Virus warnings back safety over tradition during Ramadan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The virus pandemic is cutting off the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims from cherished Ramadan traditions. Health officials are battling to ward off new infections during Islam’s holiest month, haunted by multiple outbreaks traced to religious gatherings around the world. Ramadan starts this week as some countries are looking to lift virus lockdowns. U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing for a swift nationwide reopening, Vietnam and New Zealand moved Thursday to end lockdowns and European leaders are gathering via video to try to reinvigorate virus-crippled economies. But the crisis is far from over. It’s worsening hunger worldwide, and Germany’s leader warns it’s too early to let our guard down.