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Coronavirus cases worldwide cross 6 million

(World) – On Saturday, coronavirus case numbers around the globe surpassed 6 million. Latin America has reported 50,000 deaths from COVID-19. Brazil, Chile and Mexico are struggling to curb the coronavirus spread. COVID-19 claimed more than 367,000 lives globally, though the true number is believed to be higher amid limited testing and many countries do […]
UK

Eustice: Britain might need to begin tapering furlough scheme

LONDON (UK) – Britain’s COVID-19 jobs protection scheme’s indefinite running will not work and it should be tapered down as people slowly head back to work, according to British environment minister George Eustice. “The furlough scheme has been incredibly important in terms of keeping people on standby and ready to return to work. Clearly as […]
World

Usually laid-back Uruguay curbs COVID-19

MONTEVIDEO (World) – Leonardo Silveira, a bookstore owner in Montevideo, is hopeful about the future as Uruguay begins a gradual reopening. The small country has kept rates of COVID-19 at one of the lowest levels in Latin America, even as the region becomes a coronavirus epicenter. The South American nation of 3.5 million people, known […]
Business

AbCellera raises $105 million for COVID-19 treatment

(Business) – Canadian drug discovery technology company AbCellera, which analyzes and identifies antibodies for pharmaceutical companies working on a coronavirus treatment and other medicines, said on Wednesday it had raised $105 million in funds. AbCellera has been working with pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Co which is developing a coronavirus drug based on
Europe

Hydroxychloroquine use banned to treat COVID-19 by France

PARIS (Europe) – The French government on Wednesday cancelled a decree allowing hospital doctors to administer hydroxychloroquine as a treatment to patients suffering severe forms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. The announcement comes two days after the World Health Organization said it was pausing a large trial of the malaria drug […]