Coronavirus: Italians light candles at windows to beat virus blues

After singing at windows, Roma residents light candles to beat the social isolation imposed by the country's coronavirus lockdown. Italy has been struck by the worst European outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, with more than 17,000 cases and 1,266 deaths.

  • WHO expects Malaysia's coronavirus cases to peak in mid-April
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    WHO expects Malaysia's coronavirus cases to peak in mid-April

    The number of coronavirus cases in Malaysia is expected to peak in mid-April and there are signs of a flattening of the infection curve, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, as curbs on travel and movement help curtail the spread. Malaysia has the highest number of known infections in Southeast

  • What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
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    What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

    There are now some 935,392 cases of coronavirus infection globally, as of the last Reuters tally on Thursday, meaning the 1 million mark will be surpassed in the next 24 hours at the current rate of increase. Given the widespread recognition that official national figures in many cases woefully under-represent

  • Pandemic poses 'unprecedented' challenges for Greek hospitals
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    Pandemic poses 'unprecedented' challenges for Greek hospitals

    The hospital that treated Greece's first coronavirus fatality is suffering from a shortage of protective equipment and a quarter of its pathologists have tested positive, doctors say. Warning that April will be the "critical" month in the fight against COVID-19, officials are scrambling

  • Israel health minister contracts COVID-19, Netanyahu re-enters quarantine
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    Israel health minister contracts COVID-19, Netanyahu re-enters quarantine

    Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, a leading member of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to re-enter precautionary quarantine, officials said Thursday. Netanyahu's previous quarantine, imposed earlier this week after

  • Singapore's coronavirus struggle shows colossal task of global containment
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    Singapore's coronavirus struggle shows colossal task of global containment

    Held up as a role model for its battle against coronavirus, city-state Singapore is struggling with an infection spread that disease experts say bodes ill for global containment efforts. Guarding against the virus in Singapore is easier than in most places. On Wednesday, Singapore reported its biggest

  • Eating three to six eggs a week could cut your risk of heart disease
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    Eating three to six eggs a week could cut your risk of heart disease

    A new Chinese study has found that eating eggs several times a week could be linked with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Carried out by researchers from Fuwai Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, the new study looked at 102,136 participants from 15 provinces across China,

  • Lebanon discriminating against refugees in virus response: HRW
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    Lebanon discriminating against refugees in virus response: HRW

    Lebanese authorities have introduced "discriminatory restrictions" exclusively targeting Syrian refugees as part of their response to the coronavirus, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Lebanon hosts between 1.5 and 2 million Syrians, nearly one million of whom are officially registered

  • Coronavirus, April 2: Trending questions in the US on Google Search
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    Coronavirus, April 2: Trending questions in the US on Google Search

    April 1 has become nationally known as Census Day, though the pandemic has shifted the nation's focus away from reporting the number of people in their households. The New York Times reported that, due to COVID-19, community events dedicated to collectively submitting census information have been

  • Amazon wins EU court backing in trade mark dispute with Coty
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    Amazon wins EU court backing in trade mark dispute with Coty

    Amazon is not liable for unwittingly stocking trade mark infringing goods for third-party sellers, Europe's top court said on Thursday, handing the U.S. online retail giant victory in its battle against cosmetics company Coty. The case, brought by Coty's German unit, underlines the tension between

  • Coronavirus spreads in Latin America as cases pass 20,000
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    Coronavirus spreads in Latin America as cases pass 20,000

    More than 20,000 cases of COVID-19 were registered in Latin America and the Caribbean by Wednesday -- double the figure from five days ago, according to an AFP tally. As infections spread across the region, a Guatemalan migrant died and more than 20 were wounded in a riot over coronavirus fears at a

  • North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus
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    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

  • Infection rate steepens as India searches for 9,000 exposed to Delhi cluster
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    Infection rate steepens as India searches for 9,000 exposed to Delhi cluster

    India reported its biggest single day increase in coronavirus cases as officials on Thursday raced to track down some 9,000 people exposed to the country's biggest infection cluster during a Muslim missionary group's gathering in the capital last month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has placed

  • At US food banks, a cupboard increasingly bare
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    At US food banks, a cupboard increasingly bare

    The coronavirus pandemic is pressuring US food banks, just as the number of people in need increases. With Americans told to stay home to help slow the virus's spread, the number of volunteers to sort, package and distribute food for the needy has fallen from 100 to around 40 each day at Washington

  • Asia markets mixed, oil rallies but virus fears linger
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    Asia markets mixed, oil rallies but virus fears linger

    Equity markets were mixed in Asia on Thursday but the deadly coronavirus is keeping traders on edge as it sweeps the planet, with infections approaching one million and countries forced to tighten already strict lockdown measures. Oil soared 10 percent on hopes for a US intervention to end a Saudi-Russia

  • Invisible man? Amid pandemic, Biden sidelined by omnipresent Trump
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    Invisible man? Amid pandemic, Biden sidelined by omnipresent Trump

    One month on from historically reclaiming Democratic presidential frontrunner status, Joe Biden is in physical and political isolation, basement-bound and largely unheard as Donald Trump commands Americans' attention with his coronavirus response. After nearly self-imploding in the first three state

  • Thailand to announce nationwide curfew starting Friday
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    Thailand to announce nationwide curfew starting Friday

    Thailand is to announce a nationwide curfew between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. starting Friday to try to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the government said in a statement on Thursday. The curfew will have some exceptions, including for the transport of medical supplies, movement of people into quarantine

  • US trade watchdog sues over $13 bn Altria-Juul vaping deal
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    US trade watchdog sues over $13 bn Altria-Juul vaping deal

    The US trade watchdog said Wednesday it had sued Altria and Juul over a $12.8 billion e-cigarette deal which allegedly breached antitrust laws. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the companies made a string of agreements that eliminated competition surrounding tobacco giant Altria'

  • SoftBank Group drops $3 bn WeWork tender offer
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    SoftBank Group drops $3 bn WeWork tender offer

    Japanese global tech investor SoftBank Group said on Thursday it had terminated a tender offer worth up to $3 billion to acquire shares in US firm WeWork. The company said "certain conditions to the tender offer were not satisfied", but added the decision would have "no impact on WeWork

  • Coronavirus: Hong Kong university to mass-produce reusable face shields for public to help in fight against epidemic
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    Coronavirus: Hong Kong university to mass-produce reusable face shields for public to help in fight against epidemic

    Polytechnic University is to mass-produce reusable and affordable face shields for community use as part of Hong Kong’s fight against the coronavirus epidemic.On Thursday, the university said it would roll out the first batch of 30,000 newly designed face shields in three weeks, for use by its staff

  • Angry Wuhan next-of-kin seek answers over virus handling
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    Angry Wuhan next-of-kin seek answers over virus handling

    Zhang took his elderly father to a Wuhan hospital for a surgical procedure in January, just as coronavirus was consuming the central Chinese city. Devastated and angry, Zhang is now demanding answers from a government that he accuses of incompetence and lying about the extent of the virus. Zhang says

  • 'Everybody is frustrated' over UK testing, top health official says
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    'Everybody is frustrated' over UK testing, top health official says

    One of Britain's top health officials said on Thursday that everybody was frustrated that the United Kingdom was not testing enough people yet. "Everybody involved is frustrated that we haven't got to the position yet that we need to get to," Paul Cosford, emeritus medical director

  • Israel's Netanyahu back in isolation after minister gets coronavirus
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    Israel's Netanyahu back in isolation after minister gets coronavirus

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is returning to self-isolation for another six days after his health minister was diagnosed with coronavirus, the premier's office said on Thursday. Netanyahu, 70, the nation's longest-serving leader, had just ended a two-day period of isolation on Wednesday

  • China logs fewer coronavirus infections but tightens some curbs on movement
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    China logs fewer coronavirus infections but tightens some curbs on movement

    China, where the coronavirus outbreak first erupted in December, logged fewer new infections on Thursday, but measures restricting movement have been tightened in some parts of the country due to a fear of more imported cases. China had 35 new cases of the disease on April 1, all of which were imported

  • Pakistan overturns Briton's death sentence in Daniel Pearl murder
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    Pakistan overturns Briton's death sentence in Daniel Pearl murder

    A Pakistani court on Thursday overturned the death sentence for British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been convicted in the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl. Defence lawyer Khawja Naveed told AFP his client's sentence had been reduced to seven years in prison. Since

  • Cyprus extends flight ban for another two weeks
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    Cyprus extends flight ban for another two weeks

    Cyprus extended a ban on commercial air links with 28 countries for another two weeks on Thursday to curb the spread of coronavirus. The ban, introduced on March 21 for a 14 day period, would be in effect for a further 14 days, Cypriot transport minister Yiannis Karousos said in a tweet. Cyprus has