• Summer temperature won't help contain coronavirus: WHO
    World Health Organization (WHO). (IANS File Photo)   NEW DELHI, APRIL 5 (IANS): Though many experts have expressed optimism towards the onset of summer in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday said high temperature would not finish the virus.   The WHO, in a series of tweets, busted several myths about coronavirus, especially regarding rise in temperature.   "Exposing yourself to sun or
  • U.S. enters 'hardest, saddest' week in coronavirus crisis
    Healthcare workers wheel the bodies of deceased people from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, US on April 4, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   Reuters The United States enters one of the most critical weeks so far in the coronavirus crisis with the death toll exploding in New York, Michigan and Louisiana and some governors calling for a national order to stay at home.
  • Brazilians don't want Bolsonaro to resign amid coronavirus outbreak: poll
    Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro reacts while meeting supporters as he arrives at Alvorada Palace, amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil on April 1, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   SAO PAULO, April 5 (Reuters): Most Brazilians are against President Jair Bolsonaro's potential resignation despite mounting criticism toward his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a poll published by local newspaper Folha de S.Paulo on Sunday. &nbs
  • Singapore reports record new cases, quarantines 20,000 migrant workers
    Residents receive free reusable masks distributed by the government at a community center, as stricter measures are announced to combat the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore on April 5. (REUTERS Photo)   SINGAPORE, April 5 (Reuters): Singapore reported 120 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, by far its highest daily rise, and quarantined nearly 20,000 migrant workers in their dormitories.   Of Sunday's new cases, 116 were locally t
  • Residents take coronavirus surveillance into their own hands
    A man wearing a protective face mask walks under surveillance cameras as China is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, China on March 4, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   ROME/KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): A week after Malaysia ordered a partial lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, construction supervisor Hafi Nazhan saw residents in his affluent Kuala Lumpur neighbourhood jogging outside.   He took photos of p
  • Olive branches handed out on Palm Sunday in near-deserted Jerusalem
    A woman holds an olive branch she received from members of the Latin Patriarchate which they distributed to Christian residents on Palm Sunday, during Holy Week amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Jerusalem's Old City on April 5. (REUTERS Photo)   JERUSALEM, April 5 (Reuters): Franciscan friars wearing surgical masks and gloves made house calls in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, delivering olive branches to Christians who are self-isolating as a precauti
  • Pope opens Holy Week amid pandemic; says now is the time to serve
    Pope Francis holds a palm branch as he leads the Palm Sunday mass in St. Peter's Basilica without public participation due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Vatican April 5, 2020. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS   VATICAN CITY, April 5 (Reuters): Pope Francis marked a surreal Palm Sunday in an empty St. Peter's Basilica, urging people living through the coronavirus pandemic not to be so concerned with what they lack but how they can ease the su
  • COVID-19: Males over 50 with chronic diseases at higher death risk
    A cautionary sign is placed outside of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa exchange reminding personnel to practice social distancing to help fight against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Camp Foster on Okinawa, Japan on April 3, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   NEW YORK, APRIL 5 (IANS): Researchers have found that males over 50 with non-communicable chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease are at greater risk of death from coronavirus (
  • Ecuador stores coronavirus victims in giant fridges as morgues fill up
    Health workers wearing protective gear bring a dead body past a refrigerated container outside of Teodoro Maldonado Carbo Hospital amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Guayaquil, Ecuador on April 3, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) - Ecuador's government has begun storing the bodies of victims of the coronavirus in giant refrigerated containers as hundreds of deaths in the city of Guayaquil, the center of the country's outbreak, have already f
  • Planned $1 billion U.S. aid cut would hit Afghan security force funds - sources
    Afghan policemen inspect at the gate of a Sikh religious complex after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 25, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, April 5 (Reuters): A planned $1 billion cut in U.S. aid to Afghanistan would come from funds for Afghan security forces, according to three U.S. sources, a step experts said would undercut both Kabul's ability to fight the Taliban and its leverage to negotiate a peace deal with them.   Secretary of S
  • Germany, France accuse US of 'wild west' approach on face masks
    The United Nations donated 250,000 protective face masks on Saturday, March 28, to New York City to help its healthcare workers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the masks are seen at the loading dock of the UN headquarters. (IANS File Photo)   WASHINGTON/LONDON, APRIL 5 (IANS): Germany and France have accused the US of confiscating thousands of protective face masks and protective gear meant for their countries, calling it "an act of modern piracy".  
  • 19 killed in Mexico shootout
    IANS File Photo     MEXICO CITY, APRIL 5 (IANS): At least 19 people were killed in a shootout between rival gangs in Mexico's Chihuahua state, authorities said.   The shootout was reported at 6.35 p.m. on Friday in the town of Chuhuichupa, Xinhua news agency quoted the state attorney general's office as saying in a statement.   Police and soldiers who responded to the report found 18 people dead at the scene and two more injured, one of who
  • Sri Lanka conducts first-ever online tea auctions
    IANS File Photo   COLOMBO, APRIL 5 (IANS): The Colombo Tea Auction, one of largest and oldest ongoing tea auctions in the world, conducted it's first online sessions amid the coronavirus pandemic, local media reported.   The Colombo Tea Auction, which was suspended for two weeks due to a curfew imposed by the Sri Lankan government to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, transitioned to an online platform in order to allow traders to buy and sell remo
  • Seoul church to face legal action for holding service
    Medical workers transfer a patient to a hospital in Seoul, South Korea on March 11, 2020. (IANS File Photo)   SEOUL, APRIL 5 (IANS): The Seoul city government said on Sunday that it will take legal action against a Protestant church for breaking the South Korean capital's administrative order not to hold mass gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.   The Sarang Jeil Church conducted a service for the second consecutive Sunday. It had been ba
  • Pak cleric, 6 others booked for violating govt order
    IANS Photo.   Islamabad, April 5 (IANS): A case has been registered against Pakistani cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz and six others for disobeying a government order imposed against prayer congregations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it was reported on Sunday. According to the police, Aziz gathered people at Islamabad's famous Lal Masjid for Friday prayers despite a ban on prayer congregations imposed by the Pakistan government, reports Dawn news, adding th
  • UK PM's pregnant fiancee 'on the mend' after showing COVID-19 symptoms
    IANS Photo.   London, April 5 (IANS): Carrie Symonds, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson pregnant fiance, has said that she was "on the mend" after spending the "past week in bed with the main symptoms of coronavirus", it was reported. Symonds has been self-isolating away from Johnson, who tested positive for the COVID-19 last week, the Metro newspaper reported. Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Symonds said: "I've spent the past week in bed with the main sympto
  • Filipinos celebrate Holy Week in quarantine
    IANS Photo.   Manila, April 5 (IANS) For the first time since World War II, the Philippines has suspended its Holy Week processions with Catholic devotees celebrating the start of the festival on Sunday by praying at home and joining mass online during a strict coronavirus quarantine. The majority of the Philippines' 100 million people are Christian, making it the largest Catholic population in Asia and the third-largest worldwide after Brazil and Mexico, reports
  • Yemen's warring parties accuse each other of attacking pipeline
    DUBAI, April 5 (Reuters): Warring factions in Yemen accused each other on Sunday of attacking an oil pipeline pumping station in the central province of Marib, where clashes have raged for weeks and displaced tens of thousands of civilians.   The oil ministry of the internationally-recognized, Saudi-backed government in Yemen said on Sunday the Iran-aligned Houthi group had targeted the station, according to the Saudi state news agency (SPA).   Hussein al-Ezz
  • Trump: 'Going to be a lot of death' in U.S. next week from coronavirus
    An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) removes and discards personal protective equipment (PPE) outside Montefiore Medical Center Moses Division hospital during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, US on April 4. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON, April 5 (Reuters): President Donald Trump told Americans to brace for a big spike in coronavirus fatalities in the coming days, as the country faces what he called the toughest two weeks of the p
  • Death at home: the unseen toll of Italy's coronavirus crisis
     A local priest blesses coffins that have been piling up in a church due to a high number of deaths, before they are taken away by military trucks, as Italy struggles to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Seriate, Italy on March 28, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   MILAN, April 5 (Reuters): It took Silvia Bertuletti 11 days of frantic phone calls to persuade a doctor to visit her 78-year-old father Alessandro, who was gripped by fever and struggli