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Coronavirus fear sparks Thai prison riot as cases reach 1,388

Prisoners set fire to the canteen of jail in northeastern Thailand and several inmates escaped during a riot on Sunday that was sparked by rumours of a coronavirus outbreak, a...

  Asia / South Asia

Iran's coronavirus death toll reaches 2,640

Iran’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 2,640, a health ministry official said on Sunday, as the Middle East’s worst-hit country grapples with the fast-spreading outbreak, reports Reuters.  “In the past 24 hours we had 123 deaths and 2,901 people have been infected, bringing the total number of infected people to 38,309,” Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the health minister,...

A coronavirus death exposes paranoia in India

When Satyaki Mitra’s father developed a mild fever in mid-March, the graduate student in Philadelphia wasn’t especially worried. He told his 57-year-old father, living in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, to get tested for the new coronavirus. The initial test came back negative, but Samir Kumar Mitra’s condition steadily worsened. On Monday, two days after testing positive for the...

  Americas

Trump drops idea of NY lockdown as US death count crosses 2,000

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would issue a travel warning for the hard-hit New York area to limit the spread of the coronavirus, backing off from an earlier suggestion that he might try to cut off the region entirely. “A quarantine will not be necessary,” he said on Twitter. Trump’s announcement came...

  Europe

  Europe

  Africa

  Africa

Virus prevention measures turn violent in some African countries

Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Elsewhere, officers were captured in mobile phone footage whacking people with batons. Virus prevention measures have taken a violent turn in parts of Africa as countries impose lockdowns and curfews or seal off major cities. Health experts...

South Sudan imposes curfew amid COVID-19 pandemic

South Sudan has imposed a 30-day night-time curfew as part of measures aimed at forestalling the spread of COVID-19 into the east African country. President Salva Kiir issued an executive order Tuesday night imposing curfew all over the country from 8 p.m. local time to 6 a.m. and announced all security organs and law enforcement agencies are directed to ensure...