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    Medical staff in Iran kiss religious relic for coronavirus protection: Report

    Medical personnel in a hospital in Iran were seen kissing a religious piece of cloth to protect them against coronavirus, according to a video circulating on social media. The cloth is from the Imam Reza shrine in Iran's Shia holy city of Mashhad. Medical staff were seen lining up in the video to kiss the cloth one after the other. Other videos and images have been shared on social media showing a piece of cloth from the Imam Reza shrine being taken to be touched and kissed by coronavirus patients in hospitals.

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    Boris Johnson remains in intensive care, but not on ventilator: Dominic Raab

    The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care on oxygen but without the need for a ventilator and does not have pneumonia, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday. Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing, Raab has said he is “confident” that the prime minister will recover from coronavirus, describing him as a “fighter”. Raab said Mr Johnson remained in “good spirits” and was breathing without assistance. The Queen has sent a message to Mr Johnson's family and pregnant partner, saying they are in her thoughts.

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    Surgical, cotton masks do not prevent coronavirus infection: Report

    Neither surgical masks nor cotton masks are effective filters to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, according to a new report published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. People have flocked to buy face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, officially known as COVID-19, resulting in shortages of masks globally. Amid shortages of the N95 mask, the so-called gold standard in consumer face masks, many have turned to surgical and cotton masks as substitutes.

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    Coronavirus: UAE confirms 300 new cases over past 24 hours

    The United Arab Emirates confirmed 300 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours bringing the total to 2,659, the health ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, 12 died and 186 recovered so far. Last Update: 13:37 KSA 16:37 - GMT 13:37

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    Abu Dhabi taps debt market after Qatar's $10 bln bond sale

    Abu Dhabi started marketing US dollar bonds on Wednesday, a document showed, following Qatar's $10 billion debt sale on Tuesday, as Gulf states raise cash amid low oil prices and the coronavirus outbreak. Two sources close to the deal said Abu Dhabi was looking to raise $5 billion to $7 billion with the issuance. A spokesman at Abu Dhabi's department of finance did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Like Qatar, Abu Dhabi plans to raise debt in tranches of five, 10 and 30 years.

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    Philippines backs Vietnam after China sinks fishing boat

    The Philippines has expressed solidarity with Vietnam after Hanoi protested against what it said was the ramming and sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a Chinese coastguard vessel in the disputed South China Sea. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila expressed deep concern over the reported April 3 sinking of the boat off the Paracel Islands. There were eight fishermen on board at the time. More: Philippines protests 'swarming' of more than 100 Chinese vessels Duterte finds a friend in China but critics cry treason Vietnam demands China withdraw vessel from South China Sea The incident happened at a time when a common approach was crucial in confronting the coronavirus pandemic, it

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    Trump threatens withholding funds from WHO for bias towards China

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to cut US funding to the World Health Organization, accusing it of bias toward China during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump told reporters he was “going to put a very powerful hold on” funding to WHO, the UN body whose biggest funding source is the United States. “We're going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO,” said Trump, who pursues an “America First” agenda and has previously criticized other UN and multilateral agencies. “We will look at ending funding,” he added.