Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing political pressure over Britain?s virus death toll. ? AFP/Files LONDON: Schools partially reopened in England on Monday and the most vulnerable were allowed to venture outdoors, despite warnings that the world's second worst-hit country was moving too quickly out of its coronavirus lockdown. A death toll that now officially stands at 38,489 has piled political pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson ? still basking in the glory of a thumping December election win when the pandemic reached UK shores.

After receiving encouraging results in its phase-I clinical trial, the US biotech company Moderna has announced that its COVID-19 vaccine has entered phase two, adding that 600 volunteers have been administered the vaccine. In a statement, Moderna said that the participants will receive two vaccinations 28 days apart of a placebo, a 50-microgram dose or a-100 microgram dose.

Turkey's famous Grand Bazaar opened Monday -- but masks were mandatory and customer numbers limited. ? AFP Photo/Ozan KOSE ISTANBUL: Turkey reopened restaurants, cafes and Istanbul's iconic 15th century Grand Bazaar market on Monday as the government further eased coronavirus restrictions. Many other facilities including parks, beaches, libraries and museums also reopened across the country, while millions of public sector employees returned to work.

BRASILIA: Brazil on Saturday reached 28,834 coronavirus fatalities, authorities said, surpassing hard-hit France and becoming the country with the world's fourth-highest death toll. At the epicenter of South America's coronavirus outbreak, Brazil also saw an increase of 33,274 cases in the past 24 hours -- a new daily record, the Health Ministry said.

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier holds a speech at the Berlin Security Conference on European Security and Defence in Berlin, Germany, November 29, 2017. ? Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke/Files LONDON: The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator told Britain on Sunday that the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus crisis made it especially important the sides reach a new trade deal.

Russian scientists plan to start clinical trials within two weeks on a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus, the health minister was quoted as saying on Saturday as authorities approved the country’s first anti-COVID-19 drug. Russia has the world’s third-highest toll of coronavirus infections after the United States and Brazil, and Kremlin officials have said the nation’s researchers are working on almost 50 different vaccine projects.

ngela Merkel (left), Mette Frederiksen (centre), and Jainda Arden (right). Photo: File Women leaders have been hailed with the way they have dealt with the coronavirus as many of them have demonstrated decisiveness, resilience and humility during the pandemic, not only saving thousands of precious lives but also steering their economies out of crisis much earlier than the rest of the world.

Civil unrest flared and curfews were imposed in several major U.S. cities on Saturday as demonstrators took to the streets to vent outrage at the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck. From Los Angeles to Miami to Chicago, protests marked by chants of “I can’t breathe” ? a rallying cry echoing the dying words of George Floyd ? began peacefully before turning unruly as demonstrators blocked traffic, set fires and clashed with riot police, some firing tear gas and plastic bullets in an effort to restore order.

The white police officer arrested and charged with the murder of George Floyd is allegedly on effective suicide watch and being checked in on around the clock.  Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, has a camera focused on him all day and and cops check on his cell in person every 15 minutes.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Latin America have surged past one million, while hard-hit Britain and Russia eased lockdowns Monday, despite not having their outbreaks fully under control. Governments around the world are moving to ease restrictions that have wrecked their economies, even as the number of cases tops 6.1 million and virus deaths exceed 371,000.