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Coronavirus Live News: World Updates As states scramble to put out fires, Fauci and other top U.S. health officials will go back before Congress. Two days after U.S. deaths surpassed 150,000, three familiar federal health officials, including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, will return to Capitol Hill to testify in front of a new audience: the House’s special select committee investigating the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic. Dr. Coronavirus: Fear returns to stock markets Image copyright Getty Images Global stock markets have fallen sharply as investors continue to worry about the broader economic effects of the coronavirus. London's FTSE 100 share index fell more than 3% and there were similar declines in other European markets. Earlier on Friday, markets in Asia had seen big falls, with Japan's Nikkei share index dropping by 2.7%.

8 strains of the coronavirus are circling the globe. Here's what clues they're giving scientists An epidemiologist answers the biggest questions she's getting about coronavirus. Wochit SAN FRANCISCO — At least eight strains of the coronavirus are making their way around the globe, creating a trail of death and disease that scientists are tracking by their genetic footprints.

Beirut explosion: over half the city damaged in blast that killed at least 100 and wounded 4,000 – live updates 12.24pm BST12:24 The French presidency has just confirmed that Emmanuel Macron will travel to Beirut tomorrow (Thursday). Updated at 12.25pm BST First Brit coronavirus patient, 25, reveals how he was left 'suffocating' and unable to move The first British person to catch the coronavirus has described how the deadly disease "hit me like a train" leaving him 'suffocating' and in blinding pain for weeks. Connor Reed, an ex-pat living in Wuhan, started with "just a sniffle" on November 25 - a month before authorities officially announced the virus - but over the next three-and-a-half weeks he was taken to rock bottom and unable to move. The 25-year-old, originally from Llandudno, North Wales, teaches English as a foreign language in the Chinese city where Covid-19 originated, and had initially tried to cure himself with whisky and honey - better known as a 'hot toddy'. After seven days of feeling under the weather , Connor's symptoms started to drastically worsen, and fearing he had regular flu he then took time off from the school he had worked at for seven months. "This is no longer just a cold. "The cold has travelled down to my chest and I have a hacking cough.

When will stores reopen in coronavirus pandemic? Not soon. Some are closed indefinitely. COVID-19 has caused numerous retail chains to close temporarily, including Apple, Macy's and Nike. Here is a look at some of the closures. Wochit Some of America's most iconic stores that temporarily shut down are now saying closures will last for many weeks – and possibly indefinitely. The latest casualties from the coronavirus economic deluge include Apple, Express, Urban Outfitters and Guess?

Beirut explosion: Anti-government protests break out in city Image copyright Reuters Protesters clashed with Lebanese security forces at anti-government demonstrations in Beirut on Thursday. Officers deployed tear gas on dozens of people near parliament. Demonstrators were angered by Tuesday's devastating blast, which officials say was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely since 2013.

Coronavirus fight in Poland sees government using confiscated alcohol as disinfectant The fight against coronavirus in Poland has revealed that no resource will be wasted, even confiscated booze. Poland's Ministry of Finance said Friday that some 660 gallons of confiscated alcohol were recently donated to emergency responders and health care facilities. The donated alcohol will be used to prepare disinfectants, according to the ministry.

New York City built a makeshift morgue for the expected influx of coronavirus deaths. USA TODAY DENVER — America's long history of violent death — from car crashes and hurricanes to terror attacks and mass shootings — has left its coroners and funeral directors well-prepared for handling bodies that could stack up from the coronavirus outbreak, they say. Unlike other disasters that strike within hours or days, the coronavirus outbreak is unfolding more slowly, allowing coroners and funeral homes across the country to prepare for a large number of deaths.