Some UK police might have gone too far on coronavirus: minister

Police walk through Clapham common as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, March 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dylan MartinezLONDON (Reuters) - The British police have done a good job in the coronavirus crisis though there may be some individual instances of some officers going a little too far in enforcing a lockdown, Transport…

New York pleads for other states to help as U.S. health official projects grim death toll

White House health experts had argued strongly with U.S. President Donald Trump to extend a stay-at-home order for Americans fighting the spread of the coronavirus, so the country could start seeing the rates of infection come down, a top U.S. health official said on Monday.  "We felt that if we prematurely pulled back, we would only form…

Retail businesses reopen in Wuhan, China's original coronavirus epicentre

Shopkeepers in the city where China's virus outbreak began were reopening Monday, but customers were scarce after authorities lifted more of the anti-virus controls that kept tens of millions of people at home for two months. "I'm so excited, I want to cry," said a woman on one of Wuhan's major shopping streets, the Chuhe…

Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum in overnight raid

A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday. The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam said that The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884  by the Dutch master…

Why Germany's low COVID-19 death rate might be a mirage

The Germans have a pretty good idea of how and when COVID-19 arrived in their country. The first 16 infections were all traced to a Shanghai-based employee of a German auto parts maker, who paid a visit to company headquarters in Bavaria on Jan. 19.Authorities were notified on Jan. 27, the day after she first…

Trump extends physical distancing measures in U.S. until April 30

Bracing the nation for a grim death toll, U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday extended a voluntary national shutdown for a month, bowing to public health experts who told him the COVID-19 pandemic could claim over 100,000 lives in the U.S., perhaps significantly more, if not enough is done to fight it. It was a stark…