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  • Global death toll from coronavirus tops 75,000: AFP tally

    18 hours ago

    Global death toll from coronavirus tops 75,000: AFP tally

    NEW YORK, April 7 — The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 75,000 people worldwide, the majority of them in Europe, since it emerged in China in December, according to a...

  • Putin says ‘optimism and sense of humour’ will help Johnson recover

    18 hours ago

    Putin says ‘optimism and sense of humour’ will help Johnson recover

    MOSCOW, April 7 — Russian President Vladimir Putin today wished British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a speedy recovery from the coronavirus, saying his “optimism and sense of...

  • Two South Koreans recover from coronavirus after plasma therapy

    18 hours ago

    Two South Koreans recover from coronavirus after plasma therapy

    SEOUL, April 7 — Two elderly South Korean coronavirus patients recovered from severe pneumonia after being treated with plasma from survivors, researchers said today, offering...

  • Italy ponders ways to break crippling virus lockdown

    18 hours ago

    Italy ponders ways to break crippling virus lockdown

    ROME, April 7 — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will consult scientists today about ways to safely end a month-long lockdown aimed at stemming a pandemic that has killed...

  • Pope rails against ‘unjust sentences’ as Cardinal Pell freed

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    Pope rails against ‘unjust sentences’ as Cardinal Pell freed

    VATICAN CITY, April 7 — Pope Francis decried “unjust” sentences against “innocent” people today, hours after Australian Cardinal George Pell walked free from prison...

  • Paris bans daytime jogging to fight virus spread

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    Paris bans daytime jogging to fight virus spread

    PARIS, April 7 — Paris officials said today they would ban lone daytime jogging as people continue to flout anti-coronavirus lockdown rules, after France recorded its highest...

  • Dozens contract virus as outbreak hits Pakistan jail

    21 hours ago

    Dozens contract virus as outbreak hits Pakistan jail

    LAHORE, April 7 — Dozens of prisoners in a Pakistani jail have contracted the novel coronavirus, officials have said, with more than 150 additional inmates potentially infected...

  • Indian leaders hesitate to end world’s biggest lockdown

    21 hours ago

    Indian leaders hesitate to end world’s biggest lockdown

    NEW DELHI, April 7 — India’s 21-day lockdown is set to end next week but several state leaders have called for an extension or only a partial lifting of restrictions, saying...

  • Philippines reports 14 new coronavirus deaths, 104 more infections

    21 hours ago

    Philippines reports 14 new coronavirus deaths, 104 more infections

    MANILA, April 7 — The Philippines’ health ministry today reported 14 new coronavirus deaths and 104 additional infections. Deaths have reached 177 and total cases 3,764,...

  • No need for panic buying, Japan says ahead of state of emergency

    21 hours ago

    No need for panic buying, Japan says ahead of state of emergency

    TOKYO, April 7 — Japan sought to reassure people today there was no need for panic buying as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was due to announce a state of emergency to try to curb...

  • 21 hours ago

    Gulf states urged to free activists, migrant workers

    DUBAI, April 7 — Human rights groups have called on the energy-rich Gulf states to release peaceful political activists from jail and scale back detention of migrant workers, to...

  • Finland tightens border with Sweden to stem coronavirus

    22 hours ago

    Finland tightens border with Sweden to stem coronavirus

    HELSINKI, April 7 — Finland announced tougher controls today to further reduce arrivals from its neighbours including Sweden, where measures to tackle the coronavirus have been...

  • 16 hours ago

    101-yr-old German woman escapes senior home amid virus lockdown

    BERLIN, April 7 — A 101-year-old woman crept out of an old people’s home in a bid to get to visit her daughter on her birthday, German police said today. Officers intercepted...

  • UK PM Johnson in intensive care, needed oxygen after Covid-19 symptoms worsened

    1 day ago

    UK PM Johnson in intensive care, needed oxygen after Covid-19 symptoms worsened

    LONDON, April 7 ― British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in intensive care today after receiving oxygen support when his coronavirus symptoms worsened, leaving his foreign...

  • France's Covid-19 epidemic has not yet peaked, says health minister

    23 hours ago

    France's Covid-19 epidemic has not yet peaked, says health minister

    PARIS, April 7 ― France has not yet reached the peak of its Covid-19 epidemic, Health Minister Olivier Veran said today. “We are still in a worsening phase of the epidemic,”...

  • Prisoners dread Covid-19 virus outbreak in race against time

    22 hours ago

    Prisoners dread Covid-19 virus outbreak in race against time

    JAKARTA, April 7 ― Sleeping shoulder-to-shoulder on the floor of a crumbling, windowless room, prisoners in Indonesia fear an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus inside its walls...

  • Coronavirus severs Brazilian Amazon from the world

    22 hours ago

    Coronavirus severs Brazilian Amazon from the world

    CARAUARI (Brazil), April 7 ― Deep in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil, where rivers are the only highways, the coronavirus pandemic is sharply limiting boat traffic,...

  • Monster cyclone tears through Vanuatu town

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    Monster cyclone tears through Vanuatu town

    PORT VILA (Vanuatu), April 7 ― A deadly cyclone destroyed much of Vanuatu's second-largest town but early warnings appeared to have prevented mass casualties in the Pacific...

  • 'Dead city': Singapore closes workplaces in virus fight

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    'Dead city': Singapore closes workplaces in virus fight

    SINGAPORE, April 7 ― Singapore's usually bustling business district was almost deserted today as most workplaces in the city-state closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus...

  • Thailand reports 38 new coronavirus infections, one death

    1 day ago

    Thailand reports 38 new coronavirus infections, one death

    BANGKOK, April 7 ― Thailand reported 38 new coronavirus infections and the death of a 54-year-old man today, a spokesman for a government agency said. In addition to 16 new...

  • 'Escape from Tokyo' hot topic in Japan as state of emergency looms

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    'Escape from Tokyo' hot topic in Japan as state of emergency looms

    TOKYO, April 7 ― With just hours left today before Japan imposes a state of emergency on Tokyo and six other prefectures to contain the coronavirus, the idea of leaving the...

  • Covid-19 'lockdown', Japan-style: Pressure to conform, not penalties for non-compliance

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    Covid-19 'lockdown', Japan-style: Pressure to conform, not penalties for non-compliance

    TOKYO, April 7 ― Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is poised to declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus, giving governors stronger legal authority to urge people to...

  • Singapore proposes law to ensure safe elections during virus outbreak

    1 day ago

    Singapore proposes law to ensure safe elections during virus outbreak

    SINGAPORE, April 7 ― The Singapore government tabled a bill in parliament today that sought to ensure that a general election could be held safely if called during the Covid-19...

  • NZ demotes minister for coronavirus lockdown breach, extends emergency

    1 day ago

    NZ demotes minister for coronavirus lockdown breach, extends emergency

    SYDNEY, April 7 ― New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today she had rejected her health minister's offer to resign for breaching nationwide lockdown rules as doing so...

  • Doctors embrace drug touted by Trump for Covid-19, without hard evidence if it works

    1 day ago

    Doctors embrace drug touted by Trump for Covid-19, without hard evidence if it works

    NEW YORK, April 7 ― The decades-old drug that President Donald Trump has persistently promoted as a potential weapon against Covid-19 has within a matter of weeks become a...

  • Brazil's health minister holds job in clash with Bolsonaro

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    Brazil's health minister holds job in clash with Bolsonaro

    BRASILIA, April 7 ― Brazilian Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said yesterday he will continue in his post after overcoming a disagreement with President Jair Bolsonaro...

  • Denmark to start easing coronavirus restrictions

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    Denmark to start easing coronavirus restrictions

    COPENHAGEN, April 7 ― Denmark is to gradually lift restrictions put in place to fight the new coronavirus, starting with the reopening of daycare nurseries, kindergartens and...

  • UN refrains from directly blaming Russia for Syria hospital attacks

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    UN refrains from directly blaming Russia for Syria hospital attacks

    NEW YORK, April 7 ― A UN board of inquiry investigating attacks on civilian establishments in Syria, including hospitals, has refrained from directly holding Russia responsible,...

  • Indonesia announces biggest daily rise in Covid-19 cases, 24 doctors now dead

    1 day ago

    Indonesia announces biggest daily rise in Covid-19 cases, 24 doctors now dead

    JAKARTA, April 7 ― Indonesia announced its biggest daily increase in novel coronavirus cases yesterday and a medical association said 24 doctors had now died after contracting...

  • China reports no new coronavirus deaths for first time

    1 day ago

    China reports no new coronavirus deaths for first time

    BEIJING, April 7 ― China today reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January, the National Health Commission said. Cases...

  • Cardinal Pell to walk free from Australian jail after winning appeal

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    Cardinal Pell to walk free from Australian jail after winning appeal

    BRISBANE, April 7 ― Cardinal George Pell's historic child sex abuse convictions were quashed by Australia's High Court today, paving the way for the senior Catholic cleric's...

  • Colombia extends coronavirus quarantine by two weeks

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    Colombia extends coronavirus quarantine by two weeks

    BOGOTA, April 7 ― Colombia will extend a nationwide quarantine meant to stem the transmission of the coronavirus until April 27, President Ivan Duque said yesterday. The...

  • Covid-19: Singapore records 66 more cases, all but one locally transmitted; another new cluster at workers’ dorm

    1 day ago

    Covid-19: Singapore records 66 more cases, all but one locally transmitted; another new cluster at workers’ dorm

    SINGAPORE, April 7 — The Ministry of Health announced 66 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore yesterday, bringing the total number of infections here to 1,375. Of these, only one...