Day: April 11, 2020

Taiwan, WHO spar again over coronavirus information sharing

TAIPEI – Tension flared again on Saturday as Taiwan accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of playing word games in a dispute over details it sought in an email querying if the new coronavirus could be transmitted between people. Taiwan is not a WHO member, because of objections […]

India set to ship drug sought by Trump for coronavirus

NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD – India is set to begin shipping the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to the United States where President Donald Trump has touted it as a potential weapon against the coronavirus. “The first shipments should start next week,” said Sudarshan Jain, secretary general of Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA). […]

UK PM making very good progress in COVID-19 recovery, office says

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is making “very good progress” in his recovery from COVID-19, his office said on Saturday. Johnson was moved out of intensive care after three nights on Thursday and Downing Street said on Friday he had managed to start walking, although his […]

India to extend nationwide lockdown to tackle coronavirus: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI/DHAKA – Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to extend a nationwide lockdown to tackle the spread of the coronavirus, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday, without disclosing how long the extension would be for. Earlier in the day, Modi held a video conference call […]

Srinagar-Leh highway reopens after four months

Kargil, Apr 11: The 434-km Srinagar-Leh national highway, considered as the lifeline of the Union Territory of Ladakh, was reopened on Saturday to ferry essential commodities after remaining closed for over four months owing to heavy snowfall along the Zojila Pass. In view of the coronavirus outbreak, the Ladakh […]

G20 ministers struggle to finalise oil output cuts despite US efforts

Top oil producers struggled to finalise production cuts during a virtual summit held by G20 energy ministers on Friday, despite US President Donald Trump’s mediation efforts to end a standoff with Mexico. The final G20 communique appeared to gloss over simmering divisions over energy policy, making no mention […]

Jane Goodall says 'disrespect for animals' caused pandemic

World-renowned British primatologist Jane Goodall says the coronavirus pandemic was caused by humanity’s disregard for nature and disrespect for animals. Goodall, who is best known for trail-blazing research in Africa that revealed the true nature of chimpanzees, pleaded for the world to learn from past mistakes to prevent […]

1st results in on Gilead coronavirus drug; more study needed

More than half of a group of severely ill coronavirus patients improved after receiving an experimental antiviral drug, although there’s no way to know the odds of that happening without the drug because there was no comparison group, doctors reported Friday. The results published by the New England Journal of […]

Apple, Google to harness phones for virus infection tracking

Apple and Google fueled hopes for digital technology’s promise against a fast-moving, invisible killer, announcing a joint effort to help public health agencies worldwide leverage smartphones to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New software the companies plan to add to phones would make it easier to use Bluetooth wireless […]

Crime drops around the world as COVID-19 keeps people inside

CHICAGO — The coronavirus pandemic that has crippled big-box retailers and mom and pop shops worldwide may be making a dent in illicit business, too. In Chicago, one of America’s most violent cities, drug arrests have plummeted 42% in the weeks since the city shut down, compared with the […]

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