New front: Worry over COVID-19 spreading in African refugee camps

New front: Worry over COVID-19 spreading in African refugee camps

Scary, distressing, catastrophic: A bleak assessment by experts, humanitarians and epidemiologists on what a severe coronavirus outbreak would look like in countries across Africa sheltering millions of refugees and other vulnerable people. The virus that swept across the globe has infected more than 660,000 people and killed some 30,000 since it was detected in China late last year.…
As Iran coronavirus deaths rise, Rouhani hits back at criticism

As Iran coronavirus deaths rise, Rouhani hits back at criticism

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hit back at criticism over the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying he had to weigh protecting the country's sanctions-hit economy while tackling the worst outbreak in the region. Iran, one of the world's hardest-hit countries from the virus, reported 123 more deaths on Sunday in the past 24 hours, pushing…
New York-area residents told to avoid travel as US toll jumps

New York-area residents told to avoid travel as US toll jumps

Health authorities in the United States have urged millions of residents of the New York region to avoid non-essential travel due to surging coronavirus infections there as deaths in the country passed 2,000, more than double the level two days earlier. The advisory late on Saturday applies to New York City, the hardest-hit US municipality,…
N Korea fires more missiles than ever amid coronavirus pandemic

N Korea fires more missiles than ever amid coronavirus pandemic

North Korea has fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the ocean off its east coast - according to South Korea and Japan - the latest in a flurry of weapon launches that Seoul decried as "inappropriate" amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Two "short-range projectiles" were launched from the coastal Wonsan area on Sunday, and flew…
Rockets intercepted above Saudi capital Riyadh, Jazan: Report

Rockets intercepted above Saudi capital Riyadh, Jazan: Report

Ballistic missiles were intercepted on Saturday in the sky above Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh and the southern city of Jizan, state media reported, citing its own sources and the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Residents in Riyadh reported at least three blasts around 23:20 (20:20 GMT), followed by emergency vehicle sirens in some northern districts.…
Trump ‘considering quarantine on New York’ to stem virus spread

Trump ‘considering quarantine on New York’ to stem virus spread

US President Donald Trump has said he was considering imposing a two-week quarantine on New York state and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut as part of efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Trump said on Saturday that he was considering placing a two-week enforced quarantine on New York, which he called a…
Undocumented struggle to access coronavirus tests in Lebanon

Undocumented struggle to access coronavirus tests in Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon - Hospitals on the front lines of Lebanon's coronavirus outbreak have either turned away undocumented people or are setting prohibitively high costs for tests, leading them to fear for their health and wellbeing. Al Jazeera spoke with two former domestic workers of Ethiopian origin who sought testing at Beirut's Rafik Hariri University Hospital…
India quarantines 15,000 after virus kills ‘super-spreader’ guru

India quarantines 15,000 after virus kills ‘super-spreader’ guru

At least 15,000 people who may have caught the new coronavirus from a Sikh religious leader are under strict quarantine in northern India after the man died of COVID-19. The 70-year-old guru, Baldev Singh, had returned from a trip to Europe's virus epicentre Italy and Germany before he went preaching in more than a dozen…
Kenya police under fire over ‘excessive force’ as curfew begins

Kenya police under fire over ‘excessive force’ as curfew begins

Human rights groups have condemned the "unnecessary and excessive use of force" by Kenyan police as the country imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew amid efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. On Friday, police fired tear gas at a crowd of ferry commuters in the port city of Mombasa before the 7pm to 5am curfew came…
Pope holds dramatic solitary service for relief from coronavirus

Pope holds dramatic solitary service for relief from coronavirus

Pope Francis has held a dramatic, solitary prayer service in St Peter's Square of the Vatican, urging the world to see the coronavirus pandemic as a test of solidarity and a reminder of basic values. Speaking into an eerily empty square before delivering an extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing,…