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The main developments in the global coronavirus epidemic today are:

Global cases exceed 2 million

There are 2,064,115 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University tracker. The number of people died so far in the crisis is 137,020. The United States is the most affected country in terms of infections and deaths, with 639,055 cases – almost a third of the total worldwide – and 30,925 deaths.

IMF announces that Asia will not experience economic growth this year

Asia’s economic growth this year will stop for the first time in 60 years, as the coronavirus crisis takes “unprecedented” havoc on the service sector and the region’s main export destinations, said the International Monetary Fund on Thursday. The IMF expects Asian economic growth to expand by 7.6% next year assuming containment policies are successful, but added that the outlook was very uncertain.

Trump feeds virus laboratory theory

The President has added credibility to a theory that the pandemic started when the pathogen accidentally escaped from a Wuhan laboratory and questioned China’s figures for the epidemic. Responding to a Fox News question about the lab, he said, “Well, I don’t mean that John, but I’m going to tell you more and more that we’re hearing the story. “

New guidelines are expected to emerge on Thursday for some U.S. states to loosen their locks, with Trump saying the governors “were fighting for it” to reopen. Trump has not backed down on his decision to end funding for the World Health Organization.

South Korea ruling party wins overwhelming victory

President Moon Jae-in’s left Democratic Party and its smaller affiliate won 180 seats in the 300-seat assembly – the largest majority in the National Assembly by any party since Korea’s transition from South towards democracy in 1987, after the coronavirus pandemic transformed the tide policy in favor of Moon.

Nearly 700 sailors on French aircraft carriers tested positive

At least 668 sailors assigned to the French naval group of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle have tested positive for the virus, and the results are still not valid for a third of the tests of 1,767 sailors. In other news from France, Amazon has ordered the temporary closure of its six French distribution centers after a French court ruled that it was not doing enough to protect its workers in the context of the coronavirus pandemic .

Major events not expected to resume until 2021, says Los Angeles mayor

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday that concerts and sporting events are unlikely to resume by at least 2021 as the city continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Garcetti’s comments echo those of New York mayor Bill de Blasio, and California governor Gavin Newsom, both of whom said it will take a long time for rallies of 100 or more to take place. new common currency.

Debt burden reduced for poor countries

G20 finance ministers agreed to suspend debt payments to poor countries to help them prepare for increased spending on health. The measure takes effect on May 1 and lasts until the end of the year. The IMF said that economic growth in Asia would stop for the first time in 60 years, as the crisis wreaks “unprecedented” havoc on the services sector and the main export destinations.

Ten Britons and one UK stranded in Peru after missing repatriation flight

Ten British and one UK resident stranded in Cusco, Peru after missing a repatriation flight to the UK on Wednesday because a military plane that had been dispatched to retrieve them refused to let them board after landing and taking off twice, they say.

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