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Keep global food supply chains intact, WTO, U.N. agencies urge

2020.03.31 19:05 GMT

Food supply chains must be protected from any trade-related measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, the heads of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and U.N. food and health agencies said on Tuesday, warning of possible shortages and price spikes.

Italy sees 812 more coronavirus deaths, but new cases fall steeply

2020.03.30 17:35 GMT

Italy looks certain to remain under lockdown for at least two more weeks, officials said on Monday, with the number of new coronavirus cases yet to show a decisive decline.

Vincent van Gogh painting is stolen from Dutch museum closed due to coronavirus

2020.03.30 15:18 GMT

A Vincent van Gogh painting was stolen today in a raid at a Dutch museum which is closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Daily Mail reports.

Britain orders 10,000 ventilators in fight against coronavirus

2020.03.29 15:17 GMT

Britain has placed an order for 10,000 ventilators to be made by a consortium of companies including Ford, Airbus, and Rolls-Royce as part of efforts to fight the coronavirus, an industry source said in a statement, Reuters reports.

COVID-19 death toll exceeds 10,000 in Italy

2020.03.28 18:58 GMT

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 10,023 lives in locked-down Italy until Saturday with the cumulative total infections reaching 92,472, according to new data released by the Civil Protection Department, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

COVID-19 relief bill totaling $2.2 trillion signed into law by Trump

2020.03.28 20:59 GMT

US President Donald Trump has signed into law a $2 trillion relief package aimed at assuaging the economic and fiscal chaos wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shuttered businesses across the country, sent millions of families home with truncated paychecks and plunged Wall Street into a panic, Sputnik reports.

Coronavirus cases top half a million, protective gear lacking: WHO

2020.03.27 18:49 GMT

Coronavirus has infected more than half a million people and killed 20,000 worldwide, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as he appealed again for protective gear for medical staff working to save lives, Reuters reports.

Spain reports 769 new coronavirus deaths but says daily rise stabilizing

2020.03.27 15:44 GMT

Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 769 overnight to 4,858, but a senior health official said the daily increase in the number of fatalities was stabilizing, according to Reuters.

Coronavirus cases exceeds 500,000 around the world

2020.03.26 19:36 GMT

There are now more than 500,000 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus globally, according to Johns Hopkins University, APA reports.

Spain’s coronavirus death toll tops 4,000, with over 56,000 cases reported

2020.03.26 12:28 GMT

The coronavirus death toll in Spain surged to 4,089 after 655 people died within 24 hours, and the number of confirmed cases rose to 56,188, the health ministry said on Thursday, France 24 reported.

COVID-19 death toll hits 46 in Brazil

2020.03.25 06:38 GMT

The death toll from COVID-19 in Brazil has climbed to 46, with a total of 2,201 people infected, the Brazilian Health Ministry said on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.

Albert II, Prince of Monaco, tested positive for Covid-19

2020.03.19 15:26 GMT

Prince of Monaco, Albert II, has tested positive for Covid-19, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Global unemployment could surge by 25 million as virus hits economy

2020.03.19 20:52 GMT

An extra 25 million people around the world could become unemployed as the coronavirus ravages the global economy, the International Labour Organisation has warned, according to the Telegraph.

Italy coronavirus death toll rises by 475 in a day

2020.03.18 18:09 GMT

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has surged in the last 24 hours by 475 to 2,978, an increase of 19%, the biggest jump in numerical terms since the contagion came to light last month, officials said on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Canada unveils C$27 billion aid package amid coronavirus outbreak

2020.03.18 16:50 GMT

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said his government would provide C$27 billion ($18.6 billion) in stimulus directly to families and businesses struggling because of the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reports,

WHO urges Europe to take "boldest" actions against COVID-19 epidemic

2020.03.17 19:50 GMT

Every country in Europe should be taking the “boldest” actions possible to try to halt or slow the epidemic of COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s European director said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

'Test, test, test': WHO chief's coronavirus message to world

2020.03.16 18:38 GMT

The World Health Organization called on all countries on Monday to ramp up their testing programs as the best way to slow the advance of the coronavirus pandemic and also urged companies to boost production of vital equipment to overcome acute shortages, according to Reuters.

Europe mulls shutting external borders in fight against coronavirus

2020.03.16 16:47 GMT

Europe proposed shutting its external borders to foreigners for 30 days on Monday in a bid to turn the page on its scramble to contain the coronavirus, but it drew criticism for doing too little, too late, Reuters reports.

Ukraine to suspend all passenger flights from March 17

2020.03.14 20:31 GMT

Ukraine will suspend all passenger flights from March 17, Interfax Ukraine quoted Parliament Speaker Dmytro Razumkov as saying on Friday evening, according to Reuters.

Trump declares national emergency to combat coronavirus pandemic

2020.03.13 19:49 GMT

US President Donald Trump declared the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to be a "national emergency" on Friday, opening up billions of dollars in aid for US states and giving the health and human services secretary broad new powers to fight the outbreak.

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