• Merkel calls for global cooperation in COVID-19 vaccine development
    Berlin, May 3 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for global cooperation in developing a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.   "This epidemic is a pandemic and a worldwide spreading disease that we cannot fight nationally but only together," said Merkel in her weekly podcast speech on Saturday, referring to the video conference of G20 members in late March when the group decided to fight the pandemic together.   Merkel's remarks came two days befo
  • France records 166 new COVID-19 deaths; toll nears 25,000
    Paris, May 3 (IANS) At least 24,760 people infected with the COVID-19 have died since March 1 in France, inching up by 0.65 per cent on daily basis, while the number of hospitalised patients and those in intensive care confirmed a downward trend, the Health Ministry said in a statement. The one-day deaths caused by the respiratory illness stood at 166, a slower pace compared with Friday's 218 and Thursday's 289, Xinhua reported. Hospitalised COVID-19 patients went down t
  • Boris Johnson's son named after doctors who 'saved' PM's life
    LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) - Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds have named their newborn son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas, partly as a tribute to two of the intensive care doctors who they said had saved the British leader's life as he battled COVID-19 complications.   Symonds announced the name on Saturday on Instagram beside a picture of her and the boy - who already has thick hair resembling the blond thatch of his father.   Symonds, 32, said Wilfred, who wa
  • Latest on the worldwide spread of the new coronavirus
    A street vendor walks along a road during a countrywide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sidon, Lebanon May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho   May 2 (Reuters) - More than 3.34 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 237,137 have died, according to a Reuters tally, as of 0200 GMT on Saturday.   DEATHS AND INFECTIONS   * For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread
  • UK COVID-19 death toll rises to 28,131, shadowing Italy
    An employee takes the temperature of a customer at the entrance of a super market in China Town in London, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville   LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) - The United Kingdom's COVID-19 death toll rose 621 to 28,131 as of May 1, just short of Italy which has had the deadliest novel coronavirus outbreak among European countries.   "Sadly of those tested positive for coronav
  • 'Once Upon a Virus': China mocks U.S. coronavirus response in Lego-like animation
    SHANGHAI, May 2 (Reuters) - China has published a short animation titled "Once Upon a Virus" mocking the U.S. response to the new coronavirus using Lego-like figures to represent the two countries.   Washington and Beijing are locked in a war of words over the origins of the disease, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has grown into a global pandemic.   U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was confident the coronavirus may have originated in
  • US move to extend arms' embargo unlawful: Iran
    Tehran, May 2 (IANS) Iran's envoy to the UN said the US' move for the extension of an arms embargo on Tehran lacked a legal standing and it will be turned down at the UN Security Council, state TV reported on Saturday.   The countries "will not accept to be a partner in the Americans' very ugly measure that runs against international law", Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks on Friday after Washington drafted a resolution to indefinitely prolong the arms embargo on Iran.
  • Bolsonaro wants Brazilians to return to work amid lockdown
    Brasilia, May 2 (IANS) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said that he would like all the citizens to return to work amid an ongoing lockdown imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.   "I would like everyone to return to work, but it is not me who decides this. It is the governors and mayors," Bolsonaro said in a live video on Friday.   The right-wing leader said he was sure that Brazil would "return to normalcy" soon, even though the pandemic has aggr
  • New York state's schools, colleges to remain shut for the academic year
    May 2 (PTI): New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that schools and colleges across the state, the worst-hit in the United States, will remain closed for the rest of the academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision that will impact nearly 4.2 million students.   New York, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in the US, is gradually beginning to see decline in the number of daily hospitalisations, intensive care unit admissions and fatalities. The state
  • Singapore to ease some coronavirus curbs over next few weeks
     People have their identity cards checked ahead of buying groceries amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File photo   SINGAPORE, May 2 (Reuters) - Singapore will start easing some curbs put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus over the next few weeks, authorities said on Saturday, as the city-state takes the first tentative steps towards reopening its economy.   Selected activities
  • WHO hails Wuhan for clearing all COVID-19 cases
    Geneva, May 2 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the news that there were no more hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the novel coronavirus originated last December, praising its people's "tireless efforts" to combat the pandemic. According to city authorities, Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, was cleared of all COVID-19 cases in hospitals by April 26, reports Xinhua news agency. "That's very very welcome news to hear tha
  • US COVID-19 cases top 1.1 million: Johns Hopkins University
    New York, May 2 (IANS) The number of COVID-19 cases in the US has reached 1,100,197 as of 7.40 p.m. (Friday), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The death toll from the disease in the country hit 64,789. New York remains the hardest-hit state, with 308,314 cases and 24,039 deaths, followed by New Jersey with 121,190 cases and 7,538 deaths, Xinhua news agency reported. Other states with over 50,000 cases include Mas
  • Italy reports 207,428 COVID-19 cases, cautious ahead of easing lockdown
    Rome, May 2 (IANS) The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 28,236 lives in locked-down Italy, bringing the total number of infections, fatalities, and recoveries to 207,428, latest data from the country's Civil Protection Department showed on Friday. Some 269 new fatalities were registered over the past 24 hours. There were also 2,304 new recoveries compared to Thursday, pushing to 78,249 the total number of recoveries since the pandemic broke out in the northern Lombardy region o
  • KCNA reports North Korea leader Kim Jong Un resuming public activity
    In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, cuts a tape during his visit to a fertilizer factory in South Pyongan, near Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of the fertilizer factory, state media said Saturday, May 2, 2020, ending an absence that had triggered global rumors that he may be seriously ill. Independent journalists were not given access
  • Italy's tally of daily coronavirus deaths dips, cases steady
    People walk during the lockdown, ahead of Italy's gradual lifting of restrictions which begins from May 4, due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Florence, Italy on May 1. (REUTERS Photo)   ROME, May 1 (Reuters): Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 269 on Friday, down from 285 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new infections stood at 1,965 against 1,872 on Thursday.   Th
  • Malaysia detains hundreds of refugees and migrants during virus lockdown - rights groups
    Police officers wearing protective suits pick up an illegal immigrant from an apartment under enhanced lockdown, during the movement control order due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 1. (REUTERS Photo)   KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 (Reuters): Malaysia on Friday detained hundreds of refugees and migrant workers for illegally living in the country, rights groups said, at a time of movement and travel restrictions imposed to
  • Learning in a pandemic, when 'online school' is the village chalkboard
    Tolu Alagba, 13, kneels to copy notes from a blackboard in a makeshift classroom arranged for children in Sagbo Kodji community, on an island, during a lockdown imposed by the authorities to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lagos, Nigeria on April 25, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   LAGOS, May 1 (Reuters): With her school shut because of the coronavirus, Tolu Alagba kneels as she copies down class notes from a communal village chalkboard, the close
  • Burial numbers in Jakarta indicate coronavirus toll is higher than officially reported
    A health worker takes a rest during a nasal swab test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Depok, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia on April 30, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   JAKARTA, MAy 1 (Reuters): Burials in Jakarta remained close to record highs in April, official data showed on Friday, indicating there may have been many more deaths from COVID-19 in the city than have been officially recorded.   The 4,377 burials, combined with 4,422 burials in Marc
  • Myanmar dismisses fresh war crimes allegations by U.N rights envoy as 'biased'
    Myanmar police officer poses for a photograph in Maungdaw, Rakhine on July 9, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   Reuters A Myanmar government spokesman on Friday dismissed allegations by the departing United Nations rights envoy that the military was committing fresh war crimes in Rakhine state as "biased", blaming rebels for violations.   "We found that her investigation has no balance and was biased," government spokesman Zaw Htay told a press conference on Friday.
  • Iran condemns Germany for blacklisting Hezbollah
    Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned new US sanctions on some Iranian industrial companies and Iranian officials.. (IANS File Photo)   TEHRAN, MAY 1 (IANS): Iran on Friday condemned the German government's decision to ban Lebanon's Hezbollah movement from operating in the country, designating it as a terrorist organization.   "Certain countries in Europe are apparently adopting their stances without considering the realities in the West Asia region,"