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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.

China says all coronavirus clinical research must be registered

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 12:31
The Chinese government has said all clinical research projects on the novel coronavirus that are already underway must be reported to authorities or face being halted.

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

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 12:31
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.

Why U.S. hospitals see promise in plasma from new coronavirus patients

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 12:19
U.S. hospitals desperate to help very sick patients with COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, are trying a treatment first used in the 1890s that relies on blood plasma donated by recovered patients.

Britain's Labour Party names Keir Starmer as new leader

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 11:11
Britain's main opposition Labour Party named Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions who opposed the country's exit from the European Union, as its leader on Saturday.

Britain unlikely to lift coronavirus lockdown until end of May - government expert

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 10:58
Britain is unlikely to lift its stringent lockdown rules until the end of May, a leading government adviser said on Saturday, warning that the spread of the coronavirus must first slow and intense testing be introduced.

Britain's Johnson invites opposition leaders to work with him over coronavirus emergency

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 10:17
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited the leaders of Britain's opposition parties to work with him during this "moment of national emergency", saying he wants to hear their views during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases topping 100 for first time - NHK

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 09:57
Some 118 people were newly infected with the novel coronavirus in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, NHK public broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing metropolitan government officials.

Lausanne watchman rings cathedral bell anew to signal hope amid pandemic

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 09:51
In Lausanne, a Swiss city on the shores of lake Geneva, the coronavirus outbreak has revived a tradition of centuries past: The cathedral watchman climbs the 153 stone steps to his tower at night, puts on a black hat, lights a lantern and rings the "La Clemence" bell to stir residents' solidarity and courage.

Thousands of Central Americans detained for flaunting coronavirus rules

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 08:15
Thousands of people have been detained across Central America for violating rules put in place by their governments to curb the fast-spreading new coronavirus in a region that has fewer medical resources than developed countries.

Indian officials warn of lockdown extensions as COVID-19 cases in South Asia near 6,000

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 06:25
The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases in South Asia neared 6,000 on Saturday, even as authorities in some cities tightened restrictions on movement and warned lockdowns could be extended in a bid to rein in the pandemic.

Trump fires intelligence official involved in his impeachment probe

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 05:13
U.S. President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday that he is firing the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community who was involved in triggering an impeachment probe of the president last year.

China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemic

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 04:10
China on Saturday mourned the thousands of "martyrs" who have died in the new coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast throughout the country and suspending all forms of entertainment.

Brazil's Bolsonaro turns to prayer in coronavirus crisis

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 03:12
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, agreeing to a request from evangelical Christians, said on Friday that he was calling for a national day of fasting and prayer this Sunday to "free Brazil from this evil" coronavirus epidemic.

New York in 'race against time' as Trump stresses face masks are voluntary

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 03:04
Two of the principal U.S. coronavirus hot spots - New York and Louisiana - reported their biggest jumps in COVID-19 deaths yet on Friday, as the White House sent mixed messages on whether Americans should cover their face if they venture outdoors.

New York in 'race against time' as death tolls jump in U.S. virus hot spots

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 00:53
Two of the main U.S. coronavirus hot spots on Friday reported their biggest jumps yet in COVID-19 deaths, with the number of fatalities so far in New York state alone comparable to the loss of life in the United States in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Trump aims to ease U.S. oil industry's cash crunch, no plan to trim output - sources

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 00:14
U.S. President Donald Trump has directed his cabinet to find ways to ease a cash crunch in the drilling industry after oil company executives told him in a Friday meeting it was among their top concerns, according to three sources briefed on the matter.