Sweden takes different approach to tackling the outbreak as numbers rise

Sweden has taken a business-as-usual approach to tackling the coronavirus pandemic, which is coming in for growing criticism as the death toll rises, according to reports. The country has not implemented any social-distancing measures or curfews as other countries have to help slow the spread. Neit


UK PM Johnson stays in isolation as Queen prepares to address the nation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he was remaining in isolation with mild symptoms of COVID-19, including a raised temperature, seven days after he first tested positive for the new coronavirus which causes the respiratory disease. With the country nearing the end of its second we


France extends coronavirus ‘stay-at-home’ lockdown order until at least April 15

France is extending by two weeks until at least April 15 its stay-at-home order for all people to curtail the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Friday. President Emmanuel Macron had ordered people in France to stay at home from March 17 for two weeks for all but essential t


Merkel’s coronavirus test came back negative for second time

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has tested negative for coronavirus for a second time and will undergo another test at the beginning of next week, a government spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday. Merkel has been self-quarantining and working from home after receiving a vaccination from a do


Grandmother, 95, becomes the oldest person in Italy to recover from coronavirus after being diagnosed with it earlier this month

A 95-year-old grandmother who was diagnosed with the coronavirus this month has become the oldest patient in the Italian province of Modena to recover from the illness. Alma Clara Corsini, from Fanano, was rushed to a hospital in the city's northern province of Pavullo on March 5 after showing sign


80,000 EU citizens stranded abroad from coronavirus travel shutdown

An estimated 80,000 EU citizens around the world are stranded abroad waiting to get back into Europe amid a travel shut-down from the coronavirus outbreak, officials have estimated. EU leaders last night agreed to close the bloc's borders for 30 days to all but non-essential travel, in a bid to slo


Brother of 2017 UK Manchester suicide bomber found guilty of murder

The brother of the bomber who blew himself up at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in the English city of Manchester three years ago has been found guilty of murdering the 22 victims, the BBC reported on Tuesday. Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton born to Libyan parents, detonated his bomb at Man


France asks airlines to help citizens stuck in Morocco amid coronavirus fears

France has asked airlines to help bring back thousands of French citizens stuck in Morocco after the North African country halted flights because of the coronavirus, French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said on Sunday. Morocco suspended all international passenger flights on Sunday afte


Coronavirus death toll in Italy jumps to 1,441

The death toll in Italy’s coronavirus outbreak rose to 1,441 on Saturday, up almost 14 percent from the 1,266 total reported a day earlier, the civil protection authority said on Saturday. The total number of cases rose to 21,157 from 17,660, the authority said. Italy remains the worst affect


Coronavirus death toll jumps to 107 in Italy, all schools shut

Italy closed all schools and universities and prepared other emergency measures on Wednesday to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Europe’s worst-hit country as the death toll and number of cases jumped.The total number of dead in Italy rose to 107 after 28 people died of the highly


Fourth coronavirus death confirmed in France

A fourth person has died in France due to a coronavirus infection, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. It gave no detail on the person’s age or nationality. On Monday evening, French health authorities reported 191 confirmed cases of coronavirus and said three people had died so far from the


UK confirms four new coronavirus cases, total now 40

British health authorities said on Monday there had been four more confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 40. Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer of England, said the four new patients had recently travelled from Italy. Earlier on Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sai


France bans public gatherings of more than 5,000 due to coronavirus

The French government banned public gatherings with more than 5,000 people on Saturday due to the coronavirus outbreak as France reported 16 new cases. “All public gatherings of more than 5,000 people in a confined space are temporarily banned across France,” Health Minister Olivier Ver


British man aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship dies of coronavirus

A British man who was infected by the coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has died, bringing the death toll among passenger from the vessel to six, Kyodo newswire reported. He was the first foreign passenger to die, Kyodo said.  


EU leaders at odds over filling €75bn Brexit shortfall

A summit to fix the EU’s long-term budget looked in danger of ending in failure after less than a day of talks, with leaders miles apart on how to fill the €75bn (£63bn) hole left by Brexit. As sources predicted a potential early close in Brussels, the European council president, C


We won't budge on escaping EU rules, says UK's Brexit negotiator

The democratic consent of the British public would “snap dramatically and finally” if the UK continued to be tied to EU rules, Boris Johnson’s chief Brexit negotiator has said. In his first public speech since his appointment to the role, David Frost said Downing Street was not en


What to expect from the Munich Security Conference?

The wars in Libya and Yemen, brewing tensions elsewhere in the Middle East and India's lockdown of Kashmir are among the most pressing geopolitical concerns as world leaders and diplomats prepare to rub shoulders at the Munich Security Conference, often regarded as the Davos of security and foreign


Irish vote may end Varadkar's spell as PM as Sinn Fein surges

Irish voters look likely to dump Prime Minister Leo Varadkar from power on Saturday in an election that could alter the political landscape with a surge by Sinn Fein, which has struck a chord among younger voters.The nationalist Sinn Fein party is unlikely to enter government, with opinion polls poi





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