Beijing tests food, parcel couriers for coronavirus as city checks widen

BEIJING (Reuters) – Officials in Beijing are carrying out nucleic acid tests on all food and parcel delivery personnel as they ramp up efforts to rein in an outbreak of the coronavirus in the Chinese capital, state-backed Beijing News reported on Saturday. Officials have been expanding testing across the city of 20 million since a cluster of new infections linked

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WHO's Kluge warns against further lifting of lockdown in England: Guardian

(Reuters) – The coronavirus induced lockdown in England should not be further lifted until the government’s contact-tracing system proves to be “robust and effective”, the World Health Organization’s regional European director Hans Kluge said. In an interview bit.ly/2MYn0hK with the Guardian newspaper, Kluge also cautioned that Britain remained in a “very active phase of the pandemic” and warned against rushing

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WHO hopes to work with U.S. on Ebola despite Trump criticism

GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) – The World Health Organization hopes to work “side by side” with the United States to contain an outbreak of Ebola in Congo, its chief said on Wednesday, despite their differences over the new coronavirus. President Donald Trump said last month he was ending the U.S. relationship with the WHO over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But

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Brazil's Bolsonaro tells actress to 'get out' after she criticizes pandemic response

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro told an actress to “get out of here” after she criticized his response to the coronavirus pandemic in a gathering outside his official residence on Wednesday morning. Cris Bernart told Bolsonaro that Brazil’s estimated 38,000 deaths from COVID-19 were not just statistics but families across the country who were suffering. Bolsonaro, who has

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Hungary, Croatia to lift border restrictions from Friday

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary and Croatia will lift restrictions on cross-border travel from Friday as the novel coronavirus pandemic has subsided and remains under control in both countries, Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday. Szijjarto said in a Facebook video that previous border openings with Austria, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic had not caused a spike

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China, scientists dismiss Harvard study suggesting COVID-19 was spreading in Wuhan in August

LONDON (Reuters) – Beijing dismissed as “ridiculous” a Harvard Medical School study of hospital traffic and search engine data that suggested the new coronavirus may already have been spreading in China last August, and scientists said it offered no convincing evidence of when the outbreak began. The research, which has not been peer-reviewed by other scientists, used satellite imagery of

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Mexico coronavirus peak still weeks away, pandemic czar says

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – New coronavirus cases in Mexico will keep rising for weeks to come, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said on Tuesday, after the number of confirmed cases exceeded several expected peaks for the country in recent weeks. “We still haven’t reached the maximum point,” Lopez-Gatell said at a regular news conference. “For several more weeks, we will

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'A dream come true' as visitors return to Spanish nursing home

NAVALCARNERO, Spain (Reuters) – The sounds of tears and laughter rang through the Casaverde nursing home in Navalcarnero outside Madrid on Monday, as residents received their first visitors since the facility was locked down in March. Facing each other from opposite ends of two large tables pushed together to ensure adequate distancing, Pepa Plaza and her mother Josefa Vila enjoyed

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China demands proof from U.S. senator for COVID-19 accusation

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Monday challenged U.S. Senator Rick Scott to show evidence supporting his accusation that Beijing is trying to slow down or sabotage the development of a COVID-19 vaccine by western countries. “Since this lawmaker said he has evidence that China is trying to sabotage western countries in their vaccine development, then please let him present the

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