Italy sees smallest increase in coronavirus infections for almost four weeks with just 3,039 new cases in latest sign the country’s lockdown has been a success 

Italy today recorded its smallest increase in coronavirus infections for almost four weeks, with just 3,309 new cases, in the latest sign the lockdown has been a success. It amounts to a 2.3 percent rise in new cases, compared to…

Paris bans outdoor exercise and threatens to hit joggers with £120 fines amid coronavirus lockdown

France today banned all physical exercise in Paris during daylight hours as part of its ever-stricter coronavirus lockdown. In a shock move announced by the city’s Police Prefecture, joggers and walkers were told they would be fined the equivalent of…

600 people have been killed and 3,000 left in hospital in Iran after they drank neat alcohol in the mistaken belief it cures coronavirus

Hundreds of people have died and thousands more have been poisoned in Iran after drinking high-concentration alcohol in the mistaken belief it can cure coronavirus.  More than 600 people have died after attempting the cure and some 3,000 are now…

18 Japanese hospital trainee doctors come down with coronavirus after 40 gathered for a party in ‘unforgivable blunder’ 

Eighteen trainee doctors at one of Japan‘s most prestigious hospitals have contracted coronavirus after attending a party with colleagues – despite being repeatedly asked not to join large gatherings.   Keio University Hospital, in Tokyo, admitted that one trainee doctor tested…

Norway can now ‘open up society little by little’, PM Solberg says after health minister claimed coronavirus is ‘under control’ in the country 

Norway will relax coronavirus lockdown restrictions ‘little by little’, its Prime Minister Erna Solberg has said.  Speaking at a news conference, Solberg said:  ‘Together we have taken control of the virus, therefore we can open up society little by little.’  Nurseries…

Nude sunbathers are ordered to cover up (their mouths): Czech police issue warnings and instruct people to put on coronavirus face masks ‘even when wearing nothing else’

Nudists who sunbathed without protective face masks in the Czech Republic have been reprimanded by police and warned that clothes may be optional but masks are not.  More than a hundred people, including nudists, descended on the Czech spa town…

Coronavirus is blamed for surge in German anti-Semitism and sparking ‘boom in conspiracy theories’ including the claim Covid-19 was a failed Israeli bioweapon 

Hatred against Jewish people has spiked in Germany amid the coronavirus crisis, officials have revealed. Officials have reported a ‘boom in conspiracy theories’ since the crisis began, including one that states the pandemic is the result of a failed Israeli bioweapon…

I be-leaf! Image of Jesus appears in a tree in Colombia prompting locals to break coronavirus lockdown as they gather to pray

Dozens of Colombians broke with the country’s strict coronavirus lockdown to gather in front of a tree – after an image of Jesus appeared in its branches. The bizarre scenes took place in the town of Magangué, in the north of…

Saudi Arabia expects 200,000 coronavirus cases within weeks, health minister warns

Saudi Arabia is expecting up to 200,000 coronavirus cases within weeks, the country’s health minister said today.  The Gulf kingdom currently has 2,795 cases, the highest number in the Middle East apart from Iran, and 41 deaths. ‘Within the next few…

Sweden’s coronavirus death toll jumps by record 114: Fatal cases in lockdown-free nation rise to 591 as Finland orders extra checks on their border

Sweden has announced more than 100 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time, as its neighbour Finland ordered extra checks on their usually busy border.  The 114 new deaths bring the Swedish toll from 477 to 591, an…