Modi says India's coronavirus spread at critical juncture – Live

Modi says India's coronavirus spread at critical juncture – Live

• Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country's COVID-19 death rate is under control, but that the country is at a "critical juncture". • A global trial designed to test whether the anti-malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can prevent infection with COVID-19 is to restart after being approved by British regulators. • World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that the pandemic is "not even close to being over" and while there had been some progress initially, it was "actually speeding up". • More than 10.4 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, more than 5.2 million have recovered, and nearly 510,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Here are the latest updates. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised a “new deal” to rebuild the economy hit by the lockdown. He said the central plank of the plan is construction, announcing that the government would shortly bring forward the most radical reforms to the planning system since the end of the World War II. Johnson said reforms include cutting red tape involved in converting commercial properties into residential housing – a move to kick-start the construction industry and speed up rebuilding. The changes, set to come into effect in September, also include measures to manage public sector land more effectively. The mayor of Canada’s largest city is asking the Toronto city council to make masks mandatory in public indoor spaces. "You have told us you don't want to see a repeat of what you see ...
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