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25 Mar 7:22pm Coronavirus: The Four Seasons in New York offering housing to medical staff for free
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'I heard Governor Cuomo's call to action during one of his press conferences, and there was no other option for us but do whatever we could to help'
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25 Mar 6:58pm Coronavirus: Trump rows back on pledge to get US 'back to work' by Easter
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Anthony Fauci warns of additional waves of COVID-19 as president eyes opening parts of America 'for business' next month
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25 Mar 6:43pm Christchurch shooting: Brenton Tarrant admits carrying out deadly New Zealand mosque attacks
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Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attack that led to the deaths of 51 people in one of New Zealand's darkest days, has admitted to 51 counts of murder after initially entering a not guilty plea.
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25 Mar 6:17pm Coronavirus: More than one million file for unemployment in California
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California governor Gavin Newsom revealed on Wednesday that one million residents claimed for unemployment over the last two weeks.
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25 Mar 6:15pm Coronavirus tests: California company develops at-home Covid-19 kit, but FDA approval could take weeks
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Scanwell Health requests emergency approval from the federal government for the test
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25 Mar 6:15pm Coronavirus: What are new antibody tests bought by government and when will they be available?
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UK government has purchased 3.5 million home testing kits, but there is uncertainty about who will get them and when
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25 Mar 6:14pm Coronavirus: Americans to get $1,200 checks in three weeks
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President vows to 'go back' to Congress if $2.2trn COVID-19 aid package does not bridge economy during crisis
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25 Mar 6:04pm Coronavirus: New antibody tests will be given to NHS staff and key workers first
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Scientists say accurate tests could be crucial in the fight against the pandemic
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25 Mar 5:35pm Anti-vaccination movement could derail fight against coronavirus, experts warn
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More than 10 percent of Americans say they would not take a coronavirus vaccine
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25 Mar 5:28pm Coronavirus: Vaccine hopes given boost as researcher says virus not mutating
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Veteran coronavirus research team finds vaccine will likely work for most people
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25 Mar 5:24pm Sex trafficking victim with lung condition refused safe house accommodation during coronavirus lockdown, says lawyer
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Campaigners call on Home Office to urgently establish alternative safe house accommodation for trafficking victims during the coronavirus outbreak or risk heightened chances of re-exploitation
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25 Mar 5:19pm 'Shameful': Children set to miss out on free school meals amid closures, school leaders warn
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Parents are struggling to access food parcels amid lockdown measures, heads say
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25 Mar 5:19pm Man faces terrorism charge after allegedly coughing in woman's face and saying he has coronavirus
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Justice Department tells law enforcement that attempts to spread virus can be considered terrorism
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25 Mar 5:16pm 'Panic' gun buying across US as officials shutter non-essential businesses during coronavirus pandemic
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California officials stop enforcing gun store closures while background checks spike in several states
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25 Mar 5:05pm 'Not just for our sake - for theirs': Barack Obama urges people to practice social distancing
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'These are the burdens our medical heroes already face in NYC. It's only going to get harder across the country'
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25 Mar 4:56pm Coronavirus: Neighbourhood start social-distance-friendly Zumba club
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Classes serve as great morale booster for the community, organisers say
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25 Mar 4:54pm Coronavirus: UK death toll rises to 463
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Increased death toll comes as Prince Charles becomes highest profile case
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25 Mar 4:51pm President Cuomo: How New York's governor emerged as a leader in the coronavirus pandemic while Trump fumbled
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Analysis: Governor receives widespread praise for response to Covid-19 outbreak while walking a fine line with a mercurial White House administration
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25 Mar 4:45pm Coronavirus: five members of same family in St Louis test positive for virus
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'I did not expect myself to test positive or to have some of these symptoms, but it can happen to anybody'
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25 Mar 4:34pm Coronavirus: Chinese study finds malaria drug has no impact on treating Covid-19 patients
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The study contrasts results found in France when using hydroxchloroquine as a treatment
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25 Mar 4:27pm Coronavirus: Powerful photographs capture families in isolation
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Artist takes to the streets to show Brooklyn during a shutdown
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25 Mar 4:21pm US official falsely claims coronavirus cured by blowdryer up the nose
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Florida County Commissioner apologises after spreading pandemic myth
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25 Mar 4:08pm Coronavirus: Even emergency bills move at snail's pace in Washington
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As usual, technical disputes and process slow an emergency spending bill. But final passage of COVID-19 measure expected soon
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25 Mar 3:47pm Black cabs could transport doctors and nurses during coronavirus outbreak, Boris Johnson says
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Tory MP calls for 'army' of drivers to be used in UK government's response to Covid-19
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25 Mar 3:30pm Coronavirus: The Michael Jackson estate donates $300,000 to initiatives
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'This virus strikes at the heart of the communities we are close to'
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25 Mar 3:27pm Libya war left unimpeded by coronavirus outbreak
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Conflict escalates as first case of Covid-19 reported
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25 Mar 3:24pm Coronavirus: Mike Pompeo insists G7 use 'Wuhan Virus' - but world officials refuse
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The G7 refused to call the coronavirus the 'Wuhan Virus' despite US insistence
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25 Mar 3:01pm Coronavirus: NYC doctors warn of crippling workload in the new Covid-19 epicentre
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Hospital staff in the hardest hit US city say they are facing severe shortages of PPE and worry about contracting the novel virus
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25 Mar 2:47pm Last known survivor of transatlantic slave trade discovered thanks to new historic research
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Matilda McCrear was two years old when she was transported to US and sold into slavery
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25 Mar 1:44pm Coronavirus: British diplomat, 37, dies after contracting Covid-19 in Hungary
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Foreign secretary pays tribute to Steven Dick, head of mission at British Embassy in Budapest
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25 Mar 1:28pm 'Hard and crazy times': Families split apart by coronavirus lockdowns and travel bans
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Some of the many millions affected by restrictions share their stories of separation
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25 Mar 1:27pm Coronavirus: Schools that are open ditch uniforms, offer yoga and carry out temperature checks
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'We need to make sure we are not scaring them in this extreme environment,' teacher says
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25 Mar 1:18pm Inmates make video inside jail pleading for release amid coronavirus pandemic
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'We're not having no more people come in here with that symptom. We're not trying to put no more lives at risk'
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25 Mar 1:17pm 'Women are panicked': How domestic abuse refuges are struggling with the turmoil of coronavirus
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'I worry these women and children will return to dangerous situations,' says chief executive of refuge which houses woman at risk of murder
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25 Mar 1:15pm Coronavirus: More than half of Wuhan cases were asymptomatic or mild enough not to be reported, study says
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Research comes as concerns raised over China's recording of asymptomatic cases
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25 Mar 1:14pm 'Coronavirus wants to kill you' warns pastor in intensive care
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Mark McClurg left struggling to breathe after contracting Covid-19
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25 Mar 1:13pm Coronavirus: Birmingham NEC 'stands ready and equipped' to become next temporary UK hospital
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'We are in constant communication with NHS, police and fire service, and they are fully aware of venue's capabilities,' says chief executive
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25 Mar 1:08pm Coronavirus: 405,000 people have signed up to be NHS volunteers, Boris Johnson says
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'That is already, in one day, as many volunteers as the population of Coventry,' says the PM
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25 Mar 12:47pm Coronavirus: 21-year-old 'becomes youngest victim'
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'To all the people that thinks it's just a virus, please think again,' mother says
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25 Mar 12:46pm Coronavirus: Farmer 'punched and kicked' after telling Peak District walker to go home during lockdown
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Man left 'shaken and bruised' after being punched repeatedly and kicked in ribs
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25 Mar 12:46pm 'I'm being exposed': Delivery workers reveal what it's like to be on coronavirus frontline
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Limited supplies of hand sanitiser, long hours, and high healthcare costs endanger Amazon contractors
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25 Mar 12:42pm Coronavirus: Pastor again defies government orders and holds church services for hundreds of congregants
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Pastor Tony Spell told CNN his Life Tabernacle Church drew about 1,000 people to its services on Sunday
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25 Mar 12:39pm Coronavirus: NHS doctor kicked out by landlord because of Covid-19 fears
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'We need to protect and support NHS staff in this time. Not kick them out'
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25 Mar 12:32pm Coronavirus: Scientists warned China was 'time bomb' for an outbreak
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Report explains coronaviruses are well known to undergo genetic recombination
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25 Mar 12:24pm Coronavirus: TV networks cut away from Trump briefing as he contradicts health experts
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President's televised press briefings have been criticised as thinly disguised campaign rallies
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25 Mar 12:20pm Twitter removes 'violent' tweet from Nancy Pelosi's daughter about Rand Paul
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Christine Pelosi slams Kentucky senator for failing social distancing measures before positive coronavirus diagnosis
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25 Mar 12:14pm Coronavirus: US lockdown sees unexpected revival of drive-in theatres
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'It makes perfect sense. We can all sit in our cars, away from each other, and still do something fun,' says regular drive-in theatregoer and mum of three
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25 Mar 11:49am Coronavirus: New York hospital admission rates for Covid-19 decreasing
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New York state's hospitalisation admission rates for Covid-19 infections has declined over the last three days, hinting the density control plan could be working.
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25 Mar 11:45am Farewell Jeremy Corbyn, it's your country now
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The railways are nationalised, the planes are grounded, the government pays everyone's wages. It took a Chinese bat to do it, but the Labour leader's country as he imagined it is his for the taking
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25 Mar 11:42am Coronavirus: BBC boss tells staff he is suspending plans to cut news jobs to provide virus coverage
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'We've got to get on with doing the job that you're doing really brilliantly,' says Lord Hall
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25 Mar 11:41am Coronavirus stimulus package: House unlikely to get bill to Trump by Wednesday
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House leaders are still counting votes, but expect to send the aid package to president's desk soon, sources say
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25 Mar 11:40am Trump supporters turn on White House disease expert Dr Fauci and wildly accuse him of being a Clinton plant
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Pro-Trump supporters have begun to turn on NIAID director as president hints at lifting coronavirus measures
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25 Mar 11:34am Trump 'put the debt before the dead' in Puerto Rico and 'is doing it again' with coronavirus, mayor warns
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San Juan mayor slams president's 'botched efforts' on coronavirus pandemic
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25 Mar 11:22am Coronavirus: NYU grants medical students early graduation to help burned-out doctors
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'Burnout of our doctors has become a growing concern,' an email to students reads
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25 Mar 11:22am Stimulus package: Here's what Americans can expect from the $2trn coronavirus deal
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Americans who make $75,000 or less to get $1,200 payments from Washington
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25 Mar 11:21am 'Shoot violators on sight': India creaks under strain of total nationwide coronavirus lockdown
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While some are taking curfew measures very seriously indeed, even some of India's best-known politicians are flouting social distancing guidelines
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25 Mar 11:09am Man pleads guilty to 'coronavirus coughing' at police
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Incident follows similar cases in UK, US and Belgium
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25 Mar 10:49am Coronavirus: UN launches £1.5bn global humanitarian response to fight Covid-19 in most vulnerable countries
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'Covid-19 is menacing the whole of humanity – and so the whole of humanity must fight back,' says organisation
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25 Mar 10:22am Far-right terrorism driven by austerity in UK, former head of MI5 says
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'There seems to be a constituency of disaffected males who find extreme right-wing beliefs attractive,' Lord Evans says
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25 Mar 10:16am Coronavirus: Spain turns ice rink into morgue as death toll continues to rise
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Hotels converted into hospitals as Covid-19 overwhelms health system
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25 Mar 10:05am Coronavirus: Disabled people will be seen as 'expendable' under emergency powers, Tanni Grey-Thompson fears
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'Decisions will be taken by someone else about our usefulness that we will have no control over' Paralympian warns
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25 Mar 9:59am Julian Assange: Judge refuses to release Wikileaks founder from prison over coronavirus outbreak
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'This global pandemic does not of itself yet provide grounds for Mr Assange's release,' judge says
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25 Mar 9:55am Coronavirus: Abortion services at risk of collapse with women already denied procedures after government U-turn
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'I will either risk myself to Covid-19 while attempting to make my way to an appointment or have to resort to illegal practices outside of the healthcare system,' says woman
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25 Mar 9:50am Coronavirus: People who test positive could get five years in jail if they break quarantine in Italy
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Country gets stricter sanctions for those ignoring measures to combat virus
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25 Mar 9:49am Coronavirus: Boris Johnson accused of putting Brexit 'ideology' ahead of patients after snubbing EU equipment scheme
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Scheme leverages buying power of 500 million-strong single market to make bulk orders
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25 Mar 9:48am Coronavirus: U-turn on critical care advice for NHS amid fears disabled people will be denied treatment
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'Many autistic and learning disabled people and their families have believed that they are treated as less than human, and it certainly felt as if the guidance was confirming just that'
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25 Mar 9:31am Coronavirus: Trump's health team was not 'well informed' about his Easter goal to 'open' US
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Sixty per cent of key 2020 voting bloc, independents, approve of president's pandemic crisis management
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25 Mar 9:18am Coronavirus: Boris Johnson urged to help self-employed and shut down building sites
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Workers with infection forced to keep going to jobs, claims Jeremy Corbyn
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25 Mar 9:12am People who intentionally spread coronavirus could be charged as terrorists
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People who spread the coronavirus on purpose could be charged under existing laws, says the no.2 Justice Department official
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25 Mar 8:19am Coronavirus: Hundreds of Muslims pray together from balconies in Morocco
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Country on lockdown since 19 March, with mosques, schools and nonessential shops all shut
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25 Mar 8:16am Putin enlists the military following record jump in coronavirus cases
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Total number of confirmed cases up a third overnight to 658 nationwide
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25 Mar 8:14am Coronavirus: Trump administation says 13,500 Americans stranded overseas have asked for help
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A task force assembled by the US is working on getting flights out to those seeking assistance so they can get home
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25 Mar 8:04am Khashoggi murder: Top allies of Saudi Crown Prince named in new indictment
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Charges sure to raise tensions between Ankara and Riyadh
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25 Mar 7:56am Coronavirus: Priests give communion with shared spoon as Romania outbreak spreads
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President Klaus Iohannis brings in travel restrictions and night-time curfew
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25 Mar 7:55am Coronavirus: Government under pressure to order closure of construction sites
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Ministers accused of prioritising economy over health
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25 Mar 7:53am Coronavirus: Amazon workers test positive for Covid-19 at six US warehouses
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'We are following guidelines and taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of all employees at our sites,' says spokeswoman
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25 Mar 7:49am Coronavirus demand on intensive care units should not overwhelm NHS during peak, says health expert
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Decision on whether to lift lockdown in three or four weeks 'will determine whether outbreak returns'
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25 Mar 7:40am 'One for $3.50, Two for $99': How one shop is stopping toilet paper greed during Australia's coronavirus outbreak
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Store owner tells customers to 'think of other people' and stop panic buying toilet roll
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25 Mar 7:35am Coronavirus vaccine: Slow mutation suggests jab could offer 'immunity for a long time', says scientist
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'The mutation rate of the virus would suggest that the vaccine developed for Sars-CoV-2 would be a single vaccine, rather than a new vaccine every year like the flu vaccine,' molecular geneticist says
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25 Mar 7:25am Coronavirus: 'Pay your staff' graffitied on Wetherspoon pub after millionaire owner tells workforce to get jobs in Tesco
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'Whilst other companies such as Costa have promised their staff eight weeks fully paid, Wetherspoons have left over 40,000 people without their next pay date,' say employees on strike
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25 Mar 7:11am Coronavirus: Tory MP pledges to donate part of her £79,000 salary to help those struggling
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'It is not much but I feel helpless in many other ways and my inbox is breaking my heart', says Tracey Crouch
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25 Mar 6:55am Coronavirus: Spain death toll overtakes China after surge in cases
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Record-high of 738 deaths in single day reported since Tuesday
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25 Mar 6:52am Coronavirus: Chinese students paying £20,000 for seats on private jets to escape US as death toll rises
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Window for chartered flights closing fast as countries impose further travel restrictions to combat spread of Covid-19
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25 Mar 6:37am 'Unbelievable': Police disperse barbeque attended by more than 20 people just one day after coronavirus lockdown announced
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Attendee tells officers her children have to eat - but can't explain why they couldn't do so at home
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25 Mar 6:30am Kentucky governor condemns 'coronavirus parties' after attendee tests positive
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'This is one that makes me mad,' Andy Beshear tells citizens
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25 Mar 6:11am Coronavirus: Drivers given six-month MOT holiday because of pandemic
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Relaxation of rules applies to car, motorcycle and vans
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25 Mar 3:36am Coronavirus: More than 170,000 people sign up to volunteer for NHS within hours of appeal being launched
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More than 170,000 people have signed up to volunteer for the NHS during the coronavirus crisis, according to the group coordinating the response.
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25 Mar 3:24am Colorado becomes 22nd state to abolish death penalty
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Its last execution was in 1997, but eliminating it still proved tough for repeal supporters
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25 Mar 3:21am Six out of seven Trump resorts closed amid crisis as first family refuse to rule out accepting government bailout
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The president is considering easing restrictions on movement sooner than federal public health experts recommend, in the name of reducing the virus's economic damage
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25 Mar 3:15am Victims losing confidence in criminal justice system, research suggests as coronavirus delays trials
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Victims' commissioner warns that bad experiences will make fewer people willing to support prosecutions
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24 Mar 8:03pm Guarantee the self-employed 80% of their income too, urges think tank
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The Resolution Foundation think tank says the Government should offer to cover most of the lost incomes of the self-employed through a new compensation scheme
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