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UN chief: COVID-19 is worst crisis since World War II

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the world faces most challenging crisis since World War II, confronting a pandemic threatening people in every country, one that will bring recession 'that probably has no parallel in the recent past. There is also a risk that the combination of the disease and its economic impact will contribute to "enhanced instability, enhanced unrest, and enhanced conflict," the UN chief said at the launch of a report on the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Guterres called for a much stronger and more effective global response to the Coronavirus pandemic and to the social and economic devastation that COVID-19 is causing. "We are facing a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations, one that is killing people, spreading human suffering, and upending people's lives," the report said. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General The secretary-general told reporters: "The magnitude of the response must m..
                 

US COVID-19 deaths go past 4,000-mark

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The total US death toll from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic topped 4,000 early Wednesday, more than double the number from three days earlier, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The number of deaths was 4,076 — more than twice the 2,010 recorded late Saturday. More than 40 per cent of recorded deaths nationally were in New York state, the Johns Hopkins data showed. The US also exceeded the number of deaths in China, where the pandemic emerged in December. The number of confirmed US cases has reached 1,89,510, the most in the world, though Italy and Spain have recorded more fatalities. After initially downplaying the COVID-19 threat in the early stages of the US outbreak, President Trump warned of 'a very, very painful two weeks' to come for the country on Tuesday. US headed for 'tough, painful' two weeks: Trump The US is headed for a 'tough two weeks,' President Donald Trump warned, advising people to be prepared for the 'hard days' ahead, as the country figh..
                 

US nears China's virus death toll as New York calls for help

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The mounting death toll from the virus outbreak in the United States had it poised on Tuesday to overtake China's grim toll of 3,300 deaths, with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo saying up to 1 million more healthcare workers were needed. "Please come help us," he urged. Hard-hit Italy and Spain have already overtaken China and now account for more than half of the nearly 38,000 COVID-19 deaths worldwide, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. In New York City, Cuomo and health officials warned that the crisis unfolding there is just a preview of what other US communities could soon face. New York State's death toll climbed by more than 250 people in a day Monday to more than 1,200, most of them in the city. "We've lost over one thousand New Yorkers," Cuomo said. "To me, we're beyond staggering already." Even before the governor's appeal, close to 80,000 former nurses, doctors and other professionals were stepping up to volunteer, and a Navy hospital ship had arrived wi..
                 

Beast friends forever

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It's not just people who have caught the cabin fever. With the coronavirus pandemic compelling everyone to stay indoors, animals are feeling lonely, too. A zoo in Missouri, the Dickerson Park Zoo, posted the following message on its Facebook page this week: "Do you have a favourite animal at the zoo? Here's an at-home idea for kids of all ages." Pics\Facebook The zoo urged its little visitors to reach out to its animals by penning letters dedicated to them. "Maybe share what you're learning from home or what you have learned about a particular animal or country. Let's stay together while apart," added the zoo, in a move that is sure to promote animal welfare while keeping the stir-crazy young ones at home busy. Joey Powell, the marketing director of the zoo, says they have been receiving letters by the dozen. A child named Laney was the first to write a fan mail to her favourite animal, the golden lion tamarin—monkeys that get their name because of their impressive manes resembl..
                 

'Sorry, some will die. That's life,' says Brazil president on coronavirus deaths

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday cast doubt on Sao Paulo's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak and accused the state governor of manipulating the numbers for political ends, without giving evidence for his claims. Bolsonaro's accusations were the latest broadside in an ugly battle with Brazil's governors, who have chafed at the president's view that protecting the economy takes priority over social distancing measures to combat the spread of the highly contagious virus. Following the advice of public health experts, the vast majority of the country's 26 governors have banned non-essential commercial activities and public services to contain the outbreak in their states. "I'm sorry, some people will die, they will die, that's life," Bolsonaro said in a television interview on Friday night. "You can't stop a car factory because of traffic deaths." Joao Doria and Jair Bolsonaro Bolsonaro said that in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil's economic powerhouse, the death toll seem..