Virus still potent says WHO, after claim by Italian doctor Jun 02, 2020 0 197 12345 AFPGenevaThe World Health Organization stressed on Monday that the new coronavirus has not suddenly become less pathogenic, following claims by a leading Italian doctor that COVID-19 had lost some of its potency.“That is not the case at all,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told a virtual press briefing.The claims by Alberto Zangrillo sparked a furore on Monday, with the Italian government urging caution.“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Zangrillo, head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, the capital of the northern Lombardy region, which has been the worst-hit by the pandemic.“The swabs performed over the past 10 days have showed a viral load that is absolutely infinitesimal in quantitative terms compared to those carried out a month or two months ago,” he told RAI television on Sunday.That prompted cries of disbelief from other experts, who said Zangrillo may have mistaken a higher detection rate of asymptomatic cases for diminished potency of the virus.The WHO’s Ryan, an expert epidemiologist, spelled out the dangers in believing that the virus is becoming less potent. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES UK records lowest death toll of lockdown as restrictions ease Jun 02, 2020 0 1585 Thousands join new US anti-racism protests as Trump vows crackdown Jun 02, 2020 0 1170 ANTI-RACISM PROTESTS ACROSS THE WORLD Jun 02, 2020 0 75 Armenian PM tests positive for the coronavirus as cases surge YEREVAN: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his family have tested positive for the coronavirus, he said Monday, as the rate of new infections soared in the Caucasus nation. “My coronavirus test was positive .. Belarus detains dozens of opposition activists MINSK: Dozens of opposition activists were being held in Belarus on Monday, including a former presidential candidate, following a political rally ahead of presidential elections this summer. Tensions in the .. Mexico begins reopening after two-month lockdown MEXICO CITY: Mexico began gradually reopening its economy on Monday after more than two months of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. With almost 10,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 90,000 confirmed cases, .. Spain has no daily virus deaths for 1st time in 3 months: Ministry MADRID: Spain has recorded no coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours for the first time since the beginning of March, a senior health ministry spokesman said on Monday. “Today we have received no deaths with the date of .. Italy records fewest new virus cases since February ROME: Italy posted a series of encouraging figures in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, including the smallest daily number of new cases since February 26, the Civil Protection Agency said in a .. Latin America virus cases surpass 1 million AFP Brasília Confirmed coronavirus cases in Latin America have surged past one million on Monday. With more than half a million known infections, Brazil now has the second-highest caseload in the world, but its .. US cities brace for more fury as officer hearing postponed AFP Washington US cities braced on Monday for more fury on the streets as a hearing was postponed for a Minneapolis police officer over the killing of an unarmed black man that ignited the country’ most sweeping unrest in .. Joe Biden visits scene of anti-racism protest DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate Joe Biden visited the scene of an anti-racism protest in the state of Delaware on Sunday, saying that the United States was “in pain”. “We are a nation in pain right now, but we must not ..