Norway cruise ship passengers with coronavirus reach 43

The number of passengers who have tested positive for the coronavirus on the Norwegian cruise ship Hurtigruten has reached 43, authorities said Tuesday. Earlier, Hurtigruten said that the 177 passengers, all of whom have already disembarked, are being contacted by telephone and are being told to self-isolate. A total of 69 municipalities in Norway could […]

Moscow goes on full lockdown

Moscow, Russia’s capital and Europe’s largest city with a population of 12 million, on Monday imposed a coronavirus lockdown. Under the new measures, all nonessential shops, including restaurants and cafes are closed. Citizens will only be allowed to leave their homes in case of a medical emergency, to travel to essential jobs and to shop […]

IMF finds decrease in Ukraine’s purchasing power

According to figures released by the International Monetary Fund, in 2019, Ukrainians had significantly less purchasing power than Russians, Belarussians, and Poles. Purchasing power parity is the rate at which the currency of one country would have to be converted into that of another country to buy the same amount of goods and services in […]

UK economic growth in 2019 beats expectations

Newly released figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the UK economy grew in December.UK GDP grew 0.3% in December, despite expectations for growth of 0.2%. Annual GDP for the fourth quarter was at 1.1% which is better than the expected 0.8%. Quarterly data showed the economy stagnated at 0% in the final […]