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Beware of fake news, you can’t self-test for coronavirus

Social media is filling up with fake news on COVID-19 despite steps taken by Facebook, Google, and Twitter to curb misleading information Chennai: One of the ways the internet claims you can test yourself for the coronavirus COVID-19, which shows up with symptoms such as sore throat, fever and cough, is to hold your breath …

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Thai Generals’ Legitimacy Continues to Plummet

By: Jason Johnson The sinking legitimacy of Thailand’s military-led government has taken another blow with a March 9 report in local media that Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao could be involved with the hoarding of facemasks to sell at inflated prices and to Chinese traders. The government, headed by former General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has been …

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Philippine president tests negative for new coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has tested negative for the new coronavirus and will continue to take precautions to avoid infection, an official said Friday. Sen. Christopher Lawrence Go, a close political ally of Duterte, and the president were tested for the virus Thursday after they met Cabinet officials who had recently been …

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he tested negative for COVID-19

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday (Mar 13) he has tested negative for the new coronavirus, after a scare over a trip on which at least one infected member of his staff rubbed shoulders with Donald Trump. “The Armed Forces Hospital and (diagnostic laboratory) Sabin have returned a negative test result for COVID-19 for …

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COVID-19 Decimates Vietnamese Economy, Threatens Many Firms

The ongoing COVID-19 epidemic is wreaking havoc on the Vietnamese economy, with businesses and companies of all sizes showing revenues much lower than expected over the first two months of 2020, and more than 3,000 firms closing, authorities said Thursday. More than 3,000 small and medium-sized businesses ceased operations in January and February, as the …

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Covid-19 row engulfs China and the US

Made in China has never been more contentious. This week, a major diplomatic dispute broke out when Washington accused Beijing of exporting the Covid-19 epidemic. On Wednesday, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien weighed into the row when he insisted the coronavirus was covered in Chinese characters. “This virus did not originate in the United States, …

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