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A medical worker wearing a protective mask and suit treats patients suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit at the Oglio Po hospital in Cremona, Italy March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo
The world's richest nations poured unprecedented aid into the global economy on Thursday as coronavirus cases ballooned in the new epicentre Europe, with the number of deaths in Italy outstripping those in mainland China, where the virus originated.
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FILE PHOTO: March 17, 2020 picture of staff in protective suits accompanying a passenger outside a centralized facility for screening and registration near the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing as the country tries to contain imported cases of the coronavirus. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
China's coronavirus infections from abroad hit a new daily record while infected travelers reached an unprecedented number of Chinese provinces, pressuring authorities to hold the bar high on already tough custom rules and public-health protocols.
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a news conference at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Blair Gable
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that he expected the closure of the U.S.-Canada border to take effect overnight on Friday and was working with domestic carriers to bring home citizens stranded overseas.
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U.S. President Donald Trump attends a teleconference with governors to discuss partnerships to ?prepare, mitigate and respond to COVID-19" at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) amid coronavirus fears, in Washington, U.S. March 19, 2020.   Evan Vucci/Pool via REUTERS
President Donald Trump will cancel an in-person meeting of G7 leaders at Camp David in June because of the coronavirus and will hold a video-conference instead, the White House said on Thursday.
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FILE PHOTO: South Korean soldiers in protective gear make their way while they disinfect buildings downtown, following the rise in confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Daegu, South Korea, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will hold a video conference on Friday to foster cooperation on the coronavirus pandemic, Seoul's foreign ministry said.
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Members of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) disinfect the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport during a partial lockdown as part of a 15-day state of emergency to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Barcelona, Spain March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
The Spanish government on Thursday ordered the closure of all the country's hotels and promised to implement special measures in nursing homes after a surge in the country's coronavirus cases and deaths.
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FILE PHOTO: People wearing masks attend a vigil for late Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist who died of coronavirus at a hospital in Wuhan, in Hong Kong, China February 7, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A Chinese report into the coronavirus death of a young doctor reprimanded by police for "spreading rumours" when he tried to raise the alarm about the disease drew quick criticism online after it merely suggested the reprimand be withdrawn.
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The eastern coastal province of Jiangsu will force travelers who visited 24 key coronavirus-infected countries over the last two weeks to undergo 14 days of quarantine and observation in medical facilities, the local government said on Friday.
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Saudi Arabia suspended on Friday all domestic flights, buses, taxis and trains for 14 days starting Saturday, state news agency reported quoting a source in interior ministry.
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A restaurant is seen empty amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sao Paulo, Brazil March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Rahel Patrasso
Brazil late on Thursday announced it will bar citizens from certain countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak from entering the country, but exempted the United States, one of the countries with the highest number of cases.
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FILE PHOTO: A coronavirus patient arrives on a stretcher at the Columbus Covid Hospital, which has been assigned as one of the new coronavirus treatment hospitals in Rome, after being transferred by medical workers in protective white suits from the Gemelli Hospital, in Rome, Italy, March 16, 2020. Picture taken March 16, 2020. Policlinico Gemelli/Handout via REUTERS
The world's wealthiest nations poured unprecedented aid into the traumatized global economy on Thursday as coronavirus cases ballooned in the current epicentre Europe even as they waned at the pandemic's point of origin, China.
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India executed four men on Friday convicted for the gang rape and murder of a woman on a New Delhi bus in December 2012, in a case that shamed and outraged a nation with one of the world's worst records for crimes against women.
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FILE PHOTO: Resident doctors and medical students from All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) attend a candle-lit march to protest against the alleged rape and murder of a 27-year-old woman on the outskirts of Hyderabad, in New Delhi, India, December 3, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
India hanged four men on Friday who were convicted for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi in 2012, in a case that shocked the world and shamed the country over its appalling record for crimes against women.
The Honduran government said on Thursday the number of registered cases of coronavirus infection in the Central American country had risen to 24.
A man wearing a mask to prevent contracting the coronavirus waits for his flight next to an empty check in booth at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, March 19, 2020.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will hold a video conference on Friday to discuss cooperation on the coronavirus pandemic, Seoul's foreign ministry said, amid growing concerns about a global spread and imported cases.
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FILE PHOTO: Tables at an open restaurant are seen mostly deserted on a quiet morning at the waterfront of the Sydney Opera House, where scheduled public performances have been cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Australian banks said on Friday they will defer loan repayments for small businesses impacted by coronavirus for six months, as the government prepared to dramatically expand its stimulus package to shelter the economy from the impact of the pandemic.
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FILE PHOTO: A scientist at RNA medicines company Arcturus Therapeutics research a vaccine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at a laboratory in San Diego, California, U.S., March 17, 2020.    REUTERS/Bing Guan
The outbreak of disease caused by the new coronavirus has raised questions about a phenomenon known as "herd immunity" and whether it might play a role in how the pandemic progresses.
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New Zealand authorities increased financial aid for markets and bailed out the national airline on Friday, strengthening its efforts to prevent the economy from sinking into recession because of the coronavirus outbreak.
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A worker carries out the disinfection of a metro car, as part of Mexico City's government's measures in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mexico City, Mexico March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf
Mexican officials are dragging their feet on border closures and coronavirus containment measures, in what critics call a high risk strategy driven by bad memories of a shutdown a decade ago that deepened the country's recession during the swine flu epidemic.
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The number of registered coronavirus infections in Mexico rose on Thursday to 164 from 118 a day earlier, a senior health ministry official told a news conference.
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China's aviation regulator has asked airlines to cut international flights and ordered some Beijing ones to be rerouted, as the country grapples with a rising number of imported coronavirus cases, especially in the capital.
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A U.S. judge on Thursday ordered the release of Peru ex-president Alejandro Toledo on bail from a California jail, where he has been held pending extradition proceedings, citing insufficient safeguards to protect older inmates with a heightened risk of illness from the coronavirus outbreak, according to a court filing.
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European tourists with their luggage try to reach Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport to take an Eastern Airlines flight as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Guayaquil, Ecuador, March 19, 2020. Reuters/Santiago Arcos
The European Union on Thursday asked Ecuador to guarantee access to its airports to ensure it can airlift citizens out of the South American nation, following an unusual incident in which a city mayor sent trucks to block a runway.
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FILE PHOTO: A Haitian National Police (PNH) officer looks on as Haitians stand behind him in the in the border of Malpasse, Haiti, March 17, 2020. Haiti has suspended flights from Europe, Latin America and Canada and impose major restrictions on the border with the neighboring Dominican Republic to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
Haiti's government on Thursday declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, closing the borders of the Americas' poorest nation and imposing a curfew after authorities detected the first two cases of infection.
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Argentine citizens gesticulate as they are informed of the cancellation of their flights, within the El Dorado International Airport, hours before the four-day mandatory isolation decreed by the Mayor of Bogota, as preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Bogota, Colombia March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Leonardo Munoz
Colombia will block entry to everyone traveling from abroad from midnight on Monday in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus, President Ivan Duque said on Thursday.
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A member of the Argentine border police and a health worker take the temperature of a driver and his passenger, for precaution due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Buenos Aires, Argentina March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian
Argentina will begin a mandatory quarantine, President Alberto Fernandez announced on Thursday, the South American nation's latest measure to curb the spread of coronavirus.
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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wearing a protective face mask arrives to a press statement to announce federal judiciary measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brasilia, Brazil March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado
The coronavirus outbreak in Brazil is expected to peak in three or four months, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday, adding that the country should then return to normality in six to seven months' time.
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A general view of Ipanema beach during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
Confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil surged past 600 on Thursday, more than doubling in two days, as a diplomatic spat over the disease's origins between President Jair Bolsonaro's son and the Chinese ambassador threatened relations with Brazil's top trading partner.
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Many of Mexico's top banking and financial brass are under quarantine or having to work from home after having attended an annual industry bash at a Pacific getaway last week where at least one participant later tested positive for coronavirus.
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New Zealand on Friday confirmed 11 new cases of the COVID-19 disease, raising the total of cases to 39.


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