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Japan set to announce coronavirus emergency, finalise near $1 trillion stimulus (Tue, 07 Apr 2020)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to announce a state of emergency on Tuesday for the capital Tokyo and six other prefectures to stem a worrying rise in coronavirus infections in major population centres.
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Factbox: Japan's stimulus plan to combat coronavirus pain (Tue, 07 Apr 2020)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to roll out an unprecedented stimulus package, equal to 20% the size of the economy, vowing to take "all steps" to battle the deepening fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Mainland China posts drop in new imported coronavirus cases (Tue, 07 Apr 2020)
Mainland China reported on Tuesday a decline in imported coronavirus cases, after closing its borders to virtually all foreigners, while increasing vigilance on infected people who show no symptoms but can still pass on the virus.
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The Guardian

UK coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson 'not on a ventilator' says Michael Gove (Tue, 07 Apr 2020)
Follow the latest developments as we wait for updates on the condition of the prime minister after his coronavirus symptoms worsened Latest news: Boris Johnson admitted to intensive care Global live blog: deaths approach 75,000 Coronavirus latest: at a glance See all of our coronavirus coverage 9.25am BST General Sir Nick Carter, chief of the defence staff, insisted there was a clear chain of command for the armed forces while the prime minister remains in intensive care. He told Today: It’s very clear I think. We work straight through to the prime minister but of course there’s the National Security Council (NSC) that’s wrapped around him and formed of many of the cabinet ministers and supported by the national security adviser. I think on that basis we’re pretty confident it’s business as usual as far as the operations are concerned. 9.22am BST Lord Heseltine, who served as deputy prime minister under John Major, has joined calls for great clarity about Raab’s role. Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Heseltine said there “isn’t a clarity” about what Raab can do as deputy, noting: I was deputy prime minister but I was never prime minister, if you know what I mean. In other words, John Major was always in good health and in touch so the questions never really arose. Continue reading...
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Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson in intensive care as global deaths approach 75,000 (Tue, 07 Apr 2020)
UK foreign secretary to lead country; China reports no deaths from Covid-19; Japan expected to declare a state of emergency UK live blog: PM spends night in intensive care Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after his condition worsens Global leaders send messages of support to Boris Johnson At a glance - latest developments See all of our coronavirus coverage 9.50am BST Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency to fight new coronavirus infections in major population centres. He also unveiled a stimulus package he described as among the world’s biggest to soften the economic blow. Abe announced the state of emergency targeting the capital Tokyo and six other prefectures – accounting for about 44% of Japan’s population – for a period of about one month. 9.44am BST It is too early to talk about an easing of new cases of coronavirus in Germany, the head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases has said. “We need to wait a few days to see if there is a trend in the reports,” Lothar Wieler, president of the RKI, told reporters. The RKI said earlier on Tuesday that Germany’s confirmed coronavirus infections rose by 3,834 in the past 24 hours to 99,225 on Tuesday, rising again after four consecutive days of drops. Continue reading...
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Senior heart surgeon at Cardiff hospital dies from coronavirus (Tue, 07 Apr 2020)
Jitendra Rathod, 58, thought to be first health worker in Wales to die after Covid-19 diagnosis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage An experienced and hugely admired heart surgeon has died in an intensive care unit in Wales after testing positive for Covid-19. Jitendra Rathod, 58, and a father of two died at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on Monday. Continue reading...
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