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[Homework]BBC 2020-04-02
BBC news with Julie Candler.
The head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says he is deeply concerned about the rapid rise of the number of cases of coronavirus. He said it was growing exponentially and it's now spread to almost every country and region. Doctor Tedros said the number of deaths worldwide had more than doubled in the past week.

Many of deaths have been in the Unite States where more than 4,000 people have lost their lives, almost half of them in New York state. The U.S. now has more than 200,000 confirmed cases.

Britain has recorded its worst one-day figure for coronavirus related death 563, a rise of nearly 1/3. The government is facing increasing pressure over its handling of the outbreak amid criticism over shortages of protective equipment for frontline health workers.

One of the hardest hit countries, Italy has meanwhile registered a relatively low number of new coronavirus cases for the 3rd day in a row.

In a landmark development in the Afghan conflict  officials have confirmed that government and Taliban representatives have had face-to-face talks. They met on Tuesday to discuss a prisoner swap.

An indigenous leader from Brazil's Amazon state of Maranhao has been killed by unidentified gunmen. Reports say Zezico Guajajara had received threats to his life allegedly from illegal loggers.

20 people in the Republic of Congo have been killed by a lightning strike on high voltage power lines in the capital Brazzaville. The local mayor said people were electrocuted by falling cables.

And scientists have found the fossil remains of forests that grew in Antarctica 90 million years ago. Their analysis indicates that the continent was then as warm as Europe in our time, and traces of pollen of tree root showed the region was home to temperate rain forests like today's New Zealand.

BBC news.




                                                   
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