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South Africa's Ramaphosa sets up body to probe COVID-19 corruption

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has set up a ministerial committee to investigate alleged corruption in state tenders in the fight against COVID-19, his office said on Thursday, including with businesses supplying protective gear. Reports of suspect deals between government officials and businesses providing medical equipment, as well as food aid parcels […]

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Brussels to require face masks if virus uptick continues

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Brussels will require people to wear masks in public spaces and in private spaces accessible to the public if the uptick in coronavirus cases continues, the regional government said on Thursday. The order will kick in when the daily average of cases per 100,000 inhabitants reaches 50 over seven days, Rudi Vervoort, […]

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Uganda's tough approach curbs COVID, even as Africa nears 1 million cases

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s crumbling public hospitals, doctors’ strikes and corruption scandals make its success in the fight against the new coronavirus all the more unlikely. But the nation of 42 million people has recorded just over 1,200 cases and five deaths since March, a strikingly low total for such a large country. As the […]

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COVID-19 long-term toll signals billions in healthcare costs ahead

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Late in March, Laura Gross, 72, was recovering from gall bladder surgery in her Fort Lee, New Jersey, home when she became sick again. Her throat, head and eyes hurt, her muscles and joints ached and she felt like she was in a fog. Her diagnosis was COVID-19. Four months later, […]

Politics

Coronavirus: Sadiq Khan quizzes Boris Johnson over plans to ‘quarantine London inside M25’

Boris Johnson has been accused of “an affront to London” over reported plans to place a quarantine ring around the capital should there be a second wave of coronavirus cases. London mayor Sadiq Khan has written to the prime minister following newspaper reports of the government’s “nuclear” plans to prevent another nationwide lockdown in the […]

Politics

U.S. coronavirus 'extraordinarily widespread', say White House experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is in a new phase of the novel coronavirus outbreak with infections “extraordinarily widespread” in rural areas as well as cities, White House coronavirus experts said on Sunday. Coronavirus cases continue to surge in some parts of the country and the public health officials are trying to work with […]

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Russia preparing mass vaccination against coronavirus for October

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s health minister is preparing a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus for October, local news agencies reported on Saturday, after a vaccine completed clinical trials. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials of the vaccine and paperwork is being […]

Politics

Partisan clash at start of U.S. House coronavirus hearing with Fauci

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans and Democrats clashed about whether the Trump administration had a national strategy to respond to the coronavirus pandemic at the start of a hearing featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease expert. Fauci’s testimony comes at the end of a month when U.S. coronavirus deaths rose by […]

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Coronavirus: Brazilian president Bolsonaro has ‘mould’ in his lungs after COVID infection

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he is taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak – having spent weeks in isolation after catching coronavirus. He appeared during a live broadcast and chuckled as he told viewers that he had “mould” in his lungs. The leader said: “I just did a blood test. I […]

Economy

US economy shrinks 32.9% in worst plunge since Great Depression

WASHINGTON ( BLOOMBERG, REUTERS) – The US economy contracted at its steepest pace since the Great Depression in the second quarter as the Covid-19 pandemic shattered consumer and business spending, and a nascent recovery is under threat from a resurgence in new cases of coronavirus. Gross domestic product (GDP) collapsed at a 32.9 per cent […]