Category Archives: World

Wuhan market shrimp seller may be COVID-19 patient zero: Report

A shrimp seller at the wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan believed to be the centre of the coronavirus pandemic, may be the first person to have tested positive for the disease, a media report said on Saturday.

As world hunkers down, Trump moves full-speed against US foes

‘Corona criminals’ prey on Europe’s virus fears

New York medical workers decry ‘abysmal’ lack of coronavirus protection

Doctors and nurses are working around the clock caring for patients hit by the fast-spreading infection, risking their lives on the front lines of the global crisis. The United States became the new epicenter of the pandemic – posting over 100,000 confirmed cases of infection, including more than 1,500 deaths.

Trump signs $2.2 trillion stimulus after swift congressional votes

President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.

Donald Trump invokes Defense Production Act to force GM to produce ventilators

US President Donald Trump on Friday invoked wartime Defense Production Act to force auto giant General Motors to manufacture ventilators, amid a supply shortage of the life-saving medical equipment in view of the mounting coronavirus cases.

Nepal PM Oli discharged from hospital

France extends lockdown to April 15 as coronavirus wave swamps Paris

France will extend a national lockdown until April 15 after reporting its biggest daily death toll from coronavirus, its prime minister said on Friday, and officials warned that hospitals around Paris could be overwhelmed in 48 hours.

British PM Johnson, health secretary Hancock test positive for coronavirus

British PM Boris Johnson said on Friday that he has tested positive for coronavirus after experiencing “mild symptoms”, becoming the first world leader to announce the infection. Minutes after Johnson’s announcement, his health secretary Matt Hancock tweeted that he too was infected and was in self-isolation. Johnson said he will continue to lead the UK govt’s response to the virus.

IMF chief: ‘Clear we have entered recession’

“It is clear that we have entered a recession” that will be worse than in 2009 following the global financial crisis, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said in an online press briefing. With the worldwide economic “sudden stop,” she said the estimate “for the overall financial needs of emerging markets is $2.5 trillion” and “we believe this is on the lower end.”