PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, adding in the same vein that he will continue to lead the government's response to the virus via video conference. In a video message, Johnson…

Capital by capital, coronavirus shuts Europe down

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Across the Continent, Europeans are facing a barrage of restrictions on their freedoms as the authorities struggle to stop the new coronavirus spreading further. Fear and uncertainty have encouraged residents to largely comply with a national…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Europe readies for total lock-down over coronavirus

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(Paris) - Europe readied itself for a total lock-down over the deadly coronavirus pandemic as the World Health Organization (WHO) called for the "boldest actions". From France to Germany to Spain, millions were confined to their homes as…

European Union seals borders to most outsiders

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The EU is banning travellers from outside the bloc for 30 days in an unprecedented move to seal its borders amid the coronavirus crisis. The measure is expected to apply to 26 EU states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.…

Coronavirus: Trump suspends travel from Europe to US

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US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping travel restrictions on 26 European countries in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The ban applies to travellers from countries which are members of the Schengen border-free travel…

Countrywide lockdown announced in Italy

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(Rome) - Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extended measures to tackle the new coronavirus across the whole country, telling people to "stay at home" and banning public gathering as well as Serie A football matches. The unprecedented measures…

Eurozone bank tries to ease coronavirus crisis

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The European Central Bank (ECB) has announced steps to tackle the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. It is offering cheap loans to commercial banks to encourage them to lend to small businesses. It is also expanding its quantitative…

UK health minister tests positive for coronavirus

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(London) - British MP Nadine Dorries, a minister in the health department, has tested positive for coronavirus, she said in a statement, raising concerns about whether senior government figures have been infected. "I can confirm I have tested…

Tesco sells its Asian stores in £8bn deal

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UK retail giant Tesco has agreed to sell its operations in Thailand and Malaysia for ($10.6bn) £8bn. The supermarket chain has 2,000 stores across both countries, under the Tesco Lotus brand, and is selling them to Thai conglomerate CP Group. Chief…