Japan to boost Avigan drug stockpile as part of coronavirus stimulus

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering increasing the stockpile of Fujifilm Holding Corp's Avigan anti-flu drug during this fiscal year so it can be used to treat 2 million people, according to a planning document seen by Reuters. Local media reported on Sunday that Japan was hoping to triple the production of the drug from … Continue reading Japan to boost Avigan drug stockpile as part of coronavirus stimulus

Mexico official calls diet a factor as coronavirus death toll climbs

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican Deputy Hugo Lopez-Gatell said on Saturday that decades of poor eating habits in the country have created an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and other related health complications that make its people more vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. The Mexican health ministry has so far registered a total of 1,890 cases … Continue reading Mexico official calls diet a factor as coronavirus death toll climbs

Iraqis rally to help needy families as virus hits, economy falters

Baghdad (AFP) On an abandoned sidewalk in Baghdad, under strict government curfew to contain the novel coronavirus, a handful of volunteers with masks and gloves make food packages for needy families. In a bid to stop the spread of the virus, Iraqi authorities have imposed a countrywide lockdown, ordering schools and most shops shut SABAH … Continue reading Iraqis rally to help needy families as virus hits, economy falters

Coronavirus pandemic ‘amplifying’ poverty in UK

London (AFP) The coronavirus pandemic is increasing poverty in Britain, where levels are already high after a decade of austerity triggered by the global financial crisis, according to experts. People 'suddenly' find themselves poor Tolga AKMEN AFP/File Official data shows that more than 14 million people in the UK are classed as living in poverty, … Continue reading Coronavirus pandemic ‘amplifying’ poverty in UK

France to test plasma of coronavirus survivors to treat sick

PARIS (AFP) - France is to begin clinical trials involving transfusions of blood plasma from coronavirus survivors into patients who have severe symptoms in a bid to treat the illness, the institutions involved said on Saturday (April 4). Drugmakers are racing to develop a vaccine and treatment for the pandemic, which has killed over 60,000 … Continue reading France to test plasma of coronavirus survivors to treat sick

Trump threatens tariffs on oil imports to “protect” US energy workers

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump said on Saturday (April 4) he would impose tariffs on crude imports if he has to "protect" US energy workers from the oil price crash that has been exacerbated by a war between Russia and Saudi Arabia over market share. U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the daily coronavirus … Continue reading Trump threatens tariffs on oil imports to “protect” US energy workers

What impact is COVID-19 having on Middle East conflicts?

Beirut (AFP) The novel coronavirus has put global trade on hold, placed half of the world population in confinement and has the potential to topple governments and reshape diplomatic relations. The coronavirus has dampened but by no means ended hostilities in the multiple conflicts roiling the Middle East AAREF WATAD AFP/File The United Nations has … Continue reading What impact is COVID-19 having on Middle East conflicts?

Coronavirus leaves bitter taste for Canada maple sugar shacks

Montreal (AFP) Under a dazzling sky, with spring in the air, syrup is flowing in a maple grove near the village of Saint-Alexis. With a mallet in hand, feet braced in deep snow, Simon Lanoue pounds plastic tubing into one tree after another to drain their sap, weaving a vast spider web in the forest. … Continue reading Coronavirus leaves bitter taste for Canada maple sugar shacks

Palestinian, Syrian refugees in Lebanon camps brace for virus

Beirut (AFP) Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian and Syrian refugees living in overcrowded and rundown camps in Lebanon are bracing for the novel coronavirus as aid groups mobilise to help. Lebanon is home to tens of thousands of Palestinians in camps that over the decades have become bustling neighbourhoods, and at least 1.5 million Syrians … Continue reading Palestinian, Syrian refugees in Lebanon camps brace for virus

Coronavirus reveals, exacerbates US inequality

Washington (AFP) Just three weeks ago, Miguel Rodriguez was enjoying a pleasant life, working as a waiter in a Maryland restaurant in a job he held for 20 years. The US economy has lost millions of jobs already, and many Americans lack emergency savings SETH HERALD AFP/File The American economy was going strong and he … Continue reading Coronavirus reveals, exacerbates US inequality