Mexico reports another single-day record for coronavirus deaths

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico on Friday registered a record for coronavirus deaths on a single day, posting 479 more deaths along with 2,960 new infections, according to data from the health ministry. Authorities have now reported 62,527 total cases of the coronavirus and 6,989 deaths since detecting the first cases in Mexico in late February. The previous peak in […]

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Cuba credits two drugs with slashing coronavirus death toll

HAVANA (Reuters) – Communist-run Cuba said this week that use of two drugs produced by its biotech industry that reduce hyper-inflammation in seriously ill COVID-19 patients has sharply curbed its coronavirus-related death toll. Health authorities have reported just two virus-related deaths over the past nine days among more than 200 active cases on the Caribbean’s largest island, a sign they […]

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Brazil jumps to world No. 2 in coronavirus cases, behind the U.S.

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil became the world No. 2 hotspot for coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the United States, after it confirmed that 330,890 people had been infected by the virus, overtaking Russia, the Health Ministry said. Brazil registered 1,001 daily coronavirus deaths on Friday, taking total deaths to 21,048, according to the Health Ministry. In […]

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South America a new COVID epicentre, Africa reaches 100,000 cases: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – South America has become a new epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so far have a relatively low death toll, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. “The COVID-19 pandemic today reached a milestone in Africa, with more than 100,000 confirmed cases. The virus has […]

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U.S. senators urge Delta, JetBlue to restore employee hours

(Reuters) – A group of U.S. senators is urging Delta Air Lines Inc and JetBlue Airways Corp to immediately reverse their decisions to reduce employees’ hours, calling them contrary to the requirements of taxpayer-funded payroll assistance. Delta and JetBlue have already received a portion of $25 billion in CARES Act money meant to protect airline workers’ jobs and pay rates […]

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UK to introduce quarantine for international arrivals from June 8

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will introduce a COVID-19 quarantine for travellers arriving from abroad from June 8, interior minister Priti Patel said on Friday, a measure that airlines have warned will devastate their industry. All international arrivals, including returning Britons, will have to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying. “Now we are past […]

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Britain will look at details for G7 summit next month: spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will study the details of what President Donald Trump is proposing for a planned G7 summit next month, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday. “We are in close contact with the White House about the summit and we will look at the details of what they are proposing,” the spokesman told reporters. […]

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Renault could disappear and must adapt: French finance minister

PARIS (Reuters) – Renault (RENA.PA) could disappear if it does not get help very soon to cope with the fallout from the coronavirus crisis, France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday, while adding the carmaker also needed to adapt to the situation. Le Maire told Europe 1 radio that Renault’s French plant in Flins must not close and […]

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Australia's most populous state to relax restrictions on restaurants, cafes

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous state said on Friday restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus will be eased to allow cafes and restaurants to have up to 50 patrons from June 1. New South Wales (NSW) state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the easing of restrictions, which currently limit restaurants and cafes to 10 patrons, was needed to […]

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UK PM Johnson orders for plans to end reliance on Chinese imports: The Times

(Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has instructed civil servants to make plans to end UK’s reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports in light of the coronavirus outbreak, The Times newspaper reported on Friday bit.ly/2AIukv1. The plans, which have been code named ‘Project Defend’, include identifying Britain’s main economic vulnerabilities to potentially hostile foreign […]

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