US stock markets continue to take the plunge amid coronavirus

29 February 2020, 1:15 AM
The stock markets in the United States continued their plunge with Wall Street marking its eighth straight days in the red, falling over 1000 points within the first 30 minutes of trade Friday in New York before closing 355 points in the red.
Afghans hope for peace as US-Taliban gear up for troop withdrawal deal 29 February 2020, 8:46 AM

Millions of Afghans are anticipating that America’s longest war fought in their country will end on Saturday as US and Taliban negotiators are expected to sign a deal to allow a US troop reduction and a permanent ceasefire.

‘Crew members on quarantined cruise ship to remain on board’ 28 February 2020, 11:49 PM

The Department of Health says the remaining 10 crew members on the quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, will remain on board until all passengers have disembarked, then only will they go into quarantine and observation before coming home.

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Bulgaria sees no jump in migrant inflows after Turkey move, tightens border controls 28 February 2020, 8:48 PM

Bulgaria has seen no significant increase in migrants breaching its border with Turkey, its interior minister said on Friday, after Ankara said it would no longer prevent refugees from leaving for Europe.

New Zealand limits entry of travellers from Iran on coronavirus fears 28 February 2020, 5:06 AM

New Zealand said on Friday that it was placing temporary restrictions on incoming travellers from Iran as a precautionary measure to protect against the coronavirus outbreak.

World prepares for coronavirus pandemic; global recession forecast 28 February 2020, 4:20 AM

Hopes the coronavirus would be contained to China vanished on Friday as infections spread rapidly around the world, countries started stockpiling medical equipment and investors took flight in expectation of a global recession.

New coronavirus cases in mainland China fall to lowest since January 28 February 2020, 2:53 AM

Mainland China had 327 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Thursday, the country's National Health Commission said on Friday, down from 433 cases a day earlier and the lowest since January 23.

Hong Kong finds coronavirus in pet dog samples, unclear if infected 28 February 2020, 2:37 AM

Hong Kong authorities said on Friday they quarantined a pet dog of a coronavirus patient after its nasal and oral samples tested "weak positive" for the virus, though they added they did not yet have evidence that it can be transmitted to pets.

German states report total of 22 new coronavirus cases 28 February 2020, 2:00 AM

Six western German states reported a total of 22 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, a day after the federal health minister said the country is at the start of an epidemic.

Coronavirus threatens global economy as experts warn no country will be spared 28 February 2020, 1:20 AM

All countries need to prepare to combat the coronavirus, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, as authorities raced to contain the epidemic’s rapid global spread and Wall Street looked set for its biggest weekly fall since the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

Climate activists jubilant as expansion of Britain’s Heathrow Airport blocked 27 February 2020, 5:12 PM

The planned expansion of London's Heathrow Airport was declared unlawful on environmental grounds by a court on Thursday, a ruling that could sink the $18 billion project that has been dogged by decades of dispute and indecision

Japanese woman confirmed as coronavirus case for second time, weeks after initial recovery 27 February 2020, 5:34 AM

A woman working as a tour-bus guide in Japan tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, Osaka’s prefectural government said on Wednesday, the first person in the country to do so amid growing concerns about the spread of the infection.

Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing amid concerns 27 February 2020, 5:20 AM

Japan’s health ministry on Wednesday defended its cautious approach to coronavirus testing as domestic cases increased and South Korea prepared to test more than 200,000 members of a church at the heart of a surge in its outbreak.

US CDC flags possibility of community spread of coronavirus 27 February 2020, 4:41 AM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday warned of the possibility of a community spread of the coronavirus in the country after a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient was infected.

Mainland China reports 433 new coronavirus cases, 29 deaths on February 26 27 February 2020, 3:57 AM

Mainland China reported 433 new cases of coronavirus infections on February 26, the National Health Commission said on Thursday, up from 406 on the previous day.

Algerian official: Protest ban ‘not on agenda’ over coronavirus 27 February 2020, 3:43 AM

It is “not on the agenda” to ban public protests in Algeria over the coronavirus, a health ministry official told a news conference on Wednesday after the country announced its first confirmed case of the disease.

Trump says Pence will be in charge of coronavirus response 27 February 2020, 3:05 AM

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence will be in charge of the US response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Deadly mass shooting reported at Molson Coors facility in Milwaukee 27 February 2020, 1:04 AM

Milwaukee police were responding to a “critical incident” at the Molson Coors Beverage Co facility on Wednesday, with local media reporting a mass shooting that had caused multiple casualties.

Trump returns to US as country warily eyes coronavirus’ global spread 26 February 2020, 7:03 PM

President Donald Trump returned to Washington on Wednesday to face increasing concerns over the coronavirus as United States public health officials warned Americans to prepare for a possible outbreak and financial markets remained on edge.

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Turkey will repel Syrian forces from Idlib posts this week: Erdogan 26 February 2020, 4:28 PM

Turkey plans to push Syrian government forces away from its military observation posts in northwest Syria's Idlib region this week, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, despite continued advances by Damascus's Russian-backed military.

San Francisco declares emergency over coronavirus 26 February 2020, 5:16 AM

San Francisco declared a local emergency over the coronavirus on Tuesday, despite having no cases, as US officials urged Americans to prepare for the spread of infections within their communities.

Mainland China reports 406 new cases of coronavirus on Feb 25, deaths up by 52 26 February 2020, 4:38 AM

Mainland China had 406 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the country's National Health Commission said on Wednesday, down from 508 cases a day earlier.

US health officials urge Americans to prepare for spread of coronavirus 26 February 2020, 3:11 AM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday alerted Americans to begin preparing for the spread of coronavirus in the United States after infections surfaced in several more countries.

Sanders surpasses Biden among African American voters; Bloomberg support dips -Reuters/Ipsos poll 26 February 2020, 12:16 AM

US Senator Bernie Sanders has widened his lead for the Democratic presidential nomination and overtaken Joe Biden in support among African Americans - a voting bloc that until now has largely favored the former vice president, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national poll released on Tuesday.

Man infected with coronavirus in Germany after Italy trip – Health Ministry 25 February 2020, 11:50 PM

A 25-year-old man living in the southern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday after a trip to Milan, the state's Health Ministry said.

Hot Pockets heiress faces sentencing in US college admissions scandal 25 February 2020, 6:07 PM

A California woman whose family’s company created the microwavable snack Hot Pockets faces sentencing on Tuesday for paying $300 000 to people who helped her two daughters cheat on college entrance exams.

Seven killed, 150 injured in riots in New Delhi 25 February 2020, 5:06 PM

At least seven people were killed and around 150 were injured in clashes between opposing groups in the Indian capital, a police official told Reuters on Tuesday, the deadliest riots in the city since protests against a new citizenship law began over two months ago.

South Korea to launch mass coronavirus testing, US pledges $1-billion for vaccine 25 February 2020, 1:50 PM

South Korea aims to test more than 200,000 members of a church at the center of a surge in coronavirus cases as countries stepped up efforts to stop a pandemic of the virus that emerged in China and is now spreading in Europe and the Middle East.

Trump administration seeks $2.5 billion in funds to fight coronavirus 25 February 2020, 5:19 AM

The Trump administration is asking Congress for $2.5 billion to fight the fast-spreading coronavirus, including more than $1 billion for vaccines, the White House said on Monday.

Gun control legislation advances in Virginia’s legislature 25 February 2020, 4:18 AM

Seven of eight gun control measures being pushed by Virginia's Democratic Governor Ralph Northam made it out of a state Senate committee on Monday, moving just one step away from becoming law.

China’s Hubei sees rise in new coronavirus cases as infections slow in other provinces 25 February 2020, 3:52 AM

China reported a rise in new coronavirus cases in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, on Tuesday while the rest of the country saw a fourth-straight day of declines.