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Turks stream out for first lockdown-free weekend in nearly two months

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turks streamed outside on Saturday for their first weekend without a coronavirus lockdown in nearly two months, the day after President Tayyip Erdogan suddenly scrapped a stay-at-home order. Cafes, restaurants and other facilities had reopened on Monday as infection rates slowed and restrictions on intercity travel had been lifted as the infection […]

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China reports three new COVID-19 cases, two asymptomatic cases

(Reuters) – China recorded three new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as of the end of Friday, down from five the day before, the national health authority reported. All of the cases were imported, involving travellers arriving from abroad, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on its website. The NHC also confirmed two new […]

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Brazil's official coronavirus death toll passes Italy

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s total COVID-19 death toll blew past that of Italy on Thursday, as the Health Ministry reported 1,437 deaths in the last 24 hours and 30,925 additional coronavirus cases. The Latin American nation has now reported 34,021 deaths from the coronavirus, trailing only the United States and the United Kingdom. […]

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Ethiopian food delivery startup rides to restaurants' rescue

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Restaurants may still be officially open in Ethiopia, but diners are staying away due to the coronavirus pandemic. Connecting the two is an Ethiopian food delivery service, Deliver Addis, which has seen demand surge since the start of the health crisis. For many restaurant kitchens, take out has become an important […]

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Iran says coronavirus restrictions could return if second wave hits

(Reuters) – Iran’s president warned the public on Wednesday that restrictions may have to be reimposed to fight the coronavirus if the country is hit by a second wave of infections, after authorities announced the most new cases in a day since March. Iran has suffered the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, forcing […]

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Canada to require most airport workers, flight crews to wear masks: transport minister

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will require most airport workers and flight crews to wear non-medical masks from June 4, but pilots will be exempt while they are on the flight deck, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Wednesday. Airline passengers have been required to wear masks since April. Rail workers will be provided masks and […]

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Putin snub: Russia’s leader refuses Boris’s vaccine summit invitation

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. The news comes a day after Tory MP Tobias Ellwood pointed out China was similarly not involved in the initiative, in a clear indication of the geopolitical forces which continue to shape […]

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For Colombia's quarantined poor, lunch is served – by trendy restaurants

BOGOTA (Reuters) – In the bustling kitchen of one of Bogota’s trendiest restaurants, a team of chefs that usually caters to the Colombian capital’s well-heeled citizens is preparing meals for a community of people cut off from work and housing during the Andean country’s coronavirus quarantine. A nationwide lockdown declared by the government of President […]


Wells Fargo stops giving loans to most independent car dealerships

(Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) will stop providing loans to a majority of its independent auto dealer customers due to the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. “We are doing everything we can to help customers weather the economic impacts of this health crisis … we […]

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'A great sadness': Bolivia strains under COVID-19 as cases top 10,000

LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivian authorities are doing door-to-door checks in regions with severe coronavirus outbreaks as it looks to stem the spread of COVID-19 infections which have risen above 10,000, even as the country eases quarantine measures that have hammered growth. The landlocked country registered its first novel coronavirus infections on March 10, and […]