Ukrainian church leader who called Covid-19 ‘God’s punishment’ for same-sex marriage tests positive for virus

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church–Kiev Patriarchate is one of the largest Christian denominations in the country. Members of the Kiev Patriarchate made up about 25% of Ukraine’s 27.8 million Orthodox believers in 2016, according to the Ukrainian think tank Razumkov Centre.

Woodward book: Trump privately called COVID-19 ‘deadly’ early on, boasted of secret weapons system

The section on Trump’s COVID-19 comments generated quick controversy, though the cryptic details on a new weapons system are sure to spark speculation. Woodward quoted Trump saying that the U.S. has built a weapons system “that nobody’s ever had in this country before.”

Despite Strict Lockdown, Spain Sees Sharp COVID-19 Spike

Hernández also said part of the blame lay with regional authorities’ responses to migrant fruit pickers who travel around the country getting work where there are harvests. Many are forced to live in cramped conditions in which social distancing is difficult, if not impossible. 

Malawi President Calls for United Front Against COVID-19

“We equally have other diseases that have killed us; and they are infectious; TB, cholera, whatever, we have lived with those diseased and we are living with them, if you go to major hospitals, go and look at the death rate, there are so many Malawians dying every day of other diseases other than COVID,” […]

How Superspreaders – People and Places – Drive COVID-19 Pandemic

Prolonged exposure in confined indoor spaces with limited ventilation clearly is problematic, as some of the earliest case studies showed. At a restaurant in Guangzhou, China, in January, one patient infected nine others along the flow of the air conditioning. At a call center in South Korea in February, more than 40% of the workers […]

San Francisco 49ers Reactivate Star Linebacker Fred Warner From COVID-19 Injured Reserve

SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — Just days ahead of their 2020 season opener against the Arizona Cardinals, the San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday star linebacker Fred Warner was returning to practice after spending time on the NFL’s COVID-19 Injured Reserve list.

False Positive COVID-19 Test Baffled San Francisco Giants Outfielder Alex Dickerson

Dickerson said he and his wife received hurtful and unnecessary scrutiny based on reporting that he had socialized with them. Dickerson’s name was mentioned on social media Friday though most teams don’t identify positive tests unless the player consents to allowing it to be released publicly.

Hundreds of Migrants Call for Freedom at Camp on Gran Canaria

At the crammed makeshift camp in Arguineguin, police with batons rushed to the area after a group of migrants moved a fence that encircles the camp, and made the protesters retreat without force. Some jumped the fence but were quickly told by police to go back into the camp.

COVID-19 Plunges Australia Into First Recession Since 1991

“If you look at what was happening towards the end of June and early July, we were certainly heading in the right direction.  Jobs were being restored across the economy, and indeed, across many sectors of the economy, activity was picking up.  But then, of course, the outbreak in Victoria that happened.  So, what we […]

French PM: No New Lockdown Despite COVID-19 Surge

In a televised statement in Paris, following a meeting with the Defense Council, Castex acknowledged the COVID-19 situation has gotten worse, and he urged citizens to practice social distancing and wear masks. In addition, he said, the government would take steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.