Maduro extends lockdown measures in Venezuela

Caracas (AFP) Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced Tuesday he was extending his country's lockdown measures against the coronavirus for a further 30 days. "I will renew the 30-day state-of-alert decree in order to continue to protect our people," the Socialist president said in one of his near-daily televised addresses to the nation. Venezuela's President Nicolas … Continue reading Maduro extends lockdown measures in Venezuela

Researchers revise US coronavirus death forecast, predicts 147,000 people to die by August

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A newly revised coronavirus mortality model predicts more than 147,000 Americans will die from Covid-19 by early August, up nearly 10,000 from the last projection, as restrictions for curbing the pandemic are increasingly relaxed, researchers said on Tuesday (May 12). The latest forecast from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation … Continue reading Researchers revise US coronavirus death forecast, predicts 147,000 people to die by August

Mike Pence keeping his distance from Trump for a few days: White House

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Vice-President Mike Pence, whose press secretary tested positive for coronavirus, has decided to "keep his distance" from President Donald Trump for a few days, the White House said on Tuesday (May 12). Katie Miller, Pence's press secretary, tested positive for the virus last week along with a personal valet to Trump. … Continue reading Mike Pence keeping his distance from Trump for a few days: White House

Twitter says many employees may work remotely ‘forever’

NEW YORK (AFP) - Twitter said on Tuesday (May 12) it is unlikely to open its offices before September, and that many of its employees will be permitted to work from home permanently even after the end of the coronavirus lockdowns. The San Francisco-based company said it was among the first to move to telework … Continue reading Twitter says many employees may work remotely ‘forever’

Coronavirus: Moscow commuters brave epidemic to return to work

MOSCOW (AFP) - On an electric trolleybus ride into central Moscow, all the passengers and the driver are wearing masks and gloves under new rules as the city begins a gradual return to work. "It's positive, because it's a necessary measure," says 25-year-old Tatiana Khan, who wears a surgical mask and a T-shirt bearing a … Continue reading Coronavirus: Moscow commuters brave epidemic to return to work

EU seeks trade truce with US amid coronavirus crisis

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The EU's top trade official hopes the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic will spur efforts to heal US trade ties, bogged down in a tit-for-tat tariff feud. The commission on Friday (May 15) will present its new strategy towards the US to trade officials from the 27 member states, some of … Continue reading EU seeks trade truce with US amid coronavirus crisis

Told he’s not the ‘end-all’ on coronavirus decisions, Anthony Fauci agrees, then says, ‘I’m a scientist’

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Public health official Anthony Fauci clashed with a senator on Tuesday (May 12) about when to reopen US schools, acknowledging he did not have the final word on pandemic-related decisions but warning against being "cavalier" about the danger to children. "As much as I respect you, Dr Fauci, I don't think you're … Continue reading Told he’s not the ‘end-all’ on coronavirus decisions, Anthony Fauci agrees, then says, ‘I’m a scientist’

113-year-old woman in Spain survives coronavirus

MADRID (AFP) - A 113-year-old woman, believed to be the oldest person living in Spain, has beat the coronavirus at retirement home where several other residents died from the pandemic, the residence said Tuesday (May 12). Maria Branyas, who was born in the US, was infected with the virus in April at the Santa Maria … Continue reading 113-year-old woman in Spain survives coronavirus

London nurses mark Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary amid coronavirus

LONDON (REUTERS) - Nurses in central London admired a giant projection of Florence Nightingale onto the buildings of Guys and St Thomas' hospitals on Monday night (May 11) to mark 200 years since her birth and her legacy to modern nursing. The projection will be repeated on Tuesday night and includes a tribute to all … Continue reading London nurses mark Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary amid coronavirus

WHO sees ‘potentially positive data’ on Covid-19 treatments

GENEVA (REUTERS) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday (May 12) that some treatments appear to be limiting the severity or length of the Covid-19 disease and that it was focusing on learning more about four or five of the most promising ones. The Geneva-based WHO is leading a global initiative to develop safe … Continue reading WHO sees ‘potentially positive data’ on Covid-19 treatments

UK rail worker dies of Covid-19 after spitting ‘assault’: Union

LONDON (AFP) - A railway station worker in Britain died from Covid-19 last month after she was spat at and coughed over by someone claiming to have the coronavirus, her trade union said on Tuesday (May 12). Transport union TSSA said Ms Belly Mujinga, 47, contracted the virus with a colleague within days of the … Continue reading UK rail worker dies of Covid-19 after spitting ‘assault’: Union

Ethiopia taps diaspora doctors to stay ahead of coronavirus

Addis Ababa (AFP) Every weekday at noon, radio host Mehret Debebe heads to his studio for a live call-in show devoted to a single topic: what the coronavirus means for Ethiopia. The questions come from across the country, as farmers in remote regions ask how they should prepare -- and in some cases whether the … Continue reading Ethiopia taps diaspora doctors to stay ahead of coronavirus