Italy likely to extend state of emergency due to coronavirus crisis

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Italy will likely extend a state of emergency beyond its current deadline of July 31 due to the new coronavirus crisis, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said. “The possible extension simply means that we are in a position to continue…

Johnson says England may need stricter face mask rules

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said tighter rules on wearing face coverings may be needed to stop a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, and that he would like to see them worn more frequently in shops in England. “I do think we need…

Millions of Australians back in lockdown

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Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, went back into lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, forcing five million Australians to stay home for all but essential business for the next six weeks to contain a flare-up of coronavirus cases. State…

Floods, landslides kill 23 in Nepal, dozens missing

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Heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides that killed at least 23 people and displaced thousands in western Nepal, officials said on Saturday. Nine people were killed and more than 30 were missing in Myagdi district, 200 km (125 miles)…

Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people

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Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the “highest bidder,” saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly…

Nokia to add open interfaces to its telecom equipment

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Finland’s Nokia became the first major telecom equipment maker to commit to adding open interfaces in its products that will allow mobile operators to build networks that are not tied to a vendor. The new technology, dubbed Open Radio Access…

Oil down as U.S. virus spike stokes demand worries

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Oil prices fell amid concerns that a surge in new coronavirus cases, especially in the United States, will hamper any recovery in fuel demand. Brent crude LCOc1 futures declined by 44 cents, or 1.02%, to $42.66, by 0935 GMT, after hitting…

EU sees deeper recession

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The eurozone economy will drop deeper into recession this year and rebound less steeply in 2021 than previously thought, the European Commission forecast on Tuesday, with France, Italy and Spain struggling the most due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The…

China launches satellite for space environment study

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China successfully sent a satellite for space environment study and related technology experiments into the planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, Xinhua news agency reported. The satellite, the second…

Saudi Arabia announces health protocols for Hajj season

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Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus during this year's Hajj season which includes limiting the number of pilgrims, the state news agency, SPA, said. In a statement, the Saudi Centre for Disease…

Etihad Aviation Group oragnises Manchester City Young Leaders Summit

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Etihad Aviation Group launched today the Young Leaders Summit, an annual initiative from Manchester City that brings together community leaders for a week of digital learning, delivered through interactive live sessions and webinars. The…

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 11.64 million, death toll at 536,693

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More than 11.64 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 536,693​ have died, according to a Reuters tally published on Tuesday. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and…

Australia closes Victoria-New South Wales border

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The border between Australia's two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), is to close after a spike in Covid-19 cases in Melbourne. The outbreak in Victoria's capital has seen hundreds of cases in the past two weeks - more…

Spanish study casts doubt on herd immunity option

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A Spanish study has cast doubt on the feasibility of herd immunity as a way of tackling the coronavirus pandemic. The study of more than 60,000 people estimates that around just 5% of the Spanish population has developed antibodies, the medical…