• COVID-19: People Roll Up Their Sleeves to Be Injected with Vaccines
    2020-05-04 18:33:11 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of people are rolling up their sleeves in countries across the world to be injected with experimental vaccines that might stop COVID-19, spurring hope — maybe unrealistic — that an end to the pandemic may arrive sooner than anticipated. About 100 research groups are pursuing vaccines with nearly a dozen i...
  • UK's Small Business Loans Begin Today
    2020-05-03 23:56:19 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - A government-backed loan scheme to help Britain’s small businesses survive the coronavirus lockdown comes into effect on Monday, allowing firms such as hairdressing salons, coffee shops and florists to receive emergency cash. Finance minister Rishi Sunak, who previously opposed 100% state backing for commercial l...
  • UK to Start System to Trace COVID-19 Contacts
    2020-05-03 23:55:24 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will trial a new coronavirus tracing programme next week on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England, cabinet minister Michael Gove said on Sunday as the government looks at how to minimise the risk of a second wave of infection. Suffering one of the worst death tolls in Europe from COVID-19...
  • United Kingdom Had Plan for PM Boris Johnson’s Death
    2020-05-02 22:24:29 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - The British government had a contingency plan for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s death as his condition deteriorated while he battled COVID-19 last month in intensive care, Johnson said in an interview with The Sun newspaper. Johnson returned to work on Monday, a month after testing positive for COVID-19. Johnson...
  • Queen and Adam Lambert Honor Global COVID-19 Fight: “You Are the Champions”
    2020-05-01 00:09:54 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — Queen and singer Adam Lambert have a message for workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 fight: “You Are the Champions.” Brian May, Roger Taylor and Lambert recently gathered virtually to record a new version of the Queen classic, “We Are the Champions.” “You Are the Champions” was released early Friday on all str...
  • Impasse: No Progress in Brexit Talks
    2020-04-28 13:22:21 UTC

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Negotiations between the European Union (EU) and ex-member Britain over new trade arrangements from next year are at an impasse due to disagreements and the coronavirus crisis, according to diplomats and officials in the bloc’s hub Brussels. Halted when the epidemic started, the EU’s tortuous Brexit talks with P...
  • Meghan's Letter Takes Place at London’s High Court
    2020-04-28 18:34:23 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - The first court hearing in a privacy case brought by Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, against a tabloid newspaper for printing part of one of her letters takes place at London’s High Court on Friday. Meghan, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry, is suing publisher Associated Newspapers over articles...
  • Trump's WHO Decision "Selfish, Short-Sighted and Wrong"
    2020-04-16 21:23:54 UTC

    GENEVA (AP) — Nations and health experts worldwide reacted with alarm Wednesday after President Donald Trump announced a halt to the sizable funding the United States sends to the World Health Organization. They warned that the move could jeopardize global efforts to stop the coronavirus pandemic. At a briefing in Washington, Trump...
  • UK Economy Will Suffer Devastating Consequences of COVID 19
    2020-04-14 19:37:59 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s economy could shrink by 13% this year due to the government’s coronavirus shutdown, its deepest recession in three centuries, and public borrowing is set to surge to a post-World War Two high, the country’s budget forecasters said. In the April-June period alone, economic output could plunge by 35%, with...
  • UK Is Significantly UnderReporting Covid-19 Deaths
    2020-04-14 18:32:21 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom’s true death toll from the novel coronavirus far exceeds estimates previously published by the government, according to broader official data that include deaths in the community such as in nursing homes. Even before the new figures, the official British death toll was the fifth-highest globally...
  • UK to Adapt Apple, Google's Coronavirus Tracking Tool
    2020-04-12 07:06:43 UTC

    (Reuters) - The technology arm of the National Health Service has been working on a mobile phone app with Alphabet Inc’s Google and iPhone maker Apple that the government hopes will help in ending the coronavirus lockdown, the Sunday Times newspaper reported. The system will use Bluetooth technology to alert those who have the app ...
  • Boris Johnson Back on His Feet as UK Death Toll Hits 9000
    2020-04-11 06:57:46 UTC

    <p>LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson was back on his feet in his recovery from COVID-19 on Friday as Britain recorded its deadliest day yet in the coronavirus pandemic, with 980 more deaths taking the country&rsquo;s overall toll to nearly 9,000.</p><p>The rise in deaths, which even exceeded the deadliest day reported so ...
  • Boris Johnson Is Resting in Hospital, Recovering From COVID-19
    2020-04-10 14:35:06 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson was resting in hospital on Friday, recovering from COVID-19, while his fellow Britons were told to resist the temptation of spring sunshine over Easter as the coronavirus outbreak approaches a peak. The flamboyant 55-year-old leader’s visible decline shook the nation, but he came out o...
  • Bank of England Allows UK Government To Run Up An Unlimited Overdraft
    2020-04-10 14:33:45 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - In London, the Bank of England said it would allow Britain’s government to run up an unlimited overdraft as the state promises to pay wages to millions of people laid off during shutdown, cut taxes for businesses and expand its welfare system. With central banks around the world trying to cocoon their their shutt...
  • British PM Boris Johnson Still in Intensive Care
    2020-04-08 19:57:23 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care with the coronavirus but is improving and sitting up in bed, a senior government minister said Wednesday, as the U.K. recorded its biggest spike in COVID-19 deaths to date. Johnson, the first world leader diagnosed with the disease, has spent two nights in ...
  • Boris Johnson Condition Worsens, UK's Death Toll Rises to 5,373
    2020-04-06 23:24:35 UTC

    <p>LONDON (AP) &mdash; British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms dramatically worsened Monday, just a day after he was admitted for what were said to be routine tests.</p><p>Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas&rsquo; Hospital late Sunday, 10 days after h...
  • Boris Johnson Hospitalized With Persistent COVID-19 Symptoms
    2020-04-05 22:29:58 UTC

    <p>LONDON (AP) &mdash; British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to a hospital Sunday for tests, his office said, because he is still suffering symptoms, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.</p><p>Johnson&rsquo;s office said the admission to an undisclosed London hospital came on the advice of his doctor and was not an...
  • UK Police to Enforce Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown
    2020-04-05 20:14:39 UTC

    LONDON — A woman is told to go home by a police officer on a motorbike to stop the spread of coronavirus and keep the park open for people observing the British government's guidance of social distancing, only using parks for dog walking, one form of exercise a day, like a run, walk, or cycle alone or with members of the same household...
  • Coronavirus Is Spreading by Seemingly Healthy People
    2020-04-29 21:05:11 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier. A study by researchers in Singapore became the latest to estimate tha...
  • Brexit: EU, UK Negotiate Future Relationship
    2020-03-30 19:12:36 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - British and EU officials are holding informal talks on the future relationship, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, repeating that Britain is still working towards the end of this year to end a transition period “The transition period ends on the 31st of December, 2020, this is enshrined ...
  • IMF: Global Economy Has Entered Recession, Worse Than 2008 Downturn
    2020-03-27 23:26:50 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund said Friday it is clear that the global economy has now entered a recession that could be as bad or worse than the 2009 downturn. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the 189-nation lending agency was forecasting a recovery in 2021, saying it could be a “sizabl...
  • Coronavirus: Putin's Media Waging Fake News to Undermine Public Confidence in Europe
    2020-03-19 17:25:12 UTC

    <p>BRUSSELS (AP) &mdash; Russian state media and news outlets supporting President Vladimir Putin are waging a fake news campaign aimed at undermining public confidence in the ability of European health care systems to cope with the coronavirus, according to a European Union analysis.</p><p>The report, seen by The Associated Press, sai...
  • Coronavirus Cases Top 220,000 Worldwide - 9,000 Dies
    2020-03-18 23:20:08 UTC

    BERLIN (AP) — Desperate travelers choked European border crossings on Wednesday after nations implemented strict controls in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, creating traffic jams miles long and slowing the passage of trucks carrying critical supplies. The number of people infected worldwide crested the 220,000 ...
  • Global Stocks Fall Sharply as Virus Cases Spread Around the World
    2020-03-16 20:33:23 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell sharply around the world Monday as the coronavirus forced huge swaths of the economy to the edge of a standstill, from parked airplanes to the nearly empty restaurant around the corner. The Dow industrials took a 2,999-point nosedive on Monday as fears deepen that the coronavirus outbreak will throw glob...
  • World Health Organization Declares Coronavirus Crisis Is Now a Pandemic
    2020-03-11 16:52:06 UTC

    <p>ROME (AP) &mdash; Expressing increasing alarm about mounting infections, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic.</p><p>Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who heads the U.N. agency, said the WHO is &ldquo;deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity&rdquo; of t...