Coronavirus: LA county gun shops to reopen as ‘essential’ business

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Customers queue outside a LA county gun shop Los Angeles County is reopening gun shops to the public after a federal memo listed them as “essential” businesses. Sheriff Alex Villanueva closed shops last week, but reversed course on Monday, following the guidance. The LA county closures had prompted a

Sajid Hussain: Fears for Pakistan journalist missing in Sweden

Image copyright RSF Image caption Sajid Hussain (family photo) A Pakistani journalist who fled the country to escape death threats has gone missing in Sweden where he was granted political asylum. Sajid Hussain was last seen boarding a train in Stockholm on his way to Uppsala on 2 March, according to the group Reporters Without

Coronavirus outbreak: Teddy bear hunt helps distract kids under lockdown

Image copyright Abbey Wakefield Image caption Some bears were easier to find than others – this was the scene outside one house in Wellington, New Zealand A mass teddy bear hunt is under way around the world to help distract the millions of children locked down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Stuffed toys are being

Coronavirus: Russia includes jail terms to enforce crackdown

Image caption Strict lockdowns in Moscow have been followed up by regions across the country The Russian parliament has approved an “anti-virus” package of laws including up to seven years in prison for serious violations of quarantine rules. The tough laws and amendments were rushed through in record time, as regions across Russia followed Moscow’s

Coronavirus: Russians confused and wary of strict coronavirus lockdown

In Russia, a full lockdown has been imposed in most regions of the country, as the number of confirmed coronavirus infections continues to rise. The measures taken by the government have been ratcheted up rapidly in a matter of days. As recently as last week, the Kremlin claimed there was “de facto no epidemic” in

Coronavirus: World leaders’ posts deleted over fake news

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Bolsonaro fell foul of the rules by promoting a supposed cure Facebook and Twitter have deleted posts from world leaders for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus. Facebook deleted a video from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that claimed hydroxychloroquine was totally effective in treating the virus. He has repeatedly

Coronavirus: Love knows no borders for elderly couple

Image copyright dpa An elderly couple have become local celebrities amid the coronavirus outbreak for their daily cross-border meeting. Inga Rasmussen, 85, from Denmark and Karsten Tüchsen Hansen, 89, from Germany meet near the town of Aventoft to chat and share a drink, sitting at the recommended safe distance. The Germany-Denmark border was closed two

Tablighi Jamaat: Delhi Nizamuddin event sparks massive search for Covid-19 cases

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds have been leaving the mosque to be monitored or tested for the virus Officials across India are searching for hundreds of people who attended a religious event in the capital that has set off several Covid-19 clusters. At least six regions have reported cases that can be directly

Coronavirus: Three out of four of Americans under some form of lockdown

Image copyright AFP Image caption Most Americans are now only allowed out to get supplies or exercise About three out of four Americans are now, or about to be, under some form of lockdown, as more states tighten measures to fight the coronavirus. Maryland, Virginia, Arizona and Tennessee became the latest states to order citizens

Coronavirus: Millions will be left in poverty, World Bank warns

Image copyright Getty Images The financial impact of coronavirus will stop almost 24 million people from escaping poverty in East Asia and the Pacific, according to the World Bank. It says “significant economic pain seems unavoidable in all countries”. The World Bank warned of “substantially higher risk” among households that depend on industries particularly vulnerable

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