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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…

4 will circle Earth on 1st SpaceX private flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. For the primary time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. SpaceX’s first private flight are going to be led by a…

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…

10 Facts About Air Pollution

Air pollution, release into the atmosphere of various gases, finely divided solids, or finely dispersed liquid aerosols at rates that exceed the natural capacity of the environment to dissipate and dilute or absorb them. These substances…

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…

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…

U.N World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway The United Nations’ World Food Program on Friday won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. The organization provided assistance to almost 100 million people in…

China joins COVAX coronavirus vaccine alliance

TAIPEI, Taiwan China, which has four coronavirus vaccine candidates in stage 3 clinical trials, said Friday it is joining the COVID-19 vaccine alliance known as COVAX. The country signed an agreement with GAVI, the co-leader of the…

How do I politely ask someone to wear a mask?

Experts say you should make the request discreetly because shaming the person could put them on the defensive. If they feel violated by the way you approach them, they are much less likely to make a change, said Jan Kavookjian, a…

Claims from Trump and Biden’s first debate

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden sparred Tuesday in their first of three debates, hoping to sway undecided voters planning to cast ballots by mail and in person in the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 3…

New cases in India stay below 90K for 5th day

NEW DELHI India has reported another 86,052 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a declining trend with recoveries exceeding daily infections this week. The Health Ministry raised the nation’s confirmed total to more than 5.8 million…

India records nearly 87,000 new virus cases

NEW DELHI India has recorded nearly 87,000 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, with another 1,130 deaths. With the Health Ministry announcement Monday, India now has more than 5.4 million reported cases since the pandemic…

On holiday weekend, travel surges in Japan

TOKYO Train stations and airports in Japan were filled with people over this “Silver Week” holiday weekend running through Tuesday, in a sign of recovering local travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. The surge of domestic travel is a…

India maintains surge, adds 93,300 new cases

NEW DELHI India has maintained its surge in coronavirus cases, adding 93,337 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry on Saturday raised the nation’s caseload to more than 5.3 million out of the nearly 1.4…

India’s coronavirus cases jump by another 96K

NEW DELHI India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 infections in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. The Health Ministry on Friday raised the nation’s total past 5.21 million, 0.37% of its nearly 1.4 billion…

What are the rules on masks in schools?

Whether students have to wear masks, and the trouble they could face if they don’t, depends on where they go to school. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages masks for most students, especially when they are less…

Asian shares mostly higher after Wall Street gains

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after advances for big technology companies carried Wall Street to further gains overnight. Benchmarks rose modestly in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but the Shanghai Composite index was almost…

Thailand considers reopening plan for tourists

BANGKOK Thailand’s Cabinet has approved in principle a plan to reopen the country to tourists by issuing special renewable 90-day visas and limiting their numbers to 1,200 a month. Deputy Government Spokeswoman Traisulee Traisaranakul…

Berlusconi released from COVID hospitalization

MILAN Italy’s former Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been released from the hospital after a 10-day stay with COVID-19 and pneumonia, saying he had never feared as much for his life as from this “insidious” disease. Wearing a suit and…

Distancing rules to be eased in Seoul area

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea says it will ease social distancing rules in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area following a declining number of new coronavirus cases. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo told an online briefing…

Istanbul imposes new coronavirus restrictions

ISTANBUL Istanbul’s governor has introduced new measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, banning all boating companies from hosting weddings and similar gatherings. In a statement late Friday, the governor’s office also…

India adds 96K virus cases, orders some retests

NEW DELHI India edged closer to recording nearly 100,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours as it ordered retesting of many people whose first results were from the less reliable rapid antigen tests being widely used. There were a total of…

What should I look for in a hand sanitizer?

Pick one that contains mostly alcohol, and has few other ingredients. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hand sanitizers should be at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Other approved ingredients may…

Can I get the coronavirus twice?

It seems possible, though how often it happens isn’t known. Researchers in Hong Kong recently reported evidence of a person who got the coronavirus a second time, months after an initial infection. The finding has not yet been published…

Asian stock markets follow Wall Street higher

Asian stock markets rose Thursday after Wall Street turned in its biggest daily gain since July despite uncertainty about the global outlook. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney all advanced. Wall Street’s benchmark S&P…

Asian shares mixed following Wall St retreat

TOKYO Major Asian share indexes meandered between modest gains and losses Tuesday after a retreat on Wall Street. Australia’s benchmark led the declines, falling nearly 2% as the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to keep interest rates at…

Nearly 500K register for free tests in Hong Kong

HONG KONG Hong Kong authorities say nearly half a million people have registered for a free universal coronavirus testing program that is due to begin Tuesday. Residents registering online have already booked out 80 testing sites located…

How will office life be different in a pandemic?

The office you once knew is likely to look vastly different. Companies are taking a variety of steps to keep people a safe distance apart, such as using staggered shifts or asking people to come in on alternating days. Cubicles may also…

Can the coronavirus spread through the air?

Yes, it’s possible. The World Health Organization recently acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions. Recent COVID-19 outbreaks in crowded indoor settings — restaurants, nightclubs and…

World shares turn lower as virus caseloads surge

MITO, Japan World shares were mostly lower on Wednesday on renewed worries over surging coronavirus caseloads in many countries. U.S. futures also edged lower, though President Donald Trump’s statement that the pandemic will likely get…

Work Life Balance for professionals

Pashupati Chaudhary Work Life Balance is just a “Phrase of Fashion” or lack of opposition between work and life. Work life balance is the state of equilibrium in which demands of personal, professional and family life are equal,…

Serbia virus spike brings stricter measures

BELGRADE, Serbia Serbia has recorded the highest spike of coronavirus cases since mid-April as authorities mull the reintroduction of a lockdown. Authorities announced 359 confirmed cases and six deaths in the last 24 hours, with 80% in…

Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

No, not for most people. Babies and toddlers should not wear masks because they could suffocate. The same goes for anyone who has trouble removing a mask without help. Others can wear masks without risking their health, according to…

New Delhi’s rising cases prompt mass survey

NEW DELHI India has counted another record daily high in new virus cases as New Delhi grew to its worst-hit city. India registered 16,922 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the national total to 473,105. The Health Ministry on Thursday…

South Korea reports 17 new cases, fewest in month

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea has reported 17 new cases of COVID-19, the first time its daily jump came down to the teens in nearly a month, as health authorities scramble to contain a resurgence of the virus centered around the greater…

Trump at rally falsely cites a Biden apology

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump falsely told supporters Saturday night that Democratic rival Joe Biden apologized for opposing his restrictions on travel from China early in the coronavirus pandemic. On multiple fronts, the revival of…

WHO scientist hopes for vaccine end of next year

LONDON The chief scientist at the World Health Organization says the agency hopes there will be about 2 billion doses of a vaccine against COVID-19 by the end of next year that would be reserved for “priority populations.” Dr. Soumya…

Pakistan’s upward coronavirus spiral continues

ISLAMABAD Pakistan’s upward spiral of new virus infections neared 145,000 Monday amid warnings from political leaders that the numbers could double by the end of June and were likely to hit a stunning 1.2 million by the end of July if…

South Korea capital adds more coronavirus cases

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea has reported 49 new coronavirus cases. Most most of them are in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where health authorities have been struggling to slow transmissions linked to entertainment and…

Asian shares slide after Wall Street retreat

TOKYO Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday, with Tokyo dropping more than 1% as the Japanese yen gained after the Federal Reserve said it would keep interest rates low through 2022. Asian markets had been expected to fall after the Fed…

Russia has 9,000 new virus infections, no letup

MOSCOW As other nations in Europe report sharply lower new coronavirus cases, Russia has recorded nearly 9,000 new infections over the past day. The number is roughly in line with those reported over the past week as the spread of the…

Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 400,000

LONDON The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 400,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University that health experts say is still an undercount because many who died were not tested for the virus. The milestone was…

India sees 10,000 new cases ahead of reopenings

NEW DELHI India reported 9,971 new coronavirus cases on Sunday in another biggest single-day spike, a day before it prepares to reopen shopping malls, hotels and religious places after a 10-week lockdown. India has now surpassed Spain as…

China has 1st non-imported infection in 2 weeks

BEIJING China has reported its first non-imported case of the new coronavirus in two weeks, an infected person on the island of Hainan off the southern coast. The National Health Commission said Sunday that there were also five imported…

India reports biggest single-day spike in cases

NEW DELHI India surpassed Italy as the sixth worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic after another biggest single-day spike in confirmed infections. The Health Ministry reported 9,887 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 236,657.…

Erdogan cancels Turkey plans for weekend curfew

ANKARA, Turkey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has canceled an earlier decision to impose a new, two-day weekend curfew in 15 of the country’s provinces. Erdogan said on Twitter Friday that the curfew would “lead to different…

Can I get COVID-19 through my eyes or ears?

It’s possible through the eyes, but not likely through the ears. As with the nose and mouth, doctors say the eyes may be a route of infection if someone with the virus coughs or sneezes nearby. Infection is also possible when rubbing your…

VIRUS DIARY: Sweden stayed open. I stayed at home.

PHELAN CHATTERJEE STOCKHOLM Early April. A buzz of my phone. “Free for a walk?” asks a friend. Another notification. “Coffee on Wednesday?” “Come for drinks!” I’m at a loss. I’m working remotely from Stockholm, out of the London office.…

Monkeys steal coronavirus blood samples in India

Lucknow, India A troop of monkeys in India attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said on Friday. The attack occurred this week when a…

How long are coronavirus patients contagious for?

Containing the coronavirus crisis without proper intel is like shooting in the dark. Until we can find a vaccine or cure, we need to know everything there is to know about the virus’ behavior in order to properly manage resources and…

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…

The lesser-known coronavirus success stories

A few countries have become the poster children of effective coronavirus management. We’ve praised them as they set a standard and an example for the world to follow — but they’re not the only ones who did a good job. Some success stories…

Global coronavirus cases surpass 4.9 million

The global tally for novel coronavirus infections surpassed 4.9 million on Wednesday, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University. Data showed the death toll worldwide has reached 323,345, with the number of…

Iran’s death toll from coronavirus nears 6,800

Iran confirmed more 50 fatalities from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide death toll to 6,783, according to the country's Health Ministry. A further 1,958 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall…

Global coronavirus cases surpass 4M mark

The global tally for novel coronavirus infections surpassed 4 million early Sunday, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University. Data showed fatalities worldwide reached 277,860, while the number of patients who…

Global coronavirus cases surpass 3.5 million

The number of registered coronavirus cases around the globe surpassed 3.5 million on Monday, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University. With 1.15 million cases, the US stands as the country with the most officially confirmed…

Israel: Coronavirus death toll up to 234

JERUSALEM Israel confirmed two more fatalities from the novel coronavirus on Monday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 234. In a statement, the Health Ministry said 29 new cases were registered in the country over the past 24 hours,…

COVID-19: Death toll in Iran surges to 6,277

The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus rose to 6,277, as 74 new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, state media said on Monday. A total of 1,223 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the…

Coronavirus cases in Afghanistan close to 3,000

Kabul Afghan health authorities on Monday said that 190 positive cases have been recorded across the country in the past 24 hours, which escalated the country's total infections to 2,894. The 190 new coronavirus case were reported in…

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oman, Morocco

Two Arab nations reported new deaths and cases from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, as the region continues to struggle with the pandemic, health authorities said Wednesday. Morocco's Health Ministry confirmed two more fatalities…

Iran’s coronavirus death toll nears 5,400

With 94 new deaths reported in Iran, the death toll from coronavirus surged to 5,391, state media said on Wednesday. A total of 1,194 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total infections to 85,996,…

South Korea reports 8 more cases over 24 hours

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea has reported eight more cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the first time for a daily jump in the country to drop to a single digit in about two months. The Korea Centers for Disease Control…

Japan PM issues state of emergency for nation

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a state of emergency for all of Japan. Abe says the measure takes effect Friday and lasts until May 6, the end of Japan’s “golden week” holidays. He says the nationwide state of…

Oman, Bahrain, Libya report more COVID-19 cases

Further COVID-19 cases were confirmed in three Arab countries -- Bahrain, Oman and Libya -- in the last 24 hours, health authorities said Tuesday. In Oman, 86 new cases raised the national total to 813. At least four people have died while…

Global coronavirus death toll crosses 120,000 mark

The global death toll from the novel coronavirus crossed the 120,000 mark on Tuesday, according to the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University. Data compiled by the university showed that the global number of deaths reached 120,449, while the…

WHO sets up Ebola vaccination sites in DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday it has set up Ebola vaccination centers in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a day after a second virus-linked death in the country's northeastern region. Pop-up vaccination sites…

What awaits world after pandemic?

Pandemics throughout history have led to changes in healthcare systems, the socioeconomic status of communities and even regimes, according to a Turkish historian, who said the novel coronavirus outbreak may bring similar changes to the…

Iran: Coronavirus death toll jumps to 4,585

With 111 more deaths reported in Iran, the death toll out of coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has increased to 4,585, a country’s health official said on Monday. Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told the TV channels that 1,617…