Coronavirus (COVID-19) – English News

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – English News

Can a face mask protect me from coronavirus? Covid-19 myths busted

The truth about how you can catch coronavirus, who is most vulnerable and what you can do to avoid infection
Find all our coronavirus coverage hereCoronavirus – latest news and updatesWhat are the symptoms and should I see a doctor?Wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick – viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks. However, masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus, and some studies have estimated a roughly fivefold protection versus no barrier alone (although others have found lower levels of effectiveness).
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‘If the hotels go down, everything does’: the tourism hotspots hit by slowdown

From Costa Rica to the Caribbean, beaches are closed and carnivals called off as coronavirus takes toll
Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is high season on Espadilla beach in Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio national park. Normally, spring breakers, honeymooners and retirees from around the world would be jostling for space on the pristine white sands overlooked by rainforest-covered hills.
But Costa Rica closed all its beaches on Friday to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Locals tell of mass sackings and the cancellation of thousands of hotel reservations. The shorefront is blocked off with yellow hazard tape and the vultures that linger on the beach each morning seem increasingly ominous.
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Pompeo arrives in Kabul despite US advice against international travel

Attempt to save stalled Afghanistan peace process comes as most world leaders have curtailed travel due to coronavirus
Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUS secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has arrived in Kabul on an urgent visit to try to move forward a US peace deal signed with the Taliban last month, a trip that comes despite the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when world leaders and statesmen are curtailing official travel.
Since the signing of the deal, the peace process has stalled amid political turmoil in Afghanistan, with the country’s leaders squabbling over who was elected president.
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Rapes, murders … and coronavirus: the dangers US asylum seekers in Mexico must face

Migrants forced to wait in Mexico are confronted with another threat to their health and safety as the virus spreads
Stuart isn’t leaving his house in Tijuana right now unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Like countless others across the world, the Guatemalan asylum seeker is wary of contracting the coronavirus. But he’s also worried about going outside after Mexican municipal police detained him illegally, then tortured and robbed him earlier this month, according to him and his attorney.
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Hungary to consider bill that would allow Orbán to rule by decree

Government says legislation is a necessary response to coronavirus but critics fear it is open to abuse
Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHungary’s parliament will this week consider an emergency bill that would give prime minister Viktor Orbán sweeping powers to rule by decree, without a clear cut-off date.
The bill seeks to extend the state of emergency declared earlier this month over coronavirus, and could also see people jailed for spreading information deemed to be fake news. The government has portrayed the move as a necessary response to the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, but critics immediately labelled the legislation as dangerously open-ended and vulnerable to abuse.
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The isolated tribes at risk of illness from Amazon missionaries

As evangelical Christians use their influence with Brazil’s government to cast their net ever wider, indigenous people vulnerable to common diseases face a growing threat
A radical group of evangelical Christian missionaries set on converting every last tribe on Earth has raised fears that deadly diseases – and even the coronavirus – will spread in the Brazilian Amazon. The group has based its newly bought helicopter right beside a reserve with the world’s highest concentration of isolated indigenous groups, who have little resistance to common illnesses.
There are more than 100 isolated indigenous groups in Brazil, all highly vulnerable to common diseases such as measles and flu, and 16 of them live in the same reserve in the Javari Valley, a vast, remote area the size of Austria. Covid-19 could wipe out any of them.
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Job losses from Australia’s coronavirus shutdown will be ‘devastating’

Employers must decide whether to stand down or lay off workers as restaurants, bars and clubs shut their doors
Employers in the hospitality sector were scrambling to develop plans to either stand down hundreds of thousands of workers or lay them off, as restaurants, bars and clubs shut their doors at noon on Monday.
One of the largest employers, Crown Resorts, which employs an estimated 18,500 workers and contractors, made a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange on Monday afternoon.
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Philippines isolates hundreds of health workers as coronavirus cases rise in south-east Asia

Indonesian capital shuts entertainment venues to prevent spread and cases spike in Thailand and Cambodia
Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 670 Filipino health workers have been quarantined over fears they were exposed to coronavirus, while others have resorted to using bin bags for protection as case numbers rise across much of south-east Asia.
More than 50 million people in the Philippines remain under lockdown, while the country’s medical facilities struggle with a lack of testing kits and shortages of protective equipment. Two major hospitals in the capital – the Medical City and the University of Santo Tomas Hospital – have quarantined at total of 674 health workers over fears they have been exposed to the virus, placing additional strain on wards. Across the country, two doctors are confirmed to have died.
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Energy storage boom stalls in Europe

Slowdown in large-scale clean energy projects started before coronavirus crisis due to lack of state support
Europe’s energy storage boom stalled last year due to a slowdown in large-scale schemes designed to store clean electricity from major renewable energy projects, according to the European Association for Storage of Energy (Ease).
A new study by consultants Delta-EE for Ease found that the European market grew by a total of 1 gigawatts per hour in 2019, a significant slowdown compared with 2018, when the energy storage market exceeded expectations to grow by 1.47GWh.
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