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Coronavirus live news: India cases pass 800,000; masks may become mandatory in UK shops

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Australian state of Victoria reports 216 new cases; France exceeds 30,000 deaths; San Quentin prison in US has seven deaths and 1,500 positive tests 10.34am BST South Korea has reported 35 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing its caseload to 13,373 infections and 288 deaths, the Associated Press reports.South Korea’s centres for disease control and prevention said on Saturday that 13 of the new cases were in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, which has been at the centre of a virus resurgence since late May. 10.16am BST Bill Gates has called for Covid-19 drugs and any eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the highest bidder, saying that relying on market forces to ensure their distribution would prolong the pandemic, according to Reuters. The Microsoft tycoon said in a video released on Saturday: If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we’ll have a longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic.We need leaders to make these hard decisions about distributing based on equity, not just on market-driven factors. Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2020-07-11 09:34:30

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