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    • Spain extends coronavirus lockdown

      Spain extends coronavirus lockdown

      Spain extended its coronavirus lockdown on Thursday to at least 12 April as Europe’s second-worst hit country fought “a real war” procuring medical supplies in an overheated Chinese market that officials said was rife with fraud and speculative deals. “We are in a real war to get hold of ventilators, facemasks and quick test kits,” government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero told Telecinco television.

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    • Italy starts testing antiviral drug Avigan against COVID-19

      Italy starts testing antiviral drug Avigan against COVID-19

      The Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency AIFA has approved testing antiviral drug Avigan for the coronavirus, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Monday. The technical-scientific committee is developing a testing and research programme to assess the impact of the drug in the initial phases of the disease after an initial analysis of the available data on Avigan.

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    • Divided G20 pressured to lead global response to Covid-19

      Divided G20 pressured to lead global response to Covid-19

      The Group of 20 major economies are expected to talk by teleconference next Monday to prepare for a meeting complicated by an oil price war between two members, Saudi Arabia and Russia, and a war of words between two others, the United States and China. Yet, many questions remain ahead of the impromptu leaders, including what action could be agreed, what technology will be used to communicate given the leaders will not be meeting in person, and even the date.

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    • WHO: Coronavirus confirmed as pandemic

      WHO: Coronavirus confirmed as pandemic

      In a press conference Wednesday in Geneva, the World Health Organization officially called the novel coronavirus that has swept the world, infecting more than 120,000 people in more than 100 countries, a pandemic. It is the first time the head of the UN's top health body characterises the outbreak this way, in a warning against rising global spread and severity of the potentially deadly respiratory ailment.

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    • China signals progress in virus battle

      China signals progress in virus battle

      China closed several makeshift hospitals for coronavirus patients, some schools reopened and Disney resort staff went back to work Monday as normality slowly returns to the country after weeks battling the epidemic. New virus cases in China - which accounts for the vast majority of the more than 100,000 infections worldwide - have declined in recent weeks in a sign the country's unprecedented lockdown measures are working.

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    • Nice memories but no trade deal for Trump

      Nice memories but no trade deal for Trump

      The President of the United States Donald Trump failed on Tuesday to strike a trade deal with India at the end of his two-day visit, which was big on photo opportunities but short on substance and overshadowed by deadly riots. Speaking at the end of a short tour that saw him hold hands at the Taj Mahal with First Lady Melania and address a huge rally, Trump said only that they had made "tremendous progress" towards an accord - a statement later repeated by White House's press service.

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