• China's latest U-turn, says Covid-19 virus had 'multiple origins'
    Beijing May 27 (IANS): In what seems to be an absolutely new theory, Chinese scientists have said that the novel coronavirus may not have its origin in the Wuhan seafood market, which allegedly caused the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic. �People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, revealed on Wednesday that new evidence suggests 'multiple origins of the transmission of the virus'.   The leading newspaper of China wrote o
  • "Repair and Prepare": EU unveils 750 billion euro plan for coronavirus recovery
    BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters): The European Commission unveiled on Wednesday a plan to borrow on the market and then disburse to EU countries 750 billion euros in grants and loans to help them recover from their coronavirus slump, giving an immediate boost to the euro.   Much of the money is to go to Italy and Spain, the worst affected by the pandemic, which together would receive 313 billion euros in grants and loans.   The aim is also to protect the European U
  • Border closures, pre-travel tests of little use against COVID-19 spread - EU agency
    BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters): Border closures do little to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the European Union's public health agency said, as EU states weigh lifting some travel restrictions imposed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe.   The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said measures such as testing travellers before departure or temperature screening on arrival are also largely ineffective, though it confirmed that travelli
  • With black masks and silence, Spain mourns its coronavirus dead
    MADRID, May 27 (Reuters): Grieving Spaniards wore black and fell silent across the nation at midday on Wednesday at the start of 10 days of mourning for more than 27,000 dead from the coronavirus crisis.   Some people donned black face masks as parliament stopped for a minute, the royal family stood outside the Zarzuela Palace and flags flew at half-mast to honour those lost during one of Spain's most traumatic episodes in its modern history.   "
  • Nagaland: COVID-19 patient among those sent to home district in Tuensang
    Morung Express News Dimapur | May 27 Five new COVID-19 postive cases were reported in Nagaland on May 27, taking the State's tally of active cases to 9.   While the initial reports said that the cases include 1 from Kohima and 4 from Dimapur, it has been learnt that the positive case from Kohima is actually a returnee from Chennai who was sent to home district in Tuensang by bus on May 26, along with the others from the district.   According to an o
  • Buried by Vesuvius, blighted by coronavirus, Pompeii wants to rise again
    POMPEII, Italy, May 26 (Reuters): Pompeii, the ancient Roman city buried in an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and later unearthed, is ready to rise again from the catastrophe of the coronavirus pandemic.   The sprawling archaeological site reopened to tourists on Tuesday after a closure of more than two-and-a-half months that froze the local economy much as the eruption nearly 2,000 years ago froze the city in time.   "History has shown us that Pomp
  • Spain declares 10-day official mourning for coronavirus victims
    MADRID, May 26 (Reuters): The Spanish government declared a 10-day official mourning period from Wednesday to honour the nearly 30,000 people who died from the coronavirus pandemic in one of the world's worst-hit countries, government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said.   During the mourning period, flags will fly at half-mast all over the country's public buildings and navy ships, she told a news briefing after a cabinet meeting.   The period will
  • 99 stranded citizens depart for Nagaland from Punjab 
    Dimapur, May 26 (MExN): A total of 99 stranded citizens of Nagaland have started their journey home in 3 buses from Punjab.  Adviser to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Abu Metha informed on a Twitter update that they embarked on the 3-day journey after “availing transportation assistance” from the State Government.   “We pray for their safety & wish them safe travels,” Metha added.  Further details are awaited.  &nb
  • Coronavirus spreads in Brazil's oilfields, as five offshore operators register cases
    RIO DE JANEIRO, May 26 (Reuters): Norway's Equinor ASA and Anglo-French firm Perenco are among at least five oil producers that have registered coronavirus cases among employees or contractors at facilities off the coast of Brazil, according to industry and regulatory sources.   Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Brazil's Enauta Participacoes SA have registered one case each, and hundreds of cases have been recorded at oilfields operated by state-run Petrobras.  
  • COVID-19 Horticulture Special Drive team visits villages under Dimapur district
    Dimapur, May 26 (MExN): The COVID-19 Horticulture Special Drive team led by District Horticulture Officer, Temsu Longkumer visited farmers of different villages under Dimapur district, with the message “Grow More! Produce More! Earn More!”   According to a DIPR report, the special drive visit which began on May 18 is still continuing and the officials led by DHO Temsu will be visiting many more villages to educate and encourage the farmers.    Dur
  • 3 more test positive for COVID-19 in Manipur; total count rises to 39
    Imphal, May 26 (PTI): Three more persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Manipur, taking the total number of cases in the state to 39, officials said on Tuesday. The test reports of the three persons, all males hailing from Imphal West district, had returned positive from the Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) at the state-run Regional Institute of Medical Sciences here on Monday night, a statement issued by the COVID-19 Common Control Room said.
  • China's Xi urges preparedness for military combat amid coronavirus epidemic - state TV
    BEIJING, May 26 (Reuters): President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday China would step up its preparedness for armed combat and improve its ability to carry out military tasks as the coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on national security, state television reported.   China's performance in fighting the new coronavirus has shown the success of military reform, Xi was quoted as saying, adding that the armed forces should explore new ways of training amid the
  • Uber India lays off around 600 employees
    NEW DELHI, MAY 26 (IANS): Uber India on Tuesday announced to lay off around 600 full time employees due to impact of the coronavirus crisis.   The affected employees would be from across driver and rider support among other functions, President for Uber's India and South Asia businesses, Pradeep Parameswaran, said in a statement.   "The impact of COVID-19 and the unpredictable nature of the recovery has left Uber India with no choice but to reduce the siz
  • India resumes flight services, but passengers harried
    NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, MAY 25 (IANS): After some initial hiccups, India on Monday resumed domestic passenger flight services, exactly two months after these operations were suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak.   Barring just Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, domestic flight services resumed across most states in the country, although with limited operations.   Marking the occasion, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri shared a live image of India's air
  • Assam breaches 500-mark in COVID-19 cases; 122 new infections
    Guwahati, May 25 (PTI): Assam recorded its highest single-day spike of 122 cases on Monday, taking the total past the 500-mark, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. With these fresh cases, the total number of COVID-19 infections has gone up to 514 in the state, of which 445 are active cases, Sarma said in a tweet. "Alert ~ 48 new cases of #COVID19+. 16 Karimganj, 8 Lakhimpur, 8 Ghy Qrnt, 5 Cachar, 4 Hailakandi, 3 South Salmara, 2 Nalbari, 1 each M
  • NMA seeks Governor’s attention to help the stranded
    Kohima, May 25 (MExN): The Naga Mothers Association (NMA) on Monday submitted a representation to the Governor of Nagaland seeking immediate attention on the plight of stranded citizens who are anxious to return and the condition of health facilities in all districts, among others. In the representation, the NMA urged that “the State Government take full responsibility for bringing back our stranded Naga children who are willing to return home and anxiously await arrangement
  • DDGBA questions ‘delay’ in setting up Dimapur BSL-2 lab
    DIMAPUR, MAY 25 (MExN): The Dimapur District GBs Association (DDGBA) today questioned the “delay” in installing the Bio Safety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory in Dimapur. A press release from the DDGBA expressed apprehension that “because of this delay and lackadaisical attitude, we never know how much the threat are going undetected and are let loose and as a result people are being exposed to this impeding and imminent danger.”  The government needs
  • Engendering solidarity 
    Nagaland officially reported its first COVID-19 cases with three persons testing positive for the virus on May 25. According to the State Health officials, these cases are not local but ‘imported’ referring to the returnees from various states outside Nagaland. It was likely that there could be positive cases in the state with the arrival of stranded citizens from outside as has been the case with other neighbouring states.  Thereafter, a health official
  • With suitcase and bikini emojis, Spain urges tourists back from July
    MADRID/BARCELONA, May 25 (Reuters): Spain urged foreign holidaymakers on Monday to return from July as one of Europe's strictest lockdowns eased, though tourism businesses were sceptical about salvaging the summer season.   The world's second-most visited nation closed its doors and beaches in March to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, imposing a two-week quarantine on overseas visitors. But that requirement will be lifted from July 1, a government statement said.
  • 3 fresh COVID-19 cases in Tripura; count rises to 194
    Agartala, May 25 (PTI): Three more persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Tripura, taking the virus count in the state to 194, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has said. All the three new patients had recently returned to the state from Delhi by the Rajdhani Express, he said.   Deb tweeted late on Sunday evening: "991 samples have been tested today in Tripura for COVID-19. Among them 3 persons found COVID19 positive. All of them have returned from