US warns Hungary on ‘undue’ rights restrictions over virus pandemic Apr 02, 2020 0 1581 12345 WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday warned Hungary against restricting human rights and press freedom after parliament gave nationalist leader Viktor Orban sweeping powers due to the coronavirus pandemic.“As governments around the world respond, we urge them to avoid undue restrictions on essential human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the ability of the free press to provide information to the public about the crisis and the government’s response,” a State Department spokesperson said when asked about Hungary.“Unduly restricting these rights and freedoms would harm the public’s trust in us as leaders, at a time when trust is most needed,” the spokesperson said, without criticising Orban by name. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES UK records over 500 daily coronavirus deaths for first time Apr 02, 2020 0 147 Spain’s COVID-19 deaths surge past 9,000 but rate of new cases slow Apr 02, 2020 0 167 Coronavirus transforms New York as US deaths top 4,000 Apr 02, 2020 0 430 Russia reserves $18 billion to counter virus crisis AFP Moscow RUSSIA has earmarked almost $18 billion to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the prime minister said on Wednesday as Moscow imposed a strict lockdown. The finance ministry “has reserved 1.4 trillion rubles .. World could face food crisis in wake of coronavirus: UN, WTO AFP PARIS THE heads of three global agencies warned on Wednesday of a potential worldwide food shortage if authorities fail to manage the ongoing coronavirus crisis properly. Many governments around the world have put .. More than 350,000 fines handed out to French lockdown violators PARIS: French police and gendarmes have handed out 359,000 fines to people caught violating the country’s strict coronavirus lockdown, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Wednesday. Security forces have .. Prince Charles discusses ‘distressing’ coronavirus infection London Britain’s Prince Charles discussed his “distressing” battle with coronavirus in a video message broadcast on Wednesday following the end of his self-isolation. Charles, 71, said he was lucky to suffer only .. Italy records 727 new virus deaths, over 110,000 cases DPA Rome ITALY has reported 727 new deaths and a rise in the number of infected people to more than 110,000 in its daily bulletin on the novel coronavirus epidemic. The death toll now stands at 13,155, the Civil Protection .. Austrian unemployment sets new post-World War II record VIENNA: The number of unemployed people in Austria reached a record 563,000 at the end of March as the novel coronavirus pandemic took its toll, the Labour Market Agency said on Wednesday. This is the highest jobless .. Canada to spend $2 bn on medical equipment as COVID-19 toll rises OTTAWA: Canada will spend $2 billion (USD 1.43 billion) on medical equipment as hospitals fear shortages in the face of the accelerating coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday. The ..