Coronavirus: ‘Greatest test since World War Two’, says UN chief

Image copyright EPA Image caption Coronavirus awareness campaigns have been held in a number of countries around the world The current coronavirus outbreak is the biggest challenge for the world since World War Two, UN Secretary General António Guterres has warned. He said it could bring a recession “that probably has no parallel in the

Coronavirus: When 76 strangers sang happy birthday to a neighbour

A woman surprised her fiancé by organising a mass sing-along for his birthday in their apartment building. Hannah Chung and Jason Shields moved into the block in Los Angeles just weeks before social distancing came into effect. They have been together for five years but say they stay still like to “keep the excitement alive”

Apple buys weather app Dark Sky

Apple has purchased the weather predicting app Dark Sky and plans to shut down the Android and Wear OS versions. Dark Sky is known for its hyper-local weather predictions and ability to forecast minute by minute. The app’s creator Adam Grossman said the partnership would allow Dark Sky to reach “far more people”. Owners of

Newspaper headlines: Testing ‘fiasco’ and UK’s youngest virus death

Newspaper headlines: Testing ‘fiasco’ and UK’s youngest virus death By BBC News Staff Image caption Ministers have admitted to having problems securing coronavirus testing kits, the Financial Times reports, as the UK’s daily death toll from the outbreak rose sharply to 381. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove told the daily coronavirus briefing in Downing Street

Coronavirus: Stock markets suffer worst quarter since 1987

Image copyright ANGELA WEISS Image caption The normally-busy Times Square is almost deserted as New Yorkers stay in their homes Stock markets around the world suffered historic losses in the first three months of the year amid a massive sell-off tied to the coronavirus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and London’s FTSE 100 saw their

Banks bow to pressure and axe dividend payments

Image copyright Getty Images Some of the UK’s biggest banks have agreed to scrap dividend payments and hold on to the cash, which may be needed during the coronavirus crisis. The Bank of England welcomed the decision and encouraged the banks not to pay bonuses to senior staff until the end of the year. The

Coronavirus: Milton Keynes ice rink to be temporary mortuary

Image copyright SBNA Image caption Planet Ice in Milton Keynes may be used as a temporary mortuary Work has begun to turn an ice rink into a temporary mortuary that would be capable of holding hundreds of bodies. Planet Ice in Milton Keynes may be needed if funeral directors are unable to cope with the

Coronavirus: 13-year-old boy dies, says London hospital trust

A 13-year-old boy who tested positive for coronavirus has died, King’s College Hospital Trust in London said. A spokesman for the trust said the boy’s death had been referred to the coroner but gave no further details. It comes as the biggest daily increase in the number of people who have died with coronavirus in

Coronavirus: 3D-printer owners rally to create NHS face masks

Image copyright 3DCrowd UK Image caption 3D-printed equipment is being transported to health workers around the country Some 1,400 3D-printer owners have pledged to use their machines to help make face shields for the NHS. Started by palliative-medicine doctor James Coxon, the 3DCrowd UK group is now looking to recruit more volunteers. It says thousands

Coronavirus: Star Wars actor Andrew Jack dies aged 76

Image copyright Rosalind Hobley/PA Media Image caption Andrew Jack died in hospital after contracting coronavirus An actor and dialect coach who appeared in Star Wars and worked with A-list celebrities has died after contracting Covid-19, his agent has said. Andrew Jack, 76, died in a Surrey hospital on Tuesday. Agent Jill McCullough said she had

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