Britain at its best in a crisis, says Prince William

LONDON (REUTERS) - Prince William has said Britain is at its best in a crisis, his office said on Sunday (April 12), the latest in a series of messages from the royal family seeking to galvanise the nation during the coronavirus pandemic. Queen Elizabeth has twice addressed Britons in the past week, while heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, who tested … Continue reading Britain at its best in a crisis, says Prince William

Brazilian woman, 97, becomes country’s oldest coronavirus survivor

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - When 97-year-old Brazilian Gina Dal Colleto was hospitalized on April 1 with coronavirus symptoms, few could have thought she would survive the deadly virus. On Sunday, however, Dal Colleto was pushed in a wheelchair out of Sao Paulo's Vila Nova Star hospital to applause from doctors and nurses, becoming the … Continue reading Brazilian woman, 97, becomes country’s oldest coronavirus survivor

South Africa coronavirus cases rise to 2,173

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa on Sunday reported a further 145 cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number in the country to 2,173, a statement from the Health ministry said. The statement did not provide any update on the number of deaths, which rose to 25 on Saturday.

China vows improvements for Africans after virus discrimination claims

Beijing (AFP) Under strong international pressure, China on Sunday vowed to improve the treatment of Africans in the southern city of Guangzhou following accusations of discrimination linked to the coronavirus pandemic, and said it rejected all "racist and discriminatory" remarks. Africans in the industrial centre of 15 million say they have become targets of suspicion … Continue reading China vows improvements for Africans after virus discrimination claims

Turkish Interior Minister resigns over Covid-19 lockdown panic

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu resigned Sunday after an abrupt lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, announced with two hours' notice, sparked panic buying across the country. "May my country, which I never wished to hurt, and our president, to whom I will be faithful all my life, forgive me," Soylu said in the … Continue reading Turkish Interior Minister resigns over Covid-19 lockdown panic

Top oil-producing nations agree to record supply cut amid Covid-19 crisis

OPEC, Russia and other oil producing nations agreed on Sunday to cut output by a record amount, representing around 10% of global supply, to support oil prices amid the coronavirus pandemic. The group, known as OPEC+, agreed to reduce output by 9.7 million barrels per day (bpd) for May-June, after four days of marathon talks … Continue reading Top oil-producing nations agree to record supply cut amid Covid-19 crisis

Europe’s coronavirus spread slows as lockdown-easing ways sought

ROME (BLOOMBERG) - Italy, Spain and France reported a slowdown in new coronavirus cases, allowing governments in Europe to look for ways to safely ease lockdowns that are strangling the region's economy. Italy reported the fewest number of deaths in more than three weeks as declining numbers of intensive care patients pointed to a lessening severity … Continue reading Europe’s coronavirus spread slows as lockdown-easing ways sought

Ex-Chelsea star Drogba offers hospital in virus fight

Abidjan (AFP) Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has offered his hospital in his native Ivory Coast to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, a local politician said. Drogba, who scored 65 goals in 105 appearances for his country and won the Champions League with the English club during his playing career, has proposed the use … Continue reading Ex-Chelsea star Drogba offers hospital in virus fight

Former Chelsea and England goalkeeper Bonetti dead at 78 – club

London (AFP) Former Chelsea and England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti has died at the age of 78 following a long-term illness, the Premier League club announced Sunday. Nicknamed 'The Cat' because of his agility, Bonetti was a mainstay of the west London side for close on 20 years throughout the 1960s and 1970s. 'The Cat': Peter … Continue reading Former Chelsea and England goalkeeper Bonetti dead at 78 – club

Boris Johnson says ‘no question’ medics saved his life

London (AFP) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his personal battle with the coronavirus "could have gone either way" and said there was "no question" doctors saved his life, speaking in a candid video message after leaving hospital Sunday. The UK leader checked into hospital a week ago and spent three days in intensive care … Continue reading Boris Johnson says ‘no question’ medics saved his life

Britain’s Christians get creative to mark Easter under lockdown

London (AFP) A priest in Britain has taken to London's streets to say prayers and hymns to soothe the souls of local Christians in lockdown over Easter due to the coronavirus pandemic. "If people can't go to church, church should go to the people," Reverend Patrick Allerton told AFP. British priest Patrick Allerton has taken … Continue reading Britain’s Christians get creative to mark Easter under lockdown

A Baltimore church defies virus order but few are coming

Baltimore (AFP) In his red-brick Baltimore church, Pastor Alvin Gwynn waits patiently for his flock to arrive on this Easter Sunday. But whether from fear of the coronavirus or of the authorities, not many have shown up. Pastor Alvin Gwynn, seen on April 12, 2020 in his church in Baltimore, Maryland, has defied a government … Continue reading A Baltimore church defies virus order but few are coming