Celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Paris (AFP) Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has joined the growing list of world celebrities who have been hit by the novel coronavirus. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg also said Tuesday it was "extremely likely" that she had contracted it. Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales is just one of many leading … Continue reading Celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Putin delays vote enabling him to stay in power due to coronavirus crisis

Putin didn't set a new date for the plebiscite originally set for April 22, saying Wednesday that it would depend on how the new coronavirus pandemic develops.  He also announced during a televised address to the nation that the government doesn't want Russians except those working in essential sectors to come to work next week. He said that stores, pharmacies … Continue reading Putin delays vote enabling him to stay in power due to coronavirus crisis

Federer donates $1 million to vulnerable Swiss in virus crisis

Geneva (AFP) Tennis great Roger Federer on Wednesday donated more than a million dollars to help support his "most vulnerable" Swiss compatriots through the coronavirus crisis. The 20-time Grand Slam champion and his wife donated one million Swiss francs ($1.02 million, 943,000 euros), saying nobody should be left behind as Switzerland battles against the global … Continue reading Federer donates $1 million to vulnerable Swiss in virus crisis

Coronavirus: One in 20 Britons have lost job due to virus, YouGov says

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - One in 20 Britons has lost a job because of the coronavirus outbreak and 9 per cent experienced a reduction in hours or pay, according to YouGov. The survey was taken on the first two days of the UK's official lockdown, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson banning all unnecessary movement of people … Continue reading Coronavirus: One in 20 Britons have lost job due to virus, YouGov says

US House Speaker Pelosi says Democrats will review coronavirus Bill

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday (March 25) that the coronavirus relief legislation agreed in the US Senate goes a long way toward meeting the needs of the American people and House Democrats will now review the Bill. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivers a statement at the hallway … Continue reading US House Speaker Pelosi says Democrats will review coronavirus Bill

As coronavirus takes hold, some countries are creeping towards food protectionism

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - A growing number of countries are signing pledges to resist export controls and other barriers to the movement of food and other necessities during the Covid-19 pandemic. But some countries are leaning in the other direction. Kazakhstan, one of the world's biggest shippers of wheat flour, just banned exports of that source … Continue reading As coronavirus takes hold, some countries are creeping towards food protectionism

Coronavirus-hit Iran to ban intercity travel within days, warns of second wave of outbreak

TEHRAN (AFP, REUTERS) - Iran is to ban intercity travel from Thursday (March 26) or Friday in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world's worst-hit countries, officials said. "New journeys will be banned, leaving towns and cities will be banned," government spokesman Ali Rabii announced after President Hassan Rouhani revealed … Continue reading Coronavirus-hit Iran to ban intercity travel within days, warns of second wave of outbreak

Coronavirus traces lingered in vacated cruise cabins for 17 days: Report

FLORIDA (BLOOMBERG) - Traces of the new coronavirus were found on surfaces in cruise-ship cabins for as many as 17 days after passengers left, researchers said, though it wasn't possible to determine whether they caused any infections. The Diamond Princess cruise ship had more than 700 coronavirus cases.PHOTO: REUTERS Researchers looked at the rooms of … Continue reading Coronavirus traces lingered in vacated cruise cabins for 17 days: Report

Spain overtakes China coronavirus toll with 3,434 deaths

MADRID (AFP) - Spain's coronavirus death toll overtook that of China on Wednesday (March 25), rising to 3,434 after 738 people died over the past 24 hours, the government said. Across the world, only Italy now has a higher death toll - with 6,820 deaths - than that of Spain. People with protective face masks walk through … Continue reading Spain overtakes China coronavirus toll with 3,434 deaths

Coronavirus: Saudi tightens curfew, with entry and exit ban on capital city, Mecca and Medina

RIYADH (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia is tightening a partial curfew imposed nationwide to contain the spread of the coronavirus, barring entry or exit from its capital city Riyadh, Mecca and Medina as well as movement between all provinces starting on Wednesday (March 25), state news agency SPA reported. A view of an empty street after a … Continue reading Coronavirus: Saudi tightens curfew, with entry and exit ban on capital city, Mecca and Medina

Netanyahu ally resigns as speaker of Israel parliament

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's parliamentary speaker, an ally of Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, resigned on Wednesday (March 25), clearing the way for a vote that could see him replaced by an opponent of the embattled premier. Mr Yuli Edelstein, a member of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, had refused to schedule a speakership vote until a new … Continue reading Netanyahu ally resigns as speaker of Israel parliament

Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

LONDON (AFP) - Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, is showing mild symptoms of the new coronavirus but “otherwise remains in good health”, his office said on Wednesday (March 25). The 71-year-old and his wife Camilla – who does not have Covid-19 – are currently self-isolating in Scotland, Clarence House … Continue reading Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus