Can the coronavirus infect someone twice?

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:25:26 GMT

Up to 10 percent of coronavirus patients leaving medical facilities in Wuhan after being tested negative for Covid-19 seem to have subsequently been re-infected, according to the South China Morning Post. This is not the first time that there have been reports of re-infection. Nevertheless, scientists say that it is unlikely that the virus is striking twice.

Coronavirus: 'The fight has only just begun,' says French PM

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:29:00 GMT

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe warned on Saturday that "the first 15 days of April will be even more difficult than the last 15 days which have just passed" in France's coronavirus crisis, adding that, "The fight has only just begun." 

Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:24:32 GMT

Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Elsewhere, officers were captured in mobile phone footage whacking people with batons. 

Italy coronavirus death toll tops 10,000 despite lockdown

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:50:43 GMT

The coronavirus toll in Italy shot past 10,000 on Saturday and showed little sign of slowing despite a 16-day lockdown. 

New York postpones presidential primary amid coronavirus, Trump mulls quarantine

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:10:01 GMT

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday the state will postpone its presidential primary election by nearly two months, citing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, while Donald Trump said he is considering imposing a quarantine on New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 

France issues call to 'buy French' as coronavirus erodes single market

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:03:44 GMT

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the Eurozone’s economy, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire issued a rallying cry to the nation’s supermarkets on 24 March: ‘Stock French products!’

UK coronavirus death toll surges, surpassing 1,000

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:47:31 GMT

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Britain has risen to 1,019 up from 759 the day before, according to government figures released Saturday. 

Spain toughens lockdown after record 24 hour coronavirus death toll

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:40:30 GMT

Spain toughened its nationwide lockdown on Saturday, halting all non-essential activities as it stepped up its fight against the coronavirus, in response to the death toll surging to 5,690 after a record 832 people died in 24 hours.  

Macron vows support for Italy as country logs its highest one-day death toll

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:32:52 GMT

French President Emmanuel Macron sought on Saturday to win over Italians, saying in an interview with Italy’s leading newspapers that France was there to help as the country recorded its highest one-day death toll from the coronavirus pandemic.

Russia’s low rate of coronavirus infections means few fear pandemic

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 13:05:24 GMT

Russia seems to have been largely spared from the global coronavirus pandemic, with official statistics recording just over 1,000 confirmed cases and four COVID-19 deaths since the start of the outbreak. The low figures mean that few Russians feel the need to protect themselves. FRANCE 24 reports from Moscow.

Trump signs $2.2 trillion US stimulus package into law

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 21:07:50 GMT

President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.

Bolsonaro questions number of Brazil coronavirus deaths

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 07:12:57 GMT

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday cast doubt on Sao Paulo’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak and accused the state governor of manipulating the numbers for political ends, without giving evidence for his claims.

American civil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies at 98

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:46:48 GMT

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the country’s first black president and echoed the call for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” in America.

‘What public service is about’: French schools open to children of health workers battling virus

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:32:02 GMT

Although French schools are officially shut, some continue to care for the children of key workers on the coronavirus frontline. FRANCE 24 spoke to teachers who volunteer to look after health workers’ offspring even as they grapple with the challenges of home-schooling.

Guineans overwhelmingly vote to back controversial new constitution

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:21:38 GMT

Guinea has voted to back a contested new constitution, the country’s electoral body said Friday, in a blow to President Alpha Conde’s opponents who fear the reforms are a ploy to extend his grip on power.

France records 299 new coronavirus deaths in a day as fatalities climb to 1,995

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:49:13 GMT

French health authorities reported 299 new deaths from coronavirus on Thursday, taking the total to 1,995, as the government has decided to extend by two weeks the national lockdown, now due to end on April 15 at the earliest.

Confinement, week #2: An empty Paris, police patrols and homemade face masks

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:43:12 GMT

In the first edition of our new show "Confinement", FRANCE 24 reports on how France is coping with the coronavirus outbreak. The country has been under lockdown since March 17, but our team of reporters is continuing to inform you about this unprecedented situation. We bring you four reports showing how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of us all.

French PM extends coronavirus lockdown until April 15

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:21:10 GMT

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced on Friday an extension of a nationwide lockdown in an effort to stem a surge in coronavirus cases across France.

16-year-old girl becomes France’s youngest coronavirus victim

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 06:44:30 GMT

The mother of France’s youngest coronavirus victim has spoken of the “unbearable” loss of her 16-year-old daughter, as the country reported its highest daily toll from the pandemic.

Rise of the drones: Unmanned vehicles become key tool in coronavirus battle

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:00:36 GMT

Around the world, authorities are turning to drones in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, using them to enforce lockdowns and disinfect urban areas.

France sanctions use of chloroquine for certain patients with coronavirus

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 08:12:09 GMT

The French government has officially sanctioned prescriptions of chloroquine to treat certain coronavirus patients. Speaking about chloroquine, Jérôme Salomon, France's director general of health, said: "This ensures continued treatment of patients who have been treated for several years for a chronic condition with this drug, but also allows a temporary authorization to allow certain patients with coronavirus to benefit from this therapeutic route."