New York state virus toll spikes by record 630 deaths in a day: Governor

New York state virus toll spikes by record 630 deaths in a day: Governor

New York state's coronavirus toll rose at a devastating pace to 3,565 deaths Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo says, up from 2,935 the previous day, the largest 24-hour jump recorded there.
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Coronavirus: Ship with two dead passengers aboard docks in Miami

Coronavirus: Ship with two dead passengers aboard docks in Miami

The Coral Princess cruise ship, which is transporting two people who died of COVID-19 and other passengers infected with the coronavirus, docks in the port of Miami, Florida.
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Coronavirus: French hydro-alcoholic gel supplier boosts production

Coronavirus: French hydro-alcoholic gel supplier boosts production

In response to a hydro-alcoholic gel shortage, leading supplier Cooper group has boosted production ninefold. The French laboratory received a donation of 70,000 litres of alcohol from spirits giant Pernod-Ricard.
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Police block streets of French town after knife attack

Police block streets of French town after knife attack

Police block streets in the centre of Romans-sur-Isère, after a man killed two people and wounded seven others in a knife attack, in the midst of confinement linked to the Covid-19 epidemic.
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Coronavirus: Paris's Place de la Concorde empty on 19th day of confinement

Coronavirus: Paris's Place de la Concorde empty on 19th day of confinement

On the 19th day of confinement in France to stem the coronavirus pandemic, a few passers-by walk along the Place de la Concorde in Paris, usually crowded with tourists and cars.
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Coronavirus: Indian manufacturers ramp up domestic PPE production

Coronavirus: Indian manufacturers ramp up domestic PPE production

With the rising demand of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers in India, a factory in Ahmedabad is ramping up production. Many healthcare workers in the country have reported a lack of adequate PPE, as the nation grapples with th...
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Coronavirus: people queue outside bank in Argentina to receive payment

Coronavirus: people queue outside bank in Argentina to receive payment

Pensioners and social security beneficiaries queue in front of a bank in José C. Paz, in Argentina, to receive a payment promised by the Argentinian government. Latin America is heading into "a deep recession" in 2020, with an expected drop in th...
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Coronavirus: Bavarian pastor holds YouTube mass for confined congregation

Coronavirus: Bavarian pastor holds YouTube mass for confined congregation

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bavarian Pastor Hannes Schott can no longer welcome his congregation for mass in his church in Bayreuth. But he has found a solution: a weekly recorded mass, broadcast to his congregation via YouTube. Bavaria, ...
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Robots assist hospital staff on Italy's coronavirus frontline

Robots assist hospital staff on Italy's coronavirus frontline

At the Circolo Hospital of Varese in Lombardy, Italy, robots are replacing doctors and nurses for some duties in the fight against the coronavirus. They enable remote monitoring thanks to their cameras, which means that medical staff do not have t...
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Coronavirus: Three-minutes of silence by Tiananmen Square

Coronavirus: Three-minutes of silence by Tiananmen Square

People gather by Tiananmen Square in Beijing to stand still and observe a nationwide three minutes of silence for coronavirus victims and 'martyrs'. At 10am (0200GMT), sirens and horns sounded in front of the square in memory of the more than 3,00...
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Coronavirus: Three-minutes of mourning at Wuhan railway station

Coronavirus: Three-minutes of mourning at Wuhan railway station

Security guards and passengers outside of the Wuhan Hankou Railway Station stand still and bow their heads for three minutes of silence for coronavirus victims and 'martyrs' in a nationwide mourning in China. At 10am (0200 GMT), citizens paused, c...
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Japan telework orchestra strikes a chord in coronavirus gloom

Japan telework orchestra strikes a chord in coronavirus gloom

The teleworking members of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra appear in tiny blocks on screen, recording their parts separately before technology brings them together in joyous harmony.
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Trump says govt recommends Americans wear masks outside

Trump says govt recommends Americans wear masks outside

US President Donald Trump announces new government recommendations for all Americans to wear masks when they go outside to help deter spread of the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus: Is chloroquine Africa's wonder drug?

Coronavirus: Is chloroquine Africa's wonder drug?

A humble anti-malarial pill may be the answer to COVID-19. Despite caution over its effectiveness African countries hope it will stem the disease's spread. Health systems are unprepared to handle the pandemic, with too few ventilators to treat pa...
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Medicalised train evacuates 24 COVID-19 patients from eastern France

Medicalised train evacuates 24 COVID-19 patients from eastern France

On the platforms of Strasbourg station, 24 coronavirus patients from the region's hospitals are installed in a medicalised TGV train bound for New Aquitaine.
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Coronavirus: France deaths reach 6,507

Coronavirus: France deaths reach 6,507

An animated graphics shows the rise in France's coronavirus deaths, which left 6,507 people dead in France. Among those, a total of 1,416 people had died in old people's homes, according to the last official toll.
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Albanian anchovy sales boom as lockdowns promote tinned food

Albanian anchovy sales boom as lockdowns promote tinned food

Businesses worldwide have gone dark under coronavirus shutdowns, but in Albania, the anchovy trade is booming as demand for the tinned delicacy surges among European households.
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Australians rally to help healthcare workers amid pandemic

Australians rally to help healthcare workers amid pandemic

Australian community groups use social media to help medical workers and those in isolation amid the new coronavirus outbreak across the country, packing meals and offering support networks in Melbourne.
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Nigeria's displaced camps set up hygiene stations

Nigeria's displaced camps set up hygiene stations

Around the Nigerian capital of Maiduguri, hundreds of thousands of displaced people are crammed into government-controlled camps or huddled in makeshift shelters at unofficial locations. A few hygiene facilities have been put in place at camps' en...
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Coronavirus: Muslim family prays at home after mosques close in Gaza

Coronavirus: Muslim family prays at home after mosques close in Gaza

The Shtaiwi family holds Friday prayers at home, with the family's women, and men, young and old worshipping together after the Gaza Strip authorities closed all mosques in the Palestinian enclave as a measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19...
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Nurses in NYC protest against poor working conditions amid COVID-19 outbreak

Nurses in NYC protest against poor working conditions amid COVID-19 outbreak

Nurses and healthcare workers gather in front of the Moses campus at the Montefiore Medical Center to protest at their working conditions and the lack of Personal Protective Equipment as the Covid-19 crisis worsens in New York City.
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South African homeless speak about life in the time of coronavirus

South African homeless speak about life in the time of coronavirus

As the coronavirus continues to spread, South Africa's homeless are classed as one of the country's most vulnerable groups. South Africa has been under a nationwide lockdown for a week, and temporary shelters are filling to capacity as the governm...
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Parisians take to their balconies for quizzes to pass the time under confinement

Parisians take to their balconies for quizzes to pass the time under confinement

Parisians come to their windows and balconies for quizzes between neighbours to pass the time under lockdown and keep spirits up.
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Coronavirus: Macron gives update on French expatriation of nationals

Coronavirus: Macron gives update on French expatriation of nationals

French president Emmanuel Macron gives an update on the French repatriation operations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' crisis centre. The Head of State is accompanied by the Head of Diplomacy Jean-Yves Le Drian and Secretary of State Jean-Bapt...
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Coronavirus: French market hall turned into funeral home to store coffins

Coronavirus: French market hall turned into funeral home to store coffins

A market hall at Rungis, in the Val de Marne, has been transformed into a funeral home to house the coffins of coronavirus victims, as funeral parlours are saturated in the Ile-de-France region.
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Coronavirus: Police man checkpoint at Belgium-Netherlands border

Coronavirus: Police man checkpoint at Belgium-Netherlands border

Police man a check point between the Belgian town of Meer and the Dutch city of Breda as authorities try to halt the spread of coronavirus.
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Customers desert South Korea's animal cafes over virus fears

Customers desert South Korea's animal cafes over virus fears

Along with coffee, South Korea's animal cafes offer the chance to cuddle companion creatures like dogs or cats for customers who cannot keep one themselves. But business has been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak, with South Koreans staying a...
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Then and now: Wuhan's cautious reawakening

Then and now: Wuhan's cautious reawakening

The Chinese ground-zero city of Wuhan is cautiously reopening as new coronavirus cases decrease. AFP was in the virus-stricken city on the day that the lockdown started, January 23, and now provides a comparative look after more than two months of...
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Coronavirus: police checks at Paris exit points to dissuade rogue holidaymakers

Coronavirus: police checks at Paris exit points to dissuade rogue holidaymakers

Law enforcement officials set up controls at strategic exit points around Paris in a bid to catch anyone defying government restrictions on travel on what is the 18th day of a national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. Under normal circu...
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New London field hospital for coronavirus set to receive first patients

New London field hospital for coronavirus set to receive first patients

The new London field hospital for coronavirus, set up at the Excel London exhibition centre, is ready to receive its first patients. The Excel centre has been converted into the NHS Nightingale hospital to provide an extra 4000 beds.
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Venezuelans leave homes to work, despite coronavirus lockdown

Venezuelans leave homes to work, despite coronavirus lockdown

Residents in a rundown neighbourhood of Venezuela’s capital say they have little choice but to go out into the streets despite a lockdown imposed more than two weeks ago to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The country’s economy was ravaged long ...
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Coronavirus: France sends over one million masks to West Indies on navy ship

Coronavirus: France sends over one million masks to West Indies on navy ship

French helicopter carrier Dixmude leaves Toulon for the West Indies with more than a million masks on board, as part of the "Resilience" operation,set in motion by President Emmanuel Macron to fight against the coronavirus epidemic.
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Angry Wuhan man seeks answers over father's death from virus

Angry Wuhan man seeks answers over father's death from virus

Zhang took his elderly father to a Wuhan hospital for a surgical procedure in January, just as coronavirus was consuming the central Chinese city. Within days, his father was dead of the contagion. Devastated and angry, Zhang is now demanding answ...
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Coronavirus: Downtown Mexico City empty in lockdown

Coronavirus: Downtown Mexico City empty in lockdown

Authorities block access to certain parts of downtown Mexico City, leaving once-busy streets near empty, as they try to control further spread of the coronavirus.
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Empire State building lights up red in honor of medical workers

Empire State building lights up red in honor of medical workers

The Empire State building lights up in New York and mimics a heartbeat in honor of medical workers fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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Virus-hit cruise ship Rotterdam arrives in Florida port

Virus-hit cruise ship Rotterdam arrives in Florida port

The cruise ship Rotterdam arrives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, passing the Zaandam as it docks in Port Everglades. The two ships had been stranded at sea for a few days after authorities in several South American countries refused them port access...
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Trump announces he tested negative on new coronavirus test

Trump announces he tested negative on new coronavirus test

US President Donald Trump announces he tested negative on his second coronavirus test, during a daily coronavirus briefing at the White House. "I think I took it really out of curiosity to see how quickly it worked," he says.
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Coronavirus: sceptical of COVID-19, Buenos Aires homeless fear hunger

Coronavirus: sceptical of COVID-19, Buenos Aires homeless fear hunger

Faced with empty streets and no people to ask for charity from, for some of the homeless in Buenos Aires, the coronavirus isn't the enemy, rather the all too well-known feeling of an empty stomach.
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Londoners clap from balconies for NHS in Stratford

Londoners clap from balconies for NHS in Stratford

Londoners clap in support of the British National Health Service as the country continues its fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus that has killed a record 569 in the last 24 hours.
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Virus-hit cruise ship Zaandam arrives in Florida port

Virus-hit cruise ship Zaandam arrives in Florida port

The cruise ship Zaandam, which has dozens of ill passengers on board and was not allowed to dock in several South American countries, arrives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Four people have died on the Zaandam, for reasons not yet disclosed.
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Images of almost empty Hollywood Boulevard as residents remain on lockdown

Images of almost empty Hollywood Boulevard as residents remain on lockdown

Images of a mostly empty Hollywood Boulevard, except for few cars and buses, in Los Angeles, as people across the state of California remain on lockdown and the city battles to handle a rising number of coronavirus cases.
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Colombian company swaps cosmetics for anti-bacterial gels amid pandemic

Colombian company swaps cosmetics for anti-bacterial gels amid pandemic

In the Colombian city of Cali, a cosmetic company modifies its production to face the COVID-19 outbreak and swaps to antibacterial soaps and gels for hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies.
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Coronavirus cases top 1 million worldwide: AFP tally

Coronavirus cases top 1 million worldwide: AFP tally

An animated graph shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reaching 1,000,036 globally. ANIMATED GRAPH
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Doha pharmacy offers drive-thru services amid pandemic

Doha pharmacy offers drive-thru services amid pandemic

Qatar residents collect their prescriptions at a drive-thru pharmacy service offered at Doha's Sidra hospital, a women's and pediatrics hospital, as part of preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Gulf country.
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Coronavirus: 200,000 tests per day possible 'in future' says German manufacturer

Coronavirus: 200,000 tests per day possible 'in future' says German manufacturer

As Germany looks to pick up the pace of testing for COVID-19, the interior ministry's target of carrying out 200,000 tests per day should be possible 'in the future', says Christian Dreher, head of test manufacturer R-Biopharm. But Dreher also hig...
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Coronavirus: Bronx nurses protest working conditions in New York

Coronavirus: Bronx nurses protest working conditions in New York

Nurses from the Bronx, including one who tested positive to COVID-19 a few days ago, hold a protest in the borough of Queens in New York, to denounce their working conditions. "The government has abandoned us. Our hospitals have abandoned us," say...
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Coronavirus: Swiss artist illuminates Matterhorn with messages of hope

Coronavirus: Swiss artist illuminates Matterhorn with messages of hope

Visual artist Gerry Hofstetter projects messages on the Matterhorn, Switzerland's iconic mountain, to support people confronted with the coronavirus. The messages include 'hope', 'stay home' and 'solidarity'.
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US stocks open lower after massive jump in jobless claims

US stocks open lower after massive jump in jobless claims

Wall Street stocks slip lower in volatile trading, absorbing another eye-popping unemployment figure due to the government-ordered shutdown of businesses to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
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