New York Governor Cuomo announces phased plan to reopen as deaths fall

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - New York's coronavirus deaths dropped to 367 Sunday (April 26), the lowest in almost a month, as Governor Andrew Cuomo sketched out a phased-in reopening that begins with construction and manufacturing. That could start as soon as May 15, he said, probably upstate before the New York City area. The governor's … Continue reading New York Governor Cuomo announces phased plan to reopen as deaths fall

Israeli PM Netanyahu ‘confident’ US will allow West Bank annexation in two months

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced confidence on Sunday (April 26) that Washington would give Israel the nod within two months to move ahead with de facto annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank. Palestinians have expressed outrage at Israel's plans to cement its hold further on land it seized in the … Continue reading Israeli PM Netanyahu ‘confident’ US will allow West Bank annexation in two months

Train likely belonging to North Korea’s Kim seen at resort town: US monitor

Seoul (AFP) A train likely belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been spotted at a resort town in the country's east, satellite photos reviewed by a US-based think tank showed, as speculation persists over his health. The train was parked at a station reserved for the Kim family in Wonsan on April … Continue reading Train likely belonging to North Korea’s Kim seen at resort town: US monitor

Unions go virtual as virus wipes out May Day marches

Paris (AFP) Millions of workers traditionally take to the streets for May Day marches, but with half of humanity in lockdown, this is going to be a May 1 like no other. With rallies cancelled in many countries because of the coronavirus pandemic, unions are instead urging supporters to deck their homes and balconies with … Continue reading Unions go virtual as virus wipes out May Day marches

Sri Lanka extends virus lockdown

Colombo (AFP) Sri Lanka reversed plans to end its virus lockdown on Monday, extending it for another week after a spike in coronavirus infections led to a recall of military personnel on leave. Within hours of announcing on Saturday that the nationwide restrictions imposed on March 20 would be lifted, the government revoked the order … Continue reading Sri Lanka extends virus lockdown

Syrian govt ends school early for over 4 mln students

Damascus (AFP) More than four million students in Syria confined at home due to the coronavirus will not resume classes this year but will advance to the next grade, the government said Sunday. The decision was taken weeks after schools were closed in mid-March to combat the spread of the virus, leaving many students and … Continue reading Syrian govt ends school early for over 4 mln students

Spanish govt says no guarantee football resumes before summer

Madrid (AFP) Spain's health minister Salvador Illa said Sunday it would be "imprudent" to promise the football season would restart before the summer as the country took steps to ease one of the world's toughest coronavirus lockdowns. "I can't tell you right now if professional football is going to be able to restart its activities … Continue reading Spanish govt says no guarantee football resumes before summer

Football: Hearts owner fears no more Scottish football ‘this year’

Glasgow (AFP) Hearts owner Ann Budge questioned on Sunday whether Scottish football can "resume any time this year" even while talks continue over salvaging the country's top-flight Premiership season from the coronavirus pandemic. Budge, who has warned her players to accept temporary wage cuts or receive nothing at all, told Scotland on Sunday: "I don't … Continue reading Football: Hearts owner fears no more Scottish football ‘this year’

Under-fire Israeli health minister says wants new cabinet post

Jerusalem (AFP) Israel's Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, whose handling of the coronavirus crisis within his own religious community has been criticised, said Sunday he wanted a different cabinet post in the next government. Litzman, a member of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community hit disproportionately hard by the virus in Israel, informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that … Continue reading Under-fire Israeli health minister says wants new cabinet post

Next wave of US states prepare to reopen as coronavirus could push jobless rate to 16 per cent

NEW YORK/CHICAGO (REUTERS) - Another wave of US states are preparing to lift coronavirus restrictions this week against the warnings of many public health experts as the White House sees this month's jobless rate hitting 16% or higher. Health experts say increased human interaction could spark a new wave of cases of Covid-19, the respiratory … Continue reading Next wave of US states prepare to reopen as coronavirus could push jobless rate to 16 per cent

UK says virus death toll up by 413 to 20,732

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Health Ministry on Sunday (April 26) said 413 more people had died after testing positive for Covid-19 in hospital, taking the death toll to 20,732. The figure is the lowest daily rise in fatalities reported by the UK since March 31.PHOTO: REUTERS The figure is the lowest daily rise in fatalities … Continue reading UK says virus death toll up by 413 to 20,732

Canada warns against use of anti-malarial drug chloroquine as coronavirus treatment

MONTREAL (AFP, REUTERS) - Canadian health authorities have issued a warning against the use of anti-malarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus infections or prevent reinfections. "Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine can have serious side effects. These drugs should be used only under the supervision of a physician," Canada's public health agency said in a note … Continue reading Canada warns against use of anti-malarial drug chloroquine as coronavirus treatment