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Coronavirus latest: Pence says US seeing ‘glimmers of progress’

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Scotland’s chief medical officer resigned on Sunday after revelations she had twice defied the government’s own coronavirus advice to make weekend visits to a holiday home. Catherine Calderwood announced her resignation just hours after Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, told a media briefing it was vital that she remain in post.

The number of coronavirus deaths in Turkey rose to 574 on Sunday as the government invited millions of people to apply for weekly deliveries of free masks. A total of 73 people died of Covid-19 in the country in the previous 24 hours, the Turkish health ministry announced. The number of confirmed cases rose by 3,135 to just over 27,000.

Another 357 people have died in French hospitals of the coronavirus, but the rate of increase in those needing intensive care has continued to fall. The total number of people who have now died in French hospitals stands at 5,889. A further 2,189 have died in institutions such as nursing homes, meaning the total number who have died in the country stands at 8,078.

Canada’s confirmed coronavirus case count surpassed 14,000, the country’s public health agency said on Sunday. The number of cases rose from 12,924 a day prior to 14,426 — rising by nearly 12 per cent. Meanwhile, the death toll climbed to 258, up from 214, with the highest proportion of deaths among those aged 80 and older.

Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar will return to working as a doctor as the country steps up the battle against coronavirus, promising to work one day per week in the health service while also leading the government.

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The Berlin authorities have backtracked on accusations that the US commandeered and diverted a shipment of face masks that was intended for the Berlin police, claims that have strained already scratchy relations between the US and Germany.

Governments across Europe have begun preparations to ease the lockdowns imposed across much of the continent to contain the coronavirus pandemic, even if restrictions that have paralysed the economy are expected to remain in force for several more weeks.

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