US state of Wisconsin forges ahead with vote despite health concerns Apr 07, 2020 0 315 12345 AFPWASHINGTONNATIONAL Guard members will man some polling stations and voters in more than 100 municipalities will have nowhere to cast their ballots as the US state of Wisconsin holds elections today, Tuesday, despite the coronavirus epidemic.Wisconsin, like dozens of other US states, is under a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the virus, which has caused more than 10,000 deaths across the country. And while 15 US states and one territory delayed presidential primaries because of COVID-19, the midwestern state -- barring a last-minute postponement -- is going ahead with its election on Tuesday despite health concerns and a shortage of poll workers.Former vice president Joe Biden is favored over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the state’s Democratic presidential primary to decide an opponent to face Republican Donald Trump in November.Sanders, 78, called for the Wisconsin primary to be delayed while Biden, 77, the frontrunner in the Democratic contest, said it was up to local officials to decide. RELATED ARTICLES British PM in intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worsen Apr 07, 2020 0 147 Spain tops Italy as country with most COVID-19 cases but deaths down for 4th day Apr 07, 2020 0 182 Italy’s virus deaths jump to 636 after big drop Apr 07, 2020 0 152 US embassy denies ‘Wild West’ swoop on Berlin-bound masks AFP BERLIN THE US embassy in Germany on Monday denied a claim that a Berlin-bound shipment of protective masks had been “confiscated” by the United States, calling it disinformation designed to stoke division. “The .. UK companies team up to tackle coronavirus LONDON: British pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline has teamed up with US peer Vir Biotechnology to find antibodies to help fight COVID-19 and “likely” future outbreaks, the pair announced on Monday. It comes as UK .. US brands white supremacists as foreign terrorist group AFP WASHINGTON THE United States on Monday branded a Russian far-right group as a foreign terrorist organisation, the first time it has targeted white supremacists with tools regularly used against militant groups. .. Brazil minister offends China with ‘racist’ virus tweet AFP Brasília CHINA demanded an explanation from Brazil on Monday after the far-right government’s education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country’s “plan for world domination,” in a tweet .. Thousands sign French call for chloroquine in coronavirus fight AFP PARIS MORE than 215,000 people have signed a petition urging French officials to let more doctors prescribe the anti-malaria drug chloroquine for coronavirus patients, a controversial proposal that has divided .. Norway says it has brought coronavirus outbreak under control OSLO: The Norwegian government has brought its coronavirus outbreak under control, Health Minister Bent Hoie said on Monday, while noting that it was too early to end restrictions aimed at curbing the pandemic. The .. Swedish government seeks extra powers to curb virus STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s government said Monday it will seek temporary extra powers to combat the coronavirus outbreak, drawing criticism from the opposition. Sweden has not imposed extraordinary lockdown orders seen ..