew…

Smartphone sales collapse amid pandemic

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Sales of new phones have collapsed in the biggest fall since the invention of the smartphone. Research firm Strategy Analytics said shipments in February fell by 38% year-on-year. The outbreak of the coronavirus in China had a huge impact,…

Olympic flame lit at empty ceremony in Japan

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A plane carrying the Olympic flame has arrived at Japan's Matsushima defence force base. While there were many spectators to welcome the plane from Athens, the Olympic cauldron was lit in a small ceremony without a crowd, amid coronavirus…

Oil prices fall to record low

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Oil prices fell to a record low as the coronavirus continued to affect markets across the globe on Wednesday. The WTI oil slumped by 12% on Wednesday as Brent prices also fell below 6%. WTI oil was priced at under $24 per barrel, as the…

Queen Elizabeth calls for UK to unite against coronavirus

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With the coronavirus sweeping over the world, the British royal family is vowing to play their part in containing the infectious disease. In a statement released, Queen Elizabeth II addressed the global pandemic and shared that the United…

Italy coronavirus toll tops 4,000

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The grim toll of coronavirus deaths in Italy, the world's worst-hit nation, surged past 4,000 on Friday as New York and other US states joined California in ordering a lockdown to try to bring the pandemic under control. While new infections…

COVID-19 could claim 25 million jobs worldwide: ILO

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(Geneva) - The economic and labour crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic could increase global unemployment by around 25 million, according to a new assessment by the International Labour Organisation, ILO. Based on different scenarios…

Europe sets up emergency lifeline worth billions

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The European Central Bank (ECB) has launched an emergency €750bn ($820bn; £700bn) package to ease the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It will buy government and company debt across the eurozone, including that of troubled Greece and…

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…

Italy's death toll overtakes China's

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Coronavirus has killed more people in Italy than in any other country, after deaths there rose by 427 in a day. The number of deaths now stands at 3,405, which is more than in China where the virus originated last year. There have been…

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…

Saudi Arabia urges G20 virtual talk on coronavirus

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Saudi Arabia plans to convene a virtual summit next week, bringing together the leaders from the Group of 20 major economies (G20) to address the coronavirus pandemic, as it also takes more drastic measures to contain the spread of the illness…