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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. Learn More

 

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Show typical British resolve, Queen to tell nation amid coronavirus outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth will call on Britons to show the same resolve as their forebears and take on the challenge and disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak with good-humoured resolve when she makes an extremely rare address to rally the nation on Sunday. More »

 

China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemic

BEIJING/WUHAN, China (Reuters) - China on Saturday mourned the thousands of "martyrs" who have died in the coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast across the country and suspending all forms of entertainment. More »

 

Spain to extend state of emergency to April 26 as rise in infections slows

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday he would ask parliament to extend lockdown measures by 15 days until April 26, as the rate of new coronavirus infections and deaths slowed again in one of the world's worst-hit countries. 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 »

 

In Italy, support groups fear lockdown is silencing domestic abuse victims

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy has seen a sharp fall in official reports of domestic violence as it approaches a month under coronavirus lockdown, raising concern among some support groups that forced confinement is leaving victims struggling to seek help. More »

 

Ecuador stores coronavirus victims in giant fridges as morgues fill up

GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) - Ecuador's government has begun storing the bodies of victims of the coronavirus in giant refrigerated containers as hundreds of deaths in the city of Guayaquil, the center of the country's outbreak, have already filled morgues and hospitals. More »

 

Brazil lawmakers pass 'war budget' as coronavirus cases top 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 »

 

Canada PM says will not retaliate against U.S. over block of mask exports

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would not retaliate for U.S. President Donald Trump blocking 3M Co's exports of N95 respirator masks that protect doctors and nurses from the spread of coronavirus. More »

 

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