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coronavirus could cause 35,000 extra UK cancer deaths

GLOBAL COVID-19 TODAY

CORONAVIRUS CASES: 11,564,185

DEATHS: 536,893

RECOVERED: 6,538,868

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Coronavirus can float in the air, experts say WHO and CDC should tell people that 

CNN says the coronavirus can float in air droplets and is likely transmitting that way, a group of experts say.

They are publishing an open letter to the WHO and other health agencies, asking them to be more forthright in explaining how the virus can transmit in the air. 

“The airborne transmission word seems to be loaded,” said one of the main authors of the letter. “I guess we are hoping that WHO will come around and be more willing to acknowledge the important roles of aerosols, whether they want to call it airborne transmission or not.”

Read the full story on CNN

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Coronavirus could cause 35,000 extra UK cancer deaths, experts warn

BBC News says there could be up to 35,000 excess deaths in the UK within a year due to delays to cancer diagnosis and treatment, caused by the coronavirus.

Up to two million routine breast, bowel and cervical cancer screenings may have been missed. And urgent referrals and treatments have also been delayed or cancelled. 

Scientists examined data from eight hospital trusts and shared their findings exclusively with BBC Panorama. 

Read the full story on BBC News

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Boris Johnson pledges £1.5bn lifeline to keep UK arts sector afloat

The Guardian says Britains arts and heritage sectors have been promised £1.5bn of help in a long-awaited rescue package described by the government as the biggest one-off investment in UK culture. 

After weeks of desperate warning that the UK was facing an irreversible cultural catastrophe without targeted support, ministers announced a package that it said would protect the future of the country’s museums, galleries, theatre and music venues.

Read the full story on The Guardian 

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Ukraine battles post-lockdown virus surge

France24 says wearing full protective gear including a white suit and plastic visor, Ukrainian doctor Marta Saiko checked an elderly patient hooked up to a ventilator. 

The country has seen a surge in new coronavirus cases following the lifting of the nationwide lockdown measures

“We’re overloaded. Over the last 24 hours, we’ve admitted 18 patients with suspected coronavirus,” said Saiko, head of primary care at a hospital.

Read the full story on France24

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Iran to sue US in top UN court for imposing sanctions during Covid-19 outbreak

RT News says Iran is planning to sue the US at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), saying Washington’s sanctions have damaged Tehran’s ability to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The intention to initiate litigation was announced by the country’s Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneydi during a visit to the Pasteur Insitute of Iran, which plays a leading role in dealing with the coronavirus.

The ICJ is one of the principle bodies in the United Nations’ system for handling disputes between UN members. 

Read the full story on RT News

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India overtakes Russia to become the world’s third-highest for virus cases

Arab News says India announced Monday that it had logged nearly 700,000 coronavirus cases, taking it past Russia to become the world’s third-hardest-hit nation in the global pandemic. 

The health ministry said 697,258 cases had now been recorded, a rise of 24,000 in the last 24 hours, while Russia had just over 681,000 cases.

Read the full story on Arab News

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ARTS & ENT

Kanye West running for president – Elon Musk backing the singer

Sky News says Kanye West has announced he is running for US president – and he has already won the backing of billionaire Elon Musk.

He posted a message to his 29.4 million Twitter followers in which he suggested he was entering the 2020 presidential race.

“We must now realize (sic) the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” he wrote.

“I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION.”

Read on.

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Sport

Liverpool can’t think of records despite moving closer to points landmark – Klopp

BBC News says Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool cannot focus on breaking records after the Premier League champions made it 17 wins from 17 home games this season by beating Aston Villa.

The Reds moved on to 89 points after second-half goals from Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones secured a 2-0 win.

Liverpool need 12 points from the last five games to beat Manchester City’s record of 100 points in a season.

Read on.

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