Afghans concerned about income amid COVID-19 lockdown

Yemen's Houthis to not 'stop fighting' after ceasefire

Statement comes after Saudi-UAE coalition announced two-week unilateral ceasefire to prevent coronavirus outbreak.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have told Al Jazeera they will not stop fighting while the country is under siege.

That comes after the Saudi-UAE military coalition that is battling the rebels announced a two-week unilateral ceasefire.

They say it is to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

It began at midday on Thursday, local time, and is the first nationwide ceasefire in five years of war.

Al Jazeera’s Laura Burdon-Manley reports.

Brazil posts 23.65 bln reais primary budget deficit in March -central bank

BRASILIA, April 30 (Reuters) – Brazil’s public sector posted a primary budget deficit of 23.65 billion reais ($4.3 billion) in March, the central bank said on Thursday, slightly less than the 24.8 billion reais shortfall forecast in a Reuters poll of economists.

The nominal deficit, however, including interest payments, was wider than expected at 79.7 billion reais, and the national debt as a share of overall gross domestic product rose to 78.4%, the central bank said. (Reporting by Marcela Ayres Writing by Jamie McGeever Editing by Chris Reese)

Iraq's al-Kadhimi to form gov't after PM-designate withdraws

Mustafa al-Kadhimi is the third person to be appointed to the post in just over two months.

Iraq’s Intelligence Chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been asked to form a government.

That is after Prime Minister-designate Adnan al-Zurfi withdrew his candidacy over mounting pressure from the opposition.

Al-Kadhimi is the third person to be named to the post in just over two months.

Al Jazeera’s Simona Foltyn reports from Baghdad.

France lockdown: Police step up enforcement measures

The French government says the lockdown is working.

In France, school holidays have begun in parts of the country.

The Easter holidays coincide with warmer weather and the French government is concerned people will attempt to go on holiday.

They are warning people not to break the lockdown and risk spreading the coronavirus.

Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports.

Some Saskatchewan businesses wary about reopening due to coronavirus safety concerns

Shuttered shops and services in Saskatchewan will start to reopen on Monday amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, but some business owners are hesitant to unlock their doors.

Shawn Moen, CEO and co-founder of 9 Mile Legacy Brewing, said it’s unlikely he’ll open the taproom to the public as soon as the province gives the go-ahead.

President Trump criticises WHO: Agency 'unfair' to US

Meanwhile, the WHO chief calls for ‘honest’ leadership from the US and China.

US President Donald Trump has again criticised the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Globally, the number of coronavirus cases has now topped 1.5 million.

More than 1,800 deaths were recorded in the US on Wednesday, nearly half of those were in New York state. Officials warn the outbreak there is yet to peak.

Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports.

Coronavirus: Russian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin says he has bug

MOSCOW (REUTERS) – Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin told President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (April 30) that he had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus.

Speaking at a televised meeting, Mishustin suggested that First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov should serve as acting prime minister in his absence.

Putin supported his proposal.

Russia has so far recorded 106,498 cases and 1,073 coronavirus-related deaths.

US city of Detroit is new COVID-19 hotspot

With more than 20,000 cases in the city, they are hoping to get patients into newly built field hospitals as soon as possible.

Detroit has just become one of the newer infection hotspots in the United States.

President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Michigan – unlocking federal help for the state.

With more than 20,000 cases in the city, authorities are hoping to get patients into newly built field hospitals as soon as possible.

Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports.

Indonesia protests: Burials of COVID-19 victims raise fears

Worries over COVID-19 burials spark protests in Indonesia but UN health agency says bodies of COVID-19 patients generally not infectious.

Disputes over the handling of COVID-19 victims’ bodies and the location of their graves has sparked protests in parts of Indonesia.

Many are concerned that the burials could spread the virus in their communities, despite reassurances from medical officials.

Al Jazeera’s Jessica Washington reports from Jakarta.

Coronavirus: Montreal hospital to test disinfection robot that uses ultraviolet rays

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre says it will soon conduct the first Canadian test of a robot that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect.

Virus restrictions prevent aid delivery

Travel restrictions and border closures are making it much harder for humanitarian agencies to deliver aid.

The coronavirus pandemic poses a major threat to vulnerable populations around the world.

But humanitarian agencies say restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the disease are also making it increasingly difficult to deliver aid to those who need it most.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

Afghans concerned about income amid COVID-19 lockdown

Only health workers, security forces, and people shopping for basic necessities will be allowed onto the streets.

More than 1,500 police officers have been deployed in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to enforce the lockdown.

Only health workers, security forces, and people shopping for basic necessities will be allowed onto the streets.

The government has registered 423 coronavirus cases so far, including 73 in Kabul.

Al Jazeera’s Laura Burdon-Manley reports.