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Pandemic: Less air pollution means thousands fewer die

Paris, France | AFP | There will be 11,000 fewer deaths in European countries under coronavirus lockdown due to a sharp drop in fossil fuel pollution during April, according to research released Thursday. Measures to halt the spread of coronavirus have slowed the region’s economies to a crawl, with coal-generated power …

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Eyes on ECB for bigger virus-fighting moves

Frankfurt am Main, Germany | AFP |  The European Central Bank could reiterate Thursday its power to do more still to cushion the eurozone economy from the impact of the novel coronavirus, analysts said, while maintaining pressure on governments to agree a joint response. ECB chief Christine Lagarde last week warned …

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Tunisia medics spending Ramadan in isolation

Tunis, Tunisia | AFP |  Amira Jamoussi, a doctor on the front line fighting the novel coronavirus in a hospital in Tunisia, is spending the Muslim holy month of Ramadan away from her family. “It’s been five weeks since I’ve held my children in my arms,” Jamoussi said, before putting on …

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Uganda’s COVID-19 cases rise to 81

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Two contacts of an earlier confirmed case of a Burundian refugee tested positive to coronavirus disease on Monday bringing Uganda’s total cases to 81.  According to the Ministry of Health, the 24-year-old male Ugandan and 21-year-old Burundian National are under isolation at Rakai Hospital. They …

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Wary Russian doctors count their own dead from virus

Moscow, Russia | AFP | When Russian cardiologist Alexei Erlikh and several colleagues started a project to keep track of medics who had died from the coronavirus, he never expected there would be so many names. Launched last week, the database already lists more than 70 dead doctors, nurses and lab …

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