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Moscow To Launch New Surveillance App To Track Residents In Coronavirus Lockdown

By Charles Maynes
Police officers walk across an empty Red Square in Moscow on Tuesday, as the Russian capital goes into lockdown to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

Muscovites will have their movements tracked through a mandatory app required on their smartphones.

(Image credit: Pavel Golovkin/AP)

  • April 1st 2020 at 21:51

Fighting COVID-19 Is Like 'Whack-A-Mole,' Says Writer Who Warned Of Pandemic

By Terry Gross
A worker cleans an area along the Las Vegas Strip that

Atlantic writer Ed Yong warned of a global pandemic two years ago. He says scientists are still working to understand how COVID-19 travels through air — and whether more of us should be wearing masks.

(Image credit: John Locher/AP)

  • April 1st 2020 at 21:47

In 'Big Adjustment,' Some European Countries Push For Residents To Wear Masks

By Colin Dwyer
A man wearing a face mask crosses the Charles Bridge in Prague on Tuesday. The Czech Republic is one of a handful of places throughout Europe now mandating that residents wear face masks when they leave their homes.

Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have issued strong recommendations or orders for people to don face coverings in certain public places — though lots of their neighbors continue to disagree.

(Image credit: Michal Cizek/AFP via Getty Images)

  • April 1st 2020 at 19:35

U.K. Family's Lockdown-Themed Rendition Of 'Les Mis' Is A Delight

By Laurel Wamsley
A family in Kent, England, posted a parody of the song "One Day More" from Les Misérables, with new words about their life under strict lockdown measures in the U.K. due to the coronavirus.

The family wrote new lyrics based on their own frustrations: friends unseen, soccer games canceled, grandparents who can't figure out Skype. The video has been viewed more than seven million times.

(Image credit: Screengrab by NPR/Ben Marsh on Facebook)

  • April 1st 2020 at 18:32

Solo Para Chicos y Chicas: Un CΓ³mic Sobre El Nuevo Coronavirus

By Malaka Gharib
Panel 1

Quizás has oído la palabra "coronavirus" en la red o la televisión. Seguramente tienes muchas preguntas. Fijate en nuestro cómic para saber las respuestas.

(Image credit: Malaka Gharib/NPR)

  • April 1st 2020 at 18:04

U.S. Military In South Korea Faces Double Blow Of Korean Staff Furloughs And COVID-19

By Anthony Kuhn
The main gate of U.S. Army Camp Carroll in South Korea.

Due to an impasse over defense cost sharing, the U.S. military has furloughed thousands of Korean employees. The furloughs come as U.S. forces in South Korea grapple with cases of COVID-19 infection.

(Image credit: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images)

  • April 1st 2020 at 17:56

Nearly Half A Million Companies In Germany File For State Funds To Pay Workers

By Rob Schmitz
A woman walks at a closed restaurant in an empty terminal at the airport in Munich. Businesses across Germany have closed or cut back hours because of the new coronavirus.

As Europe's largest economy gets hit with COVID-19, a German government financial aid program will make up some of the lost income for millions of employees.

(Image credit: Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images)

  • April 1st 2020 at 17:50

'We're here to work and to fight': Final words of Italian doctor who died from coronavirus

At least 66 medical workers have died in Italy as the country battles to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

  • March 31st 2020 at 13:20

Dutch children’s series wins International Emmy Kids Award

By hanneke
Public broadcaster VPRO’s children’s programme De regels van Floor (Floor Rules) has won the prestigious International Emmy Kids Award in...

Dutch police take 10 corona fraud webshops off line

By hanneke
Dutch police have taken 10 web shops off line in a move to prevent internet fraud connected with coronavirus and...

More deaths and hospitalisations but there are signs of change: RIVM

By robin
A further 447 patients have been hospitalised in the Netherlands due to the coronavirus outbreak, while 134 more people have...

Zoom investigated after trolls bomb video chats with porn

The FBI has issued a warning about so-called "Zoombombing" following incidents in which video conferences were hijacked by trolls playing pornographic videos and shouting profanities.

  • April 1st 2020 at 09:19

Don't Nag Your Husband During Lockdown, Malaysia's Government Advises Women

By Michael Sullivan
In this online poster, now removed, Malaysia

An online campaign recommended business attire and makeup while working at home, and to avoid sarcasm when asking for help with housework. The women of Malaysia were not amused.

(Image credit: Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development/Government of Malaysia)

  • April 1st 2020 at 12:02

250 fined for breaking 1.5 metre rule, but β€˜traditional’ crime drops sharply

By robin
In total police fined more than 250 people for breaking the rules on social distancing between March 26 and March...

Fewer houses are being sold but prices are not yet going down

By robin
The number of houses changing hands in the first two weeks of the government’s ‘intelligent lockdown’ to head off the...

More calls to children’s hotline, as school closures stretch into May

By robin
A hotline which children can ring if they are worried or victims of physical and sexual abuse has reported a...

Japan Considers Declaring National Lockdown Over Coronavirus

By Anthony Kuhn

Hopes that Japan had managed to avoid an explosion in COVID-19 cases fade, as the numbers rise and the country teeters on the brink of declaring a national emergency and lockdown.

  • April 1st 2020 at 11:04

'America's Got Talent' Win Could Help Mumbai Group Out Of Poverty

By Sushmita Pathak

Acrobatic dancers from Mumbai's slums performed to a Bollywood song and wowed the audience. Fame may help them out of poverty. NPR's India producer visited some of their homes.

  • April 1st 2020 at 11:04

U.S. Buys Masks From China While Criticizing It For COVID-19

By Jackie Northam

While Secretary of State Pompeo denounces China for its handling of what he calls the "Wuhan virus," the U.S. is racing to acquire medical masks and other protective equipment from China.

  • April 1st 2020 at 11:04

Cigarettes go up in price, number of sales points shrink

By robin
The price of a packet of cigarettes or rolling tobacco goes up on Wednesday as the government brings in more...