Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the nation's poorest communities for forgiveness after ordering further restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus among its 1.3 billion people.
Spain's health emergency chief Fernando Simon, who leads the country's response to the coronavirus epidemic and maintains regular contact with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, has tested positive for the virus, health official Maria Jose Sierra said on Monday.
The fallout from coronavirus could help undermine Reagan-era principles and renew a sense of national interdependence
Does the huge surge in US unemployment claims announced on Thursday mean that we are doomed to endure the 30% unemployment of which the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis has warned?
The answer is no. How high unemployment rises will depend on how quickly we ramp up testing and the provision of protective equipment, enabling us to determine when and where it is safe to return to work. Continue reading...
North Korea said the United States will not drop its hostile policy even though their two leaders have a "special relationship", state media KCNA said on Monday.
Proposals criticised amid fears countries may use coronavirus crisis to rein in commitments
Japan has laid out new plans on greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris agreement ahead of vital UN climate talks later this year, becoming the world’s first major economy to do so.
But its proposals were criticised by campaigners as grossly inadequate, amid fears the Covid-19 crisis could prompt countries to try to water down their climate commitments. Continue reading...
It’s watermelon season in Florida. But as the top U.S. watermelon-producing state prepares for harvest, many of the workers needed to collect the crop are stuck in Mexico, unable to secure visas.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin asked regional governors to consider introducing a partial lockdown to halt the spread of coronavirus after Russia on Monday recorded its biggest one-day rise in cases for the sixth day in a row.
Asymptomatic people may be infecting others despite officials saying risk of this is low
Two weekends ago, Wang, a 59-year old cleaner who works at a library in Henan province, accompanied her former classmate Zhang home for China’s tomb-sweeping holiday, when families tend to the graves of their ancestors. She met Zhang, a local doctor, at a bus stop and the two drove out to the countryside. They shared three meals together.
On Tuesday last week, Wang developed a cough and two days later, a fever. Her son took her to hospital where she was tested for Covid-19. On Saturday, she became not only the first person in her province in 30 days to catch coronavirus via local transmission, but one of the country’s few new infections. Continue reading...
Primaries have been delayed and conventions are in question as calls for voting by mail raise concerns of their own
When Spelman College announced this month it was suspending in-person classes and closing residence halls in response to coronavirus, Ashee Groce, a junior, had a question: how would she vote?
Groce, who serves as president of Young Democrats of America at Spelman, had registered herself and a number of fellow students in the Atlanta area. But they had now lost their housing and would have to return home before Georgia’s presidential primary. Continue reading...
30 March 1990: Compromise over what to call Czechoslovakia after the fall of the communist government
When the Czecho-Slovak Republic was established in 1918 it was spelled with the hyphen, but in 1921 the government renamed the country Czechoslovakia. After the collapse of Communist rule at the end of 1989, the Slovaks demanded that the hyphen be reinstated. On 1 January 1993, the country separated into two new states, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Czechoslovak parliament, unable to agree on a new official name for the country, compromised yesterday by choosing two. Continue reading...
The RBA begged the government for stimulus to kickstart the economy – to no avail. But coronavirus has seen a radical change in thinking
On 12 March Scott Morrison came to his courtyard with $17.6bn. A week later the Reserve Bank of Australia cut the cash rate to 0.25% and pumped more than $100bn into the financial system in an effort to keep struggling businesses afloat and stave off substantial job losses.
On 22 March Morrison returned to his courtyard with another $66bn. Then on 30 March, Monday, the prime minister came back with $130bn for wage subsidies. Monday’s $130bn will be spent not over the four-year forward estimates, which is the budgetary convention. It will be spent over the next six months. Continue reading...
Spain's total number of coronavirus cases rose to 85,195 on Monday from 78,797 on Sunday, the country's health ministry said, as the infections surpassed those reported in China, at 81,470 according to the latest data.
Iran's death toll from the new coronavirus has increased to 2,757 with 117 new deaths in the past 24 hours, a health ministry spokesman told state TV on Monday, adding that the total number of cases has climbed to 41,495.
Moscow is intending to "practically fully control the movement of citizens" to enforce quarantine measures as the Russian capital begins a full lockdown.
Countries affected by the novel coronavirus entered another week of strict quarantine measures and several nations introduced new economic stimulus to aid citizens and companies hit by the pandemic.
Missiles fired at Riyadh and ‘sensitive’ sites near Yemen border
Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels launched ballistic missiles towards the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, and southern areas near the Yemeni border on Saturday night.
Related: Revealed: £1bn of taxpayers' cash to help foreign countries buy British arms Continue reading...
Austria will require the public to wear basic face masks in supermarkets, where they will be handed out probably from Wednesday in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday.
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North Korea said the United States will not drop its hostile policy, even though their two leaders have a good relationship, state media KCNA said on Monday.
The number of people who have died in Spain after testing positive for coronavirus has risen by 812 in the past day to a total of 7,340.
Japan has no plan to declare a state of emergency from April, its top government spokesman said on Monday, seeking to dispel mounting fears a recent spike in coronavirus cases could lead to a first-ever lockdown of the capital, Tokyo.
A top Japanese doctor on Monday called on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to issue an emergency decree to fight the coronavirus before it was too late.
Unconfirmed reports of deaths as inmates overwhelm SDF guards in city of Hasakah
Several members of Islamic State have escaped from prison after militants sparked a riot and seized control of part of a large jail in north-east Syria, Kurdish and US military sources have said.
Prisoners broke down walls and tore off internal doors during the unrest on Sunday night at Ghouiran prison in the city of Hasakah, overwhelming guards from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Washington’s Kurdish-led ground partner in the fight against Isis. Continue reading...
Thailand reported 136 new coronavirus cases and two new deaths on Monday, raising the total number of infections to 1,524 and fatalities to nine.
Malaysia reported 156 new coronavirus cases and three deaths on Monday, taking the total number of infections to 2,626, which continues to be the highest in Southeast Asia.
George Soros, the 89-year-old billionaire financier, said on Monday his Open Society Foundations would contribute 1 million euros (894,987.49 pounds) to Budapest's fight against coronavirus.
South Korea will make emergency cash payments to all but the richest families and draw up a second supplementary budget next month in a bid to ease the drawn-out economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, President Moon Jae-in said on Monday.
Vietnam has asked local mask producers to ramp up their production to make 5 million masks a day, the government said on Monday, as coronavirus cases in the country rise to 200.
Aboriginal man was arrested and detained in regional Victoria on Thursday and was taken to hospital later that day
An Aboriginal man has died in custody after his “condition deteriorated” in a regional Victoria police station last week.
Police said the man, aged 30, was arrested on Thursday in Horsham, about 300km northwest of Melbourne, for allegedly breaching a court order. Continue reading...
An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tested positive for coronavirus but initial findings indicate she had not posed an infection risk to the 70-year-old leader, officials said on Monday.
Indonesia confirmed 129 new coronavirus infections on Monday, taking the total to 1,414 in the Southeast Asian country, said a health ministry official.
Choi Young-eun is so concerned about her teenagers' education as South Korea's schools stay shut that she has been sending them to a private tuition centre to make sure they don't miss out.
Singapore's high court upheld on Monday a rarely-used law that criminalises sex between men, dismissing three appeals that argued it was unconstitutional.
The Philippines' health ministry on Monday reported seven new coronavirus deaths and 128 more infections.
Singapore's high court on Monday upheld a law that criminalizes sex between men, dismissing three appeals that argued it was unconstitutional, although prosecutions under the law are rare.
A summary of the major developments in the coronavirus outbreak across Australia
Good evening, and welcome to our daily roundup of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in Australia. These are the main stories on Monday 30 March. Continue reading...
Australia will spend A$130 billion ($79.85 billion) (64.50 billion pounds) to subsidise the wages of an estimated 6 million people, marking a third tranche of stimulus designed to limit the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic on the country's economy.
Japan's top government spokesman said on Monday there was no truth to rumours the government was planning to declare a state of emergency from April 1 to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Singapore's highest court upheld a law that criminalises sex between men, according to two lawyers involved in the hearings, dismissing three separate appeals that argued that the legislation was unconstitutional.
From the stage of an evangelical superchurch, the leader of the gospel choir kicked off an evening of prayer and preaching: "We're going to celebrate the Lord! Are you feeling the joy tonight?"