EU: Germany's Financial Aid Can Be Locomotive for Europe
2020-05-04 19:30:26 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) — Germany’s extensive bailouts of coronavirus-hit companies can work as a locomotive for Europe, the EU’s competition chief said on Monday amid criticism from other, less wealthy EU countries about what they see as an unfair edge given to German firms.
To date, a whopping 52...
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...
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 opp...
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 w...
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 afte...
75 Years Ago: Dachau Concentration Camp Liberation
2020-04-29 23:03:48 UTC
On Sunday, April 29, 1945 Colonel Sparks gave the marching orders to the 3rd battalion of his infantry regiment. The US troops came from the West, advancing towards Munich. They didn't know exactly where Dachau, the concentration camp the Nazis set up in 1933, was located. When they discovered it...
New Drug: Scientists Announce Effective Treatment Against COVID-19
2020-05-01 01:28:20 UTC
Scientists on Wednesday announced the first effective treatment against the coronavirus — an experimental drug that can speed the recovery of COVID-19 patients — in a major medical advance that came as the economic gloom caused by the scourge deepened in the U.S. and Europe.
The U.S. governmen...
COVID-19: Germany Pushes Green Deal to Cut EU Net Emissions to Zero
2020-04-28 18:33:38 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - Governments should focus on climate protection when considering fiscal stimulus packages to support an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.
Her comments are the clearest sign yet that Merkel wants to combine the ta...
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 starte...
Coronavirus May Turn Overcrowded Prisons Into Inferno
2020-04-27 18:57:42 UTC
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The spreading specter of the new coronavirus is shaking Latin America’s notoriously overcrowded, unruly prisons, threatening to turn them into an inferno.
The Puente Alto prison in downtown Santiago, Chile, had the largest of Latin America’s largest prison virus outbreak...
European Carmakers Reopening Plants as COVID-19 Lockdown Eases
2020-04-27 18:58:17 UTC
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmaking giant Volkswagen resumed production at its biggest factory on Monday as part of a broader industry drive to get back to work in Europe, where the coronavirus pandemic has hammered demand and pushed up inventory levels.
Encouraged by a fall in infection ra...
WHO: No Evidence Recovered COVID-19 Patients Are Immune
2020-04-26 07:29:48 UTC
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that there was currently “no evidence” that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second coronavirus infection.
In a scientific brief, the United Nations agency warned governments...
Irish PM: Charging Google, Facebook for Media Content Is 'A Good Idea'
2020-04-26 07:11:05 UTC
DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish government should consider copying Australia’s plan to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google to share advertising revenue with local media, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday.
Companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter “are sort of ...
Insane: U.S. President Suggests Drinking Disinfectant Will Kill COVID-19 and Clean the Lungs
2020-04-24 19:12:47 UTC
WASHINGTON — The president of the United States, Donald Trump seriously suggested that Americans “clean” their bodies with disinfectant to treat the coronavirus, in response to Bill Bryan, who heads the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology division, touting cleaning agents’ ab...
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 publi...
COVID-19: Vaccine Receives Approval in Germany
2020-04-22 19:02:06 UTC
BERLIN — The German biotech company BioNTech will become the first European business to proceed with clinical trials of a Covid-19 vaccine, after receiving regulatory approval for accelerated testing.
The Mainz-based company, which has never produced a market-ready product, has been working o...
Coronavirus: Wild Animals Move Into Cities and Air Cleans Up
2020-04-22 06:47:38 UTC
<p>An unplanned grand experiment is changing Earth.</p><p>As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily. Smog stopped choking New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, and India’s getting views of si...
U.S. Crude Oil Crashes Below $0
2020-04-20 21:51:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Oil futures plunged below zero on Monday, the latest never-before-seen number to come out of the economic coma caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Stocks and Treasury yields also dropped on Wall Street, with the S&P 500 down 1.8%, but the market’s most dramatic action by far w...
New COVID-19 Forecasts for Asia: Singapore Reports 942 New Cases
2020-04-18 13:52:37 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Singapore reported 942 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, a single-day high for the tiny city-state that pushed its total number of infections to 5,992, including 11 deaths.
The number of cases in Singapore has more than doubled over the past week amid an explosion of infections...
Germany's Unemployment Rate Stays Low Despite COVID-19
2020-04-16 21:19:06 UTC
BERLIN — Governments around the world have been fighting two battles against COVID-19, one of public health and one in the economic area. Once measures were taken to protect public health with lockdowns and stringent social distancing regulations, other measures were immediately needed to mitigat...
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...
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, e...
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 d...
Should you wear a mask? Wipe down the groceries?
2020-04-15 02:01:26 UTC
Should you wash your hands?
Are you going out to get the mail? Should you touch the mailbox? Should you touch the mail? Should you clean the mail?
Should you take a walk? Should you wear a mask? What about gloves? What about neighbors — stay six feet away? Ten? Will they approach? What will...
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 tec...