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Chair of Chatham House gives his views on a world after COVID-19

Editor's Note: Jim O'Neill (O'Neill), an economist who coined the term “BRIC," former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and chair of British think tank Chatham House, shared his views with Global Times reporter Sun Wei (GT) on the status of European and American pandemic control and the impact of COVID-19 on globalization in an exclusive interview as he calls for efforts in supporting both the WHO and the IMF to play an effective, leading role in the global response.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/20 20:43:40

Germany to cover costs of foreign viral patients

Germany will foot the bill for treating novel coronavirus patients taken in from European Union (EU) neighbor countries as a gesture of goodwill, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/20 19:33:42

First-ever digital Holocaust ceremony for survivors' safety

Berthe Badehi, who hid from the Nazis as a child during World War II, has become one of the many Holocaust survivors confined in their homes to evade the coronavirus.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/20 19:28:40

Minuscule traces of coronavirus in Paris water not a risk: Chinese scholars

The detection of "minuscule traces" of the novel coronavirus in non-potable water in Paris is very unlikely to raise the local epidemic infection risk for residents, Chinese scholars said on Monday, due to the extremely low density of the virus in water. They added that the discovery is probably only a result of sample contamination by collectors who themselves were infected.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/20 18:28:44

UK govt criticized for telling medical workers to reuse PPE amid shortages

Doctors and health workers criticized the British government on Saturday for suggesting that personal protective equipment (PPE) worn while treating patients infected with coronavirus could be reused, as supplies run low across the country.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/19 19:18:40

It's potatoes, again, for circus animals in Italy lockdown

What do you call a hungry alligator during a coronavirus lockdown? An Italian circus stuck in a car park for two months has the answer: a problem.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/19 18:38:40

France reports 642 more COVID-19 deaths, raising death toll to 19,323

France reports 642 more COVID-19 deaths, raising death toll to 19,323
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/19 13:24:48

COVID-19 deaths in Italy pass 23,000 as it prepares for "Phase Two"

A further 482 people had died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in Italy, raising the country's death toll to 23,227, official data showed on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/19 8:22:09

Latvia receives coronavirus test kits donated by China

A consignment of 20 novel coronavirus test kits donated by China was delivered to Latvia on Friday, according to the Chinese Embassy in Latvia.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/18 17:24:43

Portugal extends state of emergency for two weeks, in hope of early return to recovery

Portugal has extended for the second time its state of emergency by two weeks to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet the country expected a transition from the restrictions to normal economic and social activities in May.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/17 16:04:48

Polish gov't unveils roadmap for lifting anti-virus restrictions

The Polish government on Thursday unveiled a multi-stage roadmap for lifting economic and social restrictions put in place to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/17 15:04:28

In Piraeus, tech experts 3D print face shields for medical staff on virus frontline

In a hi-tech hub at the Greek port city of Piraeus, experts in new technologies are racing against time day in and day out this April to meet Greek hospitals' needs for personal protective equipment (PPE) in the war against the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/17 14:47:47

Europe's new jobless urged to pick fruit amid huge farm labor shortage

From Italy to Britain, travel bans to curb the spread of COVID-19 have left farms across western Europe short of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, raising fears that crops could end up rotting in the fields.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/16 19:38:41

Aspirin use cuts risk of digestive tract cancers by 20-40 percent: study

Regular aspirin use reduces the risk of digestive tract cancer by 20 to 40 percent, according to findings published on Thursday that bolster growing evidence the common analgesic can help prevent the disease.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/16 19:38:40

Lone bell chime honors revered French monument

A lone bell rang out from what remains of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Wednesday, in the sole commemoration to mark a year since a massive blaze nearly destroyed one of the world's most revered monuments.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/16 19:18:41

UK economy could shrink by 35 pct in Q2: OBR

Due to the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Britain's gross domestic product (GDP) could fall 35 percent in the second quarter but will bounce back quickly, said the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/16 13:08:35

Putin proposes additional state funding to businesses to cushion losses caused by COVID-19

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday instructed the government to provide gratuitous funding from the state coffers to domestic businesses most hit by COVID-19.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/16 11:06:45

Facing the nation

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (right) attends the first question time session held since the state of alarm was declared at the Lower Chamber of the Spanish parliament in Madrid on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2020/4/16 1:23:40