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 …

Mistrustful of state, Brazil slum hires own doctors to fight virus

Emerson Barata draws a circular map of Sao Paulo’s largest slum, Paraisopolis, and begins to mark confirmed coronavirus cases in blue ink. At the center of the favela of around 120,000 people, which crowds between luxury apartment blocks and high-walled mansions, he draws four dots. “It’s going to get a lot worse,” the 34-year-old tells …

Volunteer disinfectant sprayers help Wuhan prepare for a return to work

Volunteers in hazmat suits have been spraying Wuhan with disinfectant to help the Chinese city where the coronavirus first took hold get back to work as the number of new cases in China drops. Wuhan, where 11 million people live, had been paralysed by containment efforts imposed by authorities, who shut down public transport as …

China’s Hubei province reports four new coronavirus deaths as of April 2

Mainland China reported 31 new confirmed coronavirus cases, including two locally transmitted infections, the country’s National Health Commission said on Friday. Mainland China also reported four new deaths as of Thursday, all in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak began, the commission said in a statement. The total number of infections now stands at 81,620 …

Biden: Trump administration showed ‘poor judgment’ in removing warship commander

Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden said on Thursday that the Trump administration showed “poor judgment” in relieving the commander of an aircraft carrier who sought stronger measures to control a coronavirus outbreak onboard. “Donald Trump’s Acting Navy Secretary shot the messenger – a commanding officer who was faithful to both his national security mission and …

Wuhan official urges vigilance as China plans to mourn coronavirus ‘martyrs’

The top official in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in China, warned residents to strengthen self-protection measures and avoid going out as Beijing preaches vigilance to avoid a resurgence of infections. FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks check their phones at a residential area blocked by barriers in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicentre …

Mexican official says no plans for border closures, as death toll rises

Mexico’s deputy health minister said on Thursday there are no plans for border closures even as the country’s death toll from the coronavirus jumped to 50 from 37 a day earlier. “There’s no plan, because there’s no intention to use the border closure mechanism as if it were a useful mechanism for controlling the epidemic,” …

Wuhan official preaches vigilance as China plans to mourn coronavirus ‘martyrs’

The top official in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in China, warned residents to strengthen self-protection measures and avoid going out as Beijing preaches vigilance to avoid a resurgence of infections. China, which appears to have curbed the epidemic through draconian travel and transport restrictions that paralysed the country and its economy for …

Brazil turns to China for help in coronavirus fight, eyes U.S. cooperation

Brazil faces a tense period in the coming weeks in its battle against the coronavirus, with supplies of medical and protective equipment running low and fresh shipments from China not expected to arrive in the country for another month. A worker disinfects a bus stop during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Curitiba, …