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U.S. faces ‘darkest winter’ if pandemic planning falters: whistleblower

WASHINGTON: A whistleblower who says he was removed from his government post for raising concerns about coronavirus preparedness told a congressional hearing on Thursday that the United States could face “the darkest winter” of recent times if it does not

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White House directs staff to wear masks after officials contract coronavirus

WASHINGTON: The White House on Monday directed all people entering the West Wing, where the daily operations of President Donald Trump’s administration are carried out, to wear masks after two aides tested positive for the coronavirus, administration officials said. The

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Ousted U.S. whistleblower says Trump health official played down coronavirus threat

WASHINGTON: The ousted director of a U.S. agency responsible for developing drugs to fight the coronavirus pandemic filed a whistleblower’s complaint on Tuesday accusing President Donald Trump’s administration of retaliating when he raised concerns. Rick Bright says in the complaint

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In grim milestone, United States logs world’s highest coronavirus death toll

NEW YORK: The United States surpassed Italy on Saturday as the country with the highest reported coronavirus death toll, recording more than 20,000 deaths since the outbreak began, according to a Reuters tally. The grim milestone was reached as President

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Trump tests negative for coronavirus: White House doctor statement

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump has tested negative for coronavirus, the president’s physician, Sean Conley, said in a statement yesterday. The president two days ago decided to take the test for the virus, which has killed some 5,800 people worldwide,

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Sanders will remain in Democratic presidential race despite setbacks

BURLINGTON: A resolute Bernie Sanders said yesterday, he would stay in the Democratic presidential race despite a series of big losses to front-runner Joe Biden, promising to keep up the public pressure for his sweeping economic and social justice proposals.

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‘White House told federal health agency to classify coronavirus deliberations’

WASHINGTON: The White House has ordered federal health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, an unusual step that has restricted information and hampered the US government’s response to the contagion, according to four Trump administration officials. The officials

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‘Coronavirus may force Americans to avoid crowds and cancel cruises’

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: Americans, especially those who are vulnerable, may need to stop attending big gatherings as the coronavirus spreads through US communities, a top health official said yesterday, as investors braced for another volatile week in financial markets. Anthony Fauci,

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Coronavirus infects over 100k worldwide, 21 cases found San Francisco ship

LONDON/LOS ANGELES: Twenty-one people aboard a cruise ship that was barred from docking in San Francisco have tested positive for coronavirus, US officials said yesterday, adding to the more than 100,000 cases of the fast-spreading illness across the world. US

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Coronavirus cases surge in US, helicopter flies test kits to cruise ship

LOS ANGELES: The coronavirus outbreak spread further across the US yesterday, cropping up in at least four new states and San Francisco as Congress quickly approved more than US$8 billion to fight the outbreak and Americans faced increasing disruptions to

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