UK reports 6,000 new coronavirus cases

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The UK on Wednesday reported 6,178 new coronavirus cases, a marked jump in the daily infection rate that comes a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled new nationwide restrictions. It follows a rise of 4,926 the day before and brings the total confirmed cases in Britain since the pandemic hit to 409,729. With a further 37 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, 41,862 people in Britain who tested […]

Trudeau promises 1 million jobs as virus, election risk loom

by Michel COMTE OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a grand plan Wednesday to address social inequalities laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic and create one million jobs during recovery, while also extending emergency measures for a second wave of Covid-19. In the so-called throne speech, read by Governor General Julie Payette at a joint sitting of MPs and senators, Trudeau’s government vowed to eliminate homelessness, hasten Canada’s fight against climate […]

J&J Covid-19 vaccine trial moves into late stage

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it was entering the final Phase 3 stage of its Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial following positive results in earlier stages. The trial will seek to enroll up to 60,000 volunteers across more than 200 sites in the US and around the world, the company and the US National Institutes for Health (NIH), which is providing funding, said. With the move, J&J becomes the tenth maker […]

US passes 200,000 virus deaths as spread quickens worldwide

by Agence France Presse bureaus WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States has passed 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, as a record-breaking wave of new infections forces authorities in Europe to reimpose lockdown restrictions. The world’s most powerful nation hit the figure just 41 days before a presidential election, and as the World Health Organization warned that new cases worldwide have risen to record highs. US President Donald Trump — who faces a […]

Japan may ease virus entry restrictions next month: reports

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan is considering easing strict coronavirus border restrictions from October to allow more foreign nationals to enter, local media reported Wednesday. Tourists would still be banned and only longer-term visas approved, the reports said, as the nation looks to rebuild its economy and prepare for the postponed Olympics next year. Japan currently bans entry for foreigners from most countries, but has been negotiating the gradual resumption of cross-border business travel. Business […]

Death toll in India building collapse jumps to 35

MUMBAI, India (AFP) — The death toll from an apartment block collapse in western India jumped to 35 Wednesday, officials said, as hopes of finding anyone else alive dimmed. Emergency workers from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have so far pulled 20 survivors from the rubble of the three-storey building in Bhiwandi, near Mumbai. An NDRF spokesman and local authorities told reporters that recovery teams, aided by sniffer dogs, retrieved 35 bodies buried under […]

Pandemic panners: Indonesians hunt for gold in desperate times

by Helena Kobogau, with Haeril Halim in Jakarta TIMIKA, Indonesia (AFP) — With the coronavirus devastating jobs across the country, desperate Indonesians are flocking to illegal gold mines as the soaring price of the precious metal overrides the risk to their lives and the environment. Spooked by the economic destruction wrought by the pandemic, consumers and investors around the world have been snapping up gold, which is seen as a hedge against volatility, sending its […]

US House adopts bill to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US House of Representatives adopted a budget bill Tuesday to avoid an imminent government shutdown and extend funding through early December, after Democrats reached a deal with the White House and Republicans. The bipartisan text would still need the Senate’s backing and President Donald Trump’s signature before it could enter into force. “We have reached an agreement with Republicans,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement following a […]

Trump says UN must ‘hold China accountable’ for Covid-19

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable by the world for its actions over the Covid-19 pandemic. In a recorded message played to the annual meeting of the UN, Trump accused Beijing of allowing the coronavirus to “leave China and infect the world.” “The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” he said. Trump, who faces a […]

Death toll from India building collapse jumps to 20

  MUMBAI, India (AFP) — The death toll from an apartment block collapse in western India climbed to 20 Tuesday, with more bodies likely to be recovered, officials said, as rescuers searched for survivors. Emergency workers from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have pulled 20 survivors — including two boys aged four and seven — from the rubble of the building in Bhiwandi, near Mumbai. An NDRF spokesman told reporters that recovery teams, aided […]

Honolulu battles food insecurity through programs to revive industries, feed families

  (Eagle News) — The City-county of Honolulu teamed up with local businesses to slowly restart the economy and, at the same time, help fight hunger on Oahu. In this combined report aired on Eagle News International, EBC Hawaii correspondent Alfred Acenas talks about the fish-to-dish program while another EBC correspondent in Hawaii Jhojie Carnate shares with us his first-hand experience in a recent drive-thru fresh food donation drive. (Eagle News Service)

UK to outline early pub closing as virus alert level raised

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The UK government will on Tuesday announce new measures to curb a concerning rise in coronavirus cases, shutting pubs in England early and recommending a return to working from home where possible. Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlines the restrictions to parliament at 1130 GMT, and was due to make a televised address to the nation at 1900 GMT. Top advisers on Monday warned the country could see up to 50,000 […]