U.S. Trails Far Behind Europe in Social Safety Response to COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic is straining social safety nets across the globe — and underlining sharp differences in approach between wealthy societies such as the United States and Europe. In Europe, the collapse in business activity is triggering wage support programs that are keeping millions ...
2020-05-10 17:17:07 +0000

COVID-19 Triggered 15% Unemployment in US

<p>WASHINGTON (AP) &mdash; The U.S. unemployment rate rocketed to 14.7% in April, a level last seen during the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record &mdash; stark evidence of how the coronavirus has brought the economy to its knees.</p><p>The breathta...
2020-05-08 17:55:16 +0000

COVID-19: People Roll Up Their Sleeves to Be Injected with Vaccines

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...
2020-05-04 18:33:11 +0000

UK to Start System to Trace COVID-19 Contacts

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...
2020-05-03 23:55:24 +0000

U.S. Pushes Forward With Emergency Use of Drug For COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday allowed emergency use of an experimental drug that appears to help some coronavirus patients recover faster. It is the first drug shown to help fight COVID-19, which has killed more than 230,000 people worldwide. President Donald Trump announced...
2020-05-01 21:27:45 +0000

Queen and Adam Lambert Honor Global COVID-19 Fight: “You Are the Champions”

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 Champio...
2020-05-01 00:09:54 +0000

New Drug: Scientists Announce Effective Treatment Against COVID-19

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...
2020-05-01 01:28:20 +0000

COVID-19: Germany Pushes Green Deal to Cut EU Net Emissions to Zero

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...
2020-04-28 18:33:38 +0000

European Carmakers Reopening Plants as COVID-19 Lockdown Eases

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...
2020-04-27 18:58:17 +0000

COVID-19: U.S. Expects Flood of Business Bankruptcies

NEW YORK (AP) — The billions of dollars in coronavirus relief targeted at small businesses may not prevent many of them from ending up in bankruptcy court. Business filings under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy law rose sharply in March, and attorneys who work with struggling companies ar...
2020-04-27 01:48:54 +0000

WHO: No Evidence Recovered COVID-19 Patients Are Immune

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...
2020-04-26 07:29:48 +0000

Insane: U.S. President Suggests Drinking Disinfectant Will Kill COVID-19 and Clean the Lungs

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...
2020-04-24 19:12:47 +0000

COVID-19: Pop-up Bike Line for Berlin Cyclists

<p>BERLIN (AP) &mdash; Authorities in Berlin are setting up temporary bicycle lanes to meet demand for safe cycling on the German capital&rsquo;s streets during the coronavirus pandemic, angering some motorists.</p><p>The move is intended to help people get about the city without having to use pu...
2020-04-22 22:43:27 +0000

What you need to know today about COVID-19

<article data-cid="1030594" data-nid="1030594" data-related="2"><p>Congress is sprinting to approve a $483 billion coronavirus aid package this week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it&rsquo;s time to &ldquo;push the pause button&rdquo; on federal spending.</p><p>Two pet cats in N...
2020-04-22 22:38:59 +0000

COVID-19: Vaccine Receives Approval in Germany

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...
2020-04-22 19:02:06 +0000

New COVID-19 Forecasts for Asia: Singapore Reports 942 New Cases

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...
2020-04-18 13:52:37 +0000

Germany's Unemployment Rate Stays Low Despite COVID-19

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...
2020-04-16 21:19:06 +0000

UK Economy Will Suffer Devastating Consequences of COVID 19

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...
2020-04-14 19:37:59 +0000

UK Is Significantly UnderReporting Covid-19 Deaths

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...
2020-04-14 18:32:21 +0000

U.S. Pays Heavily for Trump's Slow Response to COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — By the time President Donald Trump first spoke publicly about the coronavirus, it may already have been too late. Interviewed at Davos, a gathering of global elites in the Swiss Alps, the president on Jan. 22 played down the threat posed by the respiratory virus from China, w...
2020-04-13 03:32:15 +0000

Boris Johnson Is Resting in Hospital, Recovering From COVID-19

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 dec...
2020-04-10 14:35:06 +0000

COVID-19: Some Doctors Moving Away From Using Breathing Machines

NEW YORK (AP) — As health officials around the world push to get more ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, some doctors are moving away from using the breathing machines when they can. The reason: Some hospitals have reported unusually high death rates for coronavirus patients on ventila...
2020-04-29 21:06:04 +0000

Politicizing COVID-19 Will Result in Many More Body Bags, Warns WHO Chief

GENEVA (AP) — In a heartfelt plea for unity, the World Health Organization’s chief sought Wednesday to rise above sharp criticism and threats of funding cuts from U.S. President Donald Trump over the agency’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The vocal defense from the WHO Director-General...
2020-04-08 21:39:47 +0000

COVID-19 Crisis: Life in China Slowly Returns to Normal

WUHAN, China - Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province and the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday lifted a 76-day lockdown that it had imposed to halt the spread of the virus, signalling the normal resumption of life for the city of 11 million people while the world still ...
2020-04-08 19:32:35 +0000

Boris Johnson Hospitalized With Persistent COVID-19 Symptoms

<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...
2020-04-05 22:29:58 +0000