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Why some US churches are still open this Easter

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A church in New York City on Ash Wednesday last month President Trump had said he’d like to see all the churches full on Easter Sunday. That’s not going to happen, but not all of them will be empty.What does Easter mean in the midst of a pandemic?That’s a…

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Yemen ‘faces nightmare’ as virus case confirmed

Image copyright EPA Image caption Yemen was the last Arab country to confirm the presence of coronavirus Aid agencies have expressed alarm after the first virus case was confirmed in Yemen, where years of civil war have devastated health systems.Oxfam said it was a “devastating blow”, the International Rescue Committee called it a “nightmare scenario”.Yemen…

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Deadly resurgence if curbs lifted too early

Image copyright EPA Image caption Easter celebrations have been cancelled across Spain and people encouraged to worship remotely Lifting coronavirus lockdown measures too early could spark a “deadly resurgence” in infections, the World Health Organization chief has warned. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said countries should be cautious about easing restrictions, even as some struggle with…

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Easter celebrations begin despite lockdown

Christians around the world are experimenting with new ways to spend Easter, as many countries remain under lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus.Many congregations have been attending remote services online, while their clergy preach to cameras in empty churches.In some places, traditions go on in defiance of the restrictions. Image copyright Getty Images Image…

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Public reassured over lockdown policing rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police have been patrolling near supermarkets to ensure social distancing rules are followed Downing Street says people are allowed to buy whatever they want from shops that remain open, after concerns that police are overstepping lockdown powers.Some police forces have warned shoppers against buying “non-essential” items.No 10 also said…

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US expels thousands of migrants using virus order

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US has closed its border with Mexico to all but non-essential traffic The US has expelled more than 6,300 undocumented migrants on its Mexico border using emergency powers to curb coronavirus spread, officials say.The 21 March public health measure lets officials override immigration laws, expediting removal processes.Critics say…

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German court overturns ban on local beach trips

Image copyright AFP Image caption Germany’s windswept Baltic coast has popular resorts like Zingst A regional court in eastern Germany has ruled that locals can go to the popular Baltic coast this Easter weekend, despite the coronavirus lockdown.The Greifswald higher court said the regional government’s travel ban was “disproportionate” in curbing people’s local freedom. Germans…

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Singapore teachers ditch Zoom after ‘lewd’ hijack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Zoom has recently gone from 10m users a day to 200m Singapore has suspended the use of video-conferencing tool Zoom by its teachers, after a “very serious incident” during a home-based lesson.Singapore closed its schools on Wednesday in response to a rising number of coronavirus cases.But one mother told local…

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New York digging mass graves amid virus outbreak

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hart Island off the Bronx is being used for temporary interment Images have emerged of coffins being buried in a mass grave in New York City, as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak continues to rise.Workers in hazmat outfits were seen using a ladder to descend into a huge…

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Ex-IMF head economist: Western economies slow to react

Image copyright Getty Images The coronavirus was “taken a little more lightly” by western economies compared to those in Asia, says a former IMF chief economist.Raghuram Rajan said western economies are facing a drop in economic growth by as much as 6% this year.The widespread closure of businesses is having a huge financial impact as…