Even DIY face masks ‘better than nothing’ to combat virus, experts say

After the United States recommended citizens make their own cloth face masks, experts weigh in on their effectiveness Research shows surgical masks work, but even the gold standard N95 respirators should not be used as a substitute for social distancing,…

politico | Trump says he didn’t know of Navarro memos on possible pandemic

But the president asserted that his trade adviser’s documents lined up with his travel restrictions for foreigners coming from China US President Donald Trump denied that he’d ever seen a handful of memos, written and circulated through the White House…

Most passengers on Australia cruise ship near Antarctica test positive

The Greg Mortimer departed on a voyage to Antarctica on March 15 to retrace the steps of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, who died there in 1922 Of 217 people tested on the vessel, 128 were positive for the virus that…

Boris Johnson’s hospitalisation creates unprecedented power vacuum

Dominic Raab has become Britain’s stand-in leader, but does he command support from rival colleagues? Comes at crucial time for UK government which must make critical decisions country’s health crisis Boris Johnson’s hospitalisation with coronavirus has created an unprecedented power…

‘Pink’ supermoon – 2020’s largest – rises on world under lockdown

Nickname comes from pink flowers that bloom in April Full moons that come within 10 per cent of closest distance to Earth are known as supermoons The largest, brightest supermoon of 2020 rose in the night sky on Tuesday over…

Coronavirus crisis shows cracks in the US governing system, analysts say

The coronavirus outbreak has intensified the rivalry and magnified the structural differences between the US and China, Harvard professor Graham Allison says China’s autocratic system has performed better in some aspects than America’s democracy so far in responding to the…

politico | Trump removes watchdog overseeing US$2 trillion virus relief fund

Pentagon official Glenn Fine was originally meant to oversee pandemic relief effort, but was taken off the committee Move comes as Trump makes broad push against inspectors general scrutinising his actions US President Donald Trump has upended the panel of…

British Columbia is beating virus. Is it luck, and shrewd Chinese community?

Virologist Jason Kindrachuk ‘absolutely’ believes BC’s Chinese community may have suppressed Covid-19 by adopting physical distancing long ahead of others BC has reduced its daily rate of new Covid-19 infections to about 3 per cent, far below the 9 per…

US Navy chief resigns after firing captain who raised coronavirus alarm

Move comes hours after he apologised for slamming commander who fought to save sailors from outbreak on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt Modly had called Captain Brett Crozier ‘too naive or too stupid’ to be in charge of aircraft carrier…

Trump shakes up press team as White House grapples with virus

Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham out without holding single formal media briefing She will be replaced by top Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany US President Donald Trump shook up his communications team on Tuesday, replacing his press secretary and adding new…