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A 63-year-old man was shot dead in the Philippines after threatening village officials and police with a scythe at a coronavirus checkpoint, police said on Saturday. 

The man is believed to have been drunk when he threatened village officials and police manning the checkpoint in the town of Nasipit in the southern province of Agusan del Norte on Thursday, a police report said. 

"The suspect was cautioned by a village health worker ... for not wearing a face mask," the report...

New York City may soon have to conduct temporary burials of coronavirus victims as the death toll overwhelms morgues and crematoriums, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

People killed by the disease could be temporarily interred at Hart Island, the city’s sprawling potter’s field.

“If we need to do temporary burials to be able to tide us over to pass the crisis, and then work with each family on their appropriate arrangements, we have the ability to do that,” de Blasio told...

The former Vatican treasurer, 78, was the most senior Catholic figure ever jailed for such crimes.

In 2018, a jury found he abused two boys in Melbourne in the 1990s.

But the High Court of Australia quashed that verdict on Tuesday, bringing an immediate end to Cardinal Pell's six-year jail sentence.

The Australian cleric had maintained his innocence since he was charged by police in June 2017.

His case rocked the Catholic Church, where he had been one of the Pope'...

During a news conference on Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker said he reached out to the New England Patriots when he found himself in need of assistance to bring masks from China to Massachusetts after the ones ordered by the state were confiscated at a New York Port in March.

On Thursday, the Patriots team plane “AirKraft” brought approximately 1.2 million N95 masks from China to Boston. Massachusetts National Guardsmen met the plane at Boston’s Logan Airport and offloaded the masks onto...

As coronavirus spreads across the U.S., epidemiologists and public health experts keep hitting one message: Stay home. Without social distancing, Covid-19 could kill nearly 2 million Americans — perhaps 17 times as many as there would be if everyone hunkers down.

This is why, as of early April, the vast majority of Americans are living under shelter-at-home orders. But what about those who have no homes?

On any given day, more than 550,000 people live in the country’s shelters...

Shortly after his release from the al-Maskobiyya interrogation facility in occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian Government Minister of Jerusalem, Fadi al-Hadmi, said that the soldiers violently searched his home, and used dogs to inflict maximum damage, in addition to forcing him to wear a dirty mask that had signs of dried blood on it.

The Minister said that Israeli soldiers, police officers and internal security officers, stormed his home at dawn, after detonating the main doors, and...

According to the magazine L’express, the burden two European countries, people are most impressed COVID-19, ordered from a large Swedish company specializing in the production of disposable products. Goods were in transit through France when it confiscated: over a couple of days before President Emmanuel macron has signed a decree allowing the government to requisition all needed to combat the epidemic. The General Secretariat for defence and national security, an Advisory body to the Prime...

The Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem Affairs Minister Fadi al-Hadami was arrested by Israeli police on Friday.

The Jerusalem Affairs Ministry said in a statement that Israeli police raided the minister's house in Suwana neighbourhood of Jerusalem and took him into custody.

It said the police broke down doors and smashed windows of the minister’s house.

An unspecified amount of money was also seized before the minister was taken away to an interrogation center.

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Throughout the succession of government announcements since the coronavirus outbreak arrived in the UK, ministers have heard persistent calls for NHS workers to be tested. Yet the latest figures for England reveal just 2,000 out of about half a million frontline staff have been tested so far. Industry bodies describe hospitals being able to test just a handful of staff a day, prompting press descriptions of a "scandal".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a video message declaring...

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, whose mortality rate is higher in the elderly, a series of measures have been taken in nursing homes in Europe.

Nursing homes in the worst-hit countries by the pandemic, such as Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, and Spain, have been facing serious difficulties.

Visitors are banned from these facilities as part of measures to stem the spread of the virus, while there is a shortage of medical supplies.

Some families want to take their...

Stable coronavirus patients could be taken off ventilators in favour of those more likely to survive, it emerged on Wednesday, as another sharp rise in deaths left the UK braced for the outbreak to reach up to 1,000 deaths a day by the end of the week.

In a stark new document issued by the British Medical Association, doctors set out guidelines to ration care if the NHS becomes overwhelmed with new cases as the outbreak moves towards its peak.

A rise in the death toll of 563...

That's how 25-year-old Ibrahim Abu Safiya described the moment he saw someone lying on the ground near an Israeli checkpoint on the outskirts of Beit Sira village, west of Ramallah. 

"We approached the man lying on the ground, and he looked terribly ill," Abu Safiya told Middle East Eye. 

"He had an extremely high fever. He could barely move his body and he was struggling to breathe," Abu Safiya said. 

The man lying on the ground was a Palestinian labourer who works in...

Hospitals are threatening to fire health-care workers who publicize their working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic -- and have in some cases followed through.

Ming Lin, an emergency room physician in Washington state, said he was told Friday he was out of a job because he’d given an interview to a newspaper about a Facebook post detailing what he believed to be inadequate protective equipment and testing. In Chicago, a nurse was fired after emailing colleagues that she...

Germany may run into a shortage of critical medical equipment and hospital capacity even though the country has done relatively well in combating the coronavirus so far, scientists and politicians warned Sunday.

“We can’t rule out we’ll have more patients in need of ventilators than equipment,” Lothar Wieler, president of the public health group, Robert Koch Institute, told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. The country “clearly has to acknowledge that capacities...

A 17-year-old whose death was initially linked to the novel coronavirus despite not having any previously reported health conditions was denied treatment at a California medical facility over his lack of insurance, according to the mayor.

R Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, California, confirmed the teen’s death in a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, in which he warned residents to take the global pandemic seriously and practice self-isolation and social distancing measures....