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India’s COVID-19 infections surpass 7.3M mark

CHANDIGARH, India Amid the country's coronavirus count crossing 7.3 million, movie theaters along with additional activities started in several parts of the country on Thursday as part of allowing the fifth round of easing the…

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…

UK’s Johnson to sink millions into wind power

LONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to pledge that every home in the country will be powered by offshore wind in a decade. Johnson says a “green industrial revolution” will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. He’s sinking…

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…

Sri Lanka confirms 321 cases in factory cluster

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka said Tuesday more than 300 garment factory workers are infected with the coronavirus, days after reporting the Indian Ocean nation’s first community infection in two months. The health ministry said all 321…

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…

North Korea’s Kim apologizes over shooting death

SEOUL, South Korea North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the “unexpected” and “unfortunate” incident, South…

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…

8 dead in residential building collapse in India

Mumbai,India A residential building that was due for repairs collapsed in central India early Monday, killing at least eight people, officials said. Rescuers were working to find and free the dozens that are feared trapped in the rubble…

New Zealand to end restrictions except in 1 city

WELLINGTON, New Zealand All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16…

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 stocks retreat on lack of new Fed action

Asian stock markets declined Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated its benchmark interest rate will stay close to zero at least through 2023 but announced no additional stimulus plans. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo,…

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…

India’s cases cross 4.6M after record surge

NEW DELHI India’s confirmed coronavirus tally has crossed 4.6 million after a record surge of 97,570 new cases in 24 hours. India on Saturday also reported another 1,201 deaths, taking total fatalities to 77,472. Infections are…

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’s driving India-China military standoff

SRINAGAR, India Tensions along the disputed India-China border seem to be getting worse, three months after their deadliest confrontation in decades. The Asian giants accused each other this week of sending soldiers into the other’s…

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…

EU names Dombrovskis as its new trade chief

BRUSSELS The European Union’s executive commission is proposing its experienced Latvian vice president, Valdis Dombrovskis, to take over the post as trade chief of the bloc following the resignation of Ireland’s Phil Hogan.…

World shares mixed after sell-off on Wall Street

European shares opened higher on Friday and U.S. futures bounced back after a day of losses in Asia. Germany’s DAX gained 0.4% to 13,101.39 and the CAC 40 in Paris jumped 0.8% to 5,048.18. Britain’s FTSE 100 climbed 0.4% to 5,874.37. U.S.…

Myanmar’s COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000

Yangon,Myanmar The total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 1,058 as of Thursday morning, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports. A total of 63 COVID-19 confirmed cases including 41 local…

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…

Can I use a face shield instead of a mask?

No. Health officials don’t recommend the clear plastic barriers as a substitute for masks because of the lack of research on whether they keep an infected person from spreading viral droplets to others. However, those who want extra…

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…

India reports record 75,000 new virus infections

NEW DELHI India has recorded another single-day record of new coronavirus cases, reporting 75,760 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry on Thursday also reported 1,023 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total…

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…

National Zoo awaits birth of pandemic panda cub

WASHINGTON Zookeepers at Washington’s National Zoo are on furry black-and-white baby watch after concluding that venerable giant panda matriarch Mei Xiang is pregnant and could give birth this week. It’s a welcome bit of good news amid a…

Will Beirut’s blast be a catalyst for change?

ZEINA KARAM BEIRUT:The massive explosion and devastation triggered by thousands of tons of chemicals improperly stored in Beirut’s port is the culmination of decades of corruption that has driven one of the Middle East’s most spirited…

Can you get the coronavirus from secondhand smoke?

Secondhand smoke isn’t believed to directly spread the virus, experts say, but infected smokers may blow droplets carrying the virus when they exhale. Being able to smell the smoke might be a red flag that you’re standing too close to the…

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…

Global markets sink after Fed virus warning

BEIJING Global markets and U.S. stock futures declined Thursday after the Federal Reserve warned the coronavirus pandemic might threaten the modest economic recovery and kept interest rates near zero. London and Frankfurt opened lower.…

A more measured Trump doesn’t mean accurate

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump in recent days suddenly acknowledged the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic and edged away from some of his most audacious falsehoods about it. That’s not to say he gave the public an honest accounting.…

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…

Israel can bypass parliament on virus decisions

JERUSALEM The Israeli parliament has passed an emergency bill allowing the government to bypass it in making immediate decisions on combating a renewed outbreak of the coronavirus. Parliament voted early Tuesday to sidestep its own…

Africa’s locust outbreak is far from over

NAIROBI, Kenya The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight. The…

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…

Egypt reopens airports, museums, Giza Pyramids

CAIRO Egypt has reopened its airports, the Egyptian museum and the famed Giza Pyramids in Cairo, for the first time in more than three months since the coronavirus closure. The national carrier, EgyptAir, said around 2,000 passengers left…

US envoy calls for Iran arms embargo renewal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates An expiring United Nations weapons embargo on Iran must remain in place to prevent it from “becoming the arms dealer of choice for rogue regimes and terrorist organizations around the world,” the U.S. special…

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…

Pakistan to reopen border with Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD Pakistan says it will reopen a key border crossing with Afghanistan to allow trade between the neighbors. Trucks carrying fruits, vegetables and other items will start crossing the Ghulam Khan border in northwestern North…

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…

Pakistan reports 153 deaths, highest daily toll

ISLAMABAD Pakistan has reported 153 COVID-19 fatalities, a new daily record, as infections continue to spiral, pushing the overall number of confirmed cases to 171,665. Pakistan recorded 6,604 new infections in the last 24 hours. The…

Covid 19 & its impact on different aspects

Pashupati Chaudhary The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has created a global health crisis that has a deep impact on world and everyday lives. Human are inherently social being, so, they prefer to have social life. due to this pandemic, the…

South Korean cases rise, Beijing outbreak stable

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea has reported 49 cases of COVID-19 as the virus continues to spread in the densely populated capital area where half of the country’s 51 million people live. Figures released by the Korea Centers for Disease…

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…

Mexico reports 770 more COVID-19 deaths

Mexico on Thursday reported 770 new fatalities from COVID-19, bringing the country’s deaths toll to 19,080. A total of 4,930 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, raising the overall count to…

Beijing reports slowing in new coronavirus cases

BEIJING China’s capital has reported a decline in newly confirmed coronavirus cases as the city continues to press stricter measures to contain a new outbreak. Beijing reported 21 cases Thursday, down from 31 a day earlier. Officials…

Trump on an AIDS vaccine that doesn’t exist

WASHINGTON Seizing on a medical milestone that doesn’t exist, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he thinks the same scientific expertise that produced a vaccine for AIDS can deliver one soon for COVID-19, too. There is no vaccine for…

Trump’s false security on kids and COVID-19

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump may be giving parents a false sense of security when it comes to kids and COVID-19. In remarks Monday, Trump expressed a desire to have K-12 schools reopen in the fall in “full blast” while minimizing the…

More controls used in Beijing as outbreak grows

BEIJING China reported 40 more coronavirus infections Tuesday as it increased testing and lockdown measures in parts of the capital to control what appeared to be its largest outbreak in more than two months. The new cases included 27 in…

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…

WHO says global coronavirus tally topped 7.2Mln

Geneva,Switzerland The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated the overall number of coronavirus cases globally at 7,273,958, with over 413,000 having died from the disease. The UN health agency said in the situation report…

Sri Lanka to hold general elections on August 5

Colombo,Sri Lanka Sri Lanka will hold the parliamentary elections on August 5, more than three months late because of the coronavirus, the election commission said after health authorities gave their approval. A mock election will be held…

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…

South Korea’s new cases becoming harder to track

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea has reported 45 new cases of COVID-19, all but two of them in the greater capital area, continuing a weekslong resurgence that health authorities fear will develop into a massive wave. The figures announced…

New Delhi lifts order that limited hospital beds

NEW DELHI New Delhi has reversed orders that limited the scope of coronavirus testing and reserved hospital beds for city residents as the Indian capital’s caseload continues to surge. The city’s numbers of infected jumped to 29,943 on…

Virus forces cancellation of Asian peace prize

BANGKOK A Philippine peace award has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, marking only the third disruption in six decades for the annual prize regarded as an Asian Nobel. The Manila-based foundation that hands out the…

Indonesian capital partly reopens after lockdown

JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesia’s capital partly reopened on Monday after two months of lockdown, as the world’s fourth most populous nation gradually reopens its economy. Jakarta, home to 11 million people, had been under large-scale social…

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…

South Korea’s cases surpass 50 for 2nd day

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea on Sunday reported 57 additional cases of the coronavirus, marking a second day in a row that its daily jump is above 50 as authorities struggle to suppress a spike in infections in the densely populated…

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…