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Irish PM Varadkar returns to hospital duty to help Covid-19 patients  

Reports from Dublin said Ireland’s caretaker prime minister Leo Varadkar, who practised medicine for seven years before joining politics, rejoined the country’s medical register in March to work a session a week.

Coronavirus: Africa faces complete collapse of economies and livelihoods if spread is not controlled, UN warns  

Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed also warns of 'existential threat' to way of life

Coronavirus: Spain starting to see light at end of the tunnel as daily death toll falls for third consecutive day  

Spain's prime minister cautiously optimistic as country enters fourth week of near-total lockdown

Jacinda Ardern says Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are essential workers amid coronavirus pandemic   -50%

New Zealand prime minister proposes at-home Easter egg hunt for children if Easter bunny unable to make it

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson taken into intensive care live updates  

UK prime minister, who has coronavirus, has been moved into hospital intensive care

Duncan Smith added that he has confidence in Raab and that contingencies for such a situation are well planned.

In terms of the government, we should have any concerns at all. It has been known for some considerable time that the prime minister appointed Dominic Raab as first secretary. He is more than capable of fulfilling this role and he has great experience in government.

And he would have been brought up to speed on all the key processes that go around the prime minister since he became ill because they would have been planning for this and just in case this happened.

Politicians in the UK have united to wish the prime minister well:

Terribly sad news. All the country’s thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our Prime Minister @BorisJohnson and his family at this time.

Awful news. Thoughts with family & hoping for his full recovery. I know he’ll be getting the very best care @GSTTnhs.

Tonight we’re all wishing Boris Johnson well for a swift recovery. I know the NHS will be truly brilliant in caring for him and I again send my very best wishes to his family.

My thoughts are with @BorisJohnson @carriesymonds and anyone who is or whose family is in a bad way due to #COVID19. This must be so scary. I hope the Government can now stop this pretence that all is fine and concentrate on getting him well and reassure the country

All good wishes and strength to the Prime Minister. Nothing more to say.

Praying for the Prime Minister’s swift recovery tonight. @GSTTNHS has some of the finest medical staff in the world, and he couldn't be in safer hands.

Terrible, terrible news. Know NHS will be doing everything possible, sending every best wishes to his family and ⁦@carriesymonds⁩ at this awful time

Thank you Ian. X

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Japan poised to declare state of emergency over coronavirus   17%

Country had avoided large number of cases and deaths but there is growing alarm over rise in infections in capital

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is poised to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday in an attempt to stem a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the capital and other major cities.

The measure, to go into effect for about a month, will enable local authorities to urge people to stay at home except to shop for food, seek medical care, go to work if necessary, and take daily exercise.

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The strange lead-up to Boris Johnson's admission to hospital   4%

Repeated denials of prime minister’s worsening condition now coming under scrutiny

The first indication that Boris Johnson was sicker with coronavirus than either he or his aides were letting on came on Thursday morning. The suggestion made by a source was specific: a bed was being prepared at St Thomas’ hospital for the prime minister, whose condition had worsened during his seven-day period of isolation in Downing Street.

It did not take long for rumours to spread. A Conservative backbencher had heard a similar story, this time suggesting Johnson may have even already been admitted to the hospital across the Thames from Westminster, and passed the tip to the Guardian at about the same time. Together it was more than enough to prompt an urgent inquiry to No 10.

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Morrison has changed tack against his tribal instincts. But what happens after coronavirus? | Peter Lewis   24%

The prime minister will rightly gain plaudits for managing Australia’s response but support in a time of national crisis is ephemeral

After jettisoning key policies, embracing economic stimulus and taking a more decisive position on lockdowns and wages, the prime minister has enjoyed a resounding surge in personal support.

This turnaround echoes that of George Costanza, Jerry Seinfeld’s hapless sidekick, who hit a winning streak after committing to do the exact opposite of his every natural instinct.

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Who runs the country if Boris Johnson is out of action?   3%

With the PM in hospital for his coronavirus symptoms, we look at who will fill the void at the head of the UK government

In his role as first secretary of state, the prime minister’s de facto deputy, Dominic Raab will be expected to stand in for Boris Johnson if he is unable to work because of coronavirus.

While other ministers, including the health secretary Matt Hancock and the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, have been more visible during the Covid-19 outbreak, that position means he takes up the prime minister’s responsibilities if Johnson were unable to perform them himself.

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Zoom booms as demand for video-conferencing tech grows   -2%

Estimated net worth of founder has increased by more than $4bn since coronavirus crisis started

From nursery school sing-alongs to FTSE 100 boardrooms and even UK cabinet meetings hosted by the poorly prime minister, a socially distanced world is reconvening in cyberspace with the help of Silicon Valley video conferencing app Zoom.

As governments across the world have placed their citizens on lockdown, downloads of video conferencing apps have soared to record highs and the companies behind them have seen their share prices rise while the rest of the global stock market tanks.

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As Singapore heads towards coronavirus tipping point, what would Lee Kuan Yew have done?   10%

In a perverse sort of way, Covid-19 is a godsend for the Singapore government. Its slow-motion and calibrated approach to cushioning the unimaginable health and economic crisis has earned it respect and praise the world over. Politically, it has raised the stock of the prime minister, who appeared at strategic points to talk to Singaporeans, and the leaders who will run the country after the coming elections. An analysis of its rule book since the first person tested positive for the virus on…

Palestinians fear coronavirus surge as workers return to West Bank from Israel over Passover   -5%

Palestinian prime minister says about 45,000 workers are expected to return, and they will not be allowed back into Israel during the coronavirus crisis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kahol Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz   23%

Netanyahu is Israel's longest-serving prime minister, but it's questionable whether he'll be leaving any real legacy. Meanwhile, Gantz is Israel's best shot at unseating him.

Queen reassures Britons of eventual victory over coronavirus; Boris Johnson admitted to hospital with persistent symptoms   -1%

The prime minister, diagnosed last month with covid-19, has been leading cabinet meetings by teleconference and posting video messages from his flat.

Jacinda Ardern: 'Tooth Fairy and Easter bunny are essential workers'  

The New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern reassures children as her country battles coronavirus.

Canadians can still expect weeks or months of distancing measures, Trudeau says   17%

The prime minister said Canadians shouldn’t expect to return to normal life any time soon, as he promised to expand federal aid to more workers suffering economic hardship as a result of the pandemic.

Boris Johnson Hospitalized as Queen Urges British Resolve in Face of Epidemic   30%

Soon after Queen Elizabeth’s rare speech, the government said the prime minister, who is infected with coronavirus, had been admitted for tests.

Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy Deemed Essential Workers in New Zealand  

Jacinda Ardern, the country’s prime minister, made the announcement on Monday.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson In Intensive Care Unit Due To COVID-19  

"Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive," U.K. officials said.

Japan's Shinzo Abe Will Declare State Of Emergency As Coronavirus Cases Surge   40%

The prime minister confirmed Monday that he would issue the declaration that allows governors of hard-hit prefectures to issue stay-at-home directives.

Boris Johnson Hospitalized For Testing After Coronavirus Diagnosis   22%

The prime minister tested positive for the coronavirus on March 27. He was admitted to a hospital Sunday as a "precautionary step," his office said.