Prime Minister Boris Johnson's condition has worsened since being hospitalised with persistent COVID-19 symptoms and he has been moved into intensive care, his Downing Street office said in a statement on Monday. “The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.” Related: Which political leaders have been infected or killed by the coronavirus? Britain's constitution offers no clear answer to the question now on many Britons' minds: what happens if Prime Minister Boris Johnson, undergoing tests in hospital after persistent symptoms of coronavirus, cannot continue to lead.
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China has demanded an explanation from Brazil after its education minister insinuated a link between the coronavirus pandemic to its "plan for world domination" in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent. In the latest incident to strain ties between Brasilia and Beijing, Education Minister Abraham Weintraub implied China could be behind the contagion.
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said "low-risk" economic activities will resume from April 11 amid a global coronavirus pandemic in the worst-affected Middle Eastern country. "Under the supervision of the health ministry, all those low-risk economic activities will resume from Saturday," Rouhani said in a televised meeting on Sunday, adding that "those activities will resume in the capital, Tehran, from April 18". More: Coronavirus: Iran health authorities fear increase in cases Why has the coronavirus hit Iran so hard? Did Iran flatten the COVID-19 curve? Iran has been struggling to curb the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19 disease, but authorities are also concerned that measures
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(Reuters) – The 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the only major scheduled football event left unchanged after this year's calendar was wrecked by the coronavirus, has become the focus of fresh FIFA corruption allegations after the release of a new US Department of Justice indictment. Suspicion and rumors have long surrounded the 2010 vote by FIFA's executive to hand the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar. But on Monday, for the first time, prosecutors set direct, formal allegations down in print. According to the prosecutors, representatives working for Russia and Qatar bribed FIFA executive committee officials to swing votes in the crucial decision of world football's governing
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A tiger at New York's Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the United States or a tiger anywhere in the world, federal officials and the zoo said. The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia was among a group of six other animals to have also fallen ill, the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the zoo, said in a statement on Sunday. More: Illegal wildlife trade goes online as China shuts down markets Deadly viral outbreaks that originated from animals The 10 most common questions on the coronavirus answered She was screened for the COVID-19 disease after developing a dry cough along with three other
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Beirut, Lebanon - On the morning of March 13, Faustina Tay sent a final desperate message to an activist group she had contacted about the abuse she was suffering at the hands of her Lebanese employers. "God please help me," the 23-year-old Ghanaian domestic worker wrote. About 18 hours later, she was found dead. More: The Lebanese revolution must abolish the kafala system Amnesty calls on Lebanon to end 'abusive' sponsorship system 'This Is Lebanon' webpage shames employers accused of maid abuse Tay's body was discovered in a car park under her employers' fourth-storey home in Beirut's southern suburbs, between 3 and 4am on March 14. A forensic doctor who examined her body found that her death
Dubai Taxi Corporation has begun installing transparent isolators in its fleet of taxis separating between the driver and passengers as part of measures against the spread of the coronavirus, the emirate's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said in a statement. The isolators have already been deployed in many taxis and work is ongoing to install them in the rest of the Dubai Taxi fleet.