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...
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...
U.S. Pays Heavily for Trump's Slow Response to COVID-19
2020-04-13 03:32:15 UTC
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...
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...
Boris Johnson Hospitalized With Persistent COVID-19 Symptoms
2020-04-05 22:29:58 UTC
<p>LONDON (AP) — 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’s office said the admission to an undisclosed London hospital came on...
China Donates Ventilators to United States
2020-04-04 17:50:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that China is facilitating the shipment of 1,000 ventilators to his state, as he continues to shop for more of the lifesaving devices ahead of a growing number of coronavirus patients who are expected to need them.
The number of people ...
“Modern Piracy”: U.S. Snatches Masks Meant for Germany
2020-04-04 01:17:16 UTC
PARIS/BERLIN — The global scramble to secure face masks to shield frontline workers from the coronavirus has turned the marketplace into the “Wild West,” with the United States often ready to outbid buyers who have already signed deals, officials from Europe to the Americas say.
In France and ...
COVID-19: Chinese Scientists Find 'Effective' Antibodies
2020-04-01 19:31:49 UTC
BEIJING (Reuters) - A team of Chinese scientists has isolated several antibodies that it says are “extremely effective” at blocking the ability of the new coronavirus to enter cells, which eventually could be helpful in treating or preventing COVID-19.
There is currently no proven effective tr...
Zimbabweans Tell of Hopelessness Ahead of Fight With Coronavirus
2020-03-30 21:01:51 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — “We are already ruined. What more harm can coronavirus do?” Irene Kampira asked as she sorted secondhand clothes at a bustling market in a poor suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
People in one of the world’s most devastated nations are choosing daily survival over m...
Updates: Coronavirus Cases in Africa Near 5,000
2020-03-30 08:08:33 UTC
<p>The Latest on the <a href="https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak">coronavirus</a> pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.</p><p>TOP OF THE H...
Brazilian President Bolsonaro Is Gambling With Coronavirus
2020-03-29 00:52:31 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has staked out the most deliberately dismissive position of any major world leader, calling the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it ...
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 recove...
France: Merci, Stay At Home
2020-03-27 23:12:35 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Health workers racing to save lives as France contends with one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks have received a huge show of gratitude with the help of the Eiffel Tower.
The Paris landmark also had a message for the broader French public: Stay home.
Lights spelled ...
Coronavirus: Half-Million Infected Worldwide
2020-03-26 16:49:08 UTC
The number of coronavirus infections closed in on a half-million worldwide Thursday, with both Italy and the U.S. on track to surpass China, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single week in a stark demonstration of the damage to the world’s bigge...
The Latest Developments in Coronavirus Outbreak
2020-03-22 18:54:16 UTC
(Reuters) - As coronavirus cases ballooned in Europe, several countries imposed or planned new restrictions to try to curb the spread. Britain told panic-buyers to calm down. California and three other U.S. states directed tens of millions of people to stay at home.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom Orders 40M Residents to Stay at Home
2020-03-20 03:29:47 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered the state’s 40 million residents to stay at home, restricting non-essential movements to control the spread of the coronavirus that threatens to overwhelm the state’s medical system.
“This is a moment we need to make to...
Global Death Toll From Coronavirus Hits 10,000
2020-03-19 22:06:18 UTC
Worldwide, the death toll soared toward 10,009 as the total number of infections topped 244,526, including nearly 87,709 people who have recovered.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe pleaded with people to keep their distance from one another to avoid spreading the virus, even as the crisi...
Italy Passes China in Coronavirus Deaths
2020-03-19 18:39:28 UTC
ROME (AP) — The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtook China’s on Thursday, and infections in the United States climbed past 10,000, in a stark illustration of how the crisis has pivoted toward the West.
Italy, with a population of 60 million, recorded at least 3,405 deaths, or roug...
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...
Global Shares Plunge: Worst Day Since '87
2020-03-13 02:06:33 UTC
<p>NEW YORK (AP) — Shares have plunged in Asia, with Japan’s benchmark sinking 10% after Wall Street suffered its biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987. </p><p>Markets worldwide have retreated as fears of economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis deepen and the mel...
"Constitutional" Amendment: Putin Plans To Rule Until 2036
2020-03-10 21:45:41 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed his tightly guarded political plans Tuesday and supported a constitutional amendment that would allow him to seek reelection in 2024 by restarting the term count.
The constitutional change would pave the way for the 67-year-old Putin to s...
Angela Merkel Says top EU Leaders Stressing Cooperation
2020-03-10 20:19:00 UTC
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she talked to other top leaders of EU member states and the European Commission at a video conference Tuesday evening and explained what her country is doing to contain the spread of the virus and also how the government is financially supporting comp...
US Began Withdrawing Troops From Afghanistan
2020-03-10 16:53:42 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Tuesday, taking a step forward on its peace deal with the Taliban while also praising Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s promise to start releasing Taliban prisoners after he had delayed for...
Coronavirus Fuels Dramatic Fall in Oil Price
2020-03-09 01:49:08 UTC
<p>NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices are plunging as a dispute among producers could lead a global economy weakened by COVID-19 to be awash in an oversupply of crude.</p><p>Brent crude, the international standard, lost $9.50, or 20.1%, to $35.77 per barrel, as of 7:58 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday a...
Plácido Domingo pulls out of London's Royal Opera House
2020-03-07 06:05:56 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Spanish tenor ?Plácido Domingo, who is ensnared in allegations of sexual misconduct, has withdrawn from this summer’s production of Don Carlo at London’s Royal Opera House.
The Royal Opera House said in a statement Friday it had been mutually agreed with Domingo that he will not ...