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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s condition worsens, admitted to ICU

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the intensive care unit at the St Thomas’ Hospital in London. His state has worsened after testing positive for Coronavirus a few days ago. First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab is the acting Deputy while PM Boris seeks treatment. Johnson’s diagnosis made him the first major governmental leader known to have contracted the disease.

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Can latex gloves protect you from catching novel Coronavirus?

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According to an NHS doctor wearing gloves could contribute to further spread of Coronavirus rather than stopping it. WHO (World Health Organization)has also recommended that people should not wear gloves or face masks to protect themselves. People concerned for their well being should follow personal hygiene instead of wearing gloves or face masks as they might carry germs for a longer period thus exposing more people to

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Coronavirus in India: Death toll rises to 129; total tally reaches 4650

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India reported 8 new deaths from Coronavirus infection on 6 April 2020, bringing total to 129. More than 4650 people are infected with novel Coronavirus in India. Over 400 new infections were reported in the day with about 120 infections from Maharashtra, the worst affected state of India. The country is in a nationwide lockdown until 14 April 2020.

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Etihad to trial self-service technology to identify illness symptoms

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Etihad Airways will partner with Australian company Elenium Automation to trial new self-service technology based devices. These devices can be used to help identify travelers with medical conditions including early stages of COVID-19. Etihad will be the first to trial the technology, which can monitor temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate of anyone using an airport touchpoint to identify symptoms of illness.

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UAE sends medical supplies on aid plane to Italy

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UAE dispatched an aid plane carrying nearly 10 tonnes of medical supplies to Italy for assisting the country in fighting Coronavirus outbreak. The aid, part of UAE’s commitment to cooperating with countries affected by the outbreak, will benefit over ten thousand healthcare professionals. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio stated that the aid by UAE symbolizes the solidarity between two countries.

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Church announces plans to construct 'temple' in Dubai

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will soon build a temple in Dubai. It will be the first temple of the church in entire Middle East. The temple will serve thousands of Latter-day Saints living in the Gulf States and many member districts in the Middle East, northern Africa, eastern Europe, and western Asia.

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Emirates Auction activates remote working across all branches

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Emirates Auction has implemented remote working for all its branches as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. The new work system has been implemented using the latest techniques, applications, and systems to help employees accomplish their daily tasks without any impact on workflow. A remote working system has also been activated for the head office of Emirates Auction.

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Global fall in deaths from COVID-19 as fatalities near 10,000 in US

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Countries including Italy and Spain reported a decline in deaths from Coronavirus pandemic on 6 April 2020. The drop comes at a time when the global death toll from the virus has crossed 70,000 marks. US has become the biggest casualty with about 9,700 deaths till date. The country is expected to cross the 10,000 death mark soon as new cases come to light every minute.

Read More at Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

UN Human Rights stress on racial equity and equality amid COVID-19

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UN Human Rights experts have appealed governments to commit to racial equity and equality in providing health services for all. Discrimination in health services during COVID-19 crisis could lead to a risk of higher death rate. Experts also highlighted a lack of representation at high levels, emphasizing that governments should examine how the use of discretion without adequate guidance could impact risk.

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Madonna donates USD1 mn to for Coronavirus vaccine development

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American singer-songwriter Madonna has donated USD1 million to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the creation of a COVID-19 vaccine. The donation came after Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced his plans to fund seven different labs to find a cure for the disease. Last month, Madonna called Coronavirus 'the great equalizer' in a song clip.

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UAE: DHA answers queries about Coronavirus now on WhatsApp

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Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is now available on the messaging platform 'WhatsApp' to answer public queries about Coronavirus. People can simply send a 'Hi' to the service number to get their questions answered. The service is available 24 hours a day. The Government of Dubai has taken various measures for public safety amid Coronavirus crisis.

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UAE reports 277 new Coronavirus cases, total crosses 2000 mark

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UAE reported 277 new cases of novel Coronavirus infections on 6 April 2020, bringing the tally to 2076. Out of these, 23 patients have recovered from the disease in UAE, taking the recovery tally to 167. Cases in UAE are less than others due to the many wise decisions by leadership including 24 hr disinfection drive to fight COVID-19 spread.

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Iraq: Rockets fired at oil company compound

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Three rockets were fired at an oil industry compound that houses foreign workers in south Iraq on 6 April 2020. According to local police, the attack took place at around 3 am local time. The attack has not affected production and export operations from the facility but an attack on residential area has raised fears among the workers.

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Dubai Police launch video-conferencing service for inmates with families

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Dubai Police recently launched a remote visual communication service for inmates and their families. The service also fulfills the Dubai Police's commitment to precautionary and preventive measures called upon by the Dubai Government in light of the current global COVID-19 crisis. Families first need to request an online visit through the Dubai Police App for visual communication with the inmate.

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Bollywood celebrities come together in music video to spread smiles

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As India continues to battle COVID-19, Bollywood superstars have come together with the message of hope. 'Jjust Music' and 'Cape of Good Films' has launched an engaging and positive song during the lockdown period. Celebrities including Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Tapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pedhnekar, Tiger Shroff, and many others collaborated for the song ‘Muskurayega India’.

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Spain records lowest Coronavirus death toll in over two weeks

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Spain reported the lowest number of new Coronavirus deaths in more than two weeks, a sign that Europe’s biggest outbreak is slowing. Death toll in the country was recorded at 637 in the past 24 hours, a smaller count than previous day 674 deaths. The entire country is under lockdown since 15 March 2020, yet Spain is planning to extend the lockdown period to 25 April 2020.

Read More at Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

BREAKING: Coronavirus global death toll tops 70,000

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Global death toll from Coronavirus pandemic has crossed 70,000 fatalities. Italy with over 15,900 casualties reported most deaths from the infection followed by Spain and France with about 13,000 and 8,000 deaths respectively. Over 9,700 patients died in United States of America due to the infection with New York City reporting about 3,200 deaths.

Read More at Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

‘Muskurayega India’ – song to bring hope amid this uncertain situation

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar who is continuously interacting with his fans and urging all to stay home and stay safe amid Coronavirus, opened about the release of a song. The song titled ‘Muskurayega India’ is one bringing hope amid this situation clouded over the world. The song will be out at 6:00 pm IST on 6 April 2020.

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Alibaba founder donates medical equipment for Africa

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Alibaba founder Jack Ma recently donated medical equipment to 54 countries in Africa. The second part of this donation package that includes 500 ventilators and 200,000 protective suits is already on its way, Jack Ma revealed on his Twitter account. Alibaba Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation earlier donated medical supplies to Pakistan, Spain, and some other European countries as a part of its COVID-19 relief efforts.

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Dubai Startup Hub launches weekly digital meetup for new members

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Dubai Startup Hub has organised its first online event for new members, focused on the continued delivery of all programmes and activities digitally. The hub introduced forty new members to various new initiatives offered to enhance competitiveness and help them sustain during the webinar. The hub also revealed that it would provide new online mentorship services starting April 2020 to support entrepreneurs.

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Severe tropical cyclone Harold hits South Pacific islands

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A severe tropical cyclone, named Harold by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology hit the South Pacific islands on 6 April 2020. It is said to be continuously trekking east-southeastward in the coming days. Cyclone Harold has strengthened and categorized in ‘Category 5’. Australian High Commission in Vanuata announced of red alert in provinces of Sanma, Torba, Penama, and Malampa.

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Ras Al Khaimah authority plans measures to support tourism industry

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Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has launched support measures to help tourism industry after Coronavirus pandemic. The measures, to be placed from mid-April, will include six month waiver of all touristic licenses and waiver of tourism dirhams from March to May. Tourism authority has stated that it has sent all stakeholders a comprehensive contingency plan mapping out short-to-mid term solutions.

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Singer Mavis Staples released new charity song titled ‘All In It Together’

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American gospel singer Mavis Staples released a new charity song, titled ‘All In It Together’ on 3 April 2020. This came to raise funds to help elderly people in Chicago amid Coronavirus outbreak. It got released on Bandcamp and all main streaming platforms. The proceeds of this charity song will go to ‘My Block, My Hood, My City’, as stated by Mavis.

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Emaar Properties donated AED100 million to Social Solidarity Fund

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UAE’s Emaar Properties donated AED 100 million to support the ‘Social Solidarity Fund against COVID-19’. This fund was launched by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai. Emaar Properties is among the first to take steps to support the authorities’ measures to contain the spread of the virus by closing its commercial and leisure destinations.

Read More at Dubai Media Office

Taliban state that US peace deal near breaking point

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Taliban has stated that their peace deal with US was nearing a breaking point. Taliban has accused Washington of violations including drone attacks on civilians, and chastising Afghan government for delaying release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners. Taliban released a statement on 5 April 2020, warning of more violence if US and Afghan government continue the alleged violence of the peace deal.

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Indian Railways become country's transportation backbone amid lockdown

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As India continues to curb spread of Coronavirus pandemic, Indian Railways is helping with supply of essential commodities. The department has transported 1342 wagons of sugar, 958 wagons of salt, and 378 wagons of edible oil to help with ease of supply of edible items across India. Passenger trains have been suspended by the railways but goods trains are running unaffected to transport essential items.

Read More at Indian Ministry of Broadcasting

European Union approves monetary support scheme for virus-hit firms

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European Union has approved a USD61.6 billion scheme to shield private businesses from impact of Coronavirus pandemic. The scheme would provide relief to businesses in forms of tax cuts and subsidies so that they maintain production and employment of workforce as economic crisis from Coronavirus deepens. The package will apparently include United Kingdom as it is still under the transition period of its exit from EU.

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COVID-19 Update: Indian government to implement Ministers and MPs' salary cut

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India’s Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javdekar held a press briefing cabinet meeting. All MPs and President will be taking 30% salary cut for next year with immediate effect. All MPs will also contribute INR79 billion from Members of Parliament Local Area Development fund for the next two years. The total amount will go to the Considolated Fund of India to help the country against Coronavirus.

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Tabreed acquires AED2.48 billion deal with Emaar district cooling business

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UAE's National Central Cooling Company, Tabreed, has acquired an 80% stake in Emaar Properties' Downton Dubai district cooling business. The AED2.48 billion (USD675 million) acquisition was announced on 6 April 2020. Downtown Dubai is Emaar’s flagship mega-development at the heart of the city. Tabreed's newest acquisition will provide up to 235,000 RT of cooling to Dubai's most prestigious developments.

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Pakistan is Brazil of cricket because of raw talent, says Wasim Akram

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Former Pakistan cricketer and fast bowler Wasim Akram lauded talent of cricketers in the country. He explained this further quoting example of Brazil, stating that country is to Cricket what Brazil is to football. Former Australian batsman Dean Jones noted the innovations Pakistan players, especially bowlers have brought into the era of cricket.

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Abu Dhabi Chamber contributes to 'Together We Are Good' programme

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Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry has made a financial contribution of AED20 million to the 'Together We Are Good' programme. The programme is launched by UAE's Authority of Social Contribution, Ma’an to encourage contributions in light of current Coronavirus crisis. Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber asked businesses in UAE to contribute financially to fight challenges posed by COVID-19.

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Virus sparks boom for local farmers in import-dependent Hong Kong

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Residents in Hong Kong are turning to local produce for fresh food after supermarket shelves in the import reliant city became empty. COVID-19 has threatened global supply chains and supermarkets in Hong Kong are still waiting for fulfilling import supplies. However, the pandemic has proven to be good for local farming business as buyers who would prefer buying processed food are now turning to their fresh produce.

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How is UAE utilizing smart channels to provide government services?

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The government of United Arab Emirates is providing round the clock uninterrupted services to residents through its smart channels and official portals. Ministry of Education of UAE has also facilitated 100 percent service provision through smart channels in line with other national departments. Students can register, apply for higher education, and request for their study certificates through the portals.

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BREAKING: Japan PM Abe to declare state of emergency, as per reports

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According to media reports, Japan PM Shinzo Abe is likely to declare a state of emergency soon. The move is expected to be taken to curb the spread of Coronavirus infection in the country where over 4,500 cases have been reported. The decision will cover Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures. It will allow governors to take individual measures for their prefectures as situations demand.

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European shares jump as Coronavirus deaths slow

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European shares rebounded on 6 April 2020 as a slowdown in Coronavirus deaths raised hopes in the market. Rolls Royce soared 15.4% after raising USD1.8 billion in reserves. The British aero-engine maker suspended its dividend for the year, the first time since 1987. Rise in its stock price showed investor confidence in market revival and hopes of an ending Coronavirus impact.

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DEWA commissions 8 new grid substations

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commissioned 8 new 132/11 kilovolt (kV) substations since the start of 2020. The stations have a conversion capacity of 150 megavolt-amperes (MVA) with 16 kilometres (km) of high-voltage 132kV cable to connect different areas of Dubai. This ensures the efficiency, reliability, and availability of DEWA’s 132 kV transmission networks.

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Coronavirus positive mother sees newborn after ten days

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A mother who was tested positive of Coronavirus met her newborn after spending ten days in isolation. The parents of this newborn were not allowed to touch their son without gloves as a preventive measure against Coronavirus outbreak. The grandmother of this mother tested positive and the couple was in regular contact with her, which later resulted in infecting the parents of the newborn.

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Dubai Economy fines 14 merchants for selling masks at hiked prices

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Dubai Economy imposed fine on fourteen merchants for inflating prices of face masks to exploit the growing demand amid Coronavirus outbreak. Among the fined were nine pharmacies in Nad Al Hamar, Al Mizhar, Nad Hessa, Sheikh Zayed Road, and a few other regions. A due investigation procedure was carried out from tracking the supply chain to verification of the prices.

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CBSE Board releases FAQs for students in doubt pertaining to class 10 & 12 exams

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The Consulate General of India in Dubai clarified the steps to be taken regarding the doubts prevailing over Class X and XII CBSE Board exams. The board exams took place as they were planned with no major postponement. The CBSE took to social media to clarify doubts of students and their respective results.

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Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas passes away at 86

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Canadian actress and civil rights activist Shirley Douglas died on 5 April 2020. According to her son actor Kiefer Sutherland, Douglas died due to pneumonia. Sutherland specifically mentioned that his mother's death was not related to novel Coronavirus disease. Douglas is known for her campaigning for several causes. She spent her acting career between Canada and Hollywood.

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India’s Aviation Minister dismisses reports of flight resuming on 15 April

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Hardeep Singh Puri, Civil Aviation Minister of India has dismissed reports of flights resuming from 15 April 2020. He called the reports of flights resuming in a staggered manner as ‘mere speculation’. He also clarified the correct news by referring to his earlier social media post from 2 April, stating that a decision remains to be taken and if needed, the situation will be assessed on a case-to-case basis. 

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UAE government launched ‘Early Leave’ initiative for private-sector employees

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UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation along with other associated federal ministries launched ‘Early Leave’ initiative. It enables employees enrolled in the private sector to apply for early leave and return to their respective countries as a preventive measure against Coronavirus outbreak. They just have to submit annual leave dates or agree on unpaid leaves.

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How did PM Modi’s #9PM9Minutes movement affect India's power grid?

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The electricity grid in India reportedly came down by 32000 MW within a few minutes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s #9pm9minutes movement. The recorded data showed how residents and nationals across India responded to PM Modi’s move of 5 April. The grid officials reported of normal maintenance of frequency and voltage amid this mass movement on 5 April 2020.

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UAE Central Bank reduces reserves requirement for demand deposits by 50%

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The Central Bank of UAE (CBUAE) laid directives to reduce reserves requirements for demand deposits to half for all banks. It has cut previously put 14% to 7%. It also opened about injecting liquidity of about AED61 billion. This is in line to support banks’ lending to the UAE economy and other management.

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Al Dhafra region receives new Coronavirus testing centre

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Department of Dhafra Hospitals is opening the screening centre for Coronavirus on Monday, 6 April 2020. The centre is located in Madinat Zayed, next to Madinat Zayed Council in Al Dhafra, and will reach up t 300 people. Al Dhafra Hospitals senior official stated that tests can be booked via helpline. Priority will be for targeted groups including senior citizens, pregnant women, and chronic disease patients.

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India’s foreign exchange reserves rise by USD5.65 billion

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Foreign Exchange Reserves of India surged by USD5.65 billion during the last week of March 2020. India's forex reserves include gold reserves, foreign currency assets, special drawing rights, and India's position with International Monetary Fund (IMF). As per RBI's weekly statistical supplement, forex reserves overall increased to USD475.56 billion from USD469.90 by end of March 2020.

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Russian man kills five for talking loudly

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A man in Ryazan region of Central Russia killed five people for standing under his window and talking loudly. The shooting occurred during stay-at-home orders for preventing Coronavirus spread. The 32-year-old opened fire on a group of four men and a woman who were talking loudly at 10 pm on the windows in Yelatma town. All five people died on the spot, and the man has been arrested.

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Abu Dhabi Police allows heavy vehicles during peak hours

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Abu Dhabi Police has made an announcement about heavy-duty trucks and lorries on Sunday, 5 April 2020. These vehicles will now be allowed on the Emirates roads during peak hours effective until further notice. They were generally not allowed in Abu Dhabi during certain times in order to avoid any disruptions in traffic movements.

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Canada announces income support to those affected by Coronavirus

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Canadian Government has announced temporary income support to those who have stopped working due to Coronavirus crisis. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit may provide these people with CAD500 per week up to sixteen weeks. The dates of application starts on 6 April 2020 and people can apply for the benefits online, on different days based on their birth month.

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Uber Eats and Carrefour announce new delivery service in Paris

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French supermarket retailer Carrefour and Uber Eats have launched a new delivery service to help Parisians buy essentials and food during the nationwide lockdown. Delivery service providers all over Europe are tapping into increased demand as customers try to stock up. Carrefour and Uber Eats' new service will start in 15 stores in Paris on 6 April 2020 and then rolled out across France.

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