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G20 in virtual huddle as virus toll tops 21,000

World leaders are to hold online crisis talks Thursday on the coronavirus pandemic that has forced three billion people into lockdown and claimed more than 21,000 lives. With the disease tearing around the globe at a terrifying pace, warnings are multiplying over its economic consequences, and experts say it could cause more damage than the Great Depression. Amid squabbling between the leaders of China and the US over who is to blame, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for the world to act together to halt the menace. COVID-19 is threatening the whole of humanity, he said. Global action and solidarity are crucial. Individual country responses are not going to be enough. The global lockdown -- which also took in India s huge population this week -- tightened further Thursday as Russia announced it was grounding all international flights, while Moscow s mayor ordered the closure of cafes, shops and parks. Tokyo s millions of citizens have been told to stay home and ...

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