Day: April 12, 2020

Pandemic a 'perfect storm' for South Asia, World Bank says

South Asia is on course for its worst economic performance in 40 years, with decades of progress in the battle against poverty at risk, because of coronavirus, the World Bank said Sunday. India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other smaller nations, which have 1.8 billion people and some of […]

No kicks in Kashmir: Stranded players turn to video games and gym

Stranded by the coronavirus lockdown in one of the world’s most militarised regions, Zambia’s Aaron Katebe is no longer kicking a football — he is playing video games or working out in a hotel gym in Indian-administered Kashmir. Katebe is one of four African and six British players […]

US Supreme Court to hear appeal on abortion during virus crisis

Abortion rights advocates on Saturday called on the US Supreme Court to urgently intervene to force Texas to reinstate the right to abortion, which has been suspended in the state since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic. This is the first appeal related to COVID-19 to reach […]

Pope to livestream Easter mass to locked down world

Pope Francis will break with centuries of tradition and livestream Easter Sunday mass to allow the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to celebrate their holiest holiday under a coronavirus lockdown. Fear and confusion in the face of a disease whose official death toll has soared past 100,000 — but […]

Doctor gambles on clot-busting drug to save virus patients

WASHINGTON — The woman was dying. New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital was about to call her husband and break the news that there was nothing left to try. Then Dr. Hooman Poor took a gamble. With high-stress, high-stakes decisions, doctors around the world are frantically trying to figure […]

Trump leaves trail of unmet promises in coronavirus response

WASHINGTON — For several months, President Donald Trump and his officials have cast a fog of promises meant to reassure a country in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump and his team haven’t delivered on critical ones. They talk numbers. Bewildering numbers about masks on the way. About tests […]

Biden beats Sanders to win Alaska Democratic primary

JUNEAU, Alaska — Joe Biden has won the Alaska Democrats’ party-run presidential primary, beating Sen. Bernie Sanders days after Sanders suspended his campaign. Biden beat Sanders Saturday 55.3% to 44.7%. A total of 19,759 votes were cast. Biden gets 11 delegates and Sanders gets 4. Sanders would have […]

Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients

NEW YORK — As health officials around the world push to get more ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, some doctors are moving away from using the breathing machines when they can. The reason: Some hospitals have reported unusually high death rates for coronavirus patients on ventilators, and some […]

Two thirds of COVID-19 patients improve after Gilead drug – NEJM

More than two-thirds of severely ill COVID-19 patients saw their condition improve after treatment with remdesivir, an experimental drug being developed by Gilead Sciences Inc., according to new data based on patient observation. The analysis, published on Friday by the New England Journal of Medicine, does not detail […]

India's coronavirus relief plan could leave millions without food aid, activists say

NEW DELHI – Tens of millions of Indians stand to see few benefits from a coronavirus relief package worth $22.6 billion, economists and food rights activists say, a scenario that spells catastrophe for Karan Kumar, a struggling day labourer in the capital. Living in cramped quarters at a […]

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