Coronavirus Global Coverage: Live Updates
on April 8, 2020 at 12:08 pm
Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain spent a second night in intensive care, and China ended its lockdown of Wuhan, the city where the pandemic first emerged.
Coronavirus live news: WHO says situation in Europe still 'very concerning' as Wuhan reopens
by Damien Gayle (now); Amy Walker and Helen Sullivan (earlier) on April 8, 2020 at 12:05 pm
Scientists predict UK will be worst-hit country in Europe; Trump threatens to stop WHO funding; Global cases pass 1.4 millionBoris Johnson to stay in hospital amid concerns over political vacuumUK […]
Stock Markets on Edge as Grim Economic Data Arrives: Live Updates
on April 8, 2020 at 12:02 pm
Live updates on stock market and business news during the coronavirus outbreak.
U.S. Approaches 400,000 Coronavirus Infections
on April 8, 2020 at 11:58 am
The U.S. recorded its deadliest day from the new coronavirus as China lifted its lockdown on the city that first detected the contagion that has spread across the world and that is forcing more […]
Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News to go into liquidation and staff laid off
by Jim Waterson Media editor on April 8, 2020 at 11:52 am
Sources say staff have been told parent company has run out of money during UK lockdownThe Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News are being liquidated and their staff made redundant, according to sources […]
Trump says US will have more ventilators than it needs
on April 8, 2020 at 11:48 am
The US president says he will offer the devices to "desperate" countries fighting coronavirus.
MPs launch inquiry into potential Chinese asset stripping of UK firms
by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor on April 8, 2020 at 11:39 am
Emergency inquiry follows aborted boardroom takeover of Imagination TechnologiesAn emergency Commons inquiry into potential Chinese asset-stripping of UK hi-tech firms has been launched following an […]
Canadian nursing home reels from death of half its residents
by Leyland Cecco in Toronto on April 8, 2020 at 11:36 am
Facility in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, emerges as one of most tragic stories in country’s struggle against Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA retirement home […]
US briefing: Trump denounces WHO, NY Covid-19 deaths, Wuhan lifts lockdown
by Mattha Busby on April 8, 2020 at 11:36 am
Wednesday’s top story: Trump tries to shift blame from role in downplaying coronavirus. Plus, first train in 11 weeks departs from former centre of outbreak in ChinaGood morning, I’m […]
Today’s News: What You Need to Know
by Chris Stanford on April 8, 2020 at 11:35 am
Here's what you need to know.
Eurozone fails to agree on €540bn coronavirus rescue plan
by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels on April 8, 2020 at 11:27 am
All-night EU talks break up without a deal amid splits over conditions on financial aidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTalks on a coronavirus economic rescue plan […]
Sanity, stability and stress-relief: why our beloved pets have never been more important
by Jules Howard on April 8, 2020 at 11:12 am
They are time-keepers, normality-bringers and playthings. Here’s the science behind how cats and dogs help support our mental healthLet’s start with some live updates from pets across the […]
India Savors a Rare Upside to Coronavirus: Clean Air
by Jeffrey Gettleman and Rebecca Conway on April 8, 2020 at 11:10 am
Delhi residents are stunned by how blue the sky really is as a strict lockdown cuts back drastically on air pollution.
How the coronavirus changed what we worry about – video
by Ian Anderson, Joseph Pierce, Ryan Baxter and Paul Boyd on April 8, 2020 at 11:04 am
In the space of one month, the UK has gone from business as usual to deserted cities as it is forced to deal with the menace of Covid-19. It poses a clear and present threat to our health, but what […]
India's Food Supply Chain Frays as People Stay Home
on April 8, 2020 at 11:00 am
Two weeks into the world’s biggest lockdown, India’s food supply chain is struggling with a shortage of one of its crucial commodities: people.
Italy closes ports to refugee ships because of coronavirus
on April 8, 2020 at 10:18 am
Italy closes ports to refugee ships because of coronavirus. A national emergency blocking ports for refugees and migrants will expire on July 31, but ...
Coronavirus Australia latest: at a glance
by Michael McGowan and Ben Doherty on April 8, 2020 at 10:12 am
A summary of the major developments in the coronavirus outbreak across AustraliaSign up to get this delivered to your email every weekday eveningDownload the free Guardian app to get the most […]
To Curb the Coronavirus, Hong Kong Tells the World Masks Work
on April 8, 2020 at 10:03 am
Hong Kong residents are adamant that their widespread use of face masks from early in the coronavirus outbreak helped slow the spread of disease in an urban center directly in the path of the […]
Coronavirus: 'Refugees and asylum seekers need accurate information', many in dire straits
on April 8, 2020 at 9:56 am
The head UNHCR in Cyprus, Katja Saha, talked about the situation in the reception and refugee centres to the Cyprus News Agency. “The main ...
Trump Attacks W.H.O. and Ousts Watchdog for Pandemic Fund
on April 8, 2020 at 9:55 am
New York and New Jersey recorded one-day highs for deaths, and voters in Wisconsin cast ballots while trying to exercise proper social distancing.
John Prine: Bruce Springsteen leads tributes to late singer
on April 8, 2020 at 9:46 am
The Grammy-winning country-folk singer died aged 73, due to coronavirus complications.
Coronavirus: Exploiting nature 'drives outbreaks of new diseases'
on April 8, 2020 at 9:33 am
New evidence has emerged of a link between our impact on nature and pandemics sweeping the world.
UNRWA: Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon down by 25377
on April 8, 2020 at 9:33 am
“The large and gradual decrease in the number of Palestinian refugees is attributed to the laws that the Lebanese government has adopted against the ...
Wuhan ends coronavirus lockdown – in pictures
on April 8, 2020 at 9:32 am
After 76 days sealed off from the world, the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus pandemic began, has opened its doors again. At midnight on Wednesday, authorities allowed residents […]
Ustaz Rafik is on a mission to feed starving refugees during Covid-19 shutdown and he needs help ...
on April 8, 2020 at 9:22 am
The refugees show their thankfulness for the help they received by praying with Rafik. — Picture courtesy of Ustaz Rafik. KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 ...
Coronavirus: EU top scientist resigns citing politics and red tape
on April 8, 2020 at 9:19 am
Mauro Ferrari says he lost faith in the system, criticising EU scientific governance and politics.
Coronavirus: Marathon talks over EU virus rescue package stall
on April 8, 2020 at 9:17 am
EU finance ministers suspend talks on a recovery fund after 16 hours, amid deep deep divisions.
Cruise Lines Were Shut Out of the Coronavirus Stimulus. Here's Why
by Jonathan Wolfe on April 8, 2020 at 9:00 am
The hard-hit sector of the travel industry was left out of the $2 trillion stimulus package. Century-old tax provisions help explain what happened.
Why Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Flourish. And Why It Matters.
by Max Fisher on April 8, 2020 at 9:00 am
Unseen villains. Top-secret cures. In their quest for reassurance during the pandemic, many people are worsening more than just their own anxiety.
Hotels Open as ‘Comforting Refuge’ for Health Care Workers
by Tariro Mzezewa on April 8, 2020 at 9:00 am
Hotels, some high-end, that have closed in recent weeks because of the coronavirus have reopened as lodgings for workers on the front line.
Covid-19: City of Cape Town and national government bicker over housing of refugees
on April 8, 2020 at 8:45 am
On 5 April, Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato described the removal of the refugees by the police as “premature”. The Paint City site, he said, “is not ...
Airlines lobby to rewrite carbon deal in light of coronavirus
by Gwyn Topham and Fiona Harvey on April 8, 2020 at 8:36 am
Industry says it is not trying to dodge obligations but that it is a ‘matter of survival’Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Airlines are lobbying to […]
Japan Declared a Coronavirus Emergency. Is It Too Late?
by Motoko Rich, Hisako Ueno and Makiko Inoue on April 8, 2020 at 8:33 am
Some medical experts said the move amounted to a tacit admission that the approach the country had adopted for months was no longer working.
As Europe Confronts the Coronavirus, What Shape Will Solidarity Take?
by Matina Stevis-Gridneff on April 8, 2020 at 8:33 am
Contentious talks over how to help economies decimated by the virus have become a pivotal political moment for the world’s richest bloc of nations.
China’s Coronavirus Battle Is Waning. Its Propaganda Fight Is Not.
by Vivian Wang on April 8, 2020 at 8:28 am
After the pandemic subsides, whether Beijing is praised or pilloried could determine the fate of its ambitions for global leadership.
Refugees, internally displaced: The sitting ducks of Covid-19 pandemic
on April 8, 2020 at 8:26 am
Refugee International, an advocacy group that has been assessing the preparedness and capacity of refugee camps to deal with the Covid-19 ...
All Blair Drummond Safari Park lacks is visitors – in pictures
by Murdo MacLeod on April 8, 2020 at 8:21 am
The seasonal attraction, near Stirling in Scotland, hoped to unveil its new World of Dinosaurs, part of a £1m upgrade for its 50th anniversary, in April. The park had been open for one day (21 […]
Wuhan pays tribute to key workers with light show as lockdown is lifted – video
on April 8, 2020 at 8:12 am
A midnight light show brightened up the sky in Wuhan as the former centre of the coronavirus outbreak celebrated its 'reopening'. The central Chinese city started lifting outbound travel restrictions […]
ICC supports UN call to include displaced people in Covid-19 response
on April 8, 2020 at 8:03 am
Refugees and internally displaced people must be an integral part of national systems and plans for tackling the virus. The private sector can play an ...
COVID-19 responses in Africa must include migrants and refugees
on April 8, 2020 at 8:03 am
Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya together accommodate 411 000 refugees (194 000 and 217 000 respectively). Movement between ...
Civil claims expected against Cardinal George Pell and Catholic church despite acquittal
by Ben Smee on April 8, 2020 at 7:50 am
Lawyers say the overturning of Pell’s criminal conviction for historical child sexual abuse is unlikely to stop civil lawsuitsThe high court acquittal of George Pell is likely to be followed by […]
Donald Trump stokes fresh coronavirus row as Wuhan reopens
by Helen Davidson on April 8, 2020 at 7:35 am
US president accuses World Health Organization of China bias as New York records its highest daily death toll and Wuhan lockdown easesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus […]
Here’s How Those Hot Jigsaw Puzzles Are Made
by Amie Tsang on April 8, 2020 at 7:35 am
The coronavirus has sent businesses racing as demand surges past levels seen at Christmas.
Is Australia flattening the coronavirus curve? Your questions on testing and community transmission answered
by Nick Evershed and Graham Readfearn on April 8, 2020 at 7:30 am
Local transmissions have overtaken infections acquired overseas, but Australia is making ‘real progress’ on reducing rateCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and […]
Coronavirus: US records highest death toll in single day
on April 8, 2020 at 6:17 am
More than 1,800 deaths were recorded on Tuesday including that of influential folk singer John Prine.
Iranian refugee finally home in Australia after first being refused entry under travel ban
on April 8, 2020 at 6:11 am
Amir is a refugee from Iran and lives in Melbourne on a safe haven enterprise visa. A political dissident in his home country, Australia has formally ...
Coronavirus in Africa: what happens next?
by Kate Hodal and Samuel Okiror on April 8, 2020 at 6:00 am
As Covid-19 creeps across the region, fears mount over how it will unfold. Will a young population help stem the spread of disease, or will it unleash catastrophe on creaking health […]
The Challenge of Comedy Without an Audience
by Helen Lewis on April 8, 2020 at 6:00 am
Normally, when a joke is greeted with silence, that’s bad. The pandemic makes it normal.
Africa's refugees and internally displaced: The weakest link in the human chain
on April 8, 2020 at 6:00 am
But as the pandemic spreads to Africa, Asia and Latin America, the coronavirus will hit the world's most vulnerable, including refugees, asylum seekers ...
14 Days With a Quarantine Tracker Wristband: Does It Even Work?
by Heather Murphy on April 8, 2020 at 5:23 am
Hong Kong’s bracelets seem to obliterate the temptation to go outside, even if they appear to be just a simple piece of paper.
Major Revelation: “Turkish police made us throw stones at Greek border security”
on April 8, 2020 at 5:23 am
“I heard in the news that the Turkish state is opening its borders to refugees. So I picked up what I had and went to the border. There I found out that ...
New RSC book analyses how refugees can act as providers of social protection
on April 8, 2020 at 5:16 am
A new book from the Refugee Studies Centre examines how refugees mobilise to act not just as recipients but as providers of social protection and ...
Refugees across Europe help fight the pandemic
on April 8, 2020 at 5:15 am
Asylum seekers and refugees in the small Dutch town of Ter Apel are volunteering to help keep local residents stay free from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Luxembourg to take 12 Greece-based refugees
on April 8, 2020 at 5:15 am
Luxembourg to take 12 Greece-based refugees. By EUobserver. Today, 07:17. "Luxembourg will welcome next week 12 unaccompanied minors ...
Coronavirus, Boris Johnson, Wuhan: Your Wednesday Briefing
by Isabella Kwai on April 8, 2020 at 5:05 am
Here’s what you need to know.
China Ends Wuhan Coronavirus Lockdown, but Normal Life is a Distant Dream
by Raymond Zhong and Vivian Wang on April 8, 2020 at 5:01 am
In the city where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported, the reopening of outbound travel won’t end hard times, wariness or confinement.
‘The NHS needs them’: UK urged to join countries mobilising migrant medics
by Karen McVeigh and Sam Jones on April 8, 2020 at 5:00 am
As several countries relax immigration rules for medically-trained refugees and migrants in the wake of coronavirus, campaigners are calling for Britain to follow suitCoronavirus – latest […]
Coronavirus: 100 days that changed the world
on April 8, 2020 at 5:00 am
It started with a warning. It turned into a pandemic that has transformed life as we know itA turbulent decade had reached its final day. It was New Year’s Eve 2019 and much of the world was […]
Refugees Arrive from Coronavirus Countries After Order to Halt Program
on April 8, 2020 at 4:52 am
More than a dozen refugees have been resettled in the United States over the last two weeks despite a State Department order halting the federal ...
Young Adults, Burdened With Debt, Are Now Facing an Economic Crisis
by Nathaniel Popper on April 8, 2020 at 4:46 am
Young people who entered this financial downturn with fewer resources than previous generations are enduring pain.
Coronavirus: Wuhan emerges from the harshest of lockdowns
on April 8, 2020 at 4:46 am
As Wuhan lifts its severe lockdown, there is anger, relief and even defiance from some residents.
Live Stock Market Tracker During Coronavirus Pandemic
on April 8, 2020 at 4:46 am
Live updates on stock market and business news during the coronavirus outbreak.
SNP slam 'broken' refugee housing system after Serco evictions ruling
on April 8, 2020 at 4:41 am
... system” after the UK's highest court gave the green light to lock-change evictions – which do not necessitate a court order – of refugees in Glasgow.
Australia's arts have been hardest hit by coronavirus. So why aren't they getting support? | Esther Anatolitis
by Esther Anatolitis on April 8, 2020 at 3:39 am
The majority of arts companies and casuals will get little benefit from the jobkeeper packageSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the […]
China Investigates Ren Zhiqiang, Critic of Xi’s Coronavirus Response
by Javier C. Hernández on April 8, 2020 at 2:37 am
The decision to investigate the tycoon, Ren Zhiqiang, reflects broad unease in the government about growing criticism of its early efforts to conceal the outbreak.
Robots replace students at Japan graduation ceremony amid Covid-19 outbreak – video
on April 8, 2020 at 2:08 am
A university in Japan has held a graduation ceremony for students using avatar robots remotely controlled by graduating students from their homes. The avatar robots, dubbed 'Newme,' by […]
Coronavirus: 'Please learn from Wuhan's mistakes'
on April 8, 2020 at 2:06 am
As the Chinese city lifts its quarantine, residents share lessons learnt from the outbreak.
John Prine, US folk and country songwriter, dies aged 73 due to Covid-19 complications
by Ben Beaumont-Thomas on April 8, 2020 at 1:54 am
Grammy-winning songwriter beloved of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash died on TuesdayComment: this extraordinarily gifted songwriter was the envy of allCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our […]
Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today
by Patrick J. Lyons on April 8, 2020 at 1:53 am
China eased its lockdown of Wuhan, and Wisconsin went on with its elections.
Coronavirus: Nigeria's mega churches adjust to empty auditoriums
on April 8, 2020 at 1:49 am
With worshippers banned from congregating, pastors are adapting to coronavirus restrictions.
Israeli man charged with spying for Iran
on April 8, 2020 at 1:35 am
The man is accused of meeting members of Iran's intelligence to recruit people to carry out attacks.
Coronavirus: India home quarantine families face discrimination
on April 8, 2020 at 12:50 am
Indians following government advice have found themselves shamed and ostracised.
Trump order encourages US to mine the moon
by Oliver Milman on April 8, 2020 at 12:30 am
Executive order says US will oppose any international effort to bar it from removing chunks of moon, Mars or elsewhere in spaceThe world may be racked by the coronavirus, but Donald Trump has less […]
Pink Moon: Europe illuminated by lunar light show
on April 8, 2020 at 12:27 am
Breathtaking images capture the spectacular lunar event in the skies above Europe.
Afghan Peace Process Hits Roadblock as Taliban Break Off Talks
on April 7, 2020 at 11:43 pm
The Taliban broke off talks with the Afghan government in Kabul on Tuesday, creating a fresh stumbling block for the peace process only weeks after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s diplomatic […]
Nasa’s all-female team of 'aquanauts'
on April 7, 2020 at 11:34 pm
The story of the first women ever to take an active role in a Nasa mission.
Coronavirus: Discarded disposable gloves on the street
on April 7, 2020 at 11:33 pm
Photographer Dan Giannopoulos on the discarded disposable gloves he has been finding on his daily walk.
Coronavirus warship row: Acting US Navy secretary resigns
on April 7, 2020 at 11:32 pm
The acting Navy chief was under fire for ousting a captain who pleaded for help fighting Covid-19.
Coronavirus: The Italians struggling to feed their families
on April 7, 2020 at 11:30 pm
A month into Italy's strict lockdown, some people are so short of money they can no longer afford food.
Coronavirus: How do you celebrate a religious festival while social distancing?
on April 7, 2020 at 11:28 pm
Religious leaders are adapting to Passover, Easter and Ramadan under coronavirus lockdown.
COVID-19 to impact Australian refugees without access to welfare
on April 7, 2020 at 11:26 pm
Featured: Shahnaz Akbary, nurse and former refugee from Afghanistan Najeeba Wazefedost, Asian Pacific Network of Refugees ...
How coronavirus inspired a gangland truce in South Africa
on April 7, 2020 at 11:19 pm
A truce has broken out in the notorious, gang-infested townships around South Africa's Cape Town.
Human impact on wildlife to blame for spread of viruses, says study
by John Vidal on April 7, 2020 at 11:01 pm
Increased contact with animals likely cause of outbreaks such as Covid-19, say experts, as conservationists call for global ban on wildlife marketsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our […]
Seal the deal: amorous mammals forced to contend with cruise ships
by Nicola Davis on April 7, 2020 at 11:01 pm
Harbour seals struggle to match volume of passing ships when trying to attract a mateCruise ships are drowning out the roars of seals that are important for bagging a mate, researchers have found in […]
Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy Deemed ‘Essential Workers’ in New Zealand
by Sandra E. Garcia on April 7, 2020 at 10:37 pm
Jacinda Ardern, the country’s prime minister, made the announcement on Monday.
Coronavirus: Twitter boss pledges $1bn for relief effort
on April 7, 2020 at 10:23 pm
Jack Dorsey said he would give 28% of his wealth towards efforts to "disarm" the pandemic.
Coronavirus Concern Grows For Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
on April 7, 2020 at 9:56 pm
Concern is growing about a possible outbreak of the new coronavirus in the world's largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. Officials warn that containing ...
From Israel, thoughts on Passover in a pandemic world order
by Dina Kraft on April 7, 2020 at 9:54 pm
This year, the Passover Seder may be a smaller affair, but it offers our writer comfort, and a chance to reflect on the world we hope to reenter.
Coronavirus: Why more rats are being spotted during quarantine
on April 7, 2020 at 9:51 pm
Hungry rats unable to feed off restaurant leftovers are coming on to the streets and nearer homes.
Wuhan, Boris Johnson, Japan’s Virus Emergency: Your Wednesday Briefing
by Melina Delkic on April 7, 2020 at 9:40 pm
Here’s what you need to know.
Cong Refugees Wing resents ignoring PoJK DPs settled outside
on April 7, 2020 at 9:33 pm
JAMMU, Apr 7: Senior Congress leader and chairman of the Refugees wing of J&K Pradesh Congress Committee, Vinod Sharma has strongly ...
Ellison Barber Joins NBC News and MSNBC As Correspondent
on April 7, 2020 at 9:17 pm
She returned to the region in August of last year as an embedded journalist on the USNS Comfort, where Venezuelan refugees were treated. Barber ...
Fear Lingers in Wuhan as China Eases Lockdown
on April 7, 2020 at 9:01 pm
Epidemiologists, U.S. intelligence sources and residents suspect Chinese authorities substantially undercounted coronavirus infections and deaths over the past several months.
Passover Under Coronavirus Lockdown: Israeli Jews Revise the Rituals
by Isabel Kershner on April 7, 2020 at 8:34 pm
Why is this night different from all other nights? Israelis celebrate a festival of freedom under isolation and shelter-in-place orders.
Ecuador’s Former President Convicted on Corruption Charges
by José María León Cabrera on April 7, 2020 at 8:33 pm
The outcome of Rafael Correa’s closely watched trial is likely to affect Ecuador’s political landscape for years to come.
World Cup likely to stay in Qatar despite new bribery accusations in US
by David Conn on April 7, 2020 at 8:09 pm
US prosecutors say three Fifa officials took bribes during votingQatar supreme committee denies any allegations of wrongdoingThe 2022 World Cup is highly unlikely to be moved from Qatar despite the […]
How can coronavirus models get it so wrong?
by Sarah Boseley Health editor on April 7, 2020 at 7:43 pm
Analysis depends on data – so predictions for Italy and Spain, where peak has passed, are more reliable than for UKUK will have Europe’s worst death tollCoronavirus – latest updates […]
Paris bans outdoor exercise during the day amid coronavirus
by Morgan Phillips on April 7, 2020 at 7:38 pm
Authorities in Paris have banned exercise during daytime hours in an effort to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic.
Mark Sedwill: the securocrat steering Dominic Raab through Covid-19 crisis
by Rajeev Syal, Heather Stewart and Lisa O'Carroll on April 7, 2020 at 7:23 pm
Supporters of cabinet secretary say his role will be crucial with Boris Johnson illCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHe has been called the most powerful man in the […]
German woman, 101, violates coronavirus lockdown by escaping senior home, police say
by Bradford Betz on April 7, 2020 at 7:14 pm
A 101-year-old German woman on Tuesday escaped her senior home in violation of a nationwide lockdown to see her visit her daughter on her birthday, authorities said.