UK mulls advice on face coverings while saving masks for NHS

The U.K. is considering changing its guidance on people covering their faces to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, while protecting the supply of protective equipment to frontline health and

Japan’s gamblers are ignoring Abe’s toothless emergency order

Lines outside Tokyo’s pachinko parlors show the limits of Japan’s ability to enforce social distancing, just as the country heads into a series of holidays that could be key to

Dentists, hair salons, beaches: Lockdowns ease but not in US

Tattoo parlors and hair salons in Denmark. Beaches in Australia. Bookstores in Germany. Nations around the world took advantage yesterday of their flattening coronavirus infection curves to tentatively ease lockdowns,

Singapore reports a record 1,426 new cases, total near 8,000

Singapore reported a record 1,426 new coronavirus cases on Monday, mostly among foreign workers, pushing its total number of confirmed infections to 7,984. The tiny city-state now has the highest number

Analysis | Losing face: The rise of the mask, and what’s lost behind it

On Saturday afternoons, the Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh becomes a jam-packed hub of old-fashioned shopping. People stride along Penn Avenue, hopping from greengrocer to butcher to fishmonger to Italian

Analysis | With new virus plan, Trump passes buck to states

President Donald Trump’s guidelines for states to reopen their economies had the hallmarks of a permission structure. But what he really created was a blame structure. On Friday, he emphatically embraced

Japan | New wave of infections threatens to collapse hospitals

Hospitals in Japan are increasingly turning away sick people as the country struggles with surging coronavirus infections and its emergency medical system collapses. In one recent case, an ambulance carrying a

The workers who keep Spain going under lockdown

As Spain hunkers down after five weeks of confinement, the brave few keep the country going during a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 20,000 of their fellow citizens. These

Fair to furlough? Massive UK job-saving plan prompts pushback

Britain’s bailout battle is heating up before the first penny has even been paid in an unprecedented effort to save jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic. While more than half of U.K.

Beijing says no plans to limit export of anti-virus supplies

China won’t restrict exports of medical goods needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic, a government spokesman said yesterday, amid global tension over scarce masks and ventilators. China, the biggest maker of

Takeaways from internal documents on China’s virus response

On Jan. 14, China’s top health agency told provincial officials that they were facing a likely epidemic from a new coronavirus — but didn’t alert the public for six days. Internal

Medical intelligence sleuths tracked, warned of new virus

  In late February when President Donald Trump was urging Americans not to panic over the novel coronavirus, alarms were sounding at a little-known intelligence unit situated on a U.S. Army

Africa to roll out more than one million coronavirus tests

More than 1 million coronavirus tests will be rolled out starting next week in Africa to address the “big gap” in assessing the true number of cases on the continent,

China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for six key days

In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease

Trump ends US aid to WHO, says not enough done to stop virus

President Donald Trump said he was cutting off U.S. payments to the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the organization of failing to do enough to stop the

Libertarians debate: How to respond to coronavirus pandemic?

Steve Baker, one of the British parliament’s leading libertarians, was nearly in tears as he addressed the House of Commons in support of a bill that once seemed unthinkable: a

Cuomo says Trump is not a king, can’t force states to reopen

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to morning TV shows yesterday to push back against President Donald Trump’s claim of “total” authority to reopen the nation’s virus-stalled economy, noting that

China moves to block new virus flare-up on Russian border

China is facing a new coronavirus flare-up along its remote northern border with Russia, far from the epicenter of Wuhan, where it has all but declared victory in the battle

Analysis | IMF: Global economy will suffer worst year since Depression

Beaten down by the coronavirus outbreak, the world economy in 2020 will suffer its worst year since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the International Monetary Fund says in its

Health or wealth? Nations pressured to loosen virus rules

As the coronavirus pandemic throws millions out of work and devastates economies worldwide, governments are struggling with the dilemma between keeping people safe from a highly contagious virus and making

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