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UK threatens to curtail outdoor exercise if people flout lockdown rules - health minister

Reuters - 1 hour 19 min ago
Britain will have to impose further restrictions on outdoor exercise if people flout lockdown rules designed to curb transmission of the coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday.

Pope opens Holy Week amid pandemic; says now is the time to serve

Reuters - 1 hour 21 min ago
Pope Francis marked a surreal Palm Sunday in an empty St. Peter's Basilica, urging people living through the coronavirus pandemic not to be so concerned with what they lack but how they can ease the suffering of others.

A teenager has died at a hospital in Essex after positive Covid-19 test

This Is Total Essex - 1 hour 53 min ago
There have now been 46 COVID-19 deaths at the Essex hospital
Categories: Local News

Comment: Amazing communities show they will not be beaten by coronavirus

Braintree and Witham Times - 1 hour 54 min ago
HEARTWARMING stories of communities pulling together in a time of crisis are just what we need right now.
Categories: Local News

Tokyo reports 143 new coronavirus cases, highest jump in one day - governor

Reuters - 2 hours 3 min ago
Some 143 more cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in Tokyo, the city's governor said on Sunday, with the highest daily jump bringing the number of cases in the Japanese capital to more than 1,000.

Why Taiwan's Coronavirus Response Is Among The Best Globally

Slashdot - 2 hours 20 min ago
Why does Taiwan have less than 400 confirmed cases of Covid-19? Taiwan's experience with the 2003 SARS outbreak "helped many parts of the region react faster to the current coronavirus outbreak and take the danger more seriously than in other parts of the world," reports CNN, "both at a governmental and societal level, with border controls and the wearing of face masks quickly becoming routine as early as January in many areas." Their article also notes that Taiwan "has a world-class health care system, with universal coverage," which drew praise in new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association: "Taiwan rapidly produced and implemented a list of at least 124 action items in the past five weeks to protect public health," report co-author Jason Wang, a Taiwanese doctor and associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford Medicine, said in a statement. "The policies and actions go beyond border control because they recognized that that wasn't enough." This was while other countries were still debating whether to take action. In a study conducted in January, Johns Hopkins University said Taiwan was one of the most at-risk areas outside of mainland China -- owing to its close proximity, ties and transport links. Among those early decisive measures was the decision to ban travel from many parts of China, stop cruise ships docking at the island's ports, and introduce strict punishments for anyone found breaching home quarantine orders. In addition, Taiwanese officials also moved to ramp up domestic face-mask production to ensure the local supply, rolled out island-wide testing for coronavirus -- including re-testing people who had previously unexplained pneumonia -- and announced new punishments for spreading disinformation about the virus. "Given the continual spread of Covid-19 around the world, understanding the action items that were implemented quickly in Taiwan, and the effectiveness of these actions in preventing a large-scale epidemic, may be instructive for other countries," Wang and his co-authors wrote.... Taiwan is in such a strong position now that, after weeks of banning the export of face masks in order to ensure the domestic supply, the government said Wednesday that it would donate 10 million masks to the United States, Italy, Spain and nine other European countries, as well as smaller nations who have diplomatic ties with the island.

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Categories: Technology

Iran's deaths from coronavirus reach 3,603 - health ministry

Reuters - 2 hours 44 min ago
The death toll in Iran from the outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached 3,603, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a statement broadcast live on state TV on Sunday.

The Essex towns where everyone wants to live and house prices are rising

This Is Total Essex - 2 hours 57 min ago
Essex is one of the most sought-after places to live
Categories: Local News

Coronavirus: Live updates from across Essex

Braintree and Witham Times - 3 hours 7 min ago
Coronavirus: Live updates from across Essex
Categories: Local News

UK coronavirus deaths could reach 7,000 to 20,000 - Ferguson

Reuters - 3 hours 15 min ago
UK deaths from the coronavirus could rise to between about 7,000 and 20,000 under measures taken to slow the spread of the virus, Neil Ferguson, a professor at Imperial College in London who has helped shape the government's response, said on Sunday.

Piers Morgan slams Alan Sugar for 'reckless' coronavirus advice

This Is Total Essex - 3 hours 18 min ago
Morgan has said that Sugar's 'stupidity will kill people'
Categories: Local News

Saudi Arabia delays May crude prices until after OPEC+ meeting - Saudi source

Reuters - 3 hours 45 min ago
Saudi Aramco will delay the release of its crude official selling prices (OSP) for May until April 10 to wait for the outcome of a meeting between OPEC and its allies regarding possible output cuts, a senior Saudi source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

UK will have to take further action if people flout lockdown rules - Hancock

Reuters - 3 hours 46 min ago
Britain will have to further restrict rules allowing outdoor exercise if people flout lockdown rules designed to combat the coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday.

Health minister denies clash with finance chief over lockdown strategy

Reuters - 3 hours 52 min ago
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Sunday denied there was any disagreement with Finance Minister Rishi Sunak about when lockdown restrictions to fight the coronavirus could be lifted.

Thug 'glassed' man's face with a bottle in a vicious bar attack

This Is Total Essex - 3 hours 55 min ago
He attacked the victim after he saw him dancing with a woman he had been talking to
Categories: Local News

Greece quarantines second migrant camp after COVID-19 case confirmed

Reuters - 4 hours 11 min ago
Greece has quarantined a second migrant facility on its mainland after a 53-year-old man tested positive for the new coronavirus, the migration ministry said on Sunday.

Woman left homeless after cigarette causes huge fire

This Is Total Essex - 4 hours 15 min ago
She's now without a home
Categories: Local News

Iran's Rouhani says low-risk economic activities to resume from April 11 amid coronavirus

Reuters - 4 hours 31 min ago
Iran's president said on Sunday "low-risk" economic activities would resume from April 11 in the Middle Eastern country worst-affected by the new coronavirus.

Death at home: the unseen toll of Italy's coronavirus crisis

Reuters - 4 hours 40 min ago
It took Silvia Bertuletti 11 days of frantic phone calls to persuade a doctor to visit her 78-year-old father Alessandro, who was gripped by fever and struggling for breath.

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