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Exclusive: Pressed by Trump, U.S. pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In mid-March, President Donald Trump personally pressed federal health officials to make malaria drugs available to treat the novel coronavirus, though they had been untested for COVID-19, two sources told Reuters. Learn More


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Number of coronavirus intensive care patients in Italy drops for first time

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy reported its lowest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths for nearly two weeks on Saturday and said the number of patients in intensive care had fallen for the first time. More »


UK coronavirus death rate to stay high top medic says, as toll passes 4,300

LONDON (Reuters) - High fatalities from the coronavirus will continue in the United Kingdom for at least another week or two even if people comply with stringent isolation measures, health authorities said on Saturday as the country's death toll jumped to 4,313. More »


French coronavirus death toll hits new high as nursing home tally swells

PARIS (Reuters) - The total number of deaths from the coronavirus in France reached a new high on Saturday as the government included more previously unreported deaths in nursing homes. More »


5G coronavirus conspiracy theory is dangerous fake nonsense, UK says

LONDON (Reuters) - A conspiracy theory that links 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the novel coronavirus is dangerous fake news and completely false, Britain said on Saturday after masts in several parts of the country were torched. More »


Brazil's lawmakers pass 'war budget' as coronavirus cases surpass 10,000

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's lower house of Congress approved a constitutional amendment for a "war budget" to separate coronavirus-related spending from the government's main budget and shield the economy as the country surpassed 10,000 confirmed cases. More »


U.S. CDC reports 277,205 coronavirus cases, 6,593 deaths

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday reported 277,205 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 37,926 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,150 to 6,593. More »


Exclusive: Amazon in contact with coronavirus test makers for potential screenings on employees

(Reuters) - Inc has been in contact with the CEOs of two coronavirus test makers as it considers how to screen its staff and reduce the risk of infection at its warehouses, according to internal meeting notes seen by Reuters. More »


Portugal's coronavirus cases grow, half a million workers at risk of lay off

LISBON (Reuters) - Confirmed coronavirus cases in Portugal pushed past the 10,000 mark on Saturday, while government data showed more than half a million Portuguese workers were at risk of being temporarily laid off due to the outbreak. More »


Turkey's coronavirus death toll rises above 500: minister

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Confirmed coronavirus cases in Turkey rose by more than 3,000 to 23,934 on Saturday with deaths related to COVID-19 rising by 76 to 501 people, Heath Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter. More »


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