Covid-19 death toll crosses 2.8 lakh worldwide, 80,000 fatalities in US alone: Global tally

Covid-19 death toll crosses 2.8 lakh worldwide, 80,000 fatalities in US alone: Global tally

LONDON: Coronavirus cases crossed 4.19 million worldwide on Tuesday while the global Covid-19 death toll hovers over 285,100, a Reuters tally stated. The United States, Spain, the UK, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Brazil, Turkey and Iran are the top 10 coronavirus-affected countries in the world. Of over 4 million total global coronavirus cases, more than […]

International tourism could decline by 60-80 per cent in 2020 due to COVID-19: UN

International tourism could decline by 60-80 per cent in 2020 due to COVID-19: UN

UNITED NATIONS: International tourism could decline by 60-80 per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the revenue loss of USD 910 billion to USD 1.2 trillion and placing millions of livelihoods at risk, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has said. The global international agency said that the pandemic has caused a […]

Four bombs go off in Kabul; four including minor civilians injured

Four bombs go off in Kabul; four including minor civilians injured

KABUL: Four bombs, one placed under a garbage bin and the other three by the roadside, went off in northern Kabul on Monday, wounding four civilians, including a child, Afghan officials said. The roadside bombs were spaced within 10-20 meters (yards) of one another, said Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz. The wounded child is a […]

Obama lashes out at Trump’s handling of coronavirus

Obama lashes out at Trump’s handling of coronavirus

Washington: Former president Barack Obama harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as an “absolute chaotic disaster” during a conversation with ex-members of his administration, according to a recording obtained by Yahoo News. Obama also reacted to the Justice Department dropping its criminal case against Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, […]

Taliban releases 28 more Afghan govt prisoners

Taliban releases 28 more Afghan govt prisoners

Kabul: The Taliban released another group of 28 Afghan government prisonersin Herat province, spokesman of the militant group”s political office in Doha said on Sunday. With Saturday night”s release, the Taliban has so far freed 148 government prisoners as per the terms of the peace deal it inked with the US in February, TOLO News […]

Pandemic shows contrasts between US, European safety nets

Pandemic shows contrasts between US, European safety nets

Washington: The coronavirus pandemic is straining social safety nets across the globe and underlining sharp differences in approach between wealthy societies such as the United States and Europe. In Europe, the collapse in business activity is triggering wage support programmes that are keeping millions on the job, for now. In contrast, in the United States […]

US to temporarily ban work-based visas like H-1B as unemployment levels peak: Report

US to temporarily ban work-based visas like H-1B as unemployment levels peak: Report

WASHINGTON: The US is working to temporarily ban the issuance of some work-based visas like H-1B, popular among highly-skilled Indian IT professionals, as well as student visas and work authorisation that accompanies them, amidst the high level of unemployment due to the coronavirus, according to a media report on Friday. The H-1B is a US […]

Low Vitamin-D levels related to high COVID-19 death rate? Scientists think so

Low Vitamin-D levels related to high COVID-19 death rate? Scientists think so

LONDON: Scientists have found an association between low average levels of vitamin D, and high numbers of COVID-19 cases and mortality rates across 20 European countries, and call for dedicated studies to probe into the relationship. Based on earlier studies, the researchers, including Lee Smith of Anglia Ruskin University in the UK, said there is […]

Gunfire kills 6 at Afghan protest calling for economic aid

Gunfire kills 6 at Afghan protest calling for economic aid

Kabul: A shootout erupted on Saturday at a protest in western Afghanistan by residents demanding economic assistance, leading to the deaths of at least six people, including a local reporter and two police officers, officials said. Interior Ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said the protesters had gathered outside the governor’s office in Feroz Koh, the capital […]

China reports 17 new COVID-19 cases, local transmission in Jilin Province

China reports 17 new COVID-19 cases, local transmission in Jilin Province

BEIJING: China has reported 17 new coronavirus cases, including 16 asymptomatic ones in the COVID-19 epicentre Hubei province, health officials said on Friday. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said that one locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 case was reported in Jilin Province on Thursday. Sixteen new asymptomatic cases were reported in the Hubei province, taking the […]