Nations all over the world have been put on lockdown due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.
Governments in many countries have decided to shut their borders, scrap public gatherings, big events and festivals, and urged citizens to stay at home as COVID-19 continues to rage across the globe.
In December 2019, China informed the World Health Organisation (WHO) about an outbreak of a yet unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central province of Hubei. On 11 March, the WHO declared the outbreak of the disease, caused by a new strain of coronavirus, a pandemic. Almost 600,000 people have been infected in 199 countries worldwide, and over 27,000 have died.
The coronavirus crisis has led to the cancellation of most international flights, massively reducing the amount of heroin and cocaine which can be smuggled. US President Donald Trump has sent warships to the Caribbean amid fears Latin American drug cartels are sending more narcotics by sea.
The UK government is planning to step up testing and carry out a survey of how the virus is spreading across the country to find a way out of the steep economic downturn. British academics Geraint Johnes and Alex de Ruyter have explained why British "immunity passports" could become a game changer.
Numerous countries have closed their borders and introduced severe quarantine measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, and now many nations are trying to produce more ventilators to help those infected who can't breathe due to the disease.
At this difficult time, the British monarch will purportedly be handed a nation-unifying role, and urge citizens to scale up their individual efforts to curb the pandemic, as the latter has deeply affected not only the general public but NHS personnel.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian private arms company ORSIS, which is suffering serious losses due to the coronavirus outbreak, has requested the Moscow Mayor's Office and the Russian government to waive taxes and provide soft loans for the period of self-isolation, Vladimir Zlobin, the company's general director, said.
The US has refused to lift sanctions against Iran amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, which limits Tehran's access to medical supplies and needed equipment and forced it to fight the virus on its own without international support.
A total of 300,915 COVID-19 infections have been reported in the US, and at least 8,162 people have died from the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has recently exceeded 300,000, according to the latest count by Johns Hopkins University.
ROME (Sputnik) - Italy’s COVID-19 death toll has surged past 15,000 as 681 more people have died after contracting the disease, Angelo Borrelli, the head of the National Civil Protection Department, announced on Saturday, adding that the daily rise in fatalities was slowing.
Russia sent over 100 medical experts and 15 planeloads of equipment to Italy last month to help it in its battle against the new coronavirus, with the Mediterranean nation remaining in the top tier in total infections and fatalities.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US sanctions are drastically hindering Iran’s ability to combat the spread of COVID-19, which has already killed more than 3,000 people in the country, the Iranian ambassador to Belgium, Gholamhossein Dehghani, wrote in a letter to the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US state of New York has recorded its largest daily increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases as 10,841 positive tests were reported on Saturday, with the death toll also rising by 630, State Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
This week, several mobile towers in the UK, some of them confirmed to be 5G, were reportedly set alight, as conspiracy theories linking 5G to the coronavirus pandemic continue to circulate.
Blooming cherry blossoms show that the spring has arrived, carrying with it warm and sunny days. Some parts of the world saw the blooming cherry blossoms earlier than expected. In the US the peak of the bloom took place on 20 March, the earliest since 2012.
The day before, Moscow's COVID-19 response centre said that people younger than 45 account for nearly 50 percent of the new coronavirus patients registered in the Russian capital, with the infection confirmed in 17 more children.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian government has taken a two-day pause to clear up the situation with nationals stranded abroad due to COVID-19 limitations on air traffic and will come back with a schedule of repatriation on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said.
According to Russia's Health Ministry, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country currently stands at 4,731, with 43 deaths.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Spain has resorted to some of the toughest lockdown measures in the world to try to slow the spread of the virus.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The majority of COVID-19 cases reported in Russia, 2,854 since the start of the outbreak, have been transferred locally by contact and 808 cases of the disease have been imported to the country, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said on Saturday.
The day before, Russian MMA fighter of Dagestani origin Khabib Nurmagomedov called Irish fighter Conor "The Notorious" McGregor an "old prostitute who wants attention."