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Mexico’s coronavirus death surge puts testing regime under the microscope

Mexico went into the coronavirus outbreak insisting it would beat the pandemic without mass testing, but with deaths surging as it prepares to exit lockdown, the strategy looks increasingly untenable.
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COVID-19 spikes in Arizona, Texas and Florida; church linked to Oregon outbreak

For a second week in a row, half a dozen U.S. states face a surge in new coronavirus cases and rising hospitalizations, including an outbreak linked to a church in rural Oregon.
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Weekly coronavirus death toll in French nursing homes doubles to 73

The number of people who died from coronavirus infection in France rose by 111 to 29,547 on Tuesday with the health ministry including weekly data for the death toll in nursing homes.
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Steroid drug hailed as ‘breakthrough’ for seriously ill COVID-19 patients

A cheap and widely used steroid called dexamethasone has become the first drug shown to be able to save the lives of COVID-19 patients in what scientists said is a "major breakthrough" in the coronavirus pandemic.
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U.S. CDC reports 2,104,346 coronavirus cases, 116,140 deaths

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday reported 2,104,346 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 18,577 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 496 to 116,140.
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Chile says accounting errors led to omission of 31,000 coronavirus cases

A rash of accounting glitches in Chile led to the omission of more than 31,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, or nearly one-sixth of the country's total so far, health officials said on Tuesday.
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Exclusive: CureVac becomes second company to test coronavirus vaccine in Germany – sources

The unlisted biotech firm CureVac will become the second company to launch human trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine in Germany, two people familiar with the plans told Reuters on Tuesday.
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WHO Americas director says coronavirus pandemic still accelerating in the region

The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the Americas is fast approaching 4 million with almost 204,000 deaths, and the pandemic continues to accelerate, World Health Organization (WHO) regional director Carissa Etienne said on Tuesday.
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U.S. appeals court rejects rule requiring drug prices in TV ads

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that struck down a Trump administration rule that required pharmaceutical companies to include the wholesale prices of their drugs in television advertisements.
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UK continuing drug trials to improve on COVID-19 steroid treatment

Britain is continuing medical trials to see if it can combine other drugs with a steroid treatment shown to reduce deaths among some COVID-19 patients, Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said on Tuesday.
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U.S. narrowing support to seven COVID-19 vaccine candidates, expects them to be free for many

The Trump administration aims to narrow its financial support to about seven experimental coronavirus vaccines from the 14 it has been working with so far, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Tuesday.
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China’s capital reimposes travel curbs to stop new coronavirus infections

China sharply ramped up restrictions on people leaving the capital on Tuesday in an effort to stop the most serious coronavirus flare-up since February from spreading to other cities and provinces.
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Israel approves remdesivir drug for COVID-19 treatment

Israel approved on Tuesday the use of Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 infection.
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WHO Americas director says COVID-19 pandemic still accelerating in the region

The World Health Organization's regional director for the Americas Carissa Etienne said on Tuesday that the region is fast approaching 4 million cases of coronavirus and the pandemic continues to accelerate.
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France’s COVID tracing app hard to link to others, EU official says

A coronavirus contact tracing app being introduced in France may not be able to connect with others across the European Union because it stores data centrally, EU Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday.
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Graphic: Tracking the lockdown – what is opening up around the world

National and local authorities around the world are winding down restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, gradually lifting the lockdowns that have stunted economies, decimated jobs and thrown millions into poverty.
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Factbox: AstraZeneca’s potential coronavirus vaccine

British drugmaker AstraZeneca's latest agreement to manufacture its potential COVID-19 vaccine, with Cobra Biologics, aims for first delivery of the candidate shot to the UK in September.
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Heart disease, diabetes significantly raise risk of hospitalization, death from COVID-19: U.S. study

People with underlying health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are six times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and have a risk of coronavirus-related death 12 times higher than otherwise healthy individuals, a U.S. study found.
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Beijing city raises COVID-19 emergency response level to II from III

Beijing's city government on Tuesday raised its COVID-19 emergency response level to II from III, according to state media.
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U.S. narrows list of promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates to about seven

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is narrowing its list of promising experimental coronavirus vaccines to about seven from 14, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday.
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Steroid drug hailed as ‘breakthrough’ in COVID-19 as trial shows it saves lives

A cheap and widely-used steroid called dexamethasone has become the first drug shown to be able to save lives among COVID-19 patients in what scientists said is a "major breakthrough" in the coronavirus pandemic.
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Lighting maker Signify: UV light ‘degrades’ coronavirus quickly

Signify, the world's largest lighting manufacturer, said on Tuesday researchers at Boston University had confirmed an ultraviolet light made by the company works to degrade most coronavirus in a laboratory setting in a matter of seconds.
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Cameroon archbishop says treating COVID-19 with plant-based remedy

A Catholic archbishop in Cameroon says he has developed two plant-based remedies for COVID-19 which are given free to those who test positive for the respiratory disease.
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Lilly’s breast cancer drug succeeds in study, shares rise 11%

Eli Lilly and Co said on Tuesday its treatment, Verzenio, met the trial goal of reducing the risk of early-stage breast cancer returning, sending the company's shares up 11%.
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Scientists hail dexamethasone as ‘major breakthrough’ in treating COVID-19

Dexamethasone, a cheap and widely used steroid, has become the first drug shown to be able to save lives among COVID-19 patients in what scientists hailed as a "major breakthrough".
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Dexamethasone trial result most important so far, says English health chief

England's Chief Medical Officer has hailed a finding that steroid drug dexamethasone can save the lives of those severely ill with COVID-19 as the most important trial result so far, as scientists seek effective treatments for the new disease.
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China’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows promise in human trials, CNBG says

China National Biotec Group (CNBG) said on Tuesday its experimental coronavirus vaccine has triggered antibodies in clinical trials and the company plans late-stage human trials in foreign countries.
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French nurse: We cared for COVID patients, who will care for us?

At the peak of the COVID-19 crisis in France, 29-year-old nurse Justine Debrie volunteered to work in a hospital coronavirus unit. Now she wants to know how the French state is going to recognise her sacrifice.
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German coronavirus smartphone tracing app goes live

Germany sought to mobilize the public on Tuesday to download a new smartphone app that seeks to help break the chain of coronavirus infections, one of several such apps in Europe that governments hope will revive travel and tourism.
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Amazon to use AI tech in its warehouses to enforce social distancing

Amazon.com Inc on Tuesday launched an artificial intelligence-based tracking system to enforce social distancing at its offices and warehouses to help reduce any risk of contracting the new coronavirus among its workers.
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France gives its drugs industry a shot in the arm to tackle pandemic

France's president and top drugmaker announced plans on Tuesday to bolster domestic production of medicines as countries scramble to strengthen their healthcare industries to counter the coronavirus pandemic.
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Germany launches coronavirus app as EU eyes travel revival

Germany appealed to the public on Tuesday to download a new smartphone app to help break the chain of coronavirus infections, one of several such apps that European governments hope will revive travel and tourism safely.
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Steroid dexamethasone reduces deaths among patients with severe COVID-19: trial shows

Giving low doses of the generic steroid drug dexamethasone to patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 reduced death rates by around a third among those with the most severe cases of infection, trial data showed on Tuesday.
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As coronavirus returns, Beijingers face disruption, anxiety

Beijing's scramble to contain a coronavirus outbreak, just over a week after containment measures had been eased and life had returned to near-normal, is disrupting activity for many residents and fueling concerns of further tightening.
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Amazon deploys AI-based tech to maintain social distancing at its facilities

Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it has launched a new system using artificial intelligence to enforce social distancing at its offices and warehouses, in its latest move to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission among its workers.
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Under 20s around half as susceptible to COVID-19, study finds

People under 20 are around half as susceptible to COVID-19 as people aged 20 or above, according to research published on Tuesday, and clinical symptoms of the pandemic disease appear in only about a fifth of infections in children and teens.
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Sanofi to invest 610 millions euros at two French vaccines sites

French drugmaker Sanofi on Tuesday said it would invest 610 million euros ($679.4 million) at two of its French sites to turn them into a hub dedicated to research, development and production of vaccines.
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Sanofi’s Hudson: ‘Our heart beats in France’

Sanofi's Chief Executive Paul Hudson on Tuesday sought to set aside tensions with the French government and said the drugmaker was committed to helping France build up its healthcare independence.
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U.S. health insurers may balk at paying for coronavirus antibody testing

U.S. health insurers may balk at covering tests that look for coronavirus antibodies in some cases, arguing that employers or the government should foot a bill expected to run into billions of dollars.