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New Zealand’s health minister resigns after lockdown breach
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New Zealand’s health minister resigns after lockdown breach

The Health Minister of New Zealand has resigned after criticism of the government's response to coronavirus and his own breaches of lockdown rules. David Clark had already been demoted after breaking rules to take his family to the beach. He said continuing in his role was distracting from the government's overall response to the pandemic. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed on Thursday that she had accepted his resignation

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2 hours, 43 minutes ago - BBC
US reports 52,982 cases in 24 hours, biggest daily jump so far
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US reports 52,982 cases in 24 hours, biggest daily jump so far

According to the data released by Johns Hopkins University, a record-breaking 52,982 people in the US have been tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours. It says the total US cases now reach 2,682,270. There have been 128,028 deaths, that's more than twice the number of deaths recorded in Brazil, which comes second. Infections are not slowing down in the US with analysts predicting 100,000 daily cases

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3 hours, 58 minutes ago - BBC
Prague arranged a massive public dinner to celebrate the end of coronavirus
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Prague arranged a massive public dinner to celebrate the end of coronavirus

Thousands of residents in the Czech capital, Prague, built a 1,600-foot table and held a massive public dinner party on Tuesday, to celebrate the end of the country's coronavirus lockdown. Residents stretched through the city's streets and over its famous Charles Bridge after the government lifted restrictions on large gatherings. The Czech Republic was quick to implement a lockdown at the start of the global coronavirus outbreak

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4 hours, 8 minutes ago - CNN
Indian coronavirus cases crossed 600,000
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Indian coronavirus cases crossed 600,000

COVID-19 infections in India crossed the 600,000 mark as the country added more than 19,000 cases in the last 24 hours. More than 350,000 patients have recovered so far. The country's average positivity rate stood at 8.34 percent this morning; the recovery rate stood at 59.51 percent. More than 9 million samples have been recorded since January when India reported its first coronavirus patient

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5 hours ago - NDTV
UK offers citizenship to 3 million Hong Kong residents
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UK offers citizenship to 3 million Hong Kong residents

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said up to three million Hong Kong residents are to be offered the chance to settle in the UK and ultimately apply for citizenship. Johnson criticized new security law and those affected would be offered a "route" out of the former UK colony. About 350,000 UK passport holders, and 2.6 million others eligible, will be able to come to the UK for five years

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Wed Jul 01 - BBC
A Pakistani woman stuck in India wants to return home to Dubai
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A Pakistani woman stuck in India wants to return home to Dubai

According to a story posted by Khaleej Times, A Dubai-based Pakistani woman Ayesha stranded in India for nearly five months is seeking help to come back home. Ayesha and her husband Mohammed Farhan were supposed to return to Dubai in late March. Ayesha flew to Kolkata on February 21 to introduce her newborn son to his paternal grandparents. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19-triggered restrictions, the couple is stuck in Kolkata

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Wed Jul 01 - KhaleejTimes
Italy seizes the world’s biggest shipment of amphetamines
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Italy seizes the world’s biggest shipment of amphetamines

Italian police said in a statement on Wednesday that they had seized a world record 15-ton haul of amphetamines made by ISIS in Syria. The drug, in the form of 84 million Captagon tablets, was worth about one billion euros, describing the operation as "the biggest seizure of amphetamines in the world." The shipment was hidden in three containers found in the port of Salerno, just south of Naples

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Wed Jul 01 - cbsnews
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India’s fake news problem
Wed Jul 01
India’s fake news problem
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India’s fake news problem

Fake news can have a significant impact on those who find themselves the targets in India. This has been a particular problem in India during the coronavirus pandemic, where reliable sources of news are frequently drowned out by unverified information online. False information has had serious consequences for minority communities as well as some business sectors such as the meat industry

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Wed Jul 01 - BBC
Australians angry over new National Logo
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Australians angry over new National Logo

Australia just launched a new design, inspired by the country's national flower and the logo will now be used by businesses and government, alongside the kangaroo. The new wattle logo has not been well received. NSW MP Mark Coure took to Twitter to slam the new design. "I can't believe they have changed the Australian made logo to look like this, it looks like a virus," Coure said on Twitter

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Wed Jul 01 - 9news
China starts crackdown in Hong Kong over violation of National Security Law
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China starts crackdown in Hong Kong over violation of National Security Law

Hong Kong police department announced on Wednesday that they have made their first arrest since China’s national security law came into force. National Security Law says that a person who acts with a view to “undermining national unification” of Hong Kong with the mainland faces punishment of up to lifetime. Under the new law, many of Hong Kong’s protests that took place last year would be punishable by law

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Wed Jul 01 - CNBC
The US could top 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day, says Dr. Fauci
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The US could top 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day, says Dr. Fauci

America is “not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic and daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day at some point, White House health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday. The country is now reporting nearly 40,000 new coronavirus cases every day. Fauci said about 50% of all new cases are coming from four states: Florida, California, Texas, and Arizona

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Tue Jun 30 - CNBC
Coronavirus expected to cost 400 million jobs in Q2
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Coronavirus expected to cost 400 million jobs in Q2

The UN Labor agency released data related to global working hours in the second quarter of 2020, The pandemic is expected to have resulted in a 14% drop in global working hours in the second quarter of 2020, the International Labour Organization has said. The United Nations’ labor agency said this updated fall in working hours was the equivalent of 400 million full-time job losses globally in the second quarter

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Tue Jun 30 - CNBC
Lockdown in the Philippines could result in the highest birth rate in 20 years
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Lockdown in the Philippines could result in the highest birth rate in 20 years

Strict coronavirus lockdown in the Philippines has severely disrupted access to family planning services and could lead to the highest number of births in the country in two decades. That means 214,000 more babies this year. Movement restrictions imposed in March prevented both patients and medical staff from reaching clinics for months, and are now causing shortages of contraceptives in some areas, according to health workers

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Tue Jun 30 - TheGuardian
China bypasses Hong Kong's Legislature to pass national security law
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China bypasses Hong Kong's legislature to pass national security law

China's top lawmaking body, the National People's Congress, passed the law unanimously on Tuesday morning local time, bypassing Hong Kong's legislature, according to Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK, citing unnamed sources. Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency previously reported the law would criminalize offenses such as secession, subversion against the central Chinese government, terrorism, and colluding with foreign forces

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Tue Jun 30 - CNN
Europe to allow travel from 14 countries, excluding the US and China
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Europe to allow travel from 14 countries, excluding the US and China

The European Union has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from 1 July, despite the pandemic, but the US, Brazil, and China are excluded. On the current "safe" list, still likely to be amended, are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay

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Tue Jun 30 - BBC
Coronavirus testing across Nepal and Bhutan is completely free
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Coronavirus testing across Nepal and Bhutan is completely free

At the time where different countries are charging differently for the coronavirus testing, COVID-19 test is completely free in Nepal and Bhutan (Public as well as Private hospitals). In Bhutan Covid-19 tests and treatment are free of cost. Nepal, in addition to free testing in Government facilities, the country also announced that it would pay Nepal Rupees 5,500 for the test in private hospitals

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Tue Jun 30 - Dhakatribune
A newly discovered virus in Chinese pigs can infect human
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A newly discovered virus in Chinese pigs can infect human

A newly discovered flu that has the potential to become a pandemic has been identified in China by scientists. It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say. The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak. The scientists write in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Tue Jun 30 - BBC
US Supreme court strikes down controversial Louisiana abortion law
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US Supreme court strikes down controversial Louisiana abortion law

In its first significant abortion ruling of the Trump era, the United States Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics by 5-4 voting. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that a Lousiana law that imposes restrictions on doctors who perform abortions violates a right the court first announced in the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973

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Mon Jun 29 - AlJazeera
Africa’s controversial dam project
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Africa’s controversial dam project

Ethiopian Government plans to go ahead with the $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project on the Blue Nile that will provide power to its more than 100 million citizens and create huge opportunities for its economy. But Sudan and Egypt downstream first want a legally-binding agreement on how long it will take to fill the dam and the way it will be operated.

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Mon Jun 29 - AlJazeera
China locks down 400,000 people in Hebei province
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China locks down 400,000 people in Hebei province

After a small surge in Anxin county of Hebei province near Beijing, China puts 400,000 people under lockdown to avoid the second wave of coronavirus. Officials announced on Sunday that Anxin would be "fully enclosed and controlled". Anxin is around 150km (90 miles) south of Beijing. Chinese media say there have been 18 cases in the county since the beginning of the recent surge in Beijing two weeks ago

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Mon Jun 29 - BBC
India opens Sardar Patel COVID care center, one of the world’s largest hospitals
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India opens Sardar Patel COVID care center, one of the world’s largest hospitals

With a total capacity of 10,000 beds, India opened one of the largest hospitals in the world to help fight coronavirus, as health authorities announced the country's biggest one-day increase of nearly 20,000 new coronavirus cases. The Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre in Delhi became partly operational on Sunday, with 2,000 of its 10,000 beds available. The remaining 8,000 beds at the facility, will be in use from Wednesday

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Sun Jun 28 - CNN
US states to curb reopening plans after record cases
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US states to curb reopening plans after record cases

COVID-19 cases across the US surpassed 2.5 million on Saturday after a record daily increase of more than 40,000 cases. Florida alone reported more than 9,500 cases in less than 24 hours. Last week, Texas, Florida and Arizona put re-opening plans on pause to tackle the outbreak. But on Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis imposed new restrictions, ordering bars in the state to stop serving alcohol on their premises

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Sun Jun 28 - BBC
Bill Gates: Coronavirus situation in the US is embarrassing
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Bill Gates: Coronavirus situation in the US is embarrassing

Bill Gates joined the Coronavirus Town Hall on Thursday arranged by CNN that the state of the Covid-19 pandemic on both a global and national scale, is more bleak than I would have expected. “Because our behavior and our contact-tracing is not working well [in the U.S.], we continue to have a very large case spread. And it is embarrassing,” Gates said.

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Sun Jun 28 - CNBC
Global COVID-19 infections jump above 10 million
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Global COVID-19 infections jump above 10 million

According to the latest numbers released by health officials, Global coronavirus cases are now above 10 million as nearly 200,000 new global cases were reported in less than 24 hours. COVID-19 infections around the world now stands at 10,090,456 along with 501,480 deaths, according to the latest numbers released on Worldometers. The US reported the highest number of cases in the world followed by Brazil and Russia

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Sun Jun 28 - Worldometers
Pakistan crosses 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases
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Pakistan crosses 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

Pakistan reported 4,072 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours to take the total above 200,000. The country now has 202,955 COVID-19 cases along with 4,118 deaths. The pressure is mounting on the health facilities in a country with limited health resources. PM Imran Khan announced a smart lockdown on coronavirus hotspots across different provinces

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Sun Jun 28 - Covid.gov.pk