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India records 2,293 corona cases in biggest single-day spike

India recorded the biggest single-day spike in coronavirus cases on Saturday with 2,293 new infections, taking the total case count in the country to 37,336, the health ministry data showed. The death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 1,218 as 71 deaths were recorded in hospitals in the last 24 hours, according to the government. The biggest surge in cases ...

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Japan to ship Avigan to 43 countries soon

Japan plans to ship the anti-flu drug Avigan also known as Favipiravir to 43 countries after its holiday period ends next Wednesday. The drug is seen as a potential treatment for people infected with the Covid-19. Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu said on Friday that nearly 80 countries have requested free supplies of Avigan, which was developed by a Japanese company.He ...

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Russian construction minister tests positive for COVID-19

File photo : taken on Feb 10, 2020 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meeting with Russian Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities Vladimir Yakushev in Moscow, Russia. Russian Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities Vladimir Yakushev and his deputy Dmitry Volkov have tested positive for COVID-19, the TASS news agency reported on Friday, citing the press service of the ...

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Kim Jong-un appears in public, North Korean state media report

State media issued this picture said to show Kim Jong-un opening a fertiliser plant on Friday Kim Jong-un has appeared in public for the first time in 20 days, North Korean state media says. KCNA news agency reports that the North Korean leader cut the ribbon at the opening of a fertiliser factory.It adds that people at the factory “broke ...

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India extends coronavirus lockdown for 2 weeks

The Indian government extended the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus by another two weeks or 14 days. India’s home affairs ministry (MHA) on Friday announced the extension with a detailed guideline. This is in addition to the extended lockdown due to end on May 4 as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to India ...

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Coronavirus: Afghan children ‘risk hunger as prices soar’

More than seven million children in Afghanistan are at risk of hunger as food prices soar due to the coronavirus pandemic, a report warns. A Save the Children spokesman said the country faced a “perfect storm of hunger, disease and death” unless the international community took action. The charity said a third of the population, which includes 7.3 million children, ...

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Coronavirus: Russian PM Mishustin tests positive for virus

The diagnosis was announced during a televised video-call with President Putin   Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has gone to hospital after he was diagnosed with coronavirus, reports The BBC. His positive test came on the same day that Russia recorded a record 7,099 cases, taking the total number of infections above 100,000. Mr Mishustin was given the role of ...

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Pakistan National Assembly Speaker tests COVID-19 positive

Pakistan’s National Assembly (NA) Speaker Asad Qaiser has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and went into self-isolation, he confirmed in a tweet. “I tested positive for coronavirus and quarantined myself in my house. I urge the entire nation to take preventive measures,” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday after he received his test report from the National Institute of ...

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Trump says evidence linking China lab to virus, threatens fresh tariff

US President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened China with fresh tariffs as he stepped up his attacks on Beijing over the coronavirus crisis, saying he had seen evidence linking a Wuhan lab to the contagion. The diatribe from the Republican incumbent came as data showed the United States shed more than 30 million jobs in six weeks, as lockdown measures ...

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German company begins human trials of coronavirus vaccine

The headquarters of biopharmaceutical company BioNTech in Mainz, Germany German pharmaceutical company BioNTech has begun testing a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus on volunteers. BioNTech, which is working with the US-based Pfizer, said on Wednesday that 12 participants of a clinical trial in Germany received doses of the vaccine candidate BNT162 since April 23. Numerous pharmaceutical companies are racing ...

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