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Lockdown extension looms as PM’s health ‘improves’

Lockdown extension looms as PM’s health ‘improves’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s health “continues to improve” on his fourth day in Covid-19 intensive care, his spokesman said yesterday, while the government prepared to extend a nationwide lockdown.

Pandemic gives shot in the arm to Cuba’s medical missions

Pandemic gives shot in the arm to Cuba’s medical missions

Cuban doctors are back in global demand as overwhelmed national healthcare services tap their crisis experience as they battle with the coronavirus pandemic.

Astronauts dock at space station

Astronauts dock at space station

A three-man crew docked successfully at the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday, leaving behind a planet overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

EU could fall due to split over pandemic: Italy PM

EU could fall due to split over pandemic: Italy PM

The European Union faces an existential threat if it cannot come together to combat the coronavirus crisis, Italy warned yesterday as the divided bloc sought to salvage talks on a rescue package to aid battered economies.

Canada expects death toll to soar

Canada expects death toll to soar

Canada’s coronavirus death toll is set to soar from the current 461 to as high as 22,000 by the end of the pandemic, health officials said yesterday, while the economy lost a record 1mn jobs last month.

Amid positive signs, US urged to stay the course

Amid positive signs, US urged to stay the course

Americans must persevere with social distancing now that their efforts are showing signs of slowing the spread of coronavirus, US medical and state officials said yesterday, as New York posted another spike in deaths while hospitalisations ebbed.

With tourists gone, Africa’s conservationists brace for the worst

With tourists gone, Africa’s conservationists brace for the worst

The orphaned baby elephants ambled in for their morning feed at Kenya’s Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT), but the hundreds of visitors who would normally be waiting to watch them were absent. So were their dollars.

Japan grapples with spike in virus cases

Japan grapples with spike in virus cases

The total number of Japanese novel coronavirus infections hit more than 5,300 yesterday, NHK public broadcaster said, showing no signs of slowing despite a state of emergency being imposed this week on Tokyo and six other areas.

Singapore migrant workers live in fear as virus hits dorms

Singapore migrant workers live in fear as virus hits dorms

Migrant workers in Singapore are living in fear following a surge of coronavirus infections in their dormitories where they say cramped and unhygienic conditions make social distancing impossible.

World faces new 'Great Depression' as virus toll mounts

World faces new 'Great Depression' as virus toll mounts

World powers scrambled on Thursday to build a global response to the human tragedy and once-in-a-century economic collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as death tolls in the US and Europe soared higher.

Canada expects coronavirus deaths to soar; job losses hit 1 million

Canada expects coronavirus deaths to soar; job losses hit 1 million

Canada's coronavirus death toll is set to soar from the current 435 to as high as 22,000 by the end of the pandemic, health officials said on Thursday, while the economy lost a record 1 million jobs last month.

India says lockdown has spared it from overwhelming number of coronavirus cases

India says lockdown has spared it from overwhelming number of coronavirus cases

The Indian government on Thursday claimed initial success in its fight against the coronavirus epidemic, saying it would have been hit with 820,000 cases by next week had it not imposed a nationwide lockdown.

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