• Al Jazeera

    China calls Taiwan's attacks on WHO 'venomous'

    China has accused Taiwan of "venomously" attacking the World Health Organization (WHO), taking advantage of the current coronavirus crisis to seek independence, and conspiring with internet users to spread racist comments, after the WHO chief said a racist attack directed at him had come from the island. Taiwan had responded angrily on Thursday to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' assertion this week, and demanded he apologise, saying the accusations were "slander" and "extremely irresponsible". More: Did Donald Trump ignore dire coronavirus warnings? Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases? What happens if you catch the new coronavirus? Taiwan, which China claims for

  • Egypt Independent

    Pass the salt: The minute details that helped Germany build virus defenses

    MUNICH (Reuters) – One January lunchtime in a car parts company, a worker turned to a colleague and asked to borrow the salt. As well as the saltshaker, in that instant, they shared the new coronavirus, scientists have since concluded. That their exchange was documented at all is the result of intense scrutiny, part of a rare success story in the global fight against the virus. The co-workers were early links in what was to be the first documented chain of multiple human-to-human transmissions outside Asia of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. They are based in Stockdorf, a German town of 4,000 near Munich in Bavaria, and they work at car parts supplier Webasto Group. The company

  • Al Jazeera

    Coronavirus widespread among Saudi royal family: Report

    Dozens of members of the ruling Saudi royal family, as many as 150, have been infected with coronavirus in recent weeks, a news report said. Saudi Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - the governor of the capital Riyadh who is in his 70s - is in intensive care after contracting the virus, according to The New York Times, which cited hospital communications, doctors in the country and sources familiar with the family.  King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) have retreated into isolation to avoid the outbreak.  More: Coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could reach 200,000: Minister Saudi Arabia and UAE escalate measures to contain coronavirus MBS's crackdown: What prompted

  • The National

    From James Arthur to Michael Jackson: these 12 celebrities have all lived in Bahrain

    For a tiny island, Bahrain has certainly welcomed a lot of big stars Not only have some of the most recognisable names in modern-day music and film visited the kingdom on holiday, but a number of them actually made it their home. Here are a few of the most famous past and present island residents. James Arthur The 2012 X Factor winner and global chart-topping singer-songwriter moved to Bahrain with his mother and two sisters when he was just 9 years old, in 1997. He was there for four years, attending the British School of Bahrain – where he was known for starring in school plays. In April 2001, the family moved back to England. Michael Jackson After his acquittal of child abuse charges following

  • Arab News

    Iran threat to US troops in Iraq remains 'significant'

    DUBAI: A further 331 people have tested positive with the coronavirus in the UAE, bringing the total confirmed cases to 2,990, state news agency WAM reported. The health ministry said the new patients were all in a stable condition and receiving the necessary treatment. Meanwhile two expats have died, the ministry confirmed – both had prior chronic illnesses – bringing the number of lives lost due to COVID-19 in the UAE to 14. But there continues to be glimmers of hope, with a further 29 people who have recovered, bringing that total to 268. The UAE carried out more than 40,000 coronavirus tests over the past two days using latest state-of-the-art-technology as part of the country's efforts to

  • BBC News

    Coronavirus: Arrests after men lick hands and wipe supermarket food

    Police have made two arrests after two men were seen on CCTV licking their hands and wiping them over vegetables, meat and fridge handles in a supermarket. The men walked into the Sainsbury's store in Lancaster Road, Morecambe, on Saturday afternoon. Staff were forced to thoroughly disinfect the store and destroy products, Lancashire Police said. Insp James Martin described the incident as "flabbergasting".

  • Al Jazeera

    How long will coronavirus lockdowns, travel bans last?

    At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, the skies above China's Wuhan brightened as towers along both sides of the Yangtze River lit up in tribute to the health workers who helped the city of 11 million curb a deadly outbreak of the new coronavirus. Cheers of "My Wuhan is back" and "Wuhan, let's go" rang out on the embankments as bridges and highways opened up for the first time in 76 days, allowing people to leave the industrial hub and epicentre of China's coronavirus epidemic. More: Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by country Lockdowns, closures: How is each US state handling coronavirus? Doctor's Note: Obesity and the coronavirus risk Beijing sealed off Wuhan on January