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NZealand’s Ardern turned away from cafe under virus rules

In New Zealand, no one is exempt from the strict coronavirus prevention measures — not even Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was denied entry to a cafe because of her own social distancing rules. Ardern, her fiance Clarke Gayford and a group of friends were turned away from a cafe in Wellington on Saturday because it had already reached its ...

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Coronavirus: Italy takes ‘calculated risk’ in easing restrictions – PM

Italy began to relax its strict lockdown measures earlier this month Italy is taking a “calculated risk” as it moves to further ease its coronavirus lockdown measures, PM Giuseppe Conte has admitted, BBC reported. He said “the contagion curve” could rise again, but the country could not afford to wait for a vaccine.Mr Conte announced that travel to and from ...

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First virus death in Nepal — a new mother

Nepal reported its first coronavirus death late Saturday — a 29-year-old woman who recently gave birth — as the total number of people infected in the country reached 281. The victim — who was from Sindhupalchowk district, some 90 kilometres (about 55 miles) from the capital Kathmandu — was on her way to a hospital for treatment when she died. ...

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9 districts in Madhya Pradesh declared Coronavirus-free by state govt

The Shivraj Singh Chouhan  government in  Madhya Pradesh has declared that nine districts in the state of India, which had earlier reported COVID-19 cases, are now coronavirus-free, on Friday. Additional chief secretary (Health) Mohammed Suleman said that the nine districts- Barwani, Agar-Malwa, Shajapur, Sheopur, Alirajpur, Harda, Shahdol, Tikamgarh and Betul- were now free from the COVID-19 infection.During a review meeting ...

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Trump hopes for COVID-19 vaccine by end of year, ‘maybe before’

US President Donald Trump Friday said he hoped a COVID-19 vaccine would be available by the end of the year, and announced he was appointing a former pharmaceutical executive to spearhead the effort. “We are looking to get it by the end of the year if we can, maybe before,” Trump said, as he delivered an update on the race ...

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New York City lockdown extended until May 28: governor

Lockdown measures in New York City have been extended until May 28, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday. He clarified the date at a press conference after signing an executive order on Thursday night that also mentioned June 13. Cuomo said the Big Apple’s stay-at-home order would last to May 28 unless the city meets guidelines relating to death rates and ...

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Coronavirus Sanofi: French drug giant rows back after vaccine storm

The French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has rowed back on an apparent promise to prioritise the US market with any potential Covid-19 vaccine, BBC reported. Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson sparked a row by saying the US government had “the right to the largest pre-order because it’s invested in taking the risk”.French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe responded by saying access for all ...

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EU, Britain denounce Myanmar violence at UN Security Council

UN Security Council European member states and Britain on Thursday denounced violence in Myanmar and expressed concern over the coronavirus pandemic in the country, in a document China refused to endorse, diplomatic sources said. Britain, which initiated the session, said it was concerned about “the heavy toll” an escalation of violence between the Myanmar military and the insurgent Arakan Army ...

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Trump calls on Senate to question Obama in conspiracy theory

President Donald Trump broke with tradition Thursday by calling for investigation of his White House predecessor Barack Obama in the latest attempt to push a conspiracy theory about his Democratic opponents. Washington operates under unwritten rules that presidents and ex-presidents avoid public clashes. However Trump, less than six months from a volatile reelection showdown, called for Obama to testify in ...

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Major mental health crisis looming from pandemic: UN

The coronavirus outbreak risks sparking a major global mental health crisis, the United Nations warned Thursday, calling for urgent action to address the psychological suffering brought on by the pandemic. While protecting physical health has been the main concern during the first months of the crisis, it is also placing huge mental strains on large swathes of the global population, ...

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