Trump hopes state of emergency will turn tide against Covid-19

WASHINGTON - Facing mounting public anxiety over the Covid-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump on Friday (March 13) upped the ante against the novel coronavirus, imposing a national State of Emergency which would unleash up to US$50 billion (S$70 billion) of Federal money, he said. Every state is to set up emergency centres to be active immediately and every hospital … Continue reading Trump hopes state of emergency will turn tide against Covid-19

Social distancing? — not for glad-handing Trump

Washington (AFP) Contrary to medical advice, it was handshakes all around at the White House on Friday as President Donald Trump introduced business leaders at a press conference on tackling the coronavirus outbreak. US medical authorities say the virus is thought to spread between people in close contact, and "social distancing" has become a watchword … Continue reading Social distancing? — not for glad-handing Trump

Trump declares state of emergency, says ‘likely’ to get tested

Washington (AFP) President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday in what critics say was a long-delayed admission of the gravity of the coronavirus crisis paralyzing the United States and said he was likely to get tested for infection himself. Speaking at a hastily organized press conference in the White House's Rose Garden, Trump said … Continue reading Trump declares state of emergency, says ‘likely’ to get tested

Children less sick from COVID-19, but still spread the virus

Paris (AFP) For reasons unknown, children rarely have severe symptoms when infected by COVID-19 and may even be a bit less likely to get the disease in the first place, experts told AFP. But that doesn't mean infants, toddlers and teens are not carriers for the new coronavirus, which jumped from animals to humans in … Continue reading Children less sick from COVID-19, but still spread the virus

Lebanon’s Hezbollah won’t oppose IMF aid under ‘reasonable conditions’: chief

Beirut (AFP) Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement, which has strongly opposed foreign interference in the country's crisis-hit economy, said Friday it could accept Beirut receiving an International Monetary Fund financial rescue package under "reasonable conditions". "Any help within reasonable conditions, there's no problem with it in principle," the Shiite movement's chief Hassan Nasrallah said in a … Continue reading Lebanon’s Hezbollah won’t oppose IMF aid under ‘reasonable conditions’: chief

Canada unveils stimulus, warns against travel to stop COVID-19

Ottawa (AFP) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's administration on Friday announced a slew of measures to combat the novel coronavirus and its impact, including recommendations against international travel and a Can$10 billion stimulus package. It started with a plea to Canadians to cut back on all but essential foreign travel, a day after the prime minister's … Continue reading Canada unveils stimulus, warns against travel to stop COVID-19

US summons Chinese ambassador over COVID-19 conspiracy theory

Washington (AFP) The United States on Friday summoned China's ambassador after a senior official in Beijing tweeted the "ridiculous" suggestion that the US military started the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Department said. David Stilwell, the top US diplomat for Asia, gave a "stern representation" to Ambassador Cui Tiankai a day after foreign ministry spokesman Zhao … Continue reading US summons Chinese ambassador over COVID-19 conspiracy theory

Hungary’s PM Orban blames foreign students, migration for coronavirus spread

Orban, asked during a radio interview why Hungary had closed its universities but not schools in response to the virus outbreak, said it was because "there are lots of foreigners there". Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday that foreigners and migration are to blame for the appearance and spread of coronavirus in Hungary. AFP/File "Our … Continue reading Hungary’s PM Orban blames foreign students, migration for coronavirus spread

Italy’s coronavirus death toll surges as Lombardy region seeks tougher curbs

The government this week imposed drastic curbs nationwide, shutting bars, restaurants and most shops, and banning non-essential travel in an effort to halt the worst outbreak of the disease outside China. Medical personnel help patients inside the Spedali Civili hospital in Brescia, Italy on March 13. © Flavio Lo Scalzo, Reuters The measures so far show no sign … Continue reading Italy’s coronavirus death toll surges as Lombardy region seeks tougher curbs

Coronavirus: Next week’s US Democratic primaries to proceed despite bug, Louisiana postponed

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Louisiana on Friday (March 13) became the first US state to postpone its presidential nominating contest because of the coronavirus pandemic, while four states holding their primaries next week said those elections would go forward as planned. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders speaks about coronavirus inVermont on March 12, 2020.PHOTO: NYTIMES The Southern … Continue reading Coronavirus: Next week’s US Democratic primaries to proceed despite bug, Louisiana postponed

Coronavirus: Videos go viral of Italians singing in unison from their windows to beat blues

ROME (AFP) - Italians are beating the social isolation imposed by the country's coronavirus lockdown by taking to their windows and singing in unison, with videos of the phenomenon racking up thousands of views online. A screenshot from a viral online video of an empty street in Siena where residents can be heard singing.SCREENSHOT: TWITTER … Continue reading Coronavirus: Videos go viral of Italians singing in unison from their windows to beat blues

India reports second coronavirus death

New Delhi (AFP) India on Fridaddy reported its second coronavirus fatality, a 68-year-old woman in New Delhi who died one day after officials in the capital ordered schools, cinemas and theatres closed. The government said that the woman, who suffered from diabetes and hypertension, as well as her son, had tested positive. India with its … Continue reading India reports second coronavirus death