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28 Texas spring-breakers test positive for virus after Mexico beach trip

Texans’ positive test draws attention to possibly low detection of cases in Mexico.

Obama suggests Trump ‘denied warnings’ of pandemic

Former US president also cautions against ignoring consequences of climate change.

Saudi urges Muslims to defer hajj plans over virus

Announcement risks riling fringe Muslim hardliners.

Global virus death toll surpasses 40,000

850,000 infected worldwide in just a matter of months.

Worldwide lockdown intensifies as Spain sees yet another deadliest day

Pandemic threatens to plunge up to 11 million East Asians into poverty, says the World Bank.

Lockdowns may have saved 59,000 lives in Europe, says study

More deaths will be averted through ensuring that interventions remain in place, it adds.

US Army Corps to build hundreds of temporary Covid-19 hospitals

Convention centres, stadiums, parks, football fields will be converted into temporary hospitals.

Divorce ban adds to virus woes for married Russians out of...

Condom sales increase by nearly 50% as employers began to tell their staff to work from home.

S’pore warns firms to enable home-working as virus cases rise to...

Republic recorded its third death from the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday.

Italy mourns 11,591 who died within 1 month, while adding 812...

Nation of 60 million people has recorded nearly a third of all worldwide Covid-19 fatalities.

Middle-aged people have higher risk of dying from Covid-19, study shows

4.8% of all confirmed Covid-19 infections have proven deadly.

Philippines reports largest daily rise in coronavirus deaths, cases

President Rodrigo Duterte says the virus crisis management requires military-style discipline.

Lie about virus and you may spend 5 years in jail,...

Moscow, with its more than 12 million people, went into lockdown on Monday.

Indonesia declares emergency, releases 30,000 prisoners over virus fear

Health official says another 14 people have died from Covid-19, taking the total to 136.

Singapore activist picks jail time over fine for criticising courts

He had alleged in his post that Singapore's judiciary lacked integrity and independence.

Virus hits hundreds of US police amid protective gear shortages

NYPD faces the biggest challenge because of the severity of city’s outbreak.

India cracks down on tabligh group linked to virus cases

Authorities have sealed off the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat in New Delhi, saying social distancing and quarantine protocols were not practised.

In scrappy Cambodian casino town, Chinese plan future beyond virus

For a casino owner, epedemic is merely a blip.

Australia locks down New South Wales to combat virus spread

State has 2,032 confirmed cases of the virus, almost half the country's total.

See you in court: Pastors challenge US govt on church closures

The trio say stay-at-home order uses pandemic 'to infringe on personal liberties'.

Indonesia allocates US$4.4 bil for village squads to prevent virus spread

Jokowi ordered officials to step up monitoring of Indonesian workers returning from overseas.

Hungry and in chains, Thailand’s tourist elephants face crisis

Around 2,000 elephants are currently 'unemployed'.

Empty shelves spur Brits to grow their own vegetables

Sales of seeds have sky rocketed as bored people look for a productive way to kill time.

China delays college entrance exams over virus second wave fears

Delay is the latest sign of China's struggle to resume normal life after lockdown.