As the Easter holiday approaches, world leaders and health officials are fervently warning that the hard-won gains in the fight against the coronavirus must not be jeopardized by relaxing social distancing.
A spike in deaths in Britain and New York and surges of reported new infections in Japan and in India's congested cities make it clear that the battle is far from over.
Turkey's National Defense Ministry on April 8 said a total of eight YPG/PKK terrorists were "neutralized" in northern Syria.
In a Twitter post, the ministry said commando units struck a group of four terrorists who opened harassment fire on security forces in the area, earlier cleared by Turkey's Euphrates Shield Operation.
The novel coronavirus has so far killed 222 Turkish citizens living abroad, diplomatic sources said on April 8.
A total of 74 in France, 46 in Germany, 37 in the Netherlands, 19 in the U.K., 18 in Belgium, 10 in the U.S., 10 in Sweden, four in Austria, three in Switzerland, and one in Lebanon died from the virus.
They say the big powers - China, Russia and the US - are not shrinking from using the pandemic as leverage to advance their strategic positions in an already fragile region.
After its initial blunder, when the European Union restricted the export of medical equipment outside its borders, the EU has corrected course and upgraded its performance.
Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will be conducting a service for health and healing for those infected with the new coronavirus (Covid-19) and for those who have passed away because of the disease.
In a message on Twitter, Elpidophoros urged the faithful to submit names of people who have passed away and those ill to be prayed for.
In the last 24 hours, 1736 people have died in the United States because of the new coronavirus. This is the highest percentage since the epidemic began in the country, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The total number of coronavirus casualties in the United States has exceeded 12.7 thousand.
At least five villagers were killed in southeastern Turkey on April 8 by the terrorist organization PKK, said the local governorship.
Roadside explosives planted by the terror group hit a vehicle carrying forest workers in the rural town of Güleç in the Kulp district, said the Diyarbakır Governor's Office in a statement.