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Kashmir fells trees in effort to fight coronavirus panic

Kashmir fells trees in effort to fight coronavirus panic

-- 2020-04-16 16:45:16

Fearing a convergence of respiratory allergies and spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Kashmir authorities have ordered the felling of tens of thousands of poplar trees that account for nearly a third...

Why are some South Koreans who recovered from COVID-19 testing positive again?

Why are some South Koreans who recovered from COVID-19 testing positive again?

REUTERS 2020-04-16 16:18:00

South Korean health officials are investigating several possible explanations for a small but growing number of recovered coronavirus patients who later test positive for the virus again. Among the m...

Citing WHO, China says no evidence coronavirus was made in a lab

Citing WHO, China says no evidence coronavirus was made in a lab

Reuters 2020-04-16 15:48:57

China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday the World Health Organization (WHO) has said there is no evidence that the coronavirus that has infected more than 2 million people globally was made in...

India charges Muslim leader with culpable homicide for coronavirus surge

India charges Muslim leader with culpable homicide for coronavirus surge

-- 2020-04-16 12:49:04

India has brought charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the chief of a Muslim seminary for holding a gathering last month that authorities say led to a big jump in coronavirus i...

China sees rise in local coronavirus infections

China sees rise in local coronavirus infections

Reuters 2020-04-16 10:48:46

China reported on Thursday fewer new coronavirus cases involving travellers arriving from overseas, but locally transmitted infections rose, with the Chinese capital seeing new local cases for the fir...

Schools urged to reopen as Australia mulls easing of coronavirus restrictions

Schools urged to reopen as Australia mulls easing of coronavirus restrictions

-- 2020-04-16 10:27:39

Australia’s federal government on Thursday urged state premiers to reopen schools as it considers how to start winding back some other restrictions on movement that have helped slow the spread o...

India agrees to sell anti-malarial drug to Malaysia

India agrees to sell anti-malarial drug to Malaysia

-- 2020-04-15 17:27:43

India has agreed to sell hydroxychloroquine tablets to Malaysia for use in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, a Malaysian minister said on Wednesday, with New Delhi partially lifting its bar on expor...

Last medical assistance team leaves Hubei as epidemic subsides

Last medical assistance team leaves Hubei as epidemic subsides

-- 2020-04-15 17:15:21

The last medical assistance team started leaving Hubei Province Wednesday as the COVID-19 epidemic in the hard-hit province has been subdued. The medical team consisting of over 180 medical workers f...

460,000 Chinese companies shut down in Q1 amid COVID-19 outbreak   

460,000 Chinese companies shut down in Q1 amid COVID-19 outbreak  

Global Times 2020-04-15 16:54:47

A total of 460,000 businesses in China succumbed to the novel coronavirus assault in the first quarter of 2020, among which 57 per cent had been in operation for less than three years, according to a...

Japan urges citizens to maintain distancing as reports predict 400,000 deaths

Japan urges citizens to maintain distancing as reports predict 400,000 deaths

-- 2020-04-15 16:11:21

Japan urged its citizens on Wednesday to stay home, as media reports warned that as many as 400,000 of them could die of the coronavirus without urgent action, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under...

China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for six key days

China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for six key days

AP 2020-04-15 16:05:19

In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicentre of the disease hosted a mass banquet for t...

Wearing masks and gloves, South Koreans vote in national elections

Wearing masks and gloves, South Koreans vote in national elections

Reuters 2020-04-15 11:57:16

South Koreans began going to the polls on Wednesday to elect members of parliament, wearing masks and plastic gloves as part of strict safety measures in one of the first national elections held amid...

Global Covid-19 cases approach 2 million

Global Covid-19 cases approach 2 million

-- 2020-04-15 10:22:09

The global death toll from novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached 126,604 as of Wednesday morning. There have been 1,998,111 confirmed cases around the world after the highly contagious disease was...

Indian migrants running away from quarantine

Indian migrants running away from quarantine

-- 2020-04-15 09:32:21

Thousands of Indians who fled cities to return to their villages after the government imposed a coronavirus lockdown have been running away from quarantine centres. In government schools and village...

China approves three coronavirus vaccines for clinical trials

China approves three coronavirus vaccines for clinical trials

-- 2020-04-14 21:30:00

China has approved three COVID-19 vaccine candidates for clinical trials, said an official with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) on Tuesday, reports Xinhua. An adenovirus vector vaccine,...

India extends lockdown, ignites protest by migrant workers

India extends lockdown, ignites protest by migrant workers

Reuters 2020-04-14 20:36:48

India extended a lockdown on its 1.3 billion people until at least May 3 on Tuesday and Prime Minister Narendra Modi said economic sacrifices were needed to save lives as the number of coronavirus cas...

North Korea test fires multiple short-range anti-ship missiles

North Korea test fires multiple short-range anti-ship missiles

-- 2020-04-14 16:31:50

North Korea launched multiple short-range anti-ship cruise missiles into the sea and Sukhoi jets fired air-to-surface missiles on Tuesday as part of its ongoing military exercises, South Korea’s...

Philippines ramps up coronavirus testing to find thousands of unknown infections

Philippines ramps up coronavirus testing to find thousands of unknown infections

-- 2020-04-14 15:01:00

The Philippines introduced a more aggressive testing programme for the coronavirus on Tuesday to locate as many as 15,000 unknown infections, despite having implemented some of Asia’s strictest...

India extends lockdown to May 3 as virus cases cross 10,000

India extends lockdown to May 3 as virus cases cross 10,000

Reuters 2020-04-14 11:53:32

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended a nationwide lockdown until May 3 as the number of coronavirus cases crossed 10,000 despite a three-week shutdown. Modi, in an address on natio...

Eight killed in Rakhine shelling

Eight killed in Rakhine shelling

Reuters 2020-04-14 11:27:23

Eight people were killed by shelling in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Monday, two local officials and a resident said, but the army said it had no information about such an incident and rejected ac...

Chinese PM to attend ASEAN-China, Japan, ROK special meeting on COVID-19

Chinese PM to attend ASEAN-China, Japan, ROK special meeting on COVID-19

Xinhua 2020-04-13 18:38:43

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will on Tuesday in Beijing attend a special meeting of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plus China, Japan and the Republic of Korea on respondin...

Shanghai, Wuhan embrace reopened and sanitised markets for fresh food

Shanghai, Wuhan embrace reopened and sanitised markets for fresh food

-- 2020-04-13 18:31:29

Wet markets in many provinces and regions across China have been reopened in succession as cities in Hubei Province get released from lockdown. Restored fresh markets have to meet strict measurements...

India arranges online training for Saarc health professionals to combat COVID-19

India arranges online training for Saarc health professionals to combat COVID-19

-- 2020-04-13 16:52:04

India has invited healthcare professionals from Saarc countries to join a five-day online training course on prevention and management of COVID-19 pandemic. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (A...

ADB triples COVID-19 response package to $20b

ADB triples COVID-19 response package to $20b

-- 2020-04-13 16:40:49

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday tripled the size of its response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic to $20 billion and approved measures to streamline its operations for q...

South Korea to ship 600,000 coronavirus testing kits to US Tuesday

South Korea to ship 600,000 coronavirus testing kits to US Tuesday

-- 2020-04-13 16:04:51

South Korea plans to send 600,000 coronavirus testing kits to the United States on Tuesday in the first such shipment following a request from US President Donald Trump, a Seoul official told Reuters...

'Rice ATM' feeds Vietnam's poor amid virus lockdown

'Rice ATM' feeds Vietnam's poor amid virus lockdown

Reuters 2020-04-13 13:58:40

A Vietnamese entrepreneur in Ho Chi Minh City has invented a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine providing free rice for people out of work following an ongoing nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of...

Former Israeli chief rabbi dies after contracting coronavirus

Former Israeli chief rabbi dies after contracting coronavirus

-- 2020-04-13 10:42:51

A former Israeli chief rabbi has died after contracting the coronavirus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, in what is the country’s highest-profile death from the pandemic. Eliy...

China's new coronavirus cases rise to near six-week high

China's new coronavirus cases rise to near six-week high

REUTERS 2020-04-13 10:04:26

China reported the highest number of new daily coronavirus cases in nearly six weeks, driven by a rise in infected travellers arriving from overseas and underscoring challenges Beijing faces in preven...

Wuhan trying desperately to cure elderly coronavirus patients

Wuhan trying desperately to cure elderly coronavirus patients

-- 2020-04-12 17:38:01

China's Wuhan will strengthen medical treatment for severely ill and elderly COVID-19 patients, the latest signal from the city hard hit by the novel coronavirus but now in a steady recovery, reports...

Saudi King approves extension of curfew until further notice

Saudi King approves extension of curfew until further notice

-- 2020-04-12 09:20:19

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman approved an extension of the kingdom’s curfew until further notice due to the rate at which the coronavirus is currently spreading, the state news agency (SPA) r...