Pandemic hurts ability of nations to face natural disasters

Asia Pacific Apr 4, 2020

Pandemic hurts ability of nations to face natural disasters

Before New Zealand began its four-week lockdown to fight the coronavirus, a reporter asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern what would happen if an earthquake struck while everybody was sequestered in their homes. "Why on earth would your mind go there?” Ardern quipped back. Every year, the ...

New Zealand declares national emergency to tackle coronavirus

Asia Pacific Mar 25, 2020

New Zealand declares national emergency to tackle coronavirus

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday declared a state of national emergency as the country prepared to go into a complete lockdown at midnight to combat the coronavirus outbreak. New Zealand's cases of the coronavirus surged to 205 cases as the government imposed ...

Australia's A-League halted as travel restrictions increase

Soccer Mar 24, 2020

Australia's A-League halted as travel restrictions increase

Australian soccer's A-League has suspended its season indefinitely, bringing an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand until the COVID-19 pandemic passes. Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson announced the decision Tuesday, saying the latest measures imposed by the federal ...

Coronavirus cases balloon around the world as China recovers

World Mar 14, 2020

Coronavirus cases balloon around the world as China recovers

As the rest of the world mobilized to fight the widening coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, China continued to ease up lockdown measures in its hardest-hit region, where the number of new cases has dwindled. The virus that first emerged in central China late last year ...