Coronavirus: ‘Swift and dangerous turn’ in Texas cases, says governor

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protests were held in Austin, Texas, against the requirement to wear face coverings The spread of coronavirus infections has taken a “swift and very dangerous turn” in the US state of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has warned. “Over just the past few weeks, the daily number of cases have gone…

Coronavirus: The human cost of fake news in India

Image copyright Getty Images Fake or misleading news can have a real impact on those who find themselves the targets. This has been a particular problem in India during the coronavirus pandemic, where reliable sources of news are frequently drowned out by unverified information online.False information has had serious consequences for minority communities as well…

Coronavirus: Singapore bans Britons for lockdown ‘bar crawl’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The streets of Singapore were empty as the country entered its circuit breaker period A group of British men living in Singapore have been banned from working there again after breaking lockdown to go on a “bar crawl”.The men were also fined around S$9,000 each ($6,500; £5,200).They were charged…

EU states agree a tech spec for national coronavirus apps to work across borders

European Union countries and the Commission have agreed on a technical framework to enable regional coronavirus contacts tracing apps to work across national borders. A number of European countries have launched contacts tracing apps at this point, with the aim of leveraging smartphone technologies in the fight against COVID-19, but none of these apps can…

Coronavirus: Violence mars Paris protest for health workers

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProtesters overturn car to use as barricade in ParisNationwide demonstrations in France demanding better pay and resources for health workers have been marred by violence in the capital, Paris.Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of masked protesters who threw stones and other projectiles and overturned a…

Coronavirus: 5G and microchip conspiracies around the world

Image copyright Gaston Brito Some of the most persistent conspiracy theories surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have continued to spread around the world.We’ve picked out some of the most pervasive false claims and look at how far they’ve travelled.5G to Bolivia and beyond There’s absolutely no way 5G mobile phone signals either transmit the virus or…

Coronavirus: How Delhi ‘wasted’ lockdown to become India’s biggest hotspot

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Delhi has ramped up testing in recent weeks With more than 77,000 cases of Covid-19, India’s capital, Delhi, has become the country’s biggest hotspot. The BBC’s Aparna Alluri explains how this appears to be an opportunity missed. The city administration seems to have squandered the opportunity afforded by a…