Beach crowds lead California to increase enforcement of coronavirus public health restrictions

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (REUTERS) - California will step up enforcement of coronavirus-related public health restrictions after crowds jammed beaches over the weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday (April 27). Newsom's announcement came after local officials in Orange and Ventura Counties allowed access to their beaches even as state parks remained closed, prompting families and groups to head … Continue reading Beach crowds lead California to increase enforcement of coronavirus public health restrictions

US CDC adds new symptoms to list of possible Covid-19 signs

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its list of possible symptoms of the coronavirus, a step that reflects the broad variation and unpredictability in the way the illness can affect individual patients. Echoing the observations of doctors treating thousands of patients in the pandemic, the federal health … Continue reading US CDC adds new symptoms to list of possible Covid-19 signs

Libya’s Haftar claims ‘mandate from the people’

Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said Monday he had "a popular mandate" to govern the country, declaring a key 2015 political deal over and vowing to press his assault to seize Tripoli. In a speech on his Libya al-Hadath TV channel, he said his self-styled Libyan "army" was "proud to be mandated with … Continue reading Libya’s Haftar claims ‘mandate from the people’

Colombia’s ELN rebels scrap ceasefire

Bogota (AFP) Colombia's last active rebel group said Monday it will resume its guerrilla war on May 1, ending a one-month unilateral ceasefire over the coronavirus pandemic. The ELN said in a statement it was resuming military operations because of a lack of response to its March 30 ceasefire announcement by the conservative government of … Continue reading Colombia’s ELN rebels scrap ceasefire

Russia overtakes China with recorded Covid-19 cases at 87,000

Russia overtook China in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday, when its tally climbed above 87,000, as pressure rose on the government to consider easing lockdown restrictions for businesses to help shore up the rattled economy. Russia, the world's largest country by territory, has been on lockdown since President Vladimir Putin announced the closure of most public spaces in late … Continue reading Russia overtakes China with recorded Covid-19 cases at 87,000

Erdogan defends Turkey religious chief’s anti-gay sermon

Ankara (AFP) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended a top religious official who claimed homosexuality caused diseases, corrupted people and was condemned in Islamic teaching. Ali Erbas, head of a state-funded agency called the Diyanet, which runs mosques and appoints imams, also claimed during his weekly sermon that homosexuality caused HIV. Ali Erbas … Continue reading Erdogan defends Turkey religious chief’s anti-gay sermon

Biden wins big endorsements but gets little air time

Washington (AFP) Confined to his home to respect anti-virus measures and facing an accusation of sexual assault, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is finding it hard to get his message across in a country laser-focused on the health crisis. The former vice president has won a series of major endorsements -- the latest came from … Continue reading Biden wins big endorsements but gets little air time

Michelle Obama book tour documentary hits Netflix

Los Angeles (AFP) Michelle Obama will star in a new documentary out next week which follows the former first lady's global book tour for her smash-hit memoir, Netflix said Monday. "Becoming," out May 6, is the Obamas' latest collaboration with the streaming giant after last year's "American Factory," which won the best documentary Oscar in … Continue reading Michelle Obama book tour documentary hits Netflix

Covid-19: French death toll tops 23,000 – but hospitalisations continue to fall

The number of people who have died from coronavirus infection in France rose by 437 to 23,293 on Monday, the health ministry said in a statement. The 1.9% increase is the highest in four days but well below the more than 4% rate seen 10 days ago. A nurse wearing protective gloves holds the hand of a patient … Continue reading Covid-19: French death toll tops 23,000 – but hospitalisations continue to fall

Virus halts Anfield redevelopment

London (AFP) Liverpool have halted their planned redevelopment of a stand at Anfield for a year in response to the coronavirus crisis. The Premier League leaders said Monday the pandemic had seen them call a halt to work on the Anfield Road stand that will increase the capacity of the ground to 61,000. Anfield has … Continue reading Virus halts Anfield redevelopment

UEFA releases 236 mn euros to aid member federations

Lausanne (AFP) UEFA said on Monday it had allocated 236.5 million euros ($256 million) to its 55 member associations to help overcome the financial impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Each national federation will receive 4.3 million euros which can be used towards "its own priorities in light of the negative impact of the coronavirus … Continue reading UEFA releases 236 mn euros to aid member federations

New York cancels its Democratic presidential primary due to Covid-19

In an unprecedented move, New York has cancelled its Democratic presidential primary originally scheduled for June 23 amid the coronavirus epidemic. The Democratic members of the State’s Board of Elections voted Monday to nix the primary. New York will still hold its congressional and state-level primaries on June 23. A woman walks through an almost-deserted Times Square in the … Continue reading New York cancels its Democratic presidential primary due to Covid-19