Switzerland to start easing coronavirus restrictions from April 27

ZURICH (REUTERS) - Switzerland will start gradually relaxing from April 27 the drastic restrictions it brought in last month to tackle the spread of the new coronavirus, the government said on Thursday (April 16). Hospitals will be allowed to perform all procedures, even elective surgeries, while hair salons, massage parlours and cosmetic studios will be allowed to reopen. … Continue reading Switzerland to start easing coronavirus restrictions from April 27

US coronavirus death toll tops 30,000

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The confirmed coronavirus death toll in the United States surpassed 30,000 on Thursday (April 16), according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The US has the highest death toll in the world, followed by Italy with 21,645 dead although its population is just a fifth of that of the US. The tracker says … Continue reading US coronavirus death toll tops 30,000

Coronavirus: Britain extends lockdown measures for at least three more weeks

LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain extended its nationwide lockdown for at least another three weeks on Thursday (April 16), as stand-in leader Dominic Raab ordered Britons to stay at home to prevent the spread of a coronavirus outbreak which has already claimed over 138,000 lives globally. “We have just come too far, we’ve lost too many … Continue reading Coronavirus: Britain extends lockdown measures for at least three more weeks

After anonymous tip, 17 bodies found at US nursing home hit by coronavirus

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - The call for body bags came late last Saturday (April 11). By Monday, the police in a small New Jersey town in the United States had got an anonymous tip about a body being stored in a shed outside one of the state's largest nursing homes. Police discovered 17 bodies piled inside … Continue reading After anonymous tip, 17 bodies found at US nursing home hit by coronavirus

Facebook to notify users who have engaged with harmful fake coronavirus posts

SINGAPORE/BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday (April 16) it would start notifying users who had engaged with false posts about Covid-19 that could cause physical harm, such as drinking bleach to cure the virus, and connect them to accurate information. The social media giant, which also owns photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app … Continue reading Facebook to notify users who have engaged with harmful fake coronavirus posts

Football: ‘Role model’ Henderson deserves everything he gets – Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has hailed "role model" Jordan Henderson for his part in organising a charity fund to help health services in the United Kingdom during the coronavirus pandemic. The Liverpool captain has been widely credited for taking a lead role in launching the #PlayersTogether initiative that will see Premier League players donate funds to NHS … Continue reading Football: ‘Role model’ Henderson deserves everything he gets – Gerrard

Football: Gerrard calls for independent SPFL investigation

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has called for an independent investigation into the Scottish Professional Football League's (SPFL) plans to bring an early end to the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scotland's Championship, League One and League Two have concluded their campaigns, with the current standings declared final, after a change of heart from … Continue reading Football: Gerrard calls for independent SPFL investigation

Coronavirus: Busquets casts doubt on LaLiga season resuming

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has cast doubt on LaLiga's 2019-20 season being resumed despite lockdown measures being eased in Spain. LaLiga has been suspended indefinitely since March as part of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, which has affected the country badly. Spain has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Europe with … Continue reading Coronavirus: Busquets casts doubt on LaLiga season resuming

Rumour Has It: Sane in fresh Bayern Munich talks, Real Madrid eye Aubameyang

Leroy Sane's move to Bayern Munich appears back on, while Real Madrid are chasing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Sane was linked with a switch to Bayern last close-season but ended up staying at Manchester City. It appears that move could be back on, while Madrid are maintaining interest in Arsenal star Aubameyang. TOP STORY – SANE IN … Continue reading Rumour Has It: Sane in fresh Bayern Munich talks, Real Madrid eye Aubameyang

Europe remains in the eye of coronavirus storm: WHO

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - The World Health Organisation's European office said on Thursday (April 16) that despite some "optimistic signs" in some of the countries worst hit by the new coronavirus, the number of cases was rising and approaching one million in the continent alone. "We remain in the eye of the storm," WHO regional director … Continue reading Europe remains in the eye of coronavirus storm: WHO

IMF chief eyes deadline extension to Brexit trade deal amid coronavirus uncertainty

LONDON (AFP) - IMF head Kristalina Georgieva on Thursday (April 16) suggested that Britain and the EU extend their deadline on striking a post-Brexit trade deal in the face of coronavirus uncertainty. "My advice would be to seek ways in which this element of uncertainty is reduced in the interests of everybody, the UK, the … Continue reading IMF chief eyes deadline extension to Brexit trade deal amid coronavirus uncertainty

Austria plans to test all retirement home residents for coronavirus

VIENNA (REUTERS) - Austria, one of the more successful countries in Europe at flattening the curve of coronavirus infections, plans to test every retirement home resident as it expands efforts to measure the pandemic's spread, its health minister said on Thursday (April 16). The Alpine republic acted early in its outbreak to shut schools, bars, … Continue reading Austria plans to test all retirement home residents for coronavirus