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Biden administration to tap private companies, business groups for help in Covid fight

The White House, with its new business partners, will urge more companies to get involved in the national vaccine rollout and overall response to Covid-19.

Covid vaccine passports are being considered. And health experts and rights groups are deeply concerned

The U.S., U.K. and EU are considering whether to introduce a digital passport that will allow citizens to show they have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

5 things to know before the stock market opens Friday

U.S. stock futures were choppy as tech stocks bounced from Thursday's rout that dragged the Nasdaq down 3.5%

Israeli data suggest mass vaccinations led to drop in severe Covid cases, CDC study finds

"Taken together, these results suggest reduced rates of severe COVID-19 following vaccination," the researchers wrote.

CDC study finds nursing home residents who appear to have recovered from Covid were reinfected with an even worse case

A new CDC study released on Thursday suggests some people may be susceptible to coronavirus reinfection and could have worse outcomes later on.

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9 graphs and maps that explain the state of the pandemic in Sweden

UPDATED: From the tests carried out to vaccination rate, there are a lot of numbers to keep track of when it comes to following the coronavirus. These graphs and maps give you some of the most essential data for understanding how the pandemic is developing here in Sweden.

EU embassies ask Sweden for more lenience towards European travellers

Confusion over Covid-19 tests and how EU citizens are treated at the Swedish border – these are some of the entry ban concerns EU diplomats have raised with the Swedish government.

Covid-19: Italy to announce further restictions in four regions as contagion rate rises

Three more Italian regions are to become higher-risk 'orange' zones while one region is expected to be declared a red zone, according to data released by Italy's Higher Health Institute on Friday.

Coronavirus: The latest news about the outbreak in Sweden

Follow the latest news about how the coronavirus outbreak is developing in Sweden with The Local's paywall-free blog.

Healthcare in Spain: the steps to apply for the S1 form for UK state pensioners

The S1 form allows UK state pensioners resident in Spain to get access to public health care. Read on to find out all about it and how to apply.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: How a massacre in the sacred city of Aksum unfolded

Eritrean troops killed hundreds in Aksum in Ethiopia's Tigray region, witnesses tell Amnesty and the BBC.

Biden takes first military action with Syria strike on Iran-backed militias

The strike in Syria follows attacks on US personnel in Iraq and is Joe Biden's first military action.

Biden raises human rights in call with Saudi King Salman

The murder of exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 still overshadows US-Saudi relations.

Nigeria's Zamfara school abduction: More than 300 Nigerian girls missing

Gunmen raided the boarding school in the north-western state of Zamfara on Friday morning.

Twitter unveils 'super follow' feature

The network will enable users to charge for extra content such as bonus tweets and newsletters.

John Geddert: Ex-US Olympics coach found dead after sex assault charges

John Geddert, who headed the 2012 US women's gymnastics team, took his own life, officials say.

The young girl who became pen-pal with Bollywood's biggest stars

A unearthed photo album uncovers personal letters from the biggest stars of the 1950s and 60s.

Singapore: Briton jailed for breaking strict quarantine

Nigel Skea, 52, was jailed and fined for breaking hotel quarantine to meet his fiancée on another floor.

North Korea: Russian diplomats leave by hand-pushed trolley

The diplomats had no choice as Pyongyang has banned trains from leaving as part of Covid measures.

Covid-19: Sri Lanka reverses 'anti-Muslim' cremation order

Critics said the forced burial order was intended to target minorities and did not respect religions.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case Tracker

Provided by Johns Hopkins University this COVID-19 Global Case Tracker Dashboard shows you the most up-to-date information about the global spread of the new corona virus.

About the 2019-20 Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak started in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, in December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and recognized it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of end March 2020, more than a million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in over 200 countries and territories, resulting in approximately 64,000 deaths. More than 250,000 people have recovered.

The virus is mainly spread during close contact, and by small droplets produced during coughing, sneezing, or talking. These small droplets may also be produced during breathing, but rapidly fall to the ground or surfaces and are not generally spread through the air over large distances. People may also catch COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then their face. The virus can survive on surfaces up to 72 hours. It is most contagious during the first 3 days after symptom onset, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear and in later stages of the disease. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically around five days, but may range from 2 to 14 days. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The pandemic has led to severe global socioeconomic disruption, the postponement or cancellation of sporting, religious, and cultural events, and widespread fears of supply shortages resulting in panic buying. Schools and universities have closed either on a nationwide or local basis in more than 160 countries, affecting approximately 97 percent of the world's student population.

Source: Wikipedia (April 5, 2020)

Please find below further updates from The World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine and emphasizes need for equitable global access

The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the Comirnaty, COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago.

COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message

In his end of year message for 2020, WHO Director-General says there is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against COVID-19. But going into 2021, he urges countries and communities to work together, in solidarity, to overcome this and future health challenges.