New York welcomes hospital ship as coronavirus accelerates Mar 31, 2020 0 309 12345 AFPNew YorkA HOSPITAL ship arrived in New York on Monday as America’s coronavirus epicentre prepares for the peak of the pandemic, with emergency restrictions extended amid grim warnings about the death toll.The navy’s USNS Comfort, which has space for 1,000 beds and a dozen operating rooms, docked in a Manhattan pier around 11:00 am (1500 GMT) after departing Virginia on Saturday.Its arrival came after President Donald Trump abandoned his Easter weekend target for life returning to normal in the United States and extended social distancing guidelines until the end of April.Trump said on Sunday America’s death rate was likely to increase for two weeks, describing as “horrible” a prediction by senior scientist Anthony Fauci that COVID-19 could claim up to 200,000 lives.Worst-affected New York is ramping up hospital capacity and taking delivery of desperately needed medical supplies as it races against time to get ready for its peak number of cases.“This virus has been ahead of us from day one,” Governor Andrew Cuomo told MSNBC Monday, saying projections suggest the pandemic could reach its crest between two and four weeks. RELATED ARTICLES Germany bets on S Korean model in virus fightback Mar 31, 2020 0 139 Italy sees signs of slowing contagion despite heavy coronavirus death toll Mar 31, 2020 0 71 Hungary’s Orban gets sweeping new powers in virus fight Mar 31, 2020 0 65 UN demands 2.5-trillion-dollar virus aid package for poorer countries DPA Geneva THE world’s developing countries need a support package worth 2.5 trillion dollars to weather the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on .. Turkey quarantines areas in 18 provinces to curb COVID-19 spread DPA Istanbul SOME residential areas in 18 Turkish provinces were placed under quarantine on Monday to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Interior Ministry said. There have been 131 deaths from the Covid-19 .. Austria launches broad face mask policy against WHO recommendations DPA Vienna ALL Austrians will have to wear face masks while shopping to further slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government announced on Monday, in a step that contravenes World Health Organization (WHO) .. Indigenous leaders issue plea for COVID-19 pandemic protection PARIS: Indigenous leaders from across South America on Monday issued a desperate plea for protection against the COVID-19 pandemic, warning that the virus poses an “existential threat” to their communities. With .. Twitter deletes two Bolsonaro videos for breaching virus guidelines RIO DE JANEIRO: Twitter deleted two posts by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday in which he played down measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The social network took down two videos from a tour of .. Prince Charles out of virus isolation: Royal officials LONDON: Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir of Queen Elizabeth II, is no longer in quarantine after showing mild coronavirus symptoms, his office said on Monday. “Clarence House has confirmed today that, having .. Spain records another 812 virus deaths in 24 hours, slight drop AFP Madrid SPAIN confirmed another 812 deaths in 24 hours from the coronavirus on Monday, a slight decline on the previous day’s toll, bringing the total number of deaths to 7,340. The country, which has the world’s second .. Trump says US won’t pay Harry and Meghan security WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the United States would not pay security costs for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, appearing to confirm that the royal couple have moved to live in California. “I .. NY mayor would be a better candidate than Biden: Trump WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Monday that New York mayor Andrew Cuomo, whose popularity has surged thanks to his handling of the coronavirus outbreak in his city, would make a better candidate to run ..