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A Spanish soldier stands next to beds set up at a temporary hospital in BarcelonaA Spanish soldier stands next to beds set up at a temporary hospital in Barcelona (AFP Photo/Pau Barrena)

Madrid (AFP) – 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 are saying 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

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