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Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 900,000 Worldwide

The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has topped 900,000 since the respiratory disease first appeared in China last year, according to an AFP tally.

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Coronavirus Capable of Invading Brain, Says Study

Headaches, confusion and delirium experienced by some Covid-19 patients could be the result of the coronavirus directly invading the brain, according to a study published Wednesday.

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Thousands Without Shelter as Fire Guts Greece Migrant Camp

Thousands of asylum-seekers were without shelter Thursday after a fire gutted Greece's largest migrant camp, prompting wrangling among European nations over their responsibility towards refugees and calls for urgent reform of the current system.

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U.N. Bemoans Lack of Action on Call for Broad Ceasefire to Fight Virus

The United Nations on Wednesday deplored a lack of progress on its call earlier this year for a ceasefire in conflict-wracked nations to ease their battle against the novel coronavirus. 

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England Tightens Virus Rules, Aims for 'Moonshot' Mass Testing

The UK government on Wednesday tightened coronavirus restrictions due to a sharp rise in cases, banning social gatherings of more than six people and making contact tracing mandatory in pubs and other venues.

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New Book Says Trump Admitted Playing Down Coronavirus Danger

U.S. President Donald Trump admitted that he tried to minimize the lethal threat of the coronavirus early on in the pandemic, according to excerpts reported Wednesday from a new book by veteran US journalist Bob Woodward.

"I wanted to always play it down," Trump said in an interview with Woodward on March 19, according to a CNN preview of the book "Rage," due to be published September 15.

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Pope Sports Face Mask for First Time in Public

Pope Francis was seen on Wednesday wearing a face mask for the first time since the start of the pandemic but took it off to chat to the faithful.

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EU Reserves 200 Million More Coronavirus Vaccines

The European Commission announced Wednesday it has reached a deal with a sixth pharmaceutical firm, this time BioNTech-Pfizer, to reserve a further 200 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine.

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French Cabinet to Meet Virtually after PM's Covid Contact

France's cabinet will Wednesday hold its weekly meeting remotely for the first time since the end of the virus lockdown, after Prime Minister Jean Castex spent part of the weekend with the boss of the Tour de France who tested positive for Covid-19.

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UN Reports 42 Virus Cases among Syria Staff, Families

More than 40 members of UN staff and their families have caught coronavirus in Syria, a UN official told AFP Tuesday, warning the illness was spreading in the war-torn country.

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