‘99% of Victoria virus cases linked to quarantine’

Almost all current cases of Covid-19 in Victoria, Australia, can be linked to returned travellers quarantined in the state, an inquiry has heard. The inquiry also heard guards at quarantine hotels were given “inappropriate” training advice. Australian media report that guards were told masks and other protection would not be necessary, as long as they […]

Trump signs virus aid order after talks collapse

US President Donald Trump has taken executive action to provide economic aid to millions of Americans hit by the pandemic, saying he was forced to do so after talks at Congress broke down. The directives include measures to support the unemployed, suspend payroll tax and extend student loans. Some of them are likely to face […]

Mnuchin: Virus aid package soon, $1,200 checks by August – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that Republicans were set to roll out the next COVID-19 aid package Monday and assured there was backing from the White House after he and President Donald Trump’s top aide met to salvage the $1 trillion proposal that had floundered just days before. Mnuchin told reporters at […]

Texas virus cases take ‘swift and dangerous turn’

The spread of coronavirus infections has taken a “swift and very dangerous turn” in the US state of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has warned. “Over just the past few weeks, the daily number of cases have gone from an average of about 2,000, to more than 5,000 a day,” he said on Sunday. Several southern […]

US virus cases at highest level for two months

New Covid-19 cases in the US have risen to their highest level in two months, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the outbreak. On Tuesday the US reported 34,700 new cases – the third highest daily tally since the US outbreak began, according to AP news agency. States including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada […]

Brazil virus spread ‘threatens Paraguay’s success’

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez has said the spread of coronavirus in Brazil threatens his country’s success in containing the virus. Mr Benítez said more than half of Paraguay’s 563 cases were people who had entered from neighbouring Brazil. The country has spent the last two months under a strict lockdown, and most people with […]

U.N. calls for COVID vaccine, treatment available for all

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – United Nations leaders called on Monday for a global effort to develop and distribute to all at affordable prices vaccines, treatments and testing kits against COVID-19. “These new tools will help us to fully control the pandemic and must be treated as global public goods available and affordable for all,” the U.N. […]