Boris Johnson outlines easing of lockdown measures in England

Distancing rule will reduce from July 4 when pubs and restaurants are allowed to reopen in England, UK leader says. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the two-metre (6.6-foot) distancing rule will be revised to “one-metre plus” from July 4 when pubs and restaurants are allowed to reopen in England. Johnson told Parliament’s lower chamber on Tuesday the country’s

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US: First coronavirus death recorded in ICE detention

Tens of thousands remain detained in ICE facilities, which advocates say are a breeding ground for the coronavirus. The first immigrant in detention in the United States has died of the novel coronavirus, local health authorities in the state of California said on Thursday, as infections steadily climbed among the country’s approximately 30,000 immigrant detainees. A 57-year-old man, who was

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Concerns raised after Rohingya quarantined on Bangladeshi island

HRW says relocation of 29 Rohingya to flood-prone Bhasan Char island without access to aid poses risk to refugees. Rights groups and aid agencies have raised concerns after dozens of stranded Rohingya refugees, who landed at Bangladesh’s southern coast at the weekend, were sent to an inhabitable island in the Bay of Bengal. Authorities said the 29 Rohingya were relocated to the

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UK's Johnson defends Dominic Cummings amid calls for resignation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says aide Dominic Cummings ‘acted responsibly and legally’ over COVID-19 lockdown travel. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended the actions of his chief adviser Dominic Cummings, who has faced growing calls to resign for allegedly breaching national coronavirus lockdown regulations. Johnson addressed a government news conference on Sunday amid growing pressure to remove Cummings, who

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Coronavirus deaths in Brazil reach daily record: Live updates

Outbreak in Brazil is third-worst in the world, with President Jair Bolsonaro opposed to life-saving lockdowns. Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur. A summary of developments from Tuesday: World Health Organization (WHO) member states agreed on a review of the global pandemic response at a virtual meeting of

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Several coronavirus patients killed in Russia hospital fire

Russia’s emergency ministry confirms incident while local media reports said five killed due to overloaded ventilators. Several coronavirus patients have been killed and about 150 evacuated after a fire in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Russia, according to the country’s emergency ministry. The ministry did not reveal the death toll after Tuesday’s fire at the Saint George

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Tanzania gets Madagascar's anti-coronavirus drink disputed by WHO

Tanzania receives first shipment of herbal concoction that Madagascar claims cures COVID-19, but WHO has misgivings. Tanzania says it has received its first shipment of Madagascar’s self-proclaimed, plant-based “cure” for coronavirus, despite warnings from the World Health Organization that its efficacy is unproven. The announcement on Friday came days after Madagascar said it would begin selling the herbal concoction – known

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