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Boris Johnson says people can go back to work from Monday
British Prime Minister Borish Johnson outlined a tentative plan to reopen the economy from Monday. From Monday, citizens who cannot work from home are being “actively encouraged” to go back to work, but avoid using public transport if possible. People will also be allowed to take unlimited amounts of exercise from Wednesday. Young children could be back at school by June 1 at the earliest, he added
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Obama described Trump’s coronavirus response as an “absolute chaotic disaster”
Former US President Barack Obama is not happy with the coronavirus response of White House as he said that the response from Trump’s administration has been an “absolute chaotic disaster”. In a 30-minute conversation with members of the Obama Alumni Association, the former president said the response to the coronavirus outbreak served as a critical reminder for why strong government leadership is needed during a global crisis
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UK to start easing lockdown restrictions as early as Monday
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that the country could start easing its coronavirus lockdown restrictions as early as Monday. Britain has the highest number of deaths in Europe as the death toll crossed 30,000 on Wednesday. The official announcement will be made on Sunday.“We will want, if we possibly can, to get going with some of these measures on Monday,” Johnson told Parliament
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Kim Jong-Un pictured smoking and laughing at May Day celebration
Kim Jong Un made an appearance at a May Day celebration, at which he was pictured smoking and laughing, North Korean state-run media has reported. This would be the leader's first public appearance in about three weeks after global speculation over his health. Kim spoke to officials at an event to celebrate Labor Day and inaugurate a fertilizer plant, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
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Trump believes that the coronavirus outbreak originated from Wuhan laboratory
President Donald Trump on Thursday said, without offering any evidence that he has a high degree of confidence that the coronavirus outbreak originated from a laboratory in China. “I can’t tell you that. I’m not allowed to tell you that,” Trump said at a White House event when asked what evidence he has seen to make him believe that the virus emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China
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Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong-un
Kim Yo Jong, like many members of the ruling Kim dynasty in North Korea, is a mysterious figure. Kim was born in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 26, 1989. She spent her childhood at her mother’s residence in central Pyongyang. She attended the Winter Olympics in 2018 and became the first member of the ruling Kim family to cross into South Korea since the Korean War truce in 1953
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The British Parliament met on zoom, a strange but historic moment
The British Parliament has seen many historic days over the centuries. Yet it will have experienced few stranger than the spectacle that took place on Wednesday afternoon when the lawmakers attended the session through zoom. For the first time ever, the UK's lawmakers were asked to grill their government via video conference, as social distancing measures meant that the famous green benches usually packed, were nearly empty
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Confusion about Kim Jong Un's health
Confusion about Kim Jong Un's health
Conflicting reports emerged on Tuesday about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, followed by intense speculation on his medical condition. Daily NK, an online publication based in South Korea that focuses on the north, reported that Kim had received a cardiovascular system procedure on April 12. A US official said that Washington is monitoring intelligence that suggests Kim is in grave danger after undergoing a previous surgery
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Trump to ban US Immigration temporarily
US President Donald Trump announced on twitter that he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend all immigration to the US because of the coronavirus. He said, “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!”
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Thousands protested against Netanyahu in Tel Aviv
Protest organizers against Netanyahu in Tel Aviv marked 2,800 spots for protesters to stand Sunday evening. In the end, organizers say twice as many people showed up to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Every two meters, an X designated a spot where someone could stand under Israel's social distancing guidelines. Even under the strictest limitations, protests were still allowed as long as they abided by the government's regulations
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Vietnam: A likely post-pandemic winner
Vietnam’s response to the coronavirus crisis has been one of the best in the world, the country also lent a helping hand to the west that is likely to be rewarded once this pandemic is over. Vietnam adopted a proactive approach through border closures and strategic COVID-19 diplomacy. Vietnam has also donated medical supplies to many countries. US President also thanked Vietnam after America received 450,000 protective hazmat suits
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Bernie Sanders drops out of 2020 Presidential Race
In a call with his campaign staff on Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders ended his Presidential Campaign, paving way for Joe Biden for a showdown with Donald Trump in November this year. Bernie Sanders’ Presidential campaign started on a good note as he performed well initially before Joe Biden’s blowout victory in South California
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India's coronavirus lockdown hurts the poor, weakens Modi support
India has enforced a strict lockdown in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but this has led to thousands of laborers being stranded far away from their homes without any work. Homeless shelters are overflowing across the country and large numbers of families are running low on food. Many have accused Modi of poorly planning the lockdown.
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Merkel resumes duties as German chancellor ending self-quarantine
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come out of self-quarantine and has returned to her duties in government. She had to go into quarantine after getting a vaccine from a doctor who was later found to have the virus. She tested negative for the virus on Friday and no longer needs to work from home.
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US Navy demotes carrier commander who called for stricter coronavirus measures
The US Navy has relieved the carrier commander who wrote a scathing letter to his superiors calling for more coronavirus related measures. His letter was leaked to the public just two days ago but it is unclear how it got to the hands of the public. The Navy said that the letter raised alarm bells unnecessarily.
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US immigrant detention centers woefully unprepared for coronavirus outbreak
Around a third of the 43,000 immigrants, the US is currently detaining, are being held in centers that have just one hospital or none at all. Immigration officers have said that in case of an outbreak they will transfer immigrants with serious symptoms to available hospitals. This could seriously tax small local hospitals who will have to deal with both locals and immigrants.
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US deploys navy to thwart Caribbean drug trade
US President Donald Trump has declared that the US is deploying its warships in the Caribbean to thwart the influx of cocaine and other illegal drugs from Venezuela, with Trump charging Venezuelan President Nicolaus Maduro with plotting to harm the health of American citizens. President Maduro has replied that the move is an attempt to divert attention from the US' rapidly worsening coronavirus crisis.
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Trump claims Saudi Arabia and Russia are about to sign a new oil deal
US President Donald Trump has said that Saudi Arabia and Russia will likely make a new oil deal within the next few days and will end their price war. He has invited US oil executives to the White House to discuss the global oil market. Global oil prices have fallen by two thirds this year.
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Trump revises US coronavirus deaths forecast to 240,000
In his latest daily White House press briefing, US President Donald Trump has revealed that White House coronavirus taskforce response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx now predicts that the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in the country could go up between 100,000 to 240,000 in the best-case scenario over the next two weeks, even if mitigation policies are enacted, with 1.5 to 2 million lives lost in the worst-case scenario.
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Russia sends plane full of medical equipment to the US
Russia has sent a military plane full of medical equipment and protective masks to the US in order to help them fight the coronavirus pandemic. The plane was sent after Putin and Trump discussed the crisis over the phone where both sides agreed to help each other if necessary.
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UK to double coronavirus testing capacity
The British government has announced that it intends to increase the country's coronavirus testing capacity from 12, 750 to 25,000 people a day. They are expected to hit this number by mid-April as they steadily increase capacity every week. Many claim these increases are not coming fast enough and are not widespread enough
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Iran claims the US missed a chance to remove sanctions during coronavirus crisis
Iran's president has recently said that the US missed a historic opportunity to remove sanctions on Iran while it was struggling with the coronavirus. He urged the Americans to apologize and remove the 'unjust sanctions' on Iran, although the US has indicated that it may ease sanctions on countries that are fighting the coronavirus.
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Erdogan pressured to lock down Turkey amid coronavirus pandemic
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is being asked by national unions and the opposition to impose a lockdown in the country amid an alarming increase in the number of new infections, with 10,827 cases in Turkey less than three weeks after it registered its first case. Erdogan has so far resisted these demands, stating that the wheels of the economy must keep turning, and has called for voluntary self-isolation.
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Brazil's president censored by Facebook
Facebook has deleted a post made by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claiming the post was full of misinformation. In the post, he claimed hydroxychloroquine was curing the coronavirus everywhere it was used despite the fact that there is no concrete evidence that suggests this. Twitter has also recently removed some of Bolsonaro's posts.
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German minister kills himself due to 'coronavirus worry'
Thomas Schaefer, one of Germany's finance ministers, has committed suicide after becoming 'deeply worried' over the economic impact of the coronavirus. He was found dead near a railway track on Saturday and the authorities say they believe it was a suicide. He had previously been helping companies deal with the coronavirus lockdown.
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