Israel, Palestinians tighten restrictions as coronavirus re-emerges

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Israeli and Palestinian authorities have brought back some coronavirus restrictions after the number of new cases jumped in what officials fear could herald a "second wave" of infections. A partial lockdown went into effect on Wednesday (June 24) in a town in central Israel and several neighbourhoods in the city of Tiberias … Continue reading Israel, Palestinians tighten restrictions as coronavirus re-emerges

Djokovid: tennis star mauled over coronavirus ‘horror show’

Paris (AFP) World number one Novak Djokovic was widely condemned on Wednesday for hosting a tennis exhibition where he was one of four players to test positive for the coronavirus, a lapse that sent shudders through a sport struggling to get back on its feet. The Serbian star said he was "deeply sorry" in an … Continue reading Djokovid: tennis star mauled over coronavirus ‘horror show’

Australia calls military in after virus surge

Melbourne (AFP) Australia's military was called in Wednesday to help tackle a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne -- a surge in infections that has rattled the country's second-most populous city. Victoria has recorded double-digit increases in new daily cases for more than a week -- mostly in the state capital Melbourne -- representing a sizeable spike … Continue reading Australia calls military in after virus surge

France’s health workers to get ‘significant’ pay rises after coronavirus pandemic

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Monday that health workers would soon get hefty pay increases as part of an overhaul of France's hospital system in response to the coronavirus crisis. "I can say without any ambiguity, the increase will be significant," Philippe said while kicking off consultations with doctors and nurses that are expected to conclude in … Continue reading France’s health workers to get ‘significant’ pay rises after coronavirus pandemic

European pools and gyms slowly reopen but seniors wary

Rome (AFP) European gyms and pools began reopening Monday as the coronavirus lockdown eased in countries including Germany, Iceland, Italy and Spain, but some elderly patrons remained wary of taking the plunge. A week after Italy allowed bars and restaurants to restart, fitness centres also opened their doors again, albeit requiring a reservation. Gyms in … Continue reading European pools and gyms slowly reopen but seniors wary

Coronavirus: Denmark to let cross-border couples meet – if they show photos, love letters

COPENHAGEN (REUTERS) Denmark eased its border controls with other Nordic countries and Germany on Monday (May 25), allowing cross-border couples separated by the coronavirus lockdown to meet again if they can prove they have been in a relationship for at least six months. The Danish police said couples would need to show shared text messages, … Continue reading Coronavirus: Denmark to let cross-border couples meet – if they show photos, love letters

Putin back in Kremlin, Russia looks to ease lockdown in some regions

MOSCOW (REUTERS) President Vladimir Putin made a rare lockdown appearance in the Kremlin on Monday (May 25) after officials said improvements in the coronavirus situation may allow Russia to re-open some tourist resorts soon and relax restrictions in many regions. Russia, which has reported the world's third most coronavirus cases, confirmed 8,946 new infections on Monday, bringing its nationwide … Continue reading Putin back in Kremlin, Russia looks to ease lockdown in some regions

Japan the world third biggest economy set to lift coronavirus emergency as cases slow

Tokyo (AFP) Japan was poised to lift its nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus on Monday, gradually reopening the world's third-biggest economy after new cases slowed to a crawl. Compared to hard-hit areas in Europe, the United States, Russia and Brazil, Japan has been spared the worst of the pandemic, with 16,581 cases in … Continue reading Japan the world third biggest economy set to lift coronavirus emergency as cases slow

Coronavirus: 6,677 cases; northern Nigeria governors express concerns

The Northern Governors Forum, NGF, has expressed concern over the infection rates of COVID-19 across the region. That 54% of national tally and 70% of new infections are in the region was a cause for concern during their virtual meeting on Wednesday. The issue is further exacerbated by incidents of violent and deadly crime across some states including terrorist … Continue reading Coronavirus: 6,677 cases; northern Nigeria governors express concerns

Germany to begin easing border restrictions, wants ‘free travel’ by mid-June

Germany wants to end by the middle of next month checks at land borders introduced to fight the coronavirus as infection rates slow, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Wednesday. Seehofer told reporters the EU's top economy had "set the clear goal of free travel in Europe by mid-June" and would begin easing some border checks this week. … Continue reading Germany to begin easing border restrictions, wants ‘free travel’ by mid-June

Canada zoo to send pandas back to China after coronavirus bamboo shortage

OTTAWA (AFP) - A Canadian zoo is shipping two pandas home to China after the coronavirus pandemic left it struggling to source the massive bamboo stockpiles needed to feed the giant creatures. Er Shun and her mate, Da Mao, have lived in the country since 2013 as part of a 10-year loan agreement with a breeding facility … Continue reading Canada zoo to send pandas back to China after coronavirus bamboo shortage

Coronavirus: Austria, Germany to reopen border mid-June

VIENNA (AFP) - Austria and Germany plan to open their border in mid-June after it was closed for two months in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the government in Vienna said Wednesday (May 13). "From June 15, the opening of the border between Germany and Austria will be possible," Tourism Minister Elisabeth Koestinger told state radio … Continue reading Coronavirus: Austria, Germany to reopen border mid-June