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Spanish flu survivor dies from coronavirus aged 108

Spanish flu survivor dies from coronavirus aged 108

According to a report by The Guardian, a 108-year old British woman who survived the outbreak of the Spanish Flu, which infected 500 million people worldwide in 1918, died in a Salford nursing home on Saturday, hours after testing positive for Covid-19. She is the oldest victim of the coronavirus to be named in the UK.

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Pelosi says ’As the president fiddles, people are dying’

Pelosi says ’As the president fiddles, people are dying’

In an interview Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Trump has not taken the COVID-19 crisis seriously enough from day one. ’As the president fiddles, people are dying’, said Pelosi, adding that the White House is still lagging when it comes to getting testing kits and medical equipment to where they are needed.

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108-year-old Spanish Flu survivor dies from Coronavirus

108-year-old Spanish Flu survivor dies from Coronavirus

An 108-year-old woman, who survived the Spanish Flu and two World Wars, has died of the COVID-19 in the UK. Hilda Churchill, who was to celebrate her birthday on April 5, started showing mild symptoms of the virus on Tuesday. She passed away on Saturday, less than 24 hours after testing positive for COVID-19.

Yesterday
Thai king ’isolates’ himself with harem of 20 women

Thai king ’isolates’ himself with harem of 20 women

In an attempt to protect himself from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been self-isolating in a luxury hotel in the Alpine resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He is said to have booked a four-star hotel that received ’special permission’ to accommodate his party. Some reports suggest his entourage includes a ’harem’ of 20 concubines and numerous servants.

Yesterday
COVID-19 at a glance: 678K cases globally with over 30K deaths

COVID-19 at a glance: 678K cases globally with over 30K deaths

Globally the number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 678K with over 30K deaths and 146K recoveries. The cases in the US (123K) constitute nearly 20% of cases reported globally. The death toll in Italy has crossed 10K and is followed by Spain at over 6500. New Zealand recorded its first death related to the coronavirus.

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Mnuchin: US will be compensated for support to airlines

Mnuchin: US will be compensated for support to airlines

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that the US economy would bounce back later this year to levels seen before the coronavirus outbreak began. He said the US will be compensated for support to airlines. Under the bill passed Friday, Mnuchin can demand equity, warrants or other financial instruments to ’provide appropriate compensation.’ Mnuchin did not directly answer whether he will.

Yesterday
Coronavirus rumour sparks prison riot in Thailand’s Buriram

Coronavirus rumour sparks prison riot in Thailand’s Buriram

Dozens of prisoners broke furniture, set off fire and smashed windows in a jail in northeastern Thailand during a riot sparked by rumours of a coronavirus outbreak in the facility. About 100 prisoners took part in the riot, and police fired gunshots in the operation to quash the violence in the Buriram prison, which holds 2,000 inmates. Seven inmates who escaped during the riot were recaptured.

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UK government launches Coronavirus information service on WhatsApp

UK government launches Coronavirus information service on WhatsApp

The UK government has enlisted the help of Whats App to answer all the queries of its users about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic through a new chatbot. The automated service is designed to provide trusted information and the most up-to-date guidance on the government website. The UK government’s effort is an attempt to help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the country.

Yesterday
China warns imported virus cases raise risk of new infection wave

China warns imported virus cases raise risk of new infection wave

China has warned that the rising number of imported coronavirus cases have raised the possibility that the country will undergo a second wave of infections. As per the National Health Commission, ’China already has an accumulated total of 693 cases entering from overseas’. China reported 45 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, of which 44 were patients entering the country from overseas.

Yesterday
North Korea fires two projectiles into sea

North Korea fires two projectiles into sea

North Korea has reportedly fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean off its east coast on Sunday. Decrying the test as ’inappropriate’ amid the global COVID-19 outbreak, South Korea urged the North for an ’immediate halt’. Japan’s Ministry of Defense said they appeared to be ballistic missiles.

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US coronavirus death toll doubles in two days, passes 2,000

US coronavirus death toll doubles in two days, passes 2,000

The coronavirus death toll in the US has risen to more than 2,000, doubling in just 2 days. The country has recorded 2,114 deaths and 123,012 infections, with more than 52,400 reported in New York State, by Saturday evening. New Jersey, California and Washington state remained high on both lists. But states like Michigan, Illinois and Louisiana were seeing significant increases in their numbers.

Yesterday
Students left in the dark as coronavirus forces college closures

Students left in the dark as coronavirus forces college closures

The coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 143,000 people across the United States and killed more than 2,000 in the country, has also thrown the life of students off balance. Students across the country are frustrated about a lack of coherence with respect to job opportunities and the possibility of graduating, as colleges across the country are closing due to the pandemic.

Yesterday
US officials using mobile ad location data to study how COVID-19 spreads

US officials using mobile ad location data to study how COVID-19 spreads

As per the WSJ, federal agencies, state and local governments have been receiving location data from mobile ads to help plan their pandemic response. The report says that the anonymized info helps officials understand where people are still gathering in numbers, how they are managing stay-at-home demands and how the virus has impacted retail.

Yesterday
Trump demands Defense Production Act to require GM to build more ventilators

Trump demands Defense Production Act to require GM to build more ventilators

President Trump, on Friday, had directed Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary, to demand General Motors to start building ventilators under the Defense Production Act to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. It occurred after talks with the automaker had stalled. GM stated it had been working with medical device company Ventec Life Systems and parts suppliers to build more ventilators.

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Britons on virus-hit ship wait for Panama Canal green light

Britons on virus-hit ship wait for Panama Canal green light

Hundreds of Britons are stranded on a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship where 4 people have died of the disease. The ship has been at sea since 14 March and is anchored off the coast of Panama. The MS Zaandam was scheduled to head to Florida, after passing through the Panama Canal, on 30 March, but Panama authorities said a transit of the canal would depend on a health inspection of passengers.

Yesterday
Spain announces stricter lockdown measures to tackle coronavirus

Spain announces stricter lockdown measures to tackle coronavirus

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez on Saturday announced stricter lockdown measures that will force all non-essential workers to stay at home for the next two weeks. This comes as the country continues to record a surge in cases around COVID-19. So far there have been 78,797 cases in Spain with 6,528 deaths and 14,709 recoveries. Workers would receive their usual salaries, Sanchez said.

Yesterday
ER doctor fired for decrying lack of urgency & PPE gear for COVID-19

ER doctor fired for decrying lack of urgency & PPE gear for COVID-19

ER doctor of 17 years at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Washington State, was fired after he decried publicly for lack of urgency & COVID-19 protective gear for medical staff. His contracting company, TeamHealth, says he is not fired and will be placed at another position, elsewhere.

Yesterday
Toughest weeks lie ahead in coronavirus fight, warns French PM

Toughest weeks lie ahead in coronavirus fight, warns French PM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe warned on Saturday that the next two weeks will be the toughest yet in the fight against coronavirus in the country. As per latest reports, the virus had claimed 2,314 lives in France, with more than 37,575 confirmed cases. A decision would be taken in a week on a further extension of a lockdown beyond April 15, Philippe said.

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Local news outlets suffer amid COVID-19 outbreak

Local news outlets suffer amid COVID-19 outbreak

As per reports, the toll of the COVID-19 on the news media could be worse than the 2008 financial crisis, which saw newspapers experience a 19% decline in revenue. Local newspapers, heavily dependent on ad revenues from business, in the US and Canada are unlikely to survive. Among the bigger names, BuzzFeed has instituted pay cuts.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

With PM Boris Johnson and health minister Matt Hancock, central figures of UK politics tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. According to Johnson, he experienced mild symptoms including cough and mild fever but continues to lead the government. He is the first world leader to announce a positive coronavirus test and is working from home and self-isolating.

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Primary presidential election in New York will be pushed back to June 23

Primary presidential election in New York will be pushed back to June 23

Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported that the presidential primary election in New York will be delayed from April 28 to June 23. It is due to the coronavirus outbreak. New York is the epicenter of the virus in the U.S., with 52,000 of the 110,000 cases. Ten other states and Puerto Rico have postponed their primaries, as well.

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UK would do ’well’ to keep deaths below 20,000, says NHS head

UK would do ’well’ to keep deaths below 20,000, says NHS head

The UK will have done well if it comes through the COVID-19 crisis with lesser than 20,000 deaths, warned Stephen Powis, the national medical director of the National Health Service. Powis said the NHS had been working to increase the intensive care capacity beyond the 4,000 beds it typically had. Currently the UK has reported 17,089 with 1,019 deaths.

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Apple Website, App Offers COVID-19 Screening

Apple Website, App Offers COVID-19 Screening

Apple, in conjunction with both the CDC and Federal agencies, launched their new COVID-19 screening website and app. Available for any user, and promising not to gather data, the symptom checker assist those in self-screening for the virus.

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Brazils president Bolsonaro calling coronavirus pandemic a minor problem

Brazils president Bolsonaro calling coronavirus pandemic a minor problem

Brazil’s president Bolsonaro speaks of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 as ’a little flu’ calling strong measures against it unnecessary. He does not believe that the disease will cause major harm to Brazil and is causing political disputes as most of Brazil’s governors have adapted strong measures including lockdowns to stop the pandemic.

Yesterday
Wuhan begins easing lockdown after two months of quarantine

Wuhan begins easing lockdown after two months of quarantine

Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected, has begun to re-open after more than two months under strict quarantine. Crowds of people were seen arriving at the Wuhan train station on Saturday. Authorities have also allowed civilian air travel in its Hubei region. The first domestic passenger flight took off at midnight on Sunday as most cities in Hubei resumed air travel.

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Latest data
World confirmed
715660
World deaths
33579
US confirmed
143025
US deaths
2509
Source: ECDC / Our World in Data
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