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Haiti reports its first coronavirus death

Port-au-prince - Haiti on Sunday reported its first novel coronavirus death, a 55-year-old man who had underlying health conditions.The health ministry said the man suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

Italy's intensive care virus cases drop for first time

Rome - Italy saw its first drop Saturday in the number of patients intensive care treatment for the coronavirus that had stretched the Mediterranean country's world-class healthcare system to breaking point.

Spain to extend lockdown, as deaths down for second day

Madrid - Spain's prime minister announced Saturday an extension of the country's lockdown to combat the coronavirus, saying the measures are "bearing fruit" as the number of deaths fell for a second day in a row.

Italy sees signs of hope despite 766 new virus deaths

Rome - Italy saw more evidence Friday that it might have made it through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic despite the world-leading death toll growing by 766 to 14,681.

Iran reports 141 new virus deaths, raising total to 2,898

Tehran - Iran said Tuesday 141 more people have died from the novel coronavirus, raising the official toll in one of the world's worst-affected countries to 2,898.

UK coronavirus deaths surge past 1,000

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Saturday the coronavirus outbreak will get worse before it gets better, as the number of deaths in Britain rose 260 in one day to over 1,000.

Iran coronavirus death toll tops 2,500: ministry

Tehran - Iran announced Saturday that 139 more people had died from the novel coronavirus, raising the official death toll to 2,517 in one of the world's worst-affected countries.

US confirmed coronavirus cases cross 100,000: tracker

Washington - The United States now has more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University showed Friday.There have been 100,717 cases including 1,544 deaths as of 6:00 pm Eastern time (2200 GMT).

16-year-old among virus dead in France's highest daily toll

Paris - The mother of France's youngest coronavirus victim has spoken of the "unbearable" loss of her 16-year-old daughter, as the country reported its highest daily toll from the pandemic.

China's imported cases rise as foreigners banned and flights cut

Bejing - China reported more than 50 imported cases of the coronavirus on Friday, hours after announcing a ban on foreigners entering the country.

More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: tracker

Washington - The number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus rose to 1,031 in the United States on Wednesday, with 68,572 confirmed cases nationwide, a tracker run by the Johns Hopkins University showed.The tracker had showed 827 just a few hours earlier.

Iran rejects help from 'foreign forces' as virus deaths near 2,000

Tehran - A senior Iranian official Tuesday ruled out help from "foreign forces" to deal with the coronavirus epidemic after an offer from a France-based medical charity, as the country's death toll from the illness neared 2,000.

Back to work in China virus epicentre as restrictions eased

Bejing - People in central China where the coronavirus was first detected are allowed to go back to work and public transport is restarting, as some normality slowly returns after a two-month lockdown.

Italy shuts factories as daily toll nears 800

Rome - Italy on Saturday shut all non-essential factories after recording another record coronavirus toll that brought its fatalities to 4,825 -- over a third of the world's total and a grim reminder that the pandemic remains out of control.

China reports zero new domestic virus cases for first time

Bejing - China on Thursday marked a major milestone in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic as it recorded zero domestic infections for the first time since the outbreak emerged, but a spike in imported cases threatened its progress.

China reports just one new domestic virus case, 20 more imported

Bejing - China reported on Tuesday just one new domestic coronavirus infection but found 20 more cases imported from abroad, with more regions imposing quarantines on foreign arrivals in a bid to stem the disease being brought in from overseas.

Syria death toll 384,000 after nine years of war: monitor

Beirut - At least 384,000 people have died in Syria, including more than 116,000 civilians, since the war began in March 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

Iran announces 63 new virus deaths, taking total to 354

Tehran - Iran on Wednesday reported 63 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, the highest single-day toll in the three weeks since the Islamic republic announced the first deaths from the outbreak.

China signals progress in virus battle as Disney partially reopens

Bejing - China closed most of its makeshift hospitals for coronavirus patients, some schools reopened and Disney resort staff went back to work Monday as normality slowly returns to the country after weeks battling the epidemic.

China closes makeshift hospitals as virus cases plunge

Bejing - China has closed most of the makeshift hospitals opened to receive coronavirus patients in the epidemic's epicentre as the number of new infections in the country hit a record low.

Turkish reprisals kill over 30 Syria troops: monitor

Beirut - Turkish reprisals killed 31 Syrian soldiers in the battleground northwestern province of Idlib on Friday after a bombardment Ankara blamed on Damascus killed 33 Turkish soldiers, a monitor said.

Iran coronavirus deaths jump to 26

Tehran - The coronavirus epidemic in Iran has cost 26 lives, the health ministry announced Thursday, with seven new deaths reported over 24 hours as the spread appeared to accelerate.

Fourth person from quarantined ship dies as Japan plans new measures

Apo - A fourth person died Tuesday in Japan after becoming ill aboard a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, a government official said, as authorities vowed new measures to fight the outbreak.

Fourth person from quarantined ship dies as Japan plans new measures

Apo - A fourth person has died in Japan after becoming ill aboard a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, local media reported Tuesday, as the government vowed new measures to fight the outbreak.

Turkish shelling kills 9 regime personnel in NW Syria: monitor

Beirut - Turkish shelling Monday killed nine regime fighters in northwest Syria, where Ankara-backed rebels are fighting off advancing regime forces, a monitor said.

Italy authorities urge calm as coronavirus cases stabilise

Casalpusterlengo - Italy reported its seventh death from the new coronavirus Monday, but officials called for calm and reported a lower rise in the number of infections after a spike over the weekend.

S.Korea reports surge in virus cases, including Samsung employee

Seoul - South Korea is facing a "grave" situation from the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Saturday as the country reported 229 new cases in the sharpest spike in infections yet.

South Korea reports surge in virus cases linked to hospital

Seoul - South Korea reported 142 more coronavirus cases Saturday, the sharpest spike in infections yet, with many new cases involving patients being treated in hospital for mental health issues.

Death toll in China epidemic surges past 1,500

Bejing - The death toll from China's new coronavirus epidemic surged past 1,500 on Saturday after 143 more people died in the country, according to official data.

All-at-sea cruise ship finally gets permission to berth

Pattaya - Aboard a US cruise ship that was rejected at Asian ports over coronavirus fears, stoic passengers kept their spirits up with poolside yoga, spin classes, comedy shows and a few drinks.
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