Coronavirus World

Coronavirus World

Coronavirus: Melbourne lockdown to keep a million workers at home

BBC Melbourne is shutting down shops, factories and other non-essential businesses as authorities fight a second wave of coronavirus. Other measures include a night-time curfew for the city’s five million residents, after an earlier lockdown failed to contain the virus. About one million workers will soon be staying at home in the Australian city. A

Coronavirus: Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak

BBC The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is nearly triple what Iran’s government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found. The government’s own records appear to show almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry. The number of people known to be

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Xavi tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of Qatar league restart

Reuters Al-Sadd coach Xavi Hernandez, the former Barcelona and Spain midfielder, said on Saturday he had tested positive for Covid-19 but was asymptomatic. Xavi, who renewed his contract with the Qatari club on July 5, said he will self-isolate as his team prepare for their first match on Saturday after the Qatar Stars League (QSL)

Obesity increases risks of death from Covid-19 – UK’s public health agency

TimesLive People who are obese or overweight are at increased risk of death or severe illness from Covid-19, a report by Public Health England (PHE) said on Saturday as the government prepares to introduce measures to confront the problem. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to tackle obesity and has himself lost weight since he

Greece to ‘prioritise’ coronavirus vaccines for elderly, at-risk

AFP Greece will prioritise giving coronavirus vaccines to the elderly and high-risk groups if and when they become available, the country’s health minister said on Saturday. “If and when a vaccine comes, we will prioritise those who must take it above all,” Vassilis Kikilias told Skai TV. “Who is that? Our very aged fellow citizens,

World Records 1m Covid-19 Cases In 100 hours

Reuters GLOBAL coronavirus infections passed 14 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, marking the first time there has been a surge of 1 million cases in under 100 hours. The first case was reported in China in early January and it took three months to reach 1 million cases. It has taken just

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Coronavirus: Donald Trump wears face mask for the first time

BBC US President Donald Trump has worn a mask in public for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The president was visiting the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington, where he met wounded soldiers and health care workers. “I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time

President Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s President tests positive for coronavirus Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro today revealed he has tested positive for coronavirus – but dismissively removed his mask as he told reporters he felt ‘perfectly well’. Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly played down the severity of the virus and mingled with crowds of supporters in spite of social distancing rules, said his fourth coronavirus test

Coronavirus: Covid-19 death toll hits 500,000 worldwide

BBC More than 500,000 people worldwide have now lost their lives as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University in the US. Since the virus emerged in China late last year, there have been more than 10 million cases, Johns Hopkins reports. Half the world’s cases have been in the US

Covid-19 cases climb more than 10 million globally

AFP More than 10 million cases of the new coronavirus have been officially declared around the world, half of them in Europe and the United States, according to an AFP tally at 09:30 GMT on Sunday based on official sources. At least 10 003 942 infections, including 498 779 deaths, have been registered globally. Europe

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Global coronavirus death toll surges past 475,000

AFP The number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus virus worldwide has surged past 475,000, according to an AFP tally from official sources at 0625 GMT on Wednesday. The death toll has doubled in under two months and in total 477,117 fatalities have been recorded from 9,263,743 cases across the globe. Europe remains the

Covid-19: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

BBC News A cheap and widely available drug can help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus. The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say. The drug is part of the world’s biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work

Coronavirus: Cyprus to pay holiday costs of infected tourists

BBC Cyprus has pledged to cover the holiday costs of anyone who tests positive for the virus after travelling there. In a letter made public on Wednesday, the government said it would pay for accommodation, medicine and food for patients and their families. Tourists “will only need to bear the cost of their airport transfer

German sex workers call to end coronavirus ban Sex workers have put forward their own coronavirus “hygiene concept” as they call for a resumption of services. Being called “super spreaders” is offensive and misinformed, they say. The coronavirus ban on sex work, including the closure of brothels must be lifted, said Germany’s Federal Association of Sex Services (BSD) in an open letter,

Coronavirus: Spain to stop quarantining arrivals from 1 July

BBC Foreign visitors to Spain will no longer have to undergo a two-week quarantine from 1 July, the government has announced. It said the measure had been finalised in a cabinet meeting on Monday. Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya had previously said the requirement would be lifted in July, without giving a date. The news

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Chicago: Blacks Are 30% Of Population But 60% Of Its Covid-19 Deaths

The Guardian CORONAVIRUS has taken a heavy toll on Chicago, with nearly 65,000 confirmed infections in Cook county and about 3,000 deaths. But the virus has hit black Chicagoans the hardest, shining a spotlight on racial inequalities that existed long before the pandemic. Though black residents make up 30% of the city’s population, they account

India hospital delivers 100 babies from Covid-19 mums

BBC More than 100 healthy babies have been born to mothers infected with the novel coronavirus in one hospital in India’s western city of Mumbai. Three of the 115 babies born to infected mothers at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital in the past month initially tested positive for Covid-19, but subsequent tests cleared them,