DR Congo confines, disinfects business district to fight virus

Kinshasa (AFP) Kinshasa on Monday closed off its upmarket business district for two weeks and began large-scale disinfection in a bid to root out DR Congo's main suspected source of coronavirus, while Kenya isolated its capital Nairobi and other key cities from the rest of the country. Access to Gombe, which houses the country's main … Continue reading DR Congo confines, disinfects business district to fight virus

US singer Gloria Estefan updates 80s hit for pandemic

Miami (AFP) Gloria Estefan, one of the biggest stars of the Miami music scene during the 1980s and 1990s, has updated her hit "Get On Your Feet" to raise awareness about how to stem infection from the coronavirus. Now titled "Put On Your Mask," the Cuban-American singer's message features a video showing Estefan facing up … Continue reading US singer Gloria Estefan updates 80s hit for pandemic

Former Atletico, Real Madrid and Barca coach Antic dies

Madrid (AFP) Serbian coach Radomir Antic, the only person to manage Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona, died on Monday at the age of 71 following a long illness. "The Atletico de Madrid family is mourning the passing of Radomir Antic, one of our legendary coaches. You will forever live in our hearts. Rest in … Continue reading Former Atletico, Real Madrid and Barca coach Antic dies

Canada’s Trudeau to keep working from home ‘as much as possible’

Ottawa (AFP) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has been in self-isolation since his wife Sophie tested positive for coronavirus last month, said Monday he would try to keep working from home "as much as possible." "I'm planning on returning to the office in the coming days, but my work will be continuing overwhelmingly from … Continue reading Canada’s Trudeau to keep working from home ‘as much as possible’

Football: Ceferin says Liverpool should be awarded Premier League title

Vienna (AFP) UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Monday that there is "no way" Liverpool should finish the season without the Premier League title, even if the campaign is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin speaks during last month's UEFA Congress in Amsterdam Robin VAN LONKHUIJSEN ANP/AFP/File Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool appeared … Continue reading Football: Ceferin says Liverpool should be awarded Premier League title

1960s Bond girl Honor Blackman dead at 94

London (AFP) Honor Blackman, one of most memorable co-stars of the early James Bond films, has died at the age of 94, her family said on Monday. Honor Blackman has died of natural causes aged 94 BEN STANSALL AFP The actress shot to fame in her late 30s after playing legendary Bond girl Pussy Galore … Continue reading 1960s Bond girl Honor Blackman dead at 94

WHO says masks should be prioritised for health workers to avoid shortage against coronavirus

GENEVA/ZURICH (REUTERS) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) voiced concern on Monday (April 6) that the wearing of medical masks by the general public could exacerbate the shortage for health workers on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic. It said lockdowns in many places are proving effective in dampening spread of the coronavirus but any lifting of … Continue reading WHO says masks should be prioritised for health workers to avoid shortage against coronavirus

Italy injects record €400 billion into coronavirus-hit economy

ROME (AFP, REUTERS) - Italy’s government approved on Monday (April 6) a new emergency decree that will offer more than €400 billion (S$619 billion) worth of liquidity and bank loans to companies hit by the coronavirus crisis. A man and a child walk on Piazza Navona during the coronavirus lockdown in Rome, on April 6, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE/ANSA The … Continue reading Italy injects record €400 billion into coronavirus-hit economy

British PM Boris Johnson’s health worsens, taken to intensive care

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit on Monday (April 6) after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, but his Downing Street office said he was still conscious. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still in hospital under observation.PHOTO: AFP Britain has no formal succession plan should the prime … Continue reading British PM Boris Johnson’s health worsens, taken to intensive care

US designates Russian ultra-nationalist group as terrorist organisation

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States has designated a Russian ultranationalist group called the Russian Imperial Movement as a terrorist organisation, the State Department said on Monday (April 76, in what it called the first such move against a white supremacist group. The US State Department said it is the first such move against a … Continue reading US designates Russian ultra-nationalist group as terrorist organisation

Norway says it has coronavirus outbreak ‘under control’

OSLO (AFP) - Norway said Monday (April 6) it considered the coronavirus outbreak to be “under control” in the country, but cautioned it was too early to say if restrictions could be lifted. The government said the reproduction rate – the number of new people infected by each patient with the virus – had fallen to 0.7. … Continue reading Norway says it has coronavirus outbreak ‘under control’

White House considering US Treasury coronavirus bond, says Trump advisor Kudlow

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - White House advisers have been discussing the possibility of a coronavirus-related US Treasury bond, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday (April 6). Kudlow said this was a time to sell bonds to raise cash for coronavirus relief efforts and a "war bond" was a great idea. Larry Kudlow embraced the … Continue reading White House considering US Treasury coronavirus bond, says Trump advisor Kudlow