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A daily round-up on the spread of the coronavirus, with reports from affected areas, details of the latest medical information and the impact on health, business and travel.

Episode Date
Volunteers 'to be infected with Covid-19'
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UK trials to vaccinate volunteers and then expose them to the virus. Also: the European Commission calls for measures to prevent a second wave, and Israel tightens restrictions.
Sep 24, 2020
US death toll passes 200,000
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President Trump defends his record and blames China. Also: Johnson & Johnson becomes the fourth company to begin a final and large-scale trial of a vaccine, and football fans in Brazil can return to stadiums.
Sep 23, 2020
Boris Johnson warns UK has reached 'a perilous turning point'
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The British Prime Minister has introduced a raft of new restrictions in England as coronavirus cases continue to increase. Also: Joe Biden renews his attack on President Trump's handling of the pandemic, and football fans return to Italian stadiums.
Sep 22, 2020
Madrid imposes partial lockdown
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Spain tries to avert a second surge, while the UK fears it could be heading for 50,000 cases a day by October. And India's most famous landmark reopens to the public.
Sep 21, 2020
British health minister warns the country is at a tipping point in tackling Covid-19
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Matt Hancock told the BBC that people had a choice: to either follow the rules or prepare for new measures. Also: the WHO has agreed rules for testing African herbal remedies to fight Covid-19.
Sep 20, 2020
WHO warns that the Covid-19 pandemic is not burning out
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The World Health Organisation says countries in the northern hemisphere must prepare for a winter battle against the disease, and how is Israel coping with a second nationwide lockdown?
Sep 19, 2020
Number of confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide passes 30 million
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The US, India and Brazil have the highest figures, but the number of new infections in Europe is increasing. Also: Israel has become the first developed country to return to a nationwide lockdown, and the head of the World Food Programme, asks billionaires to donate money to help.
Sep 18, 2020
The WHO: Infection rates are a 'wake-up call'
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The WHO has said transmission rates are alarming, experts reveal the latest on symptoms to look out for and parts of England get a widespread local lockdown.
Sep 17, 2020
OECD: Global recession not as deep as expected
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But the pandemic could still cost the world economy 7 trillion dollars. Also: the EU urges member states to build a stronger health union, and the number of cases in India tops 5 million.
Sep 16, 2020
Bill Gates: Covid-19 has set back global health by two decades
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Billionaire philanthropist says crisis has exposed tens of millions of people to the threat of more poverty, inequality, and disease. Also: China's economy picks up speed as shoppers return, and how to make TV comedy work without a studio audience.
Sep 15, 2020
WHO reports a record increase in infections
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More than 300,000 cases were reported on Sunday. Also: a promising new treatment for Covid-19 using artificial antibodies is about to be tested in the UK; and we hear from a doctor who treated coronavirus in the war-torn Yemeni city of Aden.
Sep 14, 2020
Melbourne eases lockdown rules
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The number of infections has been falling in Australia’s second most populous city. Also, an Israeli government minister resigns over plans to impose a second lockdown across the country. And in Germany, the Dresden Symphonic Orchestra finds an innovative way to play a socially distanced concert.
Sep 13, 2020
Who are France's anti-mask protesters?
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France,one of the first countries to introduce compulsory face masks, sees a rise in protests against them, also: Chile's constitutional referendum to take place under a state of emergency, and the virus threat to indigenous tribes in Brazil.
Sep 12, 2020
Poorer countries hardest hit by Covid-19
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Poll suggests the pandemic has increased global inequality in the past six months. Also: North Korea is reportedly operating a shoot-to-kill policy at the Chinese border to stop infected people entering the country, and Myanmar has grounded all domestic flights.
Sep 11, 2020
Major European airlines group asks for 3 billion dollar investment
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IAG, which owns British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus, asks shareholders for investment, also: face masks compulsory again in Czechia and Indonesia postpones construction of new capital.
Sep 10, 2020
Vaccine trials halted after volunteer becomes ill
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The volunteer had a suspected adverse reaction to the drug developed by Oxford University. Also: groups of 6+ will be illegal in England as cases rise, and villagers in rural Punjab attack health workers.
Sep 09, 2020
South Africa's economy shrinks by half
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Every sector except agriculture saw a decline. Aviation, tourism and hospitality hit hard. Also: the Japanese government says the Tokyo Olympics must be held next year ‘at any cost’, and some good news about how even countries with limited resources can combat Covid-19.
Sep 08, 2020
India surpasses Brazil
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India now has the second highest number of recorded cases of COVID-19 and it could soon overtake the US. Also: young people in Britain are told they could be risking a second wave and the study offering new hope for patients recovering from long term symptoms.
Sep 07, 2020
Warning over access to digital learning in Mexico
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The Mexican government admits that as many as two-and-a-half million children may drop out of school altogether as a result of the pandemic. Spanish teachers and students demand better protection. The Covid survivors offering support to current patients in Jerusalem. And Russia's most famous theatre re-opens.
Sep 06, 2020
Arrests at Australia anti-lockdown protests
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Hundreds of people march through Melbourne and Sydney in defiance of social distancing measures. Coronavirus cases in India pass 4 million while France registers its highest daily infection rate. And one of Europe's biggest brothels files for bankruptcy.
Sep 05, 2020
The number of confirmed cases in Brazil passes four million
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There are hopes that infections there are starting to slow. Also: New Zealand records its first death from coronavirus in more than three months, and filming of the new Batman movie is suspended again, after someone on the set tests positive.
Sep 04, 2020
France announces multi-billion euro recovery plan
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The prime minister of France has announced a multi-billion euro plan to kickstart the economy impacted by Covid 19. Also; India has confirmed a new daily surge record, there's a night time curfew in Havana for the first time in six decades and international football is back.
Sep 03, 2020
Australia in recession
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PM Scott Morrison says Covid-19 played a big role, and his government will fight back. Also: the European countries tightening coronavirus rules, and music takes to the skies.
Sep 02, 2020
Thousands of African children 'could die'
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A charity says 70,000 children, already affected by Covid-19, could die from hunger. Also: the Chinese pupils doused in disinfectant, and the tennis players in a bubble within a bubble.
Sep 01, 2020
DRC 'struggling' with Ebola, Bubonic Plague and Covid-19
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The authorities are fighting Malaria and Measles as well. Also: China installs cameras in students' bedrooms to enforce social distancing, and Lady Gaga urges fans to stay safe.
Aug 31, 2020
Number of cases worldwide passes 25 million
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India sees the world's largest increase in infections in a single day. Also: Germany's politicians condemn 'anti-corona' protests in Berlin, and why the snake-catching business is booming in Australia since lockdown.
Aug 30, 2020
Can children spread the virus?
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Research from South Korea shows children can carry the virus for up to three weeks. Also: the difficulties of testing in the Kurdish-administered part of Syria, and beachgoers in Bondi are told to stay a towel-length apart.
Aug 29, 2020
Covid risk to schoolchildren is 'tiny', says study
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Authors of the largest ever study examining children treated in hospital for Covid-19 say parents should be reassured by the findings. Also, mink farms across the Netherlands are ordered to close permanently following mass coronavirus outbreaks, and how one soap opera is managing to film love scenes - while maintaining social distancing.
Aug 28, 2020
India records its highest number of new cases in a single day
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For the first time, members of a remote tribe in the Andamans archipelago test positive. Also: Paris imposes the wearing of facemasks in public, and why, despite a rapid increase in cases across Europe, the number of covid-related deaths is not rising.
Aug 27, 2020
South Korea threatens legal action against striking doctors
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The doctors say plans to increase the number of medical students won't address systematic problems in the health service. Also: what difference has the pandemic made to friendships?
Aug 26, 2020
South Korea closes all schools in capital Seoul
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Schools in the South Korean capital switch to online teaching to fend off a resurgence of cases. Also, lockdown in Gaza, and how music can help deal with the pandemic blues.
Aug 25, 2020
WHO warns against a nationalist race for a vaccine
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The organisation’s director-general calls for more support for a collaborative approach to the search. Also today: the US starts using plasma from recovering patients to treat new sufferers; and a doctor warns that cold is killing patients in South Africa’s Covid-19 wards.
Aug 24, 2020
India passes 3 million cases
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Around a million Indians have tested positive in the past two weeks, but the country’s death rate remains relatively low. Also, Irish politicians face a mounting scandal over a parliamentary dinner that broke social distancing rules. And German researchers stage a series of pop concerts to study the way coronavirus spreads at large events.
Aug 23, 2020
WHO: Coronavirus pandemic could end in two years
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The head of WHO,Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says Covid-19 can be overcome more quickly than the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. Also: South Korea imposes new coronavirus restrictions, and German music fans take part in pop concerts in the name of science.
Aug 22, 2020
Lebanon returns to lockdown after Beirut explosion
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The Middle Eastern country is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases while, at the same time, struggling to rebuild Beirut’s healthcare system following the deadly blast earlier this month. Meanwhile, the US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden vows to introduce a new strategy for the pandemic. And we hear from the British researcher training dogs to sniff out coronavirus.
Aug 21, 2020
WHO warns young people: ‘Don’t let your guard down’
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The World Health Organization’s director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge, says he is “very concerned” that more young people are being infected. Meanwhile, South Korea is increasing restrictions after an outbreak within a fringe religious group. And an isolated Indigenous community in Brazil makes contact with the outside world, raising fears about its vulnerability to the virus.
Aug 20, 2020
Australia secures vaccine for all citizens
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Australia announces deal with AstraZeneca and Oxford University, but backtracks on making vaccine mandatory. Also: Britain hopes to shorten quarantine with airport testing, and a man gets forced off a high speed train for not wearing a mask.
Aug 19, 2020
WHO warns against "vaccine nationalism"
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The organisation's chief says countries are exacerbating the pandemic by putting their own interests first. Also: Brazil's vice-president defends its handling of the pandemic, and infection rates in Spain remain high.
Aug 18, 2020
India passes 50 thousand deaths
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It has more than 2.6 million cases - the world's 3rd highest. Also: Covid-19 delays NZ election, and China patents its 1st vaccine.
Aug 17, 2020
S Korea says sect leader 'obstructed' Covid-19 fight
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The government says the Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon blocked the testing of church members. Also: South Africa eases lockdown, and Italian cruise ships take to the waters again.
Aug 16, 2020
Restrictions tightened in South Korea
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South Korea records the highest number of infections in more than five months. Also: Russia's vaccine goes into production, and the thousands of staff who can now work from home permanently.
Aug 15, 2020
UK imposes new rules after French Covid spike
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British tourists arriving home from France must self-isolate after Saturday. Also: the lockdown in New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, is extended and Russian doctors express misgivings about the Sputnik vaccine.
Aug 14, 2020
India now has the 4th highest number of deaths in the world
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Cases surge there after lockdown measures were eased and social distancing becomes increasingly difficult. Also: China discovers traces of the virus in frozen chicken imported from South America, and how false information spread on social media has proved fatal.
Aug 13, 2020
South Africa sees a dramatic drop in new infections
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The number of South Africans recovering from Covid has also risen. Also: Britain suffers its worst economic slump, and how the pandemic is disrupting the lives of young people.
Aug 12, 2020
Worldwide infections reach 20 million
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More than a quarter of cases are in the US. Also: Russia gives the go-ahead for its own vaccine, and lockdown measures are reintroduced in Auckland, after only four new cases.
Aug 11, 2020
Face masks now compulsory at busy outdoor Paris sites
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Concern over the growing number of infections in France prompted officials to make face masks compulsory outdoors in busy parts of Paris from today. Also: A BBC investigation has revealed that some staff in Ghana's hospitals have been selling vital PPE for personal profit, and New Zealand plans to open a travel bubble with the Cook Islands.
Aug 10, 2020
Brazil passes 100,000 deaths
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Despite having the world's second highest figure, Bolsonaro is unlikely to change course. Also: Nagasaki's mayor says Covid-19 is like an atomic bomb, and cutting hair creatively to beat the virus.
Aug 09, 2020
Talks fail on US coronavirus aid package
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President Trump will sign executive orders on benefits, as politicians remain at odds. Also: NZ PM's re-election campaign stresses her success in tackling Covid-19, and keeping Antarctica virus-free.
Aug 08, 2020
UK scientists: Pandemic - 'an opportunity' to beat climate change
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Despite falling greenhouse gases in lockdown, scientists say people's habits must change. Also: India records 2 million cases, and a creative way to avoid Covid-19 rules.
Aug 07, 2020
Surge in cases across Europe
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France, Spain and Greece record their highest number of infections in weeks. Also: Facebook and Twitter penalise Donald Trump for posts showing "harmful Covid misinformation", and Thailand delays the launch of a travel bubble agreement with selected countries.
Aug 06, 2020
South Africa’s infection curve starts to dip
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The government says it is successfully managing the biggest Covid-19 surge on the continent. Also: Afghanistan's health ministry estimates that a third of the population have been infected with the coronavirus, and how singing can help survivors of the disease.
Aug 05, 2020
Millions return to lockdown in Philippines
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A strict curb on movements is re-imposed in Manila after a surge in new infections. Also: harsh new penalties for Australian residents who ignore orders to self-isolate, and the 28-year-old American woman who was dying of Covid-19 before receiving a double lung transplant.
Aug 04, 2020
Iran deaths 'much higher than official figures suggest'
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Leaked government documents show more than twice the number of deaths than reported. Also: Doctors in Zimbabwe say the country is facing a crisis from a shortage of healthcare workers, and new penalties for coughing on the football pitch.
Aug 03, 2020
Night curfew imposed on Melbourne
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The Australian state of Victoria ushers in strict measures until mid September after almost 700 cases were detected in the country the previous day. Also: South Africa hits half a million cases and Russia says it will start mass vaccination in October.
Aug 02, 2020
Mexico's death toll becomes world's third highest
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Mexico has now suffered more than 45,500 deaths during the pandemic. Also, India's growing COVID-19 problem. And, Salzburg holds music festival despite coronavirus.
Aug 01, 2020
WHO: Pandemic is a 'once-in-a-century' health crisis
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WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says effect of pandemic will be felt for decades to come. Also, Eurozone suffers deepest contraction on record and, Nepal reopens Everest despite pandemic uncertainty.
Jul 31, 2020
US economy sees sharpest contraction in decades
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The US economy shrank by 10 per cent in the second quarter. It was the sharpest decline since the government began keeping records in 1947. Also, England had the most excess deaths in Europe in the months until the middle of June, and snooker brings back spectators indoors.
Jul 30, 2020
Anthony Fauci: ‘Do not be distracted by political infighting’
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Washington’s top adviser on the pandemic urges co-operation, as the US surpasses 150,000 Covid-related deaths. Meanwhile, the annual Muslim pilgrimage, the Hajj, is dramatically scaled back. And Instagram censures Madonna, after the pop star posted misleading information about Covid treatments.
Jul 29, 2020
Is Europe facing a second wave?
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Spain, Germany and Belgium see a rise in cases. Also: global tourism and airlines take a huge financial hit from the virus; and the Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, says Italy's covid rules are humiliating.
Jul 28, 2020
Concern in Vietnam after first coronavirus cases in months
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The city of Da Nang has been closed to tourists to contain a new Covid-19 outbreak. Flights have been laid on to take thousands of people home. Also: The World Health Organisation warns that long term travel bans are not a sustainable way of combatting the virus, and a pet cat is the first animal in the UK to be confirmed to have the disease.
Jul 27, 2020
Spain insists it is safe for tourists
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Spain's foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya has insisted the country is safe to visit and that three coronavirus outbreaks are being brought under control. She was speaking after Britain abruptly ordered travellers returning from Spain to spend fourteen days in quarantine. Also: The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declares an emergency, and one of the world's biggest New Year's Eve celebrations is cancelled due to the pandemic.
Jul 26, 2020
Catalonia shuts nightlife venues to stem spike
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All nightclubs and late-night bars in the north-eastern region of Spain are to close for the next two weeks, due to a spike in coronavirus infections. Also: India records nearly 100,000 new cases in two days, and could losing weight help you avoid going into intensive care with Covid-19?
Jul 25, 2020
Europe fears second wave as cases rise in Spain and Poland
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Spain reports nearly 1,000 new cases in 24 hours. Also: British PM says UK may have gone into lockdown too late, and on the day the Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony was due to be held, questions are raised over whether the delayed games will ever take place.
Jul 24, 2020
South Korea and Australia fall into recession
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South Korea follows Japan and Singapore while Australia faces its biggest budget deficit since the Second World War. Also: the head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, rejects claims by the US Secretary of State that he was "bought" by China, and the number of deaths in South Africa could be far higher than previously thought.
Jul 23, 2020
President Trump says it will be worse before it gets better
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The president admits that Americans will continue to feel the effects of the pandemic and he urges them to wear a face mask when they can't socially distance. Also: face coverings are made mandatory in Melbourne and the US orders a hundred million doses of a potential vaccine.
Jul 22, 2020
EU leaders agree post-pandemic recovery deal
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The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, said Europe as a whole now had a "big chance" of emerging from the crisis stronger. It comes as it's revealed that one in eight bars, restaurants and hotels in Spain have closed permanently. And after months of saying he wouldn't wear a mask, President Trump appears to be softening his stance.
Jul 21, 2020
Vaccine shows promising results in trials
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The vaccine developed by Oxford University induced a strong immune response in volunteers. Also: new treatment could dramatically lower hospital death rates; EU leaders still haven't agreed a multi-billion euro recovery fund; and sumo wrestling has resumed in front of a live audience in Japan.
Jul 20, 2020
Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 600,000
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The number of fatalities is still rising quickly in the US, which remains the centre of the pandemic. Meanwhile, face coverings have been made mandatory in and around the Australian city of Melbourne. And, as Syrians vote in parliamentary elections, we look at the government’s failure to implement coronavirus precautions.
Jul 19, 2020
UN chief criticises lack of global cooperation on COVID-19
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The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, has strongly criticised the world’s biggest powers for failing to work together to tackle the coronavirus crisis. Also: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says 25 million Iranians have already been infected by the virus, and a study is underway to understand the risks of singing in public during the pandemic.
Jul 18, 2020
India's Covid-19 cases surge past one million
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Infections have passed the one million mark in India hours after Brazil’s total passed two million. Also: European Union leaders have met in Brussels to try to agree a huge coronavirus recovery fund, and Captain Tom Moore, the WW2 veteran who raised millions of dollars for charity during the pandemic, has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Jul 17, 2020
Russia accused of trying to steal vaccine information
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Russian spies are targeting organisations trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, US and Canada, security services have warned. Spain holds a memorial service to honour those killed by COVID-19. And would you deliberately expose yourself to the virus to help develop a cure?
Jul 16, 2020
US firm’s vaccine trial to enter final stage
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Moderna says phase one testing has proved safe and provoked an immune response. Also: allegations of fake Covid-19 certificates being issued by a Bangladeshi hospital, and how to stop your glasses from fogging up when wearing a mask.
Jul 15, 2020
California reimposes sweeping restrictions amid virus spike
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California has reimposed restrictions on businesses and public spaces amid a spike of coronavirus infections in America's most populous state. Also: facemasks to become compulsory in English shops and the shock tactic used to enforce social distancing at a pub.
Jul 14, 2020
WHO: Pandemic will get 'worse and worse' if health advice ignored
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The coronavirus pandemic is going to get “worse and worse” if certain governments do not take decisive action to curb the spread of the disease, the World Health Organisation has warned. Also: Latin America becomes the second worst-hit region for COVID-19 deaths and Florida sets a new record for infections.
Jul 13, 2020
Infection rates increase sharply
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Five countries account for half the world’s total of 13 million recorded cases. Also: President Trump is seen wearing a mask for the first time in public, and a family of Bollywood stars test positive for COVID-19.
Jul 12, 2020
'Virus drugs available to all'
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Bill Gates says coronavirus drugs and eventual vaccines must go to the needy not the highest bidder; All university exams in the Indian capital Delhi are cancelled to stop the spread of the disease, and Disney World in Florida reopens -- despite the recent surge in infections and deaths in the State.
Jul 11, 2020
USA records highest one day figure
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More than 63,000 coronavirus cases were registered on Thursday according to Johns Hopkins University, and some intensive care units reach capacity. South Africa has also hit its highest single day increase, and Barbados tempts homeworkers.
Jul 10, 2020
Oxfam warns that more people could die from hunger than Covid-19
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The UK based charity says the pandemic is disrupting food supplies and aid. Also: the WHO announces a review of the global response to Covid-19, and the number of new cases in Tokyo has reached a record high, as Japan prepares to relax some restrictions.
Jul 09, 2020
US passes three million coronavirus cases
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Vice President, Mike Pence, said more than 39 million people had been tested. Also: the WHO acknowledges emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny air particles, and crowds in Serbia storm parliament to protest about a new curfew.
Jul 08, 2020
Brazil's Bolsonaro announces: ‘It came back positive’
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus. Meanwhile, Australia places Melbourne under 6-week lockdown. And Spanish study casts doubt on herd immunity feasibility.
Jul 07, 2020
Israel closes bars and clubs as COVID-19 cases rise
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Public spaces have been shut indefinitely, as Israel grapples with the spread of infections. Meanwhile, Australia has closed the border between two states as cases rise there. And the Louvre Museum in Paris reopens after four months.
Jul 06, 2020
South Africa - officials consider reimposing lockdown in most populous province
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There are more than 50,000 cases in Gauteng which is the country's economic powerhouse. Also Britain celebrates the 72nd anniversary of the National Health Service - which has faced the most challenging year in its history with the battle against Covid-19, and an Indian man buys a gold face mask but admits it may not be effective against the coronavirus.
Jul 05, 2020
England eases lockdown in pubs, restaurants and hair salons
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The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, says it's the biggest step so far to recovery. Also two hundred thousand people are put back into quarantine in a region of Spain and Sri Lankan police patrol to enforce the wearing of facemasks in public.
Jul 04, 2020
Israel brings back Covid-19 restrictions as cases increase
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The number of infections in Israel and the occupied West Bank has reached its highest point since April. Meanwhile, India records its highest single-day spike in cases. And the isolated residents of a US care home have received thousands of letters, thanks to a viral post on Facebook.
Jul 03, 2020
US jobs rebound
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Unemployment has fallen after a massive rise in April when lockdowns were introduced. Also: Mexico's virus-related deaths have risen to over 28,000, and the African Union warns of the pandemic's impact on tourism.
Jul 02, 2020
US to buy almost entire global supply of Covid drug
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The US has struck a near-exclusive deal to buy Remdesivir for the next three months. Also: global lockdowns cause layoffs in the aviation sector, and the mayor in Colombia who reported his own son from breaching restrictions.
Jul 01, 2020
EU recommends partial re-opening of external borders
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European Union diplomats suggest member states allow visitors from 15 non-EU countries. Also: South Korean officials conclude the idea of a community forming herd immunity is "wishful thinking", and doctors in Afghanistan say their healthcare system is being over-run.
Jun 30, 2020
The WHO warns the pandemic is far from over
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The World Health Organization says the virus has a "lot of room to move" after the number of people who died from COVID-19 passed the 500,000 mark. Also: mental health experts call for former patients to be tested for post traumatic stress disorder and the Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, asks football fans celebrating the club's recent victory to behave themselves.
Jun 29, 2020
Infections worldwide top 10 million
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More than 10 million coronavirus cases have been declared worldwide. Also: The outbreak in the United States continues to grow, and Iran is to make face masks compulsory in some areas.
Jun 28, 2020
India now has 500,000 confirmed cases
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Despite a record daily rise in infections the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, says that his country is well placed to cope with COVID-19. Also: a global fundraiser featuring world leaders and pop stars is held to help poor countries fight the virus just as easily as rich ones, and refunds for Hajj pilgrims in Pakistan who can't get to Mecca.
Jun 27, 2020
The WHO needs $28bn to fight the virus
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The World Health Organization has to plug a huge funding gap to help poor countries fight Covid-19. Also: daily infections in the US reach a record high and panic buying returns to Australia.
Jun 26, 2020
'Very significant' resurgences in Europe alarm WHO
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Europe has seen an increase in weekly cases of COVID-19 for the first time in months as restrictions are eased, the World Health Organization says. Also; US Governors impose a two-week quarantine for some interstate visitors... and the Eiffel Tower reopens to visitors in Paris.
Jun 25, 2020
IMF says pandemic hurting global growth more than forecast
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The International Monetary Fund has lowered its global growth forecast for this year and next in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Also; every household in Dehli will be tested in the next two weeks, and the Australian military are asked to help contain a new outbreak.
Jun 24, 2020
England to ease lockdown restrictions
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England to see most comprehensive easing of restrictions since lockdown first imposed; the annual Hadj has effectively been cancelled with only a thousand worshippers allowed to attend; and world tennis number one Novak Djokovic tests positive for the virus.
Jun 23, 2020
WHO warns pandemic still accelerating
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It says global leadership and unity are needed after a record surge in cases. Also: Brazil becomes the second country to pass fifty thousand confirmed deaths; and Novak Djokavic is under fire for holding an exhibition tennis tournament.
Jun 22, 2020
Spain welcomes tourists back as emergency ends
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Spain has lifted its state of emergency, reopening its borders to visitors from most of Europe and allowing British tourists in without having to quarantine. Also; German soldiers test thousands of abattoir workers after a outbreak, and Iraqis mourn the death of one of their best-known sportsmen from COVID-19.
Jun 21, 2020
Brazil confirms more than one million cases
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Brazil has become the second country in the world to confirm more than one million cases of COVID-19, as the disease continues to spread. Also; Anger on the streets of Paris over the government's handling of the pandemic, and Spain welcomes tourists from inside the European Union.
Jun 20, 2020
WHO: Pandemic entering 'new and dangerous phase'
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The head of the World Health Organisation has warned against relaxing coronavirus lockdown rules too soon, saying the pandemic is still accelerating and the world is entering a dangerous phase. Also; Scientists find the virus was present in Italy much earlier than first thought, and kissing scenes return to French film sets.
Jun 19, 2020
Number of pandemic deaths much higher than recorded: report
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At least another 130,000 people worldwide have died during the coronavirus pandemic on top of 450,000 officially recorded deaths from the virus, according to BBC research. Also; thousands of Germans are ordered in quarantine after an outbreak at an abattoir, and do social media platforms pose a health threat by circulating conspiracy theories?
Jun 18, 2020
WHO: Signs of hope in the fight against Covid-19
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But the Director General warns countries must continue to work on prevention measures. Also, travel restrictions imposed on millions in Beijing, and how the police are the best coronavirus investigators in Iceland.
Jun 17, 2020
Scientists celebrate ‘breakthrough’ drug finding
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The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say. Also; schools in Beijing are closed again after new outbreak at a food market, and the virus returns to New Zealand after nearly a month of no cases.
Jun 16, 2020
New lockdown for Chennai
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Tamil Nadu is one of India's worst affected areas. Also: Peru cathedral shows photos of victims, and Paris cafe owners celebrate.
Jun 15, 2020
India announces new emergency measures following an increase in cases in Delhi
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Testing will be increased and 8,000 more beds will be created for patients. Also, several Latin American countries have reported a record number of new infections and the UK government is to review its social distancing guidelines after warnings from businesses.
Jun 14, 2020
New lockdown in Beijing
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Parts of the Chinese capital face restrictions again after Covid-19 outbreak. Also: number of dead in Brazil soars, and New Zealand welcomes back rugby.
Jun 13, 2020
UK economy shrinks by 20%
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The contraction in April was worse than expected, but the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, says there will be a recovery. Also: Sources in Burundi confirm the president died after catching Covid-19, and Australia will re-open stadiums to spectators.
Jun 12, 2020
Global stock markets suffer big losses
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Wall Street recorded its worst day in three months, with millions unemployed by COVID-19. Brazilian activists stage a beachside protest over President Jair Bolsonaro's response to the virus; and the countries hoping to restart the tourism industry.
Jun 12, 2020
Further job losses in the US
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Another one-and-a-half million Americans are made unemployed as the pandemic continues to devastate a once booming American economy. Also: claims that coronavirus is being used to abuse the rights of workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and top flight football is returning to Spain.
Jun 11, 2020
WHO warns crisis far from over
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The World Health Organisation remains concerned by the spread of the virus in Central and South America, as European nations continue to ease restrictions. Also: the Spanish health workers receiving bonuses of more than $1000 after treating COVID-19 patients
Jun 11, 2020
Bereaved families take legal action in Italy
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They say poor handling of the pandemic meant their dead loved ones were abandoned. Also: Dire warnings about the impact on the world economy; WHO says virus spreading exponentially in Latin America; and could an earlier lockdown in the UK have reduced deaths by half?
Jun 10, 2020
Brazil reinstates Covid-19 recording website
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The health ministry had abruptly removed it over the weekend. Also: Coronavirus is on the rise in almost half of US states, and there's warnings of widespread malnutrition in India being worsened by the lockdown.
Jun 10, 2020
Migrant workers in India must be home in 15 days
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State governments are given a deadline by India's Supreme Court after people lost their jobs when restrictions were imposed. Also: the international airline industry is set for its biggest ever losses and the Michelin starred chef who's fed millions during the pandemic.
Jun 09, 2020
Pandemic pushes US into recession
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Production, employment and consumption have collapsed as a result of the coronavirus. Also: the number of new cases worldwide hits a record high, and new research puts a figure on the number of lives saved by lockdowns.
Jun 09, 2020
India’s economy reopens amid rise in virus cases
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India begins the most significant easing of coronavirus restrictions since the start of lockdown. Also: New Zealand steps fully out of lockdown, and Spain’s football competition La Liga will return with virtual images of stands.
Jun 08, 2020
New Zealand says it has eradicated coronavirus
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New Zealand says it has eradicated coronavirus in the country. Thousands of Brazilians take to the streets to protest the president's handling of the virus. Why gym owners in India are unhappy.
Jun 08, 2020
China denies a cover up over Covid-19
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Beijing says it briefed the US in early January, when the disease was largely unknown. Also: South Africa's lifted alcohol ban has led to a sharp rise in trauma admissions at hospitals, and as many lockdowns ease, how we can help our pets adjust to our return to work?
Jun 07, 2020
Coronavirus data withheld from Brazilians
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President Bolsonaro defends his decision to withhold key Covid-19 data from the public, The World Bank says the pandemic is a catastrophe for the global economy. Why people are being warned not to try and smuggle themselves to remote Scottish islands.
Jun 07, 2020
Iran’s President says no end in sight to the country’s Covid-19 outbreak
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A recent upsurge in virus cases has stoked fears of a second wave of the disease. Also: Kenya extends the overnight curfew, and the rise of virtual tourism.
Jun 06, 2020
The World Health Organisation says we should all wear face masks in public
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Advice on wearing face masks in public changes, the Brazilian president threatens to pull the country out of the WHO. Prince William volunteers during lockdown.
Jun 06, 2020
Virus ‘under control’ in France
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The French government's top scientific adviser says the coronavirus epidemic in France is now under control. Also: South Africa's top vaccine expert has warned that its hospitals could be overwhelmed by virus cases within a matter of weeks, and a team of Samoan rugby players who set off for a match in February have still not made it home because of COVID-19.
Jun 05, 2020
Brazil overtakes Italy as country with third highest coronavirus deaths
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Brazil reaches a grim milestone as it becomes the third worst hit country, the governor of New York urges George Floyd protesters to get tested for Covid-19. The NBA will restart season in July.
Jun 05, 2020
Fears Iran faces a second wave
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Cases of Covid-19 also accelerate in India, Brazil and Mexico. Also in England, face coverings are to be compulsory on public transport, and France is to transform vast quantities of unsold wine into hand sanitiser.
Jun 04, 2020
How to reduce the risk of COVID-19 at protests
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With demonstrators across the US calling for racial justice, we ask a health expert how to protest safely during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Brazil marks another record increase in its death toll. And a survey shows nearly a quarter of Americans would refuse a coronavirus vaccine.
Jun 04, 2020
Hopes ibuprofen could treat Covid-19
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Scientists are testing if the drug could prevent severe breathing problems. Also: WHO resumes hydroxychloroquine trials; new evidence about so-called superspreaders; and British Vogue replaces models with key workers on its cover.
Jun 03, 2020
Brazil: Indigenous communities under threat
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Illegal mining operations in the Amazon are exposing Indigenous villages to COVID-19. Meanwhile, recordings obtained by the Associated Press suggest that, while the WHO publicly praised China’s efforts, officials were frustrated with Beijing’s lack of transparency. And India’s tea industry – which employs more than a million people – is struggling to recover from the pandemic.
Jun 03, 2020
UN: higher ethnic minority death rates highlight existing inequalities
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UN’s human rights chief says pandemic is exposing issues ignored for too long. Also: New research shows every centimetre counts in social distancing; and the return of Parisian pavement cafes.
Jun 02, 2020
Latin America: WHO says outbreak has not yet peaked
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Brazil and Mexico are easing their COVID-19 restrictions, despite the continuing rise in infections. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin schedules a referendum on the Russian constitution, already delayed by coronavirus. And a chef re-opening his restaurant in the US tells us what precautions he’s taking.
Jun 02, 2020
Iran says dangerous new peak possible
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Health Minister’s warning follows highest daily new infections for two months. Also: Restrictions eased in Moscow – despite Russia’s highest weekly deaths; more businesses reopen in Brazil and Mexico; and visitors return to some of Europe's top museums.
Jun 01, 2020
Brazil in political crisis as COVID outbreak spikes
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President Jair Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the pandemic, joins a rally of his supporters calling for military action against Brazil’s congress and the Supreme Court. Meanwhile South Africa scales back its ban on selling alcohol. And we look at the precautions being taken at a Dutch primary school, where students have returned to the classroom.
Jun 01, 2020
Officials in Afghanistan warn of impending coronavirus 'catastrophe'
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Afghan health officials call for the re-imposition of strict lockdown measures, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise. Also, China says the country is leading the way in the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine and worshippers return to mosques across the Middle East.
May 31, 2020
Global coronavirus cases pass six million
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The official number of coronavirus cases around the world has now passed six million. Also, in Argentina there have been protests demanding an end to strict quarantine measures, and a Belgian Prince has tested positive for the virus after he went to a party in Spain during lockdown.
May 31, 2020
India records biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases
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India to loosen lockdown despite record cases. Also, President Trump faces criticism for his decision to end ties with the World Health Organisation and one of Italy's best-known tourist attractions - the leaning Tower of Pisa - has reopened to the public.
May 30, 2020
Trump terminates US relationship with WHO
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President Trump says the US is ending its relationship with the World Health Organisation. Also: Portugal has paused moves to ease the lockdown in Lisbon after a new spike in coronavirus cases, and another football league has announced its return date - Spain's La Liga.
May 30, 2020
Russia: record number of Covid-19 deaths
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The record rise comes despite the number of new cases starting to slow. Also: the WHO warns new outbreaks could quickly develop, and life continues to get back to normal in Europe.
May 29, 2020
Brazil registers a record number of cases
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Brazil has recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day. Also: South Korea is shutting more than eight-hundred schools, and the Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time.
May 29, 2020
English Premier League football poised to return
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The Premier League re-start date is set for June the 17th, subject to government approval. Also: US pandemic jobless claims top 40 million, and BBC Proms goes virtual.
May 28, 2020
US coronavirus deaths pass 100,000
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However the number of new infections is slowing and the economy is beginning to reopen. Also: Britain's testing and tracing system launches, and Rugby League in Australia is restarting.
May 28, 2020
Job losses among the young are creating 'a lock-down generation'
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United Nations research says one in six young people out of work due to pandemic. Also European Commission outlines an 800-billion dollar proposal to build EU economies. And England's top football clubs agree to resume contact training.
May 27, 2020
Health officials say Latin America is now the centre of the global pandemic
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The WHO's Pan American Health Organization says it's worried about the rapidly spreading outbreaks in Brazil, Chile and Peru. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has arrested 40,000 people over the past two months for breaking lockdown rules. And the state of New York starts to re-open some businesses.
May 27, 2020
No school in Philippines until Covid-19 vaccine available
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President Duterte says without a vaccine, the risk to children is too great. Also, the New York Stock exchange trading floor re-opens. And wanted in Britain -- the plasma of Covid-19 survivors.
May 26, 2020
WHO suspends Hydroxychloroquine tests amid safety fears
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Health officials say an "abundance of caution" is necessary, after a recent study suggested the anti-malaria drug could lead to more deaths among COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, the US state of California will let shops and places of worship re-open, albeit with restrictions. And Haiti braces for a spike in cases.
May 26, 2020
Japan lifts its state of emergency
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The Japanese PM says it got the outbreak under control in less than two months. Also: Germany stumps up $10bn to bail out the airline Lufthansa, and the curators documenting Covid-19 for future generations.
May 25, 2020
South Africa: President warns of spike in cases as lockdown is eased
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Cyril Ramaphosa says the risk of a COVID-19 resurgence has never been greater, as the country prepares to lift its curfew next week. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends his top adviser, who is accused of breaking lockdown rules. And as India restarts domestic flights, each state has its own quarantine measures for travellers.
May 25, 2020
China condemns coronavirus lawsuits
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The Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, said the US and China should work together. Also, The New York Times devotes entire front page to victims of Covid-19 and Eid celebrations under lockdown.
May 24, 2020
Eid al-Fitr: Pandemic disrupts Muslim celebration
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Saudi Arabia, Turkey and others order a complete lockdown during this festival, which is traditionally a time for feasts and gift-giving. Meanwhile, Russians begin to question the accuracy of their country’s official death toll. And Mexican officials say drug cartels have been less active under the lockdown, though murders are on the rise.
May 24, 2020
Kenya announces a half billion dollar package to deal with pandemic impact
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President Kenyatta said funding would help vulnerable families, tourism and agriculture sectors. Also: one of the world's biggest car hire firms, Hertz, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US, and La Liga football season can resume next month.
May 23, 2020
South America: a new centre of the pandemic
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The WHO says many countries in the region have seen a worrying rise in cases. Also: a study says hydroxychloroquine increases the risk of patients with Covid-19 dying from the disease, and the mystery of the Paris park pandemic lock-picker.
May 23, 2020
UN warns of collapse of health systems in Yemen
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Aid agencies say there's a shortage of equipment and oxygen. Also, India records its highest daily increase in cases and researchers in the UK begin a trial using immunotherapy.
May 22, 2020
Researchers warn of Covid-19 conspiracies
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Psychologists say a “disconcertingly high” number of people hold conspiracy theories. Also: Brazil registers a record number of deaths, and France fines protesting healthcare workers.
May 22, 2020
More than five million virus cases worldwide
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The cases are recorded by John Hopkins University. Also: A Syrian refugee who works as a hospital cleaner helps persuade the British PM to abandon a policy, and the Tokyo Olympics must be held next year or will be cancelled.
May 21, 2020
Global virus cases soar
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The WHO reports the biggest rise in new infections in a single day. Also: new rules come into force in Spain and Greece prepares for the summer holiday season.
May 21, 2020
Chinese experts report changes to Covid-19 symptoms
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The National Health Commission says new infections also have longer incubation. Also: Brazil authorises the use of hydroxychloroquine; infected mink could have passed the virus to a worker at a Dutch fur farm; and 'adopt a grandparent' -- how people in Bolivia are helping each other's elderly relatives.
May 20, 2020
WHO agrees to investigation of international pandemic response
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The US and China have traded accusations over who has done more damage, but most WHO member states say the probe should be about building a plan for the future, not trying to lay blame. Meanwhile, health officials say Indigenous communities in the Amazon are under threat from COVID-19. And we take a look at the outsized role American women are playing, at work and at home, during the pandemic.
May 20, 2020
China accuses President Trump of shifting the blame for the US outbreak
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Reaction from Beijing after Mr Trump threatens to withdraw US membership of the World Health Organisation. Also: carbon emissions fall to levels not seen since the Second World War as a result of the pandemic and why Chopin won't be heard outdoors in Warsaw this summer.
May 19, 2020
Trump says he takes the unproven drug Hydroxychloroquine
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The president says he’s heard “good stories” about the anti-malaria medicine, though US authorities have warned against its use for COVID-19. Meanwhile, Germany and France propose more than $500 billion in funding to help the European Union recover financially from the pandemic. And we introduce you to the Cuddle Curtain – one man’s plan to hug his loved ones while social distancing.
May 19, 2020
WHO promises independent inquiry into its handling of the coronavirus pandemic
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The head of the World Health Organisation has promised an independent review of its handling of coronavirus – ‘at the earliest opportunity’. Also: US firm Moderna reports promising early results in its vaccine trial; and a Ghanaian war veteran aims to follow in Colonel Tom Moore’s fundraising footsteps.
May 18, 2020
Brazil: Mayor says Sao Paulo health system is close to collapse
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Bruno Covas calls for a full lockdown in Brazil’s largest city, citing the failure of partial social distancing guidelines. Meanwhile, Japan is headed for its worst economic slump since the Second World War. And the WHO weighs in on sending children back to school.
May 18, 2020
Thailand reopens shopping centres after lockdown
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Thais have been returning to department stores, museums and other public spaces. Also: Spain reports fewer than 100 Covid-19 deaths since before the country entered lockdown and Qatar enforces some of the toughest penalties in the world for not wearing a face mask.
May 17, 2020
Obama again condemns Trump pandemic response
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The former president says COVID-19 has “torn back the curtain” on US leadership, during an address to graduating university students. Meanwhile, Brazil installs an army general with no medical experience as its interim health minister, as the country’s outbreak becomes the fourth-largest in the world. And police in London arrest 19 people during anti-lockdown protests.
May 17, 2020
Football kicks off in Germany
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Millions of Germans can finally watch a match after two months but fans aren't allowed into stadiums. Also: doctors say some patients who are severely ill with coronavirus have developed dangerous blood clots and how rabbis are getting round the lockdown.
May 16, 2020
France announces measures to ease lockdown
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Shops and some schools allowed to reopen - but restrictions remain in Paris. Also, there's been a further steep rise in unemployment in the United States with increasing numbers of white collar workers losing their jobs.
May 07, 2020
United Nations launches new coronavirus appeal
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Over six and a half billion dollars are being sought to support fragile countries. Also: Donald Trump says the pandemic is the worst attack ever on the United States and hear why Covid-19 has seen an unlikely friendship form between Ireland and Native Americans.
May 07, 2020
The German Chancellor reaches deal on easing lockdown
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All restrictions on shops will be lifted and schools will gradually re-open. Also: the European Commission has warned that the EU faces its worst economic downturn since the 1930s, and Uber announces job cuts.
May 06, 2020
White House plans to disband virus task force
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Vice-President Mike Pence suggests it could be disbanded within weeks. Also: Germany prepares to ease lockdown restrictions and why the pandemic has helped reduce emissions.
May 06, 2020
UK reports highest coronavirus death toll in Europe
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The United Kingdom has outstripped Italy in the number of coronavirus deaths, becoming the worst affected country in Europe. Also: India is to bring home hundreds of thousands of its citizens who have been stranded overseas because of the government lockdown, and can naval divers help coronavirus patients recover?
May 05, 2020
US to borrow record 3 trillion dollars in pandemic spending
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It’s a stark demonstration of how quickly the country's financial situation has changed. Also: doctors suggest the virus arrived in France almost a month earlier than previously thought, and the list of animals known to be at risk of being infected just got longer.
May 05, 2020
European Commission launches global effort to fund vaccine research
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A virtual conference for world leaders and philanthropists took place in a bid to raise $8.3bn. Also: Japan extends its state of emergency until the end of the month, and getting a haircut in Germany after many weeks.
May 04, 2020
Trump believes vaccine will be ready this year
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Most experts say it will be at least 12 to 18 months before a vaccine can be developed, but President Trump says the US is "very confident". Also: the number of infections in Brazil surges beyond 100,000, and countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa are easing some lockdown restrictions.
May 04, 2020
Russia has recorded its biggest one day rise in coronavirus cases
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More than ten thousand new infections have been registered -- the highest such figure in Europe. Also: the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said there is enormous evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and the Philippines has suspended repatriation flights for citizens stranded overseas because its quarantine facilities are full.
May 03, 2020
Boris Johnson: "There were plans in case I died"
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The British prime minister reveals he needed "litres and litres of oxygen" while he was seriously ill in hospital with coronavirus. Also: Thailand becomes one of the latest countries to relax its lockdown measures, and Madrid has found a way for some of its residents to go to the cinema without leaving their homes.
May 03, 2020
Spain says adults can leave home for exercise for the first time in seven weeks
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With its infection rate in decline, Spain is slowly easing its tough lockdown restrictions. Meanwhile, Malaysia has defended its mass detention of undocumented migrants, saying the arrests were carried out to stop the spread of COVID-19. And India has ordered workers to use a smartphone app that can trace people who may have been infected.
May 02, 2020
US authorises use of Ebola drug Remdesivir
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The experimental anti-viral drug can now be used to treat people who are hospitalised with severe cases of Covid-19. Also: several European countries are easing different elements of their lockdown measures, and firefighters in Corsica are training dogs to sniff out the virus.
May 02, 2020
Half of US states prepare to ease coronavirus restrictions
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Concerns about the economy are driving the lifting of lockdown measures. Also there are worries that personal protective equipment (PPE) isn't well designed for women, and celebrating the coming of summer on May Day in England - online.
May 01, 2020
President Trump says he's seen evidence that Covid-19 came from a Chinese lab.
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President Trump says he has seen evidence that the virus came from a Chinese lab, the Russian prime minister tests positive for Covid-19 and how the band Queen are paying tribute to healthcare workers across the world.
May 01, 2020
British PM gives upbeat message despite high death toll
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Boris Johnson said Britain was past the peak of the outbreak and on the downward slope; also France enters recession amid warnings of an unprecedented economic slump in Europe, and a new long lasting disinfectant developed in Hong Kong.
Apr 30, 2020
Drug has 'clear cut' power to fight coronavirus
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Hopes that a drug could reduce the recovery time for Covid-19, South Africa reverses a decision to allow people to buy cigarettes and the couple who were together for more than 60 years and died just hours apart.
Apr 30, 2020
US economy shrinks at fastest rate since 2008
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The world's largest economy contracts by nearly 5% as pandemic measures take a toll. Also: the role genetics play in how badly you suffer from the coronavirus, and the 98-year-old doctor still caring for patients.
Apr 29, 2020
US coronavirus cases pass one million.
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The number of known cases in the US passes a million, President Putin admits Russia has a shortage of PPE for medics, the campaign to stop racist attacks on Asian Americans.
Apr 29, 2020
UN warns of effect of coronavirus pandemic on women
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The United Nations Population Fund says lockdowns restrict access to contraception
Apr 28, 2020
President Trump 'not happy with China'
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President Trump believes China could have stopped coronavirus at the source, Nigeria extends lockdown for a week and why Belgians are being encouraged to eat chips.
Apr 28, 2020
The US denies that it is reducing spending on global healthcare
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The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells the BBC he was confident the US would increase its aid. Also: France registers a record monthly rise in the number of people seeking unemployment benefits, and hairdressers go back to work in Switzerland.
Apr 27, 2020
Italy to gradually ease strict restrictions imposed seven weeks ago
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The prime minister Giuseppe Conte has outlined a timetable for easing quarantine measures in the country that's recorded the most deaths in Europe. Also: senior US doctors say social distancing will be needed throughout the summer, and millions of Syrian students are told school won't return until next year.
Apr 27, 2020
Spain eases curbs on children as daily toll drops
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The number of deaths in Spain in a day from coronavirus is at its lowest level since the 20th of March. Also: the Chinese authorities have confiscated more than eighty-nine million poor-quality face masks, and more countries are using or adopting tracing apps in the fight against the pandemic.
Apr 26, 2020
British Prime Minister returns to work after recovering from coronavirus
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Boris Johnson will return to the helm of a government facing growing criticism over its handling of the coronavirus crisis, with more than 20,000 deaths recorded. Also: President Trump has said daily pandemic briefings are no longer worth his time, and Spanish children are allowed out of their homes for the first time in six weeks.
Apr 26, 2020
WHO challenges 'immunity passports'
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The World Health Organisation warns that past infection is no guarantee of future immunity. Also: the fear of new waves of infection in Iran, and the zoo chimps and covid-19.
Apr 25, 2020
Doctors criticise President Trump's 'sarcastic' disinfectant comments
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President Donald Trump says his suggestion that coronavirus patients could be injected with disinfectant was sarcastic, but doctors say it was dangerous and unhelpful. Also: Belgium prepares to ease its lockdown, and psychologists in Italy say the country is facing a mental health emergency.
Apr 25, 2020
Global leaders launch initiative to speed up development of drugs and vaccines
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The WHO calls for solidarity in tackling the pandemic. Also: President Trump's suggestion that Covid-19 can be treated by injecting disinfectant is widely criticised, and South Korea records no new coronavirus deaths for the first time in more than a month.
Apr 24, 2020
US Congress passes $484 billion economic relief bill
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President Trump says the fourth coronavirus relief bill will help more than 26 million Americans who have filed for unemployment benefits in the last five weeks. Also: South Africa begins to ease a nationwide lockdown and children in Spain receive an apology after being confined to their homes for weeks.
Apr 24, 2020
China cases 'may have been four times official figure'
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China's ambassador to the UK denies a cover-up. Also: the German Chancellor says she regrets having to impose restrictions on the elderly, and how Muslims are observing Ramadan under lockdown.
Apr 23, 2020
Top US doctor urges caution on easing restrictions
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Anthony Fauci said there was no doubt coronavirus would return later in the year. Also: Brazil digs mass graves for victims of the pandemic and EU leaders to discuss how to end lockdowns.
Apr 23, 2020
Migrant remittances at risk, says World Bank
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The money sent by migrant workers to families back home could fall by as much as 20%. Also: Koranic schools across northern Nigeria are being shut, and Germany is the latest country to announce human vaccine trials.
Apr 22, 2020
Trump to temporarily halt immigration into the US
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The President said the move would protect American jobs during the coronavirus crisis. Also: the Spanish government is seeking parliamentary approval to extend the national lockdown and Singapore struggles to stop cases surging among migrant workers.
Apr 22, 2020
The UN warns of multiple famines due to the pandemic
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The head of the World Food Programme says the number of hungry people could double. Also: President Trump says immigration to the US will be suspended, and the UK will begin trialling a vaccine on people from Thursday.
Apr 21, 2020
Pandemic sends US oil prices into negative territory
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Producers paid buyers to take their supplies as demand dries up. Also: Italy reports a fall in the number of people in intensive care and Ghana uses drones to speed up testing.
Apr 21, 2020
Millions return to work in India
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Some areas ease restrictions so farmers can get back to normal due to food shortage fears; also a lack of personal protection equipment (PPE) such as gowns and masks causes concern in Britain and Malawi, and vulnerable leatherback turtles return to beaches in Thailand left empty by tourists during lockdown.
Apr 20, 2020
Governor Cuomo says New York is past the peak of infections
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The state announces widespread testing for COVID 19 antibodies, to find out how many New Yorkers have survived the virus. Meanwhile, India’s president calls for unity and brotherhood as the pandemic sparks anti-Muslim rhetoric. And Disney puts half its workforce on unpaid leave.
Apr 20, 2020
UK Prime Minister missed string of emergency meetings in run-up to the outbreak
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A senior British cabinet minister has admitted that Boris Johnson missed five of the government's top level emergency planning meetings as the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold. Also: Russia has registered a steep rise in new cases for the second day running, and a football team from the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak has finally arrived home.
Apr 19, 2020
Several US states set to re-open
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Texas, Vermont and others are preparing to lift restrictions, as anti-lockdown protests continue around the US, with President Trump's encouragement. Meanwhile, Russian hospitals struggle to cope with the country's growing outbreak. And South Korea records just eight new cases in 24 hours.
Apr 19, 2020
Number of dead in Spain rises to more than twenty thousand
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Spain is third country after the US and Italy to surpass twenty thousand. Also: Pakistan says mosques can reopen during Ramadan and performers link up for a concert to pay tribute to frontline workers across world.
Apr 18, 2020
Trump calls for ‘liberation’ of three states in lockdown
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The president has tweeted his support for anti-lockdown protests, prompting a Democratic governor to accuse him of fomenting rebellion. Meanwhile, UK hospitals are running out of protective equipment for doctors and nurses. And Turkey continues its weekend lockdowns, despite calls for full-time restrictions.
Apr 18, 2020
Germany's coronavirus outbreak under control
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Germany says infection rates reduced due to lockdown measures and extensive testing, Swedish officials have raised concerns about the health impact of strict Covid-19 lockdowns, and what does Earth look like after months on the space station ?
Apr 17, 2020
US unveils plan for lifting lockdown
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Donald Trump has said it will be up to individual states to decide when and how they implement the government’s three-phase strategy. Meanwhile, China’s economy has shrunk for the first time in decades. And the World Health Organisation has predicted Africa could be the next epicentre of the pandemic.
Apr 17, 2020
22 million Americans file for unemployment in a month.
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A week where five million more Americans lose their jobs as the coronavirus crisis intensifies, Japan declares a state of emergency after a spike in new infections, and a Vietnamese businesswoman provides free rice for those affected by Covid-19 from an ATM machine.
Apr 16, 2020
Economies in Asia will see zero growth this year, warns IMF
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The International Monetary Fund says the impact on Asia will be "severe, across the board, and unprecedented". Also: President Trump says data suggests that the US has passed the peak of new infections, and researchers in Britain are hoping to fast-track new treatments for the virus.
Apr 16, 2020
WHO rejects President Trump's criticism over pandemic
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World Health Organisation calls on the international community not to get caught up in recriminations.,There's been a record fall in US retail sales in March -- and forecasters say worse is yet to come, and a solo round the world sailor tells us how best to overcome self-isolation
Apr 15, 2020
US halts funding to WHO
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President Trump says the World Health Organisation "failed in its basic duty" over coronavirus, but his comments have been widely criticised by health experts. Also: South Korea's parliamentary elections go ahead with tight hygiene measures in place, and the island in Europe which has been labelled by locals as "corona island" after becoming a virus hotspot.
Apr 15, 2020
World faces worst economic decline since 1930s
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IMF says corona pandemic is "crisis like no other" The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide is nearing two million although the true figure is higher,and what's good for Amazon may not be good for everyone.
Apr 14, 2020
Trump defends US virus response
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During a bad-tempered White House briefing, the president said his actions had saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Also: several European countries are taking steps to ease lockdown measures, and doctors in India are concerned over the lack of testing.
Apr 14, 2020
WHO says lockdown must be lifted slowly and with control
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World Health Organisation warns that lifting of Covid-19 controls must be measured; Spain begins relaxing some lockdown restrictions; Indonesia uses an age-old superstition to keep people indoors.
Apr 13, 2020
Italy and Spain relax lockdown measures
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Infection rates appear to be slowing and governments in Madrid and Rome want to revive their economies. Also: China sees a spike in cases, and millions watch Andrea Bocelli perform inside an empty cathedral.
Apr 13, 2020
Pope Francis calls for global solidarity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic
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The Pope expressed particular concern for the future of the European Union, saying it was facing an “epochal challenge”. Also: the philanthropist Bill Gates has said compromises may have to be made if a vaccine against the virus is to be ready in eighteen months, and the British PM Boris Johnson has spoken emotionally of his gratitude to the doctors and nurses who he says saved his life.
Apr 12, 2020
US outbreak now the world's deadliest
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More than 20,000 Americans have died from coronavirus. Meanwhile, Italy has said some businesses will re-open, despite a three-week extension of the country's strict lockdown. And Canada pledges more than $50 billion to protect workers during the crisis.
Apr 12, 2020
Sweden not properly prepared for Coronavirus says prime minister
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Stefan Löfven says it's obvious not enough was done in advance of the pandemic, also: New York mayor says public schools to be closed until September and how a New Zealand headmistress created new Coronavirus lyrics to an old favourite
Apr 11, 2020
Trump creates committee aimed at ending US lockdown
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The president has said he wants restrictions relating to the pandemic to be lifted in May. Meanwhile, Christians around the world have found new ways to celebrate Easter. And Apple and Google are working together on software that can track the social interactions of people who test positive for the virus.
Apr 11, 2020
Tough new restrictions in Tokyo
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Governor of Tokyo announces tough new measures including cinema closures, Also: German church organizes drive-in Easter services and how some Russians are trying to beat the virus by drinking vodka
Apr 10, 2020
New York opens mass graves for coronavirus victims
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Photos show workers in hazmat suits stacking coffins in long trenches. Meanwhile the European Union has agreed to a rescue package worth over $500 billion. And new research suggests social distancing should be vastly increased around joggers and cyclists.
Apr 10, 2020
Big leap in US unemployment numbers
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The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits has surged for a third week as the economic toll tied to the coronavirus pandemic intensifies. Also: the World Bank says sub-Saharan Africa will go into recession for the first time in a quarter of a century, and three astronauts escape the pandemic by going into space.
Apr 09, 2020
WHO warns countries not to lift lockdown measures
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As China eases restrictions in Wuhan, some European governments have discussed giving their populations more freedom. Meanwhile, statistics from New York City show a disproportionately high number of black and Hispanic residents are dying from coronavirus. And one of Russia’s most popular ballet troupes keeps the show going, with videos from self-isolation.
Apr 09, 2020
Coronavirus: 'Drop in global trade to be worse than 2008 crisis'
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In a new report the WTO forecasts a contraction of between 13% and 32% this year. Also: The online criminals taking advantage of the pandemic, and the child prodigy in Greece composing his own Isolation Waltz.
Apr 08, 2020
People of Wuhan allowed to leave after ten-week lockdown is lifted
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The months-long lockdown in the city of Wuhan in China's Hubei province - where the coronavirus pandemic started - has been lifted. Also: Britain's prime minister Boris Johnson spends another night in intensive care, and veterinary scientists recommend cat-owners keep their pets indoors.
Apr 08, 2020
What next for UK government as Prime Minister remains in intensive care?
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British government to carry on working, despite Boris Johnson's hospitalisation. Also: Chinese authorities have reported no deaths from Covid-19 for the first time since the outbreak began, and a story of neighbourly good will from the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Apr 07, 2020
British Prime Minister moved to intensive care unit in hospital as symptoms worsen
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Boris Johnson was given oxygen before being transferred to the intensive care unit at a London hospital. Also: refrigerated containers store the dead in New York City, and should face masks be reserved for medical professionals only?
Apr 07, 2020
Austria to relax some lock-down restrictions
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Despite the restrictions, Austrians will still have to wear face masks in shops and public transport. Also: Spain has recorded it's lowest daily total in nearly two weeks and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in hospital but says he's "in good spirits".
Apr 06, 2020
British Prime Minister hospitalised with coronavirus
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Boris Johnson has spent the night in hospital with persistent symptoms, but continues to lead the government. Also: cardboard coffins used to bury the dead in Ecuador, and Americans told to prepare for the saddest days of their lives.
Apr 06, 2020
Some good news for Spain as Covid-19 death toll falls
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The latest daily number of deaths recorded was six hundred and seventy-four. Also: Criminal investigation launched into the Australian cruise ship responsible for nearly a tenth of all cases in the country, and how people in Italy are helping each other by dangling baskets out of their windows.
Apr 05, 2020
Trump tells US to prepare for ‘a lot of death’
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New York state remains the epicentre of the outbreak in the US with more cases than the whole of Italy. Also: abandoned dead in Ecuador moved to refrigerators, and the wild animals strolling city streets.
Apr 05, 2020
Britain sees its highest daily number of deaths
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The UK sees another 708 deaths -- but there are hopeful signs from Spain and Italy. Also: China remembers its victims, and dating in the days of social distancing.
Apr 04, 2020
Trump to defy 'voluntary' medical advice to wear masks
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The US president says he does not want to be seen in one, despite guidance from health officials. Also: the virus reaches Asia's largest slum and Premier League footballers prepare to take a pay cut
Apr 04, 2020
Latest figures from Italy show Covid-19 deaths pass 14,500
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Deaths in Italy pass 14,500 but there's evidence the infection rate slowing, as Spain's numbers rise. Plus French police try to stop the Easter exodus and Google helps show is lockdowns work. The audio in this episode has been updated with amended numbers.
Apr 03, 2020
Confirmed global cases pass one million
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The number of people infected worldwide has doubled in the past week. Also: 30,000 merchant sailors are stuck on quarantined vessels, and one of the gaming industry's biggest award ceremonies goes ahead - but online.
Apr 03, 2020
Spain passes 10,000 coronavirus deaths
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The Spanish authorities say 950 people have died there in the last 24 hours. Also, the latest on pros and cons of face masks, and words of wisdom from the grannies of Wuhan.
Apr 02, 2020
Hospitals say US running out of medical supplies
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Reports say government reserves of protective equipment are almost exhausted. Also: the president of the Philippines has ordered the police and military to use deadly force against violent protesters during the quarantine, and fresh warnings over the privacy of video-conferencing apps.
Apr 02, 2020
Italy’s daily death toll at lowest level for six days
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The outbreak in Italy continues to take a heavy toll on the medical profession as more than 60 doctors have died. Also: the authorities in the Netherlands are investigating whether group or ‘herd’ immunity could stop the spread of Covid-19, and the Wimbledon tennis championships have been cancelled.
Apr 01, 2020
US Navy captain pleads for help
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Sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt – one of the world’s largest aircraft carriers – have tested positive for coronavirus. Meanwhile, officials in India have traced hundreds of suspected cases to a single religious gathering. And Panama has imposed gender-based quarantine measures.
Apr 01, 2020
US coronavirus death toll overtakes 9/11 fatalities
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Over 3000 people have died from the virus in the US. New York's governor is re-organising the state's entire health system. Also: Spain suffers its deadliest day so far, and why are so many young people in Australia testing positive?
Mar 31, 2020
World Bank predicts ‘significant pain’ for East Asian economies
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Experts have said coronavirus will hamper financial growth throughout 2020. Meanwhile, the US has tested more than a million people for the virus. And Facebook has accused the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, of spreading misinformation about the benefits of self-isolation.
Mar 31, 2020
Spain’s COVID-19 cases surpass China
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It comes as the country announces new lockdown restrictions. Also: Japan reports a surge in coronavirus infections, and how motor racing engineers helped build a new device to assist breathing.
Mar 30, 2020
US extends social distancing measures
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Donald Trump has said precautions against the spread of coronavirus should remain in place until the end of April. Meanwhile, Nigeria has imposed a lockdown on multiple regions, including its capital city. And new data shows air pollution has dropped as a result of travel restrictions.
Mar 30, 2020
Spain and Italy say they're near the peak of the outbreak
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The two European countries are hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Also India's prime minister, Narendra Modi asks for his country's forgiveness for imposing a sweeping lockdown, and the world's oldest man has to celebrate his birthday with no fanfare due to the outbreak.
Mar 29, 2020
Spain has largest coronavirus daily death toll to date
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There's been a surge in the number of deaths from the coronavirus in Spain. Also: the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the pandemic began, has partially re-opened, and the world's biggest manufacturer of ventilators - in Germany - says demand is currently outstripping capacity ten-fold.
Mar 28, 2020
British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus
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The British health minister also has the virus, while England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, is showing symptoms of COVID-19. Also: the OECD has estimated that every month major economies spend in lockdown will cut growth by two percentage points, and we hear what it's like to be tested for the coronavirus.
Mar 27, 2020
National lockdown in Spain extended
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The Spanish parliament voted to prolong the restrictions. Also: millions of people in the United States filed claims for unemployment last week due to the coronavirus, and getting married during a lockdown.
Mar 26, 2020
US Senate agrees huge stimulus package with Trump
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The US deal worth $1.8 trillion is to ease the impact of coronavirus. Spain becomes only the second country after Italy to record more deaths than China, and Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus.
Mar 25, 2020
Tokyo Olympics postponed
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Japan delays summer games until 2021. Myanmar announces its first official cases of coronavirus, and China prepares to loosen its lockdown on the city of Wuhan.
Mar 24, 2020
Countries struggle to enforce social distancing
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Italy and Germany introduce strict new limits on public movement, while the head of the WHO calls for a "targeted attack" on coronavirus.
Mar 23, 2020
Worldwide cases top 300,000
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Italy records a record jump of nearly 800 deaths in just 24 hours. Also: Iran rejects US help offer, and the new toilet paper calculator trying to discourage hoarding.
Mar 22, 2020
UK joins the global shutdown
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UK urges people not to panic buy, as pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities close. Also: South Korea threatens to bring in new restrictions as cases begin to rise again; and how to keep young children informed.
Mar 21, 2020
Coronavirus death toll passes 10,000
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Countries place more restrictions on the movement of people. Also, pharmaceutical companies work to develop a vaccine and a cure.
Mar 20, 2020
Italy's nationwide shutdown is to be extended
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China reports no new home grown cases. Also, Brazilians protest at their government's handling of the pandemic and Australia and New Zealand close borders.
Mar 19, 2020
Coronavirus cases worldwide pass 200,000
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Asian nations face a battle to halt the spread of Covid-19 amid fears it could overwhelm health systems. Also turmoil has continued on the world's financial markets and supermarkets ration some products.
Mar 18, 2020
Millions of people cope with travel and social restrictions
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Cases in China fall, but there's a surge of deaths in Spain. Also, the US President urges people not to gather in groups larger than ten and the Euro 2020 Football Championship is postponed.
Mar 17, 2020
EU plans to close border for 30 days
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Coronavirus travel restrictions have forced airlines to ground planes. Also Africa implements the lessons learnt from Ebola and we hear about the first coronavirus vaccine trial.
Mar 16, 2020
What lessons can the world learn from South Korea?
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The number of new daily cases in South Korea has shrunk significantly. Also: More than 100 million people are in lockdown across Europe, and the tips to stop touching your face.
Mar 15, 2020
Spain prepares to declare a national lockdown
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People would be allowed out only for emergencies, to buy food, or for work. Also: Chaos at airports and how to look after your mental and physical health when self-isolating.
Mar 14, 2020
Europe now coronavirus 'epicentre'
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The WHO urges EU nations to take aggressive action amid steep rise in cases. In football, all English, Scottish, French and German matches suspended. UEFA Champions League and Europa League also affected.
Mar 13, 2020
Coronavirus confirmed as pandemic
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The WHO says the number of cases outside China has increased 13-fold in two weeks. Also: President Trump suspends travel from Europe to US and American basketball latest sports casualty.
Mar 12, 2020
Up to 70% of Germany could contract coronavirus – Merkel
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that up to 70% of the country's population could contract the coronavirus. Also: The number of cases in Europe continues to rise and governments announce economic help.
Mar 11, 2020
Italy starts life under lockdown
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Italy is adjusting to restrictions on travel and public gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak. Also: The spread of misinformation and whether China is getting things under control.
Mar 10, 2020
How crowds help spread the virus
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Six Nations rugby matches and the Tokyo Olympics torch-lighting ceremony are just two of the high profile events that have been cancelled owing to fears of the spread of Covid-19. Also: Northern Italy on lockdown and Trump says, Don't panic.
Mar 09, 2020
Italy quarantines 16 million people
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A quarter of the population of Italy are in lockdown: Weddings and funerals have been suspended, as well as religious and cultural events. Also, we take a look at the widespread false claims being shared online.
Mar 08, 2020
Dozens trapped as China quarantine hotel collapses
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A five-story hotel being used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in the Chinese city of Quanzhou collapses, trapping around seventy people. In the US, the captain of the Grand Princess cruise ship makes an apology to passengers.
Mar 07, 2020
Friday prayers cancelled across the Middle East
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As gatherings are cancelled across the Middle East, Iranians have been stockpiling goods as they fear widespread shortages. We also find out how long a virus can survive on a surface.
Mar 06, 2020
South Africa's first case and talking to children about the virus
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The latest news from Italy, South Africa and Korea. Health advice about the spread of the virus. The impact of school closures and how to answer your children’s questions.
Mar 05, 2020
Welcome to Coronavirus Global Update
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Introducing a podcast rounding-up the latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world, with reports from affected areas and details of the latest medical information.
Mar 05, 2020