Coronavirus: Turkeys bans citizens from leaving home for 48 hours

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey ordered citizens to stay at home for 48 hours across 31 cities starting midnight on Friday (April 10) to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, immediately triggering panic-buying in some cities. The interior ministry said in a statement the order would last until midnight (2100 GMT) on Sunday in dozens … Continue reading Coronavirus: Turkeys bans citizens from leaving home for 48 hours

NY needs millions of coronavirus tests before reopening: governor

New York (AFP) Millions of New Yorkers must be tested for the new coronavirus before the state can reopen, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday, as he reported a continued slowing of COVID-19. Cuomo said intensive care admissions were at their lowest since the crisis began last month but called for an "unprecedented mobilization" of testing … Continue reading NY needs millions of coronavirus tests before reopening: governor

Mexico says reached deal with Trump to cut crude output

Mexico City (AFP) The president of Mexico -- the lone holdout in an OPEC deal to cut crude production and shore up prices -- said Friday he has reached a deal with President Donald Trump to reduce oil output. Mexico will cut production by 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, … Continue reading Mexico says reached deal with Trump to cut crude output

Coronavirus: Hit by bug, US Pentagon warns enemies ‘don’t test us’

WASHINGTON (AFP) - With an aircraft carrier forced into port and nuclear missile crews hit by Covid-19, the US military wants rivals to understand: Don't test us, we have not been weakened. Statement after statement from the Pentagon has sought to deliver that message amid questions this week over whether the US fighting force can … Continue reading Coronavirus: Hit by bug, US Pentagon warns enemies ‘don’t test us’

Coronavirus: Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro hits the streets in latest social distancing snub

RIO DE JANEIRO (REUTERS) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro took to the streets of Brasilia on Friday (April 10), drawing crowds and greeting followers in his latest public attack on social isolation measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Bolsonaro, 65, a far-right former army captain, says the isolation measures mandated by state governors and his … Continue reading Coronavirus: Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro hits the streets in latest social distancing snub

Coronavirus: Global death toll hits 100,000, cases over 1.6 million

LONDON (REUTERS) - The number of deaths linked to the novel coronavirus reached 100,000 on Friday (April 10), as the tally of cases passed 1.6 million, according to a Reuters tally. The first death came in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Jan 9. It took 83 days for the first 50,000 deaths to … Continue reading Coronavirus: Global death toll hits 100,000, cases over 1.6 million

Coronavirus: WHO warns about dangers of premature lifting of Covid-19 restrictions

GENEVA/ZURICH (REUTERS) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned countries on Friday (April 10) to be cautious about lifting restrictions introduced to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The WHO would like to see an easing, but at the same time"lifting restrictions could lead to a deadly resurgence," director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a … Continue reading Coronavirus: WHO warns about dangers of premature lifting of Covid-19 restrictions

Russia’s Vladimir Putin speaks with Trump on coronavirus, oil

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday (April 10) spoke with US counterpart Donald Trump for the third time in two weeks, discussing the coronavirus pandemic and global oil prices. Putin earlier told the US-Russian crew aboard the International Space Station that the ISS is "an example of an effective partnership of our … Continue reading Russia’s Vladimir Putin speaks with Trump on coronavirus, oil

Coronavirus: British PM Boris Johnson able to do short walks, thanks medical staff for Covid-19 care

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been able walk short distances as part of the care he is receiving to aid his recovery, his office said on Friday (April 10). Johnson came out of intensive care on Thursday after three nights and is recovering on a hospital ward. A general view is … Continue reading Coronavirus: British PM Boris Johnson able to do short walks, thanks medical staff for Covid-19 care

Coronavirus: What happened to the CDC? Storied US disease agency takes a back seat

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has become a focal point for criticism of the American government's coronavirus response, blamed for botching tests that would have helped track the illness in its early days, and then receding from the Trump administration's public messaging. CDC director Robert Redfield speaks during the … Continue reading Coronavirus: What happened to the CDC? Storied US disease agency takes a back seat

In epicentre of French coronavirus outbreak, medical workers believe peak has passed

PARIS (REUTERS) - As head of the urgent cases team in the Mulhouse ambulance service, Marc Noizet has been at the eye of the coronavirus storm that swept through this eastern French city. In the past few days, he has noticed a change. "Things are getting better," he said of the region around Mulhouse, the … Continue reading In epicentre of French coronavirus outbreak, medical workers believe peak has passed

Football: Barcelona deny corruption after six board members resign

Madrid (AFP) Barcelona have denied what the club describes as "serious and unfounded accusations" of corruption after a former vice-president claimed someone "had put their hands in the till". Emili Rousaud was one of six board members to resign on Thursday night as Barca continue to be embroiled in political crisis under their current president … Continue reading Football: Barcelona deny corruption after six board members resign