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PM Johnson out of intensive care as he continues COVID-19 recovery
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 08:42:13 -0400
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was resting in hospital on Friday, recovering from COVID-19, while his fellow Britons were told to resist the temptation of spring sunshine over Easter as the coronavirus outbreak approaches a peak.

Lawmakers look to reaffirm U.S. commitment to global health, amid coronavirus
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 08:29:11 -0400
Republican and Democratic U.S. senators will introduce legislation on Friday seeking to reaffirm the country's commitment to global health amid the coronavirus crisis, including reestablishing a panel - similar to one disbanded by President Donald Trump - charged with preparing for pandemics.

Trump says he is speeding help to farmers hurt by coronavirus dislocation
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 08:20:54 -0400
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he has directed his agriculture secretary to expedite help to farmers, especially small farmers, hurt by the economic disruption caused by the new coronavirus outbreak.

U.S. health expert Fauci: 'Now is no time to back off'
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 08:16:08 -0400
The top U.S. infectious disease expert warned on Friday that even though hard-hit spots like New York are showing positive results in the battle against coronavirus, it is too early to relax restrictions on Americans.

Coronavirus drug hopefuls are cheap to make but may be in short supply
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 08:12:10 -0400
Drugs being re-purposed in hopes they will help against COVID-19 cost little to make but may prove challenging to produce in quantities needed for a pandemic, a drug pricing expert said.

UK PM Johnson in 'very good spirits' after leaving intensive care: spokesman
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 08:09:20 -0400
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in "very good spirits" after returning to a hospital ward from intensive care but his recovery is at an early stage, his spokesman said on Friday.

Spain's coronavirus death toll curve flattening at last
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 07:57:51 -0400
The coronavirus death toll curve in Spain flattened further on Friday as the government discussed different strategies to start phasing out one of the world's strictest lockdowns.

South Korea reports recovered coronavirus patients testing positive again
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 07:49:43 -0400
South Korean officials on Friday reported 91 patients thought cleared of the new coronavirus had tested positive again.

Easter season goes virtual as coronavirus locks out tradition
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 07:46:05 -0400
One Catholic priest in rural coastal Ireland delivered socially-distanced blessings from a moving vintage "popemobile".

China's Wuhan to keep testing residents as coronavirus lockdown eases
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 07:37:52 -0400
China's Wuhan city, where the global coronavirus pandemic began, is still testing residents regularly despite relaxing its tough two-month lockdown, with the country wary of a rebound in cases even as it sets its sights on normalising the economy.

On Russian border, China scrambles to contain coronavirus influx
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 07:37:52 -0400
A small Chinese city on the border with Russia is mounting an increasingly urgent defence against a surge of new coronavirus cases even as crowds return to restaurants and shops in much of the rest of the country.

In parts of Africa, police are accused of excess force amid coronavirus lockdowns
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 07:12:48 -0400
Days after Congo announced emergency restrictions to curb the new coronavirus, a police video started circulating online showing an officer in the capital beating a taxi driver for violating a one-passenger limit.

Airbus shelves plan to add new A321 assembly line
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 07:08:52 -0400
Airbus has shelved plans to create a new assembly line in Toulouse, France, for its A321 airliner as the company wrestles with the coronavirus crisis.

Japan's battle with pandemic may mark end of Abe's fiscal experiment
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 07:07:46 -0400
The huge cost of the coronavirus pandemic is upending Japan's seven-year experiment to rescue the economy from its debt timebomb, as recession fears prompt calls for "helicopter money" - unlimited spending bankrolled by the central bank.

Global oil output cuts held hostage to standoff
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 07:06:47 -0400
Oil producers in the OPEC+ group, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, were expected to pressure Mexico on Friday to seal an accord for a collective cut in output of 10 million barrels per day, before asking other nations for a further 5 million bpd of cuts.

China imposes more checks on mask exports to ensure quality control
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 06:59:19 -0400
China tightened restrictions on exports of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) on Friday, calling for shipments of the items to be subjected to a mandatory customs inspection, with immediate effect.

Some defiant U.S. churches plan Easter services, ignoring public health guidelines
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 06:22:30 -0400
A handful of holdout U.S. churches plan to hold in-person services on Easter Sunday, saying their right to worship in person outweighs public health officials' warnings against holding large gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak.

EU ministers agree half a trillion euro coronavirus rescue plan
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 06:20:29 -0400
European Union finance ministers agreed on Thursday on half-a-trillion euros worth of support for their coronavirus-battered economies but left open the question of how to finance recovery in the bloc headed for a steep recession.

France says EU coronavirus recovery fund to be financed by joint debt
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 06:20:29 -0400
European Union finance ministers have agreed to an economic recovery plan for the coronavirus crisis that France's minister said implicitly opens the door to jointly issued debt and which he hailed as a French success.

Austria says EU deal should not be a back door to coronabonds
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 06:20:29 -0400
A deal struck by European Union finance ministers on Thursday evening should not lead to the introduction of coronabonds through the back door, fiscal hawk Austria's Finance Minister Gernot Bluemel said in a statement.

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