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Hundreds in hospital after deadly gas leak at Indian chemical factory

A gas leak at a chemical factory in south-east India has killed at least nine people, including two children, and led to hundreds being taken to hospital, with fears the death toll could grow. Styrene from the plastics plant owned by Korea’s LG Corp started leaking into the surrounding residential area from about 3am on Thursday morning, incapacitating some people in their homes and ...

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London, Ont., researchers first in world to treat COVID-19 with specialized dialysis

Researchers in London, Ont., say they’ve been able to treat COVID-19 with a specialized dialysis procedure, marking a global first in the fight against the novel coronavirus. The team is made up of scientists from the Lawson Health Research Institute who used a modified dialysis device to conduct the treatment. The device works by reprogramming a patient’s white blood cells to fight ...

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E.U. Is Facing Its Worst Recession Ever. Watch Out, World.

New forecasts predict a 7.4 percent economic collapse and risks of even worse decline if the reopening triggers a second virus wave. BRUSSELS — The good news for Europe is that the worst of the pandemic is beginning to ease. This week deaths in Italy hit a nearly two-month low. And the German leader Angela Merkel announced that schools, day care centers ...

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Mystery bird illness investigated after German blue tit deaths

More than 11,000 cases of dead and sick birds reported in past fortnight Thousands of blue tits have been found sick or dead in Germany, prompting an investigation by conservation groups and scientists. More than 11,000 cases of dead and sick birds, mostly blue tits, have been reported to the German conservation group NABU in the past fortnight. Most of these are ...

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Germany’s New Virus Cases Near 3-Week Low as Restrictions Eased

The number of new coronavirus cases in Germany stayed close to a three-week low as the country begins gradually lifting pandemic-related lockdown measures. There were 1,388 new cases in the 24 hours through Wednesday morning, bringing the total to 148,453, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Fatalities rose by 224, the most in four days, to 5,086. The death rate is ...

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France urges Apple and Google to ease privacy rules on contact tracing

France has become the first country to call publicly for Apple and Google to weaken privacy protections around digital contact tracing, after its government admitted that its current plans would not work without changes to smartphone operating systems. The criticism comes two weeks after a landmark collaboration between the two companies to build technology enabling digital contact tracing apps, which would track ...

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Trump prepares to hit the road

Stuck in the White House compound and deprived of boisterous rallies, the president wants to send a message that America is reopening for business. President Donald Trump is eager to hit the road. As his own health officials continue to warn against non-essential travel, Trump has privately urged aides over the past week to start adding official events back to ...

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Astronauts returning to world changed by coronavirus pandemic after months in space

Two NASA astronauts say they expect it will be tough returning to such a drastically changed world next week, after more than half a year at the International Space Station. Andrew Morgan said the crew had tried to keep across the pandemic news, but he said it was hard to comprehend what was really going on and what to expect ...

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World’s coronavirus death toll tops 60,000 as mask debate rages

The global death toll in the coronavirus crisis soared past 60,000 as calls grew for citizens to wear face masks to halt the pandemic’s devastating spread. New York state, the worst affected in the US, saw a record 630 deaths in a single day. Britain too reported a new daily high in fatalities, including a five-year-old child. There was better ...

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Coronavirus latest: at a glance

Global cases pass 1.2 million The number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally has passed 1.2m, according to Johns Hopkins University figures. Just over one in four of these is in the US, which has 311,544 cases. There have been 64,753 coronavirus-related deaths worldwide. The five countries with the highest numbers of confirmed cases are as follows: US (311,544), Spain (126,168), Italy (124,632), ...

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