Virus-linked fraud schemes cost US consumers nearly $5 mn

Washington (AFP) Coronavirus-related fraud schemes are rising fast and have cost US consumers some $4.77 million so far, a government watchdog said Tuesday. The US Federal Trade Commission said it has seen rising levels of fraud schemes linked to the coronavirus pandemic MANDEL NGAN AFP/File The Federal Trade Commission said it had more than 7,800 … Continue reading Virus-linked fraud schemes cost US consumers nearly $5 mn

Ethiopia postpones landmark August election due to coronavirus

The August vote had been regarded as an important test of the reformist agenda of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in what was once one of the continent's most repressive nations. "Due to the pandemic we were forced to suspend our activities," said an Amharic-language statement from the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia. The board will announce a new timeline … Continue reading Ethiopia postpones landmark August election due to coronavirus

Israel approves personal data collection to combat virus

Jerusalem (AFP) An Israeli parliamentary committee on Tuesday approved the collection of personal data on citizens by domestic spy agencies, a controversial measure enacted for the purpose of battling the coronavirus pandemic. An Israeli woman checks a smartphone app that informs users about any points of contact with known COVID-19 cases JACK GUEZ AFP/File Earlier … Continue reading Israel approves personal data collection to combat virus

Former US Davis Cup captain Pat McEnroe tests positive for virus

New York (AFP) Davis Cup-winning former US captain Patrick McEnroe said Tuesday he has tested positive for coronavirus but is feeling well and no longer has symptoms. The 53-year-old younger brother of seven-time Grand Slam singles champion John McEnroe said in a video posting on Twitter that he was tested at a drive-up facility in … Continue reading Former US Davis Cup captain Pat McEnroe tests positive for virus

Coronavirus: France reports record 499 deaths in a day, total death toll of 3,523

It was the third consecutive day that the rate of deaths accelerated in France, which is now in its third week of lockdown to try to slow the spread of the virus. A sick patient is secured by firefighters ambulance crew members of the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service (SDIS 67) during a rescue operation in Strasbourg … Continue reading Coronavirus: France reports record 499 deaths in a day, total death toll of 3,523

Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek says injury battle was ‘toughest hurdle yet’

London (AFP) Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits battling to return from a serious Achilles injury while dealing with back problems has been a draining experience. Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is working his way back to fitness after a series of injury woes Oliver GREENWOOD AFP Loftus-Cheek has been sidelined since suffering a torn Achilles tendon … Continue reading Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek says injury battle was ‘toughest hurdle yet’

Solskjaer in touch with Man Utd stars during virus lockdown

London (AFP) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keeping in touch with his Manchester United stars as he deals with the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keeping in touch with his Manchester United stars during the coronavirus Oli SCARFF AFP The Premier League has been postponed until at least April 30 because of … Continue reading Solskjaer in touch with Man Utd stars during virus lockdown

CNN reporter Cuomo, brother of NY governor, has coronavirus

New York (AFP) CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, whose brother Andrew is the high-profile governor of New York state, said Tuesday that he has contracted coronavirus -- and will keep broadcasting from self-isolation in his home. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, whose brother is the governor of New York state, has tested positive for coronavirus Robyn Beck … Continue reading CNN reporter Cuomo, brother of NY governor, has coronavirus

Coronavirus: Greek cruise ship has around 20 cases, say port police

ATHENS (AFP) - A Greek cruise ship was placed in quarantine near Athens with 383 people on board after about 20 passengers tested positive for Covid-19, port police said on Tuesday (March 31). The Eleftherios Venizelos was sailing from Turkey to Spain when it stopped at the port of Piraeus on March 22. The Greek-owned … Continue reading Coronavirus: Greek cruise ship has around 20 cases, say port police

Trump completes rollback of Obama-era vehicle fuel efficiency rules

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday (March 31) completed a rollback of vehicle emissions standards adopted under his predecessor Barack Obama and will require 1.5 per cent annual increases in efficiency through 2026 - far weaker than the 5 per cent increases in the discarded rules. Exhaust pipes of a car are … Continue reading Trump completes rollback of Obama-era vehicle fuel efficiency rules

Coronavirus: US death toll exceeds official China tally

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The number of deaths in the United States from coronavirus has surpassed those reported by China, where the pandemic began in December, according to a toll published on Tuesday (March 31) by Johns Hopkins University. A health-care worker sits on a bench near New York's Central Park, March 30, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS There … Continue reading Coronavirus: US death toll exceeds official China tally

Coronavirus: Saudi minister tells Muslims to wait on making haj plans

RIYADH (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia wants Muslims to wait until there is more clarity about the coronavirus pandemic before planning to attend the annual haj pilgrimage, the minister for haj and umrah said on state TV on Tuesday (March 31). A Saudi man wearing a protective mask walks in Riyadh on March 15, 2020.PHOTO: AFP … Continue reading Coronavirus: Saudi minister tells Muslims to wait on making haj plans