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Russian plane headed for U.S. with coronavirus medical equipment

54 min 41 sec ago
A Russian military transport plane was headed to the United States on Wednesday carrying tons of medical equipment and masks to help Washington fight coronavirus, Russian state TV reported and a U.S. official said.

Portugal prepares to extend state of emergency as deaths rise to 187

56 min 13 sec ago
Portugal's government cleared the way on Wednesday for extending the state of emergency by 15 days to combat the spread of the coronavirus as the number of deaths from the disease nears 200.

Albania extends lockdown till end of coronavirus outbreak

1 hour 6 min ago
Albanian schools, cafes, restaurants and other public venues will remain shut and restrictions on social and economic activity will stay in place till the end of the coronavirus outbreak, Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said on Wednesday.

Russia considering coronavirus emergency, say sources, but Kremlin denies it

1 hour 7 min ago
Russia is considering declaring a state of national emergency over the coronavirus to allow the government to bring in tougher measures, three senior officials told Reuters, but the Kremlin denied the reports.

Russia earmarks $18 billion to tackle coronavirus crisis

1 hour 8 min ago
Russia has earmarked nearly $18 billion to fight the spread of the coronavirus and its economic fallout, its prime minister said on Wednesday, pledging additional measures to steer through the crisis that has put the economy on the brink of recession.

Holy Land custodian urges Israel to let clerics celebrate Easter in Holy Sepulchre

1 hour 19 min ago
Easter celebrations should be permitted inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, even if only by a small number of clerics abiding by anti-coronavirus guidelines, a senior clergyman said on Wednesday.

Testing of frontline staff to reach 100,000s in coming weeks- English medical boss

1 hour 29 min ago
Testing of frontline staff will go from the thousands to hundreds of thousands within the coming weeks, Public Health England's Medical Director Yvonne Doyle said on Wednesday.

Peru calls up 10,000 army reserves to enforce quarantine

1 hour 30 min ago
Peru's government has called up around 10,000 army reservists to return to barracks to help patrol the country's streets and enforce a coronavirus quarantine, due to the high number of people failing to comply, the military said on Wednesday.

Canada's Trudeau wants to recall MPs to back massive coronavirus aid package

1 hour 31 min ago
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he wanted to recall Parliament so legislators could approve a massive aid package he called "the biggest economic measures of our lifetimes".

Putin grants government emergency powers to fight coronavirus

1 hour 33 min ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation on Wednesday to allow the government to declare a state of national emergency in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus.

UK coronavirus deaths rise by 563 to 2,352

1 hour 35 min ago
The number of people with coronavirus who have died in Britain rose by 563 to a total 2,352 by 1600 GMT on March 31, the government said on Wednesday.

Rise in new coronavirus cases in UK is concerning: health service boss

1 hour 35 min ago
The rise in new coronavirus cases in Britain is concerning, as are the rates of hospital admissions in London and the Midlands, Public Health England's medical director Yvonne Doyle said on Wednesday.

Tommy the robot nurse helps keep Italy doctors safe from coronavirus

1 hour 42 min ago
He doesn't wear a mask but he is helping save lives from coronavirus just the same. Meet Tommy, the robot nurse.

Factbox: Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

1 hour 49 min ago
Lockdowns to halt the spread of the coronavirus have brought silence to some of the world's busiest places. Transport hubs that should be teeming with travellers such as New York's Grand Central Terminal or Istanbul's Eminonu ferry docks are all but deserted.

Italy sees fewer coronavirus deaths on Wednesday but new cases grow

1 hour 50 min ago
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has climbed by 727 to 13,155, the Civil Protection Agency said on Wednesday, a significantly smaller increase than seen on Tuesday and the lowest daily tally since March 26.

Brazil confirms first indigenous coronavirus case in the Amazon

1 hour 55 min ago
An indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rainforest has contracted the novel coronavirus, the first case reported among Brazil's more than 300 tribes, the Health Ministry's indigenous health service Sesai said on Wednesday.

South Africa sends testing teams into townships to contain coronavirus

2 hours 55 sec ago
The South African government is sending testing teams to the country's townships as it ramps up efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday.

Turkey's prisoner release should not exclude political detainees: rights groups

2 hours 6 min ago
Turkish academics, journalists and rights groups are demanding that a planned release of tens of thousands of prisoners to stem the spread of the coronavirus should not exclude inmates whose only crime, they say, has been to challenge the authorities.

Dutch PM prefers a 'gift' to a loan for European coronavirus support

2 hours 7 min ago
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday said he would prefer to make a "gift" to European countries in financial distress as a result of the coronavirus outbreak rather than issue joint bonds or tap the Eureopean Union's bailout fund.

One Brazilian minister shines as coronavirus clobbers Bolsonaro

2 hours 9 min ago
As criticism has grown over President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, many Brazilians are turning to another voice for guidance and reassurance.