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Finger pointed at Swiss yodelling 'superspreader' concert

Geneva - The coronavirus pandemic has not deterred the Swiss from sending yodels echoing across their mountain valleys, but a concert attended by 600 people is believed to have made one canton a European virus hotspot.

Quarantined, top US general assures US remains well-protected

Washington - The Pentagon's top general, quarantined after being exposed to Covid-19, assured Thursday that the military remains at the ready to defend the United States and allies.

Seven dead, dozens infected after 'superspreader' wedding in rural US

Millinocket - A wedding in rural Maine became a coronavirus "superspreader" event that left seven people dead and 177 infected, renewing fear of the disease in the northeastern US state that had hoped the worst of the pandemic was behind it.

WHO delivers Europe death warning as infections hit new high

Copenhagen - Europe will face a rising death toll from the coronavirus during autumn, the World Health Organization warned on Monday as the number of daily infections around the world hit a record high.

WHO delivers Europe death warning as infections hit new high

Copenhagen - Europe will face a rising death toll from the coronavirus during autumn, the World Health Organization warned on Monday as the number of daily infections around the world hit a record high.

WHO issues Europe deaths warning as daily infections hit new high

Copenhagen - Europe will face a rising death toll from the coronavirus during the autumn months, the World Health Organization warned on Monday, as the number of daily infections around the world reached a record high.

WHO issues Europe deaths warning as daily infections hit new high

Copenhagen - Europe will face a rising death toll from the coronavirus during the autumn months, the World Health Organization warned on Monday, as the number of daily infections around the world reached a record high.

Vaccine trial resumes as virus continues grim march

Paris - Clinical trials of one of the most advanced experimental Covid-19 vaccines resumed Saturday after a brief safety pause, as infection numbers continued to march upward in countries across the globe.

Vaccine trial resumes as virus continues grim march

Paris - Clinical trials of one of the most advanced experimental Covid-19 vaccines resumed Saturday after a brief safety pause, as infection numbers continued to march upward in countries across the globe.

UK's COVID-19 epidemic growing as R number goes over 1.0

London - Public health officials have warned of "worrying signs" of infection among the elderly, as the reproduction “R” number of COVID-19 infections indicated the UK's epidemic is growing again.

Africa to be declared polio-free

Lagos - The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to certify on Tuesday that the African continent is free from wild polio, four years after the last cases appeared in northeastern Nigeria.

Florida sheriff bans face masks among officers

Miami - A Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks -- and banned the safety gear from his office -- even as the southern US state has hit record daily coronavirus death tolls.

Paris raves draw crowds as virus shutters nightclubs

Paris - Unauthorised rave parties, long a fringe pastime with a hardcore techno following, have found a new fan base among young people in Paris denied a dance floor by the coronavirus outbreak.

Gambia government ravaged by COVID-19

Banjul - Three ministers in Gambia's government have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said, days after the West African nation's president went into self-isolation.

Florida hits another record virus death toll as hurricane looms

Miami - Hurricane Isaias was barreling towards Florida on Friday, a day after the state registered a record 253 coronavirus deaths and authorities closed down some COVID-19 testing centers to prepare for the looming storm.

Florida teachers sue to stop school openings as virus rages

Miami - Florida's main teachers union on Monday sued Governor Ron DeSantis and other authorities to stop schools from reopening in August, as the state has become a US epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ebola cases rise in new DR Congo outbreak

Mbandaka - The Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo's northwest is growing, according to health officials, sounding the alarm weeks after the country officially declared an end to a separate Ebola epidemic which claimed over 2,000 lives.

Bolsonaro says he feels 'very well', praises hydroxycholoroquine

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has tested positive for COVID-19, said on Facebook Thursday that he was "very well" and again advocated the use of the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine.

US says foreign students whose classes move online cannot stay

Washington - The United States said Monday it would not allow foreign students to remain in the country if all of their classes are moved online in the fall because of the coronavirus crisis.

Australia's Qantas cuts 6,000 jobs over COVID impact

Sydney - Australia's Qantas is cutting 6,000 staff and grounding 100 planes for up to a year in a US$10 billion cost-cutting blitz in response to the COVID crisis, the airline announced Thursday.

South Korea reports 46 new virus cases as it tackles 'second wave'

Seoul - South Korea reported 46 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday after health authorities declared the country was battling a second wave of infections that had been circulating for weeks.

Robots: allies during virus crisis, enemies later?

Paris - When human contact needs to be kept to a minimum, robots can save lives and factories. But when the coronavirus crisis is over, will they amplify job losses?

Haiti says virus infections have peaked

Port-au-prince - Haitian health officials said Monday that COVID-19 infections had peaked and the number of cases being detected was going down, leading them to voice cautious hope the epidemic might not be as bad as some of the more alarming predictions had led them t...

Greece is 'ready to welcome tourists', says prime minister

Th - From the emblematic island of Santorini, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday that Greece is "ready to welcome tourists" in complete safety after the coronavirus lockdown, whose impact on tourism will be "significant".

Nobel winner Mukwege quits local DR Congo virus team over problems

Bukavu - Nobel winner Denis Mukwege on Wednesday said he had resigned as head of a coronavirus taskforce in an eastern province of DR Congo, blaming organisational problems, outpaced strategy and slow testing.

Traffic jams and jubilation as Moscow emerges from virus lockdown

Moscow - After months under lockdown, Moscow was back to life Tuesday as restrictions eased, luring sun baskers and strollers back to the streets -- along with the city's legendary traffic jams.

Last redoubt: Pygmies return to forest to isolate against coronavirus

- Dzanga-Sangha, a wildlife sanctuary in southwest Central African Republic, is a remote place, linked to the rest of the world by a narrow trail that becomes impassable in heavy rain.

Italy's far-right leaders join protest against government

Rome - Opposition leaders, including anti-immigrant League party chief Matteo Salvini, marched with hundreds of protesters on Italy's national day Tuesday to demand the government resign.

Opera returns to Vienna with hotel 'window concert'

Vienna - Deserted by tourists, a hotel in Vienna gave itself a temporary one-night-only makeover, turning itself into an outdoor concert hall.

Pandemic puts up to 86mn children at risk of poverty: study

New York - The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic could push as many as 86 million more children into poverty by the end of 2020, a joint study by Save the Children and UNICEF showed Wednesday.
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