Germany to buy ‘unbelievable amount’ of facemasks – TV

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany is ramping up efforts to purchase facemasks in an effort to contain the coronavirus, the country's vice chancellor, Olaf Scholz, told the Anne Will television show on Sunday. "We need unbelievable amounts of masks. Our entire effort is to procure them. That is where we stand today," he told the programme … Continue reading Germany to buy ‘unbelievable amount’ of facemasks – TV

Tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

(Reuters) - A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in the first known case of COVID-19 in an animal in the United States or a tiger globally, a zoo spokesman said on Sunday. coronavirus testing site is set up in … Continue reading Tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Louisiana church holds services, defying coronavirus stay-at-home order

CENTRAL, La. (Reuters) - The pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church near Baton Rouge held services on Sunday in defiance of a stay-at-home order issued by Louisiana because of the coronavirus pandemic, telling worshippers they had "nothing to fear but fear itself." Pastor Tony Spell, who was arrested last week for holding services, summoned his … Continue reading Louisiana church holds services, defying coronavirus stay-at-home order

Formula One in ‘very fragile state’, warns McLaren boss Brown

London (AFP) McLaren boss Zak Brown said Sunday that the coronavirus pandemic has plunged Formula One into "a very fragile state", warning that as many as four teams could even be driven out of business. 'Devastating': McLaren boss Zak Brown Peter PARKS AFP/File The 2020 world championship has been unable to start with eight races … Continue reading Formula One in ‘very fragile state’, warns McLaren boss Brown

Confirmed: It’s a girl for Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom

LOS ANGELES • Almost a month after announcing her pregnancy, American pop star Katy Perry got her wish - she is expecting a girl. Perry, who is engaged to English actor Orlando Bloom, revealed she was pregnant early last month when she launched her music video for her new song Never Worn White. Actor Orlando … Continue reading Confirmed: It’s a girl for Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom

Jung, Marianne Faithfull test positive

SEOUL/LONDON • South Korean singer Jung Yun-hak, the leader and vocalist of boy band Supernova, has tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the first K-pop celebrity to be infected with the coronavirus. The band confirmed the news on their Japanese website last Friday. They said that Jung, 35, tested positive last Wednesday and is now undergoing … Continue reading Jung, Marianne Faithfull test positive

Soul icon Bill Withers dies, aged 81

LOS ANGELES • Singer Bill Withers, who delivered timeless hits like Ain't No Sunshine with silky yet funky vocals and came to define 1970s soul, has died. He was 81. The Grammy-winning artist behind the beloved Lean On Me succumbed to heart complications, according to his family. A file photo of Bill Withers accepting the … Continue reading Soul icon Bill Withers dies, aged 81

Comedian Larry David and the art of doing nothing – in quarantine

Our lives now depend on staying home and doing nothing. We are cooped up with no end in sight, getting increasingly irascible. So I thought I would reach out to the world's leading expert on the art of nothing: the endlessly irascible man whose mantra has always been: "It doesn't pay to leave your house … Continue reading Comedian Larry David and the art of doing nothing – in quarantine

Coronavirus: Musicians are using their star power to raise funds for fans facing financial stress

American pop superstar Taylor Swift (left) has been quietly making donations to fans as well as employees of a Nashville record store who are facing financial stress due to the outbreak. Taylor Swift One fan tweeted about how she received US$3,000 (S$4,300) through PayPal from Swift, along with a note that said: "Erin, I saw … Continue reading Coronavirus: Musicians are using their star power to raise funds for fans facing financial stress

British PM Boris Johnson admitted to hospital with persistent coronavirus symptoms

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday (April 5) in what Downing Street said was a “precautionary step” because he was showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus. “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to … Continue reading British PM Boris Johnson admitted to hospital with persistent coronavirus symptoms

US Navy captain fired for voicing coronavirus concern tests positive

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US naval commander whose widely publicised plea for help for his coronavirus-affected crew led to his dismissal has reportedly himself tested positive for the disease. Captain Brett Crozier's Covid-19 test result was reported Sunday (April 5) by the New York Times, just hours after US Defence Secretary Mark Esper defended the captain's … Continue reading US Navy captain fired for voicing coronavirus concern tests positive

Malta locks down migrants camp, puts 1,000 in quarantine after COVID cluster

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Some 1,000 African migrants were placed under mandatory quarantine on Sunday after an outbreak of COVID-19 and their camp at Hal Far in the south of Malta was surrounded by police and army trucks to ensure compliance. Health Minister Chris Fearne told reporters that eight cases had been confirmed in two days … Continue reading Malta locks down migrants camp, puts 1,000 in quarantine after COVID cluster