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French antiques aid coronavirus fight

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/01/20, 12:14 pm

French officials announced on Thursday they will auction off 100 19th-century items from the country’s national furniture collection to support hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19. Mobilier National, which houses the collection, did not indicate which pieces it would sell, but all proceeds from the auction, scheduled for Sept. 20 and 21, will go to the Foundation for Paris Hospitals—French Hospitals (Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris–Hôpitaux de France).

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South Korea pushes back pandemic

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/30/20, 11:13 am

Thursday marked the first time since February that South Korea recorded no new domestic coronavirus cases. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found only four new infections, all of them contracted outside the country. The nation has reported as of Thursday morning nearly 10,800 confirmed cases, 247 deaths, and more than 9,000 recovered.

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New Zealand eases lockdown

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/27/20, 12:10 pm

By midnight on Monday, retailers, restaurants, and schools across New Zealand could reopen as long as they followed strict health guidelines. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country has stopped “widespread, undetected community transmission” but warned against complacency. With a population of 4 million, New Zealand had just under 1,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, with 19 deaths and nearly 1,200 recoveries.

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