• Turkey turns to medical diplomacy to heal damaged relations
    Workers wearing protective gear unload a shipment of medical supplies from Turkey intended to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), from a cargo plane arrived at Almaty International Airport, Kazakhstan on April 18, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   ANKARA, May 11 (Reuters): Emblazoned with Turkish flags and presidential seals, crates packed with medical equipment are loaded onto planes, part of a major aid campaign by Ankara which has dispatched supplies
  • Lesotho PM Thabane's coalition folds, he leaves on May 22 - speaker
    Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters at the state house in the capital Maseru, Lesothoon  February 27, 2015. (REUTERS File Photo)   MASERU, May 11 (Reuters): Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's coalition fell apart in parliament on Monday, spelling the end of his tenure and paving the way toward a resolution of a political crisis that has engulfed the kingdom since late last year.   National A
  • Iranian warship hit by missile in training accident, killing 19 sailors
    DUBAI, May 11 (Reuters): One Iranian warship accidentally struck another with a missile during an exercise, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15 others, Iran's navy said on Monday.   The incident took place during training in the Gulf of Oman, a sensitive waterway that connects to the Strait of Hormuz through which about a fifth of the world’s oil passes. Iran regularly conducts exercises in the area.   The frigate Jamaran fired at a training target released
  • South Korea scrambles to contain nightclub coronavirus outbreak
    People wearing masks to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) arrive at Gimpo international airport in Seoul, South Korea on May 1, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   SEOUL, May 11 (Reuters): South Korean officials scrambled on Monday to contain a new coronavirus outbreak, searching for thousands of people who may have been infected in a cluster of cases linked to nightclubs and bars in the capital Seoul.   South Korea has been lauded for its
  • 'Gathering to kill me': Coronavirus patients in Haiti fear attacks, harassment
    Pastor Burel Fontilus speaks during an interview with Reuters after his recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on May 3, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   PORT-AU-PRINCE, May 11 (Reuters): Haitian pastor Burel Fontilus feared for his life in late March when he contracted the new coronavirus.   It wasn’t the COVID-19 respiratory disease that frightened him, he said, rather gun-toting vigilantes in his neighborhood near Port-au-
  • No end to lockdown yet but 'careful' easing begins, British PM Johnson says
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during filming of his address to the nation from No 10 Downing Street following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 10, 2020. Andrew Parsons/No 10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS   LONDON, May 11 (Reuters) - The coronavirus lockdown will not end yet, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, urging people to "stay alert" to the risks as he outlined plans to begin slowly easing me
  • Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus
    May 11 (Reuters) - More than 4.03 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 277,092 have died, according to a Reuters tally, as of 1517 GMT on Sunday.   DEATHS AND INFECTIONS   * For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open in an external browser.   * For a U.S.-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, open in an external browser.
  • U.S. CDC reports 1,300,696 coronavirus cases, 78,771 deaths
    May 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday reported 1,300,696 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 26,660 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,737 to 78,771.   The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, as of 4 p.m. ET on May 9, compared with its count a day earlier.   The CDC figures do not necessarily re
  • Chinese mainland reports 17 new confirmed COVID-19 cases
    Beijing, May 11 (IANS) Chinese health authority said on Monday that it received reports of 17 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Chinese mainland on Sunday, of which seven were imported cases reported in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Ten cases were domestically transmitted, with five reported in Hubei Province, three in Jilin Province, one in Liaoning Province and one in Heilongjiang Province, the National Health Commission said in a daily report, Xinhua reported.
  • Pence limits social contact after spokesperson tests Corona-positive
    Washington, May 11 (IANS) US Vice President Mike Pence has been distancing himself from others after his press secretary tested positive for the coronavirus, the media reported. "Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine," Devin O'Malley, the vice president's spokesman was cited as saying by a leading media outlet, Xinhua reported. "Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day a
  • Coronavirus spread accelerates again in Germany
    People enjoy sun on boats, on the Landwehrkanal, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Berlin, Germany on May 9, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   BERLIN, May 11 (Reuters): New coronavirus infections are accelerating again in Germany just days after its leaders loosened social restrictions, raising concerns that the pandemic could once again slip out of control.   The Robert Koch Institute for disease control said in a daily bulletin the number
  • Johnson tells Britons to 'Stay Alert' as lockdown easing starts
    A banner in tribute to NHS and care workers is pictured following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Stockport, Britain on May 10. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, May 11 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday urged people to "stay alert" to coronavirus risks, as he prepared to outline plans for gradually easing lockdown measures that have shuttered much of the economy for nearly seven weeks.   The government's decision to re
  • Northeast China hit by coronavirus infections, Wuhan reports new case
     A woman wearing a face mask sits next to a fruit stall at a residential area after the lockdown was lifted in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province and China's epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak on April 11, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   BEIJING, May 10 (Reuters): Chinese authorities reported on Sunday what could be the beginning of a new wave of coronavirus cases in northeast China, with one city in Jilin province being reclassified as
  • Japan, faced with criticism, scrambles to do more coronavirus testing
     A medical worker performs a walk-in style polymerase chain reaction (PCR) training test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a makeshift facility in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan on April 23, 2020. (REUTERS File photo)     TOKYO, May 10 (Reuters): The Japanese government, under fire for a limited number of coronavirus tests conducted, eased access to such tests on Friday and indicated that a new test supplementing the currently dominant polyme
  • Lockdowns pile job losses and hunger onto Syrian refugees' plight
    Syrian refugee children play together, as Lebanon extends a lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon on May 7, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIRUT, May 10 (Reuters): Ahmad al-Mostafa can't afford milk for his baby daughter. A Syrian refugee, he has barely been able to feed his family since Lebanon sank into economic crisis last year. But now, a coronavirus lockdown has made things even worse.
  • South Korea's Moon warns of COVID-19 second wave as cases rebound
    A list of precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is seen at an entrance of a club in Seoul, South Korea on May 8, 2020. (REUTERS File photo)   SEOUL, May 10 (Reuters): South Korea warned of a second wave of the new coronavirus on Sunday as infections rebounded to a one-month high, just as the authorities were starting to ease some pandemic restrictions.   "It's not over until it's over," President Moon Jae-in told the nat
  • China refutes 24 'lies' by U.S. politicians over coronavirus
    Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China on July 30, 2019.  (REUTERS File Photo)   BEIJING, May 10 (Reuters): China has issued a lengthy rebuttal of what it said were 24 "preposterous allegations" by some leading U.S. politicians over its handling of the new coronavirus outbreak.   The Chinese foreign ministry has dedicated most of its press briefings over
  • 3 kids die of coronavirus-linked illness in New York
    New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo. (IANS File Photo)   New York, May 10 (IANS): A mysterious illness believed to be linked to novel coronavirus has killed three children in New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. While addressing the media on Saturday, the Governor described the illness as a "new" syndrome that caused inflammation of blood vessels, leading to possible heart problems, the BBC reported. Cuomo said health authorities were reviewing 73
  • White House COVID-19 task force members self-isolate
    Washington, May 10 (IANS): Three members of the White House coronavirus task force, including the country's infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, were self-isolating for two weeks after possible exposure to the deadly illness, a media report said on Sunday. Along with Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Stephen Hahn were also self-isolating, the BBC report said. Fauci'
  • Malaysia extends COVID-19 restrictions till June 9
    IANS File Photo.   Kuala Lumpur, May 10 (IANS): Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Sunday that the COVID-19 restrictions imposed in the country due to the pandemic has now been extended to June 9. In a televised address, Muhyiddin said the decision was made to allow economic activity while keeping the pandemic in the country under control, reports Xinhua news agency. He said the decision to ease some of the restrictions on most economic acti