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Coronavirus: Ukraine Protesters Attack Buses Carrying China Evacuees

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Coronavirus: Ukraine Protesters Attack Buses Carrying China Evacuees

Dozens of protesters in a Ukrainian town on Thursday hurled stones and attacked buses carrying more than 70 evacuees from coronavirus-hit China.

Protesters clashed with police over the evacuees who were brought to a hospital in Novi Sanzhary, in the central Poltava region, where they will be held in quarantine for 14 days. The masked evacuees were peeking through bus windows as they drove slowly under a heavy police escort.

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The residents put up road blocks and burned tyres to cut off road to a sanitarium intended to host the evacuees, fearing they could become infected.

Regional police said in a statement that nine police officers and one civilian were hospitalized.

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The country’s health minister pledged to share evacuees’ quarantine for two weeks in a bid to reassure protesters who fear they could be infected.

The country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky has called for local residents to show support for the evacuees and said his government would do “everything possible” to make sure the virus does not get to Ukraine.

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Ukraine has no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, which originated last year in China’s Hubei province.

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13-Year-Old Boy Dies In London After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

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13-Year-Old Boy Dies In London After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

A 13-year-old boy from London who tested positive for COVID-19, becoming Britain’s youngest victim of the pandemic.

The family said in a statement on Tuesday “Ismail was only 13 years old without any pre-existing health conditions and sadly he died without any family members close by due to the highly infectious nature of Covid 19.”

The teen’s family said he started showing symptoms and had difficulties breathing and was admitted to Kings College Hospital. “He was put on a ventilator and then put into an induced coma but sadly died yesterday morning. To our knowledge he had no underlying health conditions. We are beyond devastated.”

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Ismail whose dad died of cancer, leaving his mum to care for seven children – didn’t have any family with him at the time due to the highly infectious nature of the virus.

A GoFundMe page set up by Wednesday morning to help the family pay for the child’s “janazah”, or Muslim funeral, had raised more than 51,000 pounds (about $63,000), with 2,700 persons donating – well over the goal of 4,000 pounds (about $4,944).

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A family friend who set up the page said any extra funds would be given to the family.

Spokesman for King’s College hospital NHS foundation trust expressing condolence said “sadly, a 13-year old boy who tested positive for Covid-19 has passed away, and our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this time.” adding that “the death has been referred to the coroner and no further comment will be made.”

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan paid tribute to the young boy on Wednesday

Khan said “pause and reflect how devastating that is for his family who will probably never recover.” He further warned “young people should not believe they were immune from catching the virus.”

More than 25,000 cases of coronavirus and at least 1,789 persons have died after testing positive in the UK.

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U.N. Calls For $2.5 Trillion Covid-19 Support Package For Developing Countries

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The United Nations is calling for a two and a half trillion-dollar covid-19 support package for developing countries.  The world body says one trillion dollars should be made available through the expanded use of special drawing rights.  It is also calling for the cancellation this year of one trillion dollars of debts owed by developing countries.  The U.N. also says half a billion dollars would be needed to fund a Marshall plan for health recovery and dispersed as grants.

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The U.N. says such a support package would turn expressions of international solidarity into meaningful global action for two-thirds of the world’s population living in developing countries.

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A report by UNCTAD, the UN trade and development body, says the pandemic has dramatically hit developing countries with economic shockwaves, even when compared to the 2008 global financial crisis.  The trade body says fiscal and foreign constraints will tighten further over the course of the year and would require a two-to-three trillion dollars financing gap for developing countries over the next two years.

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UN Chief Says Coronavirus The Worst Global Crisis Since World War II

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UN Chief Says Coronavirus Is Worst Global Crisis Since World War II

The United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres has warned the coronavirus pandemic is the biggest challenge to face the world since World War Two.

Speaking at the UN headquarters in New York, the UN chief said it could bring a recession “that probably has no parallel in the recent past”.

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Guterres said “the new coronavirus disease is attacking societies at their core, claiming lives and people’s livelihoods”.

On Tuesday, Johns Hopkins University said 865 persons had died in the past 24 hours in the US and in all more than 189,000 people in the country had been infected.

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The UN report estimates that up to 25 million jobs could be lost around the world as the result of the outbreak. It also projects an up to 40% “downward pressure” on global foreign direct investment flows.

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