Canada PM worries about food supplies after meat plant outbreaks

Ottawa (AFP) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he was following with "interest and concern" the challenges facing Canada's meat industry after coronavirus outbreaks at two major packing plants. More than 1,300 COVID-19 cases, including one death, have been linked to Alberta's Cargill and JBS processing plants, which supply 70 percent of the nation's meat. … Continue reading Canada PM worries about food supplies after meat plant outbreaks

Cyprus announces phased easing of virus lockdown

Nicosia (AFP) Cyprus revealed a plan Wednesday to gradually ease coronavirus lockdown measures and reboot the Mediterranean holiday island's economy. The Republic of Cyprus, which controls the southern two-thirds of the divided island, had imposed strict measures soon after its first COVID-19 cases were confirmed on March 9. Intensive care workers at Nicosia General Hospital … Continue reading Cyprus announces phased easing of virus lockdown

US Justice moves as coronavirus treatment frauds multiply

Washington (AFP) First it was bleach solutions, then massive infusions of vitamin C and "ozone therapy," and now silver drinks: the US Justice Department is taking down bogus coronavirus treatments that have spread almost as fast as the disease itself. On Wednesday a federal court in Utah moved to block the latest scheme to prey … Continue reading US Justice moves as coronavirus treatment frauds multiply

Finland to reopen schools mid-May

Helsinki (AFP) Children in Finland will begin to return to class from May 14 as the country starts to lift coronavirus restrictions, ministers said on Wednesday. "Based on the advice of epidemiologists, continuing the emergency restrictions on early and primary education is no longer justified," prime minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday. Children will be … Continue reading Finland to reopen schools mid-May

Remdesivir shows ‘clear-cut’ effect in treating coronavirus: Fauci

Washington (AFP) A major new study proves that the antiviral drug remdesivir is effective in saving people with serious cases of COVID-19, top US doctor Anthony Fauci said Wednesday. Fauci, speaking at the White House, said "the data shows remdesivir has a clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery." Dr. Anthony Fauci … Continue reading Remdesivir shows ‘clear-cut’ effect in treating coronavirus: Fauci

US says Remdesivir shows ‘clear-cut’ effect in treating coronavirus

Washington (AFP) Remdesivir has a "clear-cut" effect in helping COVID-19 patients recover, a top US scientist who oversaw a large clinical trial into the highly-anticipated antiviral said Wednesday, hailing it as proof that a drug can block the coronavirus. Anthony Fauci made the remarks at the White House shortly after the medicine's maker, Gilead Sciences, … Continue reading US says Remdesivir shows ‘clear-cut’ effect in treating coronavirus

Pompeo criticizes S.Africa, Qatar for taking Cuban doctors

Washington (AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday criticized South Africa and Qatar for accepting doctors from Cuba to battle the coronavirus, accusing the communist island of profiting from the pandemic. Cuba's globe-trotting doctors have long been a source of diplomatic soft power and pride for Havana, but Washington says the medical workers … Continue reading Pompeo criticizes S.Africa, Qatar for taking Cuban doctors

Rangers accused by league chief of bringing game into disrepute

London (AFP) Rangers risk "bringing the game into disrepute" after making allegations against Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) executives without providing evidence, according to SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan. MacLennan urged clubs to reject a formal request from Rangers, Hearts and Stranraer for an independent investigation into a controversial vote which ended the season for the … Continue reading Rangers accused by league chief of bringing game into disrepute

US cites Amazon’s foreign platforms over counterfeit goods

Washington (AFP) Amazon was placed on a US government "notorious markets" list Wednesday over complaints that it failed to crack down on sales of counterfeit merchandise in five of its global e-commerce platforms. The US Trade Representative's office placed Amazon on the list of retail operations under scrutiny for intellectual property protection. US officials say … Continue reading US cites Amazon’s foreign platforms over counterfeit goods

Pompeo says US to seek all ways to extend Iran arms embargo

Washington (AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Wednesday to use all means available to extend a UN arms embargo on Iran, including working through a nuclear accord that President Donald Trump has trashed. A ban on selling conventional weapons to Iran ends in October under a 2015 Security Council resolution that blessed the … Continue reading Pompeo says US to seek all ways to extend Iran arms embargo

Canadian Nato helicopter goes missing off Greek island: Air force

ATHENS (AFP) - A Canadian military helicopter operating as part of a Nato surveillance force has gone missing in international waters between Greece and Italy, the Greek air force said on Wednesday (April 29). Flags of Nato member countries fly at the Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.PHOTO: REUTERS Initial reports said the helicopter had been … Continue reading Canadian Nato helicopter goes missing off Greek island: Air force

Coronavirus: Covid-19 complication seen in children is ‘rare’, says WHO

GENEVA (REUTERS) - The "vast majority" of children with Covid-19 have mild cases and recover completely, but a small number in a few countries have developed a rare inflammatory syndrome, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday (April 29). Italian and British medical experts are investigating a possible link between the coronavirus pandemic and … Continue reading Coronavirus: Covid-19 complication seen in children is ‘rare’, says WHO