Back to the future? Dutch revive 1960s ventilator for coronavirus fight

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Dutch scientists have pulled a British-made East Radcliff ventilator built in the 1960s from the shelves of a science museum to use as a template for cheap and easy-to-build ventilators in the fight against coronavirus. “The benefit of this device is that the core of the…

Syria's Kurdish-led northeast says first case of coronavirus found

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Kurdish-led administration in Syria’s northeast said on Friday that the World Health Organisation had found the area’s first case of coronavirus earlier this month after samples were tested in Damascus. The WHO office in Damascus did not immediately respond to a request for comment and the…

TVS Motor reaches deal to buy British brand Norton Motorcycles: sources

LONDON (Reuters) – India’s third-largest motorbike manufacturer TVS Motor (TVSM.NS) has agreed a deal to buy British brand Norton Motorcycles as part of a distressed sale, sources told Reuters. The deal, which has been in the works for several months, will see TVS take full control of the 122-year-old Leicestershire…

France says no evidence COVID-19 linked to Wuhan research lab

PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Friday there was no evidence so far of a link between the new coronavirus and the work of the P4 research laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the current pandemic started. “We would like to make it clear that there is to…

Bolsonaro asks Justice Minister to consider reopening borders

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday that he spoke to Justice Minister Sergio Moro about reopening the country’s borders, a measure he said he supported. Bolsonaro added it’s not up to him to decide whether or not social distancing measures should be relaxed in states and…

Many truckers looking for freight to haul, masks and even lunch

Julio Diaz was filling up at an Aurora truck stop when he got a lunchtime surprise: a boxed lunch, a face mask and a thank you for keeping the country’s food and other items rolling during the coronavirus pandemic. Over the weekend, Diaz was one of 30 drivers at the…

Coronavirus: COVID-19 hopes and signs of US restart buoys UK stock market

Britain’s stock market has rallied as investor confidence grew with plans to kickstart the US economy and encouraging signs of a possible treatment for COVID-19. The FTSE 100 joined other leading share indexes in seeing gains – some 3% in London – following another volatile week caused by the devastating…

Super-charged stocks race toward second weekly gain

LONDON (Reuters) – World stock markets made a super-charged sprint towards a second straight week of gains on Friday after President Donald Trump laid out plans to gradually reopen the coronavirus-hit U.S. economy following similar moves elsewhere. The bulls were back in business. Additional reports that patients with severe COVID-19…