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China claims no new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday

WUHAN: China on Tuesday reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January, just a day before it plans to lift travel curbs from the contagion's epicentre of Wuhan. The twin milestones illustrate the progress China says it has made in its all-consuming battle against the pandemic, which originated in Wuhan and spread...

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China claims no new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday

WUHAN: China on Tuesday reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January, just a day before it plans to lift travel curbs from the contagion's epicentre of Wuhan. The twin milestones illustrate the progress China says it has made in its all-consuming battle against the pandemic, which originated in Wuhan and spread...

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Who is Dominic Raab? The Brexiteer ex-lawyer deputizing for Boris Johnson

LONDON: When Boris Johnson announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, Downing Street said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would deputise if the British prime minister was incapacitated. Few expected him to do so, as Johnson and his office repeatedly maintained the prime minister's symptoms were mild. But after Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday night, and transferred to intensive care just 24 hours...

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Boris Johnson receives oxygen treatment in ICU amid questions about who’s running the UK

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been receiving oxygen treatment for coronavirus in intensive care, a senior member of the Cabinet confirmed. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said in an interview with the BBC that the Prime Minister was "not on a ventilator" but had "received oxygen support." He told BBC Radio 4's Today program that Johnson was "receiving the very best care"...

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PM Johnson is doing well, expected back at his office shortly: minister

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "doing well" and is expected to be back at his office shortly, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Monday after the British leader was admitted to hospital on Sunday night. "He'll stay in hospital as long as he needs to do that, but I've heard that he's doing well and I very much look...

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What impact is COVID-19 having on Middle East conflicts?

The novel coronavirus has put global trade on hold, placed half of the world population in confinement and has the potential to topple governments and reshape diplomatic relations. The United Nations has appealed for ceasefires in all the major conflicts rocking the planet, with its chief Antonio Guterres on Friday warning "the worst is yet to come". But it remains...

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Trump warns of big rise in coronavirus fatalities in US

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Saturday rejected the criticism that his government was late in responding to the coronavirus pandemic and warned of a big spike in the fatalities from the virus. "There's going to be a lot of death," Trump said at a briefing with reporters. He pushed back on criticism that the federal government has not done enough...

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Global coroavirus death toll tops 60,000

WASHINGTON: The total number of global fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic soared past 60,000 on Saturday as US President Donald Trump warned of tough days ahead. As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain. Europe continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, however,...

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Amid coronavirus pandemic, attacker stabs two to death in France

PARIS: An attacker armed with a knife stabbed several people on Saturday in south-east France before being arrested, sources told AFP. In the attack, two people were killed and seven were wounded. One of the wounded is in critical condition in hospital. The attack took place at a shopping centre and on a road in Romans-sur-Isere before police apprehended the...

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US sets new record with 1,480 virus deaths in 24 hours, global toll rises to 57,000

The United States recorded nearly 1,500 deaths from COVID-19 between Thursday and Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, the worst 24-hour death toll globally since the pandemic began. With 1,480 deaths counted between 8:30pm (0030 GMT) Thursday and the same time Friday, according to the universitys continuously updated figures, the total number of people who have died since...

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Confirmed coronavirus cases surpass one million globally

The coronavirus pandemic has affected more than one million people globally, according to a Reuters tally of official data as the world grapples to contain the spread of the virus that has claimed over 52,000 lives. Italy had the most deaths, more than 13,900, followed by Spain. The United States had the most confirmed cases of any country, more than...

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Iran, US heat up war of words on Iraq despite virus pandemic

TEHRAN: Iran said on Thursday that it "only acts in self-defence" after President Donald Trump warned it against attacks on United States troops in Iraq, as a new war of words heated up despite the coronavirus pandemic. Tensions between the arch-foes flared in Iraq where the US deployed Patriot air defence missiles prompting neighbouring Iran to warn of consequences and...

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Deaths surges in New York to more than 1,900

New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers on Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis. As hot spots flared around the US in places like...

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Asian markets sink as Trump warns of ‘horrific’ days ahead

Asian equities fell for a second session on Thursday, after a dire warning about the US coronavirus death toll had investors looking to the safety of dollars and bonds and bracing for more bad news from US jobless figures. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1.2%. Japan's Nikkei extended Wednesday's heavy drop with a 1.5% fall, and...

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Hajj 2020: Saudi Arabia asks Muslims to wait before making plans amid coronavirus outbreak

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday urged Muslims to wait before making plans to attend the annual hajj pilgrimage until there was more clarity over the deadly coronavirus pandemic. "We've asked the world not to rush with regards to Hajj groups until the path of the epidemic becomes clear, keeping in mind the safety of pilgrims and public health as a priority,"...

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Coronavirus outbreak: Europe records highest daily tally, US toll nears 4,000

Deaths from the coronavirus spiked in Europe on Tuesday with Spain, France and Britain reporting their highest daily tolls to date, as field hospitals shot up across New York, the epicentre of the US outbreak bracing for dark times ahead. With more than 40,000 killed by the disease barrelling around the globe, the United States, already home to the largest...

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US coronavirus death toll surges past 3,000 on deadliest day of rising health crisis

NEW YORK: The US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed past 3,000 on Monday, the deadliest day yet in the country's mounting crisis, while New York cheered the arrival of a gleaming 1,000-bed US Navy hospital ship as a sign of hope in the city's desperate fight. In a grim new milestones marking the spread of the virus, total...

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