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– WHO regrets the US decision to suspend funding.

—A group of 20 countries agrees to suspend payment of its debt.

—Trudeau says that Canada’s foreclosure will last “several more weeks”.

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PARIS – For the first time since the start of the virus epidemic in the country, France has reported a decrease in the number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals.

National health agency chief Jerome Salomon said there were about 500 fewer people infected with the virus in hospitals than the day before.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units fell for the seventh day in a row, he added.

The overall death toll from illness in France rose to 17,167, including 10,643 in hospitals and 6,524 in nursing homes.

Solomon urged the French to continue to apply strict containment rules with the country locked extended until May 11. “We must remain vigilant,” he said.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser extends the state of emergency in the District of Columbia until May 15, as the nation’s capital prepares for an expected resurgence of COVID-19 coronavirus infections.

Bowser’s executive order has also made masks or masks mandatory for hotel employees and customers, taxi and coach passengers, and grocery store employees and customers. The initial state of emergency, declared on March 11, was to expire on April 25.

As of Wednesday morning, Washington had identified 2,197 cases of viral infection with 72 deaths. DC health officials predict an increase in infections sometime in late May or June.

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LANSING, Michigan – Hundreds of protesters who wave the flag and honk their horns walked past the Michigan Capitol to show their dissatisfaction with Governor Gretchen Whitmer, ordering to keep people and businesses locked during the coronavirus epidemic.

While the snow was falling, others got out of their vehicles and raised signs, one of which read: “Gov. Whitmer, we are not prisoners. Another said, “Michigander against Gretchens abuse.”

The protest, called “Operation Gridlock”, was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition.

State police have said they will stay on the sidelines unless people are injured. The demonstration made big ripples: the traffic barely moved around 1 p.m. nearby on Interstate 496 westbound.

Whitmer, a Democrat, extended a stay order until April 30 and closed schools and businesses deemed non-essential.

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LONDON – British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said new procedures will be introduced so that “wherever possible” people will have the “chance to say goodbye” to loved ones who die with the coronavirus.

At the government’s daily coronavirus press conference, Hancock said, “Wanting to be with someone you love late in life is one of the deepest human instincts.”

He said he cried when he heard Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, who died of COVID-19 earlier this month without a parent at his bedside.

He said the new procedures will give “relatives closest to people the opportunity to say goodbye” subject to limiting the risk of infection.

No further details were provided.

Following strong criticism of the government about the pandemic in nursing homes, Hancock also announced measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, including increased testing and better access to protective equipment.

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WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with a senior Chinese diplomat to underscore the Trump administration’s demand that China be transparent and share the full range of information on the origins and spread of the new coronavirus.

Amid growing administration complaints about Beijing’s response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Wuhan city, the State Department said that Pompeo spoke with Yang Jiechi, a former Chinese foreign minister who now heads the Chinese Communist’s foreign office. Party. The call came a day after President Donald Trump froze US payments to the World Health Organization pending a review of how he handled the epidemic and whether he complied with the Chinese pressure to minimize its severity.

Pompeo “stressed the need for full transparency and information sharing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent future epidemics,” the department said in a statement.

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LONDON – The UK government’s chief medical adviser says the number of daily coronavirus deaths in UK hospitals is expected to increase in the coming days, but the country is “probably” nearing the peak of the epidemic.

At the government’s daily coronavirus press conference, Professor Chris Whitty said that in the past few weeks the number of those who have died after being tested positive for COVID-19 has increased after falling during for the weekend and the following two days. After the four-day Easter weekend, Whitty said there would likely be a “catch-up” and “a rebound tomorrow”.

His comments come after the UK recorded its fourth consecutive day of fewer than 800 hospital deaths, which has surprised many forecasters who have predicted more than 1,000 daily deaths in the UK to date. The government said earlier that another 761 people died in hospitals, bringing the total to 12,868. This death toll does not include those who died in nursing homes or elsewhere.

Whitty said the UK “is probably reaching the top as a whole” but that the officials “are not yet at the point where we can confidently and safely say that the summit has now passed”.

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ANKARA, Turkey – The death toll in Turkey for the new coronavirus has exceeded 1,500 after the country reported an additional 115 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also reported 4,281 new infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 69,392.

The death toll is now 1,518.

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MADRID – Seeking to reshape education disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, Spanish authorities have announced that the school year will end as usual in June and that almost all high school students will be awarded a passing grade.

Spain canceled lessons for 8.2 million school children last month as the coronavirus epidemic accelerated. Distance learning tools have been used since then.

Spain has attributed 18,579 deaths to the coronavirus, the third global death toll after the United States and Italy.

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LONDON – A pregnant nurse who tested positive for COVID-19 died after undergoing an emergency Cesarean section to save her child.

The Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says that Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong died on Sunday and “was a fantastic nurse and a great example of what we stand for. “

An email from internal staff sent to colleagues at Luton and Dunstable Hospital indicates that the decision to perform the caesarean came after his condition deteriorated. Channel 4 News, which first reported the tragedy, said doctors initially thought Agyapong was showing signs of improvement, but his symptoms worsened.

NHS Trust executive director David Carter told Channel 4 that the little girl’s survival was a “beacon of light in this very dark time.”

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WASHINGTON – US law enforcement officials say more than 130 investigations have been opened across the country into fraud and other crimes related to the COVID-19 epidemic.

US Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Investigations Indicate Its Agents To Date 9 Arrests And 7 Search Warrants In An Effort With Other Enforcement Agencies of the law to suppress false tests and treatments against viruses and personal protective equipment and other attempts to take advantage of the health crisis.

The agency announced the start of “Operation Stolen Promise” in response to what it called “a significant increase in criminal activity”.

HSI said it seized more than $ 3 million in illicit products and closed 11,000 domain names linked to alleged fraudulent systems.

Agents expect the amount of fraud to increase as federal financial stimulus and stimulus money begin to filter into the US economy in the coming weeks.

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BRUSSELS – Belgium, the birthplace of famous summer festivals like Tomorrowland and Rock Werchter, banned such mass gatherings until the end of August.

Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said at the same time that he was in talks to see to what extent the football league could start its matches in August behind closed doors.

The organizers were awaiting such a decision. However, Rock Werchter said in a statement “we are devastated”, before adding “there are more important things in life right now.” Tomorrowland said that “this situation is extremely difficult for all of us. As a community, we are sad, disappointed and angry – but also hopeful, because we know we are much stronger than this setback. “

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TORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada’s foreclosure will last “several weeks” and warns Canadians that if the economy is reopened too soon, all the sacrifices they make now will not help because the country might see another spike in coronavirus cases.

Trudeau said Canada is still “a few weeks away” from starting to reopen and urged Canadians to be patient.

He says that once there is a reopening, there will need to be a large-scale rapid test and full contact tracking for those who are positive. According to him, once Canada has passed the first wave, the government must have the capacity to eradicate any future outbreak.

His remarks are the strongest to date against the overly rapid easing of economic restrictions.

Canada has more than 27,557 confirmed cases, including 954 deaths.

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BERLIN – Germany plans to allow small stores to reopen next week after a four-week coronavirus shutdown, but Europe’s largest economy maintains strict social distancing rules.

After long-awaited discussions with the 16 German state governors, Chancellor Angela Merkel has drawn up a plan for the first stages of a slow revival of public life.

A ban on assembling more than two people in public has been in effect since March 23 and was to continue until Sunday. Merkel says the restrictions will remain in place, and officials will look at the end of the month after May 3.

Non-essential stores have also been closed for almost four weeks. Other stores up to 800 square meters (8,600 square feet) will be allowed to reopen with hygienic precautions. Merkel says the ruling applies to the period Monday to May 3.

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ROME – The daily increase in COVID-19 cases in Italy has continued to slow.

The daily increase of 2,667 confirmed cases that was announced by the authorities was the smallest in five weeks and represented an increase of less than 1.7% compared to the total of the previous day. The number of intensive care beds occupied by coronavirus patients also continued to decline.

Other encouraging figures were recorded in Lombardy, the northern region which has by far the highest number of cases. Lombardy has recorded 827 additional cases since a day earlier, but the previous days have resulted in daily increases of 1,000 or more. Italy currently has more than 165,000 known cases of COVID-19.

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the new coronavirus, but pilots who take it will have to wait 48 hours before flying.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it looked at hydroxychloroquine and closely related chloroquine when they became available. The drugs “have long been viewed as generally incompatible with those performing aviation safety tasks,” said an FAA statement.

The safety agency cites the “wide variety of dosages” and the lack of standards for the use of drugs to treat coronavirus by deciding that pilots who take them should wait before flying.

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BRUSSELS – Belgium is extending most of its key lock rules for two weeks, but plans to start reopening the economy after May 3.

Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said that loosening the rules would depend on continuing to cut business in the coming weeks. Originally, the lockdown rules would have expired after the weekend, but the intensity of the pandemic has forced the government to prolong the situation.

“It is very clear that the crisis is not behind us,” said Wilmes. “We must continue our efforts without weakening”,

She says that garden centers and DIY stores could open under the same conditions as essential grocery stores now.

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LONDON – The head of the World Health Organization says he regrets the US decision to suspend funding.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the United States is “a long-standing and generous friend of WHO and we hope it will be the same.”

He made the comments after President Donald Trump announced the end of US funding, temporarily suspending millions of dollars from the largest donor to the United Nations health agency.

Tedros said that WHO remains committed to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and that it will work with its partners to ensure that any funding shortfall can be filled.

“COVID-19 does not distinguish between rich and poor nations, large nations and small ones,” said Tedros. “It is time for all of us to be united in our common struggle against a common threat, a dangerous enemy. When we are divided, the virus exploits the cracks between us. ”

Tedros said that WHO member countries and independent organizations will assess the performance of the United Nations health agency at a later date. But the focus must remain on ending the epidemic.

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DUBAI – The world’s richest countries have agreed to immediately suspend billions of dollars in debt payments to the world’s poorest countries as nations rush to spend money on health care and workers affected by the pandemic.

The Group of 20 Nations, which includes the United States, China, India, Germany, France and others, unanimously agreed on Wednesday to suspend debt payments during a Virtual summit of finance ministers chaired by Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said after the meeting, “All official bilateral creditors will participate in this initiative, which is an important step for the G-20.”

The G-20 did not specify how many countries would be affected, but French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said 76 countries were eligible for the moratorium.

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