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Global coronavirus cases exceed 15 lakh; death toll reaches 87,320
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 09 Apr 2020,Thursday
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has crossed 15 lakh across more than 190 countries/regions today, AFP tally has revealed. It further stated that 87,320 people have died due to Covid-19. Meanwhile, 3.2 lakh people have recovered across the world. India has reported over 5,700 confirmed cases and 166 deaths due to the virus.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 12:20 pm on 09 Apr
Which most-affected countries witnessed fall in daily coronavirus cases?
short by Pragya Swastik / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Italy, Spain, US, Iran, Netherlands and Germany, six of the 10 worst coronavirus-hit nations, witnessed a drop in daily cases as per a 5-day moving average, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US has the most, nearly 4,00,000, cases, yet daily infections dipped for three consecutive days between 28,222 to 29,556. Spain's cases have surpassed Italy's at over 1.4 lakh.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:55 pm on 08 Apr
Bernie Sanders drops out of US Presidential race
short by Nandini Sinha / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
US Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday. The 78-year-old senator from Vermont made the announcement in a call with his campaign staff, his campaign said. This clears the way for former US Vice President Joe Biden to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:32 pm on 08 Apr
Responding to US President Donald Trump's claim of WHO being "China-centric", WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "We're close to every nation, we're colour-blind." "Please show unity at national level and honest solidarity at global level," he added. "The most powerful should lead the way...please quarantine COVID politics," he said calling for a halt to politicisation of COVID-19 crisis.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:21 am on 09 Apr
People living in China's Wuhan where coronavirus first emerged were permitted to leave for the first time on Wednesday since the 76-day lockdown, which has been lifted. Around 55,000 people will leave Wuhan on Wednesday, according to ticket sales reviewed by state broadcaster CCTV. Wuhan had suspended public transport and outbound flights and trains as part of the lockdown.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:00 pm on 08 Apr
Dubai suspends marriages, divorces to curb coronavirus spread
short by Kirti Joshi / on 09 Apr 2020,Thursday
In Dubai, marriages and divorces have been suspended 'until further notice' to avoid gatherings that could spread COVID-19. Couples who have already completed marriage formalities have been told not organise wedding parties "even among their immediate circles". Dubai's justice department on Wednesday said that the decision was taken as a measure to prevent COVID-19 spread.
short by Kirti Joshi / 12:45 pm on 09 Apr
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has thanked PM Narendra Modi for allowing the export of raw materials to Brazil to produce Hydroxychloroquine amid coronavirus. "As an outcome of my direct conversation with Prime Minister of India, we will receive, by Saturday, raw materials to continue our production of Hydroxychloroquine," he said. "I thank him...for this timely assistance," Bolsonaro added.
short by Daisy Mowke / 10:10 am on 09 Apr
Coronavirus cases in Europe exceed 7.5 lakh: AFP
short by Shailesh / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Over 7.5 lakh coronavirus cases have been reported in Europe which is over half the global total at over 14.5 lakh, AFP reported. Italy, Spain, France and Germany have each detected over 1 lakh cases. Italy, Spain and France have each reported over 10,000 coronavirus deaths while Germany has reported 2,066 virus deaths.
short by Shailesh / 10:30 pm on 08 Apr
After India said it will supply hydroxychloroquine to "some nations" that have been badly affected by coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump tweeted, "Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends." He added, "Thank you India...for the decision on HCQ...Thank you PM Narendra Modi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity...in this fight!"
short by Anmol Sharma / 12:25 am on 09 Apr
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said politicising coronavirus will lead to many more "body bags". His statement comes after US President Donald Trump accused WHO of being "China-centric" amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Please don't politicise this virus. It exploits the differences you have at national level. If you want to be exploited...then you do it," Ghebreyesus stated.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:45 am on 09 Apr
Pakistan did not participate in the video conference of senior trade officials of SAARC held on Wednesday to discuss the impact of coronavirus pandemic on regional trade, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. The trade officials discussed that new ways should be identified to sustain and expand intra-regional trade until normal trade channels are restored, the MEA added.
short by Kiran Khatri / 08:14 am on 09 Apr
Ice rink used for drive-through coronavirus testing in Netherlands
short by Nandini Sinha / on 09 Apr 2020,Thursday
The Netherlands is increasing coronavirus testing for healthcare personnel with drive-in locations, including one site at an ice rink. "In the summer this ice rink isn't used. This is a very suitable location to test people in a safe and hygienic way," an official said. The Dutch government earlier announced it'd increase testing capacity from around 4,000 tests/day to 17,500.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:46 am on 09 Apr
After US President Donald Trump thanked PM Narendra Modi for clearing the export of Hydroxychloroquine amid coronavirus pandemic, PM Modi replied to him. "Times like these bring friends closer. The India-US partnership is stronger than ever. India shall do everything possible to help humanity's fight against COVID-19," the PM tweeted. "We shall win this together," he added.
short by Daisy Mowke / 10:51 am on 09 Apr
The death toll due to coronavirus in worst-affected Italy has risen to 17,669 after 542 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The number of confirmed cases in the country climbed to 139,422, the third highest global tally behind that of the United States and Spain. There are 3,693 COVID-19 patients in ICU in Italy.
short by Anmol Sharma / 10:35 pm on 08 Apr
World short of 6 million nurses amid COVID-19 pandemic, says WHO
short by Kiran Khatri / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
There is a global shortfall of nearly six million nurses amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO has said, referring to them as the "backbone of any health system". To avert this, countries need to increase the number of nurse graduates by around 8% per year, it added. Over 80% of nurses practice in countries where half of world's population lives.
short by Kiran Khatri / 09:40 pm on 08 Apr
A group of 30 Kenyan runners from across the country ran solo half marathons to compete in a virtual race amid coronavirus pandemic. They had been training for Wuhan Marathon which was to be held this week but got postponed. As a part of CoronaRun organised in Kenya, runners ran a 21-km course and recorded their time using GPS watches.
short by Aishwarya / 11:01 pm on 08 Apr
No sign that Europe's COVID-19 outbreak reached its peak: Report
short by Shailesh / on 09 Apr 2020,Thursday
There's no sign yet that the peak of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe has been reached, the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) said. Coronavirus continues to infect and kill a large number of people across the region, it added. The organisation further said, "It is still too early to suddenly lift all community and physical distancing measures."
short by Shailesh / 09:05 am on 09 Apr
A 34-year-old man who was caught stealing surgical face masks from a hospital in the UK has been jailed for three months, police said on Wednesday. Police said Lerun Hussain had been detained by security staff at King's College Hospital in south London as he tried to steal three masks. Over 60,730 coronavirus cases reported in the UK.
short by Kirti Joshi / 01:29 pm on 09 Apr
Scientists in Bali turn wine into sanitisers amid COVID-19 crisis
short by Shailesh / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Scientists in Bali, the popular holiday destination in Indonesia, have used locally produced fermented palm wine 'arak' to make hand sanitisers to overcome a shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic. "We've produced 10,600 bottles of sanitiser using arak and Bali police have given them out to people in need," Dewa Ayu Swastini, head of pharmaceutical faculty at Bali's Udayana University, said.
short by Shailesh / 09:31 pm on 08 Apr
Stop preventing Iran from selling oil amid COVID-19: FM urges Trump
short by Kiran Khatri / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has urged US President Donald Trump to "stop preventing" the country from selling oil and other products by lifting the sanctions amid the coronavirus pandemic. "We don't need charity from Trump, who's forced to buy ventilators from sources he's sanctioned," Zarif said, adding that Iran is rich in human and natural resources.
short by Kiran Khatri / 07:56 pm on 08 Apr
Bangladesh urged China to send a team of experts comprising of doctors, nurses and technicians to help fight the coronavirus pandemic and also train Bangladeshi health professionals. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a call with his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen assured him of China's full support. Bangladesh earlier this year sent masks, sanitisers and gloves to China.
short by Shailesh / 08:47 pm on 08 Apr
India 'responding positively' to drug needs of Australia, Spain: EAM
short by Kiran Khatri / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said India is "responding positively" to the pharmaceutical requirements of Australia and Spain. Jaishankar held phone conversations with his Australian counterpart Marise Payne and Spanish counterpart Arancha González over their responses to the coronavirus pandemic. He added that India will make arrangements for Australians wishing to return home.
short by Kiran Khatri / 10:34 pm on 08 Apr
The Afghan government has released 100 Taliban prisoners on Wednesday as part of a peace process with the militant group. The Taliban recently broke off talks on a prisoner exchange after claiming that it was being delayed "under one pretext or another". The militant group has demanded 5,000 Taliban prisoners to be released to proceed with the peace talks.
short by Shailesh / 11:18 pm on 08 Apr
Driver of UK truck in which 39 died pleads guilty to manslaughter
short by Shailesh / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Truck driver Maurice Robinson has pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter in the case related to the deaths of Vietnamese people in a refrigerated container found in the UK last year. Co-defendant Gheorghe Nica pleaded not guilty to the same offences. Autopsies had concluded that all the victims died from asphyxia and hyperthermia.
short by Shailesh / 10:47 pm on 08 Apr
Syrian Air Force carried out chemical attacks in 2017: OPCW
short by Shailesh / on 09 Apr 2020,Thursday
The Syrian Air Force carried out chemical attacks in March 2017 in the town of Ltamenah, Syria, a report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said. The Air Force dropped bombs containing poisonous chlorine and sarin nerve gas that affected over 100 people, the report added. The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.
short by Shailesh / 08:16 am on 09 Apr
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