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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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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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
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.
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Businessman Mansour al-Gammal died on Monday, his son Yahya announced. Sources said that he died of coronavirus. His death came a few days after his son announced that his case was worsening and that he had been placed on ventilator. Gammal was a renowned businessman with economic projects on multiple continents. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and obtained his PhD in Economics from the Sorbonne. Gammal began his career as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then was appointed to the Arab League and promoted to the position of Head of Mission at the age of 28. The main reason for his resignation from the Arab League was the transfer of its headquarters to Tunisia after the Arab
As winter in the northern hemisphere turns to summer, air conditioning units begin to rattle into life as people begin to feel the heat. COVID-19 is from the same family as SARS, known as coronaviruses, and the two share many similarities. A study conducted in China earlier in the year on a cluster of coronavirus cases all originating from the same restaurant suggested that the virus did not spread through the air conditioning system.
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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