COVID-19: Confusion As Trump Orders Governors To Reopen Churches, Mosques, Calls Places of Worship ‘Essential Services’

  United States President Donald Trump has declared churches, mosques and synagogues “essential services” and threatened to override governors who refuse to reopen them this weekend – a power he does not possess. Trump, while speaking with reporters at the White House on Friday said; “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship.” “It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.” Trump added: “The governors need to do the right thing…

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UK Announces £1.6bn Bailout for London’s Transport System

The British government will pump £1.6 billion into London’s public transport system to restore services and help prevent overcrowding as people return to work, operator Transport for London (TfL) said on Friday. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is now expected to restore full bus and train services, having warned they would be cut further without emergency state support, owing to the coronavirus epidemic. TfL informed the London Stock Exchange on Friday that “an extraordinary funding and financing support package has been agreed between TfL and the Department for Transport to contribute…

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S/Africa Records Over 10,000 COVID-19 Cases

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has reached 10,015, with 595 new cases reported in the past 24 hours official says. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has reached 10,015, with 595 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has said. “We note with concern that the Western Cape and Eastern Cape combined comprise 84 per cent of the total new cases,’’ the minister said in his daily update on Sunday night. The Western Cape Province leads…

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US VP’s Spokeswoman Tests Positive for COVID-19

The US vice president’s spokeswoman became the second White House staffer this week to test positive for the coronavirus, officials said Friday, even as President Donald Trump continued to go mask-free at a World War II commemoration with veterans in their 90s. News that staffer Katie Miller had fallen ill boosted fears that the White House is at risk of becoming a viral hot spot just when Trump is leading efforts to wind down nationwide quarantine measures that have devastated the world’s biggest economy. Miller is spokeswoman for Vice President…

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US Approves Remdesivir For COVID-19 Patients

The experimental drug remdesivir has been authorized by US regulators for emergency use against COVID-19, President Donald Trump announced Friday. It comes after the antiviral made by Gilead Sciences was shown in a major clinical trial to shorten the time to recovery in some coronavirus patients, the first time any medicine has had a proven benefit against the disease. “It is really a really promising situation,” Trump said at the White House, where he was joined by Gilead’s CEO Daniel O’Day. “We are humbled with this first step for hospitalized patients,”…

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COVID-19 Death Toll in US Tops 40,000

The number of deaths from the new coronavirus in the United States topped 40,000 on Sunday, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. It showed fatalities countrywide had reached 40,585, with almost half of them in New York, whose governor Andrew Cuomo said the outbreak there is now “on the descent.” The US toll exceeds that of Italy, which has the second-highest number of deaths at 23,660, according to Johns Hopkins. The tracker shows a total US caseload of 742,442 — nearly four times that of Spain, which…

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Coronavirus: South Africa Charges Patients Who Refused To Self-Isolate With Attempted Murder

The South African police on Wednesday charged two men with attempted murder for allegedly going out after testing positive for coronavirus. Bheki Cele, the country’s police minister, announced the charges on Wednesday during a press conference. Cele said their actions exposed others to the infection. The first patient arrested is a 52-year-old salon owner who was said to have been diagnosed with coronavirus on March 18 and instructed to quarantine for at least 14 days. Vish Naidoo, police spokesperson, said officials received information that the man was seen around Ladysmith…

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US Groups Drag China To Court, Demand $20 trillion for Allegedly Creating Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington-based law firm, the Freedom Watch and Texas Company Bus Photos, have dragged China to court over the outbreak of the Coronavirus, demanding $20 trillion. The Organizations filed the lawsuit in Texas, US, seeking the sum in damages from China, from where the deadly virus started. Texas Company Bus Photos, which specialize in high school sports photography, and the law firm are alleging that the Chinese government has created the COVID-19 as an illegal biological weapon that has spread to the world. They claimed that the Coronavirus was released by…

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US Records Fourth Coronavirus Infection

United States health officials on Friday reported a fourth case of novel coronavirus of unknown origin, indicating the disease was spreading in the country. This is coming barely a week after President Donald Trump said America was doing a great job and there was no case of the novel virus in the US. But the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first cases of the novel virus in the US days later. The latest case is a boy under 18 in Washington State who tested “presumptive positive,” local…

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UK Finally Exits EU

Britain on Friday ended almost half a century of European Union membership, making a historic exit after years of bitter arguments to chart its own uncertain path in the world. There were celebrations and tears across the country as the EU’s often reluctant member became the first to leave an organisation set up to forge unity among nations after the horrors of World War II. Thousands of people waving Union Jack flags packed London’s Parliament Square to mark the moment of Brexit at 11 pm (2300 GMT) — midnight in…

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