Trump administration ready to send out more coronavirus relief money

President Donald Trump and his advisors showed more support for a new round of coronavirus relief spending this week as economic damage from the pandemic mounts.  The president on Thursday said, “I think we’re going to be helping people out” and “getting some money for them” as tens of millions of Americans lose paychecks and businesses struggle to survive … Continue reading Trump administration ready to send out more coronavirus relief money

US authorises use of EBOLA drug for treating the coronavirus.

The authorisation means the anti-viral drug can now be used on people who are hospitalised with severe Covid-19. A recent clinical trial showed the drug helped shorten the recovery time for people who were seriously ill. However, it did not significantly improve survival rates. Experts have warned the drug - which was originally developed to … Continue reading US authorises use of EBOLA drug for treating the coronavirus.

Apple and Google accelerate coronavirus contact tracing apps plan

Apple and Google have tightened privacy measures in the contact-tracing scheme they are offering to health authorities and brought forward its launch. The tech giants now intend to release a software building block to developers on Tuesday, allowing them to build compatible apps. A fortnight ago, the firms said it would take until mid-May. Apple's … Continue reading Apple and Google accelerate coronavirus contact tracing apps plan

Israeli court bans lawless contact tracing

Israel's Supreme Court has banned its intelligence agency from tracing the phone location of those infected with Covid-19, until new laws are passed. The Shin Bet internal security service had been given emergency powers in March to use the technology. Now, the court says legislation must be brought in for it to continue past 30 … Continue reading Israeli court bans lawless contact tracing

El Chapo’s daughter (Alejandrina) hands out coronavirus aid

One of the daughters of famed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and several Mexican cartels have been doling out aid packages to help cash-strapped residents ride out the coronavirus pandemic. On a video shared on Facebook, Guzman’s daughter, Alejandrina, can be seen stuffing toilet paper and food into a cardboard box bearing slick logos … Continue reading El Chapo’s daughter (Alejandrina) hands out coronavirus aid

Covid-19: 5G does not create or spread coronavirus

Many of those sharing the post are pushing a conspiracy theory falsely claiming that 5G - which is used in mobile phone networks and relies on signals carried by radio waves - is somehow responsible for coronavirus. These theories appear to have first emerged via Facebook posts in late January, around the same time the … Continue reading Covid-19: 5G does not create or spread coronavirus

US to halt funding to WHO, says Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he has instructed his administration to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). He said the WHO had "failed in its basic duty" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak. He accused the UN body of mismanaging and covering up the spread of the virus after it emerged … Continue reading US to halt funding to WHO, says Trump

Covid-19: Apple and Google team up for Covid-19 tracing

Apple and Google are jointly developing technology to alert people if they have recently come into contact with others found to be infected with coronavirus. They hope to initially help third-party contact-tracing apps run efficiently. But ultimately, they aim to do away with the need to download dedicated apps, to encourage the practice. The two companies … Continue reading Covid-19: Apple and Google team up for Covid-19 tracing