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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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Tests and mask for U.S. health chief on Taiwan visit

TAIPEI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and his delegation will have to be tested for the novel coronavirus before getting to Taiwan and again when they arrive, and they must wear masks, a government official said on Thursday. Azar’s will be the most senior U.S. official to visit Taiwan […]

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Germany second wave horror: Merkel faces growing pressure over ‘very concerning’ spike

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. As of yesterday, there were 879 new cases of COVID-19 in Germany and eight new deaths, according to Germany’s infection disease agency the Robert Koch Institute. This brings the total number of […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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UK could add countries to quarantine list within days, minister says

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain could impose quarantine measures on people arriving from certain countries within days, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday, without specifying which countries. Asked in a BBC radio interview whether it was possible that in the next few days there could be a change in the list of countries to which […]