The government is considering releasing some offenders from prisons in England and Wales to ease pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the virus poses an “acute” risk in prisons, many of which are overcrowded. Some 3,500 prison staff – about 10% of the workforce... Read more
Scientists are to track the spread of the coronavirus in the UK by using clues in its genetic code. Analysing samples collected from patients will also reveal whether the virus is mutating into new strains. There have been more than 5,600 laboratory-confirmed cases in the UK so far, but... Read more
TOKYO (REUTERS) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday (March 23) that postponing the Tokyo Olympic Games may become an option if holding the event in “complete form” became impossible. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Sunday after an emergency meeting that it is stepping up... Read more
BEIJING (REUTERS) – Mainland China had 39 new confirmed cases on Sunday (March 22), the country’s National Health Commission said, down from 46 a day earlier. All of the new cases involved travellers arriving in China from abroad, the health authority said in a statement on Monday. That brings... Read more
7:33 PM ET Nate Saunders Close F1 Associate Editor • Previously worked in rugby union and British Superbikes • History graduate from Reading University • Joined ESPNF1 in February 2014 Laurence Edmondson Close F1 Editor • Joined ESPN in 2009 • An FIA accredited F1 journalist since 2011 While there was no actual racing... Read more
AFP/Reuters/Rome/Berlin/Madrid/Paris Italy’s world-topping toll from the coronavirus pandemic approached 5,500 yesterday after the Mediterranean country reported another 651 deaths. The novel coronavirus causes the Covid-19 disease. The latest daily toll was smaller than Saturday’s record 793 fatalities, but still the second-highest registered during Italy’s month-long crisis. The number of... Read more
Agencies/Mumbai Hundreds of millions of people stayed at home yesterday, heeding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for people to self-isolate to contain the coronavirus as confirmed cases in the country surge past 360, with seven deaths reported so far. While the curfew was voluntary and not an outright ban... Read more
By Arvind Subramanian/Cambridge We are still in the early stages of dealing with Covid-19. Yet, it is already clear that this new coronavirus will have long-lasting effects on the global economy, how we deal with pandemics, and perhaps even the architecture of international aid. This is because the Covid-19... Read more
BANGKOK (REUTERS) – The coronavirus pandemic led to a rare surge of online posts in Thailand questioning the monarchy on Sunday (March 22) and a government minister subsequently warned that inappropriate posts could lead to jail. Insulting the monarchy is a crime, punishable by up to 15 years in... Read more
Bloomberg/New York Bond investors are looking for orientation points this week in a fog of panic that’s paralysed parts of the world’s biggest and safest debt market. Roughly $340bn of Treasuries are on the way. That burst of supply could help a market starved of high-quality securities if it... Read more