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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...
The Latest: Virus death toll in Spain nears 11,000

The Latest: Virus death toll in Spain nears 11,000

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The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Virus death toll and unemployment surge in Europe and U.S. — Spain is closing Friday with nearly 11,000 coronavirus deaths. — German Chancellor Angela Merkel returns to work. ——— MADRID — Spain is closing Friday a black week with its death toll for the new coronavirus nearing 11,000, more than half of those during the past seven days, and more infections than any other country in Europe. The bottleneck in Spanish labs conducting the tests has led to relatively low levels of testing in Spain compared to other European countries, authoriti
Virus outbreak takes toll on New York City’s public servants

Virus outbreak takes toll on New York City’s public servants

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The coronavirus outbreak is taking its toll on New York City's civil servantsByThe Associated PressMarch 27, 2020, 10:01 AM3 min readNEW YORK -- The coronavirus outbreak is taking its toll on New York City's civil servants. Two people who helped keep New York moving during the crisis, bus operator Oliver Cyrus, 61, and train conductor Peter Petrassi, 49, were killed by the virus Thursday, according to their union. Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano called the two deaths in one day “a terrible and incredibly sad loss.” He called transit workers “true heroes” for continuing to work during the pandemic and he demanded the Metropolitan Transportation Authority provide transportation workers with protective masks. “Dedication and duty does not mean using transit workers as
Coronavirus: Italy sees one-day death toll of nearly 800

Coronavirus: Italy sees one-day death toll of nearly 800

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March 21 (UPI) -- Italy again set a one-day death toll record from COVID-19, reporting another 793 deaths Saturday. Italy's Civil Protection Department said the country's overall coronavirus death toll reached 4,825, with 53,578 confirmed cases. Some 6,000 people have recovered from the disease. Most of the cases are centered in the Lombardy region -- 17,370. A strict nationwide lockdown, including restrictions on travel and closure of most stores, had been in place for 11 days in Italy, but the number of known coronavirus cases continued to rise about 15 percent every day, overwhelming hospitals. Meanwhile, new figures released Saturday show that the number of coronavirus cases in Spain jumped 25 percent in 24 hours. The number of cases increased by almost 5,000 in one day and more tha...
COVID-19 may take toll on mental health, experts say

COVID-19 may take toll on mental health, experts say

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March 20 (UPI) -- The new coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the United States, as does the anxiety among Americans, because people aren't sure what's happening or what to do, experts say. With confirmed cases of COVID-19 now topping 16,600, according to Johns Hopkins University, many communities across the country have issued "social distancing" guidelines and some states -- California, Florida and New York among them -- have instituted enforced shutdowns of non-essential businesses or "shelter-in-place" orders to stem the spread. With each new restriction and announcement, concern among the public grows. This was noted earlier this month in guidance issued by the World Health Organization, which said the COVID-19 outbreak -- ahead of calling it a pandemic -- was "generatin...