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Apple News Rolls Out Dedicated Section for Coronavirus

Apple News App adds coronavirus special coverage section

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Apple has rolled out a dedicated section in its News App that will help readers stay updated on the coronavirus situation. Pixabay

Apple has rolled out a dedicated section in its News App that will help readers stay updated on the coronavirus situation. This is a science and technology news.

The Special Coverage Coronavirus section appears in Apple News Spotlight, and includes the latest reports from news partners including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, amongst others, Mac Rumors reported on Wednesday.

As per report, the new coronavirus section is available to readers in the US only and can be accessed from the Today tab within the News app.

Along with the main stories, the section also offers advice on curtailing the virus and preventing infection, including regular and thorough hand washing, catching coughs with disposable tissues, and avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.

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The new coronavirus section in Apple News app is available to readers in the US only. Pixabay

The death toll due to the novel coronavirus outside the Chinese mainland, the epicentre of the outbreak, has increased to 1,130, according to a report by the the World Health Organization (WHO).

The new toll as of Wednesday morning was an increase of 258 deaths from the previous day, Xinhua news agency quoted the report as saying.

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Over 110 countries and regions have reported 118,326 confirmed cases, including 37,371 cases outside China.

WHO said on Wednesday that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a “pandemic” as the virus has spread increasingly worldwide. (IANS)

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Is France Going to Witness Its Deepest Economic Downturn? Find it Out Here

Minister: France May See Deepest post-WW2 Downturn This Year

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France will likely see its deepest economic downturn due to COVID-19 this year since the end of World War Two. Pixabay

France will likely see its deepest economic downturn this year since the end of World War Two, far surpassing the slump seen after the global financial crisis, its finance minister said on Monday.

Bruno Le Maire told a Senate hearing by teleconference that eurozone’s second-biggest economy would likely contract more than it did in 2009.

“That shows the magnitude of the economic shock we are facing,” he said.

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A policewoman wears a mask to protect herself against the spread of the new coronavirus, left, patrols at the garden of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. VOA

The government estimated last month in an emergency budget update that the economy would contract 1% this year, but has since indicated that it would have to revise that figure.

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With the French economy currently running at two-thirds of normal levels, each month of government-imposed confinement could knock 3 percentage points off of growth, the INSEE official stats agency estimated last month.

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Some 5 million French workers — one out of four in the private sector —  have been put on furloughs subsidized by the state to avoid mass permanent layoffs, the Labour Ministry said on Monday.  (VOA)