Ramadan: Except in hotspot Mecca, Saudi relaxes coronavirus lockdown

Ramadan: Except in hotspot Mecca, Saudi relaxes coronavirus lockdown

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Sunday partially eased a 24-hour curfew in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic, except for in hotspots including the Muslim holy city of Mecca. The curfew will be relaxed between 9am and 5pm and malls and retailers will be allowed to reopen in all regions of the kingdom until May 13, […]

Wuhan has zero active coronavirus cases

Wuhan has zero active coronavirus cases

SHANGHAI: The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global coronavirus pandemic began, now has no remaining cases in its hospitals, a health official told reporters on Sunday. The novel coronavirus is believed to have originated in a wet market in Wuhan and first emerged in December before spreading quickly worldwide. Some 2.83 million people have […]

US calls on Afghans to set aside disputes, focus on coronavirus pandemic

ISLAMABAD: The US peace envoy to Afghanistan on Sunday called on the country’s feuding leaders to set their differences aside to combat the coronavirus pandemic and advance a stalled peace agreement signed with the Taliban earlier this year. “The well-being of the Afghan people and the country itself depend on all parties devoting their full […]

World Health Organization warns against idea of ‘immunity passports’

World Health Organization warns against idea of ‘immunity passports’

BERLIN: The World Health Organization is cautioning against the idea of “immunity passports.” It says there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected against a second infection. The concept of “immunity passports” or “risk-free certificates” has been floated as a way of allowing people protected against […]

With 51,000 fatalities, US records over one fourth of global Covid-19 deaths

With 51,000 fatalities, US records over one fourth of global Covid-19 deaths

WASHINGTON: The United States accounts for more than one fourth of the global Covid-19 deaths and over one-third of the total number of people infected with the deadly virus, latest figures revealed on Friday. The coronavirus pandemic that started from Wuhan City in China in November, 2019 has so far killed more than 195,000 people […]

Saudi Arabia abolishes flogging as a form of punishment

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment, the supreme court announced, hailing the latest in a series of “human rights advances” made by the king and his powerful son. Court-ordered floggings in Saudi Arabia — sometimes extending to hundreds of lashes — have long drawn condemnation from human rights groups. But they say […]

China ‘will pay a price’ for causing economic challenges worldwide, says Pompeo

China ‘will pay a price’ for causing economic challenges worldwide, says Pompeo

WASHINGTON: Blaming China for the coronavirus pandemic, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it has caused a “huge challenge” for the global as well as the US economy by not sharing the information they had and the ruling Communist Party “will pay a price” for it. China has come under increasing pressure from nations […]

Focus on combatting coronavirus can take fight against malaria back by 20 years, warns WHO

Focus on combatting coronavirus can take fight against malaria back by 20 years, warns WHO

CAPE TOWN: One of the hard lessons the World Health Organization learned during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was this: Other diseases can be forgotten and take a deadlier toll. The WHO is now warning that the battle against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, where it already kills hundreds of thousands of people a year, […]

Coronavirus: Philippine president threatens martial law

Coronavirus: Philippine president threatens martial law

Manila (Philippines): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has angrily threatened to declare martial law after accusing communist rebels of killing two soldiers, who escorted the delivery of cash and food aid to villagers as his government scrambled to deal with a growing number of coronavirus infections. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Friday said Duterte also approved […]

Make no mistake, virus will be with us for a long time: WHO chief warns

Make no mistake, virus will be with us for a long time: WHO chief warns

WASHINGTON: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that he hoped the Trump administration would reconsider its suspension of funding, but that his main focus was on ending the pandemic and saving lives. There were “worrying upward trends” in early epidemics in parts of Africa and central and South America, WHO […]