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Turkey coronavirus deaths pass 100: health minister

Ankara - More than 100 people have died from the novel coronavirus in Turkey, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced Saturday, as 1,704 new cases were recorded.

S.African police fire rubber bullets at shoppers during lockdown

Johanesburg - South African police fired rubber bullets towards hundreds of shoppers queueing outside a supermarket in Johannesburg as authorities battled to keep people at home in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Spain toughens lockdown as toll nears 5,700

Madrid - Spain toughened its nationwide lockdown on Saturday, halting all non-essential activities as it stepped up its fight against the deadly coronavirus epidemic that has so far claimed 5,690 lives.

Italy's toll tops 10,000 despite long lockdown

Rome - The coronavirus toll in Italy shot past 10,000 on Saturday and showed little sign of slowing despite a 16-day lockdown.

UN panel urges halt to Syria fighting as virus strikes

Geneva - Warring parties in Syria must stop fighting "to avoid further catastrophe", UN investigators said on Saturday, as the first cases of the COVID-19 epidemic are recorded in a country already torn apart by nine years of war.

Epidemic infects Europe with 'germ of division'

Apo - The European Union has faced and survived a series of existential threats over the years but the coronavirus epidemic has exposed old wounds that could yet prove fatal.

Europe virus toll surges, Trump mulls quarantine of New York area

Rome - The coronavirus death toll shot past 20,000 in Europe on Saturday, with Italy and Spain each reporting more than 800 dead in one day, as US President Donald Trump said he is considering putting hard-hit New York and parts of two other states under quar...

Iran coronavirus death toll tops 2,500: ministry

Tehran - Iran announced Saturday that 139 more people had died from the novel coronavirus, raising the official death toll to 2,517 in one of the world's worst-affected countries.

'Super-spreader' guru puts Indian villages on high alert

New Delhi - At least 15,000 people who may have caught the coronavirus from a 'super-spreader' guru are under strict quarantine in northern India after the Sikh religious leader died of COVID-19.

'Corona criminals' prey on Europe's virus fears

Den Haag - From trafficking dodgy surgical masks to peddling counterfeit medicines and running internet scams, criminals are finding ways to profit from the coronavirus crisis, European police warn.

Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as infection rate surges

Rome - Italy has logged a shocking spike in its already staggering coronavirus death toll, with officials warning the peak of the crisis was still days away, as the global infection rate surges relentlessly upwards.

Aussie local election goes ahead despite virus threat

Sydney - People in the Australian state of Queensland were urged to vote in local elections on Saturday or face a fine of Aus$133 ($80), as polls went ahead despite most citizens being encouraged to stay home to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus

Berlin - With families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, fears are rising of a surge in domestic violence.

Stranded by virus lockdown, India migrant workers walk home

New Delhi - With India locked down over the coronavirus and no way to earn money, Dilipji Thakor faces a grim choice: either walk home or die hungry.

Dour Moscow mayor сomes to fore as 'PM for coronavirus'

Moscow - At a televised meeting with Vladimir Putin, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin flatly told the President that official figures on COVID-19 cases were far from the reality.

US confirmed coronavirus cases cross 100,000: tracker

Washington - The United States now has more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University showed Friday.There have been 100,717 cases including 1,544 deaths as of 6:00 pm Eastern time (2200 GMT).

IMF chief: 'Clear we have entered recession'

Washington - The coronavirus pandemic has driven the global economy into a downturn that will require massive funding to help developing nations, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Friday.

China dialing back virus conspiracy claims, US says

Washington - China has retreated from spreading conspiracy theories online in the developing world alleging US involvement in the coronavirus pandemic after finding limited traction, a US official said Friday.

China virus epicentre eases travel restrictions after lockdown

Wuhan - The Chinese city of 11 million people that was Ground Zero for what became the global coronavirus pandemic partly reopened on Saturday after more than two months of almost total isolation.

Trump invokes Defense Production Act to force GM to make ventilators

Washington - President Donald Trump issued a federal order Friday to force auto giant General Motors to manufacture ventilators, as supplies of the crucial hospital equipment grow short and coronavirus infections mount across the country.

Google offers $800 mn to pandemic-impacted businesses, health agencies

San Francisco - Google on Friday pledged $800 million worth of support in response to the coronavirus pandemic for health organizations, researchers and businesses impacted by the crisis.

Four passengers die on stranded Dutch cruise ship

Panama - Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship carrying scores of people with flu-like symptoms that has been stranded off the Pacific coast of South America for several days, the liner company said Friday.

Coronavirus: ceasefires and resolutions in project at UN

New York - The United Nations on Thursday hailed armed groups heeding its call for a ceasefire during the coronavirus crisis, as Security Council and General Assembly members prepared draft resolutions in support of the measure.

GM, Ford promise more ventilators after Trump criticism

Washington - US auto giant General Motors announced a joint venture to rapidly produce much-needed ventilators Friday, shortly after President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticise the company.

British PM Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

London - The two men leading Britain's fight against the coronavirus -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Health Secretary Matt Hancock -- both announced Friday they had tested positive for COVID-19, as infection rates accelerated and daily death rate rose s...

As world hunkers down, Trump moves full-speed against US foes

Washington - The coronavirus pandemic is shaking up the world, but not US foreign policy.

Fresh record death toll in Italy as experts say virus peak near

Rome - Italy recorded almost 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus Friday in the worst one-day toll anywhere around the world since the pandemic began, as experts said the country's epidemic could be nearing its peak.

Israel's Netanyahu on course to lead 'corona government'

Jerusalem - Has the coronavirus saved Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?The sense of urgency created by the pandemic has opened the way for the right-wing premier to stay in power as head of a "corona government" despite his corruption indictment.

Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as British PM tests positive

London - Italy on Friday recorded the most daily deaths of any country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and Spain had its deadliest day, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first major world leader to test positive.

'It's tough': S.Africa struggles with virus lockdown

Johanesburg - An early morning haze hung over the skyscrapers of the business district in Johannesburg, South Africa's economic hub, as the city woke up to day one of a national lockdown against coronavirus.
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