Wednesday, 8 April 2020

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Britain could see 66,000 COVID-19 deaths in first wave

PARIS: Britain could see as many as 66,000 COVID-19 deaths during the first wave of the current pandemic, new research showed, making the outbreak there by far the deadliest in Europe. Modelling conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine ...

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UK PM Boris Johnson spends second night in intensive care

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a second night in intensive care battling the coronavirus which has infected more than 55,000 across the country and killed nearly 6,200. “He stayed at work for you… now pray at home for him,” The Sun tabloid splashed across its front page Wednesday while the Daily ...

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United States coronavirus deaths top 12,500 in single-day

WASHINGTON/LONDON: President Donald Trump threatened to cut US funding to the World Health Organisation, accusing it of bias toward China, where the authorities lifted a two-and-a-half month travel ban on Wuhan, the city that spawned the global coronavirus pandemic. As the United States suffered a record total of nearly 2,000 ...

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India agrees to export malaria drug after Trump threat

AFP – File PhotoNEW DELHI: India on Tuesday announced to ease restrictions on export of a malaria drug seen as a potential coronavirus treatment, after US President Donald Trump hinted at “retaliation”. Citing domestic needs, India banned on Saturday exports of hydroxychloroquine which has shown early promise against COVID-19 in ...

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Virus deaths down for fourth consecutive day in Spain

MADRID: Spain declared Monday a fourth consecutive drop in the number of coronavirus-related deaths with 637 over the past 24 hours, the lowest number in nearly two weeks. Fatalities, which were sharply down on the record 950 on Thursday, brought the total deaths in the country to 13,055, second only ...

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Sri Lanka curfew forces cricket team to improve fitness

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s cricket team have been ordered onto customised home training regimes during the coronavirus lockdown by coach Mickey Arthur following frequent accusations of poor fitness. Arthur said the players have been given tailor-made programmes while they wait to see if key tournaments such as the Indian Premier League ...

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China sold nearly 4 billion masks abroad

BEIJING: China has sold nearly four billion masks to foreign countries since March, officials said Sunday, as they tried to stem widespread fears over the quality of medical exports. Despite Chinese cases dwindling, Beijing has encouraged factories to increase production of medical supplies as the pandemic kills over 60,000 globally ...

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Yearender 2019: Stokes and Smith shine in eventful year

LONDON: Ben Stokes starred as England won the World Cup for the first time before producing one of the most memorable innings in Ashes history as Australia’s Steve Smith enjoyed a successful return to the international stage after the ‘sandpaper’ ball-tampering scandal. But they were not the lone standout performers ...

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Taylor Swift to headline UK’s Glastonbury Festival

LONDON: Pop superstar Taylor Swift will headline at Britain’s famous Glastonbury Festival for the first time next year, organisers and the singer have announced. The “You Need to Calm Down” singer will perform on the storied Pyramid Stage on Sunday June 28, the final day of the music bash, the ...

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Six uncapped players in South Africa Test squad to face England

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa named six uncapped players in a 17-man squad for the first two Tests against England, starting at Centurion on December 26. Five players who played in a recent 3-0 series defeat in India were dropped, while fast bowler Lungi Ngidi was not considered because of a hamstring ...

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