Coronavirus infections

  • Europeans refocus on new curbs as COVID surges across continent
    ROME, October 27 (Reuters): European governments moved on Tuesday to set new curbs in motion to try to rein in a fast-growing surge of coronavirus infections and provide economic balm to help businesses survive the pandemic. World leaders face an increasingly difficult task holding the disease at bay while keeping their economies afloat as they pin their hopes on as-yet unproven vaccines. The United States, Russia, France, Sweden, Poland and other countries have registered r
  • After months of confidence, Netherlands wakes up to Covid surge
    AMSTERDAM, October 7 (Reuters): Until recently, the Netherlands was so comfortable with its test-and-trace plan for a second wave of coronavirus infections that it thought there was no need to make people wear face masks. But in the past month, a surge in new cases has catapulted the per capita infection rate into the top 10 in the world, with a weekly infection rate of around 160 per 100,000 population, as that plan has run into trouble. On Wednesday, the Dutch parliament w
  • Malaysia to impose targeted lockdowns to halt infections surge
    KUALA LUMPUR, October 6 (Reuters): Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Tuesday said targeted lockdowns would be imposed in areas with high rates of coronavirus infections, as the country grapples with a sharp spike in cases over the past two weeks. Malaysia's health ministry reported 691 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths on Tuesday, setting another new daily record in the aftermath of an election in the state of Sabah last month. "For now we are
  • Myanmar's trishaws turn campaigners as virus curbs canvassing
    YANGON, October 5 (Reuters): As surging coronavirus infections make election canvassing difficult in Myanmar, humble trishaw drivers are becoming unlikely champions for a nationwide ballot just a few weeks away. Lockdowns have put the brakes on election activities, with parties focusing efforts on social media and trishaw drivers who spread the message on the street, festooning their bicycles and passenger seats with party flags, umbrellas and logos. "It's like we a
  • Myanmar volunteers under strain as coronavirus toll grows
    YANGON, October 4 (Reuters): As Myanmar's coronavirus infections soar, the work never seems to stop for volunteers who have stepped in to help carry those suspected of symptoms to quarantine centres or hospitals. "The situation is not good. Our ambulances and crews can’t even get a break," said Kyi Myint, 66, who leads a volunteer group in Yankin township, one of the worst hit in Myanmar's main city, Yangon. Myanmar's thousands of volunteers are a
  • Myanmar's COVID quarantine campaign raises questions over election
    YANGON, October 2 (Reuters): From a quarantine centre in northern Myanmar, aspiring lawmaker Maw Htun Aung, wearing a bright yellow surgical mask, lays out his plan for an upcoming general election in a Facebook broadcast. The 37-year old is running his campaign from one of the state-run facilities in which about 45,000 people across the Southeast Asian country have been quarantined, one of a multitude of challenges confronting political parties as Myanmar pushes ahead wit
  • Protesters in France's Marseille rebel against COVID shutdown
    MARSEILLE, France, September 25 (Reuters): Protesters in Marseille on Friday demanded President Emmanuel Macron's government reverse an order to shut down bars and restaurants in France's second-biggest city, the epicentre of a second wave of coronavirus infections. Local politicians said the move was disproportionate to the risk and would devastate the local economy. Some proprietors said they would defy the order, amid signs of mounting public frustration across Fr
  • As COVID surges in Europe, officials warn of 'twindemic' with flu
    LONDON, September 24 (Reuters): A surge in COVID-19 cases in Europe risks becoming a deadly double epidemic of flu and coronavirus infections, EU health officials warned on Thursday as they urged Europeans and their governments not to let their guard down. "It is abundantly clear that this crisis is not behind us. We are at a decisive moment," the EU's commissioner for health, Stella Kyriakides, told a media briefing. With winter approaching in the region, she
  • Indonesia reports biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections
    JAKARTA, September 16 (Reuters): Indonesia reported its biggest daily rise in coronavirus infections with 3,963 new cases on Wednesday, data from the country's health ministry showed. Indonesia has now reported 228,993 infections. The data added 135 new COVID-19 related deaths, taking the total to 9,100, the biggest death toll in Southeast Asia.  
  • India coronavirus infections surge to 4.3 million
    MUMBAI, September 9 (Reuters): India reported 89,706 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, taking its total caseload to 4.3 million, data from the health ministry showed. The South Asian nation has the highest number of coronavirus infections outside of the United States, reporting the largest single-day increases in cases every day for more than a month. Its death rate has remained relatively low, but is starting to show signs of rising, with more than 1,000 deaths repor
  • France reports 7,071 new daily COVID-19 infections
    PARIS, September 6 (Reuters): French health authorities reported 7,071 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, down from Saturday's 8,550 and also below Friday's peak of 8,975. Friday's figure had set a new all-time high of daily additional infections for the country. The number of people hospitalised for the disease over the last seven days reached 1,704, of which 288 were in intensive care units. The number of people in France who have died from COVID-19 inc
  • South Korea's new coronavirus cases sink to three-week low amid tight restrictions
    SEOUL, September 6 (Reuters): South Korea on Sunday reported the smallest daily rise in coronavirus infections in three weeks as tighter restrictions cap a second wave. The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 167 new cases of the virus in the 24 hours until midnight on Saturday, down from 168 the previous day. This brings South Korea's total number of COVID-19 infections to 21,177, with 334 deaths. South Korea's success in crushing early o
  • Indonesia urged to change tack amid record coronavirus infections
    JAKARTA, September 3 (Reuters): Indonesia posted another day of record high coronavirus cases on Thursday, with 3,622 new infections as the world's fourth-most populous nation grapples to contain a spread that has caused the region's highest COVID-19 death toll. The 134 deaths reported on Thursday took total fatalities to 7,750 from among Indonesia's 184,268 cases. Public health experts say the real number is likely to be higher given Indonesia's low testing rat
  • India leads global rise in new weekly COVID-19 cases, while deaths down - WHO
    GENEVA, September 1 (Reuters): India reported the most new COVID-19 cases of any country in the past week, its nearly half a million fresh infections pushing the global tally up by 1 percent, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Overall global new deaths in the past seven days fell by 3% compared to the previous week, the WHO reported, adding that overall new infections around the world rose by 1.8 million. The respiratory disease is also spreading in th
  • Mutated coronavirus strain found in Indonesia as cases jump
    JAKARTA, August 30 (Reuters): A more infectious mutation of the new coronavirus has been found in Indonesia, the Jakarta-based Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology said on Sunday, as the Southeast Asian country's caseload surges. Indonesia reported 2,858 new infections on Sunday, data by the health ministry showed, below the previous day's record 3,308 but above the past month's daily average. Its total number of cases was 172,053, with 7,343 COVID-19 fatalities.
  • Amid contagion fears, Myanmar parents back school closures
    YANGON, August 27 (Reuters): Myanmar closed schools nationwide on Thursday as novel coronavirus infections increased, a decision broadly welcomed by parents worried about a rapid spread of the contagious virus. Myanmar has reported more than 200 cases of the coronavirus since early last week after a month without any reports of domestic transmission. Most recent infections have been outside the biggest city, Yangon, and authorities believe they were more contagious than prev
  • Stark photos highlight plight of Indonesia's vulnerable doctors
    JAKARTA, August 27 (Reuters): Photographs of a grieving wife bent over the coffin of her dead husband, an Indonesian medical doctor, have drawn attention to the high death toll of healthcare workers in the Southeast Asian nation. The photographs, taken at Wahidin Sudirohusodo hospital in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Thursday morning, and shared with Reuters by Indonesia's Medical Association (IDI), have been widely shared on social media. They show a woman, whose face is
  • India to hold national college tests despite surging virus infections
    MUMBAI, August 26 (Reuters): More than 2 million Indian students will sit for admission tests to medical and engineering schools next week, the government said on Wednesday, despite growing concern that the move could fuel a jump in coronavirus infections. India reported more than 60,000 infections, maintaining the world's highest single-day caseload since August 7, a Reuters tally showed. With 3.2 million cases, it ranks after the United States and Brazil, though its 59,44
  • Can Covid-19 virus be sustained by body after recovery, reinfect?
    New Delhi, August 21 (IANS): New aspects of the Coronavirus infection are coming to the fore as the pandemic continues its vice-like grip. New symptoms are being discovered and so are residual symptoms. Complications and threats involved with catching the infection are also evolving. The latest issue being witnessed and discussed is the Covid-19 re-infection. In the last few weeks, as many as five cases have emerged from Delhi alone. This month, the Delhi government-run Rajiv Gan
  • Myanmar locks down Rakhine state capital after outbreak of more infectious virus strain
    BANGKOK, August 21 (Reuters): Myanmar has locked down the state capital of conflict-torn Rakhine state after an outbreak of a coronavirus strain that officials said was more infectious than that previously seen in the country. Nineteen people have tested positive for the virus in the western region since Monday, health officials said on Friday, the first local transmission in Myanmar in months, bringing the total number of cases to 409. Myat Htut Nyunt, deputy director at My