Historic $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill passes U.S. House, headed to Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $2.2 trillion aid package – the largest in American history – to help people and businesses cope with the economic downturn inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. The massive bill also rushes billions of dollars to medical providers on the front lines of the outbreak. Republican President Donald Trump […]

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Pope clear of coronavirus despite four Vatican staff diagnosed with virus

Catholics around the world were concerned earlier this month when Pope Francis cancelled several public engagements after contracting what was described by the Vatican as a “light cold.” There were worries that the 83-year-old pontiff might have caught coronavirus, given that the epidemic has become increasingly widespread in Italy. But anxieties were allayed when the Argentinian-born Vicar of Christ was […]

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Trump backs away from New York ‘quarantine’

US President Donald Trump has said quarantining New York “will not be necessary”, after the state’s governor said doing so would be “preposterous”. Mr Trump said the latest decision was taken on the recommendation of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The president had earlier said he might impose a quarantine on New York, and parts of New Jersey and […]

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Exclusive: Iranian diplomats instigated killing of dissident in Istanbul, Turkish officials say

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Two intelligence officers at Iran’s consulate in Turkey instigated the killing last November of an Iranian dissident in Istanbul who criticized the Islamic Republic’s political and military leaders, two senior Turkish officials told Reuters. The accusation is likely to strain ties between Turkey and Iran, two regional powers which had grown closer under the government of Turkish […]

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Boris Johnson in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

The UK prime minister says he has mild symptoms and will continue to lead government. United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson announced on Twitter on Friday. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s […]

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Reaction to news UK's Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he had tested positive for coronavirus and was in self-isolation at his Downing Street office. Here is reaction to the news. JEREMY CORBYN, LEADER OF UK’S OPPOSITION LABOUR PARTY “I wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery and hope his family are safe and healthy. “Coronavirus can and does […]

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Coronavirus: How scientists are working on ‘universal cure’ for ALL flu

Coronavirus has killed more than 27,000 people with over 600,000 reported infections around the world. Dealing with the outbreak, governments – including the UK – have issued nationwide lockdowns to slow the spread. However, as explained by 2020 Netflix documentary ‘Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak’, scientists are all too aware of the risks posed by viruses and were working on ways […]

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Enhanced financing schemes, $20 billion in loan capital to give businesses access to credit during Covid-19 crisis

SINGAPORE – Around $1.7 billion drawn from past reserves will be used to finance several enhanced schemes to provide businesses with access to credit amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Temporary Bridging Loan Programme, which was rolled out to the hard-hit tourism sector at last month’s Budget, will be made available to enterprises across all sectors from April 1. Businesses can […]

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