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Number of coronavirus intensive care patients in Italy drops for first time

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 20:22
Italy reported its lowest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths for nearly two weeks on Saturday and said the number of patients in intensive care had fallen for the first time.

UK coronavirus death rate to stay high top medic says, as toll passes 4,300

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 19:34
High fatalities from the coronavirus will continue in the United Kingdom for at least another week or two even if people comply with stringent isolation measures, health authorities said on Saturday as the country's death toll jumped to 4,313.

Coronavirus wreaks grimmest toll yet in New York state: 630 dead in a day

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 19:32
Coronavirus-related illnesses killed 630 people in the last day in New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday, in the bleakest 24 hours yet for the U.S. state hit hardest by the pandemic.

Exclusive: Pressed by Trump, U.S. pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 18:47
In mid-March, President Donald Trump personally pressed federal health officials to make malaria drugs available to treat the novel coronavirus, though they had been untested for COVID-19, two sources told Reuters. Shortly afterward, the federal government published highly unusual guidance informing doctors they had the option to prescribe the drugs, with key dosing information based on unattributed anecdotes rather than peer-reviewed science.

Ukrainian doctors fly to Italy to help combat coronavirus

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 18:20
Ukraine, which expects a sharp rise of coronavirus cases in the coming weeks, sent doctors to disease-hit Italy on Saturday to assist their Italian colleagues and to gain field experience.

Italy coronavirus death toll rises by 681, intensive care falls

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 18:20
The death toll from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 681 to 15,362, a somewhat lower rise than those seen in recent days, while the number of patients in intensive care fell for the first time, the Civil Protection Agency said on Saturday.

Spain to extend state of emergency to April 26 as rise in infections slows

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 18:02
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday he would ask parliament to extend lockdown measures by 15 days until April 26, as the rate of new coronavirus infections and deaths slowed again in one of the world's worst-hit countries.

Spain to extend coronavirus state of emergency until April 26 - El Pais

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 18:02
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will extend the state of emergency in the country with Europe's highest number of infections from the coronavirus by another two weeks until April 26, El Pais newspaper reported on Saturday.

PM Johnson's pregnant fiance had COVID-19 symptoms but on the mend

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 18:01
Carrie Symonds, the pregnant fiance of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said she had spent the past week in bed with symptoms of the novel coronavirus but after seven days of rest felt stronger and was on the mend.

Some plateauing of London coronavirus outbreak, UK says

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 16:43
It will take a week or two before Britain's social distancing measures start to translate into lower hospitalisation rates but there has been a bit of a plateauing in London in recent days, NHS England Medical Director Stephen Powis said.

UK extends condolences to family of five-year-old who died from coronavirus

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 16:22
British Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said his thoughts went out to the family of a 5-year-old child who died in hospital after being infected with the novel coronavirus.

Britain secures 300 new ventilators from China

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 16:19
Britain took delivery of 300 ventilators from China on Saturday and more will start being produced soon by a consortium of aerospace, engineering and Formula One teams, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said.

OPEC+ meeting delayed as Saudi Arabia and Russia row over oil price collapse - sources

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 16:01
OPEC and Russia have postponed a meeting due on Monday to discuss oil output cuts until April 9, OPEC sources said on Saturday, as a row between Moscow and Saudi Arabia over who is to blame for plunging crude prices intensified.

China’s Guangxi region tightens border controls amid rise in imported coronavirus cases

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 15:48
China's southwestern Guangxi region, which has borders with Vietnam, has suspended cross-border passenger transportation and restricted exit of citizens from the country amid concerns of an increase in imported coronavirus cases.

Top U.S. watchdog vows 'aggressive' oversight of Trump administration after intel firing

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 15:29
The top U.S. federal watchdog vowed on Saturday to continue to conduct "aggressive" independent oversight of government agencies, after President Donald Trump fired the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community late Friday night.

Indian state authorities warn coronavirus lockdown could be extended

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 15:25
Authorities in some India states warned on Saturday that lockdowns to rein in the coronavirus pandemic could be extended in parts of the nation as the number of domestic coronavirus cases rose above the 3,000 mark.

UK coronavirus death toll rises to 4,313, up 20% on day earlier

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 15:11
The United Kingdom's hospital death toll from the coronavirus rose by 20% to 4,313 at 1600 GMT on April 3, the health ministry said.

Britain set for long lockdown as death toll rises to 4,313

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 14:29
Britain is unlikely to lift its stringent lockdown rules until the end of May, once the spread of the coronavirus has started to slow, a leading government adviser said on Saturday as the death toll rose to 4,313.

OPEC+ meeting delayed as Saudi Arabia and Russia row over price collapse

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 12:52
OPEC and Russia have postponed a meeting planned for Monday until later next week, OPEC sources said on Saturday, as a row intensified between Moscow and Saudi Arabia over who is to blame for plunging oil prices.

Britain's Labour turns page on socialism with Starmer as new leader

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 12:34
Keir Starmer was elected as the leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Saturday, pledging to bring an end to years of bitter infighting and to work with the government to contain the raging coronavirus pandemic.