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Coronavirus latest: World leaders call for $200bn to help poorest countries

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled the state’s elections will go ahead on Tuesday despite public health concerns about the spread of coronavirus. More than a dozen states have delayed their primaries in response to the coronavirus crisis, and the Democratic National Committee last week postponed its nominating convention from July to August.

Facebook is adding new tools to allow researchers to analyse users’ high-level mobile location data, as part of efforts to track the spread of coronavirus and social distancing efforts. The social media company said on Monday that it was expanding an existing tie-up with academic researchers, its Data for Good programme.

Donald Trump said he had asked therapeutic companies working with the US to contact Boris Johnson’s doctors immediately. Mr Trump said he had been on the phone earlier in the day with multiple therapeutic companies that were working with the US government.

A US Navy hospital ship that is already docked in New York will treat coronavirus patients, a reversal in policy after non-virus trauma cases in the city declined. The move will add 1,000 more hospital beds as the city battles the pandemic.

Boeing continues to halt operations around the US because of coronavirus, saying it would indefinitely suspend production of 787 Dreamliners in South Carolina.The company already has temporarily closed factories in Washington state and suburban Philadelphia.

Leaders across Britain and the world expressed their hopes Boris Johnson has a speedy recovery after the UK prime minister was moved to intensive care in a London hospital on Monday evening when his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Among them was Emmanuel Macron, the French president, who posted on Twitter to offer his support for Mr Johnson, his family and the British people “at this difficult time”.

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Dominic Raab, the British foreign secretary who has been tapped by Boris Johnson to fill in after the UK prime minister was admitted to intensive care, said in a brief television appearance that the government would continue to implement Mr Johnson’s plans to get through the coronavirus crisis.

Fiat Chrysler said on Monday it planned to reopen plants in the US and Canada on May 4. The automaker shut down its factories in North America along with Ford and General Motors after negotiating a deal with the United Auto Workers, whose members were worried about the spread of coronavirus.

23andme, the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, is launching a study to examine whether genes affect the severity of a coronavirus patient’s condition. The company plans to enroll hundreds of thousands in the study, both with and without Covid-19 symptoms, monitoring their condition through regular online surveys.

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