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Hillary Clinton defeats Bernie Sanders to win South Carolina primary

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Hillary Clinton crushed Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina primary and immediately turned to potential battles ahead as she offered a vision for America based on “love and kindness” in stark contrast to the anger and division promoted by Donald Trump.

Polls closed at 7pm local time across South Carolina, and within seconds the Associated Press had called a victory for Clinton.

Drawing overwhelming support from local African-American voters, Clinton’s big win in South Carolina on Saturday, the first state in this election cycle that features a large proportion of black voters, delivered a blow to Senator Bernie Sanders, as the nomination fight now barrels toward Super Tuesday, when 11 states will vote on the same day, Xinhua news agency reported.

Clinton was declared the winner by almost all major US TV networks at the end of the voting.

Early results with 24 percent of all votes counted showed that Clinton led Sanders by over 50 percent, a result consistent with early predictions by various polls before Saturday’s primary.

According to exit polls, black voters this time overwhelmingly picked Clinton over Sanders by a 5-to-1 ratio despite their abandonment of Clinton in her 2008 competition with then Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

The big win on Saturday, Clinton’s third victory in February’s early-voting competitions, appeared to extinguish any doubts among Democrats about Clinton’s ability to win party nomination after a crushing defeat in New Hampshire to Sanders.

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20,000 ex-NHS staff return to fight virus: UK PM

Johnson’s announcement on Monday comes a day after England’s deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said on Sunday that it could be six months before life returns to “normal”, the BBC reported.

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London, March 30 : Some 20,000 former staff of the UK’s National Health Services (NHS) have returned to work to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed in a video posted online on Monday.

Thanking the doctors, nurses and other former professionals who have returned to the NHS, as well as the 750,000 members of the public who have volunteered to help the country through the pandemic, Johnson said in the video posted on Twitter: “We are going to do it, we are going to do it together,” the BBC reported.

“One thing I think the coronavirus crisis has already proved is that there really is such a thing as society,” he said, while contradicting the view of late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, that “there is no such thing as society”.

Johnson, who is self-isolating after testing positive for the virus last week, said the public appeared to be obeying the restrictions set out by government to slow the spread of the virus, adding that train use was down 95 per cent and bus use down 75 per cent.

In another development, a Downing Street source confirmed on Monday that Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s chief adviser, has developed symptoms of the virus and was self-isolating at home.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also tested positive for the disease.

Johnson’s announcement on Monday comes a day after England’s deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said on Sunday that it could be six months before life returns to “normal”, the BBC reported.

Harries said this did not mean the country would be in “complete lockdown” for half a year, but distancing measures would be reviewed every three weeks and reduced gradually over a period of around three to six months.

However, she said it was “plausible” restrictions could continue for longer.

As of Monday, the UK has reported 19,784 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 1,231 deaths.

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Trump extends US ‘social distancing’ guidelines to April 30

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President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the national social distancing guidelines to April 30 after suggesting that the coronavirus death rate would likely peak in two weeks.

“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory has been won,” Trump said at an evening press briefing. “Therefore we will be extending our guidelines to April 30.”

The president has previously said he wants to reopen the country for business by Easter, on April 12, despite warnings from public health experts that loosening restrictions would result in unnecessary death and economic damage.

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US could see 100,000-200,000 deaths from COVID-19: Top health expert

Globally, the number of COVID-19 cases stand at 684,652 and more than 32,000 people have died of the disease.

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In a frightening warning, the US will see 100,000 to 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the Trump administration’s topmost infection disease expert forecast on Sunday as the pandemic infected nearly 125,000 people in the country.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci said in an interview on CNN that the US will certainly have millions of cases of COVID-19 and more than 100,000 deaths.

“Looking at what we are seeing now, I would say between 100,000-200,00 deaths from coronavirus.”
“We’re going to have millions of cases,” he said.

“But I don’t want to be held to that because the pandemic is such a moving target,” Fauci added.
According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre, the US has 124,763 cases and witnessed 2,612 deaths as of Sunday morning.

A total of 2,612 patients have recovered, it said.

Globally, the number of COVID-19 cases stand at 684,652 and more than 32,000 people have died of the disease.

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