Biden says will talk soon with Trump on coronavirus response

Washington (AFP) Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden said Thursday he was finalizing plans to speak by telephone with President Donald Trump about the coronavirus crisis and how to stem the deadly pandemic. The US administration suggested that Joe Biden, the former vice president and likely challenger to Trump in November's election, call the president; … Continue reading Biden says will talk soon with Trump on coronavirus response

Venezuela opposition denounces arrests of Guaido allies

Caracas (AFP) Venezuela's opposition claimed Thursday that two members of leader Juan Guaido's team were arrested on the same day that he was due to appear before prosecutors investigating an alleged "attempted coup d'etat" and "magnicide." The arrests bring the number of Guaido's team who have been detained by security forces to 10, the opposition … Continue reading Venezuela opposition denounces arrests of Guaido allies

Short of blood, US relaxes restrictions on gay donors

Washington (AFP) The United States on Thursday relaxed rules that prevent many gay men from giving blood in an effort to tackle a severe shortage of donations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Restrictions on gay men donating blood have been eased in the US Georges Gobet AFP/File Since 2015, men who have had sex with … Continue reading Short of blood, US relaxes restrictions on gay donors

Coronavirus: Pentagon removes captain of virus-struck US aircraft carrier over scathing letter

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Navy on Thursday (April 2) relieved the commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote a scathing letter that leaked to the public asking the Navy for stronger measures to control a coronavirus outbreak onboard the ship. The removal of Captain Brett Crozier from the command of the 5,000-person … Continue reading Coronavirus: Pentagon removes captain of virus-struck US aircraft carrier over scathing letter

Biden urges Iran sanctions relief over virus

Washington (AFP) Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden called Thursday for the United States to ease sanctions on Iran to reduce suffering as the Islamic republic reels from the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the Iranian Red Crescent test people for coronavirus symptoms as part of nationwide checks as police block the Tehran to Alborz highway in … Continue reading Biden urges Iran sanctions relief over virus

US official denies claim that Americans buying up France’s masks

Washington (AFP) A senior US official on Thursday rejected allegations from French politicians that Americans have been snapping up Chinese masks previously ordered by France during the coronavirus crisis, calling the stories "completely false." Good quality medical masks are a key element in fighting coronavirus -- but not always easy to get Bryan R. Smith … Continue reading US official denies claim that Americans buying up France’s masks

Coronavirus: Staff at a New York hospital put protective gear in outdoor trash can after handling bodies

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Staff at Wyckoff Heights Medical Centre in New York City were seen disposing of their gowns and caps and other protective wear in a sidewalk trash can on Thursday (April 2) after wheeling bodies out of the hospital and loading them into a refrigerated truck. A healthcare worker removes and discards … Continue reading Coronavirus: Staff at a New York hospital put protective gear in outdoor trash can after handling bodies

Coronavirus: World Bank approves initial US$1.9 billion in emergency funds for pandemic response

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The World Bank on Thursday (April 2) said its board of executive directors approved an initial US$1.9 billion (S$2.7 billion) in emergency funds for coronavirus response operations in 25 countries, and said it was moving quickly on projects in 40 others. Workers of Edhi Welfare get ready to attend to coronavirus patients … Continue reading Coronavirus: World Bank approves initial US$1.9 billion in emergency funds for pandemic response

Coronavirus: Antibody tests key to ending Covid-19 lockdowns

PARIS (AFP) - It's the key that opens to door from total lockdown: serologic testing, which will show definitively who has contracted Covid-19 and is in theory safe to return to work. "Everyone's waiting for serologic testing, the whole world," said France's Health Minister Olivier Veran. A Danish citizen stranded in Peru is pictured before … Continue reading Coronavirus: Antibody tests key to ending Covid-19 lockdowns

Coronavirus: Emirates to resume limited passenger flights

DUBAI (AFP) - Emirates Airline said on Thursday (April 2) it is to resume a limited number of outbound passenger flights from April 6, less than two weeks after its coronavirus-enforced stoppage. Emirates planes at Dubai International Airport on Feb 15, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS "Emirates has received approval from UAE authorities to restart flying a limited … Continue reading Coronavirus: Emirates to resume limited passenger flights

Pandemic forces polio eradication group to suspend campaigns

Paris (AFP) The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt an unprecedented blow to the world's battle against polio, the head of the global organisation to combat the disease told AFP Thursday after it suspended vaccination campaigns for the first time in three decades. Polio remains endemic in Pakistan and Afghanistan, while there have also been outbreaks across … Continue reading Pandemic forces polio eradication group to suspend campaigns

Players must ‘share financial burden’ during virus: PFA

London (AFP) The Professional Footballers' Association insist they are aware players must "share the financial burden" during the coronavirus as the row over wage cuts for Premier League stars mounted on Thursday. A woman wearing a protective face mask walks near the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tolga Akmen AFP The British Government's Health Secretary Matt Hancock … Continue reading Players must ‘share financial burden’ during virus: PFA