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Spain becomes first EU nation with one million virus cases

Spain has become the first European Union nation to surpass a million coronavirus infections, official data showed Wednesday, as the government mulls fresh restrictions on public life to curb the spread of the disease. The country recorded 16,973 confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the health ministry announced Wednesday, taking the total

Belgium, Berlin, Frankfurt tighten virus restrictions

New curfews for bars and cafes, and tighter rules on social gatherings, were announced for Berlin, Frankfurt and across Belgium on Tuesday as authorities tackled virus spikes. From Friday, Belgians will be restricted to unmasked contact with just three people in their personal “bubble”, down from five, and an 11:00 pm curfew on bars and

Iran hits record high 235 virus deaths

Iran on Monday announced 235 new fatalities from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, a figure equalling the record high set nearly 10 weeks ago. The Islamic republic also announced a new record for the number of COVID-19 infections in a single day, for the second time in less than a week. Tehran

Testing drive unveiled as virus deaths pass one million

Coronavirus tests that deliver results in 15-30 minutes are to be rolled out across the United States and in scores of poorer countries, as health authorities worldwide try to get a handle on a disease that has now killed more than a million people. US President Donald Trump announced 150 million tests would be distributed

Czech daily virus cases hit new record

The Czech Republic registered a record high of 3,130 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, reaching in 24 hours a figure comparable with the entire month of March, health ministry data showed Friday. It was the third straight daily record for the EU member of 10.7 million people, which has registered 44,155 confirmed cases and 489

Spanish region imposes smoking ban to curb virus spread

A ban on smoking on streets and restaurant terraces when social-distancing cannot be guaranteed came into effect Thursday in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia, with other areas mulling similar restrictions. Under a law approved by the regional government of Galicia late on Wednesday, smoking in public is not allowed if it is not possible to

US adds 1,300 virus deaths in 24 hours

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The US on Tuesday added 1,302 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The world’s largest economy also added 53,847 new cases of the virus, the Baltimore-based institution’s tracker showed at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Wednesday). The US has now recorded 4,765,170

California governor urges mask-wearing as virus cases rise

Californians should wear masks and skip Fourth of July family gatherings, Gov. Gavin Newsom pleaded as the state’s coronavirus tally surged. But the governor stopped short of threatening a crackdown on those who violate state public health orders. Newsom on Thursday urged people to turn to their “better angels” and use common sense but said,

New Beijing outbreak raises virus fears for rest of world

China raised its emergency warning to its second-highest level and canceled more than 60% of the flights to Beijing on Wednesday amid a new coronavirus outbreak in the capital. It was a sharp pullback for the nation that declared victory over COVID-19 in March and a message to the rest of the world about how

World virus cases top 6 mn as Brazil toll surges

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has topped six million as the disease spread rapidly across Latin America and political leaders feuded over how to deal with the pandemic. Much of the world is moving at varying speeds to lift lockdowns that have wrecked economies and stripped millions of their jobs while Muslims in Jerusalem

No new virus deaths in Ireland for first time 10 weeks

Ireland recorded no new deaths from the coronavirus on Monday for the first time since March 11, when the first fatalities were announced. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called it a “significant milestone”, adding on Twitter: “This is a day of hope. We will prevail.” The announcement came one week after Ireland, which has suffered 1,606

South Koreans return to school amid virus outbreak

South Korean students began returning to schools Wednesday as their country prepares for a new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a reminder that returning to normalcy won’t be easy, students in some schools near Seoul were quickly asked to leave and return home after two students were found to have contracted the virus. South

Hong Kong to lift major social restrictions as virus fades

Hong Kong on Tuesday announced plans to ease major social distancing measures, including reopening schools, cinemas, bars and beauty parlours after the Chinese territory largely halted local transmission of the deadly coronavirus. The relaxation, which comes into effect Friday, will be a boost for a city mired in a deep recession following months of virus

In random test of 500 in Afghan capital, one-third has virus

One-third of 500 random coronavirus tests in Afghanistan’s capital came back positive, health officials said Sunday, raising fears of widespread undetected infections in one of the world’s most fragile states. Neighboring Iran, meanwhile, said it would reopen schools and mosques in some locations, even though the nation has been the regional epicenter of the pandemic

Fears of virus seem far away as stores reopen in rural US

Traffic got a little busier along Main Street, but otherwise, it was hard to tell that coronavirus restrictions were ending in the tiny Montana town of Roundup. That’s because it’s largely business as usual in the town of 1,800 people. Nonessential stores could reopen as a statewide shutdown ended this week, but most shops in

Russia to treat virus cases with anti-malaria drug

The Russian government has authorised the use of an anti-malarial drug to treat coronavirus patients despite international concerns over its safety and effectiveness. The government published an order late Thursday allowing the use of hydroxychloroquine on patients after China donated more than 68,000 packs of the tablets to Russia. The order was published after President