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Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

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Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut downBy KATHY GANNON Associated PressApril 3, 2020, 10:08 AM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleISLAMABAD -- Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down. Prime Minister Imran Khan is relying on restricting the size of congregations attending mosques and advice to stay at home from religious groups like the country's Islamic Ideology Council. However, some provinces have issued their own lockdown orders to prevent M...
Coronavirus hits all 50 US states as death toll rises

Coronavirus hits all 50 US states as death toll rises

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The deadly coronavirus has now hit all 50 states in the US as West Virginia reported its first case of the infection on Tuesday.Announcing West Virginia's first Covid-19 patient, Governor Jim Justice said: "We knew this was coming."New York City said it was considering a lockdown similar to one in the San Francisco Bay area.There have so far been 108 deaths in the US from coronavirus and more than 6,300 confirmed cases nationwide. Globally, there are about 200,000 cases and nearly 8,000 people have died. Will US be ready in the weeks ahead? Why US testing failed - and can it catch up now? As the Trump administration seeks a $ 1tn economic stimulus package, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reportedly warned Republican senators...
China extends holiday to contain virus as death toll rises

China extends holiday to contain virus as death toll rises

Health
BEIJING -- China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 80. Hong Kong announced it would bar entry to visitors from the province at the center of the outbreak following a warning the virus’s ability to spread was growing. Travel agencies were ordered to cancel group tours nationwide, adding to the rising economic cost. Increasingly drastic anti-disease efforts began with the Jan. 22 suspension of plane, train and bus links to Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in central China where the virus was first detected last month. That lockdown has expanded to a total of 17 cities with more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease-contr
China coronavirus: Death toll rises as disease spreads

China coronavirus: Death toll rises as disease spreads

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The death toll from a newly-discovered coronavirus in China has risen to 41 on the day of the Lunar New Year.Another 15 deaths in the Hubei province, where the outbreak began, were announced on Saturday.Health officials are struggling to contain the outbreak as millions of people travel for the Chinese new year, one of the most important events. Many festivities have been cancelled.There are now more than 1,200 confirmed cases in China.The virus has also spread to Europe, with three cases confirmed in France. The UK is investigating a number of suspected cases, with officials trying to trace around 2,000 people who have recently flown to the UK from Hubei province.Australia has also confirmed several cases in Me...
Brexit: Price rises warning after chancellor vows EU rules divergence

Brexit: Price rises warning after chancellor vows EU rules divergence

Business
Businesses have warned that food prices may rise and jobs may be affected after the chancellor vowed to end alignment with EU rules after Brexit.Sajid Javid told the Financial Times the UK would not be a "ruletaker" after Brexit, urging businesses to "adjust".The Food and Drink Federation said the proposals were likely to cause food prices to rise at the end of this year.The Confederation of British Industry said for many firms, keeping existing EU rules would support jobs.The automotive, food and drink and pharmaceutical industries all warned the government last year that moving away from key EU rules would be damaging. Clock to illuminate No 10 as UK leaves the EU How soon will Brexit happen? 'Death knell'In an interview with Financial Times, the chanc...