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Tuesday 7 April

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Tuesday 7 April 2020 News Briefing – Today’s headlines are dominated by the global Coronavirus Pandemic. As of 6:30 am (GMT), these are the global active numbers.

Global COVID-19 UPDATE

Coronavirus Cases: 1,347,343

Deaths: 74,769

Recovered: 284,882

  • Coronavirus: Global cases top 1.3 million.
  • Update on Japan’s state of emergency.
  • NZ Health mInister breaks lockdown rules.
  • PM Boris Johnson is in intensive care.
  • Trump threatens India over export ban on Covid-19 treatment.
  • Turkish military restrains troop movement.

Coronavirus updates: Cases top 1.3 million globally 

CNN says the coronavirus has now infected more than 1.34 million people and killed over 74,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

In the US the death toll has passed 10,000, and now currently has over 368,000 confirmed cases. US Officials warn this will be the toughest week yet in the pandemic.

Read the full story on CNN

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Japan state of emergency to cover Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures

Japan Times says after pressure from public health officials and lawmakers, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday the government would declare a state of emergency as soon as Tuesday covering Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures amid the growing outbreak of Covid-19, in a step that will empower prefectures to take restrictive measures. 

The PM is set to designate authorities in the seven prefectures subject to emergency measures. The declaration also will cover Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures, Abe said in a briefing.

Read the full story on Japan Times

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NZ health minister breaks lockdown at the beach

BBC News says New Zealand’s health minister has called himself an “idiot” after breaking the country’s lockdown by driving his family to the beach. 

David Clark drove the 12-mile trip and was in “a clear breach of the lockdown principles.”

He offered his resignation to Prime Minister Jacinda Arden but kept his job because of the ongoing crisis.

Read the full story on BBC News

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PM Boris Johnson is in intensive care

WTX News reports Downing Street has confirmed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved into intensive care as his symptoms have worsened after being admitted for COVID-19.

Prime minister Boris Johnson was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday night – 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus – after continuing to display symptoms of COVID-19.

According to a spokesperson from Downing Street “Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.”

Read the full story on WTX News

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‘There may be retaliation’: Trump says India may face US wrath if PM Modi fails to overturn export ban on Covid-19 treatment

RT News says President Trump has warned that Washington may retaliate against New Dehli over a decision to bar exports of an experimental treatment for Covid-19, not long after asking his Indian counterpart to reverse the move. 

On Saturday, India imposed a blanket ban on the export of hydroxychloroquine – an antimalarial drug under clinical trial as a treatment for the coronavirus. 

Read the full story on RT News

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Turkish military restrains troop movement

Arab News says as part of measures to stop the spread of Covis-19 the Turkish Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that it would decrease troop movement in Syria. 

As Turkey’s death toll from Covid-19 rose to 574 over the weekend, the entry and exit of Turkish troops and staff into operation zones in Syria will now be subject to permission from the head of the army. All Turkish borders with neighbouring states have been closed.

Read the full story on Arab News

Away from Coronavirus updates, here are three stories you should know!

  • Pell to walk free after Australian court quashed the conviction.
  • Famous TV coughing scandal, not clear cut. 
  • White House looks for international support for space resource rights.

Pell to walk free after Australia court quashes conviction 

Aljazeera says Australia’s highest court on Tuesday quashed Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for child sexual assault paving the way for the 78-year-old to be released from prison.

Read the full story on Aljazeera

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‘Coughing major’ case not black and white says Quiz writer

The Guardian says the screenwriter behind a new drama based on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire says he has doubts over the famous coughing scandal. He believes their class and their accents may have contributed to their vilification. 

Read the full story on The Guardian

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White House looks for international support for space resource rights

Space-News says an executive order by the White House April 6 seeks to establish international support for the U.S. position that space resources can be used by companies and organisations and to head off alternative international legal regimes.

Read the full story on Space-News

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