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Daily News Briefing: Global numbers top 2.4m as US demands lockdown lifted!

US demands lockdown lifted

Monday 20 April

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Monday 20 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: 2,408,359

Deaths: 165,107

Recovered: 629,129

  • Global coronavirus numbers top 2.4 million as USA protests to lift lockdown measures, encouraged by the President!
  • Japan: Komeito cash handout demand highlights Abe’s fading power amid the global crisis. 
  • UK: Plasma treatment to be trialled. 
  • UK: PM Boris Johnson against easing lockdown measures due to fears of a “second wave.” 
  • Germany takes first steps back to normal life as lockdown restrictions eased. 
  • Turkey’s cases soar, passing Iran and now China.

Coronavirus: Live updates

CNN reports Covid-19 has infected more than 2.4 million people and killed at least 164,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 40,000 people have died in the US alone. 

 In the US, protesters gathered in several states to oppose lockdown measures – encouraged by the president. Meanwhile, Trump said he still wants the US to investigate the coronavirus outbreak in China. 

Read the full story on CNN

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Komeito cash handout demand highlights Abe’s fading power amid outbreak

Japan Times says the Komeito leader Natsu Yamaguchi marched into the prime minister’s office Wednesday morning with an ultimatum about the government’s emergency economic relief plan for the coronavirus. 

The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party’s junior coalition partner told the PM to abandon his Y300,000 per qualified household cash handout. And instead, go with Y100,000 per person without income restrictions. 

Read the full story on Japan Times

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Coronavirus: Plasma treatment to be trialled

BBC News says the UK is gearing up to use the blood of coronavirus survivors to treat hospital patients ill with the disease. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) wants people who recovered from Covid-19 to donate blood so they can potentially assess the therapy in trials.

The hope is that the antibodies they have built up will help to clear the virus in others. The US has already started a major project to study this, involving more than 1,500 hospitals.

Read the full story on BBC News

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UK Coronavirus live: Johnson against lifting lockdown over fears of a second wave

The Guardian says Boris Johnson is reported to be cautious about easing the lockdown for fear of sparking a second-wave of coronavirus infections. 

According to the Times, the prime minister held a two-hour meeting on Friday with key government figures at which he said lifting the restrictions too soon could result in a “second peak” and lead to another lockdown. 

Read the full story on The Guardian

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Germany starts opening up as coronavirus outbreak is under-control

France24 says Germany is taking its first steps back to normality on Monday, as lockdown measures are eased. Smaller shops in some regions will open up for the first time in a month after politicians declared the coronavirus “under control.” 

The majority of shops smaller than 800 square metres will be allowed to welcome customers again, in the first wave of relaxations to strict curbs on public life introduced last month.

Read the full story on France24

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Turkish virus cases surge past Iran, then China

Arab News says the number of confirmed virus cases in Turkey rose to 86,306 on Tuesday overtaking China only a day after it overtook Iran. Turkey reported its first coronavirus patient as recently as March 10. 

It now has the highest total outside Europe and the US and is the worst-affected country in the Middle East. And the seventh-worst in the world. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 127 more people had died, taking the death toll to 2,017.

Read the full story on Arab News

  • What we know about Canada’s worst mass shooting. 
  • ‘Hollywood tale’ Iran hits back at US account of Gulf encounter. 
  • Harry and Meghan cut ties with British tabloids!

‘Denturist in cop disguise’ kills 16 in Canada’s deadliest mass shooting

RT News says more deaths have been confirmed in the Nova Scotia mass shooting, bringing the toll to 17 including the gunman. 

The rampage began around 11:30 pm Saturday night when Canadian police responded to a “firearms complaint” in the rural town of Portapique and found an unspecified number of casualties at the scene, but no suspect. 

Police declared an active shooter situation and launched a manhunt, with armed officers patrolling the streets through the night and helicopters joining the search in the morning. 

Read the full story on RT News

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‘Hollywood tale’: Iran hits back at US account of Gulf encounter

Aljazeera reports Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have rejected the US account of an encounter between the two sides’ navy in the Gulf, calling it a “Hollywood tale” after the US Department of Defence accused Tehran of “dangerous and provocative” actions. 

According to the US, the Iranian ships approached six US military ships while they were conducting interrogations with Army helicopters in international waters on Wednesday.

Read the full story on Aljazeera

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 Harry and Meghan cut ties with British media!

Reuters reports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have cut ties with some of Britain’s biggest tabloids and said they will adopt a policy of “zero engagement” with them, British media reported on Monday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent a letter to The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Express and Daily Mirror on Sunday evening detailing their new policy, it has been reported. 

Read the full story on Reuters

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