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Bulgaria makes masks obligatory in public as new COVID-19 cases surge -

Bulgaria makes masks obligatory in public as new COVID-19 cases surgeKostadin Angelov said wearing protective masks, along with social distancing and frequent disinfection, will slow the spread of the virus by about 30% and help prevent the health system from being overwhelmed. Bulgaria reported 1,024 new infections on Tuesday, the highest since the first cases were reported in March. The Balkan country of 7 million people now has 30,527 confirmed cases including 1,008 deaths.


Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:17:17 -0400

Younger people lead new wave of COVID-19 infections in Greece -

Younger people lead new wave of COVID-19 infections in GreeceGreece recorded a new daily record of coronavirus cases on Tuesday, topping the 600 mark for the first time, with younger people accounting for a majority of the new infections, health authorities said. Nationwide, there were 667 new confirmed infections and eight new deaths, authorities said. "The pandemic is showing clear signs that it is steadily spreading," said epidemiologist Gikas Magiorkinis, adding that people in the age group of 18 to 39 years old made up some 60% to 70% of the new infections.


Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:12:48 -0400

UN urges India government to better protect rights defenders -

UN urges India government to better protect rights defendersThe U.N. human rights chief on Tuesday urged India’s government to do more to protect human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. The office of High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet pointed to three “problematic” laws in India that have variously tightened restrictions on non-governmental organizations and led to a crackdown on dissent.


Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:11:55 -0400

Czech minister flags more restrictions as COVID patients flood hospitals -

Czech minister flags more restrictions as COVID patients flood hospitalsThe Czech government may have to tighten its anti-coronavirus measures further as numbers of new cases have not ebbed and the health system is getting close its capacity, Health Minister Roman Prymula said on Tuesday. The Czech Republic has reported the highest numbers of infections in Europe in the past days relative to the population. Hospitals have been cutting regular activities to make more beds and personnel available for the surging numbers of patients.


Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:10:00 -0400

Police: 2 Houston officers shot before suspect's arrest - Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:05:20 -0400