Coronavirus crisis

  • South Korea battles worst coronavirus outbreak in months, warns of crisis
    SEOUL, August 17 (Reuters): South Korea warned on Monday of a looming novel coronavirus crisis as new outbreaks flared, including one linked to a church where more than 300 members of the congregation have been infected but hundreds more are reluctant to get tested. The outbreak linked to the Sarang Jeil Church in Seoul is the country's biggest in nearly six months and led to a tightening of social distancing rules on Sunday. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Pre
  • 'Your time is up': Thousands protest against Netanyahu over COVID-19 and alleged corruption
    JERUSALEM, August 9 (Reuters): Thousands of Israelis rallied outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on Saturday as anger mounted over corruption allegations and his handling of the coronavirus crisis. "Your time is up", read the giant letters projected on to a building at the protest site, as demonstrators waved Israeli flags and called on Netanyahu to resign over what they say is his failure to protect jobs and businesses affected by t
  • Spain dives into deep recession, tourism woes bode ill for rebound
    MADRID, July 31 (Reuters): The coronavirus crisis has pulverised Spain's economy, triggering its worst recession since the civil war, with collapsed tourism numbers boding ill for hopes of a swift rebound. Hit by one of Europe's worst outbreaks and strictest lockdowns, the economy came to a virtual halt in March and remained paralysed until the end of June. It shrank 18.5% in the second quarter, a drop so harsh it wiped out all the recovery achieved since the 2008 gl
  • Look to women to drive global economic recovery from pandemic - Melinda Gates
    NEW YORK, July 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Efforts to help the world economy recover from the coronavirus crisis must give a lead role to women, even as the pandemic deals an especially sharp blow to their jobs and finances, philanthropist Melinda Gates said.   Recovery policies and strategies that focus on women - and do not minimize or overlook them - will prove the most successful, the co-chair of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said in an interview this w
  • Thailand's top economic team to resign: media reports
    BANGKOK, July 15 (Reuters): Thailand was thrown into confusion on Wednesday over reports the government's economic team, including the finance minister, were resigning, as Southeast Asia's worst-performing economy struggles with the fallout from the coronavirus crisis.   Thai media reported that Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana and longtime economic policy czar Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak had resigned or were planning to resign their posts. &n
  • Israelis protest against government response to coronavirus
    TEL AVIV, July 12 (Reuters): Thousands of Israelis demonstrated on Saturday in Tel Aviv, angered by what they say has been an inept government response to the economic hits they have taken during the coronavirus crisis.   In keeping with restrictions on public gatherings, police limited the number of people allowed into Tel Aviv's Rabin square for the rally as nearby streets filled with demonstrators wearing face masks.   "I have 40 workers with no i
  • Banks' cyber risks rise as Covid spurs digital trends: Moody's
    LONDON, JULY 8 (IANS): Banks face a growing risk of cyber-attacks as the coronavirus crisis accelerates the shift to digital banking and remote working, Moody's Investors Service said in a report on Wednesday.   "Social distancing has created a surge in demand for contactless payments, digital cash transfers and online banking, as well as remote working by bank employees," said Alessandro Roccati, Senior Vice President at Moody's.   Banks' di
  • Tablighi Jamaat case: Foreigners including Chinese granted bail
    NEW DELHI, JULY 8 (IANS): A Delhi court on Wednesday granted bail to Chinese, Brazilian, Australian, Fijian, and Philippines nationals who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz here in March.   They were granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 each. They have also moved a plea bargaining application before the trial court.   Plea bargaining is a pre-trial negotiation between the accused and the prosecution where the accused agr
  • PM Johnson demands Britain "Build, build, build" to beat COVID-19 slump
    LONDON, June 30 (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to shake Britain's economy out of its coronavirus-induced crisis on Tuesday, by fast-tracking infrastructure investment and slashing property planning rules.   As Britain emerges from lockdown, Johnson is looking to move past criticism of his government's handling of the pandemic with a plan to repair the economic damage and reshape the country.   "We cannot continue simply to be prisone
  • 'On our knees': Kenya's tourism revenue collapses
    NAIROBI, June 29 (Reuters): Kenya has lost 80 billion shillings ($752 million) so far in tourism revenue, about half of last year's total, due to the coronavirus crisis, its tourism minister said on Monday.   The sector is one of the leading sources of foreign exchange, earning 163.56 billion shillings ($1.54 billion) last year, which had been expected to grow 1% in 2020.   Tourism Minister Najib Balala said things would get worse before they can improve.
  • Wearing face masks, French voters return to delayed municipal elections
    PARIS, June 28 (Reuters): Voters in France donned face masks to cast their ballots on Sunday in a delayed second round of country-wide municipal elections, a mid-term test for President Emmanuel Macron and his ruling party which could fail to win a single big city.   A year ago Macron had hoped the local elections would help anchor his young centrist party in towns and cities across France, including Paris, ahead of an anticipated 2022 re-election bid. But more recently
  • U.S. sanctions, coronavirus make for Iran's toughest year - Rouhani
    DUBAI, June28 (Reuters): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that his country is experiencing its toughest year because of U.S. sanctions coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic.   The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated economic problems that worsened after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018 from Iran's nuclear deal with major powers and reimposed sanctions. On Monday, Iran's rial currency fell to its lowest ever level against the U.S. dollar.
  • South Korea says it is battling 'second wave' of coronavirus
    SEOUL, June 22 (Reuters): Health authorities in South Korea said for the first time on Monday it is in the midst of a "second wave" of novel coronavirus infections around Seoul, driven by small but persistent outbreaks stemming from a holiday in May.   The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) had previously said South Korea's first wave had never really ended.   But on Monday, KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said it had become
  • Lack of global leadership is 'greatest threat' in fighting pandemic, says WHO
    DUBAI, June 22 (Reuters): The lack of global leadership and unity to fight the coronavirus is a bigger threat that the outbreak itself, the head of the World Health Organization said on Monday, adding that politicisation of the pandemic had made it worse.   He did not elaborate but the WHO has been criticised by some members states, especially the United States which says it was too weak, too slow and too "China-centric" in tackling the disease.  
  • NCC girls donate masks & hand wash to Chiedema
    DIMAPUR, JUNE 11 (MExN): The Associate NCC Officers and NCC girls of 1 Nagaland Girls' Battalion NCC under the aegis of NCC Group-Kohima/NER have been working on handwash & mask making for the past almost 3 weeks.  The aim is to contribute the stuffs to the adopted villages of respective NCC sub-units as a gesture of concern during these lockdown days and to train cadets how to make these stuffs.  On June 10, the first load of 200 bottles (300 ml each) of ha
  • COVID-19: Two more recover in Nagaland 
    Kohima, June 9 (MExN): Two more COVID-19 patients under treatment have tested negative, taking the total number of recoveries to 10. The two recoveries were reported at the COVID19-19 Hospital Chedema, according to the daily Bulletin of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), Department of Health and Family Welfare Nagaland.  However, they are still under observation at the hospital. Earlier on June 6, the state recoded 8 recoveries in Dimapur.  W
  • Spain makes masks mandatory until coronavirus defeated
    MADRID, June 9 (Reuters): Wearing masks in public will remain mandatory in Spain after the country's state of emergency ends on June 21 until a cure or vaccine for the coronavirus is found, Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Tuesday.   Spaniards must continue to wear masks indoors and outdoors if they cannot guarantee a 1.5 metre distance from other people as part of a decree to govern conditions after the lockdown is lifted, Illa told a news conference.  
  • Record 9,987 cases take India's Covid tally to 2.66 lakh
    New Delhi, June 9 (IANS): India on Tuesday recorded its highest-ever single-day spike in novel coronavirus cases at 9,987, a Health Ministry data revealed. At least 331 corona patients died in the last 24 hours in India, taking the total fatalities to 7,466.   Now, India is the fifth most corona-affected country as it overtook Spain on Sunday, with its total corona cases at 2,66,598. It is behind the United Kingdom, which has a total of 2,88,834 cases.   Of the to
  • Don't celebrate victory over coronavirus too soon, Pope tells Italians
    VATICAN CITY, June 7 (Reuters): Pope Francis on Sunday warned Italians to not let their guard down against coronavirus now that infection rates have fallen and urged them to obey government rules on social distancing and wearing masks.   Francis, addressing several hundred people in St. Peter's Square for his Sunday blessing, reacted to applause that broke out when he said their presence, albeit reduced, was a sign that Italy had overcome the acute phase of the pand
  • With bike chains and car parts, Afghan girls build ventilators
    KABUL, June 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): With pliers in hand, a group of Afghan girls fashion make-do ventilators from car parts, bike chains and machine sensors, an imperfect solution to the country's looming coronavirus crisis.   The five teens, who live in Herat near the border with Iran, are part of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team: an initiative that teaches schoolgirls programming and computer science.   "We had to be creative when it came to