EU Urges Travel Ban to be Extended

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The European Commission urged EU member states to extend the temporary ban on non-essential travel into the bloc by one month until June 15, a statement said. Despite an initial easing of measures to combat the new coronavirus pandemic within…

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…

Europe to mark WWII anniversary despite virus crisis

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(Paris) - A continent devastated by the coronavirus will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, as the economic destruction of the current global crisis was laid bare. Large-scale parades that had been envisaged to…

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…

UK Economy Heads for Biggest Recession in 300 Years

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The British economy is set to plummet into its worst recession for 300 years because of the coronavirus crisis, the Bank of England warned. In a bleak assessment, the Bank said economic output will shrink by 14 percent this year in the worst…

UK could start easing virus lockdown next week: PM

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(London) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he could begin to ease a nationwide coronavirus lockdown next week, but warned he would do nothing that would risk a new surge of cases. He was speaking the day after Britain overtook Italy…

UAE Launches ‘World’s Tallest Donation Box’ Initiative

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Contributions have poured for the World’s Tallest Donation Box, shining 180,000 lights on 18 floors of Burj Khalifa within 24 hours of the initiative’s launch. The donations raised on the first day will help provide 180,000 meals for…

Dubai Expo Officially Postponed to October 2021

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The General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has approved the request of the UAE government and its Executive Committee to postpone Dubai Expo 2020 to next year. Member States voted remotely on the BIE Executive…

COVID-19 Cases in Saudi Arabia Cross 30,000

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Saudi Arabia reported 1,595 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 30,251, the Ministry of Health announced. Meanwhile, the ministry reported 955 recoveries today, with total recoveries in the…

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…

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,…

UK death toll passes Italy to be highest in Europe

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The UK now has the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe, according to the latest government figures. There have been 29,427 deaths recorded across the UK - a figure Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said was "a massive tragedy". The…

Saudi to test the effectiveness of plasma in treating COVID-19

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A number of Saudi health and research centers have launched a study to test therapeutic options to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by using plasma from recovered patients. The study aims to test the effectiveness of plasma in treating…

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…