Iran president expects coronavirus restrictions to ease within three weeks

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that social distancing measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the country, including travel restrictions, will apply for only two to three weeks as he expects the crisis to ease by then. Iran “has to do everything necessary to return economic production to normal,” he said in comments broadcast on […]

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Iran releases French academic Roland Marchal: French official

PARIS (Reuters) – Iranian authorities have released French academic Roland Marchal, who has been imprisoned in Iran since June 2019, a French presidency official said on Saturday. Marchal is due to arrive in France around midday on Saturday, the official said. French President Emmanuel Macron urged Iran to also release French citizen Fariba Adelkhah, who is still imprisoned, the official […]

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South Korea advises 15-day facilities suspension as experts prepare for 'long battle' against coronavirus

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea on Saturday advised its public to close facilities and forgo socializing for 15 days, keeping to its policy of voluntary social distancing but warning of consequences if the rules are not followed to slow the coronavirus outbreak. The country reported 147 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, jumping from the previous day’s 87, and experts noted […]

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No deal Brexit planning means Gibraltar is prepared for coronavirus shutdown

Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of the British overseas territory, who rolled out wide-ranging measures to curb the spread of the illness on Monday, including instructing people over the age of 70 to stay in their homes. But Mr Picardo also said the Rock’s proactive approach to Brexit stood it in good stead in the face of the current global crisis. […]

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China’s imported coronavirus cases jump again as students, expats flock home

China reported a new record rise in imported coronavirus cases on Friday as expatriates returned home from the United States and Europe, sparking fears of a second wave of infections just as the country recovers from the initial outbreak. All 41 of the new confirmed cases in China were imported from abroad, the country’s National Health Commission said on Saturday, […]

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From books to beer, COVID-19 sparks delivery boom in Alberta

With more and more people confined to their homes due to the spread of COVID-19, businesses across Alberta have adapted to fill a growing demand: everywhere from bookstores to breweries are now delivering. For some of those businesses, like Edmonton’s Sea Change Brewing Co., the change in direction happened out of necessity and almost instantaneously. “We basically became a drop […]

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South Korea says detected North Korea missile fire 'inapproriate' amid coronavirus

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired two projectiles that appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday, South Korea’s military said, calling the action “highly inappropriate” given the global coronavirus pandemic. The suspected missiles were fired around 6:45-50 a.m. KST into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula from around Sonchon, North Pyongan province, South Korea’s Joint […]

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China shows coronavirus CAN be beaten claims global health chief

Speaking at a virtual news conference in Geneva on Friday WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Yesterday, Wuhan reported no new cases for the first time since the outbreak started. “Wuhan provides hope for the rest of the world that even the most severe situation can be turned around. “Of course, we must exercise caution: the situation can reverse. But the […]

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