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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

UN rejects 2 COVID-19 resolutions from Russia, Saudi Arabia

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. officials said the General Assembly rejected two resolutions on the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday, one from Russia and one from Saudi Arabia. It was the second defeat for a Russian resolution on COVID-19 by the 193-member world body.

Under voting rules instituted because the assembly isn’t holding meetings during the pandemic, a draft resolution is circulated to member nations. If a single country objects before the deadline — in this case noon EDT Wednesday — the resolution is defeated. Normally, assembly resolutions are adopted by majority votes or by consensus.

The original Russian resolution, which failed April 2, called for abandoning trade wars and protectionist measures and said no unilateral sanctions should be applied without approval from the U.N. Security Council. Diplomats said the European Union, United Kingdom, United States and Ukraine objected to it.

The revised resolution defeated Wednesday kept the reference to ending protectionist

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

EXCLUSIVE-In Russia, a black market for HIV drug to try on coronavirus

* Antiviral drug Kaletra is used to treat HIV

* Some doctors say it’s useful for coronavirus patients too

* Its coronavirus benefits remain unproven though

* Buying frenzy breaks out in Russia anyway, as production boosted

By Polina Ivanova

MOSCOW, April 20 (Reuters) – A black market has developed in Russia for an antiviral HIV drug explored as a possible treatment for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to sellers, HIV activists and the head of the drug’s main Russian producer.

More than 20 trials around the world are testing Kaletra as a COVID-19 treatment or post-exposure prophylaxis.

Russia’s Health Ministry recommended it as a possible treatment for COVID-19 at the end of January after reports from China that it was beneficial, but later added that its efficacy was uncertain.

That did not deter speculators who bet that shortages of the drug, also produced as

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

In Russia, a black market for HIV drug to try on coronavirus

By Polina Ivanova

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A black market has developed in Russia for an antiviral HIV drug explored as a possible treatment for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to sellers, HIV activists and the head of the drug’s main Russian producer.

More than 20 trials around the world are testing Kaletra as a COVID-19 treatment or post-exposure prophylaxis.

Russia’s Health Ministry recommended it as a possible treatment for COVID-19 at the end of January after reports from China that it was beneficial, but later added that its efficacy was uncertain.

That did not deter speculators who bet that shortages of the drug, also produced as a generic in Russia under the name Kalidavir, might arise as the coronavirus spread.

“Three months ago, people were buying Kaletra from us without much enthusiasm for 900 roubles ($12) a box,” one online trader of HIV drugs said.

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Putin says Russia can beat virus in 2-3 months as flights halted, shops to shut

Putin says Russia can beat virus in 2-3 months as flights halted, shops to shut

By Tom Balmforth and Maria Kiselyova

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped Russia would defeat coronavirus in 2-3 months if it imposed tough measures, as authorities suspended international flights, ordered most shops in the capital to shut and halted some church services.

Russia reported 182 new coronavirus cases, its biggest one-day rise yet, bringing its official tally to 840.

Authorities in the capital and the region that surrounds it announced the closure of all cafes, restaurants and shops, apart from those selling food and medicine, beginning on Saturday and lasting at least until April 5.

Although the case load is still much lower than in many European countries, the mayor of Moscow told Putin on Tuesday that the real scale of the problem in the capital far exceeded official figures.

Putin, in a televised speech to the nation on Wednesday, unveiled new measures designed to

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

Russia to use mobile phones to track people at risk of coronavirus -PM

By Darya Korsunskaya and Gleb Stolyarov

MOSCOW, March 23 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Monday gave the authorities five days to develop a system to track people who have come into contact with anyone with coronavirus by using mobile phone geolocation data.

Under the new system, people would be sent information if they came into contact with someone who was infected and the same information would be passed on to special regional headquarters set up to fight the respiratory disease pandemic.

The Kremlin said the measure was legal and part of a raft of measures Russia is taking to try to halt spread of the virus.

The measure will trace “citizens who are in contact with patients with new coronavirus infection on the basis of information from cellular operators about the geolocation of a cell phone of a particular person, which would allow citizens to be notified

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Doctors in Russia are accusing the government of covering up its coronavirus outbreak and denying them protective equipment

Doctors in Russia are accusing the government of covering up its coronavirus outbreak and denying them protective equipment

Anastasia Vasilyeva, the head of Russia's Alliance of Doctors trade union.
Anastasia Vasilyeva, the head of Russia’s Alliance of Doctors trade union.

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  • A doctors’ union in Russia accused authorities of disguising the extent of the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

  • The head of the Alliance of Doctors trade union said in a video that officials were classifying coronavirus deaths as pneumonia deaths.

  • The video also alleged that doctors were being made to treat patients without protective gear, risking spreading the virus further.

  • Hospital officials have strongly denied the claims and suggested that the union leader was trying to discredit the medical profession in Russia.

  • So far, Russian officials have said there are about 250 coronavirus infections and one death in the population of about 145 million.

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Doctors in Russia say the government is covering up coronavirus cases in the country and forcing medical staff to treat infectious patients without protective equipment.

Anastasia Vasilyeva,

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