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Ireland’s cabinet ‘restricting movements’ after minister tested for COVID-19

Ireland’s cabinet ‘restricting movements’ after minister tested for COVID-19

World
Ireland's entire cabinet had to "restrict their movements" after the health minister felt unwell and was tested for coronavirus.Stephen Donnelly began to feel unwell with a cough and contacted his doctor for a coronavirus test. Mr Donnelly has since said his test results were negative.The Irish parliament was suspended out of an "abundance of caution", Prime Minister Micheal Martin said, but it reconvened a few hours later.Mr Martin had told RTE television that government ministers would restrict their movements while they waited for the results of the COVID-19 test being taken by Mr Donnelly. It had been reported earlier that they would self-isolate. ...

Rising debt is a ‘very serious issue’ that governments face, says Singapore minister

Finance
SINGAPORE — One of the biggest challenges that governments will face in the next decade is bringing down debt, a senior minister in Singapore said on Monday.Governments around the world have increased spending to support their economies hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Some have to borrow more to do so — which is a "sensible economic strategy" when confronted with the current crisis and uncertainties, said Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore's senior minister and coordinating minister for social policies.But "the big issue in the next decade is how to ensure that debts are sustainable," said Tharman, a well-known economic and finance expert, at the opening day of the virtual Singapore Summit.He added that the new high levels of debt that many countries are moving toward cannot cont
Coronavirus: UK case rises are ‘concerning’, says minister

Coronavirus: UK case rises are ‘concerning’, says minister

Health
The UK is entering a "period of particular concern" as the number of coronavirus cases rise across the country, the housing secretary say. Robert Jenrick said "we all have to be very cautious" after 2,948 new UK cases were recorded on Monday.The government's scientific advisers have given stark warnings over the increase in Covid-19 cases.Among those, England's deputy chief medical officer, Prof Jonathan Van Tam, said the rise was of "great concern". Ministers have singled out young people in particular for not following social-distancing rules.But one expert cited the government's "confused messaging" and said it was unfair to blame the young.The seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 in the UK has now risen above 20 cases per ...
Beirut blast: Dozens dead and thousands injured, health minister says

Beirut blast: Dozens dead and thousands injured, health minister says

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device A large blast in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 70 people and injured more than 2,700 others, the health minister says.Videos show smoke billowing from a fire, then a mushroom cloud following the blast at the city's port. Officials are blaming highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse for six years. President Michel Aoun tweeted it was "unacceptable" that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored unsafely. An investigation is under way to find the exact trigger for the explosion. Lebanon's Supreme Defence Council said those responsible would face the "maximum punishment" possible. Hospitals are said to be overwhelmed and many buildings have been destroyed.President Aoun declared a th...
The Latest: German health minister criticizes vacationers

The Latest: German health minister criticizes vacationers

Health
BERLIN — Germany’s health minister has criticized his countrymen for failing to respect social distancing rules on vacation after videos emerged over the weekend showing German tourists partying on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Jens Spahn told reporters on Monday that he understood vacationers were “impatient” after months of lockdown, but that the scenes captured on video Friday made him “very worried” because such behavior would increase the risk of coronavirus infection for the partying tourists and others. Spahn also urged Germans not to stage private parties for Oktoberfest, after the official event was canceled this year due to the pandemic. While Germany has managed to flatten the curve of infections, with just under 200,000 confirmed cases and 9,071 deaths to date, Spahn said it