WASHINGTON: The US coronavirus epidemic appears to be hitting its peak, but scientists are already warning a second wave is possible if President Donald Trump and others move too fast in easing the nationwide lockdown. It's a debate that is also playing out in Europe, with Spain on Monday reopening parts of its economy while France was set to prolong stay at home orders for several more weeks.

NEW YORK: More than one in five New Yorkers may have already had the new coronavirus, a testing sample showed Thursday, suggesting infections are much higher than confirmed cases suggest. Widespread testing -- including for antibodies -- is viewed as key to American states being able to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen their shuttered economies.The

AFP/File COPENHAGEN: The World Health Organization's (WHO) European office said Thursday that despite some "optimistic signs" in some of the countries worst hit by the new coronavirus, the number of cases was rising and approaching one million in the continent alone. "We remain in the eye of the storm," WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, told a news conference, noting that about half of worldwide confirmed cases were in Europe.

Governments are still struggling to balance the public health needs of fighting the coronavirus that has infected at least 9.5 million people with the devastating global economic impact-- File photo WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday battled a resurgence of coronavirus cases in a number of states including Texas, while the World Health Organization warned that several European countries were also facing dangerous upticks.

President Donald Trump. Photo: File President Donald Trump on Monday said he planned to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the US already being the worst-hit country in the world. "In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!" he tweeted Monday night.

ROME: Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 431 on Sunday, down from 619 the day before, and the number of new cases slowed to 4,092 from a previous 4,694. The tally of deaths was the lowest daily rise since March 19. The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb.

ANKARA: Turkey on Monday suspended collective mosque prayers until further notice to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, while ordering the closure of public spaces including cinemas. ?It is necessary to suspend collective prayers at mosques for a period,? said Ali Erbas, the head of Turkey?s religious affairs authority, Diyanet, including the important Friday prayer.

Prince Harry is ?struggling? as he longs to go back to Canada. Photo: The Jakarta Post Prince Harry has faced many changes in the last year and with his newest move to the States, it appears the prince is struggling to adjust. According to reports, he has been missing his ?former? peaceful life back on Vancouver Island in Canada.

US officials on Wednesday imposed tough measures including quarantines and stay-at-home advice as daily coronavirus cases approached record levels after surging across the nation?s South and West. Nearly four months after reporting its first death from COVID-19, the United States faces a deepening health crisis as a wave of infections hits young Americans and experts issue new acute warnings.

WASHINGTON: Leading U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Tuesday warned Congress that while the federal government is working to help manufacture a vaccine against the new coronavirus, its development “might take some time” to come to market. As a result, Fauci told a Senate health committee in prepared testimony, the nation’s efforts to battle the deadly virus and the COVID-19 disease it triggers should be “focused on the proven public health practices of containment and mitigation.”