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China lab rejects conspiracy claims, but virus origins remain a mystery

China lab rejects conspiracy claims, but virus origins remain a mystery

Reuters 2020-04-28 13:18:15

Claims that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan have no basis in fact, the head of the lab told Reuters news agency, adding that there were still no conclu...

Ramadan bazaars go digital in Southeast Asia

Ramadan bazaars go digital in Southeast Asia

Reuters 2020-04-28 10:35:21

For 15 years, Siti Zabedah Abdul Wahab’s family food business has opened for one month a year, selling murtabak, a pan-fried bread stuffed with meat, at Malaysia’s popular Ramadan bazaars....

As Japan fights coronavirus with shutdowns, rats emerge onto deserted streets

As Japan fights coronavirus with shutdowns, rats emerge onto deserted streets

-- 2020-04-28 10:32:43

As more Japanese restaurants shut down and people stay home during the country’s state of emergency to fight the coronavirus, experts say rats may be expanding their search for food to deserted...

India not to use COVID-19 test kits from two Chinese firms

India not to use COVID-19 test kits from two Chinese firms

-- 2020-04-27 21:30:40

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday asked state governments of the country to stop using coronavirus testing equipment brought from China because of conflicting results. More than hal...

Vietnam reports no new COVID-19 cases in three days

Vietnam reports no new COVID-19 cases in three days

Xinhua 2020-04-27 18:39:30

Vietnam reports no new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the third day in a row, with its total confirmed cases remaining at 270, according to its Ministry of Health. The country on Monday announced that thr...

Mideast economies take massive hit with oil price crash

Mideast economies take massive hit with oil price crash

AP 2020-04-27 16:41:21

Iraq is planning painful cuts in social benefits relied on by millions of government workers. Saudi Arabia will likely have to delay mega-projects. Egypt and Lebanon face a blow as their workers in th...

‘New antiviral coating can protect surfaces for 90 days’

‘New antiviral coating can protect surfaces for 90 days’

-- 2020-04-27 16:21:22

Researchers at a Hong Kong university say they have developed an antiviral coating which could provide 90 days of "significant" protection against bacteria and viruses such as the one causing COVID-19...

New Zealand stops community transmission of COVID-19

New Zealand stops community transmission of COVID-19

-- 2020-04-27 16:10:50

New Zealand says it has stopped community transmission of COVID-19, effectively eliminating the virus. With new cases in single figures for several days - one on Sunday – country’s Prime...

Asia's mosques deserted as coronavirus keeps Ramadan faithful away

Asia's mosques deserted as coronavirus keeps Ramadan faithful away

Reuters 2020-04-27 11:58:30

It is a Ramadan like never before for Muslims across Asia as mosques that would normally be packed for prayers are deserted and in some places locked up as governments enforced measures to stem the sp...

Saudi Arabia ends executions for crimes committed by minors

Saudi Arabia ends executions for crimes committed by minors

-- 2020-04-27 11:39:22

Saudi Arabia will no longer impose the death penalty on people who committed crimes while still minors, the country's Human Rights Commission says. The announcement, citing a royal decree by King Sal...

S Korean officials call for caution amid reports that N Korea’s Kim is ill

S Korean officials call for caution amid reports that N Korea’s Kim is ill

Reuters 2020-04-27 11:07:51

South Korean officials are calling for caution amid reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be ill or is being isolated because of coronavirus concerns, emphasising that they have detected no...

Australians rush to download coronavirus tracing app, PM’s popularity soars

Australians rush to download coronavirus tracing app, PM’s popularity soars

-- 2020-04-27 10:57:17

More than a million Australians rushed to download an app designed to help medical workers and state governments trace close contacts of COVID-19 patients, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s app...

Saudi coalition calls for end to escalation in Yemen

Saudi coalition calls for end to escalation in Yemen

REUTERS 2020-04-27 09:49:34

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition said on Monday all parties need to return to the status that existed before the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Yemen declared an emergency in Aden, according to a...

Saudi eases curfew, keeps 24-hour lockdown in Mecca

Saudi eases curfew, keeps 24-hour lockdown in Mecca

-- 2020-04-26 21:38:04

Saudi Arabia eased curfews on Sunday across the country but kept 24-hour lockdown in place in the city of Mecca and neighbourhoods previously put in isolation to curb the spread of the new coronavirus...

Iran plans to reopen mosques in virus-free areas

Iran plans to reopen mosques in virus-free areas

Reuters 2020-04-26 21:28:09

Iran plans to reopen mosques in parts of the country that have been consistently free of the coronavirus outbreak as restrictions on Iranians gradually ease, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday....

Quarantined woman gang raped in India

Quarantined woman gang raped in India

-- 2020-04-26 20:05:22

An Indian woman was allegedly gang raped in a school in the desert state of Rajasthan where she had been quarantined for a night by the police amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, a police offici...

Afghanistan struggling to implement lockdown

Afghanistan struggling to implement lockdown

-- 2020-04-26 19:54:26

Afghan authorities are struggling to implement lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in a province bordering Iran where the outbreak is widening due to an influx of Afghan returnees and me...

No remaining COVID-19 patient at Wuhan hospitals

No remaining COVID-19 patient at Wuhan hospitals

-- 2020-04-26 16:58:56

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global coronavirus pandemic began, now has no remaining cases in its hospitals, a health official told reporters on Sunday. The novel coronavirus is believed to h...

Singapore reports 931 new coronavirus cases, taking total to 13,624

Singapore reports 931 new coronavirus cases, taking total to 13,624

-- 2020-04-26 13:09:37

Singapore registered 931 new coronavirus infections, its health ministry said on Sunday, taking the city-state’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 13,624. The vast majority of the new cases are...

Train possibly belonging to Kim spotted in resort town: Think tank

Train possibly belonging to Kim spotted in resort town: Think tank

-- 2020-04-26 11:03:31

A special train possibly belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was spotted this week at a resort town in the country, according to satellite images reviewed by a Washington-based North Korea mo...

Xi leads China's search for safest path to growth amid COVID-19 control

Xi leads China's search for safest path to growth amid COVID-19 control

Xinhua 2020-04-24 18:21:21

At a time when the world economy is plagued by the coronavirus pandemic, policymakers across the globe are faced with the same dilemma: how to get the economy back on track amid containment of the vir...

Mystery of India's lower death rates seems to defy coronavirus trend

Mystery of India's lower death rates seems to defy coronavirus trend

REUTERS 2020-04-24 15:34:29

Parts of India have recorded dramatic falls in mortality rates after a nationwide lockdown was imposed to fight the new coronavirus, suggesting there has not been an undetected surge in virus-related...

South Asia coronavirus cases top 37,000

South Asia coronavirus cases top 37,000

-- 2020-04-24 14:46:25

South Asia’s coronavirus infections have crossed 37,000, with more than half in India, official data showed on Thursday, complicating the task of governments looking to scale back lockdowns that...

Pakistani doctors urge govt to reimpose mosque restrictions

Pakistani doctors urge govt to reimpose mosque restrictions

Reuters 2020-04-23 11:21:14

Leading Pakistani doctors on Wednesday urged the government and clerics to reverse a decision to allow prayer congregations at mosques during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, warning that the spread...

Italian cruise ship in Japan has 48 coronavirus cases

Italian cruise ship in Japan has 48 coronavirus cases

-- 2020-04-23 11:01:00

Nearly 50 crew members on an Italian cruise ship docked for repairs in Japan’s Nagasaki have tested positive for the new coronavirus, raising concern about the strain on the city’s hospita...

India suspends coronavirus antibody tests

India suspends coronavirus antibody tests

-- 2020-04-22 18:53:28

India has ordered a pause in testing for antibodies to the coronavirus because of concern over the accuracy, health officials said on Wednesday, complicating the fight against the epidemic as its tall...

UN condemns killing of WHO official in Myanmar

UN condemns killing of WHO official in Myanmar

-- 2020-04-22 17:14:30

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has condemned the death of a World Health Organisation worker in Myanmar's Rakhine state who was killed while transporting swabs from patients to be tested for co...

‘Indian curb on Chinese investment will harm own economic dev’

‘Indian curb on Chinese investment will harm own economic dev’

Global Times 2020-04-22 16:44:38

India's move to amend its foreign direct investment (FDI) rules, which is widely seen as targeting China, will weigh on the confidence and expansion of Chinese investors, who have been playing an ac...

Recovered, almost: China's early patients unable to shed coronavirus

Recovered, almost: China's early patients unable to shed coronavirus

REUTERS 2020-04-22 12:48:49

Dressed in a hazmat suit, two masks and a face shield, Du Mingjun knocked on the mahogany door of a flat in a suburban district of Wuhan on a recent morning. A man wearing a single mask opened the do...

India’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 640

India’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 640

Xinhua 2020-04-22 12:06:08

Indian health ministry Wednesday morning said 37 new deaths of COVID-19, besides an additional 999 positive cases were reported since Tuesday evening across the country, taking the number of deaths to...