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Brazil records third-highest Covid-19 infection level Brazil records third-highest Covid-19 infection level
Brazil has become the country with the third-highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the world, after registering a total of more than 250,000 cases. Only the US and Russia have recorded more infections. Experts say insufficient testing might mean that the real figure in Brazil could be 15 times higher. The country's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has dismissed the ris...
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Afghan attack: Gunmen storm Kabul maternity hospital Afghan attack: Gunmen storm Kabul maternity hospital
Afghan special forces are battling unidentified gunmen who have attacked a hospital in the capital, Kabul. Locals heard two blasts, then gunfire. About 140 staff were inside at the time, a doctor, who fled the building, told the BBC. Many are still trapped. Part of the hospital is run by the international medical charity, Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and some of those working there are fo...
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Paris restrictions to stay as France reopens Paris restrictions to stay as France reopens
Measures to curb the spread of coronavirus will be kept in place in Paris when the lockdown is eased in other parts of France, its PM says. Edouard Philippe said the country was "cut in two" in terms of the rate of infections. Restrictions will remain in the capital and north-eastern regions. It comes as France prepares to relax its lockdown on Monday, with shops and some schools allowed to ...
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France's first known case 'was in December' France's first known case 'was in December'
A patient diagnosed with pneumonia near Paris on 27 December actually had the coronavirus, his doctor has said. This means the virus may have arrived in Europe almost a month earlier than previously thought. Dr Yves Cohen said a swab taken at the time was recently tested, and came back positive for Covid-19. The patient, who has since fully recovered, said he had no idea where he caught t...
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Kim Jong-un appears in public, North Korean state media report Kim Jong-un appears in public, North Korean state media report
Kim Jong-un has appeared in public for the first time in 20 days, North Korean state media says. KCNA news agency reports that the North Korean leader cut the ribbon at the opening of a fertiliser factory. It adds that people at the factory "broke into thunderous cheers of hurrah" when he appeared on Friday. The reported appearance - his first since an event on state media on 12 April - c...
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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds announce birth of son Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds announce birth of son
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a son. A spokeswoman for the PM and his partner said both mother and baby are "doing very well". It is understood Mr Johnson, who has just recovered from coronavirus, was present throughout the birth, at an NHS hospital in London. "The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity t...
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Italy's PM outlines lockdown easing measures Italy's PM outlines lockdown easing measures
Italy has outlined plans to ease the strict restrictions imposed seven weeks ago to curb the spread of the coronavirus as it recorded its lowest daily death toll since mid-March. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said curbs would be relaxed from 4 May, with people being allowed to visit their relatives in small numbers, in masks. Parks will reopen, but schools will not restart classes until Sept...
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Congress passes $484bn economic relief bill Congress passes $484bn economic relief bill
The US Congress has passed a new Covid-19 relief package totalling $484bn (£391bn), the fourth aid bill to clear Congress in response to the pandemic. The legislation, approved 388-5 by the House of Representatives, tops up a small business aid fund, while funding hospitals and testing. President Donald Trump said he would enact the bill, which passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday. Th...
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Spanish PM promises to ease confinement of children Spanish PM promises to ease confinement of children
Spanish children have been kept at home since 14 March, under strict measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. Now Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez aims to relax the rule on 27 April so they can "get some fresh air". Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, who has young children herself, this week pleaded with the government to allow children outside. Spain has seen more than 20,000 deaths since the start ...
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China's virus-hit economy shrinks for first time in decades China's virus-hit economy shrinks for first time in decades
China's economy shrank for the first time in decades in the first quarter of the year, as the virus forced factories and businesses to close. The world's second biggest economy contracted 6.8% according to official data released on Friday. The financial toll the coronavirus is having on the Chinese economy will be a huge concern to other countries. China is an economic powerhouse as a maj...
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