Australian Govt meeting earlier to decide on easing restrictions

Easing of lockdowns: Across the globe, a growing number of nations are easing lockdowns or are planning to announce an end to some restrictions that have taken an immense toll on economies, lives and livelihoods. For some places, the easing cannot come soon enough. For most, some restrictions will remain in place for months to … Continue reading Australian Govt meeting earlier to decide on easing restrictions

Chile police arrest dozens at Santiago May Day protest

Santiago (AFP) Chilean police on Friday arrested dozens of people, including press photographers, when they broke up a May Day demonstration in the capital Santiago. Demonstrators had gathered in the city's Plaza Italia in defiance of a government prohibition on public gatherings of more than 50 people as part of measures against the coronavirus. Riot … Continue reading Chile police arrest dozens at Santiago May Day protest

Blood pressure medicines don’t raise COVID-19 risk: research

Washington (AFP) Blood pressure medicines do not increase the risk of COVID-19 infection nor do they increase the risk of becoming seriously ill with the disease, three major studies said Friday, positive news for the millions of people who take them. The research primarily concerned angiotensin-converting–enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs), which are also … Continue reading Blood pressure medicines don’t raise COVID-19 risk: research

Bundesliga restart blow as three test positive for coronavirus at Cologne

Berlin (AFP) Three people have tested positive for coronavirus at Cologne and will be placed into a 14-day quarantine, the Bundesliga club said Friday in a potential blow to hopes of restarting the German football season this month. "Cologne had the entire team and coaching staff, along with the backroom staff, tested on Thursday for … Continue reading Bundesliga restart blow as three test positive for coronavirus at Cologne

No shaking, no showering, no sharing: Welcome to post-virus tennis

Paris (AFP) No shaking, no showering, no sharing, no signing. Welcome to what the world of tennis could look like once government restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic have been lifted. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) issued a set of guidelines for local and national-level competitions, including arriving at a venue already dressed and leaving … Continue reading No shaking, no showering, no sharing: Welcome to post-virus tennis

NASA, SpaceX target historic spaceflight despite pandemic

Washington (AFP) NASA and SpaceX said Friday they were pressing ahead with plans to launch astronauts to space from US soil for the first time in a decade later this month, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, both veterans of the Space Shuttle program that was shuttered in 2011, will blast off … Continue reading NASA, SpaceX target historic spaceflight despite pandemic

WHO says virus ‘natural in origin’

Geneva (AFP) The World Health Organization reiterated Friday that the new coronavirus was of natural origin after US President Donald Trump claimed he had seen evidence it originated in a Chinese lab. Scientists believe the killer virus jumped from animals to humans, emerging in China late last year, possibly from a market in Wuhan selling … Continue reading WHO says virus ‘natural in origin’

Syrians in Idlib protest opening of trade link with regime

Maarat al-Naasan (Syria) (AFP) Protests broke out across opposition-held parts of northwest Syria Friday against an al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group after it opened a trade crossing into regime territory, an AFP correspondent and a war monitor said. "Mass protests broke out in several towns and villages in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo to denounce the … Continue reading Syrians in Idlib protest opening of trade link with regime

Quarantine Diary: Kyra Sedgwick is baking banana bread and wiping down groceries just like the rest of us

Going stir-crazy in quarantine? You’re not alone. Celebrities are cooped up in their homes across the country just like the rest of us. As we collectively navigate this uncharted territory, USA TODAY presents Quarantine Diaries, which give readers a peek into how our favorite stars are spending their time at home. Today's diarist is Kyra Sedgwick, who stars opposite Shailene Woodley in the … Continue reading Quarantine Diary: Kyra Sedgwick is baking banana bread and wiping down groceries just like the rest of us

New Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany promises never to lie

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Promising "never" to lie and saying she prays for coronavirus victims, new White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany hit a strikingly sunny tone on Friday (May 1) in her debut press conference. The White House briefing room has symbolised the tempestuous, often outright hostile relationship between the media and President Donald Trump, … Continue reading New Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany promises never to lie