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Coronavirus: New York imposes quarantine on eight US states

 New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have asked people travelling from states where Covid-19 cases are rising to go into self-isolation for 14 days. New Jersey’s Phil Murphy said people in the three states had been “through hell and back” and did not want “another round” of virus infections. Some southern and western states have …

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North Korea blows up joint liaison office with South in Kaesong

North Korea has blown up its joint liaison office with the South near the border town of Kaesong, South Korean officials say. The move comes just hours after the North renewed threats of military action against the South. The site, which is in the North’s territory, was opened in 2018 to help the two Koreas …

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WHO fears ‘silent’ virus epidemic unless Africa prioritizes testing

Africa has so far been spared the worst impact of the coronavirus, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) is worried the continent could face a “silent epidemic” if its leaders fail to prioritise testing for it. The WHO’s director general, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said Africa was the region with the fewest diagnosed coronavirus cases, accounting for less than …

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UK minister quits Johnson’s government over Cummings lockdown trip

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government was hit by its first resignation Tuesday over the controversy surrounding top aide Dominic Cummings’ cross-country trip during the coronavirus lockdown when Douglas Ross, a minister for Scotland, quit in protest. Undermining attempts by ministers to try and move on from the crisis which has dominated British politics for …

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United States has suspended travel from Brazil, which has emerged as the world’s second largest virus hotspot.

In the meantime, the United States has suspended travel from Brazil, which has emerged as the world’s second-largest virus hotspot. The White House said non-Americans who had been in Brazil in the two weeks before requesting entry would be barred. The restrictions will not apply to trade. The US has already banned foreign nationals arriving …

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China’s foreign minister accused the US of spreading “conspiracies and lies” about the pandemic.

  Tensions between Beijing and Washington continue to rise. Over the weekend, China’s foreign minister accused the US of spreading “conspiracies and lies” about the pandemic. Wang Yi told reporters on Sunday The US has been infected by a “political virus” that compels some politicians to repeatedly attack China. He urged the US to “stop wasting time and …

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19 killed in Iran naval ‘friendly fire’ incident

Nineteen sailors have been killed and 15 others wounded in a “friendly fire” incident involving two Iranian naval vessels, the navy has said. Iranian state media reported that a new anti-ship missile being tested by the frigate Jamaran hit the light support ship Konarak on Sunday in the Gulf of Oman. The accident happened during …

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Coronavirus: New Zealand claims no community cases as lockdown eases

New Zealand says it has stopped community transmission of Covid-19, effectively eliminating the virus. With new cases in single figures for several days – one on Sunday – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the virus was “currently” eliminated. But officials have warned against complacency, saying it does not mean a total end to new coronavirus …

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “alive and well” – South Korean Official

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “alive and well”, a top security adviser to the South’s President Moon Jae-in said, downplaying rumours over Kim’s health following his absence from a key anniversary. The adviser said that Kim had been staying in Wonsan — a resort town in the country’s east — since April 13, …

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Boris Johnson warns against relaxing UK lockdown as he returns to work after battle with coronavirus

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that the UK is at the point of “maximum risk” with regard to the coronavirus, in his first public remarks since recovering from the virus. Johnson said he would not “throw away the sacrifice of the British people” by easing lockdown restrictions too quickly. Johnson spoke in Downing Street, the first time he …

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Idris Elba launches UN Coronavirus fund for poor-farmers

British actor and filmmaker Idris Elba launched a new United Nations fund on Monday to help farmers in poorer nations, calling on richer economies to provide aid to prevent “needless hunger and suffering” stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic. Elba and his wife, model and activist Sabrina Dhowre Elba, gave their support to a fund set …

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Coronavirus: US faced with protests amid pressure to reopen

 Protesters have taken to the streets in states across the US, demanding that governors reopen economies shut by the coronavirus pandemic. Rallies in Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Washington state took place on Sunday, following earlier protests in half a dozen states. Agitation for easing restrictions has grown, despite the risk of a Covid-19 resurgence posed …

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