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Bolsonaro threatens WHO exit as COVID-19 kills 'a Brazilian per minute'
5 Jun 2020 at 7:00pm
President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Friday to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization after the U.N. agency warned Latin American governments about the risk of lifting lockdowns before slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus throughout the region.
China reports three new COVID-19 cases, two asymptomatic cases
5 Jun 2020 at 6:48pm
China recorded three new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as of the end of Friday, down from five the day before, the national health authority reported.
Brazil reports 1,005 additional coronavirus deaths on Friday
5 Jun 2020 at 5:56pm
Brazil reported an additional 1,005 novel coronavirus deaths and 30,830 new cases over the last 24 hours, data released by the health ministry showed on Friday night.
Mexico reports 4,346 new coronavirus cases, 625 deaths
5 Jun 2020 at 5:15pm
Mexico's health ministry reported on Friday an additional 4,346 cases of the novel coronavirus in the country as well as 625 new deaths, bringing the country's confirmed total to 110,026 cases and 13,170 deaths.
Brazil highway operator CCR says traffic has rebounded sharply
5 Jun 2020 at 4:52pm
Brazilian highway operator CCR SA said on Friday that vehicle traffic on its roads reached its highest level since mid-March, as state authorities throughout the nation begin to relax quarantine measures.
Gargling with bleach? Americans misusing disinfectants to prevent coronavirus...
5 Jun 2020 at 1:09pm
More than a third of Americans misused cleaners and disinfectants to try to prevent infection by the coronavirus, according to a survey taken shortly after President Donald Trump publicly asked whether injecting such products could treat COVID-19.
Blood pressure drugs linked to lower death risk; more sensitive test recommen...
5 Jun 2020 at 12:34pm
The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
Wear masks in public says WHO, in update of COVID-19 advice
5 Jun 2020 at 12:28pm
The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its guidance on Friday to recommend that governments ask everyone to wear fabric face masks in public areas where there is a risk of transmission of COVID-19 to help reduce the spread of the pandemic disease.
UK halts trial of hydroxychloroquine as 'useless' for COVID-19 patients
5 Jun 2020 at 11:59am
British scientists halted a major drug trial on Friday after it found that the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential "game changer" in the pandemic, was "useless" at treating COVID-19 patients.
WHO continues hydroxychloroquine trial after UK test halts
5 Jun 2020 at 11:59am
The World Health Organization is continuing its clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine, after British scientists halted a large trial that had been exploring use of the drug to treat patients with COVID-19 when initial results showed no evidence of benefit.
France reports more coronavirus cases, but says disease is under control
5 Jun 2020 at 11:11am
France reported more coronavirus-linked deaths and cases on Friday, although a top health official said the respiratory disease caused by the new virus was under control.
AstraZeneca blood cancer drug shows signs of helping COVID-19 patients
5 Jun 2020 at 11:09am
AstraZeneca's cancer drug Calquence has shown initial signs of helping hospitalised COVID-19 patients get through the worst of the disease, as researchers scramble to repurpose existing treatments to help fight the deadly infection.
U.S. CDC reports 1,862,656 coronavirus cases
5 Jun 2020 at 11:04am
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reported 1,862,656 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 20,555 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 1,035 to 108,064.
UK government orders expanded use of face masks in English hospitals
5 Jun 2020 at 10:59am
All visitors to hospitals in England will be required to wear face coverings and all hospital staff must wear surgical masks from June 15, health minister Matt Hancock said on Friday.
Factbox: What the WHO recommends on face masks
5 Jun 2020 at 10:21am
The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its guidance on Friday to recommend that governments ask people wear fabric face masks in public places to curb the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus.