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Daily News Briefing: Coronavirus second wave could be worse warns US health official

coronavirus second wave could be even worse says US health chief

Wednesday 22 April

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Wednesday 22 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.

The breaking story this Wednesday morning: coronavirus second wave could be even worse says US health chief. 

Global COVID-19 UPDATE

Coronavirus Cases: 2,557,917

Deaths: 177,688

Recovered: 695,325

  • The coronavirus has now infected more than 2.5 million people worldwide. More than 45,000 have died in the US.
  • Coronavirus second wave could be even worse says US health chief, as it collides with US flu season.
  • The spread of Covid-19 in Japanese prisons spurs calls for early release. 
  • UK: Fresh questions emerge over EU equipment claims.
  • UK: Gov misses out on 16m face masks for the NHS in four weeks.
  • Attack on WHO vehicle that killed Myanmar driver is condemned. 

Coronavirus: Live updates

CNN says Covid-19 has now infected more than 2.5 million people and killed at least 177,000 worldwide according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 45,000 people have died in the United States.

The US Senate approved a roughly $480 billion relief package with funds for small businesses, hospitals and testing.

Read the full story on CNN

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Coronavirus second wave could be even worse says US health chief

France24 says a second wave of the novel coronavirus in the US could be even more destructive because it will likely collide with the beginning of flu season, one of the country’s top health officials said Tuesday. 

Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, called on Americans to use the coming months to prepare – and get their flu shots. “There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” he was quoted as saying in the Washington Post.

Read the full story on France24

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Spread of Covid-19 in Japanese prisons spurs calls for release

Japan Times says as coronavirus infections continue to spread nationwide and grave risks loom for detainees in correctional and detention facilities, judicial authorities are stepping up measures to stop the spread. 

Three correctional facilities  – in Osaka, Tokyo and Hokkaido – have already been affected by the virus. A total of 10 people have tested positive, putting staff and inmates at risk.

Read the full story on Japan Times

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Fresh questions emerge over EU equipment claims

BBC News says the government is facing fresh questions over the time it took to join an EU scheme to source medical equipment. Officials say the UK did not receive an initial invitation in time because of communication problems. 

But Brussels sources told the BBC the UK was given ample opportunity to take part in the scheme. On Tuesday, a senior civil servant retracted claims the UK had taken a “political decision” not to join.

Read the full story on BBC News

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Government misses out on 16m face masks for NHS in four weeks

The Guardian says the government missed opportunities to secure at least 16m face masks for NHS staff in the past four weeks, amid growing frustrations from companies who say Britain is losing much-needed equipment to other countries. 

As ministers face relentless questions over a shortage of PPE in hospitals, suppliers said their offers to deliver UK-standard face masks were being met with silence from No 10. 

Read the full story on The Guardian

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Attack on WHO vehicle that killed Myanmar driver condemned

Aljazeera says top officials at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other aid groups have condemned an attack on a WHO team that killed a driver who was helping transport coronavirus tests in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state. 

The WHO’s Director-General called the death of the driver “tragic” and “devastating news”, while United Nations Special Rapporteur on Myanmar said what happened was “unacceptable” and demanded an independent international investigation into the attack.

Read the full story on Aljazeera

  • President Trump doubts report Kim Jong-un is ‘gravely ill.’
  • Arab countries could stop the Israeli land grab.
  • Ellen DeGeneres faces more allegations of rude behaviour. 

‘I don’t place credence in CNN’s reporting:’ Trump sceptical about reports of Kim Jong-un’s ‘grave illness’

RT News says President Trump has cast doubts on reports that North Korea’s leader has fallen severely ill after surgery. He took a jab at CNN’s journalistic chops whilst sending well wishes to Kim Jong-un. 

“So I just have to say to Kim Jong-un, I wish him good luck,” Trump said at a White House Briefing on Tuesday. He noted he has a “very good relationship” with Kim but said, “I don’t know that the reports are true.”

Read the full story on RT News

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Arab countries could stop Israeli land grab

Arab News says Arab countries could stop Israeli plans to annex land in the occupied territories by exploiting a loophole in an agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benjamin Gantz. 

 An unofficial translation of two items in the Netanyahu-Gantz unity plan was obtained by Arab News. It says Israel must preserve existing peace agreements. 

Read the full story on Arab News

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Ellen DeGeneres faces another allegation of rude behaviour following a series of spats

FOX News says a Dutch beauty blogger who had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ is the latest to call out the daytime host for her cold demeanour. 

Nikkie de Jager – who runs the YouTube channel ‘NikkieTurorials’ was flown to LA earlier this year to be interviewed by Ellen and discuss the courageous moment she came out as transgender on the video platform. 

Read the full story on Fox News

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