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  • Trump offers competing coronavirus messaging, warning of death but lamenting lockdown
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    Trump offers competing coronavirus messaging, warning of death but lamenting lockdown

    President Trump appeared frustrated that the country would not emerge from its coronavirus lockdown in the near future even as he and other officials warned of a rising death toll and a continuance of restrictive measures for weeks and maybe months to come. There will be death,” Trump warned flatly at one point during Saturday's briefing of the White House coronavirus task force. More than 8,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

  • Why does the coronavirus affect people differently? Yahoo News Explains
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    Why does the coronavirus affect people differently? Yahoo News Explains

    Coronavirus patients are showing a wide range of symptoms and the exact reason why is still a mystery — but we do have some clues as to what factors can influence the severity of the disease. While the most common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath, there are numerous reports of coronavirus patients experiencing nonrespiratory symptoms. A study of 204 patients in Huabie, China, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that just over half of patients experienced gastrointestinal symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

  • An Illinois man allegedly shot his wife then himself over coronavirus fears
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    An Illinois man allegedly shot his wife then himself over coronavirus fears

    Police say Patrick Jesernik shot his wife Cheryl Jesernik, then himself, on Thursday. Experts predicted the stresses of the pandemic and lockdown could lead to an uptick in domestic violence. On Thursday evening, police responded to a wellbeing check at the couple's home, where they found Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, dead, NBC Chicago reported. An autopsy found that each died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

  • Televangelist Kenneth Copeland 'blows wind of God' at coronavirus and claims pandemic is 'destroyed' in sermon
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    Televangelist Kenneth Copeland 'blows wind of God' at coronavirus and claims pandemic is 'destroyed' in sermon

    American televangelist Kenneth Copeland, who recently claimed that the coronavirus pandemic will be "over much sooner you think" because "Christian people all over this country praying have overwhelmed it," has summoned the "wind of God" to destroy the novel coronavirus during a recent sermon. In a sermon last month, the pastor "executed judgment" on Covid-19, which he declared "finished" and "over" and made the US "healed and well again."

  • Trump: U.S. approaching period ‘that is going to be very horrendous’
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    Trump: U.S. approaching period ‘that is going to be very horrendous’

    President Trump on Saturday said that the United States is approaching a time that will be “very horrendous” for the nation amid the growing coronavirus outbreak across the country.

  • Biden says removal of Navy captain who sounded alarm on coronavirus 'close to criminal'
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    Biden says removal of Navy captain who sounded alarm on coronavirus 'close to criminal'

    Former Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday that the Navy's decision to remove the captain who sounded the alarm on coronavirus cases aboard his ship is "close to criminal." "I think it's close to criminal the way they're dealing with this guy," Biden said on ABC News' "This Week." The Navy announced Thursday that it had relieved Capt. Brett Crozier of his post commanding the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier with a crew of nearly 5,000.

  • Scots' medical chief resigns after flouting own coronavirus rules
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    Scots' medical chief resigns after flouting own coronavirus rules

    Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood resigned on Sunday after she broke her own advice to stay at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by visiting her second home this weekend and last. Calderwood said that during discussions with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday evening they agreed her actions risked distracting from the "hugely important job that government and the medical profession has to do in getting the country through this coronavirus pandemic". Police had earlier issued a warning to Calderwood about her behaviour and Sturgeon had removed her as the public face of the campaign to tackle the coronavirus.

  • Japan’s Abe Set to Declare State of Emergency, Media Say
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    Japan’s Abe Set to Declare State of Emergency, Media Say

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to declare a state of emergency within days, after coronavirus cases in Tokyo jumped over the weekend to top 1,000 for the first time and raised worries of a more explosive surge, media reports said. Abe will announce the plan as soon as Monday, with the formal declaration for the Tokyo area coming as early as Tuesday, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, without attribution. Osaka is also likely to be included, while Hyogo, Saitama and Hokkaido prefectures are under consideration, according to Kyodo News and other media reports.

  • Europe sees more signs of hope as Italy's virus curve falls
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    Europe sees more signs of hope as Italy's virus curve falls

    Europe saw further signs of hope in the coronavirus outbreak Sunday as Italy's daily death toll was at its lowest in more than two weeks and its infection curve was finally on a downward slope. Angelo Borrelli, the head of Italy's Civil Protection agency on Sunday, said there were 525 deaths in the 24-hour period since Saturday evening. Italy now has a total of 15,887 deaths and nearly 129,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

  • Does Iran's coronavirus crisis raise the risk of war?
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    Does Iran's coronavirus crisis raise the risk of war?

    This same motivation may push Iran to accelerate its pursuit of a nuclear weapon, which could risk retaliation from the U.S. Members of the Trump administration may see Iran's weakened state as an opportunity to be more aggressive in its “maximum pressure campaign” against the country, some experts say. Any actions on America's part risk prompting an escalating response from Iran. Others say the pandemic presents a chance for the two countries to improve their relationship and step back from the brink of open conflict.

  • Face masks: How the Trump administration went from 'no need' to 'put one on' to fight coronavirus
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    Face masks: How the Trump administration went from 'no need' to 'put one on' to fight coronavirus

    Testifying on Capitol Hill on Feb. 28, Dr. Robert Redfield could not be more clear. “There is no need for these masks in the community,” Dr. Redfield said of the N95 masks that were then becoming the subject of intense focus, with the coronavirus outbreak having arrived on the West Coast of the United States. Coming from the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this pronouncement had the weight of an official directive.

  • 'I'm worried that I have infected 1000 people in the last three days': Amazon workers reveal all the reasons why they're afraid to go to work
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    'I'm worried that I have infected 1000 people in the last three days': Amazon workers reveal all the reasons why they're afraid to go to work

    As thousands of businesses across the country close their doors to help slow the spread of the coronavirus across the country, Amazon, deemed an "essential business," is one of a few major multinational corporations that have continued to operate. While the company's operations have largely carried on business as usual, the fear of catching the coronavirus at Amazon warehouses is now palpable, employees told Business Insider. While some Amazon workers can afford not to go to work, others feel that they are forced to choose between their health and their livelihood.

  • Police in Russia shoved a man into a van and forced him to abandon his dog in a park for violating the city's lockdown order
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    Police in Russia shoved a man into a van and forced him to abandon his dog in a park for violating the city's lockdown order

    Iisus Vorobyov said he was arrested by police for walking his dog in a park nearby his home in Moscow, Russia. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin had ordered all parks closed as part of a lockdown order meant to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Vorobyov told a Russian news outlet that there were construction workers in the park when he was arrested.

  • Asia virus latest: Australia sends away ships, Pakistan hunts worshippers
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    Asia virus latest: Australia sends away ships, Pakistan hunts worshippers

    Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the coronavirus pandemic: - Australia sends cruise ships on their way - The largest maritime operation ever undertaken in Sydney Harbour was completed on Sunday with the successful restocking and refuelling of five cruise ships, Australian police said. It was part of government efforts since mid-March to force vessels to leave the country's waters to prevent any further spread of the coronavirus in Australia. Cruise ship guests have so far accounted for almost 10 percent of Australia's more than 5,500 infections.

  • Coronavirus: Nigerian actress Funke Akindele under fire for Lagos party amid lockdown
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    Coronavirus: Nigerian actress Funke Akindele under fire for Lagos party amid lockdown

    Prominent Nigerian actress Funke Akindele has been widely criticised for holding a party during the lockdown imposed to tackle coronavirus. The party in her Lagos mansion was held to celebrate the birthday of her husband, producer JJC Skillz. Akindele has appeared in a Nigeria Centre for Disease Control video to raise awareness about coronavirus.

  • Indonesia coronavirus cases top 2,000 amid concerns over data
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    Indonesia coronavirus cases top 2,000 amid concerns over data

    Indonesia said on Saturday that coronavirus cases had topped 2,000 and deaths risen to 191, but doubts have been raised over official figures by data showing a big jump in funerals last month in the capital Jakarta. Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto said there had been 106 new confirmed infections, taking the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,092, with 10 new deaths. "We are still on high alert over infections that are taking place in the community that are caused by positive cases among people who are not showing symptoms," said Yurianto.

  • Inslee: 'Ludicrous' that there hasn't been a nationalized mobilization effort to fight pandemic
    The Week

    Inslee: 'Ludicrous' that there hasn't been a nationalized mobilization effort to fight pandemic

    U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Sunday called the next week of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic the modern era's "Pearl Harbor moment." In other words, it'll be the "hardest moment" of many Americans' lives, and Adams hopes every person in every state does their part to slow the spread. But while Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) may agree with most of that assessment, he told NBC's Chuck Todd during Sunday's edition of Meet The Press that he isn't sure why the federal government is so intent on remaining as a backup for the states, especially if the White House believes we're in a war-like moment.

  • Malaysia detains boatload of 202 presumed Rohingya refugees
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    Malaysia detains boatload of 202 presumed Rohingya refugees

    Malaysian authorities said they have arrested a boatload of 202 people believed to be minority Muslim Rohingya refugees after their boat was found adrift Sunday morning near the northern resort island of Langkawi. A Northern District maritime official, Capt. Zulinda Ramly, said the refugees included 152 men, 45 women and five children. She said some of the migrants told officials that the boat's skipper and two others, believed to be behind the smuggling syndicate, had escaped while they were at sea.

  • Trump defends decision to fire inspector general, calls him a 'disgrace'
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    Trump defends decision to fire inspector general, calls him a 'disgrace'

    President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his decision to fire Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general who flagged the Ukraine whistleblower complaint that ended in his impeachment, calling him a “disgrace.” “I thought he did a terrible job, absolutely terrible,” Trump said at a press briefing at the White House. “He took a fake report and brought it to Congress… not a big Trump fan, that I can tell you.”

  • Coronavirus: Germany and France accuse US of taking face masks as international tensions rise
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    Coronavirus: Germany and France accuse US of taking face masks as international tensions rise

    Germany and France have accused the US of taking face masks already ordered by Europe as the coronavirus pandemic continued to cause rising international tensions. Politicians in Berlin and Paris both said America had been using unfair means to undermine their own attempts to secure personal protective equipment. A city leader in Paris, meanwhile, said unidentified Americans had paid excessive prices to secure Chinese-made masks that had already been ordered by France.

  • Flight attendants are still working during coronavirus lockdowns and they worry that they're spreading the virus
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    Flight attendants are still working during coronavirus lockdowns and they worry that they're spreading the virus

    REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes Some flight attendants are worried that they may be spreading coronavirus because of travel and lack of personal protective equipment. Flight attendants around the world are mostly exempt from lockdown order, because they're considered essential employees. The coronavirus has infected more than a million people around the world.

  • Bernie Sanders' campaign still 'assessing' but focusing on a more pressing issue: coronavirus
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    Bernie Sanders' campaign still 'assessing' but focusing on a more pressing issue: coronavirus

    Bernie Sanders is not done running for president and he's tired of saying so. For the fourth time,” Sanders said tartly in an interview on The View this week, “we are assessing the campaign. It was a response – more diplomatic if no less irritated than previous versions – to a question he's been getting for weeks: “Why are you still in the race?

  • Iran to restart 'low-risk' economic activities soon
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    Iran to restart 'low-risk' economic activities soon

    Iran said Sunday it will allow "low-risk" economic activities to resume from April 11 as its daily coronavirus infection rates slowed for a fifth straight day. "Restarting these activities does not mean we have abandoned the principle of staying at home," President Hassan Rouhani said at a meeting of Iran's anti-coronavirus task force. The president, whose country has been battered by US economic sanctions, did not specify what qualified as "low risk" activities, but said bans would remain on schools and large gatherings.

  • Do social distancing better, White House doctor tells Americans
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    Do social distancing better, White House doctor tells Americans

    Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House task force on the coronavirus, had a message for Americans that she shared on Thursday: Do better at social distancing. President Trump disagreed.

  • China sees rises in new coronavirus cases, asymptomatic patients
    Reuters

    China sees rises in new coronavirus cases, asymptomatic patients

    Mainland China reported 39 new coronavirus cases as of Sunday, up from 30 a day earlier, and the number of asymptomatic cases also surged, as Beijing continued to struggle to extinguish the outbreak despite drastic containment efforts. The National Health Commission said in a statement on Monday that 78 new asymptomatic cases had been identified as of the end of the day on Sunday, compared with 47 the day before. Imported cases and asymptomatic patients, who have the virus and can give it to others but show no symptoms, have become China's chief concern in recent weeks after draconian containment measures succeeded in slashing the infection rate.