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    • White House blocks Fauci from testifying on coronavirus response

      White House blocks Fauci from testifying on coronavirus response

      Top US health official Anthony Fauci will not testify next week to a congressional committee examining the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said on Friday, calling it “counterproductive” to have individuals involved in the response testify. The White House issued an emailed statement after a spokesman for the House of Representatives committee holding the hearing said the panel had been informed by Trump administration officials that Fauci had been blocked from testifying.

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    • World leaders launch WHO COVID-19 plan, but without US

      World leaders launch WHO COVID-19 plan, but without US

      Global leaders joined the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday to launch an initiative to accelerate work on drugs, tests and vaccines against COVID-19 and to share them around the world. French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen were among leaders taking part in a videoconference to announce the plan, but the United States stayed away.

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    • US outlines phased reopening

      US outlines phased reopening

      US President Donald Trump issued a three-phase plan to reopen the country and economy on Thursday, while leaving the ultimate decisions on when to move ahead with it to the states' governors. Facing re-election in November, Trump has been impatient to lift a lockdown that has thrown 22 million people out of work in the world's largest economy, although plenty of leaders at home and abroad fear that hastily easing restrictions will cause more people to die.

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    • Trump to ease lockdown, claims virus cases have 'passed peak'

      Trump to ease lockdown, claims virus cases have 'passed peak'

      President Donald Trump vowed to unveil plans Thursday to reopen the world's top economy, following cautious moves in Europe, claiming the US had "passed the peak" of new coronavirus cases. His comments came shortly before the number of US fatalities - already the world's highest - reached a new daily record and became the heaviest one-day death toll of any nation.

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    • Why there are so many different guidelines for face masks

      Why there are so many different guidelines for face masks

      On 29 February, the US surgeon general Dr. Jerome Adams tweeted that masks do not offer any benefit to the average citizen. "They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!," his tweet read. 

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    • COVID-19 is officially kiiling more Americans than anything else

      COVID-19 is officially kiiling more Americans than anything else

      According to the most recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 has officially become the number one cause of death in the US, killing nearly 2,000 Americans every day. The picture is changing drastically week to week as numbers of cases and deaths soar nationwide. But the deadly virus was the third leading cause only last week, as The Hill reports.

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    • Coronavirus plunges world economy into brutal recession

      Coronavirus plunges world economy into brutal recession

      Measures imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus are pushing the world economy into a recession deeper and more painful than initially expected, even if a rebound is still on the cards for next year. A week before the International Monetary Fund updates its forecasts for the global economy that will take into account the initial damage incurred since the coronavirus emerged in China at the start of the year, the first sets of data are coming in.

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    • Bernie Sanders ending presidential run

      Bernie Sanders ending presidential run

      Bernie Sanders is ending his second bid for the presidency, the campaign staff was informed on a conference call Wednesday morning, according to campaign sources. Sanders then told supporters in a live stream that the decision to end his campaign was "very difficult and painful", and acknowledged some of his supporters would have wished him to fight until the last state contest.

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