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Indonesian agriculture minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo has been criticised for claiming that a necklace made from eucalyptus can help prevent transmission of COVID-19. Limpo stated the necklace, if worn for 30 minutes, could help destroy much of coronavirus. It has been developed by agriculture ministry, along with roll-ons and a mini-inhaler, and would be mass-produced in August, he had said.
short by Ankush Verma / 03:13 pm on 07 Jul
US to withdraw visas for foreign students if classes moved online
short by Ankush Verma / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
The US won't allow foreign students to remain in the country if all of their classes are moved online because of coronavirus crisis. The rule applies to holders of F-1 and M-1 visas. There were over 10 lakh international students in the US for the 2018-19 academic year, according to IIE. The second-largest number of international students came from India.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:45 am on 07 Jul
The White House on Monday said that the US has been "a leader" in the global fight against coronavirus. The statement comes as coronavirus cases in the country approach 30 lakh. "The US has low mortality rate, it's because of the extraordinary work that we've done on therapeutics and getting PPE and leading on ventilators," the White House added.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:56 am on 07 Jul
Diseases like COVID-19 which jump from animals to humans are increasing and will continue to do so if we keep exploiting wildlife, a UN report has stated. COVID-19 may be the worst zoonotic disease, but it is not the first, the report said. Ebola, SARS, Zika virus and bird flu all came to people by way of animals, it added.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:48 pm on 07 Jul
US still 'knee-deep' in 1st wave of coronavirus: Top US health expert
short by Ankush Verma / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
Top US health expert Anthony Fauci has said the country is still "knee-deep" in the first wave of coronavirus pandemic. Fauci further said the status of the pandemic in US is "really not good", adding that having more than 50,000 new daily coronavirus cases several times in the past week was "a serious situation that we have to address immediately".
short by Ankush Verma / 01:51 pm on 07 Jul
COVID-19 is widespread; wear masks on planes: WHO to travellers
short by Nandini Sinha / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
The World Health Organization on Tuesday said that the coronavirus is widespread and people have to take that "very, very seriously", as it urged travellers to wear masks on planes. WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris urged people to not get surprised by resurgent local epidemics and quarantine measures, saying, "If it's anywhere, it's everywhere and people travelling have to understand that."
short by Nandini Sinha / 06:59 pm on 07 Jul
300 drones lit up in Seoul to convey COVID-19 messages; pics surface
short by Nandini Sinha / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
At least 300 drones were lit up in Seoul as part of an initiative by the South Korean government to convey messages about ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus and thank health workers amid the pandemic. The drones were programmed to form images, including those of people wearing masks, above the Han River.
short by Nandini Sinha / 04:57 pm on 07 Jul
TikTok may be "a data collection service disguised as social media" that requires greater scrutiny, Australian Senator Jim Molan said. He said this after Nationals MP George Christensen accused TikTok of being "used and abused" by Chinese Communist Party and said it should be banned. Australian PM Scott Morrison also urged caution on people handing over their data to TikTok.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:24 pm on 07 Jul
Looking at banning Chinese social media apps including TikTok: US
short by Ankush Verma / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the country is "certainly looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok. Pompeo had earlier welcomed India's ban on several mobile apps from China. "India's clean app approach will boost India's sovereignty, it will also boost India's integrity and national security," Pompeo had said after India's move.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:15 am on 07 Jul
Facebook, WhatsApp, Google, Twitter and Telegram said that they have temporarily suspended processing requests for user data from the Hong Kong government. This comes after China's establishment of a new national security law for the region. "We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right," Facebook said, while Twitter cited "grave concerns" about the law's implications.
short by Dharna / 11:50 am on 07 Jul
TikTok to exit Hong Kong market after China imposes new security law
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
Short-form video app TikTok, owned by China's Bytedance, has said it will exit the Hong Kong market within days after China imposed a new national security law for the city. The company operates a similar app called Douyin in China. TikTok said it isn't profitable in Hong Kong, where it has about 1,50,000 users.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 12:13 pm on 07 Jul
Won't let China take reins: US on India-China border tensions
short by Kiran Khatri / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
The US military "will continue to stand strong" in relationship to a conflict between India and China or anywhere else, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said. "We're not going to stand by and let China...take the reins in terms of being the most powerful, dominant force," he added. This comes amid India-China border tensions in Ladakh.
short by Kiran Khatri / 05:09 pm on 07 Jul
Thank you India for hosting Dalai Lama: US as it criticises China
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
The US has thanked India for hosting the Dalai Lama since 1959 as the world commemorated the 85th birthday of the Tibetan spiritual leader. Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi further said, "The aspirations of His Holiness and the Tibetan people remain unfulfilled as the oppressive Chinese regime continues its disgraceful campaign of persecution."
short by Arshiya Chopra / 04:30 pm on 07 Jul
China launches special task force for political policing
short by Nandini Sinha / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
China has launched a special task force for political policing to 'maintain social stability', Chinese state media outlet Procuratorial Daily has reported. The task force should "crackdown on all kinds of infiltration, subversion, sabotage, violent terrorist activities, ethnic separatist activities, and extreme religious activities", according to the notes from a meeting of the task force.
short by Nandini Sinha / 03:00 pm on 07 Jul
Will test 20L people in next 2 months: UAE amid rise in COVID-19 cases
short by Sharangee Dutta / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
UAE plans to test 20 lakh people for COVID-19 over the next two months, a government spokesperson said. This comes after the country reported rise in COVID-19 cases following lifting of curfew on June 24. "It's a reminder that we all should be responsible," the spokesperson added. UAE's daily infection rate rose from an average of 300-400 to nearly 700.
short by Sharangee Dutta / 06:30 pm on 07 Jul
NZ lawmaker admits to leaking COVID-19 patient details to media
short by Shailesh / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
New Zealand's opposition National party lawmaker Hamish Walker admitted to leaking the details of coronavirus patients in the country to the media last week. "I did this to expose the government's shortcomings," Walker added. The acting chief executive of Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, Michelle Boag, admitted to using her position to access and pass on the private information to Walker.
short by Shailesh / 03:39 pm on 07 Jul
Worrying crowds outside bars could delay pubs' reopening: Ireland PM
short by Kirti Joshi / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
Amid COVID-19 spread, Ireland's Prime Minister Micheál Martin on Monday said that authorities may delay the full reopening of pubs after "very worrying" scenes of packed crowds of drinkers outside some bars over the weekend. "We're worried about it...People do need to behave...Some of the scenes that we witnessed are very worrying," he said.
short by Kirti Joshi / 12:54 pm on 07 Jul
South Africa has become the first African country to report over 2 lakh coronavirus cases, after over 8,900 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the total to 2,05,721, the South African government said. South Africa has reported 3,310 deaths from coronavirus. South Africa's COVID-19 cases increased by nearly 1.6 lakh in the last month, a local news report claimed.
short by Shailesh / 04:51 pm on 07 Jul
Russian authorities have dug a trench around Shuluta village to enforce a quarantine after 37 of its 390 residents tested positive for coronavirus. The outbreak started after dozens of villagers took part in a shaman ritual on June 10, a local official said. The trench was dug to prevent travellers from passing through the village and limit residents' movements.
short by Shailesh / 11:38 pm on 06 Jul
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday said that he had undergone another test for the coronavirus after getting an X-ray of his lungs. Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly downplayed the risks of the disease, said that his lungs were "clean". Brazil has become the country with the second most coronavirus cases worldwide after the United States.
short by Kirti Joshi / 04:04 pm on 07 Jul
Canada PM to skip trade summit with Trump, Mexican Prez Manuel
short by Kirti Joshi / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau will skip a meeting organised by US President Donald Trump to celebrate the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Trudeau told Mexican President Andres Manuel that he hoped the talks with US President Donald Trump would be successful. He had earlier said that he wasn't sure about attending, citing tensions over possible US tariffs on Canadian aluminum.
short by Kirti Joshi / 04:45 pm on 07 Jul
China makes claim in eastern border with Bhutan
short by Kirti Joshi / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
China made a new territorial claim while objecting to a request to develop the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan. The claim was made at a meeting of the Global Environment Facility, a US-based global body to finance environment sector projects. "At no point during the boundary discussions between Bhutan and China has it featured as a disputed area," Bhutan said.
short by Kirti Joshi / 02:58 pm on 07 Jul
The UK has imposed sanctions on 49 people and organisations behind the most "notorious" human rights abuses of recent years. Those identified in the first list of sanctions are 25 Russian and 20 Saudi Arabian individuals, and it also includes two Myanmar army officials named in relation to Rohingyas in Rakhine state. Two North Korean organisations have also been named.
short by Kirti Joshi / 02:25 pm on 07 Jul
An apparent outbreak of bubonic plague in China's Inner Mongolia region is being "well managed" and is not considered to represent a high risk, World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman Margaret Harris said. "We're looking at the case numbers in China...we're watching it, monitoring it carefully," she added. Harris further said the WHO was working in partnership with the Chinese authorities.
short by Shailesh / 06:18 pm on 07 Jul
Australia warns citizens of 'arbitrary detention' risk in China
short by Shailesh / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
Australia on Tuesday, in an updated travel advisory, warned its citizens they may be at risk of "arbitrary detention" in China. "Authorities have detained foreigners because they're 'endangering national security'," the travel advice for China, on Australia's Smart Traveller website, added. Australia continues to advise its citizens not to travel to China due to the coronavirus pandemic.
short by Shailesh / 05:42 pm on 07 Jul
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