Thousands sign French call for chloroquine in coronavirus fight Apr 07, 2020 0 203 12345 AFPPARISMORE 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 health experts worldwide.Support for the treatment has gained ground as doctors try to keep the COVID-19 outbreak from overwhelming hospitals, with some saying early use of chloroquine and similar treatments could keep symptoms from worsening to the point that intensive care is needed. France has reported 8,078 deaths and 92,839 infections.The French petition on the Change.org website was launched on Friday by a group of doctors including Philippe Douste-Blazy, a cardiologist and former French health minister.On Monday, three of France’s most respected doctors penned an open letter backing chloroquine use despite the absence of randomised and peer-reviewed studies on its efficiency.In the absence of anti-virals for the new coronavirus, “we think it is legitimate, given preliminary results, to implement a new strategy,” the doctors wrote in Le Figaro newspaper. RELATED ARTICLES British PM in intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worsen Apr 07, 2020 0 152 Spain tops Italy as country with most COVID-19 cases but deaths down for 4th day Apr 07, 2020 0 193 Italy’s virus deaths jump to 636 after big drop Apr 07, 2020 0 158 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. .. US state of Wisconsin forges ahead with vote despite health concerns AFP WASHINGTON NATIONAL 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, .. 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 .. 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 ..