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[Homework]BBC 2020-04-30

BBC news with Stuart Macintosh
The coronavirus pandemic has driven the US economy into its most severe contraction for more than a decade. It shrank a rate of nearly 5% in the first three months of 2020.The head of the US Central Bank has warned that the slowdown will be even worse in the second quarter.


The White House Health Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci says there has been positive data from the trial of an anti-virus drug to treat covid-19. He said the drug Remdesivir helped reduce the time to recovery.  But a BBC correspondent says it's still unclear if it saves lives.  


South Africa has reversed a decision to allow cigarette sales when coronavirus restrictions are eased at the start of next month. A government minister said health considerations had played a part in the decision to maintain the ban.


The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has given up on his attempt to appoint a personal friend as the new Federal Police Chief after a Supreme Court judge intervened. Three of Bolsonaro's sons are under police investigation.


More coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Yemen where aid agencies have repeatedly warned that an outbreak of the disease could be particularly devastating. 5 infections had been discovered in the southern city of Aden.


A former Military Chief in the US has warned of the potential damages the pandemic is likely to do to nuclear arms control talk.  Admiral Mike Mullen said that tensions over China's handling of the outbreak meant it would be impossible to bring Beijing into discussions soon.


The Swedish city of Lund is trying to discourage people from gathering for a famous festival during the pandemic by tipping a ton of chicken manure off its main park. Official celebrations for the festival have been cancelled across Sweden. The city's mayor said that at least the manure would be good for the grass.
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