Chile to issue virus-free certificates for recovered patients

Santiago (AFP) Chile will issue certificates to people that have recovered from the coronavirus, which would allow them to move freely, the health minister said. As of Thursday, Chile has seen 1,274 recover from the deadly virus. A police officer wears gloves and a face mask as he stands guard outside La Moneda presidential palace … Continue reading Chile to issue virus-free certificates for recovered patients

SAfrica crime rate drops, minister says thanks to virus lockdown booze ban

Johannesburg (AFP) South African Police Minister Bheki Cele sports a dark hat and pinstriped suit, a style that escapes no one in its echo of Eliot Ness, the famed enforcer of Prohibition in 1920s America. The media-savvy police boss has been boasting of a dramatic fall in crime since South Africa imposed a 21-day coronavirus … Continue reading SAfrica crime rate drops, minister says thanks to virus lockdown booze ban

Chad army says 52 troops, 1,000 jihadists killed in offensive

N'Djamena (AFP) The Chadian army said Thursday it had wound up an offensive against Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad border region in which 52 troops and 1,000 jihadists were killed. Army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermendoa Agouna told AFP that the operation, launched after nearly 100 soldiers were killed last month, ended Wednesday after … Continue reading Chad army says 52 troops, 1,000 jihadists killed in offensive

TikTok pledges $250 mn for COVID-19 relief

Washington (AFP) TikTok, the fast-growing mobile video app, pledged Thursday to contribute $250 million to coronavirus relief efforts around the world. The Chinese-based firm, which US officials and lawmakers have assailed for potential security risks, said the funds would be for "front line medical workers, educators, and local communities deeply affected by the global crisis." … Continue reading TikTok pledges $250 mn for COVID-19 relief

Coronavirus: New York City hires labourers to bury dead on Hart Island

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - New York City officials have hired contract labourers to bury the dead in its potter's field on Hart Island as the city's daily death rate from the coronavirus epidemic has reached grim new records in each of the last three days. The city has used Hart Island to bury New Yorkers … Continue reading Coronavirus: New York City hires labourers to bury dead on Hart Island

Coronavirus: Europe is looking at several more weeks of lockdowns

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - Italy and Spain are preparing for several more weeks under lockdown as volatile coronavirus infection rates prevent Europe's governments from easing curbs on public life. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, whose country has reported the most virus-linked deaths worldwide, is leaning towards an extension to early May, with few concessions to business … Continue reading Coronavirus: Europe is looking at several more weeks of lockdowns

Coronavirus: Macron in surprise visit to controversial French virus doctor

MARSEILLE (AFP) - President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (April 9) held a surprise meeting with the Marseille-based French medical professor who has caused controversy within the country's scientific community for insisting the anti-malaria drug chloroquine can beat the coronavirus. Professor Didier Raoult met Macron at his specialised infectious diseases hospital in Marseille, in a visit … Continue reading Coronavirus: Macron in surprise visit to controversial French virus doctor

Coronavirus: We should worry about animals being infected by humans, experts say

WASHINGTON - The discovery that a tiger in the Bronx Zoo in New York has the Covid-19 coronavirus has fuelled discussion in research circles about the implications of the virus circulating in mammals other than humans. Zoo officials tested the Malayan tiger, named Nadia, after she started showing symptoms - a dry cough and a … Continue reading Coronavirus: We should worry about animals being infected by humans, experts say

Coronavirus: Canada must be vigilant on virus ‘for a year’, says PM Justin Trudeau

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canadians must be vigilant for at least a year, the time it may take for a coronavirus vaccine to become available, Justin Trudeau warned on Thursday (April 9), as his government projected the disease could kill 11,000-22,000 people there. "The path we take is up to us," the Canadian prime minister said … Continue reading Coronavirus: Canada must be vigilant on virus ‘for a year’, says PM Justin Trudeau

Coronavirus: British PM Boris Johnson leaves intensive care, remains under observation

LONDON (REUTERS) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson left intensive care on Thursday evening (April 9) as he continues to recover from Covid-19, but he remains under close observation in hospital, his office said on Thursday. Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital on Sunday evening with a persistent high temperature and cough, and was … Continue reading Coronavirus: British PM Boris Johnson leaves intensive care, remains under observation

Coronavirus: France reports first decrease in intensive care patients

PARIS (AFP) - France on Thursday (April 9) reported its first fall in the number of patients in intensive care suffering from Covid-19 since the coronavirus epidemic began, with 82 fewer people in intensive care units compared with the day earlier. There are now 7,066 patients in intensive care, top French health official Jerome Salomon … Continue reading Coronavirus: France reports first decrease in intensive care patients

Coronavirus: Britain defends response after Reuters probe

LONDON (REUTERS) - The British government defended its early handling of the coronavirus epidemic after a Reuters investigation found its scientific advisers were too slow to communicate their growing concerns about the outbreak to the public and ministers. Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially approved a much more modest response to the outbreak than other major … Continue reading Coronavirus: Britain defends response after Reuters probe