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Asian markets bounce back from omicron sell-offs

BANGKOK Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday after a worldwide slump for financial markets spurred by worries about how badly the omicron variant, inflation and other forces will hit the world economy. Tokyo gained nearly 2% and…

The Pandemic, Politics and the Future

Artur Domingo Barnils The WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic in March of 2020. Since then we have witnessed sweeping changes in the world. While social, economic and political changes were expected; science, technology and education too…

UN: Gaza has significant trauma, medical needs

GENEVA The World Health Organization has tallied “significant trauma needs” in Palestinian areas, where at least 243 people have been killed during 11 days of fighting between Palestinians and Israelis. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris…

Philippine president eases lockdown in capital

MANILA, Philippines The Philippine president has eased a coronavirus lockdown in the bustling capital and adjacent provinces to fight economic recession and hunger but still barred public gatherings this month, when many Roman Catholic…

Sri Lanka banned travel throughout country

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s government has banned travel throughout the country for three days in an effort to contain rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases. The ban is effective from Thursday night until Monday morning. It does not…

Nepal extends lockdown until end of May

KATHMANDU, Nepal Authorities extended lockdown in the capital Kathmandu and surrounding districts by another 15 days as the Himalayan nation recorded the highest daily new cases and highest daily deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday.…

Pakistan receives 1st vaccines through COVAX

ISLAMABAD Pakistan on Saturday received its first supply of COVID-19 vaccines through the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, over 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The prime minister’s special aide on health, Dr. Faisal…

Why are people protesting across Colombia?

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia Thousands of Colombians have protested across the country against a government they feel has long ignored their needs, allowed corruption to run rampant and is so out of touch that it proposed tax increases during…

Biden calls on Americans to overcome divisions

WASHINGTON President Joe Biden is calling on Americans to overcome their divisions, declaring in his first address in office that “without unity, there is no peace.” Biden also pledged during his inaugural address Wednesday that he…

Can employers make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory?

Yes, with some exceptions. Experts say employers can require employees to take safety measures, including vaccination. That doesn’t necessarily mean you would get fired if you refuse, but you might need to sign a waiver or agree to work…

Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine 70% effective

The COVID-19 vaccine, being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, has 70% efficacy against the novel coronavirus, the British pharma giant announced on Monday. “Positive high-level results from an interim analysis of clinical…

Russia sees highest daily COVID-19 fatalities

MOSCOW Russia on Thursday reported the highest-ever number of fatalities caused by the novel coronavirus infection, with 174 people claimed over the past day, raising the death toll to 4,142. But recoveries also outnumbered new cases for…

COVID-19 cases in Russia cross 370,000

MOSCOW The coronavirus cases in Russia crossed 370,000 on Wednesday, while recoveries continued to outnumber new infections for the second day in a row. According to the country's emergency task force, 11,079 recoveries were reported over…

Russia, Iran discuss anti-virus cooperation

MOSCOW Russian and Iranian foreign ministers discussed cooperation in combatting the coronavirus pandemic in a phone talk on Monday, according to an official statement. Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif…

UAE reduces service fees to support economy

DUBAI The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Economy said on Sunday it was cutting fees for 94 of its services to reduce the cost of business and support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. The decision includes fees related to…

Venezuela extends quarantine additional 30 days

CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has extended a nationwide quarantine for another 30 days to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus throughout the crisis-stricken South American nation. Maduro announced the…

European Union science official resigns

BRUSSELS The chief of the European Union’s top science organization has resigned at the height of the Coronavirus crisis. Mauro Ferrari had only become president of the European Research Council on Jan. 1, but EU Commission spokesman…

COVID-19: Abe declares state of emergency in Japan

Tokyo Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday declared a month-long state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, and five other prefectures in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The local media reported that Japan has so far recorded…

UN Secretary-General: Domestic violence on rise

UNITED NATIONS United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says there has been “a horrifying global surge in domestic violence” in recent weeks as fear of the coronavirus pandemic has grown along with its social and economic…

Spain coronavirus toll rises to 12,418

Madrid Spain on Sunday reported new 774 deaths linked to coronavirus, bringing the toll to 12,418. The number of cases in the European country has risen to 130,759 after 6,023 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.…

UK reports 708 COVID-19 deaths, highest in one day

London The death toll due to the novel coronavirus in the UK has exceeded 4, 313 with at least 708 new deaths in last 24 hours, the largest one-day rise since the start of the outbreak as confirmed by Department of Health and Social Care.…

Worse is still to come in India

NEW DELHI It is too late! The coronavirus or COVID-19 horse has bolted and closed the barn doors. Despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s total lockdown, the number of people testing positive for the virus has risen exponentially…

Pakistan’s COVID-19 tally surpasses 2,700

Islamabad The tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 2,708 on Saturday after new infections were confirmed in the country, health officials said. The national dashboard, maintained by the federal ministry of health says…

COVID-19 pandemic: Great danger awaits Africa

COVID-19 pandemic, which first occurred in China and turned into a global disaster spreading across the whole world, poses a great danger to African countries that do not have proper and robust health infrastructure. The outbreak, which was…

COVID-19: Confession of fragility of West

We have known for a long time that hardships are indicative of strengths and weaknesses, the greatness and the baseness of individuals or societies who face them. The COVID-19 outbreak unsurprisingly also revealed in France, among the…

India reports big jump in new coronavirus cases

NEW DELHI The death toll from coronavirus in India has risen to 38, with 1,637 confirmed cases, authorities said Wednesday. According to the Health Ministry, Wednesday marked India's biggest spike in a day with 386 new cases confirmed.…

Coronavirus cases, deaths keep rising in Israel

JERUSALEM Coronavirus cases in Israel rose to 5,591 while 21 deaths were reported so far, health officials said on Wednesday. The Health Ministry said 233 new infections were recorded and 97 patients are in critical condition. All…

Coronavirus tally rises in 5 Arab countries

Health authorities in Kuwait, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco confirmed new cases and deaths from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. The Kuwaiti Health Ministry said it recorded 28 new cases, taking the total to 317. Ministry…

Sri Lanka’s president requests financial support

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s president Gotabaya Rajapaksa is requesting that international financial organizations provide debt moratorium or debt deferment facilities to developing nations such as Sri Lanka, which are adversely affected…

Trump’s misfires on virus death rates, tests

WASHINGTON Facing a grim reality of surging coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is making premature assertions about relatively low death rates in the U.S. and revising history about how seriously he viewed the threat, including the…

India links virus cases to religious gathering

NEW DELHI A neighborhood in the Indian capital where a religious sect is headquartered has been sealed off from outsiders after police evacuated more than 1,000 people believed to have been exposed to the coronavirus during a religious…

Nepal extends nationwide lockdown by a week

KATHMANDU, Nepal Nepal’s government has extended the nationwide lockdown by a week in an attempt to stop the coronavirus spread. A government notice said the lockdown imposed since last week would now last until April 7, shutting down…

China reports 5 deaths, 45 new coronavirus cases

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. BEIJING…

Stranded tourists flown off Mount Everest

KATHMANDU Scores of tourists on the foothills of Mount Everest have been flown to safety days after being stranded on the only airstrip serving the world’s highest mountain. Dhurba Shrestha, an official at the Tenzing Hillary Airport in…

Bangladesh imposes total lockdown over COVID-19

DHAKA, Bangladesh Bangladesh imposed a nationwide lockdown Tuesday to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the wake of four deaths and at least 39 infections. Authorities declared a ban on passenger travel via water, rail and on…

Man dies of hantavirus in China: Report

As the coronavirus pandemic slows down in China, one person has died in the country from hantavirus, another infectious disease, local media reported on Tuesday. Chinese daily The Global Times said a person from southwestern Yunnan…

Trump struggles to adjust to crisis presidency

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has never been known for his patience or long attention span. Now, as the coronavirus crisis threatens his presidency, and upends his campaign for reelection, Trump is rapidly losing patience with the…

Al-Aqsa mosque shut amid coronavirus outbreak

JERUSALEM Prayers have been suspended at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Muslim Waqf (Endowment) Council announced Sunday. The decision, reached…

Australian football leagues play on amid outbreak

SYDNEY Australia pressed on with matches in its three main football leagues on Saturday, playing in empty stadiums in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The National Rugby League, soccer’s A-League and Australian Rules…

COVID-19: China says it has received no US aid

Beijing China said Friday it did not receive financial support from the U.S. for efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak. “US officials said they offered $100 million to China and other countries. We thank the American people for their…

Iran marks somber Nowruz amid coronavirus

Iran's top leadership on Friday said the country will overcome the coronavirus pandemic through unity -- in speeches delivered on Nowruz, the Persian new year. President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released…

4 more test positive for COVID-19 in Lucknow

Lucknow, India Four more people have tested positive in Lucknow on Friday. According to information from the King George's Medical University (KGMU) administration, the total number of cases in the city is now 9. Two women aged 20 and 28…

Wuhan reports no new cases of virus infection

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 215,000 people and killed more than 8,700. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or…

American attitudes make virus response a hard sell

When Americans are summoned to deal with an attack or defy overwhelming odds, the response typically goes something like this: Fight. Hold the line. Stand together. This won’t stop us. Keep on living your life. We will prevail. Some of the…

India closes Taj Mahal amid coronavirus fears

New Delhi India closed the Taj Mahal, its principal tourist site, and the financial hub of Mumbai ordered offices providing non-essential services to keep half their staff at home in ramped up measures to curb the coronavirus in South…