The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to spread, having infected almost 870,000 people in the US and more than 1,200,000 in Europe. The total numbers globally stand at around 2,730,000 infected, while the death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 192,000 as of 24 April, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States occupies first place in terms of the number of fatalities and confirmed cases, while in Europe, Spain and Italy continue to be the main centres of the outbreak.
Most countries have introduced lockdowns and social distancing measures to curb the health crisis. For now, the world is waiting for the peak of the outbreak and further recovery from the pandemic. In the meantime, the disease has also resulted in serious economic decline, which has led to a collapse of the oil markets and jeopardised industries across the world.
The United Kingdom recently surpassed Italy in terms of fatalities, reaching 30,000 deaths and becoming the second worst-hit country in the world after the United States. At the same time, Britain has also moved into fourth in terms of the number of cases with more than 200,000 infected in the country.
Unlike its European neighbours Sweden has not opted for a strict COVID lockdown: and although all public gatherings of more than 50 people are banned and people are largely encouraged to stay home, restaurants and bars are open and children are still attending schools. Swedish academics have weighed up the pros and the cons of Stockholm's model.
The pandemic is nearing the 4-million mark, with over 3,750,000 infected and 263,000 fatalities worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States tops the list with 1.2 million confirmed cases and more than 75,000 deaths. New York remains the city most affected by the virus.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed over 257,000 people worldwide as of Wednesday, but the death rates vary significantly between countries and over time.
With the world of sport having been turned upside down by the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, with events being cancelled in order to protect public health, the governing bodies of various professional sports leagues throughout Europe, are now deliberating over whether to resume competition.
The spate of recriminations over the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic escalated last week after the US president accused China of 'concealing' the outbreak and mismanaging its containment, going so far as to claim the pandemic was the result of a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Chinese officials have forcefully denounced the claims.
Earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany will contribute €525 Mln for coronavirus response purposes, while vaccines against the disease that the European Union is planning to develop will be available globally.
Young people in the UK’s job prospects could be scarred for years unless the government provides job guarantees or incentives for school leavers and graduates to stay on in education, a think tank warns.
Earlier, the Committee on Finance in Sweden’s Riksdagen made a plea to prohibit dividends for companies that have been appealing for state aid during COVID-19 health crisis in a bid to stay afloat during economic turmoil. This measure, however, still was not introduced
While scientists' attention is focused on a vaccine for the new coronavirus, politicians have begun raising questions as to where the virus came from. As the blame game goes international, a high-security lab at the epicentre of the pandemic in China has risen from obscurity.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday he was frustrated to see the National Health Service struggling to obtain personal protective equipment for workers dealing with the pandemic.
In late April, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered an address to the nation via a video conference on the situation around the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, stressing that self-isolation measures should be extended until at least 11 May.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian government has prolonged the lockdown until 17 May, however, the extension came along with partial relaxations including allowing the sale of alcohol.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Defence Ministry will start on Thursday withdrawing from Italy the nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) protection troops that provided COVID-19 response assistance to the country, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
Although Moscow has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in recent days, the capital-based COVID-19 response centre says that the rapid growth in new cases of infection can be explained by a double-digit increase in coronavirus testing.
Earlier, former leader of the US federal vaccine agency Dr. Rick Bright claimed he was sidelined as “retaliatory treatment” for raising science-based concerns about White House policies on treating COVID-19 and vaccines.
Finland is one of the least-hit Nordic nations amid the ongoing pandemic, with 5,412 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 246 deaths; it has already started to lift the restrictions, but pundits predict a grim economic outlook.
Frontline healthcare workers are facing a spike in mental health concerns due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a major UK think tank report.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill, with dozens of nations introducing social distancing norms, lockdowns, and travel bans. While helping reduce the spread of the disease, these have had a crippling effect on the global economy.
If a poor economy forces budget cuts in the near future, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has picked out “dozens” of legacy programs to trim instead of risking the Pentagon’s sweeping modernization programs, he said on Monday.