Iran defends virus response as Syria reports first death

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said authorities had to consider the effect of mass quarantine efforts on Iran’s beleaguered economy, which is under heavy U.S. sanctions. It’s a dilemma playing out across the globe, as leaders struggle to strike a balance between restricting human contact and keeping their economies from crashing.

U.S. renews sanctions waivers allowing Iran nonproliferation work

“Stop lying. … It’s not the sanctions. It’s the regime,” Ortagus said on Monday in a Twitter post that copied a tweet by Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, accusing Washington of waging an economic war on Iranians and engaging in “medical terror” amid the outbreak.

NHS workers are forced to fight coronavirus with box of out-of-date face masks with two ‘best before’ stickers hiding original expiry date of May 2012

The possibly dangerous equipment was given to staff just days after the government announced it would send over 1.7million pieces of PPE to NHS staff as it aimed to ramp up the country’s battle against COVID-19.  

Top news of the day: Malaysian Tablighi Jamaat attendees stopped from leaving India, ICMR says no evidence yet of COVID-19 being airborne, and more

Coronavirus | U.K. plans 7 special flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Goa for stranded Britons An estimated 35,000 British nationals are currently in India, out of whom over 20,000 have contacted the British High Commission to say they wish to return to the U.K. | Unending ordeal for Iran-returned 230 Kashmiri students in Rajasthan quarantine centres

Amazon drops $300 off of the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 ahead of Prime Day 2019

The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is our favorite 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid here at Digital Trends due to its compact design, processing power, and high-performance features. One gripe we did have concerned the Surface Pro 6’s ability as a stand-alone tablet, but with the sturdy keyboard of the Surface type cover included in this Amazon deal, […]

Dell launches $200 discount on XPS 13 and Inspiron laptops for Prime Day 2019

Editors’ Recommendations The best cheap Dell laptop deals for April 2020 Dell Semi-Annual Sale: Huge discounts on Alienware, XPS 2-in-1s, and more Dell President’s Day Sale: 40% off Alienware, XPS 2-in-1s, and more laptop deals Cheap Gaming Laptops: Big discounts on Acer, Dell, HP, MSI, and Razer The best cheap desktop computer deals for April […]

Coronavirus deaths in UK rise by 621 in a day to 4,934 – including 29 patients with no underlying health conditions: Infections leap by 5,903 to 47,806 – the largest daily rise yet at 59 per cent – despite hopes that cases had begun to plateau

Professor Alison Pittard, dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, which represents 3,500 critical care medics, told The Sunday Times: ’I know there are departments where up to 50 per cent of their medical staff are unable to work because of this.’ 

SF pressured to help families struggling with day care, preschool

Although San Francisco has long been the butt of jokes for having more dogs than children, the city has actually done more than many of its neighbors to help needy families. In the 1990s San Francisco became the first city in the country to invest local dollars in child care subsidies, combining city funds with […]

Lockdown days: Archer Tarundeep Rai builds muscles to stay in shape for third Olympics

He has been forced to change his training due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic and the 21-day nationwide lockdown. His daily routine now is to search YouTube for videos on “how to build shoulder muscles” and train at the gym for long hours.

Joe Wicks melts hearts with sweet video of his daddy day with daughter Indie

A source told Mirror Online: “Publishers know, with the huge success of being the nation’s PE teacher, he’s now a household name and they are desperate to tap him up to release his own range of children’s books in time for Christmas this year.”