Australia closes internal borders as unsourced coronavirus cases rise

Australian authorities expressed concern on Friday about a rise in the number of coronavirus cases without a known source, even as the country’s rate of new infections dropped sharply and internal border controls were tightened. FILE PHOTO: A man walks in a corridor near a sign with instructions about the coronavirus and social distancing following …

Australia’s health system capable of managing coronavirus pandemic: prime minister

Australia’s healthcare system should be able to cope with the coronavirus pandemic based on its current trajectory, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday. Australia has more than 5,200 cases of coronavirus, though the growth in new infections has fallen to single digits in recent days from spikes of between 25% and 30% two weeks …

Do social distancing better, White House doctor tells Americans. Trump objects

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House task force on the coronavirus, had a message for Americans on Thursday: do better at social distancing. President Donald Trump didn’t like the message. FILE PHOTO: White House Coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White …

Ecuador builds ‘special camp’ for coronavirus victims as bodies lie in homes

Ecuador’s government said on Thursday it was building a “special camp” for coronavirus victims in the country’s largest city of Guayaquil, where an outbreak has killed over 80 people, with many bodies left at home for days. President Lenin Moreno said the official total of 120 deaths across the Andean nation, among the highest tallies …

Airline industry braces for prolonged recovery from coronavirus crisis

International seat capacity has dropped by almost 80% from a year ago and half the world’s airplanes are in storage, new data shows, suggesting the aviation industry may take years to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A British Airways plane taxis past tail fins of parked aircraft to the runway near Terminal 5 …