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Panama reports 149 new cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 2,249

Panama registered 149 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 2,249 cases, authorities said on Tuesday.

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China’s new coronavirus cases double as imported infections surge

Mainland China’s new coronavirus cases doubled in 24 hours as the number of infected overseas travellers surged, and new asymptomatic infections more than quadrupled, pressuring authorities to tighten measures to stem local transmissions.

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‘Hardest day’ – New York’s Cuomo sees virus slowing despite record death toll

Even as medical teams struggled to save an onslaught of gravely ill coronavirus patients and deaths hit new highs, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations seemed to be leveling off in New York state, the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.

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Two Peruvian women diagnosed with COVID-19 give birth to healthy babies – doctor

Two pregnant women diagnosed with the new coronavirus in Peru have given birth to babies who have tested negative for the disease, a hospital in the capital Lima said on Tuesday.

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Mexico registers 2,785 cases of coronavirus and 141 deaths

Mexico has registered 346 new cases of coronavirus infection, bringing the country’s total to 2,785, as well as 141 deaths, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

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Mainland China reports 62 new confirmed cases of coronavirus

Mainland China reported on Wednesday 62 new confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, up from 32 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said, as the number of infections from people arriving from abroad surged.

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Disney might check visitors’ temperatures when theme parks reopen, chairman says

Walt Disney Co might require theme park visitors to have their temperatures checked when they reopen after coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings are lifted, Executive Chairman Bob Iger said in an interview published on Tuesday.

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At-home COVID-19 deaths may be significantly undercounted in New York City

The daily tally of New York City residents who died at home with coronavirus-like symptoms exploded from 45 on March 20 to 241 on April 5, according to Fire Department of New York data Рsuggesting the city may be significantly undercounting COVID-19 deaths.

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Brazil looks to China for coronavirus help as cases rise quickly

Brazil’s health minister said the country faced a “serious problem” getting enough mechanical ventilators and had spoken to China to try and ensure it would be able to fill an order for face masks as coronavirus deaths accelerated.

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Amazon testing disinfectant fog at New York warehouse after coronavirus protests

Amazon.com Inc is testing the use of disinfectant fog at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York starting on Tuesday, the company told Reuters, following worker protests over the risk of coronavirus infection at the site.

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Canada to press U.S. further on medical supplies, Trudeau says

Canada will keep up efforts to persuade the United States not to block the export of medical supplies to fight the coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, while the energy-producing province of Alberta warned of an economic disaster.

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North Korea testing, quarantining for COVID-19, still says no cases: WHO representative

North Korea, one of only a handful of countries not to have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, has said that it continues testing and has more than 500 people in quarantine, the World Health Organization (WHO) told Reuters on Tuesday.

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First patients arrive at London’s new coronavirus hospital

The first patients have been admitted to the new Nightingale Hospital in London, which has been set up in just nine days at the Excel Exhibition Centre to handle the coronavirus crisis.

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U.S. appeals court allows abortion curbs in Texas during coronavirus outbreak

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Texas can enforce limits on the ability of women to obtain abortions as part of the state’s policy requiring postponement of non-urgent medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.

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U.S. regulators delay decision on Roche SMA drug risdiplam to Aug. 24

U.S. regulators delayed a decision on Roche’s spinal muscular atrophy drug risdiplam, the Swiss drugmaker said on Tuesday, after the company submitted more data in February on the medicine against the genetic muscle-wasting disease.

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CDC removes unusual guidance to doctors about drug favored by Trump

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed from its website highly unusual guidance informing doctors on how to prescribe hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, drugs recommended by President Donald Trump to treat the coronavirus.

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Brazil says China will help ensure medical supplies for coronavirus

Brazil’s Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said he spoke to China’s ambassador to Brazil on Tuesday and the embassy will help ensure fulfillment of Chinese medical supplies to fight coronavirus.

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Factbox: Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

The number of confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus exceeded 1.34 million globally and the death toll crossed 76,000, according to a Reuters tally as of 1400 GMT.

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U.S. DEA relaxes production limits on controlled drugs for COVID-19 patients

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said on Tuesday it was increasing production limits by 15% for certain controlled substance medicines that were in high demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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U.S. appeals court allows abortion curbs in Texas during coronavirus

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Texas can enforce limits on the ability of women to obtain abortions as part of the state’s policy requiring the postponement of non-urgent medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus patients, families exchange virtual kisses in Italy hospital

It is just a kiss blown over a video call on a computer tablet to a loved one miles away.

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Messages from above: Colombia’s army takes to the skies to enforce quarantine

From helicopters blasting messages over densely crowded areas to issuing fines, Colombia’s military is deploying all kinds of methods to ensure compliance with a national quarantine to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Venezuelan migrants quarantined in crowded shelters as they return home

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela – Thousands of Venezuelan migrants who have returned to their country this month amid the coronavirus epidemic have been ordered into quarantine in makeshift shelters along the border, according to officials and rights activists.

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New York’s Cuomo sees coronavirus crisis slowing despite record daily death toll

New York state, the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, is seeing some leveling out in the number of hospital patients, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday, a hopeful sign even as deaths there and in neighboring New Jersey hit single-day highs.

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Spain’s coronavirus death rate quickens again

Spain’s daily toll of coronavirus deaths rose on Tuesday for the first time in five days, with 743 people succumbing overnight compared to 637 in the previous 24 hours, but there was still hope that the national lockdown might be eased soon.