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We Need To Fight Climate Change Like The Coronavirus Pandemic, Warns UN

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The world should fight climate change with the same determination it is showing in the battle against the new coronavirus, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The UN's World Meteorological Organization said it was time to flatten the curve on climate change as well, with its impact on the planet "reaching a crescendo" in the past five years - the hottest on record. The trend is expected to continue, the WMO said on Wednesday, as it marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day - an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection.​ Carbon dioxide levels at one key global observing station are about 26 percent higher than in 1970, while the average global temperature has increased by 0.86 degrees Celsius in that time, the WMO said.​ Temperatures are also 1.1 Celsius

Coronavirus Cases In US Cross 1 Million Mark

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The outbreak could take more than 74,000 lives in US by August. Total Covid-19 coronavirus cases in the US crossed 1 million on Tuesday even as states eased restrictions, accounting for one-third of the overall global cases. The country has reported over 57,000 deaths, along with nearly 140,000 recoveries. As Georgia lifted a ban on eating in restaurants and a handful of other US states began easing other restrictions aimed at fighting the coronavirus pandemic, scientists warned the death toll would climb if governors reopen businesses prematurely. The outbreak could take more than 74,000 US lives by August, compared with an earlier forecast of 67,000, according to the University of Washington's predictive model, often cited by White House officials and state public health auth...

UK Holds Minute Of Silence For Healthcare Workers Who Died From Coronavirus, Families To Receive $78K Each

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People across the United Kingdom observed a minute of silence Tuesday morning to remember the more than 100 healthcare workers who have died from the coronavirus after serving on the front lines of the pandemic. The moment of silence comes a day after the government announced that the families of National Health Service and social care staff who died after contracting COVID-19 will each receive a payment of more $78,500 in compensation. The silent tribute coincided with International Workers Memorial Day. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, right, and Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill stand inside 10 Downing Street, London, Tuesday April 28, 2020, during a minute's silence to pay tribute

How Did Coronavirus Start And Where Did It Come From? Was It Really Wuhan’s Animal Market?

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It’s likely Covid-19 originated in bats, scientists say. But did it then spread to pangolins and humans? In the public mind, the origin story of coronavirus seems well fixed: in late 2019 someone at the now world-famous Huanan seafood market in Wuhan was infected with a virus from an animal. The rest is part of an awful history still in the making, with Covid-19 spreading from that first cluster in the capital of China’s Hubei province to a pandemic that has killed about 211,000 people so far. Stock footage of pangolins – a scaly mammal that looks like an anteater – have made it on to news bulletins, suggesting this animal was the staging post for the virus before it spread to humans. But there is uncertainty about several aspects of the Covid-19 origin story that scientists ar

S.Korea Says North Korea’s Kim May Be Trying To Avoid Coronavirus

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Kim Jong Un may have missed a key holiday on April 15 because of concerns over the coronavirus, not because he is ill, South Korea's minister for North Korean affairs said on Tuesday. North Korean leader Kim's absence from public ceremonies on the birth anniversary of his grandfather and founder of the country, Kim Il Sung, was unprecedented, and he has not been seen in public since. That has led to days of speculation over his health. South Korean officials emphasise they have detected no unusual movements in North Korea and have cautioned against reports that Kim may be ill. North Korea has said it has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but given the fact that the country has taken stringent steps to head off an outbreak, Kim's absence from the ceremonies is not particularly unusu...

U.S. Spy Agencies Collected Raw Intelligence Hinting At Public Health Crisis In Wuhan, China, In November

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Current and former officials say there was no formal assessment in November but that there was raw intelligence that fueled formal assessments written in December. WASHINGTON — U.S. spy agencies collected raw intelligence hinting at a public health crisis in Wuhan, China, in November, two current and one former U.S. official told NBC News, but the information was not understood as the first warning signs of an impending global pandemic. The intelligence came in the form of communications intercepts and overhead images showing increased activity at health facilities, the officials said. The intelligence was distributed to some federal public health officials in the form of a "situation report" in late November, a former official briefed on the matter said. But there was no assessm

City Leaders To Trump: Pay Your Bills, Help Us Fight The Coronavirus

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Fourteen city governments say the president's campaign now owes them a collective $1.82 million. The campaign says it's not responsible. This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. Here's how some city leaders say President Donald Trump could immediately help them grapple with the coronavirus crisis: Pay bills they already sent his campaign committee months or years ago. Fourteen municipal governments — from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Wildwood, New Jersey — want Trump's campaign committee to clear a combined $1.82 million worth of public safety-related debt connected to Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign rallies, according to interviews with local officials and mu

U.S. Intel Community Examining Whether Coronavirus Emerged Accidentally From A Chinese Lab

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One expert said the theory the virus came from a Wuhan animal market has lost favor in some quarters, in part because an early patient had no market link. WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community is examining whether the coronavirus that caused the global pandemic emerged accidentally from a Chinese research lab studying diseases in bats, current and former U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News. Spy agencies have ruled out that the coronavirus was man-made, the officials say. But scientists at a military and a civilian lab in Wuhan, where the virus originated, are known to have conducted ongoing research on coronaviruses, officials say. They say intelligence agencies have gathered and are weighing evidence that an employee of one of the labs could have become accidentally infecte

Philippines’ Coronavirus Death Toll Rises To 511, Cases Up To 7,777

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Policemen wearing face masks reprimand a resident after letting his dog defecate outside his house, following the lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus disease in Manila, Philippines The Philippines on Monday reported 198 new coronavirus cases and 10 more deaths, bringing the country's tally to 7,777 cases and 511 fatalities. The Department of Health also said 70 individuals have recovered from the infection, bringing the total number of recoveries to 932.Content retrieved from: https://www.gulf-times.com/story/661790/Philippines-coronavirus-death-toll-rises-to-511-ca.

Coronavirus Detected On Particles Of Air Pollution

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Coronavirus has been detected on particles of air pollution by scientists investigating whether this could enable it to be carried over longer distances and increase the number of people infected. The work is preliminary and it is not yet known if the virus remains viable on pollution particles and in sufficient quantity to cause disease. The Italian scientists used standard techniques to collect outdoor air pollution samples at one urban and one industrial site in Bergamo province and identified a gene highly specific to Covid-19 in multiple samples. The detection was confirmed by blind testing at an independent laboratory. Leonardo Setti at the University of Bologna in Italy, who led the work, said it was important to investigate if the virus could be carried more widely by air pollu...