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WHO urges countries to 'wake up' and halt virus

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:14 AM

'People need to wake up. The data is not lying. The situation on the ground is not lying,' WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan says at a briefing hosted by the UN correspondents' association in Geneva

WAKE UP, HALT VIRUS. WHO Health Emergencies Program head Michael Ryan attends a press conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, on July 3, 2020 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S. heads into Independence Day besieged by virus, Europe reopens

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:52 AM

With beaches closed and officials urging Americans to stay home, the somber mood heading into what is usually a weekend of barbecues and sunshine underscores the struggle to extinguish the coronavirus

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Air France, Hop! to shed 7,580 jobs

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:50 AM

The planned job cuts amount to 16% of Air France's staff and 40% of those at Hop! – part of measures 'on an unprecedented scale'

AIR FRANCE. An Airbus A330 of the airline. Photo from Air France website

Spain to create 10-billion-euro fund for firms in trouble

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Companies benefiting will be those seen as of strategic importance working in sectors such as security, health, infrastructure, and communications

FREE. People walk on a road turned into a pedestrian street on weekends in Barcelona on May 24, 2020 as the country slowly loosens a strict coronavirus lockdown. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Virus hands Japan pension fund worst loss since 2008 crisis

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:55 PM

Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund records losses amounting to 8.28 trillion yen ($77 billion) for the fiscal year that ended in March 2020

BUSINESS IN JAPAN. A face mask-clad vendor stands in Tokyo's Tsukiji area on March 13, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

EU authorizes use of remdesivir to treat coronavirus

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:19 PM

'Today's authorization of a first medicine to treat COVID-19 is an important step forward in the fight against this virus,' says EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides

REMDESIVIR. This file photograph taken on April 8, 2020, shows vials of the drug 'remdesivir' during a press conference concerning the start of a study with the Ebola drug to treat severely ill patients afflicted with coronavirus COVID-19, at The University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany, amidst the global pandemic. File photo by Ulrich Perrey/Pool/AFP

As U.S. struggles with virus, Trump heads to Rushmore for fireworks

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Will Trump speak about the pandemic that has claimed nearly 130,000 American lives, and the resurgence of cases in the country's south and west?

SOLID ROCK. The Mount Rushmore National Monument is seen from the visitors center in Keystone, South Dakota on July 2, 2020. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

U.S. Treasury agrees on loan terms with 5 airlines

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The United States Treasury says American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Sky West Airlines, and Spirit Airlines agreed to the government's terms

Image from American Airlines website

England begins lifting coronavirus quarantine

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation,' Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says

A still image of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with a message of hope from her special address to the nation is seen on the giant billboard in Piccadilly Square, central London on April 18, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. - The number of people in Britain who have died in hospital from coronavirus has risen by 888 to 15,464, according to daily health ministry figures on Saturday. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

Africa airline industry lost $55 billion from virus shutdowns

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The African Union says 'there are airlines that may not survive COVID-19'

CRUCIAL CARGO. A consignment of masks, testing kits, and protective gear, a donation from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, are unloaded from an Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane on March 24, 2020, after it arrived in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Airbus seeks aid to minimize job cuts as workers fret

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Airbus says thousands of jobs could be saved if the German and French governments extend aid

AIRBUS. In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019, an Airbus plane is seen at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

U.S. marks record 53,069 coronavirus cases in 24 hours – tracker

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Florida is a key focus of public health experts worried about a surge in southern and western US states and it now has more than 169,000 cases

TOURING. A tour operator, wearing a protective mask, gestures as he leads a tour near the US Capitol in Washington, DC . Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Stocks climb on U.S. jobs recovery, vaccine hope

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The tech-dominated Nasdaq ends with another record-high finish, while the Dow gains 0.4% on Thursday, July 2, shrugging off a worsening coronavirus situation

People walk near the The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Wall Street on June 29, 2020 in New York City. - Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic struggled Monday to rebound from last week's losses as optimism over easing lockdowns was torpedoed by fear over surging coronavirus infections. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

London hospital sees spike in child abuse during lockdown

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:11 AM

Clinical examinations reveal symptoms including bleeding in the eyes, bruising, and scalp swelling, while X-rays or CAT scans show brain hemorrhaging, internal bleeding, and skull fractures

Current dominant strain of COVID-19 more infectious than original – study

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:04 AM

The genetic variation of the novel coronavirus that dominates the world today infects human cells more readily than the original that emerged in China, a new study says

People wearing protective mask walks in front of a tarpaulin with an image of a surgical mask with insirational message at a mall in Makati City on June 2, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Trump cheers U.S. jobs surge in June 2020 despite rising virus count

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:50 PM

(UPDATED) The United States' unemployment rate drops to 11.1% in June 2020, but economists fear the spike in coronavirus cases could hurt recovery

People walk on a street near Herald Square on June 25, 2020 in New York City. - New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers June 22 as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its return to normalcy, even as other US states were seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Canada trade deficit shrinks as exports rebound

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Exports jump 6.7% to $34.6 billion, as 8 of Canada's 11 export sectors bounce back in May 2020

TRADE. A container terminal in Vancouver, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. trade deficit widens as virus hits exports

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:45 PM

United States exports are down 4.4% to $144.5 billion, while imports fall 0.9% to $199.1 billion in May 2020

U.S. TRADE. Chinese shipping containers are stored beside a US flag after they were unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California, on May 14, 2019. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Quarantines hurting Middle East aviation recovery – IATA

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Air Transport Association urges governments to 'implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival,' warning of the policy's impact on the aviation industry

ETIHAD. An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo from airline's website

India opens vast railway network to private players

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:30 PM

The Indian government invites firms to bid as it plans to allow them to run trains along 109 routes

ALL ABOARD. Migrant workers and families wave from the windows of a special train from Amritsar to Barauni of Bihar state as they go back to their hometowns after the government eased a nationwide lockdown. Photo by Nardiner Nanu/AFP

Small business owners hold their breath post-confinement

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The post-confinement world remains a deeply uncertain one, with many business owners battling for survival

This photograph taken on June 18, 2020 shows Managing Director of 'Dibbo Fashion Ltd' Rubel Ahmed (R) inspecting a sweater while labourers work at a garment factory as it has reopened after being close during a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka. - After months of economic turmoil triggered by the long coronavirus lockdown, battered small and medium-sized businesses are attempting to pick up the pieces. The post-confinement world remains a deeply uncertain one, with many business owners battling for survival and hoping they can hang on long enough to benefit from an economic upturn, when it comes. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP) / To go with 'EPIDEMIC-HEALTH-BUSINESS' FOCUS

Green light for Amsterdam's red light district after virus shutdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:22 PM

The Netherlands ordered all brothels closed in mid-March and had originally planned to keep them shut until September, but decides to bring the date forward as COVID-19 cases dropped

REOPENS. People walk in the red light district of Amsterdam on July 1, 2020, as Dutch brothels reopened today after a long coronavirus shutdown, with sex workers and clients having to observe new rules to prevent COVID-19 infection. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Slow takeoff for aviation in Europe

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association fears 'the worst may be yet to come' in the European aviation industry, with millions of jobs at risk

A passenger waits at the boarding gate at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, on June 15, 2020 as Brussels Airport reopens for travels within Europe and the Schengen zone, after a months-long closure aimed at stemming the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Auschwitz museum reopens to visitors after lockdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Poland's Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum already has over 1,000 local and foreign visitors booked for tours since reopening after 4 months under lockdown

North American trade pact takes effect in pandemic-ravaged world

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:55 AM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement replaces the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement at a time when the world is suffering from the coronavirus pandemic

US President Donald Trump holds up the signed United States - Mexico -Canada Trade Agreement, known as USMCA, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 29, 2020. - The USMCA, the fruit of years of negotiation between the three key trading partners, is billed as an update to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump had long lambasted as a job killer and threatened to scrap outright. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Unpopular New Zealand health minister quits after coronavirus lapse

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:23 AM

'It's essential our health leadership has the confidence of the New Zealand public," says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

SAFE FOR NOW. New Zealand Health Minister David Clark remains in his job after being criticized for breaching protocols implemented amid coronavirus outbreak. Photo from Labour website

Uruguay rides out coronavirus threat without imposing a lockdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:13 AM

Uruguay currently has just 83 active cases, while its giant neighbor Brazil is the world's worst-hit country after the United States

MASKED. A sculpture in honor of Spanish-born Uruguayan teacher Enriqueta Compte y Rique is seen with face masks at a park in Montevideo on June 3, 2020. Photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP

U.S. sees record 52,000 new virus cases in 24 hours – Johns Hopkins

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:48 AM

This brings the total number of cases since the pandemic reached the United States to 2,682,270

MASK. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2020 US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue puts on a face mask. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Mexican inmates die after drinking anti-virus gel

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:41 AM

The men thought the gel would have the same effects as an alcoholic drink, state authorities say

Ecuador's Health Minister personnel gives gel alcohol to those entering the Carondelet presidential palace, as preventive measure against the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, in Quito, on March 10, 2020. (Photo by Rodrigo BUENDIA / AFP)

Nasdaq ends at fresh records as European bourses retreat

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The Nasdaq rises 1% on Wednesday, July 1, even as the United States confronts a worsening coronavirus outbreak in much of the country

A view of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen at Wall Street on June 29, 2020 in New York City. - Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic struggled Monday to rebound from last week's losses as optimism over easing lockdowns was torpedoed by fear over surging coronavirus infections. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

U.S. private hiring, manufacturing recover in June 2020 after virus plunge

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Data from payroll services firm ADP show private firms in the United States hired 2.4 million workers, while the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index jumps to 52.6%

JOBS. A man wearing a face mask walks past a 'Now Hiring' sign in front of a store amid the coronavirus pandemic in Arlington, Virginia, on May 14, 2020. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

'Urgent' help needed for UK Airbus staff facing redundancy

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The United Kingdom's leading manufacturing union, Unite, describes Airbus' planned layoffs as an 'act of industrial vandalism'

AIRBUS. The logo of European aircraft manufacturer Airbus at its Wings Campus in Blagnac, France, on March 7, 2018. Photo by Pascal Pavani/AFP

U.S. buys up COVID-19 drug, as some countries say they are well-stocked

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:18 AM

Washington announces it had purchased 92% of all remdesivir production by the Gilead laboratory until the end of September – about 500,000 treatments out of nearly 550,000

One vial of the drug Remdesivir lies during a press conference about the start of a study with the Ebola drug Remdesivir in particularly severely ill patients at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 8, 2020, amidst the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ulrich Perrey / POOL / AFP)

Over 160,000 coronavirus cases reported every day in past week – WHO

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:22 AM

(UPDATED) 'These countries face a long, hard road ahead,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stressing though that 'no matter what situation a country is in, it can be turned around'

PLASTIC. A man waits for a train in a subway station during the coronavirus outbreak on April 13, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

BioNTech, Pfizer report progress in coronavirus vaccine trial

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:14 AM

Known as BNT162b1, it produces antibody responses at or above the levels seen in any convalescent serum – blood from people who have recovered – at relatively low doses

U.N. adopts resolution calling for pandemic-related halt to conflicts

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:12 AM

It is the UN Security Council's first statement on the pandemic and its first real action since the outbreak started

FIRST STATEMENT. In this file photo on April 28, 2017, the UN Security Council holds a ministerial-level meeting. File photo courtesy of UN

Tourism faces minimum $1.2-trillion hit from virus – U.N.

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The world's tourism sector could lose $1.2 trillion due to the coronavirus pandemic – but that's not yet the worst-case scenario

HOLIDAY ISLAND. An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsula along the western coast of Cyprus on May 31, 2020. Photo by Etienne Torbey/AFP

Volkswagen scraps plans for new Turkey factory over virus

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Volkswagen will no longer build a new factory in Turkey which would have employed 4,000 people

VOLKSWAGEN. The company's logo on the roof of its headquarters in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

UK food group eyes 5,000 job cuts on travel fallout

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:20 PM

'COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on the travel industry and on SSP's businesses in all geographies,' says CEO Simon Smith

A pedestrian walks past a closed-down and shuttered Upper Crust food outlet in Charing Cross train station in London on July 1, 2020. - SSP, the British owner of food outlets in railway stations and airports worldwide, said Wednesday it may cut up to 5,000 UK jobs as the coronavirus pandemic keeps customers away. "COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on the travel industry and on SSP's businesses in all geographies," said chief executive Simon Smith, in charge of brands including sandwich chain Upper Crust and Italian takeaway Caffe Ritazza. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Coronavirus turns Chile's middle classes into new poor

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:35 PM

With high levels of debt and no state support, a significant number of the middle class in Chile are left in a vulnerable situation

Chilean engineer Pablo Martinez delivers a personalised gift as part of a new enterprise he started with his wife after being dismissed from his job due to the new coronavirus pandemic in Santiago on June 20, 2020. - After the October social uprising many people were left staggering, but the pandemic and the extense quarantine knocked down a large part of the Chilean middle class, which permanent fragility has become evident. (Photo by PABLO COZZAGLIO / AFP)

Japan business confidence worst since 2009 crisis

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:05 PM

The Bank of Japan's Tankan survey in June 2020 shows a reading of -34 among big manufacturers, the lowest since June 2009

COMMERCIAL DISTRICT. This picture, taken on January 25, 2020, shows a general view of skyscrapers in Tokyo's Shinjuku area. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

German unemployment inches up in June 2020

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Germany's labor market 'remains under pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic' but the government's shorter hours scheme 'stabilized' employment

MASKS. A woman checks out face covers on display outside a clothing store in Berlin on April 28, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

State aid helps French car sales bounce back from virus pain

Jul 01, 2020 - 5:30 PM

New car sales in France rise 1.2% in June 2020, a major rebound after the plunge during the coronavirus lockdown

PARTIAL RESUMPTION. An employee of Toyota works on an assembly line in Onnaing, France, on April 21, 2020. Photo by Francois Lo Presti/AFP

Canada extends ban on non-U.S. arrivals by another month

Jul 01, 2020 - 5:02 PM

'Border measures prohibiting foreign nationals from entering Canada from any country other than the United States subject to certain limited exceptions... (have) been extended,' says Canada's public health agency

Officials cheer signs of U.S. rebound; ponder more aid

Jul 01, 2020 - 4:10 PM

'We have entered an important new phase and have done so sooner than expected,' says US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, but he adds the economy cannot fully recover unless COVID-19 is kept in check

RETAIL SALES. A pedestrian walks by a retail store that has reopened in San Francisco, California, on June 16, 2020. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. could hit 100,000 new virus cases a day

Jul 01, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci says the US is headed in the 'wrong direction' on the pandemic and demanded that Americans wear masks and avoid crowds after lax behavior propelled new outbreaks

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Top federal health officials discussed efforts for safely getting back to work and school during the coronavirus pandemic. Al Drago - Pool/Getty Images/AFP POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Goldman Sachs: Requiring masks could save U.S. economic recovery

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Goldman Sachs says a national mask mandate could 'partially substitute' for renewed lockdowns that would otherwise subtract nearly 5% from US growth

MASKS. N95 face masks produced by 3M. Photo from Shutterstock

Saudi triples VAT in unpopular virus-led austerity push

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Retailers in Saudi Arabia report a sharp uptick in sales this week of everything from gold and electronics to cars and building materials, as shoppers sought to stock up before VAT is raised to 15%

Saudis shop at a jewellery shop in the Taiba gold market in the capital Riyadh on June 29, 2020, after authorities announced a 10% increase in the VAT rate, to reach 15%, starting from first of July. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Thailand schools reopen with strict hygiene rules

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Thai authorities recommend that class sizes be restricted to 20-25 students while doorknobs, desks and other areas at risk of spreading infection be sanitized frequently throughout the day

Students arrive at a primary school in Bangkok on July 1, 2020, as schools reopened after being temporarily closed due to the threat of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Pupils in Thailand returned to school on July 1, though with strict rules to prevent fresh coronavirus outbreaks, as the kingdom pushed towards normality with the pandemic raging on beyond its borders. Romeo GACAD / AFP

Africa free-trade vision clouded by virus and pace of talks

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:30 PM

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement is supposed to take operational effect on Wednesday, July 1, but the coronavirus pandemic and slow negotiations hamper the deal

A peanut trader empties a bag filled with peaunuts at a collection point for local traders in the village of Guint Kaye near Kaolack on January 21, 2020. - Senegal is among the world's top exporters of peanuts, which are grown mostly around the central city of Kaolack in the country's so-called "groundnut basin". Huge orders from wealthy Chinese peanut traders have cut Senegal's traditional selling season short this year, rewarding farmers with fat profits but ruining local processors. (Photo by Seyllou / AFP)