Iran leaders vow to defeat virus in holiday messages

Iran’s supreme leader and president promised Friday that the country would overcome one of the world’s deadliest coronavirus outbreaks just as it had faced down sweeping US sanctions. In messages marking the Persian New Year holiday Nowruz, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani both acknowledged that the past year had been difficult. Khamenei paid tribute to the sacrifices of the country’s doctors and nurses in tackling the coronavirus, which has infected 18,407 people in Iran … Read more

How to manage your kids’ screen time during coronavirus

Last Monday, I found myself sitting down to watch TV with my six-month-old for the first time ever. We spent ten minutes watching the BBC children’s show Bing, which has gained popularity worldwide for its “gentle” approach.It’s not the first time my son has watched TV. His grandmother and father have snuck in some viewing time while caring for him. Nail cutting is done to a few minutes of Sesame Street. But I’ve largely been a … Read more

Coronavirus live updates: China exonerates whistleblower doctor who warned of virus

A pandemic of novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of at least 10,030 people worldwide, mostly in Italy and China. The new respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, has reached every continent except Antarctica as well as every European country since emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. There are nearly 245,000 diagnosed cases globally, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Volvo cars to temporarily close plants in U.S. and Sweden

Swedish carmaker Volvo is suspending production at its factories in Sweden, the United States and Belgium, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, it said on Friday, even as it resumes manufacturing in China where the infection rate has slowed. Volvo’s Swedish factories in Torslanda, Skovde, Olofstrom, and its U.S. plant in South Carolina will close between March 26 and April 14, the company said. Its plant in Ghent, Belgium has already been temporarily shut down.

What you need to know about coronavirus right now

Youtube said on Friday it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union to avoid internet gridlock as thousands of Europeans are confined to their homes. Over 600 passengers, including 187 French nationals, with tickets to travel back to their home countries were disembarking the coronavirus-hit Costa Luminosa cruise ship in Marseille in small groups. “Guests will be accompanied to their flights and transfers, organised by the company, through a sanitary cordon of isolation,” Costa … Read more

One-two punch of new virus, falling oil prices threaten Iraq

The economic fallout from the coronavirus coupled with a sudden drop in oil prices is threatening to catapult Iraq into an unprecedented crisis. The crude-exporting country is struggling to finance measures to contain the pandemic amid a leadership void in the federal government, and the unexpected oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia is further exacerbating budget shortfalls as losses accrue daily in trade, commerce, tourism and transportation. “This epidemic is striking our economy more … Read more

Iranian leaders vow to overcome virus in new year messages

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani in separate new year messages vowed to overcome the coronavirus and increase economic growth. Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, called the new year “the year of leaps in production” in Iran’s economy. Rouhani has defended his government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak in the face of widespread criticism that officials acted too slowly and may have even covered up initial cases before … Read more

Global coronavirus deaths top 10,000

The global toll of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic reached another grim new milestone on Thursday as recorded deaths from the new virus topped 10,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. As of Thursday night, 10,030 people have died from COVID-29, with more than half of the deaths in Italy (3,405) and China (3,132). Globally, 244,517 have been confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus, but that number is certainly … Read more

Coronavirus task force offers an even keel to a zigzag Trump

They meet in the windowless Situation Room, every day but Sunday, drawing an overflow crowd. Fueled by coffee, donuts and data, members of the White House coronavirus task force fill the secure basement conference room to parse new disease patterns as they weigh next steps in the fight against a virus that has dramatically altered American lives. On one recent morning, renowned infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci was conferenced in by telephone when he shared … Read more

Parents, police struggle to herd the young in virus outbreak

The adolescent brain is definitely in play as authorities around the globe struggle to keep young people from gathering, while parents fret at home about what they’re up to as the coronavirus spreads. “It’s like herding chickens,” said Southampton, New York, mom Anastasia Gavalas, with five of her own who range from 13 to 21. Rachel Busman, a child and adolescent psychologist with the Child Mind Institute in New York, said the still-developing adolescent brain can … Read more

Mexico’s president in no hurry to confront virus outbreak

Many countries in Latin America have taken aggressive measures to deal with the coronavirus such as closing their borders, dock and airports to foreigners, declaring states of emergencies and ordering business shutdowns. Mexico, by contrast, has so far taken a “business as usual” attitude. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his government have said a shutdown of the country would disproportionately hurt poor people and also be a psychological weight on all Mexicans.

China exonerates doctor reprimanded for warning of virus

China has exonerated a doctor who was officially reprimanded for warning about the coronavirus outbreak and later died of the disease, a startling admission of error by the ruling Communist Party that generally bodes no challenges to its authority. The party’s top disciplinary body said the police force in Wuhan had revoked its admonishment of Dr. Li Wenliang that had included a threat of arrest. It also said a “solemn apology” had been issued to Li’s … Read more