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Follow our live blog for all the latest updates on UK Politics: 🔒 UK ‘Nowhere near’ end of lockdown, says Sadiq Khan 📈 UK will have highest death toll, according to US forecast 🏥 PM stable and ‘in good spirits’ Find out more here ⬇️

#COVID19 | The President accepted the Minister’s apology for the violation but was unmoved by mitigating factors she tendered.

President Ramaphosa has placed the Minister on special leave for 2 months, during which Minister in The Presidency Jackson Mthembu will act in Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams’ position. The President has reprimanded the Minister & directed her to deliver a public apology to the nation.

'He was great': @realDonaldTrump  praises @narendramodi  for releasing Hydroxychloroquine after threatening India of 'retaliation'.

The President said: “The nation-wide lockdown calls for absolute compliance on the part of all South Africans. Members of the National Executive carry a special responsibility in setting an example to South Africans, who are having to make great sacrifices.

“None of us – not least a member of the National Executive – should undermine our national effort to save lives in this very serious situation. I am satisfied that Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams appreciates the seriousness of what she has done and that no-one is above the law.”

China has ended #coronavirus  lockdown measures in Wuhan 11 weeks after it became the epicentre of what has since developed into a global crisis

What does ‘national defence' mean in a pandemic? It's no time to buy fighter jets | George Monbiot

President @DPRamaphosa  has placed Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months – one month of which will be unpaid.

COVID-19 isn't the first pandemic Orel Borgesca had to get through.


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BREAKING: Twitter's Jack Dorsey to move $1 billion of his wealth to fund global coronavirus relief effort

WATCH: Trump announces a “hold” on money going to the WHO, calls them “China centric.” “They missed the call. They could have called it months earlier ... they should have known. And they probably did know.”

Breaking: Stephanie Grisham is out as WH press secretary. She is leaving the job without ever having briefed the press.

Trump is busted. He votes by mail. So do tens of millions of Americans. This man really believes he can steal the 2020 election. Prove him wrong. #VoteByMail 

World Health Organization receives vast amount of money from US, they criticized&disagreed with my travel ban, at the time I did it.They've been wrong about a lot of things.They seemed to be very China-centric. We're going to put a hold on money spent to WHO: US Pres Donald Trump

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LOOK: The rising April Full Pink Moon over Antipolo in Rizal. | via @raffytima 

Watch: A supermoon rises over the Swiss Alps on Tuesday evening

People in masks are waiting for hours to vote. Milwaukee has just 5 polling places, not the planned 180. And the state's largest newspaper called today's election “the most undemocratic in the state’s history.” Here's how Wisconsin got to this point.

Wish to convey heartfelt appreciation to PM Narendra Modi,Govt & people of India for the warm gesture of sending medicines to Sri Lanka on a special chartered flight. This kind & generous support is deeply appreciated in this hour of need: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa


Scoops of the Week

“Preparedness is a choice. And poor preparedness is a choice.’ — This man worked on a literal pandemic playbook for Trump, and the president chose to ignore it

"This is called cross-contamination." A Michigan nurse used paint to show how easy it is to spread germs even while wearing gloves.

The amount of damage these people have caused is probably incalculable. They are all responsible for thousands more American deaths than there might otherwise have been. Never forget or let them forget they all killed Americans with their propaganda, lies, and bullshit.

@jaketapper  directly addresses Pres. Trump: “The American people ... need someone to explain what is going to be done to get us out of this. It’s a moment that requires leadership. It requires honest information. It requires empathy and it requires a plan. Do you have one?”

Gov @GovPritzker  confirms that the federal ‘Air Bridge’ flights from China, organized by the White House taskforce, are bringing PPE back from China which are then turned over to private companies. The states then have to bid against each other to purchase from those companies.

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean On Me, ” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications. He was 81.

WaPo's Sunday lead story: "70 days of denial, delays and dysfunction."

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In tears, a nurse says she quit her job after she was asked to work in a coronavirus ICU without a face mask: “America is not prepared, and nurses are not being protected”