Tag: Coronavirus

North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus

North Korea remains totally free of the coronavirus, a senior health official in Pyongyang has insisted, despite mounting scepticism overseas as confirmed global infections near one million. The already isolated, nuclear-armed North quickly shut down its borders after the virus was first detected in neighbouring China in January, and imposed strict containment measures. Pak Myong […]

Death in the Holy Land: Coronavirus changes burial for Jews, Muslims

A rising death toll in the coronavirus crisis is forcing a change in Jewish and Muslim burial and mourning traditions in the Holy Land. In Israel, Jewish dead are normally laid to rest in a cloth smock and shroud, without a coffin. Now, the bodies of coronavirus victims are taken for ritual washing – performed […]

Russia’s Putin orders non-working month to curb coronavirus

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered most Russians to stay off work until the end of the month as part of a partial economic shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Speaking in a televised address to the nation, Putin said he was extending the non-working policy he ordered earlier for this week until […]

“Like Watching a Horror Movie”: Sweden’s Liberal Approach to Coronavirus Under Fire

Sweden has not imposed the kind of draconian lockdown measures enacted by other European countries. People are still allowed to gather in crowds of up to 50, as well as visit bars, nightclubs and cinemas. Borders and schools remain open. Although more people are working from home, life is pretty much as normal. “We who […]

Trump says ‘life and death’ at stake in following guidelines

President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for the two weeks ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. Public health officials stressed Tuesday that the number could be less if people across the country […]

The world’s largest coronavirus lockdown is having a dramatic impact on pollution in India

When India imposed a nationwide lockdown a week ago, it was designed to stop the imminent spread of the novel coronavirus. But grinding this country of 1.3 billion people to a near halt has also provided a temporary remedy to another pressing health issue: suffocating pollution levels. The world’s largest lockdown means all factories, markets, […]

Pope Backs UN Chief’s Call for Global Ceasefire to Focus on Coronavirus

Pope Francis on Sunday backed a call by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at his weekly blessing, delivered from the official papal library instead of St. Peter’s Square because of the lockdown in Italy, Francis specifically mentioned the appeal Guterres […]

IMF chief Georgieva says the world is in a recession, containment will dictate strength of recovery

International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva said Friday that the global economy is now in a recession thanks to COVID-19, but that she’s heartened to see world leaders finally realizing that only a coordinated effort will be able to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. “We have stated that the world is now in […]

Netanyahu goes into quarantine after aide tests positive for coronavirus

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going into self-quarantine after an aide tested positive for the coronavirus, his office confirmed Monday to Fox News. The prime minister’s office said Netanyahu and his staff will go into quarantine, “until the epidemiological investigation regarding his adviser is completed.” Netanyahu’s close advisers are also isolating after his adviser […]

Boris Johnson ‘Furious’ With China’s Role in Pandemic

China faces a “reckoning” in the United Kingdom for this global coronavirus pandemic, from spreading the disease to potentially lying about their number of cases, according to allies of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “Of course, the only priority now is to deal with the crisis, but everybody knows that there has to be a […]