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Coronavirus latest: Top UK scientist sees early signs lockdowns are working – Financial Times


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More than 1,900 Americans have died from coronavirus in the 24 hours to Thursday evening, about the same level as the past two days, in a possible sign that the outbreak may be plateauing in the US. The coronavirus has now spread to sailors attached to three US aircraft carriers, the Ronald Reagan, deployed in Japan, and the Carl Vinson and the Nimitz, both in Washington state.

EU leaders will need to decide how to fund potentially hundreds of billions of euros for the continent’s post-pandemic economic recovery after finance ministers reached a deal on three sets of emergency tools on Thursday evening.

Deaths in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic have risen by nearly 900, bringing the total to just below 8,000. The government said total deaths climbed to 7,978 as of 5pm on Wednesday, with 881 more people dying over the previous 24 hours.

The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, has come out of intensive care, where he has been for the past few days at St Thomas’s hospital in London, and is in good spirits, the government said. He remains in hospital where he will be closely monitored as he recovers from being ill with coronavirus symptoms, a spokesman said on Thursday.

Half a billion people could fall below poverty lines due to the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, an international report found. The survey, carried out by King’s College London and Australian National University researchers and published on Thursday, considers that a 20 per cent contraction in income would force 434m of people to live on less than $1.90 a day, in 2011 purchasing power parity prices.

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The number of people in intensive care in France has fallen slightly for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Official figures showed a total of 7,066 people on Thursday from 7,148 a day earlier.

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, extended the country’s lockdown by two weeks, an indication of how other developing nations may soon have to lengthen similar measures. Mr Ramaphosa told South Africans in a televised address on Thursday that the lockdown of Africa’s most industrialised economy, which was originally due to end next week, would continue to the end of April.



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