France to extend lockdown as Thailand begins mobile testing 

WION New Delhi Apr 09, 2020, 10.35 PM(IST)

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In an attempt to ramp up testing and reach out to as many people as possible, Thailand has launched mobile coronavirus testing. There are close to 2,500 cases recorded in the country.

France has decided to extend the lockdown for the second time to contain the spread of the coronavirus while Thailand has started mobile testing to reach out to as many people as possible. 

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 The UK reported 938 deaths on Wednesday taking the toll past 7,000. This is its highest daily death toll so far. The mayor of London has said the lockdown will continue. UK PM Boris Johnson who is being treated for the disease remains in intensive care. France is set to extend its lockdown beyond April 15 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. French President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation next week. The announcement of the second extension came as the death toll crossed the 10,000 mark.

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About 90% of the personal protective equipment in the stockpile has been distributed to state and local governments. More than 70% of employees of South Korea's biggest carrier Korean Air have been asked to take paid leave. The decision has been taken in the wake of the operational difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees will receive 70 per cent of their regular pay. The leave will be for six months from April 16 until October 15. 

In an attempt to ramp up testing and reach out to as many people as possible, Thailand has launched mobile coronavirus testing. There are close to 2,500 cases recorded in the country.

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