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Amazon Could Be Next Virus Hot Zone, Says Scientist

The next pandemic could come from the Amazon rainforest, warns Brazilian ecologist David Lapola, who says human encroachment on animals' habitats -- a likely culprit in the coronavirus outbreak -- is soaring there because of rampant deforestation.

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Asia Virus Latest: China City in Partial Lockdown, Seoul Sees Test Surge

Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

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U.S. Says China Hackers Trying to Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Research

U.S. authorities warned Wednesday that Chinese hackers were attempting to steal coronavirus data on treatments and vaccines, adding fuel to Washington's war with Beijing over the pandemic.

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Virus-Hit Iran Reopens Mosques for Holy Ramadan Nights

In spite of their fears over the coronavirus, hundreds of pious Iranians took advantage of the temporary opening of mosques Wednesday to pray at one of the holiest times of year.

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Sweden Boosts Healthcare Personnel in Wake of Coronavirus

Swedish authorities and labour unions announced plans Wednesday to permanently hire up to an additional 10,000 nursing assistants and care workers to address shortcomings in elderly care exposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The boost in staff is the result of a deal between the government, Sweden's largest labour union Kommunal, and the country's municipalities which are tasked with managing elderly care.

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Saudi to Enforce Round-the-Clock Virus Curfew at Eid

Saudi Arabia will enforce a round-the-clock nationwide curfew during the five-day Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month to fight the coronavirus, the interior ministry said Tuesday, as infections spike.

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Germany Aims to Lift Border Virus Controls by Mid-June

Germany said Wednesday it wants to end by the middle of next month checks at land borders introduced to fight the coronavirus as infection rates slow.

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New Virus Cases Threaten World's Moves Back to Work

Russia and India eased coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, despite facing upsurges in infections and expert warnings that the world could face a second wave epidemic. 

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Spain Unveils 14-Day Quarantine for Arrivals

People arriving in Spain will face a mandatory 14-day quarantine to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the government announced on Tuesday. 

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Virus Hope in U.S. as WHO Hails Global Progress

The United States logged a second consecutive day of fewer than 900 coronavirus deaths, as the World Health Organization hailed global progress but warned of the need for "extreme vigilance" against a second wave.

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