Covid-19 vaccine trial begins: WHO

GENEVA – The first vaccine trial for the deadly coronavirus has begun, the World Health Organization (WHO) head said Wednesday. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the trial began “just 60 days after the genetic sequence of the virus was shared by China”. He did not say where the trial is being held. While the trial is … Read More

Italy cracks down on citizens amid lockdown

ROME – A rising number of infractions have pushed Italian authorities to take a firmer stance to enforce rules of an almost total lockdown aimed at limiting the coronavirus outbreak in Europe’s worst-hit country. More than 665,000 were subjected to checks between March 11 and 15, according to Interior Ministry’s data. More than 27,600 citizens and … Read More

WHO working with social platforms to prevent fake news

ANKARA – Governments need to improve precautions about the spread, diagnosis, and treatment of the coronavirus, World Health Organization’s (WHO) senior spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told Anadolu Agency on Monday. Chaib said emergency systems will be ready, but the capacity for diagnosis and treatment should be enhanced, hospital equipment should be ready at all times and life-saving … Read More

WHO declares coronavirus global pandemic

GENEVA — The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared coronavirus “a global pandemic.” At a news conference in Geneva at WHO headquarters, head of the UN health agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that over the past two weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases outside China increased 13-fold and tripled in the number of countries where it … Read More

US actor Tom Hanks, wife test positive for Covid-19

Award-winning American actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) amid the ongoing global outbreak of the disease. Hanks posted a statement on his Instagram account. Hanks and Wilson were in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s currently untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros. … Read More

China’s Xi makes 1st visit to coronavirus epicenter

ANKARA – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in China’s central Wuhan city on Tuesday morning, his first visit since the city shot to global infamy last December as the epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak. According to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, Xi will inspect medical facilities and prevention measures implemented in Wuhan and … Read More

North Korea fires ‘first projectiles’ of 2020

ANKARA – North Korea has launched “projectiles” past its coast for the first time in 2020, media reports said Monday. According to a statement by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Pyongyang fired two unidentified short-range projectiles into the East Sea, Yonhap news reported. North Korea had last fired two “unidentified projectiles” into the … Read More