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A spokesperson at 10 Downing Street said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved from intensive care back to the ward Thursday evening, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery. 鈥淗e is in extremely good spirits,鈥 said the spokesperson.The International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva Thursday said the global growth will turn sharply negative in 2020, noting that "we anticipate the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression."
Countries around the world have taken fiscal actions amounting to about 8 trillion U.S. dollars in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Georgieva, who noted that there has been "significant coordination."She added that if the COVID-19 pandemic fades in the second half of the year, the multilateral lender's baseline assumption is for a "partial recovery" in 2021.The multilateral lender now projects that over 170 countries will experience negative per capita income growth this year, Georgieva said, adding that "the bleak outlook applies to advanced and developing economies alike."
Slanders and accusations on others will not drive viruses away, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Thursday.The remarks came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said in an interview that the novel coronavirus began in China's Wuhan.
"China was the first country to report the outbreak of COVID-19 to the World Health Organization (WHO), but it does not mean that COVID-19 originated from Wuhan," spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a press briefing, adding that pandemics can break out first in any region, country or city in the world, but where they originate is a serious scientific question that should be left to scientists and medical experts.
Wuhan on Wednesday reopened after a 76-day lockdown, which enhanced the resolve of all countries to fight the virus. More and more people have found China's response effective, and China's experience is worth learning from. Any responsible country will firmly oppose the irrational practice of labeling the virus, Zhao said.Additionally, hospitals are turning to robots to tirelessly rid room, halls and door handles of viruses and bacteria.
US firm Xenex has seen a surge in demand for its robots that disinfect rooms, according to director of media relations Melinda Hart.Newspaper headline: Robots might become heroes in global war on COVID-19
As deadly Cyclone Harold churns through the South Pacific, small island nations in its path are struggling to balance responses to the disaster with maintaining efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, officials warned on Wednesday.A bird is seen near a drying reservoir in Mt. Darwin, Zimbabwe, Oct. 11, 2019. Zimbabwe is facing severe food shortages due to a combination of drought and cyclone this year. Photo: Xinhua