Sing away the blues: High school student entertains during Paris lockdown

Sing away the blues: High school student entertains during Paris lockdown

A high school student has been singing at her balcony with her guitar since the lockdown began in Paris, providing a brief respite from virus worries.
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Seniors get horse-drawn carriage food deliveries in Vienna neighbourhood

Seniors get horse-drawn carriage food deliveries in Vienna neighbourhood

The Intercontinental Hotel in Vienna has begun cooking between 200 and 300 free meals for senior citizens as Austria goes under COVID-19 lockdown. Volunteers deliver the meals - either by car, bicycle or even horse-drawn carriage.
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Costa Rican priest fills pews with photos of parishioners during the coronavirus outbreak

Costa Rican priest fills pews with photos of parishioners during the coronavirus outbreak

Instead of with his usual congregation, a priest in Costa Rica celebrates mass with photos of those who are respecting government advice to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, offering them the opportunity to live Easter 'spiritually'.
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Scene outside St Thomas' Hospital where Boris Johnson is in intensive care

Scene outside St Thomas' Hospital where Boris Johnson is in intensive care

Scene outside St Thomas' Hospital in London, where British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will spend another night in intensive care, as he battles the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus: in Paris, a high school student sings at her window at 8pm, accompanied by her guitar

Coronavirus: in Paris, a high school student sings at her window at 8pm, accompanied by her guitar

Every night since the start of the coronavirus lockdown in Paris, Lea, a 17-year-old high school student sings at her window, accompanied by a guitar and encouraged by her neighbours. Her performances begin just after the traditional 8pm applause ...
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Drive-through confessional in Poland during coronavirus outbreak

Drive-through confessional in Poland during coronavirus outbreak

Polish priests have set up drive-through confessionals in the church's parking lot, so that worshippers and clergy from Warsaw's Temple of Divine Providence can abide by social distancing rules.
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New COVID-19 test kit unveiled in Taiwan

New COVID-19 test kit unveiled in Taiwan

A Taiwanese-Danish joint venture company unveils a portable 12-minutes coronavirus testing kit in Taipei as countries worldwide race to test its citizens for infections.
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Don't politicise virus, WHO chief says after Trump criticism

Don't politicise virus, WHO chief says after Trump criticism

"Please don't politicise this virus," says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus following stinging criticism of the WHO from US President Donald Trump.
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Boston aquarium trainers care for seals as city under lockdown

Boston aquarium trainers care for seals as city under lockdown

With the city under lockdown, the seals of Boston's New England Aquarium get some quiet time away from the thousands of visitors that usually come to their tank every week. Trainers continue to clean and train the marine animals while the tourist ...
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Coronavirus: National Guard members at Javits Center field hospital

Coronavirus: National Guard members at Javits Center field hospital

Members of the National Guard are seen outside the Javits Center in New York, which is being used as a field hospital for coronavirus patients.
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From gin to gel: Belgian distillery battles virus

From gin to gel: Belgian distillery battles virus

The Waterloo distillery, Belgium's smallest distillery, stopped producing gin and whisky to produce 200 litres of pure alcohol per week destined for the production of hand-sanisiting gels to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
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British PM remains in intensive care but his condition is improving (Finance minister)

British PM remains in intensive care but his condition is improving (Finance minister)

British Finance minister Rishi Sunak says that the Prime minister Boris Johnson, hospitalised since Sunday with COVID-19, remains in intensive care where his condition is "improving". He also adds, during Downing Street daily press conference, tha...
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Coronavirus: NGO performs awareness play for displaced Syrian children

Coronavirus: NGO performs awareness play for displaced Syrian children

Syrian volunteers from the NGO 'Violet' perform in a play aimed to raise awareness about the dangers of the novel coronavirus pandemic for displaced children living in a camp in the Idlib province in northwestern Syria. Fears are high that the vir...
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Wuhan Police appeal to residents not to leave for non-essential travel as city lifts travel ban

Wuhan Police appeal to residents not to leave for non-essential travel as city lifts travel ban

Tens of thousands of people leave Wuhan after a 76-day travel ban was lifted on the Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged. Police meanwhile appeal to residents not to leave for non-essential travel.
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Coronavirus: Liberian president announces lockdown of capital state

Coronavirus: Liberian president announces lockdown of capital state

Liberian President George Weah announces a state of emergency and a lockdown of four states, including Montserrado, where the capital Monrovia is located, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus. New cases have been registered in the past d...
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Global trade will plunge by up to a third in 2020 amid pandemic: WTO

Global trade will plunge by up to a third in 2020 amid pandemic: WTO

Global trade growth is expected to plummet by up to a third in 2020 due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the World Trade Organization says. "If the pandemic is not brought under control then governments failing to coordinate policy responses, the ...
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Monkeys, dogs, cows reclaim India's streets amid virus lockdown

Monkeys, dogs, cows reclaim India's streets amid virus lockdown

Dozens of monkeys, dogs and cows roam the deserted streets of New Delhi, leading an animal offensive taking advantage of the country's coronavirus lockdown.
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Floridians line up at an unemployment centre as US jobless rate surges

Floridians line up at an unemployment centre as US jobless rate surges

Cars line up at an unemployment center in Hialeah, Florida, as the coronavirus craters the US economy. Weekly data shows an alarming 10 million people applied for unemployment benefits in the second half of March, as the pandemic slammed the US.
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Pandemic could provoke 'deepest economic recession... of our lifetimes': WTO chief

Pandemic could provoke 'deepest economic recession... of our lifetimes': WTO chief

The COVID-19 pandemic could provoke the deepest recession in living memory, World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo warns. "As we face what may well be the deepest economic recession or downturn of our lifetimes, we should aim to make the m...
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India's 'corona car' aims to accelerate awareness around the pandemic

India's 'corona car' aims to accelerate awareness around the pandemic

A man in Hyderabad has manufactured a single-seater vehicle that's shaped like a coronavirus to spread awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Coronavirus: Israel's Tel Aviv streets lie empty as Passover curfew begins

Coronavirus: Israel's Tel Aviv streets lie empty as Passover curfew begins

The streets of Tel Aviv lie empty as a full lockdown begins after Israel bans inter-city travel from Tuesday to Friday in order to forestall the spread of coronavirus during the Passover holidays. The COVID-19 disease has so far killed 57 people i...
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Coronavirus: Lombardy town divides shopping days by gender

Coronavirus: Lombardy town divides shopping days by gender

Residents of Canonica d'Adda in Bergamo react after the mayor decreed that men would shop on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while women would shop on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, effectively segregating shopping days by gender in ...
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Condom maker warns of global shortage because of virus

Condom maker warns of global shortage because of virus

The world may soon see a global shortage of condoms, one of the world's largest producers says, as businesses in Malaysia struggle to stay open and running amid a nationwide lockdown put in place to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
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Coronavirus: Joggers out early in Paris as daytime jogging ban begins

Coronavirus: Joggers out early in Paris as daytime jogging ban begins

A few joggers exercise on the Trocadero esplanade at dawn on the 23rd day of lockdown in France, just before the enforcement of a ban on individual outdoor sports between the hours of 10:00 am and 07:00 pm. in Paris.
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Coronavirus: acting British PM Dominic Raab and key health officials arrive at Downing Street

Coronavirus: acting British PM Dominic Raab and key health officials arrive at Downing Street

Acting British Prime Minister Dominic Raab and key health officials Matt Hancock and Chris Whitty arrive at 10 Downing Street, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care for a third day with COVID-19.
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Coronavirus: Deserted streets of Edinburgh as UK battles outbreak

Coronavirus: Deserted streets of Edinburgh as UK battles outbreak

Images of Edinburgh as the Scottish capital is on lockdown in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Britain currently has 55,000 positive cases of COVID-19 and has seen nearly 6,200 deaths as a result of the virus.
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Coronavirus: St Thomas' Hospital where UK PM Johnson begins third day in ICU

Coronavirus: St Thomas' Hospital where UK PM Johnson begins third day in ICU

Images show the scene outside St Thomas' Hospital in London where British Prime minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care. Johnson began a third day in intensive care battling the coronavirus, which has struck at the heart of the British governm...
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"Super Pink Moon" seen from Bosnia

"Super Pink Moon" seen from Bosnia

The "Super Pink Moon" seen from Donja Jablanica, in Bosnia, as the astronomical phenomenon sees the Moon reach its closest point to the Earth in 2020 (at 356,907 km).
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Japan women fight for a place at the table as sushi chefs

Japan women fight for a place at the table as sushi chefs

Japan's sushi industry is dominated by men -- but a growing number of women in the country are training and working as sushi chefs in some of the most revered restaurants and institutions. Here are three women trying to carve a space for themselve...
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India gets first drive-through coronavirus tests

India gets first drive-through coronavirus tests

India's first drive-through testing centre has opened in New Delhi, requiring a doctor's prescription and costing roughly $60. India has so far recorded over 5,000 coronavirus cases, but since it has so far carried out little testing among the 1.3...
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Coronavirus: Myanmar military helps disinfect Yangon’s streets

Coronavirus: Myanmar military helps disinfect Yangon’s streets

Myanmar's military has joined coronavirus relief efforts by disinfecting streets in Yangon. The southeast Asian country has reported just a handful of cases of COVID-19, but experts say the real figure may be many times higher.
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Sound of music: Mariachi band performs outside Mexican hospital

Sound of music: Mariachi band performs outside Mexican hospital

A mariachi band plays a "health serenade" outside Mexico's National Institute for Respiratory Illnesses to cheer up COVID-19 patients and pay homage to healthcare professionals.
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Twitter's Jack Dorsey offers $1bn for COVID-19 relief effort

Twitter's Jack Dorsey offers $1bn for COVID-19 relief effort

Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey said Tuesday he would transfer his equity in his digital payments group Square to his limited liability corporation Start Small, contributing around 28 percent of his overall wealth. of Twitter f...
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Virus pandemic deals heavy blow to Egypt's working poor

Virus pandemic deals heavy blow to Egypt's working poor

In Cairo, day labourers line up for food parcels after losing their main source of income, as Egyptian authorities enforce a nationwide curfew to tackle the coronavirus. The country has recorded nearly 1500 cases so far.
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Wuhan Tianhe Airport as lockdown is lifted

Wuhan Tianhe Airport as lockdown is lifted

Passengers arrive and check in for flights at Wuhan Tianhe Airport as China lifts a travel ban on residents of the central city, where the coronavirus pandemic began last year.
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Coronavirus: Drivers at Wuhan road checkpoint as authorities lift exit ban

Coronavirus: Drivers at Wuhan road checkpoint as authorities lift exit ban

People in cars pass through a road checkpoint in Wuhan as Chinese authorities lift a more than two-month ban on travel from the city in Hubei Province.
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Coronavirus: Wuhan residents at train station as city exit ban lifted

Coronavirus: Wuhan residents at train station as city exit ban lifted

Travellers board a train departing from Wuhan Railway Station as Chinese authorities lift a more than two-month ban on travel from the city in Hubei Province.
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Coronavirus: Trump threatens putting 'hold' on funding to World Health Organization

Coronavirus: Trump threatens putting 'hold' on funding to World Health Organization

US President Donald Trump threatens to put a "hold" on funds to the World Health Organization, accusing it of bias toward China and performing badly in the coronavirus pandemic. "We're going to put a very powerful hold on it and we're going to see...
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French actors read children stories online during COVID-19 confinement

French actors read children stories online during COVID-19 confinement

Every afternoon for 45 minutes, dozens of children in France aged 5 to 12 turn on their computers to listen to professional actors read them stories online. French children read them
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Wuhan residents relieved but cautious day before travel curbs lifted

Wuhan residents relieved but cautious day before travel curbs lifted

Residents say they are relived but still cautious a day before the government plans to lift travel curbs from the contagion's epicentre of Wuhan. Authorities have warned though that various restrictions on movement would remain to guard against ...
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Texas police check cars at border with Louisiana amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

Texas police check cars at border with Louisiana amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

Texas state troopers check cars crossing over from Louisiana in a move to further cut off travel from a neighboring state that has been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus. Those entering Texas via road from Louisiana are subject to 14 days o...
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Wisconsin holds primary vote despite coronavirus crisis

Wisconsin holds primary vote despite coronavirus crisis

Wisconsin controversially holds its presidential primary as planned despite a state-wide stay-at-home order and concern that the election could expose thousands of voters and poll workers to the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus: France deaths now exceed 10,000

Coronavirus: France deaths now exceed 10,000

France has crossed the threshold of 10,000 deaths due to the coronavirus, with 7,091 recorded in hospital and 3,237 in old age homes. ANIMATED VIDEO
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Messages of support for COVID-19 stricken Boris Johnson displayed on LED screen outside London hospi

Messages of support for COVID-19 stricken Boris Johnson displayed on LED screen outside London hospi

A truck stationed outside London's St Thomas' Hospital displays messages of support for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Messages on its LED screen call on people to clap for him as he battles to make a recovery from COVID-19.
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Coronavirus: New York City cathedral to become field hospital

Coronavirus: New York City cathedral to become field hospital

Images show the exterior of New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which is adding nearly 400 beds to the nave of the church for patients from Mt. Sinai Hospital a couple of blocks away.
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Coronavirus: field hospital opens in convention centre in New Orleans

Coronavirus: field hospital opens in convention centre in New Orleans

A field hospital opens at a convention centre in New Orleans to relieve pressure on surrounding hospitals.
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Acting UK PM: Boris Johnson 'breathing without any assistance'

Acting UK PM: Boris Johnson 'breathing without any assistance'

Dominic Raab, the British Foreign Secretary who has been delegated to act as acting Prime Minister by Boris Johnson while he is treated in intensive care for coronavirus, says Johnson 'remained stable overnight' and is 'breathing without any assis...
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Coronavirus: thousands flock to leave Wuhan as outbound travel ban ends

Coronavirus: thousands flock to leave Wuhan as outbound travel ban ends

Thousands of travellers flock to catch trains leaving Wuhan, minutes before authorities lift a ban on outbound travel from the hard-hit city where the coronavirus pandemic first emerged. The lockdown had been in place since January 23.
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