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Australia upbeat over slowing coronavirus spread, urges vigilance

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian health officials said on Sunday they were cautiously optimistic about the slowing spread of the coronavirus in the country but warned social distancing restrictions are to stay in place for months. FILE PHOTO: A man waiting to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) waits at …

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Lisbon court seizes NOS shares held by Angola’s dos Santos

FILE PHOTO: Isabel dos Santos, Chairwoman of Sonangol, speaks during a Reuters Newsmaker event in London, Britain, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoLISBON (Reuters) – Sonaecom, sub-holding of Portugal’s Sonae, said on Saturday evening a Lisbon court seized shares in telecommunications firm NOS of a holding company it co-owned …

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Guatemala bans internal travel for Easter to curb coronavirus spread

FILE PHOTO: Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei looks on during a news conference with Michael Kozak (not pictured), acting assistant secretary for U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, in Guatemala City, Guatemala February 7, 2020. REUTERS/Luis EcheverriaGUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has banned travel between the …

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Ecuador stores coronavirus victims in giant fridges as morgues fill up

A body covered by a sheet lies outside of a health center of Ecuador’s Public Health Ministry amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Guayaquil, Ecuador April 4, 2020. REUTERS/Vicente Gaibor del Pino GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) – Ecuador’s government has begun storing the bodies of victims of the coronavirus …

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A coronavirus travel nightmare: A blur of canceled flights, border closures, and martial law

WASHINGTON – Before sunrise on Tuesday, Candace Kaiser and her friends hurried out of their Airbnb and crammed into a van destined for the Cusco airport. It was 5:15 a.m., and Peru’s curfew – imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic – had just lifted. The group of American travelers had a special government permit …

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Private Equity Firm Pushes for Broader Access to Fed Lending Program

As government officials fight to prevent an economic depression by setting up emergency lending programs to keep credit flowing to taxpayers and small businesses, a prominent private equity firm is pushing to ensure that a broader spectrum of investments are included.Apollo Global Management, the large private-equity and financing firm, …

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Britain set for long lockdown as death toll rises to 4,313

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is unlikely to lift its stringent lockdown rules until the end of May, once the spread of the coronavirus has started to slow, a leading government adviser said on Saturday as the death toll rose to 4,313. A man wearing a protective face mask exercises in Greenwich …

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UK extends condolences to family of 5-year-old who died from coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) – British Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said his thoughts went out to the family of a 5-year-old child who died in hospital after being infected with the novel coronavirus. The United Kingdom’s hospital death toll from the coronavirus rose by 20% to 4,313 at 1600 GMT on April 3, the …

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Britain secures 300 new ventilators from China

A graphic representation of CoVent ventilator designed by Dyson is seen in this undated handout image. DYSON/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.LONDON (Reuters) – Britain took delivery of 300 ventilators from China on Saturday and more will …

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The Shutdown Crash Arrives

Americans have been understandably focused on the human toll of Covid-19, but the damage from the national economic shutdown that governments are imposing to combat the coronavirus will compound the agony. We don’t mean in stock-market points or profits. We mean in the human cost of lost jobs and …

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