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Coronavirus may spread through normal breathing, speaking: US scientists

AFP The new coronavirus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking, a top US scientist said Friday as the government was poised to recommend the use of face masks for everyone. Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Fox News the guidance on masks would be Read more

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Battered Italy sees rays of hope in grim death data

AFP Italy’s top coronavirus response official Tuesday attributed two successive declines in the daily death rate to a painful national lockdown that appeared to be finally bearing fruit. But Angelo Borrelli also noted that the real number of infections was probably 10 times higher than the official count. The civil protection chief also said the Read more

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Britain in lockdown as WHO warns pandemic ‘accelerating’

Britain was under lockdown Tuesday, its population joining around 1.7 billion people around the globe ordered to stay indoors to curb the “accelerating” spread of the coronavirus. Across Europe, Asia, North America, the Middle East and parts of Africa, governments have told their citizens to remain at home as they grapple with a disease that Read more

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California goes on virus lockdown as Italy death toll overtakes China

California’s 40 million people were under lockdown on Friday in the most drastic quarantine efforts by a US state to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, as the global toll surged with Italy surpassing China as the country with the most deaths from the pandemic. The United States was fast-tracking antimalarial drugs for use as a virus Read more

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Poland government in quarantine after minister diagnosed with novel coronavirus

Poland’s government was under quarantine on Tuesday after one minister tested positive for the novel coronavirus as authorities introduced sweeping measures to combat the spread of the disease. All members of the government who attended a March 10 meeting had been tested and the results should be known Tuesday, said Michal Dworczyk, head of the Read more

Biden-Sanders vote proceeds in 3 US states despite virus fears

Millions of anxious Americans troop to polling stations Tuesday in three states, but not Ohio, as the coronavirus pandemic roils the nation’s Democratic primaries featuring frontrunner Joe Biden and his rival Bernie Sanders. Campaigning has shifted from rallies to online events, candidate debates are audience-free, and multiple states have postponed their primaries as the virus, Read more

Spain, France impose tight restrictions as infections cross 150,000

Spain and France have imposed sweeping restrictions to fight the spread of coronavirus, as US President Donald Trump tested negative for the disease that has infected more than 150,000 people worldwide. Following Italy, Spain on Saturday imposed a near-total nationwide lockdown, banning people from leaving home except to go to work, get medical care or Read more