Turkey suspends all international flights, expands restrictions

Turkey suspends all international flights, expands restrictions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has imposed additional nationwide restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country. While stopping short of declaring a lockdown, Erdogan on Friday announced the suspension of all international flights to and from Turkey as well as strict monitoring of domestic travel. More: Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases? How coronavirus is…
US Congress approves $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package

US Congress approves $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package

Washington, DC - United States President Donald Trump on Friday signed a massive $2.2 trillion economic rescue bill to help lift the economy and address the coronavirus pandemic.  His signature came after the Democratic-led House of Representatives approved the sweeping package by a voice vote earlier in the day, despite a procedural challenge from Republican…
Coronavirus: Why are deaths rising so quickly in Spain?

Coronavirus: Why are deaths rising so quickly in Spain?

Granada, Spain - Every night in Spain since the coronavirus state of alert was decreed on March 14, citizens take a moment to applaud the country's beleaguered medical workers. But this hopeful image does little to dim the pain of the pandemic; Spain's daily death toll reached a harrowing new high of 769 on Friday, bringing…
Italy posts more grim coronavirus records as deaths, cases rise

Italy posts more grim coronavirus records as deaths, cases rise

Italy has posted more grim records related to the new coronavirus, becoming on Friday the second country after the United States to overtake China in terms of infections as it announced almost 1,000 deaths in a day - a worldwide record since the epidemic began. Officials said the number of cases had risen to 86,498…
Chaos and hunger amid India coronavirus lockdown

Chaos and hunger amid India coronavirus lockdown

New Delhi, India - As countries globally began enforcing strict lockdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, India, the world's second most populous country, followed suit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockdown to contain the virus spread that has now killed 17 Indians and infected more than 700 others.  More: Coronavirus:…
Spain reports 769 new deaths but says daily rise stabilising

Spain reports 769 new deaths but says daily rise stabilising

Municipal workers wearing protective gear carry the coffin of a victim of the coronavirus disease at El Salvador cemetery in Vitoria [Vincent West/Reuters] Spain's death toll from the coronavirus rose by 769 overnight to 4,858, but a senior health official said the daily increase in the number of deaths was stabilising. Spain is second only…
Boris Johnson in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

Boris Johnson in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating. "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," Johnson announced on Twitter on Friday. "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video conference as we fight this virus." More:…
United States now has the most coronavirus cases in the world

United States now has the most coronavirus cases in the world

The United States now has the most reported coronavirus cases in the world, surpassing China and Italy, with the three countries accounting for almost half of the world's infections. The US has registered nearly 86,000 cases, including fewer than 800 recoveries, while China counted about 81,000 cases, more than 74,000 of which had already recovered,…
‘Stigmatised’: India’s coronavirus ‘heroes’ come under attack

‘Stigmatised’: India’s coronavirus ‘heroes’ come under attack

Doctors, nurses and other frontline workers in the fight against coronavirus in India, who have been hailed as "heroes", have come under attack and in some cases evicted from their homes by panicked residents. Some e-commerce giants have even halted deliveries partly due to the harassment of staff, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi said abuse…
G20 pledges $5 trillion to defend global economy against COVID-19

G20 pledges $5 trillion to defend global economy against COVID-19

Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday to inject $5 trillion in fiscal spending into the global economy to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus and "do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic". Showing more unity than at any time since the 2008-2009 financial crisis that led to the…