Coronavirus pandemic

  • U.S. judge finds Cohen target of retaliation, releases from prison
    New York, July 23 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was ordered released from prison and will return to home confinement on Friday after a federal judge found he was a target of retaliation for planning to publish a book about the president. Cohen was sent home from prison in May because of the coronavirus pandemic. He was shackled again on July 9 after he questioned an agreement that barred him from publishing his book, engaging with news o
  • Biden, Obama criticize Trump's coronavirus response in 'socially distanced' chat
    Reuters Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama blasted Republican President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a video aired on Thursday, as the Biden campaign tapped the star power of America's first Black president. Obama and Biden, who served as his vice president, sat down facing each other in chairs from across a room for a "socially distanced" conversation. Both men released the video on Twitter
  • Leading child rights activist succumbs to Covid in Hyderabad
    HYDERABAD, JULY 22 (IANS): Well-known child rights activist P. Achyuta Rao died of Covid-19 here on Wednesday. He was 58. The founder of Balala Hakkula Sangham, an NGO fighting for child rights, breathed his last at a private hospital, where he was admitted a week ago. Rao was also suffering from a heart ailment and other co-morbidities, hospital sources said. The honorary President of the Balala Hakkula Sangham was active in taking up cases of child right violations and only
  • Trump shifts rhetoric as he urges mask-wearing, warns of worsening pandemic
    WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters): President Donald Trump, in a shift in rhetoric and tone, encouraged Americans on Tuesday to wear masks if they cannot maintain social distance and warned that the coronavirus pandemic would get worse before it got better. In his first press briefing in months focused on the outbreak, Trump urged young people to avoid going to crowded bars and maintained that the virus would disappear at some point. Trump's remarks were a change in strategy
  • U.S. wants to build coalition to counter China's 'disgraceful' menace, Pompeo says
    LONDON, July 21 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the United States wants to build a global coalition to counter China as he accused Beijing of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to further its own interests. U.S. President Donald Trump identifies China as the United States' main rival, and has accused President Xi Jinping of taking advantage over trade and not telling the truth over the novel coronavirus outbreak, which Trump calls the "C
  • Tuensang to intensify COVID-19 awareness drive
    Tuensang, July 21 (MExN): As decided by Tuensang District Task Force for COVID-19, a meeting was conducted at DC Conference Hall Tuensang on July 21. The meeting was chaired by Shelly Kathery SDO(C) Tuensang and attended by Forest, PHED, Fisheries, Social welfare, NSRLM, Sakhi one stop centre, MSK departments along with Tuensang Town All Ward Union, COC, GHSS Thangjam and GHSS Tuensang. The meeting discussed on ward wise awareness campaign drive for COVID-19 awareness drive as sched
  • People are more likely to contract COVID-19 at home, study finds
    SEOUL, July 21 (Reuters): South Korean epidemiologists have found that people were more likely to contract the new coronavirus from members of their own households than from contacts outside the home. A study published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 16 looked in detail at 5,706 "index patients" who had tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 59,000 people who came into contact with them. The findings showed just
  • Indigenous people especially at risk from COVID-19, warns WHO
    GENEVA, July 20 (Reuters): Indigenous communities comprising half a million people around the world are especially vulnerable to the new coronavirus pandemic due to often poor living conditions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.   Director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that as of July 6, there were more than 70,000 cases reported among indigenous peoples in the Americas, with over 2,000 deaths.   He urged nations to take all nece
  • Cinemas in China begin to reopen after six-month coronavirus closure
    SHANGHAI, July 20 (Reuters): Some cinemas in Chinese cities from Shanghai to Chengdu reopened on Monday after a six-month closure, raising hope that the world's second largest movie market can start to recover from painful losses during the coronavirus pandemic.   Chinese authorities last week said they would allow movie theatres in low-risk areas to resume operations in a restricted fashion, a long-awaited piece of news for a leisure industry that has seen many oth
  • Afghan all-girls robotics team designs low-cost ventilator to treat coronavirus patients
    HERAT, July 20 (Reuters): In the eastern Afghan city of Herat, 18-year-old high school student Somaya Faruqi adjusts a suction cap as she puts the finishing touches before unveiling a low-cost, lightweight ventilator created by her and six other young women.   The all-female Afghan Robotics Team, which has won international awards for its robots, started work in March on an open-source, low-cost ventilator as the coronavirus pandemic hit the war-torn nation. &nb
  • Myanmar holds muted Martyrs' Day tribute to fallen independence heroes
    Yangon, July 19 (Reuters): Myanmar's public marked one of the Southeast Asian nation's darkest moments on Sunday with tributes to slain independence heroes, though the annual Martyrs' Day gatherings were muted by the coronavirus pandemic due to social distancing measures.   Flanked by senior government and military officials, state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi laid a wreath at a mausoleum dedicated to Aung San, her father and the country's independence hero, wh
  • Arise Sir Tom: Queen Elizabeth knights 100-year-old fundraising captain
    WINDSOR, England, July 17 (Reuters): Queen Elizabeth knighted Captain Tom Moore on Friday, recognising the 100-year-old for lifting Britain's spirits during the gloom of the coronavirus pandemic by raising millions of pounds for health workers.   The World War Two veteran raised a record 33 million pounds ($41 million) by walking 100 laps of his garden with the aid of a walking frame in April in the run-up to his landmark birthday.   At an open-air invest
  • 'The stakes couldn't be higher': EU recovery plan summit under way
    BRUSSELS, July 17 (Reuters): European Union leaders met on Friday for tense summit talks on a multi-billion-euro plan to breathe life into their economies, their first face-to-face meeting since the coronavirus pandemic plunged the bloc into its latest crisis.   The 27 leaders, all masked up, greeted each other with elbow bumps rather than their customary cheek kisses and handshakes, and there were birthday gifts for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Portuguese Prime
  • As Philippines fights coronavirus, some fear involvement of the police
    MANILA, July 17 (Reuters): At the peak of the Philippines' war on drugs, people in the rundown neighbourhoods of Navotas in the capital Manila grew used to police knocking on doors, or bursting into the homes of drug suspects - who often wound up dead.   Now, many residents of the Navotas area, which has been particularly badly hit by the coronavirus, fear another harsh police campaign after the government said officials will visit homes of patients with mild or no
  • Black masks, white roses as Spain honours its COVID-19 victims
    MADRID, July 16 (Reuters): Wearing black face masks, Spanish and foreign dignitaries paid tribute to the victims of the coronavirus pandemic and the health workers combating it in a ceremony on Thursday led by King Felipe VI.   Many of the roughly 400 guests outside the Royal Palace in Madrid, including relatives of some of the more than 28,000 victims of the disease in one of Europe's worst-hit countries, laid white roses on a black pedestal surrounding a bowl of b
  • UK's Prince William calls for end of illegal wildlife trade amid coronavirus crisis
    LONDON, July 15 (Reuters): Britain's Prince William called for the illegal wildlife trade to come to an end, saying that the coronavirus pandemic had helped highlight the dangers it poses to public health and urging groups to work together to stop it.   Speaking to a virtual meeting of the United for Wildlife Taskforces and conservation organisations, Queen Elizabeth's grandson said the timing was right for governments, organisations and law enforcement to act.
  • 'They needed people' - Brazil volunteers step up to test COVID-19 vaccine
    SAO PAULO, July 14 (Reuters): Luiz Augusto Rizzo, 29, is no specialist in infectious diseases, but he is part of perhaps the most important scientific endeavor in the world today: the hunt for a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.   The pediatric surgeon is one of 2,000 volunteers in Brazil's largest city of Sao Paulo taking part in mass human trials for the experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc
  • Experts seek to calm worries of mother-to-baby COVID transmission
    LONDON, July 14 (Reuters): Cases of transmission of COVID-19 from pregnant mothers to their babies are rare and should not spark undue concern, experts said on Tuesday after a case study was published suggesting the novel coronavirus may be able to cross the placenta.   The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, described a case in France where the COVID-19-causing virus was found in the blood of a baby born prematurely to a 23-year-old mother who was di
  • Japan accuses China of pushing territorial claims during COVID-19 pandemic
    TOKYO, July 14 (Reuters): Japan's annual defence review accuses China of pushing its territorial claims amid the coronavirus pandemic and suspects Beijing of spreading propaganda and disinformation as it provides medical aid to nations battling the disease.   China "is continuing to attempt to alter the status quo in the East China Sea and the South China Sea," Japan said in the defence white paper, approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government on
  • Hong Kong to impose most severe social distancing restrictions
    HONG KONG, July 14 (Reuters): Hong Kong will impose strict new social distancing measures from midnight Tuesday, the most stringent in the Asian financial hub since the coronavirus broke out, as authorities warn the risk of a large-scale outbreak is extremely high.   The Chinese-ruled city recorded 48 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, including 40 that were locally transmitted, health authorities said. Since late January, Hong Kong has reported over 1,500 cases and e