'Million at risk' as attacks on Afghan healthcare facilities rise

Red Cross raises concern over spike in attacks on health facilities and large number of coronavirus cases among medics. Rising violence and attacks on healthcare facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic have put millions of people at risk in Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned. In

Spain begins 10-day mourning period for coronavirus victims

Flags across nation to be lowered to half-mast until June 5 to honour more than 27,000 lives lost so far to COVID-19. Spain has begun an official 10-day mourning period for the tens of thousands of victims of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Starting from Wednesday, all flags on

Venezuela health system 'grossly unprepared' for COVID-19 crisis

Venezuela has 1,177 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths, but rights groups say the real numbers are much higher. The Venezuelan healthcare system is “grossly unprepared” to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, further “jeopardising the health of Venezuelans and threatening to contribute to spread of the disease”, human rights

Spain daily coronavirus deaths reach six-week low: Live updates

Spain records 164 more deaths from COVID-19, lowest daily rise since March 18, taking the total to 25,264. Spain’s death toll rose by 164 to 25,264 on Sunday, the health ministry said, the lowest one-day increase since March 18. Confirmed cases of the virus rose to 217,466 from 216,582, the

Day after Trump claim, WHO says coronavirus 'natural in origin'

WHO responds to comments by US president, who claimed he has seen evidence the virus originated in a Chinese lab. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reiterated that the new coronavirus was of natural origin after United States President Donald Trump claimed he had seen evidence it originated in a

Selfie-snapping Bolsonaro defies coronavirus advice: Live updates

Brazil’s president plucks children from crowd for photos, as country’s outbreak becomes larger than Spain and Italy. Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.  Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro continues to defy social-distancing rules, joining a demonstration outside his office

Angola: Teen killed by soldier during coronavirus mask operation

Soldier shoots 17-year-old who was allegedly protesting against a military-led awareness campaign on face-mask usage. An Angolan soldier shot and killed a teenager during an operation to enforce the wearing of face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the government has said. The home affairs ministry said a 17-year-old

Lesotho becomes last African country to record coronavirus case

The high-altitude kingdom surrounded by South Africa confirms first case: a national studying in Saudi Arabia. The southern African country of Lesotho has recorded its first coronavirus case, its health ministry has said, becoming the last nation on the continent to confirm an infection. The ministry on Wednesday said it

Malaysia 'detains migrants, refugees' amid coronavirus lockdown

HRW and Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network say more than 700 people taken into custody, including children. Malaysia has arrested hundreds of refugees and migrant workers for “illegally” living in the country, rights groups said, at a time of movement and travel restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the

Afghanistan likely facing coronavirus 'health disaster': Watchdog

Poor healthcare system and ongoing war will make it difficult to contain coronavirus, the US watchdog SIGAR says. Afghanistan, beset by a poor healthcare system, malnutrition, war and other vulnerabilities, is likely facing a “health disaster” from the coronavirus, a watchdog report to the United States Congress has warned. The report,