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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.

Panic-buying returns as Melbourne braces for lengthy lockdown

Melbourne - Shoppers in Australia's second-biggest city stripped supermarket shelves Wednesday as millions in Melbourne prepared for a return to virus lockdown, with warnings the new restrictions could prompt a mental health crisis.

National Gallery becomes first major London museum to reopen

London - Britain's National Gallery reopens on Wednesday, with masks recommended and social distancing and advance booking mandatory, as the country continues to emerge from three months of coronavirus lockdown.

Op-Ed: Trump's withdrawal from WHO another sign he's not fit to lead

The U.S. State Department and the United Nations say the Trump administration formally notified the UN Monday of its intention to withdraw from the WHO, triggering a 12-month withdrawal process that will end with the US exiting on July 6, 2021.

Op-Ed: Not wearing a face mask during the pandemic is just plain stupid

Wearing a face mask or choosing not to wear one goes beyond political affiliations - for some people it is a matter of their personal freedom being taken away. But we live in a country where we are governed by rules meant to keep us safe.

Swathe of Melbourne ordered into lockdown as virus spikes in Australia

Melbourne - Hundreds of thousands of people across Melbourne's north and west were ordered to stay at home Tuesday as Australia's second-biggest city struggled to contain a spike in coronavirus cases.

Sudan reels from drug shortages as virus spreads

Khartoum - As it battles mounting cases of coronavirus, Sudan is grappling with acute medicine shortages at a time of economic woes largely blamed on the policies of ousted president Omar al-Bashir.

Australia to deploy 1,000 troops to Melbourne virus outbreak

Melbourne - Australia's military announced Thursday it would send 1,000 troops to Melbourne in an effort to help contain the country's only significant coronavirus outbreak over fears of a second wave.

Australia calls military in after virus surge

Melbourne - Australia's military was called in Wednesday to help tackle a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne -- a surge in infections that has rattled the country's second-most populous city.

Russia stages grand WWII parade ahead of vote on Putin reforms

Moscow - Columns of tanks and troops paraded through Moscow on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over grand World War II commemorations to stir up patriotic fervour ahead of a vote on extending his rule.

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.

Virus cases top nine million as WHO says pandemic 'accelerating'

Dubai - Global coronavirus infections topped nine million on Monday as the World Health Organization warned that the pandemic was accelerating and Saudi Arabia said it would allow a "very limited" number of pilgrims to the hajj next month.

WHO warns of 'accelerating' pandemic as Brazil reaches 50,000 deaths

Dubai - The World Health Organization sent out a fresh warning on Monday over the dangers of the new coronavirus even as France returned to life by staging an annual music festival and sending millions of children back to school.

Steroid 'breakthrough' raises virus hopes, despite China outbreak

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Tuesday hailed a "breakthrough" steroid treatment for the coronavirus, boosting hopes that pandemic deaths can be reduced, but a growing new cluster in China sparked fears of a second wave of infections.

Steroid breakthrough raises virus hopes, despite China outbreak

Paris - Britain is to start giving seriously ill coronavirus patients a basic steroid treatment hailed as a "major breakthrough" Tuesday capable of reducing the global pandemic's death toll as worrying new outbreaks surfaced.

New virus cases in China, N. Zealand sound pandemic alarm

Bejing - More than two dozen new coronavirus cases in China and the first New Zealand infections in almost a month on Tuesday underlined the immense challenges still ahead in containing the deadly pandemic, even as some EU nations reopened their borders to fell...

In virus lockdown, Europe's predators regain turf

Paris - The hunter-prey drama took place just outside wildlife enthusiast Ennio Ciccotti's window, in the central Italian town of Scanno.

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".

COVID-19 cases surge in U.S. as states try to get back to normal

More cities and states across the country have reported increasing rates of new coronavirus cases per day as the nationwide total number of cases passed 2 million this week. Rising caseloads have led some officials to delay phased re-opening plans.

New Zealand to change border rules after 'Avatar' row

Wellington - New Zealand will ease its coronavirus border controls, the government said Friday, after a decision to let Hollywood director James Cameron into the country to film an "Avatar" sequel prompted anger over double standards.

COVID-19 cases surge in 19 states as pandemic continues

President Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed testing as the reason for documented surges in the number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. — but data and public health experts attribute the surge to the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Q&A: Insight into XPRIZE's Pandemic Alliance Special

XPRIZE partnered with Anthem, Intel, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and more to launch the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance, a global coalition to accelerate solutions that can be applied to health pandemics.

Nepali police clash with lockdown demonstrators

Kathmandu - Police fired water cannon at about 500 people who staged a demonstration in Kathmandu on Tuesday against the Nepali government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

New York starts reopening as WHO says virus 'worsening' worldwide

New York - New York City -- the epicenter of America's coronavirus outbreak -- began partially reopening its shattered economy Monday after almost three months of lockdown, as the World Health Organization warned the health crisis was "worsening" worldwide.

Ethiopia: Abiy rejects transitional govt to solve election impasse

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday ruled out forming a transitional government once his mandate expires in early October, brushing aside accusations that he was misusing the coronavirus epidemic and delayed polls to artificially extend his r...

Europe moves ahead with reopening as global virus cases top 7 mn

London - European countries experimented with further lifting coronavirus restrictions Monday as New Zealand declared victory over the pandemic, even as global cases topped seven million and deaths mounted in Latin America.

Joyful PM Ardern declares New Zealand virus victory

Wellington - New Zealand lifted all domestic coronavirus restrictions on Monday after its final COVID-19 patient was given the all clear, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealing she danced around her living room when told about the milestone.

Mike C. Manning talks pandemic, acting, encourages people to vote Special

Actor Mike C. Manning chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos while quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic. He spoke about several important social issues that are taking place, the Dream Loud campaign, and the need for people to vote.

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.
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