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Macron visits Marseille doctor working on COVID-19 drug touted by Trump

President Emmanuel Macron visited a French doctor in Marseille on Thursday whose work on an anti-malaria drug has been promoted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential weapon against COVID-19 but has split medical opinion.

10 Apr 2020 12:43 am
UK defends coronavirus response after Reuters investigation

The British government defended its early handling of the coronavirus epidemic after a Reuters investigation found its scientific advisers were too slow to communicate their growing concerns about the outbreak to the public and ministers.

10 Apr 2020 12:32 am
Brazil minister resists calls for wider use of hydroxychloroquine

On the day he nearly lost his job for supporting strict social distancing measures, Brazil's health minister took another stand in defiance of President Jair Bolsonaro, refusing to endorse the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat the novel coronavirus.

10 Apr 2020 12:25 am
UAE to extend closure of mosques and places of worship until further notice

United Arab Emirates decided on Thursday to extend the closure of mosques and places of worship until further notice, state news agency reported.

10 Apr 2020 12:17 am
French people in ICU for coronavirus falls for first time: ministry

The number of people in intensive care units (ICU) for coronavirus infection in France fell slightly for the first time since the start of the epidemic, but the number of people dying in nursing homes jumped by more than 50 percent over two days, health ministry data showed on Thursday.

10 Apr 2020 12:08 am
Ugandan leader, who once belted out a rap, releases workout video

Uganda's 75-year-old leader, known for his folksy style, released a workout video on Thursday, saying it shows citizens how to exercise in confined spaces as they stay at home during a national lockdown prompted by the new coronavirus.

9 Apr 2020 11:23 pm
Data on arthritis drug to treat coronavirus could come within weeks: Regeneron executive

Initial data from clinical trials testing whether patients with severe coronavirus illness can be helped by a rheumatoid arthritis drug sold by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA may come as early as next week, Regeneron's chief scientific officer told Reuters.

9 Apr 2020 10:44 pm
Hungary prolongs coronavirus lockdown indefinitely as infections near 1,000

Hungary has prolonged a nationwide lockdown indefinitely to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday, asking citizens to observe the order despite the Easter holiday.

9 Apr 2020 9:00 pm
France more than doubles crisis budget package to 100 billion euros

The French government on Thursday more than doubled the expected cost of its crisis response measures to cope with the worst recession since at least World War Two, pushing the budget deficit and national debt to record levels.

9 Apr 2020 8:57 pm
Pfizer clinches coronavirus vaccine deal, sees potential in antiviral treatment

U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc said on Thursday that early data has helped it identify a drug candidate with the potential to help treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus.

9 Apr 2020 8:57 pm
Iran's leader says create sense of Ramadan at home as coronavirus toll rises

Iran's Supreme Leader called on Iranians to create the sense of Ramadan in their homes, since public gatherings are banned as the country tries to contain one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks.

9 Apr 2020 8:51 pm
WHO's new funding appeal for coronavirus fight to top $1 billion: diplomats

The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to launch an appeal soon for more than $1 billion to fund operations against the COVID-19 pandemic through year-end, diplomats told Reuters on Thursday.

9 Apr 2020 8:46 pm
In Uganda, mothers in labour die amidst coronavirus lockdown

Scovia Nakawooya's unborn child died inside her as she struggled to reach a hospital on foot. She died hours later - one of at least seven women in labour to become casualties of Uganda's coronavirus lockdown, a rights group said.

9 Apr 2020 8:41 pm
Some African countries heading for coronavirus peak in weeks: WHO

Some African countries could see a peak in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks and testing should be urgently increased in the region, World Health Organization officials said on Thursday.

9 Apr 2020 8:32 pm
Turkey's fight against coronavirus fails to heal divisions, opponents say

President Tayyip Erdogan has evoked Turkey's war of independence in calls for unity against the coronavirus, but opposition parties say their exclusion from fund-raising efforts and the detention of government critics is instead fuelling division.

9 Apr 2020 7:58 pm
Some African countries heading for peak in coronavirus cases in weeks: WHO official

Some African countries could see a peak in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks, and testing should be urgently increased in the region, World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Thursday.

9 Apr 2020 6:50 pm
Poland's coronavirus restrictions extended towards election date

Polish borders will be closed until May 3 and the government will extend a lockdown for schools and businesses, Poland's Prime Minister said on Thursday, meaning restrictions will be in place near the time of elections planned for May 10.

9 Apr 2020 6:43 pm
Europe's coronavirus export bans raise concern over insulin supplies

Several European countries have banned the export of insulin in recent weeks, a move industry officials said was based on a misguided fear that the COVID-19 pandemic would cause shortages of a drug vital to millions of diabetes patients.

9 Apr 2020 6:42 pm
Dutch coronavirus cases rise by 1,213 to 21,762: authorities

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose by 1,213 on Thursday to 21,762, health authorities said, with 148 new deaths.

9 Apr 2020 5:52 pm
GAVI to disburse $29 million to help COVID fight in 13 countries

The GAVI vaccine alliance will disburse $29 million to help health systems in 13 lower-income countries fight COVID-19, it said on Thursday, part of a $200 million programme approved by its board last month.

9 Apr 2020 5:39 pm
Finland confirms coronavirus restrictions in place until May 13

Finland's government on Thursday confirmed it was extending by a month most of the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

9 Apr 2020 5:31 pm
Dutch woman aged 107 survives coronavirus

A 107-year old Dutch woman has recovered from the coronavirus, probably becoming the oldest survivor of the pandemic in the world.

9 Apr 2020 5:08 pm
China to expand coronavirus testing, boost containment effort along land borders

China will allocate more resources to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from its land borders, as the country still faces risks of a comeback after new clusters are identified in some regions, a central government meeting concluded on Thursday.

9 Apr 2020 5:04 pm
Indonesia reports biggest jump in coronavirus deaths as Malaysia trend improves

Indonesia reported its biggest daily jump in coronavirus deaths on Thursday, bringing the total confirmed number to 280 in the world's fourth most populous country, the highest death toll in Asia outside China where the virus first emerged.

9 Apr 2020 4:42 pm
Swiss coronavirus death toll rises to 756, positive tests rise by nearly 800

The Swiss death toll from the novel coronavirus has reached 756, the country's public health agency said on Thursday, rising from 705 people on Wednesday.

9 Apr 2020 4:26 pm
Pfizer says early studies of potential coronavirus treatment show promise

U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc said on Thursday that early data has helped it identify a drug candidate with the potential to help treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus.

9 Apr 2020 4:25 pm
Geneva couple rethink birth plan amid coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus epidemic has forced a Swiss couple to rethink their plans for the birth of their first child.

9 Apr 2020 4:15 pm
Finland extends most coronavirus related restrictions by one month

Finland on Thursday extended most of its restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus by one month to May 13, the government said in a statement.

9 Apr 2020 4:00 pm
Iran's coronavirus death toll rises by 117 to reach 4,110: health official

Iran's coronavirus death toll has risen by 117 to 4,110, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Thursday.

9 Apr 2020 3:44 pm
Malaysia reports 109 new coronavirus cases with two new deaths

Malaysia reported 109 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, raising its cumulative total to 4,228 cases as Southeast Asia's third-largest economy grapples with the highest number of infections in the region.

9 Apr 2020 2:41 pm
Indonesia reports biggest daily jump in coronavirus infections

Indonesia confirmed on Thursday the biggest daily jump in coronavirus infections since cases were first announced last month, with 337 new cases taking the total to 3,293, said a health ministry official, Achmad Yurianto.

9 Apr 2020 2:37 pm
Germany's coronavirus cases rise by 4,974, deaths by 246: RKI

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Germany rose by 4,974 in the past 24 hours to 108,202 on Thursday, climbing for the third straight day after four previous days of drops, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed.

9 Apr 2020 2:16 pm
Thailand reports 54 new coronavirus cases, two more deaths

Thailand reported 54 new coronavirus cases and 2 more deaths on Thursday, including a 74-year-old French national.

9 Apr 2020 2:01 pm
Philippines' coronavirus infections top 4,000

The Philippines reported 21 new deaths and 206 additional cases of the coronavirus, the health ministry said on Thursday.

9 Apr 2020 1:52 pm
Tokyo has highest daily jump in coronavirus infection with over 180 new cases: media

Tokyo has more than 180 new cases of the coronavirus infection on Thursday, which is the highest daily jump, Japanese domestic media including publich broadcaster NHK reported.

9 Apr 2020 1:45 pm
Taiwan condemns 'groundless' accusations it racially attacked WHO chief

Taiwan on Thursday condemned groundless accusations from the World Health Organization's (WHO) boss that racist slurs against him had come from the island, saying racism did not exist in Taiwan in an escalation of its feud with the body.

9 Apr 2020 10:13 am
Ecuador's Moreno calls for probe into handling of corpses in coronavirus outbreak

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno on Wednesday called for an investigation into how local authorities handled the bodies of coronavirus victims in Guayaquil, the epicenter of the country's outbreak that has overwhelmed health and sanitary authorities.

9 Apr 2020 10:01 am
New Zealand orders quarantine for returning citizens in coronavirus battle

New Zealand will begin moving citizens to compulsory quarantine from Friday as they return from overseas, stepping up its efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus halfway through a four-week nationwide lockdown.

9 Apr 2020 9:26 am
Workers at two more Mexican hospitals test positive for coronavirus

Mexican authorities said on Wednesday that about 60 personnel across two more hospitals have tested positive for the coronavirus, adding to a wave of infections among medical workers, according to local authorities and media reports.

9 Apr 2020 9:24 am
From fine to flailing - rapid health declines in COVID-19 patients jar doctors, nurses

One medical worker called it insane, another said it induces paranoia - the speed with which patients are declining and dying from the novel coronavirus is shocking even veteran doctors and nurses as they scramble to determine how to stop such sudden deterioration.

9 Apr 2020 4:48 am
Brazil turns to local industry to build ventilators as China purchases fall through

Brazil's health minister said on Wednesday that the country's attempts to purchase thousands of ventilators from China to fight a growing coronavirus epidemic had fallen through and the government is now hoping Brazilian companies can supply the devices.

9 Apr 2020 4:45 am
Cats can catch coronavirus, study finds, prompting WHO investigation

Cats can become infected with the new coronavirus but dogs appear not to be vulnerable, according to a study published on Wednesday, prompting the WHO to say it will take a closer look at transmission of the virus between humans and pets.

9 Apr 2020 3:43 am
'This is very real': from their window, New York couple sees refrigerated trucks remove bodies

A New York couple has seen the cityscape outside their Brooklyn apartment change dramatically in recent weeks, as refrigerated trucks line up in the lot below to receive the remains of COVID-19 victims as they exit the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

9 Apr 2020 2:54 am
Brazil turns to local industry to build ventilators as China supplies fail

Brazil's Health Minister Luis Henrique Mandetta said on Wednesday that the country's attempts to purchase medical supplies from China to fight the coronavirus epidemic were failing and the government is turning to Brazilian companies to make ventilators.

9 Apr 2020 2:34 am
Portugal suspends water, electricity shutoffs and releases some prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Portugal's parliament temporarily suspended electricity, water and gas shutoffs and granted partial pardon to some of its prisoners on Wednesday as the country moved to contain the economic and social damage of the coronavirus outbreak.

9 Apr 2020 2:32 am
France to extend lockdown, coronavirus death toll close to 11,000

France reported some positive coronavirus-linked data on Wednesday, with the increase of hospital death fatalities slowing again, but the presidential palace said nonetheless the national lockdown aimed at containing the disease would be extended.

9 Apr 2020 2:22 am
Malta records its first coronavirus death

Malta announced its first death from COVID-19 on Wednesday, a 92-year-old woman with severe underlying medical problems.

9 Apr 2020 1:24 am
France to extend its lockdown again, will run beyond April 15: Elysee

France will extend its national lockdown put in place to contain the spread of the new coronavirus for a second time, meaning it will run beyond April 15, the French presidential palace said on Wednesday.

9 Apr 2020 1:04 am
France's coronavirus daily hospital death toll slows

The number of people who died from coronavirus infections in French hospitals climbed by 8% in a day to a cumulative total of 7,632, state health agency director Jerome Salomon told a news conference on Wednesday.

9 Apr 2020 1:04 am
France's Macron 'refuses to see WHO locked into U.S.-China war': Elysee

French President Emmanuel Macron offered his full support to the World Health Organization (WHO) in a call with its director on Wednesday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump criticised the international organisation.

9 Apr 2020 1:03 am