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Huge virus recovery bill clears US House, fate uncertain in Senate

Washington, United States | AFP |  House Democrats on Friday narrowly pushed through the largest-ever US economic rescue package, but the coronavirus measure faces headwinds in the White House and Senate where Republicans bemoan its $3 trillion price tag. The Heroes Act, which passed largely along party lines, provides some $1 …

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Player divide threatens Premier League’s restart plan

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  The Premier League’s bid to restart the season in June is in danger of being derailed by a heated debate between players about the risks of playing amid the coronavirus crisis. While Premier League chiefs believe completing the campaign is essential to safeguard the financial …

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Kane wants assurances before Premier League returns

London, United Kingdom | AFP | England captain Harry Kane says players are waiting for safety guidance from the Premier League after the government said it was “opening the door” for the return of football next month. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said Thursday’s meeting with the Football Association, Premier League and English Football League had …

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Vaccine hopes and economic woes as virus spreads

Vienna, Austria | AFP | President Donald Trump voiced hope Friday that a coronavirus vaccine will be available by late 2020, cushioning dire US economic news as parts of Europe re-open despite fears of a second wave of the pandemic. Several nations have eased restrictions to stem the economic damage from …

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Virus could cause 28 mn cancelled surgeries globally: study

Paris, France | AFP | Some 28.4 million planned surgeries could be cancelled or postponed globally due to the new coronavirus pandemic, according to new research warning that huge backlogs risk “potentially devastating” consequences for patients and health systems. The study, published this week in the British Journal of Surgery, modelled …

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Lockdown takes toll on seasonal grasshopper business in Masaka

Masaka, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Ongoing restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus disease are hitting the seasonal grasshopper business hard. The period between April and June is usually received with excitement in the areas of Masaka as hundreds of residents set traps for the grasshoppers in anticipation of substantial …

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Truckers waste disposal habits worry Acholi leaders

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Acholi regional coronavirus task force is bothered by the uncontrolled disposal of waste by truck drivers along major highways saying it could spread the coronavirus disease to communities. The task force members say much as efforts are being made to restrict the movement …

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African e-commerce firms get coronavirus boost

Dakar, Senegal | AFP |  Seydou Sall sprays antiseptic on bags of food freshly deposited by an e-commerce firm at his home in an upmarket quarter of Senegal’s capital Dakar. In a pattern repeated across the continent, the researcher has turned to online deliveries to get basics such as sugar, milk …

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