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Israel's Health Minister Has Virus, Top Officials to Isolate

The new coronavirus is forcing more top Israeli officials into isolation after the country's health minister, who has had frequent contact with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tested positive, the Health Ministry said Thursday.

The Middle East has over 78,000 confirmed cases of the virus, most of those in Iran, and over 3,500 deaths. In Lebanon, the Philippines ambassador, Bernardita Catalla, died of complications from the coronavirus Thursday, the Philippines said. Lebanon has recorded 479 infected cases, and 14 deaths.

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Duterte Tells Philippine Police to Shoot Dead Lockdown Troublemakers

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told security forces they should shoot dead anyone causing "trouble" in areas locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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China County in Lockdown as Fears Grow over Second Wave of Virus

A Chinese county of around 600,000 residents has gone into lockdown after a woman who visited the area tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring concerns over a second wave of domestic infections.

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U.S. Virus Deaths Pass 5,000

The US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 5,000 late Wednesday, according to a running tally from Johns Hopkins University.

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Russian Plane with Supplies for Virus Fight Lands in U.S.

A Russian military plane carrying medical supplies arrived in the United States on Wednesday, the Russian mission to the UN said, as the Kremlin flexes its soft power during the coronavirus pandemic.

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More than 20,000 COVID-19 Cases in Latin America

More than 20,000 cases of COVID-19 were registered in Latin America and the Caribbean by Wednesday, according to an AFP tally using information provided by national health authorities and the World Health Organization.

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Six-Week-Old Newborn Dies of Coronavirus in Connecticut

A six-week-old infant is believed to be the youngest patient to die from the coronavirus, Connecticut's governor said Wednesday.

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Florida Beach Ravers Tie with Trump for 'Most Foolish' during Pandemic

U.S. students who defied coronavirus warnings to keep partying on Florida beaches during their spring break have been crowned the year's "most foolish" Americans in a new survey -- tied with President Donald Trump.

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Coronavirus Cases Top 900,000 Worldwide

More than 900,000 cases of coronavirus have been officially detected worldwide since the pandemic emerged in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1900 GMT on Wednesday using official sources.

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Italy Extends Lockdown as Toll Passes 13,000

Italy on Wednesday extended its economically-crippling lockdown until April 13 to help stem coronavirus infections that have claimed 13,115 lives.

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