Day: April 17, 2020

South Asia coronavirus cases hit 22,000 as Maldives locks down capital

NEW DELHI/MALE – The number of people infected with the coronavirus crossed 22,000 in densely populated South Asia on Friday driven by a rise in cases in India as the tiny Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives locked down its capital. Health officials have warned that the region, […]

RBI measures will help protect livelihoods, be milestone in keeping economy strong: Nadda

New Delhi, Apr 17:  The BJP on Friday lauded the measures announced by the RBI, with party president J P Nadda saying they will help protect people’s livelihoods and will be a “milestone” in helping Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to keep economy strong during and after the […]

Doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in India reduced with imposition of lockdown: Health Ministry

New Delhi, Apr 17: The Union Health Ministry said on Friday the rate at which the number of coronavirus cases in the country was becoming double in the last one week was 6.2 days, as against three days before the nationwide lockdown was imposed At a daily media briefing […]

Myanmar releases 25,000 prisoners amid virus fears

More than a quarter of Myanmar’s prison population is being released, the president’s office announced Friday, after calls grew to ease pressure on overcrowded jails with coronavirus fears gripping the country. The Southeast Asian nation grants an annual amnesty to thousands of prisoners to mark its April New […]

Astronauts land back on Earth transformed by pandemic

Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut on Friday made a safe return from the International Space Station to find the planet transformed by the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Morgan, Jessica Meir and Oleg Skripochka touched down in central Kazakhstan at 0516 GMT in the first returning mission since […]

AP source: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen being released from prison

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen will be released from federal prison to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Cohen is currently locked up […]

‘Tip of the iceberg:’ Nations struggle to count virus toll

BEIJING — China acknowledged Friday that the coronavirus death toll in the one-time epicenter city of Wuhan was nearly 50% higher than reported, underscoring just how seriously the official numbers of infections and deaths around the world may be understating the dimensions of the disaster. Such figures can have a […]

Zoom rolls out new measures as security fears mount

Videoconferencing platform Zoom is rolling out a number of measures meant to stem criticism over how it has handled security as users flock to the application during the coronavirus pandemic. Zoom chief executive Eric Yuan laid out steps Wednesday that the company is taking against problems such as […]

‘I am so afraid’: India’s poor face world’s largest lockdown

The street peddler watched the prime minister’s speech on a battered TV, with her family of five crowded around her in a one-room house with no toilet and no running water. It’s squeezed into a Mumbai shantytown controlled by an obscure Mumbai organized crime family. Mina Jakhawadiya knew […]

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