Donald Trump Jr has been “quarantining at his cabin since the result,” a spokesman said.(Reuters)
Donald Trump Jr has been “quarantining at his cabin since the result,” a spokesman said.(Reuters)

Covid-19: Donald Trump’s eldest son tests positive; Europe at risk of third wave

The US reached new record for daily cases with more than 195,000 infections
By Agencies | Washington/London/Berlin/Toronto
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 04:45 AM IST

Donald Trump Jr, the son of US President Donald Trump, tested positive for Covid-19 this week, although he is experiencing no symptoms. He has been “quarantining at his cabin since the result,” a spokesman said.

Trump on Saturday tweeted that his son was doing “very well”. “My son Donald is doing very well. Thank you!” he posted after the disclosure of the diagnosis.

Andrew Giuliani, the son of the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, also said he tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.

The news came as the US reached a record for daily cases of more than 195,000.

‘China used crisis for strategic gains in region’

China used the Covid-19 crisis for strategic gains across the Indo-Pacific region, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has said in a report which noted the pandemic was replete with “significant” geopolitical ramifications.

China’s increasingly active drive and India’s rivalry with Pakistan will continue to dominate the regional security environment when the pandemic dies down, said Strategic Survey 2020: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics, which was launched virtually on Friday.

“Competition intensified in the region. Beijing seemed steadily more intent on asserting strategic primacy in its maritime littoral. The US government…saw evidence that China was taking advantage of other governments’ preoccupation with the Covid-19 pandemic to gain strategic advantage throughout what the US, its allies and other states including India and Indonesia increasingly referred to as the Indo-Pacific region”, it said.

Europe at risk of third wave, says WHO official

Europe is risking a third virus wave early next year unless it takes more action now, according to David Nabarro, the World Health Organization’s special envoy on Covid-19 preparedness and response.

His comments came as Germany added nearly 23,000 new coronavirus infections as of Saturday morning, lifting the total above 900,000.

Germany is already in a partial lockdown that has closed museums, bars and restaurants but kept schools and most shops open.

That may be extended well into next month as Europe’s biggest economy seeks to regain control over the spread of the coronavirus before people head home for the holidays, Bloomberg News reported on Friday.

The UK government, meanwhile, is preparing to relax its lockdown to allow “several” families to form a bubble for up to a week over the Christmas period, the Telegraph said on Saturday.

Russia had 467 deaths from Covid-19 in the past day, a new daily record, the government’s virus response centre said on Saturday.

There were also 24,822 new coronavirus cases in Russia, which was also a daily record

Toronto to go back into another lockdown

Ontario, Canada’s largest province, ordered a lockdown in Toronto and one of its suburbs from Monday, a declaration that forces shopping malls, restaurants and other businesses to close their doors to slow a second wave. All non-essential retail stores in Toronto and Peel will have to close.

With inputs from Prasun Sonwalkar
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Continuing claims in state programs -- an approximation of the number of people receiving ongoing jobless benefits -- decreased by 127,000 to 5.05 million in the week ended January 9. The median forecasts in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for 935,000 initial applications and 5.3 million continuing claims. (Representative Image)
Continuing claims in state programs -- an approximation of the number of people receiving ongoing jobless benefits -- decreased by 127,000 to 5.05 million in the week ended January 9. The median forecasts in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for 935,000 initial applications and 5.3 million continuing claims. (Representative Image)

US jobless claims fall slightly but remain elevated

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:36 PM IST
Initial jobless claims in regular state programs declined by 26,000 to 900,000 in the week ended January 16, according to Labor Department data Thursday. On an un-adjusted basis, the figure dropped by more than 151,000 to 960,668.
Close
The improved tone follows a video conference between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on January 9 in which both stressed the importance of the bilateral relationship.(AP)
The improved tone follows a video conference between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on January 9 in which both stressed the importance of the bilateral relationship.(AP)

EU, Turkey call for improved relations after turbulent 2020

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:17 PM IST
Turkey, which remains an official candidate for EU membership despite the tensions, is facing the threat of EU economic sanctions over a hydrocarbons dispute with Greece in the eastern Mediterranean, but the mood music between Brussels and Ankara has improved since the new year.
Close
Former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton
Former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton

Clinton, Bush and Obama record joint video to wish Biden success

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:12 PM IST
In the video, the three former Presidents of the United States highlighted the importance of listening to people with different opinions.
Close
Joao Vale de Almeida is the 27-nation EU’s envoy to the UK, which left the bloc last year.(AP)
Joao Vale de Almeida is the 27-nation EU’s envoy to the UK, which left the bloc last year.(AP)

UK, EU in spat over diplomatic status of bloc's ambassador

AP, London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:05 PM IST
The EU says the rest of its 143 delegations around the world have all been given full diplomatic status.
Close
People walk along Oxford Street as shops remain closed under Tier 4 restrictions in London on December 26. There is however, rising confidence help could soon be on the way, with expectation mounting that UK regulators may authorize a second coronavirus vaccine this week. (Henry Nicholls / REUTERS)
People walk along Oxford Street as shops remain closed under Tier 4 restrictions in London on December 26. There is however, rising confidence help could soon be on the way, with expectation mounting that UK regulators may authorize a second coronavirus vaccine this week. (Henry Nicholls / REUTERS)

9 million people borrowed money to get through pandemic: UK govt data

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:01 PM IST
The government data also showed self-employed workers were more likely to report reduced hours and income.
Close
The plant will avoid the emission of 245,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, Iberdrola said. Danone’s suppliers in Spain, Graham Packaging and Salvesen Logistica, will also join the project, dubbed Francisco Pizarro after the famous Spanish conquistador. (Representative Image)(Reuters/ Representational photo)
The plant will avoid the emission of 245,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, Iberdrola said. Danone’s suppliers in Spain, Graham Packaging and Salvesen Logistica, will also join the project, dubbed Francisco Pizarro after the famous Spanish conquistador. (Representative Image)(Reuters/ Representational photo)

Western Spain set to get Europe's largest solar power plant

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:47 PM IST
The 300 million-euro ($364 million) project will be located in the western province of Caceres, Iberdrola said in statement on its website. The utility will provide power to Danone’s 29 supply points for 10 years, starting from April 2022 under a power purchase agreement.
Close
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 file photo, President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. he Biden administration is taking quick steps to keep the United States in the World Health Organization, part of his ambition to launch a full-throttle effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Just hours before Wednesday’s inauguration, the Biden-Harris transition team announced its plans to “take action” to halt a U.S. withdrawal begun under Trump and work with partners to reform WHO and support its response to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)(AP)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 file photo, President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. he Biden administration is taking quick steps to keep the United States in the World Health Organization, part of his ambition to launch a full-throttle effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Just hours before Wednesday’s inauguration, the Biden-Harris transition team announced its plans to “take action” to halt a U.S. withdrawal begun under Trump and work with partners to reform WHO and support its response to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)(AP)

Joe Biden to direct agencies to use Defense Production Act in Covid-19 fight

ANI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:44 PM IST
The new administration will use the DPA for the acceleration in the production of syringes, raw materials used in vaccines, and other items.
Close
Residents of Davao, a major Philippine commercial center, felt the trembles as well.(File Photo(Representative Image))
Residents of Davao, a major Philippine commercial center, felt the trembles as well.(File Photo(Representative Image))

Earthquake of 7.0 magnitude hits Philippines's Pondaguitan

ANI, Manila
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:39 PM IST
Its epicenter was located 219 kilometers (136 miles) southeast of the city of Pundaguitan at a depth of 139 kilometers.
Close
"I think it's too early to say when we'll be able to lift some of some of the restrictions," Johnson told broadcasters.(REUTERS)
"I think it's too early to say when we'll be able to lift some of some of the restrictions," Johnson told broadcasters.(REUTERS)

UK PM Johnson says to early to say when national lockdown will end

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:31 PM IST
"What we're seeing in the ONS data, in the REACT survey, we're seeing the contagiousness of the new variant that we saw arrive just before Christmas. There's no doubt it does spread very fast indeed."
Close
Mongolia's Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa gives his resignation statement to the media in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia on January 21, 2021, following protests and public outrage over the treatment of a coronavirus patient and her newborn baby. (Photo by Byambasuren BYAMBA-OCHIR / AFP)(AFP)
Mongolia's Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa gives his resignation statement to the media in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia on January 21, 2021, following protests and public outrage over the treatment of a coronavirus patient and her newborn baby. (Photo by Byambasuren BYAMBA-OCHIR / AFP)(AFP)

Mongolian prime minister submits resignation after Covid-19 protests

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:19 PM IST
Khurelsukh said in his resignation statement that he should "assume the responsibility upon himself and accept the demand of the public." His resignation needs to be approved by parliament.
Close
Before joining UNHCR, Antonio Guterres spent more than 20 years in government and public service.(AP file photo)
Before joining UNHCR, Antonio Guterres spent more than 20 years in government and public service.(AP file photo)

China backs Guterres for second term as UN Secretary-General

PTI, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:07 PM IST
Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on January 1, 2017.
Close
President Donald Trump speaks before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base.(AP)
President Donald Trump speaks before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base.(AP)

Donald Trump’s hasty climate regulations may take long to unwind

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:01 PM IST
While the Paris pact can be re-entered with the stroke of a pen and take effect just 30 days later, other Trump regulations will take substantially longer to unwind.
Close
A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo.(Reuters)
A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo.(Reuters)

Thailand approves AstraZeneca vaccine amid second virus wave

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 05:27 PM IST
Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration granted the approval for the vaccine on Thursday, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said by phone. AstraZeneca is the first coronavirus vaccine developer to win approval in Thailand, which also has ordered shots developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
Close
Former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be transportation secretary, speaks as Biden looks on during a news conference at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP)
Former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be transportation secretary, speaks as Biden looks on during a news conference at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP)

Transportation nominee Pete Buttigieg calls for improvement in US infrastructure

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 05:19 PM IST
Biden put Buttigieg - a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination last year - in charge of the department that oversees aviation, highways, vehicles, pipelines and transit.
Close
Outgoing US President Donald Trump addresses guests at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021.(AFP)
Outgoing US President Donald Trump addresses guests at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021.(AFP)

Now a private citizen, Donald Trump faces an uncertain legal future

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 05:16 PM IST
Could Trump have pardoned himself and others in secret? It's possible, said former prosecutor Alonso.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP