Coronavirus pandemic

  • Amid pandemic, SE Asian nations warn of 'alarming' South China Sea incidents
    HANOI, June 26 (Reuters): Vietnam and the Philippines warned of growing insecurity in Southeast Asia at a regional summit on Friday amid concerns that China was stepping up its activity in the disputed South China Sea during the coronavirus pandemic.   Both Hanoi and Manila lodged protests with China in April after Beijing unilaterally declared the creation of new administrative districts on islands in the troubled waterways to which Vietnam and the Philippines also hav
  • Pilots in Pakistan air crash distracted by coronavirus worry, minister says
    ISLAMABAD, June 24 (Reuters): The pilots of a Pakistan airliner that crashed last month, killing 97, were distracted and preoccupied as they talked about the coronavirus pandemic while preparing for an initial failed attempt to land, the country's aviation minister said on Wednesday.   The Airbus A320 of national carrier Pakistan International Airlines crashed on May 22 in the southern city of Karachi, killing all but two of those aboard as it came down a kilometre
  • SEBI extends deadline for Q4 FY20 results till July 31
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 24 (IANS): In a major relief for listed companies, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has further extended the deadline for filing the fourth quarter earnings of the financial year 2019-20 till July 31.   The relief comes amid the coronavirus pandemic. In March, the regulator had extended the deadline till June-end.   In general, companies have to report their earnings within one month of a quarter ending and if results get delayed,
  • Hunger or coronavirus? In fast-growing Kabul, poor Afghans dice with death
    KABUL, June 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Shir Jan came to Kabul 10 years ago, excited by the Afghan capital's modern buildings, many lights and the promise of a better life - but none of his dreams have materialised and the new coronavirus pandemic has reduced him to a beggar.   Like many others, Shir and his children now beg for money and food and scavenge for plastic to fuel their small cooking stove as the outbreak has led to widespread layoffs, including on
  • Singapore PM calls July 10 election as virus lockdown lifts
    SINGAPORE, June 23 (Reuters): Singapore will head to the polls on July 10 after its prime minister said he was satisfied a ballot could be held safely despite criticism that such a move might endanger voters during the coronavirus pandemic.   The tiny city-state, which has one of Asia's highest tallies of COVID-19, largely fuelled by mass outbreaks in migrant workers' dormitories, eased strict lockdown rules last week that had been in place for more than two mon
  • Dedicated Indonesian teacher rethinks remote learning for offline pupils
    MAGELANG, Indonesia, June 23 (Reuters): When the coronavirus pandemic forced his school on Indonesia's Java island to shut, teacher Henrikus Suroto knew he could not rely on hosting online lessons for pupils living in remote areas lacking internet access or even a phone signal.   Instead, to ensure they could keep studying, the 57-year-old elementary school teacher decided to go to them - spending about six hours a day traveling by motorbike and on foot to reach a h
  • Railways cancels all tickets booked on or before April 14
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 (IANS): The Railways on Tuesday announced to cancel all train tickets booked for regular trains on or prior to April 14 and said that refunds will be generated for the same.   The Railway Board in an order dated June 22 said: "It has been decided that all train tickets booked on or prior to April 14 for regular time-tabled trains should be cancelled and full refunds generated." The railways had suspended the operation of all passenger, mail and e
  • U.S. coronavirus deaths reach over 120,000 as new hot spots emerge -Reuters tally
    Reuters   The death toll from the novel coronavirus reached over 120,000 in the United States, according to a Reuters tally on Monday, as new cases spike in several states.   More Americans have now died from COVID-19 than were killed fighting in World War One.   About 800 Americans have died on average each day so far in June, down from a peak of 2,000 a day in April, according to the tally of state and county data on COVID-19 deaths.   
  • Pope says coronavirus should spark new environmental awareness
    VATICAN CITY, June 21 (Reuters): The drastic reduction in pollution during coronavirus lockdowns around the world should lead to greater concern for the environment as restrictions are lifted, Pope Francis said on Sunday.   At his Sunday address in St. Peter's Square, Francis said the pandemic made many people reflect on their relationship with the environment. The square reopened to the public a month ago and Italy's last travel restrictions were lifted on June
  • Sleep and Netflix ahead for Malala as she finishes Oxford degree
    LONDON, June 19 (Reuters): She is known the world over for her campaign for girls' education. Now Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has finished her degree at Oxford University and, like all students, is just looking forward to some sleep and some movies.   With universities in Britain temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Yousafzai posted pictures on social media which showed her celebrating with a cake and balloons, and covered in foam, paint
  • Coronavirus pandemic accelerating, warns WHO head Tedros
    GENEVA, June 19 (Reuters): The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, with Thursday's 150,000 new cases the highest in a single day and nearly half of them in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.   "The world is in a new and dangerous phase," Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva. "The virus is still spreading fast, it is still deadly, and most people are still susceptible
  • Iran urges social distancing as coronavirus cases top 200,000
    DUBAI, June 19 (Reuters): Iran's tally of confirmed coronavirus cases topped 200,000 on Friday, as state media continued to warn about a lack of proper social distancing despite a new surge of infections.   Daily deaths have exceeded 100 most of this week, for the first time in two months. The Health Ministry announced 120 deaths in the previous 24 hours, taking the total to 9,392, and 2,615 new cases for a total of 200,262.   State television showed several f
  • Argentina battles coronavirus spike as pandemic grips poverty-hit 'villas'
    BUENOS AIRES, June 19 (Reuters): In Villa 31, a densely populated and poor neighborhood in the heart of Buenos Aires, Lilian Andrade is getting used to tragedy after the area and others like it around the Argentine capital were hit by a spike of coronavirus infections.   The spread of the virus in the so-called "villas" underscores how millions of often informal workers in Latin American cities from Lima to Sao Paolo are struggling to stick to isolation measur
  • Disagreement on WHO hindering U.N. Security Council conference - RIA
    MOSCOW, June 17 (Reuters): Russia said on Wednesday that differences between other nations over the role of the World Health Organization have delayed a video conference being organised between the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, the RIA news agency reported.   The conference aims to discuss the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, but members disagree on how to assess the role of the WHO in their conference communique, Russian Foreign Minister S
  • Over 600,000 UK workers lose jobs amid COVID-19 hit
    LONDON, JUNE 16 (IANS): The number of employees on British payrolls fell by more than 600,000 as lockdown restrictions hit labor market heavily amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Tuesday.   Early indicators for May suggest that the number of employees in Britain on payrolls fell by 2.1 per cent, down 612,000 compared with March, the ONS said in a report, Xinhua news reported.   ONS's data showed from March to May, ther
  • Weary sailors pose risk to world merchant fleet - U.N. shipping chief
    LONDON, June 16 (Reuters): Hundreds of thousands of weary seafarers stuck on ships for many months and unable to go home due to the coronavirus pose a risk to the safe operation of the world's merchant fleet, the UN's shipping chief said on Tuesday.   About 90% of world trade is transported by sea and continued complications with changing over ship crews due to restrictions in some jurisdictions is still affecting supply chains despite an easing of lockdown in m
  • U.N. chief calls for marine personnel be designated key workers
    NEW YORK, June 12 (Reuters): U.N. chief Antonio Guterres called on all countries on Friday to designate seafarers and other marine personnel as key workers, warning that travel restrictions to combat the coronavirus had left hundreds of thousands stranded at sea for months.   "Unable to get off ships, the maximum sea time stipulated in international conventions is being ignored, with some seafarers marooned at sea for 15 months," Guterres spokesman Stephane Du
  • Thai mom's face shields protect against virus and villains
    BANGKOK, June 12 (Reuters): A single mother in Thailand is doing brisk business out of face shields with characters from cartoons, games and sci-fi movies, hoping to cash in and promote safety for children as her country emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.   From her small studio room, Maysa Talerd, 31, has been designing patterns and carefully pressing stickers of famous fictional superheroes and villains onto the face shields, aiming to blend safety and style and e
  • U.N. warns coronavirus may push millions of children into underage labor
    NEW YORK, June 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): The coronavirus pandemic has put millions of children at risk of being pushed into underage labor, reversing two decades of work to combat the practice and potentially marking the first rise in child labor since 2000, the United Nations warned on Friday.   As the pandemic pummels the global economy, pushing millions of people into poverty, families may be under pressure to put their children to work for survival, the U.N.
  • Nagaland COVID-19: Seven more recover
    Morung Express News Dimapur | June 11 Seven more patients tested negative for COVID-19 in their second test in Nagaland on June 11.  Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister, S Pangnyu Phom informed this in an update on Twitter on Thursday evening.  “All patients are from Dimapur and are being kept at COVID-19 care centre for observation,” the Minister added. With this, Nagaland now has 130 positive cases, which includes the two who teste