Brazil court orders government to stop advising against virus isolation

Sao Paulo (AFP) A federal court in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday banned the government from disseminating propaganda against confinement measures aimed at controlling the coronavirus pandemic. Brazilian soldiers disinfect a train wagon at the central station in Rio de Janeiro CARL DE SOUZA AFP On Thursday night, President Jair Bolsonaro shared a video on … Continue reading Brazil court orders government to stop advising against virus isolation

Coronavirus: Letters to go out across Britain from infected PM Boris Johnson urging people to stay home

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is self-isolating at 10 Downing Street after testing positive for coronavirus, will write to every household in Britain to urge people to stay at home. Johnson, who has described his symptoms as mild, is leading the government's response to the crisis, chairing meetings by video conference. … Continue reading Coronavirus: Letters to go out across Britain from infected PM Boris Johnson urging people to stay home

Coronavirus: Netherlands recalls defective masks imported from China

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Dutch officials have recalled tens of thousands of masks imported from China and distributed to hospitals battling the coronavirus outbreak because they do not meet quality standards, the health ministry said on Saturday (March 28). Medical personnel transfer an Intensive care patient to a Mobile Intensive Care Unit vehicle in Breda, … Continue reading Coronavirus: Netherlands recalls defective masks imported from China

S.African police fire rubber bullets at shoppers during lockdown

Johannesburg (AFP) South African police fired rubber bullets towards hundreds of shoppers queueing outside a supermarket in Johannesburg as authorities battled to keep people at home in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Police had to use force to get people to respect the social distancing rules MARCO LONGARI AFP With 1,187 … Continue reading S.African police fire rubber bullets at shoppers during lockdown

Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa

Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Elsewhere, officers were captured in mobile phone footage whacking people with batons.  Virus prevention measures have taken a violent turn in parts of Africa as countries impose lockdowns and curfews or seal off major cities. … Continue reading Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa

Spain toughens lockdown as toll nears 5,700

Madrid (AFP) Spain toughened its nationwide lockdown on Saturday, halting all non-essential activities as it stepped up its fight against the deadly coronavirus epidemic that has so far claimed 5,690 lives. troops had carried out deep-clean operations in more than 100 hospital, 16 prisons and 1,083 old people's homes.  Josep LAGO AFP Spain has the … Continue reading Spain toughens lockdown as toll nears 5,700

Juventus players agree to take pay reduction in 90-million-euro cost cut

Milan (AFP) Juventus on Saturday announced that they had cut their players' and coach Maurizio Sarri's salaries after all Italian sport was suspended until at least April 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Juventus players and coach Sarri have agreed to take pay cuts Isabella BONOTTO AFP/File "The economic and financial effects of the understanding … Continue reading Juventus players agree to take pay reduction in 90-million-euro cost cut

Ex-Venezuela general charged with drug trafficking surrenders to US

Bogota (AFP) A retired Venezuelan general has turned himself over to Colombian authorities after the United States charged him with drug-trafficking and offered a reward for his capture, local media said on Saturday. (FILES) In this file photo taken on February 14, 2020 Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures during a press conference YURI CORTEZ AFP/File … Continue reading Ex-Venezuela general charged with drug trafficking surrenders to US

Trump says he might ‘quarantine’ New York state

Washington (AFP) President Donald Trump said Saturday he is considering placing coronavirus-stricken New York state and adjacent areas under "quarantine," to prevent people there from spreading the virus to other parts of the US. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on March … Continue reading Trump says he might ‘quarantine’ New York state

Can the coronavirus infect someone twice?

Up to 10 percent of coronavirus patients leaving medical facilities in Wuhan after being tested negative for Covid-19 seem to have subsequently been re-infected, according to the South China Morning Post. This is not the first time that there have been reports of re-infection. Nevertheless, scientists say that it is unlikely that the virus is striking twice. … Continue reading Can the coronavirus infect someone twice?

Coronavirus: New York postpones presidential primary

NEW YORK (AFP) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday (March 28) the state will postpone its presidential primary election by nearly two months, citing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. The vote, which had been slated for April 28, will instead take place on June 23, Cuomo said. That was … Continue reading Coronavirus: New York postpones presidential primary

Coronavirus: Hundreds to be evacuated from virus-hit ship off Panama

PANAMA CITY (REUTERS) - Hundreds of passengers on a cruise ship, where four people have died and over 130 others have influenza-like symptoms, including at least two with the coronavirus, will be transferred to a sister ship, Panamanian authorities said on Saturday (March 28). Canadian passengers Chris and Anna Joiner ask for help onboard the … Continue reading Coronavirus: Hundreds to be evacuated from virus-hit ship off Panama