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Here’s the latest for Wednesday April 1st: New York deaths double in 3 days, with worst to come; Cruise ships must stay at sea with sick onboard; Europe facing extraoridinary demand for ICU beds and doctors; Virus forces Wimbledon cancellation for the first time since WW II. (April 1)

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Latin America’s glaring inequality as COVID-19 spreads across the region

The coronavirus is taking root in the world’s most unequal region after many of Latin America’s first cases arrived with members of the elite returning from vacations or work trips to Europe and the United States. Many of the wealthy are already recovering, but experts warn that the virus could kill scores of the poorest people. Those in poverty must work to feed their families, live in unsanitary conditions and lack proper medical care. Some locked-down countries are paying those who have been told to stay home to reduce the spread of the virus. But the effort is patchwork and doesn’t apply to everyone who needs help.

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Coronavirus: Paris-CDG terminals closed, flights cancelled | AFP

Terminals closed, flights cancelled, aircraft on the ground: Roissy-Charles de Gaulle near Paris, Europe’s second largest airport, is empty of passengers due to the coronavirus. Only a few remaining holidaymakers wander around, struggling to find a flight home.

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‘It’s not rosy’: Kenya’s flowers rot amid virus slowdown | AFP

As the coronavirus pandemic has brought the world’s biggest economies to a halt, stopping flights, gatherings and much of daily life, Kenya’s flower industry has wilted. Instead of being flown to Europe or the Middle East for weddings, funerals and romantic gestures, tens of thousands of roses now lie rotting in an improvised dumpsite.

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Madrid’s largest exhibition centre transforms into hospital in battle with coronavirus spread | AFP

Madrid’s largest exhibition centre is being transformed into a hospital, where 5,500 beds will be installed, as Spain ramps up its efforts to battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The country on Saturday reported a 32 percent spike in new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the national total to 1,326 fatalities, the second-highest in Europe after Italy.

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Czech bedsheet maker switches to face masks to fight coronavirus | AFP

Just a week ago, the small Czech company Nanospace was producing bed linen using nanomembrane — a textile with a very fine web of nanofibres — to protect allergic sleepers from mites. But as the deadly novel coronavirus started reaping its grim toll in Europe, Nanospace workshops began churning out 10,000 nanomembrane face masks per day for two hospitals in the southern Czech Republic.

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Europe in the time of coronavirus: reported cases pass 100,000 mark | AFP

Coronavirus lockdown has left cities across Europe deserted: Rome, Paris, Madrid. But for Europe it all began on 24 Jan. Within days new cases had been confirmed in many neighbouring states. Today all countries within continental Europe have declared at least one case of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Gratitude for health workers spreads across Europe

A nightly minute of applause for medical workers is becoming a new tradition in many cities in Europe hit hard by the coronavirus. (March 19)

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Can We Trust Russia’s Low Coronavirus Infection Rate?

MOSCOW – The fight against coronavirus has stopped performances by the world famous Bolshoi Theater company, something that even World War II couldn’t do.

It’s part of Russia’s efforts to contain an outbreak which President Putin claims as “a whole is under control.”

For weeks, Russia only reported a handful of infections. Then on Monday, that number went from 63 to 93. The next day it was 114, and the day after 147.

The government jumped into action— closing the border to foreigners, banning gatherings of more than 50, and forcing residents returning from abroad to self-isolate. Muscovites responded by stockpiling, emptying supermarket shelves and wearing face masks.

But for some experts this response might be coming too late. Anastasia Vasilyeva, Head of an independent doctors union, Doctors Alliance told VICE News, “Across the country, there are a huge amount of patients with pneumonia … we cannot ignore the coincidence and link these pneumonia cases with Coronavirus. In my opinion, there are tens of thousands of cases that we don’t know about.”

She’s not the only one who is worried that the rate of infection in a country of 146 million people, that borders China on one side and Europe on the other, seems suspiciously low. Especially because most people who arrived from abroad haven’t been tested.

Although Putin claims Russia has curtailed the spread of the epidemic he’s called for an increase in the production of tests and more supplies of medicine and equipment. The government has gone so far as to order prisoners to start making face masks.

But for Vasilyeva, the national response isn’t going far enough: “Russia is absolutely not ready for the epidemic. I am more than sure that even serious cases and deaths will be simply hidden from the population.”

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Alone, Rome’s seniors live in lockdown silence | AFP

In Italy, the oldest country in Europe according to statistics and where few elderly people live in retirement homes, the question of their isolation has arisen in the middle of a coronavirus crisis.

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Europeans show solidarity with medical staff battling coronavirus outbreak | AFP

Europeans clap and cheer from their balconies and windows to show their support for medical staff on the frontlines as the continent battles the spiralling coronavirus crisis. More deaths have now been recorded in Europe, the new virus epicentre, than in Asia since the outbreak first emerged in China in December.

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EU chief proposes ban on ‘non-essential’ travel into the bloc | AFP

EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen proposes that the bloc close its borders to non-essential travel, as Europe scrambles to fight the spread of the coronavirus disease. “We propose to introduce a temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union,” she says. IMAGES

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Keeno – Old School Lane

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After setting his 2020 story in motion with the stunning ‘I Wonder’, Keeno brings his trademark mastery of classical inspired drum & bass with ‘Troopers Peak’ and ‘Old School Lane’ – his debut release since becoming an official artist on Hospital Records, following the closure of sister label Med School. With his impressive back catalogue of albums ‘Life Cycle’, ‘All The Shimmering Things’ and ‘Futurist’, Keeno continues to champion the more refined and elegant side to drum & bass.

Opening with a stunning cinematic reprise, ‘Troopers Peak’ is a showcase of Keeno’s ability to fuse the worlds of classical music with drum & bass in this sublime piano driven number, that rounds off with beautiful string atmospherics. B-Side track ‘Old School Lane’ takes a darker path to the clean-edged A-Side, layered with grizzly synths and dramatic string work for a formidable stepper that’s in a class of its own.

Keeno carries the torch for emotive, orchestral drum & bass into the new decade with a dedicated following for his unique, distinctive productions and for hosting his own Bristol Mix Sessions podcast. He’s received support across the UK airwaves with plays across BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and 6Music plus Keeno’s technical prowess in the studio has seen extensive features in leading tech music publications Future Mag and Computer Mag. He also continues to set himself apart as a DJ with a worldwide demand across Europe and a mainstay presence at Hospitality shows including Hospitality Returns To The Dock for a special Med School Graduation B2B2B2B set with Etherwood, Whiney and Bop.

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Trump says travel ban to be extended to UK, Ireland | AFP

US President Donald Trump says the travel ban will be extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland, during a press briefing at the White House on the coronavirus. The president’s 30-day ban on travellers from Europe comes into effect today. SOUNDBITE

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Europe now ‘epicentre’ of COVID-19 pandemic: WHO | AFP

Europe is now the “epicentre” for the global coronavirus pandemic, says Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general SOUNDBITE

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Images of Dulles Airport after Trump announces air travel restrictions from Europe | AFP

Images of Dulles International Airport after US President Donald Trump’s decision to impose a 30-day ban on travel from mainland Europe over the coronavirus pandemic that sent markets into a tailspin and sparked panic among stranded travellers. IMAGES

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Europe, Russia postpone rover mission to Mars

The European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos are postponing a planned joint mission to Mars until 2022. The ExoMars mission was due to launch this year but concerns about possible technical problems prompted both agencies to delay. (March 12)

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Coronavirus: Reactions in London as Trump excludes UK from Europe flight ban | AFP

Londoners say a decision by US President Donald Trump to ban travel from mainland Europe, but not the UK, over the coronavirus pandemic is “stupid” and “all about politics and trying to get re-elected”. from LondonersN°1PT97H

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