Putin says Russia agrees on oil output cuts, blames Saudis for low prices

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia was ready for deep oil production cuts with the United States and OPEC, but firmly put the blame for the collapse in oil prices on OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia.

Britain will tighten coronavirus restrictions if people flout rules

“The health implications of the lock down that we anticipate – increased alcohol consumption, domestic violence, anxiety and depression, poor diet and decreased physical activity will get worse if we confine more of us to our homes without the hugely important respite that outdoor exercise provides,” said Linda Bauld, a public health specialist at Edinburgh […]

UPDATE 1-Swiss firms put 1.3 mln workers on shorter hours as epidemic guts economy

Six percent of deaths were people under 65, but the median age of those who have died in Switzerland so far is 83, Koch said, with 97% suffering from previous illnesses, underscoring those most at risk from COVID-19. The most common condition was high blood pressure with 69%, followed by cardiovascular disease at 55% and […]

British health minister denies clash with finance chief over lockdown strategy

LONDON (Reuters) – British Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Sunday denied there was any disagreement with Finance Minister Rishi Sunak about when lockdown restrictions to fight the coronavirus could be lifted.

Putin pins blame on Saudi Arabia and coronavirus for collapse in oil prices

At a meeting with Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Putin said Saudi Arabia was planning to get rid of its shale oil competitors and in order to do so, had to push the price lower than $40 a barrel.

Putin offers week-long holiday for Russians in social package to combat coronavirus

Russia has reported 658 cases of coronavirus, with Wednesday seeing its sharpest increase in new cases, and says nobody has died. But the economy has been hit by prolonged uncertainty over coronavirus and tumbling oil prices, which has seen the rouble fall to four-year lows.

Turkey’s coronavirus death toll reaches 574 with 27,069 cases: minister

The medic checks the temperature of a passenger in a bus on a highway near Istanbul after the government decided to shut down the borders of 31 cities for all vehicles excluding transit passage for essential supplies, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey April 4, 2020. REUTERS/Umit […]

Britain must not ease coronavirus restrictions too soon – Deputy CMO

LONDON, April 5 (Reuters) – Britain should not start to lift restrictions on social contact until it is clear that coronavirus transmission is in retreat, otherwise a second wave could occur, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said on Sunday.

UK’s Hancock says tighter coronavirus rules ‘not imminent’

Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock holds a Covid-19 Digital Press Conference with Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jenny Harries (not pictured), in 10 Downing Street in London, Britain April 5, 2020. Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IMAGE CAN NOT BE USED FOR […]

UK PM Johnson admitted to hospital for tests after persistent coronavirus symptoms

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday in what Downing Street said was a “precautionary step” because he was showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.