COVID: 14 countries cast doubt over WHO virus origin report
04 April 2021 | 8:24 am
The US and 13 other countries have lamented the lack of access given to WHO experts during an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. China has accused opponents of "politicizing the issue."
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North Korea reported the outbreak of an unidentified intestinal epidemic, while it already faces food shortages and coronavirus infections. The outbreak was in the isolated nation's key agricultural region.
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German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has recommended the voluntary wearing of masks in indoor public spaces amid a summer wave of infections. He also indicated that stricter rules are likely on their way.
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