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Coronavirus latest: Germany can be bold easing restrictions, Merkel says

lockdown has been further eased, with all stores green-lighted to open. US President Donald Trump has reversed course on nixing his national virus task force. Follow DW for the latest.
  • Germany approves the restart of its football league, albeit without spectators 
  • US President Donald Trump changed the policy he announced Tuesday and will not disband a coronavirus task force
  • Over 257,000 people have died around the globe from COVID-19 while over 3.6 million people are known to have been infected

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16:04 WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the novel coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected at-risk populations.

"Crises can exacerbate existing inequalities, which is demonstrated in higher rates of hospitalization and death among certain populations in many countries," said Ghebreyesus during a press conference.

Ghebreyesus, who has led the UN agency during one of the biggest global health crises in living memory, said health care for at-risk populations must be prioritized, including for impoverished communities and ethnic minorities.

"We must address this now and in the longterm by prioritizing diagnosis and care for those who are most at risk," he said. "This is not only the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do. We cannot end the pandemic until we address the inequalities that are fueling it."

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