China sees drop in new coronavirus cases; none in Hubei for sixth day

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China sees drop in new coronavirus cases; none in Hubei for sixth day

A man wearing a face mask walks at a park in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicenter of China's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, March 29, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) – Mainland China reported 31 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, including one locally transmitted infection, the country's National Health Commission said, dropping from 45 cases a day earlier.

The commission said in a statement on Monday that four new deaths were reported, putting the cumulative death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in the mainland at 3,304 at the end on March 29. Total number of infections to date rose to 81,470.

Hubei province, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged in late 2019, reported no new cases for the sixth consecutive day on Sunday after the province of 60 million people lifted its traffic restrictions and resumed some domestic flights to other parts of China.

The northwestern pro..

UK lockdown must be lifted gradually, could last six months – medical official

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UK lockdown must be lifted gradually, could last six months – medical official

A sign is seen at a building merchants, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Hertford, Britain, March 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

LONDON (Reuters) – Britons may be subject to some form of lockdown measures for six months or longer, England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said on Sunday, warning the country faces a second wave of coronavirus if they are lifted too quickly.

The government has said it will review in three weeks the lockdown steps it put in place last Monday. Harries said it is too soon to know if they have had the desired effect of reducing the peak of the spread of the virus in Britain.

“We must not then suddenly revert to our normal way of living, that would be quite dangerous. If we stop then all of our efforts will be wasted and we could potentially see a second peak,” Harries told a news conference.

“Over time, probably over the..

Trump backs off plan to reopen businesses by mid-April amid coronavirus warnings

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Trump backs off plan to reopen businesses by mid-April amid coronavirus warnings

By Doina Chiacu and Dan Whitcomb

U.S. President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 29, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago

WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Sunday extended his stay-at-home guidelines until the end of April, dropping a hotly criticized plan to get the economy up and running by mid-April after a top medical adviser said more than 100,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus outbreak.

The reversal by Trump, which he said would be disclosed in greater detail on Tuesday, came as the U.S. death toll topped 2,460 from the respiratory disease, according to a Reuters tally, with more than 141,000 cases, the most of any country in the world. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T)

“The peak, the highest point of death rate, is likely to hit in two weeks,” Trump told a coronavirus brie..

Canada’s army not needed right now to help combat coronavirus spread, Trudeau says

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Canada's army not needed right now to help combat coronavirus spread, Trudeau says

By David Ljunggren

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference at Rideau Cottage as efforts continue to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada March 29, 2020. REUTERS/Blair Gable

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is not planning for the moment to use troops to help combat a spreading coronavirus outbreak, although the option remains on the table, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday.

All 10 provinces have declared states of emergency and ordered people to stay home. The number of cases rose to 6,280 from 5,655 on Saturday, while the death toll climbed to 63 from 61, according to a tally of provincial announcements compiled by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Quebec – where 8.5 million people are spread across a landmass the size of Western Europe – said on Saturday it was restricting access to eight remote regions w..

With PM Johnson ill, coronavirus strikes at heart of British politics

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With PM Johnson ill, coronavirus strikes at heart of British politics

By Elizabeth Piper

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears on a monitor for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) meeting in London, Britain March 28, 2020. The prime minister chairs the morning update meeting on the coronavirus remotely from Number 11 Downing Street, since self-isolating after testing positive for the virus. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – Hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed on Friday he had the coronavirus, his health minister said he did too, and England's chief medical officer announced he also had symptoms.

It isn't a huge surprise.

There can be no way to know if they infected each other or caught the illness from another person, or different people. But the three men had met a handful of times in person over the previous 10 days, according to Johnson's official diary, to formulate Britain’s response to the o..

Coronavirus deaths fall again in Italy but lockdown extension looms

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Coronavirus deaths fall again in Italy but lockdown extension looms

By Giulia Segreti

FILE PHOTO: A man jogs at an empty Navona square as Italy tightens measures to try and contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome, Italy March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

ROME (Reuters) – The number of deaths from coronavirus in Italy fell for the second consecutive day on Sunday but the country still looked almost certain to see an extension of stringent containment measures.

The Civil Protection department said 756 people had died in the last day, bringing the total to 10,779 – more than a third of all deaths from the virus worldwide.

There were 133 fewer deaths than the 889 deaths reported on Saturday, when the numbers fell from a record high of 919 on Friday.

While the total number of confirmed cases rose to 97,689 on Sunday from a previous 92,472, it was the lowest daily rise in new cases since Wednesday.

But despite hopes by Italian officials that the downw..

Trump’s attack on GM over ventilators quickly turns to praise

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Trump's attack on GM over ventilators quickly turns to praise

By David Shepardson

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a send off for the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort at Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump, who excoriated General Motors Co on Friday and invoked emergency powers to compel the production of badly needed ventilators to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, has abruptly shifted gears to praise the automaker.

“General Motors is doing a fantastic job. I don't think we need to worry about General Motors,” Trump said Sunday, speaking highly of the company in two appearances.

“They really seem to be working very, very hard. I think I’m getting very good reports about General Motors.”

Trump, who has been on the defensive for not moving faster to compel the production of medical equipment, invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) for the first time on Frid..

German health institute warns pandemic could overstretch system: paper

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German health institute warns pandemic could overstretch system: paper

A general view of the almost empty street Kaiserdamm, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Berlin, Germany, March 29, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany's health system could face strains similar to those in Italy if the coronavirus outbreak in the country worsens, the head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal agency responsible for disease control, told a newspaper.

Lothar Wieler's comments came as RKI data on Sunday showed the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany had risen to 52,547 and 389 people had died of the disease there.

“We cannot rule out that we will have more patients than ventilators in this country … Of course, we must expect that the capacities will not be sufficient,” Wieler told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Italy's Civil Protection Agency said earlier this week that the biggest difficulty facing its..