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Coronavirus latest: US overtakes Italy as death toll now highest in the world

US deaths due to the coronavirus surpassed 19,600 on Saturday, the highest reported number in the world, according to a Reuters tally, although there are signs the pandemic might be nearing a peak.Italy has the second most reported deaths at 19,468 and Spain is in third place with 16,353. The United States has five times the population of Italy and nearly seven times the population of Spain.The United States has seen its highest death tolls to date in the epidemic with roughly 2,000 deaths a…

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Coronavirus: China is not safe while Covid-19 continues to spread around the world, experts say

China’s top epidemiologists have warned that the country may not yet be out of the woods with regards to the coronavirus pandemic and that the responses of the United States and Europe to the global health crisis will be pivotal to how it unfolds.Covid-19, the disease caused by the pathogen, is unlikely to be eradicated in the near future and achieving herd immunity is not a practical solution to the problem, they said.“Europe has become more serious about [social] distancing … which is crucial…

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Independent French fashion labels use coronavirus lockdown to rethink their offerings and prepare for a new world of conscious shopping

The writing had been on the wall since Paris Fashion Week in late February. As the coronavirus outbreak became a pandemic and cases in Italy rose, it seemed likely that France would take drastic action in a bid to stem the spread of Covid-19. Still, between the closure of non-essential businesses on the evening of March 14 and French President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement of a lockdown starting on March 17 at noon, there wasn’t much time for Paris-based designers to make plans. “Our stores…

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How Wuhan and the coronavirus are shaping China’s medical reforms

Wuhan was already a cause for concern among doctors long before it became synonymous with the novel coronavirus pandemic. The central Chinese city of 11 million people was foremost on the minds of the 3,600 family doctors attending a conference in Zhengzhou, the capital of neighbouring Henan province to the north.It was still only March 2019 and the gathering, a meet organised by the Cross Straits Medical Association and backed by the World Organisation of Family Doctors, came to the conclusion…

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Bat virus? Bioweapon? What the science says about Covid-19 origins

As the Covid-19 pandemic has infected its way through human populations around the globe, it has been followed by a web of speculation about where the new coronavirus actually came from.Some possibilities are scientific hypotheses based on genetic data while others borrow from dark conspiracy theories with little or no basis in fact.Laboratory researchers have established solid genetic links between the new coronavirus, known as Sars-CoV-2, and one found in a horseshoe bat in southeastern China…

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How long will a coronavirus vaccine take? A Q&A with Jerome Kim, head of the International Vaccine Institute

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to sicken thousands, universities and companies around the world are working on a vaccine for the Covid-19 disease.Given the gravity of the crisis, the mission comes with obvious challenges – not least the lack of information on Covid-19, including whether an infected person can build a natural immunity to a second infection.Dr Jerome Kim, the director general of the International Vaccine Institute and an expert on the evaluation and development of…

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Coronavirus: a battle in three stages. Will the world survive the third?

The world is in the midst of a global pandemic. We are all doing what we can to protect ourselves and our families. Our governments are stepping up to address the needs of their citizens. But we have to understand that this pandemic has three basic stages.The first stage is related to the health response. We are now knee-deep in this struggle, and this will be the focus for the coming weeks and months. The second stage will be the impact on economies – global, regional, national and community;…

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Coronavirus: Unemployed Chinese graduates in US face hard decision to stay or leave

As Covid-19 gathered pace in the US last month, Amy Zhao lost her accounting job and then her visa status when she learned that she did not get picked in the work visa lottery.Resigned to what she saw as a streak of bad luck, Zhao planned to return home to China, but could not find any direct flights. Travel restrictions left her stuck in the US at the start of unprecedented uncertainty brought on by the pandemic.“What surprised me was that I couldn’t find a flight back to China,” Zhao said,…

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Coronavirus: as the pandemic spreads in the US, so do racist attacks, and not just against Asians

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads across the United States, reports of racist attacks and abuse have spiked. While many accounts involve the targeting of Asians and Asian-Americans, the phenomenon is not limited to them.In the past two weeks alone, two separate medical webinars on the coronavirus featuring minority health care workers were disrupted by hackers spewing profanity and racial slurs.On Wednesday, a coronavirus webinar hosted by the Washington-based Association of Black Cardiologists …

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Will the US, China and Russia come together to shape a new world order post-coronavirus?

If we know anything about the post-pandemic world, it is that it will be “different”, and that three countries – the United States, China and Russia – will be decisive in shaping it, for better or worse.These three countries are not only the most powerful strategic, military and, in two of the three cases, economic players of our time but they are also countries whose governments think and operate in “rule-setting” ways. Each of them will carry an effective veto on the world-building plans of…

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