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[BBC] BBC 2020-03-22

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[Homework]BBC 2020-03-22

Italy which has become the centre of the coronavirus pandemic has again reported a record number of deaths. It has announced that almost 800 people died in the last 24 hours. It's by far the worst daily total of any country since the outbreak began in December. Thousands of doctors across Italy have responded to an emergency plea for assistance.

Spain has also seen a spike in deaths. Hospitals in Madrid which has been particularly badly hit are struggling to cope.


The US Senate has resumed discussions on a trillion dollar economic support plan in response to the pandemic. Speaking at the start of the Saturday session, the Publican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, said American households and businesses needed help and they needed it now.


In Egypt, mosques and churches have been closed for two weeks. The preeminent religious authority for Sunni Muslims, Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo, is among those shutting down.


Nigeria is to suspend international flights from Monday night, after the number of confirmed cases there doubled to 22. In Burkina Faso, four government ministers have tested positive, following the death of the Vice President of Parliament on Wednesday.


The Bolivian government has announced it is putting the whole country in quarantine to try to stop the spread of the virus. In Brazil, which has 900 cases, the governor of Sao Paulo State announced a 15-day lockdown to start early next week.


The governing body of American athletics has joined calls for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the pandemic. US Track and Field said delay would be in the best interest of the athletes, allowing them to focus on taking care of themselves and their families.


And the pandemic has prompted Nepal to put off indefinitely a rhino census. There has been an unexplained surge in deaths of one-horned rhinos in the Chitwan National Park.

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