Spraying disinfectants can be ‘harmful’, says WHO

Spraying disinfectants can be ‘harmful’, says WHO

GENEVA: Spraying disinfectant on the streets, as practised in some countries, does not eliminate the new coronavirus and even poses a health risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Saturday. In a document on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces as part of the response to the virus, the WHO says spraying can be ineffective. “Spraying […]

Pakistan coronavirus cases cross 40,000 with 1,352 new cases

Pakistan coronavirus cases cross 40,000 with 1,352 new cases

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s coronavirus cases crossed 40,000 on Sunday after 1,352 new infections were detected, while the death toll in the country has gone up to 873 with nearly 40 more people succumbing to COVID-19, heath authorities said on Sunday. The Ministry of National Health Services said that out of the total 40,151 cases, Sindh has […]

US to donate ventilators to India to fight coronavirus: Trump

US to donate ventilators to India to fight coronavirus: Trump

Washington: President Donald Trump has announced that the US will donate a lot of ventilators to India to help it fight the “invisible enemy”, moments after he underlined the close partnership between the two countries and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi his “good friend”. Trump also said the US and India were cooperating to develop […]

China calls on U.S. to pay its debts to the United Nations

China calls on U.S. to pay its debts to the United Nations

UNITED NATIONS: China on Friday issued a statement calling on all U.N. member states to “actively fulfill their financial obligations to the United Nations,” stressing that Washington owes the organization more than $2 billion. “As of May 14, the total unpaid assessments under the U.N. regular budget and peacekeeping budget amount to 1.63 billion and […]

No approved treatments yet for COVID-19: WHO

No approved treatments yet for COVID-19: WHO

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) said that a number of treatments are under clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19, but none of those were yet approved. “There are hundreds of clinical trials that are underway, and the reason we need to wait for the results of these studies is because they are evaluating […]

Coronavirus whistleblower tells lawmakers US lacks vaccine plan

Coronavirus whistleblower tells lawmakers US lacks vaccine plan

WASHINGTON: Whistleblower Dr Rick Bright warned on Thursday that the U.S. lacks a plan to produce and fairly distribute a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available. The nation could face “the darkest winter in modern history” unless leaders act decisively, he told a congressional panel. Bright alleges he was ousted from a high-level scientific post […]

COVID-19 could kill 6,000 children every day: UNICEF

COVID-19 could kill 6,000 children every day: UNICEF

UNITED NATIONS: The UN’s children agency has warned that an additional 6,000 children could die daily from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic weakens the health systems and disrupts routine services, the first time that the number of children dying before their fifth birthday could increase worldwide in decades. As […]

Pakistan, Iran resume trade activities at border amid pandemic

Pakistan, Iran resume trade activities at border amid pandemic

Islamabad: The trade activities between Pakistan and Iran at the Taftan border crossing have resumed after remaining suspended for more than two months as Islamabad closed its border due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said on Thursday. The trade activities resumed on Wednesday after two trade crossing points, the Pakistan gate and zero-point trade gate, […]

Saudi Arabia to enforce round-the-clock virus curfew at Eid

Saudi Arabia to enforce round-the-clock virus curfew at Eid

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will enforce a round-the-clock nationwide curfew during the five-day Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month to fight the coronavirus, the interior ministry said Tuesday, as infections spike. The kingdom, which has reported the highest number of virus cases in the Gulf region, is scrambling to limit the spread of the deadly disease. […]

Wuhan to test entire population after emergence of new coronavirus cluster: Report

Wuhan to test entire population after emergence of new coronavirus cluster: Report

BEIJING: Wuhan plans to conduct coronavirus tests on the Chinese city’s entire population after new cases emerged for the first time in weeks in the cradle of the global pandemic, state media reported Tuesday. Officials had been ordered to submit by noon on Tuesday plans to administer nucleic acid tests on all residents in the […]