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INDONESIA The deadly coronavirus may infect as many as 95,000 people in Indonesia by next month before easing, a minister said, as authorities ordered people to wear face masks to

Hong Kong faces delay in giving cash away

Hong Kong was ahead of most of the world when in February it announced a handout of almost $1,300 to residents suffering from a recession worsened by the coronavirus. By

Spain virus cases pass Italy, where daily deaths are falling

Spain’s Covid-19 cases surpassed Italy as Europe’s two main epicenters continue to struggle to curtail the virus, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announcing plans to extend the country’s lockdown until

This Day in history | 1994 Rwanda presidents’ plane ‘shot down’

The presidents of the African states of Rwanda and Burundi have been killed in a plane crash near the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda and Burundi’s Cyprian Ntayamira were

Africa braces for ‘complete collapse of economies’

Some of Uganda’s poorest people used to work here, on the streets of Kampala, as fruit sellers sitting on the pavement or as peddlers of everything from handkerchiefs to roasted

The Buzz | Mexican author calls on writers to ‘document’ pandemic

Cooped up at her Bronx home with her daughter and a niece because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli says she has lowered the “volume and speed” of

Asian Americans mobilize on social media to face off attacks

Kyle Navarro was kneeling down to unlock his bicycle when he noticed an older white man staring at him. Navarro, who is Filipino, tried to ignore him, but that soon

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  CHINA Wang Quanzhang, a well-known Chinese rights lawyer, was released from prison yesterday after being held for more than four years, his wife said. It was unclear whether he would

Chinese smartphone health code rules post-virus life

Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen. Green is the “health code” that says a user is symptom-free and it’s required

Virus masks, apps | The race is on to avoid hidden carriers

The worldwide race to protect people against unwitting coronavirus carriers intensified yesterday, pitting governments against each other as they buy protective gear and prompting new questions about who should wear

Trump’s contradictory views on China shift as crisis grows

President Donald Trump has held an unequivocal position about China and the coronavirus — several of them. Trump initially praised China, then excoriated Beijing after it made unsubstantiated claims that the virus originated

This Day in History | 2000 Asylum voucher scheme enforced

Asylum seekers in the UK will now receive vouchers to buy food and clothes, under controversial plans which have come into effect despite months of criticism. The changes, being introduced under

New York virus toll doubles in 72 hours as hot spots spread

New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900, while the global

The Buzz | Chartered flight bound for London to pick up a group of Chinese students

China says a chartered flight is currently bound for London to pick up a group of Chinese international students who have struggled to return home as Covid-19 spreads around the

Un-baaaaa-lievable: Goats invade locked down Welsh town

Un-BAAAAA-LIEVABLE: This wild bunch is completely ignoring rules on social distancing. With humans sheltering indoors to escape the new coronavirus, mountain goats are taking advantage of the peace and space to

World Briefs

CHINA  yesterday recorded another 35 confirmed and 20 suspected coronavirus cases, all from overseas. Another 55 asymptomatic cases were also recorded, 17 of them imported, bringing to 1,075 the number

World Views | Cash and credit cards are dirty

  Cash is dirty. Credit cards may be even dirtier. That’s a problem in this new germophobic world created by the coronavirus. There will likely be new winners and losers as consumers

The Latest: Nearly 900K lost their jobs in Spain amid virus

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can

China reveals 1,541 symptom-free virus cases under pressure

China said that it’s put 1,541 people infected with the novel coronavirus but who don’t have symptoms under observation as of March 30, a much-anticipated announcement which helps provide a

Fake news or the truth? Russia cracks down on virus postings

Two weeks ago, an opposition-leaning radio station in Russia interviewed political analyst Valery Solovei, who alleged the government was lying when it said no one had died in the country

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