Coronavirus: Trump says new infections hitting plateau in some parts of US

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - President Donald Trump said he will announce on Thursday (April 16) guidelines to relax stay-at-home rules, citing signs that the coronavirus is plateauing in parts of the country. “The battle continues, but the data suggests that nationwide, we have passed the peak on new cases,” Trump said on Wednesday in a Rose … Continue reading Coronavirus: Trump says new infections hitting plateau in some parts of US

Qatar confirms first virus cases at World Cup sites

Doha (AFP) Qatar reported on Wednesday that five coronavirus cases have been detected in workers at three World Cup stadiums, the first confirmed instances among those involved in 2022 tournament projects. The Gulf nation has reported a total of seven deaths, 3,711 COVID-19 infections and 406 recoveries since March 6 but had not previously disclosed … Continue reading Qatar confirms first virus cases at World Cup sites

WHO chief Tedros in the eye of pandemic and Trump storm

Geneva (AFP) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the first African to head the World Health Organization, has drawn the ire of US President Donald Trump over his chummy tone with China in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The former Ethiopian minister of health and foreign affairs has for months found himself at the heart of global … Continue reading WHO chief Tedros in the eye of pandemic and Trump storm

US funding freeze blows hole in WHO budget

Geneva (AFP) The United States' funding freeze blows a major hole in the World Health Organization's budget as it attempts to steer the fightback against the coronavirus pandemic. Washington is the biggest single contributor to the United Nations' health agency. Trump blamed the WHO for failing to contain the COVID-19 outbreak by not accurately assessing … Continue reading US funding freeze blows hole in WHO budget

New York to test for antibodies, governor mandates face covering

New York (AFP) New York has developed its own antibody test that could help detect those immune to coronavirus as the state looks to gradually end its shutdown, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. He made the announcement as he ordered all residents of the state -- the epicenter of America's coronavirus outbreak -- to cover … Continue reading New York to test for antibodies, governor mandates face covering

Colombia releases 4,000 prisoners over coronavirus

Bogota (AFP) Colombia on Wednesday ordered the temporary release of more than 4,000 prisoners, in an effort to reduce overcrowding and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Two prisoners have already died from COVID-19 in the South American country. Inmates extend their hands at the Modelo prison in Bogota after a riot on March 22 … Continue reading Colombia releases 4,000 prisoners over coronavirus

DiCaprio and De Niro seek ‘co-star’ in virus charity drive

Los Angeles (AFP) Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro have rallied fellow Hollywood A-listers in a new coronavirus fundraising campaign by offering a walk-in role in their upcoming film to one lucky donor. The actors are set to star in "Killers of the Flower Moon," one of next year's most hotly anticipated movies, which is … Continue reading DiCaprio and De Niro seek ‘co-star’ in virus charity drive

Italy PM takes wait and see approach to EU virus rescue

Rome (AFP) Italian Prime Minster Giuseppe Conte said Wednesday he had still not decided whether to tap an EU economic rescue package designed to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. EU member states ended weeks of wrangling and agreed the 500-billion-euro ($545-billion) emergency plan last Thursday. Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte (pictured March 2020 in a … Continue reading Italy PM takes wait and see approach to EU virus rescue

Doctors think ventilators might harm some COVID-19 patients

Washington (AFP) A global debate has emerged among doctors treating COVID-19: When should patients who need help breathing be placed on ventilators -- and could intubation do some people more harm than good? It's one of the biggest medical questions of the day, along with how effective the antimalarial hydroxychloroquine really is, a US doctor … Continue reading Doctors think ventilators might harm some COVID-19 patients

UN mission slams rise in Libya violence

Tripoli (AFP) The United Nations mission in Libya Wednesday condemned rising violence in the North African country, after forces loyal to a unity government this week retook towns west of Tripoli. UNSMIL said in a statement that it was "alarmed by the continuing escalation of violence", which risked creating "new waves of displacement". A Libyan … Continue reading UN mission slams rise in Libya violence

Ronaldinho enjoys ‘golden cell’ in locked-down Paraguay capital

Asuncion (AFP) With Paraguay's capital in lockdown, former Brazil soccer star Ronaldinho is spending his second week under house arrest in an exclusive hotel in Asuncion, where a ballroom has been set up to allow him to keep us his soccer skills, as he awaits trial for entering the country under a false passport. The … Continue reading Ronaldinho enjoys ‘golden cell’ in locked-down Paraguay capital

Coronavirus: German government extends ban on gatherings until August 31

Bundesliga matches will be unable to take place with spectators in attendance until at least September after the German government confirmed an extension to their ban on gatherings. On Wednesday, chancellor Angela Merkel announced the government's plan to gradually ease the lockdown measures introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus. While schools will be allowed … Continue reading Coronavirus: German government extends ban on gatherings until August 31