pandemic

  • One held for spreading fake news
    DIMAPUR, JUNE 1 (MExN): Dimapur Police today informed that one person has been traced for circulation of fake news regarding a missing patient from the COVID-19 District Hospital. In a post on Twitter, the Dimapur Police informed that appropriate legal action is being initiated against the individual.   
  • Trump cutting U.S. ties with World Health Organization over virus
    WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, June 1 (Reuters): The United States will end its relationship with the World Health Organization over the body's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, accusing the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet of China.   The move to quit the Geneva-based body, which the United States formally joined in 1948, comes amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus outbreak. The virus f
  • Trump cutting U.S. ties with World Health Organization over virus
    WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, June 1 (Reuters): The United States will end its relationship with the World Health Organization over the body's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, accusing the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet of China.   The move to quit the Geneva-based body, which the United States formally joined in 1948, comes amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus outbreak. The virus f
  • Iraqi militiamen drop guns to dig graves for coronavirus victims
    NAJAF, Iraq, June 1 (Reuters): Iraqi paramedic Sarmad Ibrahim cut his teeth treating fellow Shi'ite Muslim militiamen in the war against Islamic State. Now, he buries COVID-19 victims - an exhausting task where he must also get to grips with both Muslim and Christian burial rites.   "So far, we're coping," Ibrahim said as fellow volunteers from the Imam Ali Combat Brigade prepared to handle a coffin just sent from Baghdad. "But if we start receivi
  • New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says
    ROME, June 1 (Reuters): The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday.   "In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy," said Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy's coronavirus contagion.   "The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load
  • Singapore rushes to build homes for 60,000 migrants after coronavirus outbreaks
    SINGAPORE, June 1 (Reuters): The Singapore government is racing to create additional housing for about 60,000 migrant workers by the end of this year, as it seeks to reduce the density in dormitories which have seen mass outbreaks of the coronavirus infection.   The nation of 5.7 million people has more than 35,000 cases, one of the largest numbers in Asia, largely due to infections in cramped, bunk-bed accommodation that house more than 300,000 mostly South Asian worke
  • Armed with disinfectant and admonishments, South Korean robot fights coronavirus spread
    SEOUL, June 1 (Reuters): A self-driving robot equipped with cameras and an LED screen greets visitors at the lobby in the headquarters of South Korea's largest mobile operator, checking their temperature, dispensing hand sanitiser and disinfecting the floor.   "Please take part in social distancing," the white robot firmly but politely reminds three SK Telecom employees who stand chatting nearby.   Corporate Korea has long been used robotics for
  • World leaders warn coronavirus could roll back progress for women
    WASHINGTON, May 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Coronavirus is threatening to undo recent gains made toward gender equality as millions of women and girls are predicted to have unwanted pregnancies and fall into poverty, world leaders said on Thursday.   A "wake-up call" is needed to protect women's and children's rights amid the pandemic, said the president of Estonia and former prime minister of New Zealand who held a virtual summit with leaders from Can
  • 'Lockdown generation' looms as pandemic risks robbing young of future
    NEW YORK, May 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Economic fallout from COVID-19 is hitting young workers so hard they risk becoming a "lockdown generation" scarred for life, with women the worst hit, the United Nations said on Wednesday.   A study by the U.N.'s International Labour Organization pointed to the "multiple shocks" young people now faced worldwide - losing work, education and training, income and the possibility of either finding or cha
  • Bezos says Amazon serious about warehouse workers' health
    SEATTLE, MAY 28 (IANS): Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has rebutted claims about Covid-19 health concerns at the warehouses, saying the ecommerce giant has taken this seriously from the very beginning.   In the annual shareholders meeting online on Wednesday, Bezos said thanked front-line warehouse and delivery employees, saying they've provided a "lifeline" to customers who've been stuck at home, reports CNBC.   "I am deeply grateful for
  • Boeing lays off nearly 7,000 employees in US
    NEW DELHI, MAY 28 (IANS): Boeing has announced it is laying off nearly 7,000 employees in its US operations as it starts involuntary layoffs.   In a letter to the employees, Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun wrote: "Following the reduction-in-force announcement we made last month, we have concluded our voluntary layoff (VLO) program. And now we have come to the unfortunate moment of having to start involuntary layoffs (ILO). We're notifying the first 6,770 of ou
  • South Korea coronavirus spike stirs second wave concern, social distancing crackdown
    SEOUL, May 28 (Reuters): South Korea reported 79 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the most in nearly eight weeks, triggering the return of tougher social distancing curbs amid the spectre of a second wave of disease in a country praised for containing the first outbreak.   At least 82 cases this week have been linked to a cluster of infections at a logistics facility run by Coupang Corp, one of the country's largest online shopping firms, in Bucheon, west of Seoul
  • Five coronavirus patients die in Bangladesh hospital fire
    DHAKA, May 28 (Reuters): Five coronavirus patients died in a hospital fire in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Wednesday, a fire service official said.   It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, said Zillur Rahman, a fire service director. Firefighters extinguished the flames in about an hour, Rahman said.   Five bodies were recovered from the makeshift isolation unit of the United Hospital treating COVID-19 patients, Rahman said. The dead included f
  • England's COVID-19 test and trace system begins as adviser row rumbles on
    LONDON, May 28 (Reuters): Britain's government faced questions over how closely people would abide by its new COVID-19 test and trace service on Thursday, as a row persisted over the prime minister's closest adviser taking a long-distance journey during lockdown.   Lawmakers from the governing Conservative Party continue to add their names to those calling for Dominic Cummings to quit, after it was revealed he had travelled 400 km (250 miles) in March with his f
  • 'Move on' - British PM Johnson tries to draw line under adviser row
    LONDON, May 27 (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Britain on Wednesday to move on from what he described as a "very, very frustrating episode" when his closest adviser provoked outrage and scorn for travelling during the coronavirus lockdown.   Dominic Cummings has refused to quit after it was revealed that he had driven 400 km (250 miles) from London to northern England in March with his 4-year-old son and his wife, who was sick at the time, to be
  • Germany's Scholz sees 'very high' chances for EU compromise deal on Recovery Fund
    BERLIN, May 27 (Reuters): German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Wednesday welcomed the European Commission's plan for a 750 billion-euro ($824.55 billion) Recovery Fund and said he was confident member states would find a compromise deal to help countries most hit by the coronavirus pandemic.   "The discussion is not over yet, there needs to be an agreement among 27 member states. But it's safe to say already now that the chances are very high that there w
  • 'I was determined', says girl who cycled injured dad across India
    LUCKNOW, May 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): A 15-year-old girl who won praise for carrying her injured father hundreds of miles across India by bike said on Wednesday she never thought of giving up after promising her mother she would get him home safely.   Jyoti Kumari's gruelling journey from the outskirts of New Delhi to their village 1,200 km (745 miles) away with her jobless father made headlines around the world and threw a spotlight on the plight of In
  • List pvt hospitals for free/cheap Covid-19 care: SC to govt
    NEW DELHI, MAY (IANS): Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde, here on Wednesday, asked the Centre to consider free treatment for Covid-19 patients and identify hospitals where minimum or free of cost treatment could be provided.   The Justice Bobde-headed Bench, also comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking regulations for treatment of coronavirus patients at private hospitals.   The Chief Justice aske
  • India's HCQ pioneer slams WHO decision to suspend drug trial
    NEW DELHI, MAY 27 (IANS): One of the pioneers to initiate hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) therapy in COVID-19 positive patients, Dr Sudhir Bhandari, Principal and Controller, Sawai Madho Singh Medical College Hospitals, Jaipur has slammed the decision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to temporarily put on hold the HCQ trial.   Sharing his views with IANS, Bhandari said the WHO decision has drawn severe censure and flak from the medical fraternity across India.   Th
  • Two Shramik train passengers found dead in Varanasi
    VARANASI/NEW DELHI, MAY 27 (IANS): Two passengers of a Shramik special train from Mumbai were found dead when it reached Manduadih railway station in Varanasi on Wednesday morning.   The bodies were found by railway staff when other passengers had got off the train and it was shifted to the yard for cleaning and sanitising. The train had arrived at the Manduadih station at 8.21 a.m.   The Government Railway Police (GRP) took the bodies in its possession and sent t