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Shopify, BlackBerry develop COVID-19 app; Canada to roll out voluntary tests

Canadian technology firms Shopify Inc and Blackberry Ltd are developing a mobile contact testing app for the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.
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California orders residents to wear masks in ‘most settings outside the home’

California on Thursday ordered residents to wear masks in "most settings outside the home," saying the new rule was necessary because too many Californians were neglecting to cover their faces during the coronavirus pandemic.
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New French coronavirus deaths steady, infections creep up

The number of people who died from coronavirus infection in France rose by 28 to 29,603 on Thursday, the same increase as Wednesday, but the number of new confirmed cases crept up again to reach a five-day high.
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Canada hits 100,000 coronavirus cases, major challenges remain

Canada officially racked up 100,000 cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday and although the outbreak is slowing, health experts said major challenges remain.
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Blood type, genes tied to risk of severe COVID-19: European study

A person's blood type and other genetic factors may be linked with severity of coronavirus infection, according to European researchers looking for further clues about why COVID-19 hits some so much harder than others.
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Iran’s death toll from coronavirus outbreak approaches 10,000

Iran is approaching 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in the country, according to official figures from the Ministry of Health.
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UK ditches homegrown COVID-19 tracing app to use Google-Apple model

Britain will switch to the Apple and Google model for its COVID-19 test-and-trace app, ditching an attempt to develop an app by itself after the homegrown system did not work well enough on Apple's iPhone, the government said on Thursday.
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France reports 28 more coronavirus deaths, cases up slightly

The number of people who died from coronavirus infection in France rose by 28 to 29,603 on Thursday, the same increase as Wednesday.
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No date for release of test-and-trace app in UK, minister says

Britain's health minister declined on Thursday to set a date for when a smartphone app to help trace people who have been in contact with a person infected with the new coronavirus would be rolled out.
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Johnson & Johnson in talks with governments on possible COVID-19 vaccine

Johnson & Johnson is in talks with multiple governments and global organizations as it seeks to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, it said on Thursday after Reuters reported that the U.S. company is in talks over a potential EU supply deal.
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U.S. court rules in favor of Mylan over Biogen’s key MS drug patent

A U.S. district court on Thursday ruled in favor of generic drugmaker Mylan NV in a patent dispute over Biogen Inc's blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug, Tecfidera, sending Biogen's shares down nearly 6%.
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UK ditches COVID-19 app model to use Google-Apple system

Britain will switch to Apple and Google technology for its COVID-19 test-and-trace app, ditching its homegrown system which was not working well enough on Apple's iPhone, the government said on Thursday.
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Filipino SFX artist seeks to ward off virus with horror-inspired face masks

With film and television productions halted in the Philippines due to lockdown, one special effects artist is maximizing his skills by making scary face masks to raise cash and a few smiles.
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U.S. district court rules for Mylan in MS drug patent battle with Biogen

A U.S. district court on Thursday ruled in favor of generic drugmaker Mylan NV in a patent dispute over Biogen Inc's blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera, sending Biogen's shares down nearly 6%.
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UK ditches COVID-19 app model to use Google-Apple system, BBC says

The British government will switch to Apple and Google technology for its test-and-trace app, ditching its current system in a U-turn for the troubled programme, the BBC reported on Thursday.
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New study casts more doubt on Swedish coronavirus immunity hopes

Sweden's hopes of getting help from herd immunity in combating the coronavirus received a fresh blow on Thursday, when a new study showed fewer than anticipated had developed antibodies.
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Medtronic ties up with Foxconn to boost ventilator production

Medtronic said on Thursday it had partnered with Foxconn to boost production of its ventilators to 10,000 over the next year amid surging demand as the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus overwhelms hospitals.
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Russia says preparing for new wave of coronavirus in autumn

Russia said on Thursday it was already preparing for a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the autumn, after officials reported their lowest daily rise in new infections since May 1.
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Pfizer’s hemophilia gene therapy shows sustained effect in early-stage study

Pfizer Inc and Sangamo Therapeutics Inc said on Thursday their gene therapy helped maintain levels of a vital protein for up to 14 months in patients with a rare genetic disorder in which blood does not clot easily.
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Medtronic partners with Foxconn to boost ventilator production

Medical device maker Medtronic said on Thursday it had partnered with Foxconn to increase production of its ventilators that are critical in the care of patients with COVID-19.
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UK to use Google-Apple model for tracing app in U-turn: BBC

The British government will abandon the centralized model of its coronavirus test-and-trace app and switch to one based on technology provided by Apple and Google, the BBC reported on Thursday.
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Exclusive: EU in advanced talks with Johnson & Johnson on COVID-19 vaccine deal – sources

The European Commission is in advanced talks with pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson to reserve or make an up-front purchase of its COVID-19 vaccine under development, two officials familiar with the talks told Reuters.
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British, Australian PMs agree investigation into origins of coronavirus outbreak needed

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed the need for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak with his Australian counterpart, Downing Street said on Thursday.
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China finds heavy coronavirus traces in seafood, meat sections of Beijing food market

China has found the trading sections for meat and seafood in Beijing's wholesale food market to be severely contaminated with the new coronavirus and suspects the area's low temperature and high humidity may have been contributing factors, officials sa...
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Russia revises sharply higher coronavirus death toll among medics

Russia has revised steeply higher, to nearly 500, the number of medical workers who have died after contracting COVID-19, illustrating the severe toll the pandemic has taken on its frontline doctors and nurses.
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WHO hopes for hundreds of millions of vaccine doses this year, 2 billion next year

The World Health Organization hopes hundreds of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine can be produced this year and 2 billion doses by the end of 2021, chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Thursday.
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England’s COVID-19 test and trace system reaches over 85,000 in two weeks

The number of contacts of positive COVID-19 cases reached by England's test and trace system in its first two weeks of operation was 87,639, Britain's health ministry said on Thursday.
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Exclusive: EU in advanced talks with Johnson & Johnson on COVID-19 vaccine deal – sources

The European Commission is in advanced talks with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to reserve or buy up-front doses of its COVID-19 vaccine under development, two officials familiar with the talks told Reuters.
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Beijing’s coronavirus outbreak under control, Chinese expert says

Beijing has brought its latest coronavirus outbreak under control, a Chinese medical expert said on Thursday, although the capital can still expect sporadic new cases.
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Exclusive: Peru miners restart pandemic-hit operations with mass testing, isolating workers

Peru's miners are revving up stalled operations with mass testing, isolation periods and revamped shift patterns, setting up the world's No. 2 copper producer to hit 80% of production capacity by the end of June, industry officials said.
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WHO drawing up plans for ‘fair, equitable’ access to COVID-19 vaccine

The World Health Organization is drawing up plans to help decide who should be prioritized for a vaccine against COVID-19 once an inoculation has been approved, its chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Thursday.
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Beijing residents rush coronavirus test clinics as emergency rules expand

China's capital has mandated coronavirus tests for hundreds of thousands of people as it widens measures against a new outbreak of the disease that has sent anxious residents flooding to clinics for voluntary tests, putting a strain on the system.
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WHO testing interim data from COVID-19 trial on HIV drugs

The World Health Organization is looking at interim data from its large multi-country trial of the combination of HIV drugs Lopinavir and Ritonavir to treat COVID-19 patients, the UN agency's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Thursday.
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Beijing coronavirus outbreak under control – Chinese CDC expert

Beijing's latest coronavirus outbreak has been brought under control, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist of China's Center for Diseases Prevention and Control, said at a regular news conference on Thursday.
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Russia’s new coronavirus cases rise at lowest in six weeks

Russia on Thursday reported 7,790 new cases of the novel coronavirus, its lowest daily rise in infections in six weeks, bringing the nationwide total to 561,091.
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Novacyt shares jump after launch of new COVID-19 testing products

Healthcare and clinical diagnostics company Novacyt, whose shares have surged on the back of its COVID-19 testing products, on Thursday announced the launch of three new products to support testing for the presence of the virus.
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Novacyt launches three new products to support COVID-19 testing

Healthcare and clinical diagnostics company Novacyt, whose shares have surged on the back of its COVID-19 testing products, announced on Thursday the launch of three new products to support testing for the presence of the virus.
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Thailand reports six new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

Thailand on Thursday reported six new coronavirus infections and no new deaths, bringing its total to 3,141 confirmed cases, of which 58 were fatalities.
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From Asia to Africa, ‘Sesame Street’ special tackles coronavirus pandemic

Elmo, Cookie Monster and Muppets from Asia and the Middle East are joining forces for a special episode of "Sesame Street" aimed at helping kids cope with a world turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic.