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India committed to maintaining peace, tranquility along LAC: MEA

“INDIA is committed to the objective of maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said on stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh. He said that Chinese and Indian Armed Forces scrupulously follow the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries on the situation in Eastern Ladakh. “At the same time, we remain firm in our resolve to ensure India’s sovereignty,” he said...

Ninth century Shiv Linga found in Vietnam

A MONOLITHIC sandstone Shiv Linga from the ninth-century was discovered during an on-going conservation project in the Cham Temple Complex in Vietnam -- over 5,000 kilometers from here. The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has undertaken several major conservation works across various countries of Asia, including the My Son Temple in Vietnam...

China takes another U-turn, says coronavirus had ‘multiple origins’

IN WHAT seems to be anabsolutely new theory, Chinese scientists have said that the nov-el coronavirus may not have itsorigin in theWuhan seafood mar-ket, which allegedly caused the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.‘People’s Daily’, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, revealed onWednesday that new evidencesuggests ‘multiple origins of thetransmission of the virus’...

Twitter labels Trump tweets with afact check for the first time

FOR the first time,Twitter put a warning labelunder two posts by Donald Trump , prompting the US President to accusethepop-ular social media platform of“ interfering”in the presidential election scheduled in November.Twitter highlighted two ofTrump’s tweets on Tuesday that falsely claimed mail-in ballots would lead to widespread voter fraud in the elections, append-ing amessagethe social mediagiant has introducedrecently tofight mis information or unveri-fied claims.“There is NOWAY (ZERO!) that Main-in ..

Indian-American IBM scientist bags inventor of year award

PROLIFIC Indian-American inventor Rajiv Joshi has bagged the prestigious Inventor of the Year award in recognition of his pioneering work in advancing the electronic industry and improving Artificial Intelligence capabilities. Dr Joshi, who is a master inventor with more than 250 patented inventions in the US, works at the IBM Thomson Watson Research Center in New York...

WHO suspends Hydroxycholoroquine clinical trial on COVID-19 patients

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Director-General, said that a clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) on COVID-19 patients has come to “a temporary pause”, while the safety data of the the anti-malaria drug was being reviewed. According to the WHO chief, ‘The Lancet’ medical journal on May 22 had published an observational study on HCQ and chloroquine and its effects on COVID-19 patients that have been hospitalised, reports Xinhua news agency. The authors of the ..

US Navy tests weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight successfully

A US Navy warship has successfully tested a new high-energy laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight, the Navy’s Pacific Fleet has announced. Images and videos provided by the Navy show the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland executing “the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser” to disable an aerial drone aircraft, the Navy said in a statement on Friday...

COVID-19 cases drop to zero in China, but surge in Latin America

NEW coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time on Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. The virus hit a reopened church in Germany and possibly a restaurant, too. The pandemic’s persistence stymied authorities struggling to keep people safe and revive their economies at the same time, disrupting the Memorial Day weekend in the United States and collective celebrations around the ..

Researchers record world’s fastest Internet data speed

SCIENTISTS have achieved the world’s fastest Internet data speed, which is enough to download 1000 HD movies in a split second, using a single optical chip, an advance that can help scale up the capacity of network connections across the world. According to the study, published in the journal Nature Communications, the new innovation could fast-track telecommunications capacity of countries struggling with demand on Internet infrastructure...

Hindujas share 2nd spot in UK rich list

TWO sets of Indian-origin siblings dominate the annual tally of Britain’s wealthiest as the Hinduja and Reuben brothers share the second spot with a fortune of 16 billion pounds each, while British inventor-entrepreneur James Dyson tops ‘The Sunday Times Rich List 2020’ with 16.2 billion pounds. Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja, who run the Hinduja Group of companies, lost 6 billion pounds to slip from the top slot in last year’s list. Mumbai-born David and Simon Reuben lost 2.66 billion pounds over ..

Spraying disinfectants can be ‘harmful’, says WHO

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 Organisation (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..

World Bank approves $1 bn loan to India

THE World Bank on Friday approved a USD 1 billion loan to support India’s efforts for providing social assistance to the poor and vulnerable households, severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Programme” will support the Government’s efforts towards a more consolidated delivery platform – accessible to both rural and urban populations across state boundaries. This takes the total commitment from the World Bank towards emergency COVID-19 ..

Jeff Bezos could be world’s first trillionaire by 2026

AMAZON founder and CEO Jeff Bezos could potentially become the worlds first trillionaire as early as 2026, at which point he will be aged 62, says a study. Despite losing an estimated $38 billion as part of his recent divorce, Bezos is still by far the world’s richest person and his net worth has grown by 34 per cent on average over the last five years, said the study by Comparisun, a company which helps organisationscompare different business products. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg could gain ..

Global corona death toll crosses 3,00,000 mark

THE global death toll from the novel coronavirus has reached 3,00,000, mark with over 4.42 million cases of infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Some 1.58 million people have also been cured of the illness, as per US-based tracker. As of 4 am Friday, the number of people infected globally stands at 4,426,937 with at least 301,370 deaths reported. The United States has the highest case count in the world, 1,413,012, including 85,581 fatalities...

5 plagues from China in last 20 yrs, at some point it has to stop: US NSA

AS MANY as five plagues have come out of China in the last 20 years and at some point it has to stop, US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has said, holding the country responsible for the origin of the coronavirus pandemic which has killed over 2,50,000 people globally. People across the globe are going to rise up and tell the Chinese Government that “we can no longer have these plagues coming out of China”, whether it is from labs ..

COVID-19 vaccine may never be found, warns UK PM

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a COVID-19 survivor, has warned that a mass vaccine for the highly contagious disease may be over a year away and may in fact never be found. In his foreword to the Government’s new 50-page guidance on a step by step easing of the lockdown measures in place to control the spread of the deadly virus, the UK Prime Minister lays out plans for businesses to gradually start reopening with“COVID-19 Secure” measures of social distancing and for the public to use“good ..

Pompeo holds video conference with his counterparts from India, 5 other nations

US SECRETARY of State Mike Pompeo has discussed with his counterparts from India, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Japan and South Korea the importance of international co-operation, transparency, and accountability in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and in addressing its causes. Pompeo spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araujo, Isr..

Triple antiviral drug combo shows promise for treating COVID-19

A TWO-WEEK course of antiviral therapy that combines the power of three drugs has shown promise in treating hospitalised patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 in a carefully undertaken phase 2 clinical trial. The results of the trial, published in the journal The Lancet, involved 127 adults from six public hospitals in Hong Kong. The drug combination tested in the trial included -- interferon beta-1b which was developed to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), lopinavir-ritonavir which is normally used ..

Average 80,000 coronavirus cases reported daily in April: WHO

AN AVERAGE of 80,000 COVID-19 cases were reported each day in April to the World Health Organisation, the top UN health agency has said, noting that South Asian nations like India and Bangladesh are seeing a spike in the infections while the numbers are declining in regions such as Western Europe. WHO Director-Gene..

Coronavirus structure offers clue to high infection rate, says study

RESEARCHERS studying the structure of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 have found a unique feature in the virus that could explain its high transmissibility between people, an advance that may help develop new drugs against the disease. The study, published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, identifies a structural loop in the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, an area of the virus that facilitates its entry into cells. In this loop, the researchers, including those from Cornell University in the ..

Riveting coverage of Alaska policing wins Pulitzer Prize

The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica won the Pulitzer Prize in public service on Monday for illuminating public safety gaps in Alaska, revealing that a third of villages had no police protection. The “riveting” series spurred legislative changes and an influx of spending, the judges noted in an announcement postponed several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. ‘The New York Times’ won the investigative reporting prize for an expose of predatory lending in the New York City taxi industry ..

Israel claims breakthrough in developing antibody against coronavirus

ISRAELI Defence Minister Naftali Bennett has said that scientists at the country’s main biological research institute has made a “significant breakthrough” in developing an antibody to the novel coronavirus, as the researchers wrapped up the development phase and moved to patent and mass produce the potential treatment. Bennett visited the labs of the Israel’s Institute for Biological Research (IIBR), supervised by the Prime Minister’s Office and mandated to develop a..

Kim reappears in public, ending absence amid health rumours

NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, State media said on Saturday, ending an absence that had triggered global rumours that he may be seriously ill. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim attended the ceremony on Friday in Sunchon with other senior officials, including his sister Kim Yo Jong, who many analysts predict would take over if her brother is suddenly unable ..

Indian-origin girl gets honour of naming NASA’s 1st Mars helicopter

NASA’s first Mars helicopter has a name now and the credit goes to 17-year-old Indian-origin girl Vaneeza Rupani. Rupani, a high school junior from Northport, Alabama, earned the honour of naming the helicopter after she submitted her essay into NASA’s “Name the Rover” contest. Destined to become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet, NASA’s Mars Helicopter officially named: Ingenuity, as suggested by Rupani. While NASA announced in March that its next rover would be named ..

COVID-19 still extremely dangerous, says WHO chief

THE World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that COVID-19 was still “extremely dangerous,” though countries were seeking to return to normal as social isolation measures have helped slow the spread of the deadly disease. “The pandemic is far from over,” Xinhua new agency quoted Tedros as saying at a virtual press conference on Monday...

China says, all coronavirus patients in Wuhan have now been discharged

AFTER more than three months of an arduous fight, Wuhan, the city located at the heart of China and epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, has cleared all remaining cases related to the deadly infection in its hospitals, health authorities told Xinhua news agency on Sunday. This came as a 77-year-old man surnamed Ding tested negative for the second time for coronavirus in the capital city of Hubei province. He no longer had clinical symptoms and was able to be discharged, an official with Wuhan Municipal ..

Kim Jong-un ‘alive and well’ or dead? Confusion persists

THE condition of secretive North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, after a long spell of non-appearance, remained unclear on Sunday, with a set of reports saying that he had passed away after heart trouble or was in an irreversible coma, while another said he was staying at his holiday resort. Kim has not appeared in public for over two weeks and was absent from a key event on Friday, amid rumours that he had heart trouble...

Stephen Hawking left 16.3 million pounds in thumbprint-signed will

STEPHEN Hawking, one of the world’s best-known physicists, has left behind 16.3 million pounds in a will which he signed with a thumbprint due to his motor neuron disease. Hawking, who died in Cambridge aged 76 in 2018, put the large fortune in a trust fund for his three children and three grandchildren and also bequeathed 10,000 pounds to his loyal personal assistant Judith Croasdell, 71, according to a report in ‘The Sun’ newspaper. A legal note to go with the will notes: “Signed with his ‘mark’ ..

WHO launches ‘landmark’ collaboration to develop COVID-19 drug, vaccine

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday launched a ‘landmark’ international collaboration to accelerate the development of a vaccine for COVID-19, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The new collaboration was launched at a virtual event co-hosted by WHO Director-General Ghebreyesus, French President Emmanuel Macron, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Xinhua reported. Ghebreyesus said the UN agency is partnering with groups to accelerate work on drugs and a vaccine for COVID-19 ..

COVID-19 to be with us for long time: WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday said that the COVID-19 crisis will not end any time soon, with several countries only in the initial stages of the fight against the virus. “Make no mistake, we have a long way to go. Coronavirus will be with us for a long time. There is no question that stay at home orders and other physical distancing measures have successfully suppressed transmission in many countries,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press conference. “Most countries ..

Modi most popular leader on FB, Trump leads interactions

WITH around 45 million likes on his personal page, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to be the most popular world leader on Facebook, while US President Donald Trump dominates the rankings for the most interactions even as leaders across the world grow their audience on the social networking platform amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a study said...

Bill Gates lauds Modi’s leadership in fighting COVID-19 in India

PHILANTHROPIST and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and his Government’s “proactive measures” such as lockdown and expansion of focused testing in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in India...

‘World on the brink of hunger pandemic, could face multiple famines’

THE UN food relief agency has warned that the world is on the brink of a “hunger pandemic” and could face multiple famines of biblical proportions within few months if nations don’t act now to avoid funding shortfalls and disruptions to trade due to COVID-19, which continues to spread unabated. The novel coronavirus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last, has so far infected over 25,65,290 people and claimed more than 1,77,770 lives. “While dealing with a COVID-19 pandemic, ..

Worst yet ahead of us: WHO chief on COVID-19

TEDROS Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), warned that “the worst is yet ahead of us” in the coronavirus pandemic that has infected millions and killed thousands across the globe. Addressing the media here on Monday, the WHO chief said: “Trust us. The worst is yet ahead of us... Let’s prevent this tragedy. It’s a virus that many people still don’t understand,” the ‘Evening Standard’ newspaper reported. “There is no secret in WHO because keeping things confidential ..

US oil bounces after crash but stocks suffer big losses

US CRUDE prices bounced back into positive territory on Tuesday, a day after crashing below USD 0.00 for the first time owing to crippled demand and a storage glut, while the commodity rout sent equities sharply lower. Investors were also tracking developments in North Korea following US reports that Kim Jong Un had undergone cardiovascular surgery earlier this month and was in “grave danger.” West Texas Intermediate for May delivery rose to USD 1.10 a barrel after diving to an unprecedented low of ..

US wants to send team of experts to China for COVID-19 probe: Trump

THE US wants to send a team of experts to China to investigate the coronavirus, President Donald Trump has said, a day after he warned Beijing of “consequences” if it was knowingly responsible for the spread of COVID-19 which has killed more than 165,000 people globally, including over 41,000 in America. Describing the coronavirus as a plague, Trump, during his White House news conference on Sunday, said that he is not happy with China where the pandemic emerged in December last year in the central ..

Corona originated in lab: Nobel winning scientist

FRENCH Nobel prize winning scientist Luc Montagnier has sparked a fresh controversy by claiming that the SARS-CoV-2 virus came from a lab, and is the result of an attempt to manufacture a vaccine against the AIDS virus. In an interview given to French CNews channel and during a podcast by Pourquoi Docteur, professor Montagnier who co-discovered HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) claimed the presence of elements of HIV in the genome of the coronavirus and even elements of the “germ of malaria” are ..

Matterhorn mountain in Swiss Alps lights up with Indian flag in show of solidarity

SWITZERLAND has expressed solidarity with India in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic by projecting the tricolour on the famous Matterhorn mountain in the SwissAlps to give“hope and strength” to all Indians. Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter has been lighting up the 4,478-meter pyramidal peak straddling between Switzerland and Italy with spectacular displays of flags of different countries and messages of hope as part of a nightly series supporting the nations combating the deadly COVID-19 ..

Wuhan lab intern accidentally leaked Covid-19 virus: US media

UNITED States President Donald Trump on Wednesday acknowledged ‘Fox News’ report that the novel coronavirus (nCoV) may have been accidentally leaked by an intern working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The ‘Fox News’ in an exclusive report based on unnamed sources has claimed that though the virus is a naturally occurring strain among bats and not a bioweapon, but it was being studied in Wuhan laboratory. The initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human, the news channel said, adding ..

US scientists warn social distancing may have to remain till 2022 sans vaccine

SOCIAL distancing measures such as restrictions on public gatherings may have to remain in place intermittently for at least a couple of more years to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the absence of vaccine against the virus or dramatic increase in critical care capacities, researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have warned. These tough measures which have already pushed the world economy into recession may be necessary because the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes ..

Trump orders halt to funding WHO over COVID-19 spread

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has announced halting America’s funding of up to USD 500 million annually to the World Health Organisation while a review is being done to assess its role in “severely mismanaging and covering up” the spread of the deadly coronavirus when it first emerged in China. The novel coronavirus, which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province in November, has so far killed at least..

Scientists discover six new coronaviruses in bats

SCIENTISTS have discovered six new coronaviruses in bats in Myanmar -- the first time these viruses have been found anywhere in the world. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, will help understand the diversity of coronaviruses in bats and inform global efforts to detect, prevent and respond to infectious diseases that may threaten public health, particularly in light of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to the researchers from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology ..

WHO lauds India’s tough and timely anti-corona actions

THE World Health Organisation on Tuesday lauded “India’s tough and timely actions” against the coronavirus spread as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of current lockdown till May 3. ..

Global COVID-19 death toll 1,09,307

THE worldwide number of deaths from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 1,09,307 on Sunday, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT from official sources. More than 1,780,750 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 3,9,200 are now considered recovered. The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organistion (WHO), probably ..

Chinese officials fear virus rebound

CHINA’S health authorities on Saturday asked the public to strengthen protective measures and avoid gatherings after a number of cluster infections of the coronavirus were reported in some parts of the country, sparking concerns about the re-emergence of the vicious virus. All localities should intensify screenings..

US threatens to block China Telecom

THE United States has threatened to cut off Beijing-controlled China Telecom from serving the US market because of legal and security risks, announced the Justice Department. A recommendation by the Government’s top departments, including Defence, State and Homeland Security, said the Federal Communications Commission should “revoke and terminate” all authorisations for the Chinese giant’s US subsidiary, China Telecom, to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States...

Global coronavirus death toll crosses 96,000

THE worldwide number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 96,344 on Friday, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1630 IST from official sources. More than 1,605,250 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 3,31,000 are now considered recovered...

About 250 Indians infected by virus in Singapore: Indian High Commission

ABOUT 250 Indians, with nearly half of them staying in close contact in the dormitories for foreign workers, have tested positive for the coronavirus in Singapore, the Indian High Commission here said on Friday. Indian High Commissioner Jawed Ashraf told PTI that almost all of the Indians who have the disease are mostly stable or improving. He said that the about 250 Indian nationals, who are suffering from the disease, include some permanent residents...

Aus scientists identify six potential drugs for corona

SCIENTISTS have identified six drug candidates from more than 10,000 compounds that may help treat COVID-19. The research, published in the journal Nature, tested the efficacy of approved drugs, drug candidates in clinical trials and other compounds. “Currently there are no targeted therapeutics or effective treatment options for COVID-19,” said Professor Luke Guddat from the University of Queensland in Australia...

Chinese astronomer discovers fastest rotating star in Milky Way galaxy

BEIJING, A CHINESE astronomer has discovered a fastest rotating star in the Milky Way galaxy based on the data from a telescope located in northern China’s Hebei Province. The star was discovered based on the data from the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) located in Xinglong, Hebei Province...

Strict lockdown only way to contain coronavirus, say Indians in Wuhan

A FEW daring Indians, who remained in Wuhan where the novel coronavirus first emerged and then became a global pandemic, have a word of advice for their compatriots back home: follow the strict lockdown and self-isolation measures to arrest the spread of the deadly and virulent disease. Speaking to PTI, the Indian nationals in Wuhan said they were very happy that their 76-day suffering due to the strict lockdown came to an end on Wednesday when the authorities lifted the restrictions in the central ..

WHO chief ‘politicising’ COVID-19 pandemic, siding with China: Trump

United States President Donald Trump has fired a fresh salvo at the World Health Organisation, accusing its chief of siding with China and “politicising” the coronavirus pandemic while repeating his threat to freeze the UN agency’s funding. Trump’s allegation comes a day after the US President threatened to put a “very powerful”..

Miss England Bhasha Mukherjee returns to work as doctor in UK

MISS England 2019 Bhasha Mukherjee has returned to the UK to resume her medical practice in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Mukherjee, a doctor by profession who spent her childhood in Kolkata, was crowned Miss England in August 2019 and since then she has been travelling for humanitarian work. In December, she represented England at the Miss World 2019 pageant. But she has now decided to step back from humanitarian activities temporarily as she returned to the UK to continue her work as a doctor...

China lifts 76-day lockdown in Wuhan

TENS of thousands of people in Wuhan, the origin point and epicentre for the coronavirus pandemic, travelled out of the sprawling city on Wednesday as China lifted its 76-day lockdown that sealed off around 11 million people in the city, even as health experts warn that the threat of a rebound in infections remains far from over. Within hours of the lifting of the travel ban, tens of thousands of people wearing masks travelled out of the city as trains, domestic flights and taxis resumed operations, ..

Got sizeable hydroxychloroquine chunk from India, says Trump

A SIZEABLE chunk of the 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine bought by the US to combat the coronavirus pandemic is from India, President Donald Trump has said as he acknowledged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “great” when he sought his help to allow the sale of the anti-malaria drug to treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients in America...

New MERS vaccine may block coronavirus infections: Study

A NOVEL vaccine fully protects mice against a lethal dose of MERS, a close cousin of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, scientists said on Tuesday. The vaccine uses a harmless virus to deliver a MERS coronavirus protein into cells to generate an immune response, said the researchers from researchers at the University of Iowa and the University of Georgia in the US. It may hold promise for developing vaccines against other coronaviruses diseases, including COVID-19, they said. The team tested ..

US bracing for ‘hardest week’: Doctor

AMERICANS are bracing for the “hardest and saddest” week of their lives with tragedies similar to the 9/11 attacks and the Pearl Harbour bombing, the country’s top doctor has warned while the death toll approached the 10,000-mark as President Donald Trump expressed hope that coronavirus cases were “levelling off”..

Four-year-old tigress in US zoo tests positive for coronavirus

NADIA, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after developing a dry cough, in what is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected with COVID-19 in the US, raising new questions about human-to-animal transmission of the virus. The tigress, along with six other big cats, is thought to have been infected by an asymptomatic zoo keeper, the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the zoo, said in a statement on Sunday...

Palm Sunday: Pope celebrates without public in St. Peter’s

POPE Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he said should focus people’s attention on what’s most important, despite heavy hearts — using one’s life to serve others. Looking pensive and sounding subdued, Francis led the first of several solemn Holy..

More than 60,000 deaths worldwide from virus

THE coronavirus pandemic has killed over 60,000 people worldwide, nearly three quarters of them in Europe, since it emerged in China in December, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1330 GMT Saturday from official sources. A total of 60,457 deaths have been recorded, including 44,132 in Europe, the continent worst hit by the virus...

Anti-parasitic drug killed coronavirus within 48 hours in lab: Aus scientists

AMID a barrage of research on finding treatment for new coronavirus, Australian scientists have found that a common anti-parasitic drug killed SARS-CoV-2 virus, growing in cell culture, within 48 hours in lab settings. Ivermectin is an FDA-approved anti-parasitic drug that has also been shown to be effective in vitro against..

WHO to launch second Solidarity Trial for coronavirus vaccine

THE World Health Organisation (WHO), on Friday, said that it is going to launch a second protocol for the Solidarity Trial soon. “WHO would soon be launching a second protocol for the Solidarity Trial that will help establish incidence and prevalence of infection and the future behaviour of the virus,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia said in a press statement. At least three South-East Asia member countries, including India, Indonesia and Thailand have already signed ..

Netanyahu quarantined for 2nd time after Health Minister tests +ve for virus

ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday went into isolation for the second time in a week after his Health Minister Yaakov Litzman tested positive for the novel coronavirus. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu, 70, will remain in self-quarantine until April 8 as he had frequent meetings with Litzman, reports Xinhua news agency. The move follows the recommendation of Netanyahu’s personal doctor and guidelines of the Health Ministry, the Office added...

Coronavirus can travel 27 ft, stay in air for hours: MIT researcher

STAYING six feet away from others may not work, an MIT researcher has warned - saying the coronavirus can rather travel 27 feet and can linger for hours. The study was conducted by MIT associate professor Lydia Bourouiba, who has researched the dynamics of coughs and sneezes for years. It was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Bourouiba warned that the current social-distancing guidelines to stay six feet from others are based on outdated models from the 1930s, reported ..

North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus

NORTH Korea remains totally free of the coronavirus, a senior health official in Pyongyang has insisted, despite mounting scepticism overseas as confirmed global infections near one million. The already isolated, nuclear-armed North quickly shut down its borders after the virus was first detected in neighbouring China in January, and imposed strict containment measures. Pak Myong Su, Director of the anti-epidemic department of the North’s Central Emergency Anti-epidemic Headquarters, insisted that ..

World faces food crisis in wake of coronavirus: UN, WTO

THE heads of three global agencies warned on Wednesday of the risk of a worldwide “food shortage” if authorities fail to manage the ongoing coronavirus crisis properly. Many Governments around the world have put their populations on lockdown causing severe slow-downs in international trade and food supply chains. Panic buying by people going into confinement has already demonstrated the fragility of supply chains as supermarket shelves emptied in many countries...

COVID-19 global death toll crosses 43,082

THE worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus rose to 43,082 on Wednesday, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT from official sources. More than 865,970 declared cases have been registered in 186 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 172,500 are now considered recovered...

Scientists identify 8 strains of coronavirus

EVEN as researchers across the world work overtime to understand evolution of the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, scientists have identified at least eight strains of coronavirus doing the rounds globally. Over 2,000 genetic sequences of the virus submitted from laboratories across the world to the open-source project Nextstrain.org show how the virus is migrating into new subtypes...

‘About 11 mn could be driven into poverty in East Asia and Pacific’

ABOUT 11 million people could be driven into poverty in East Asia and the Pacific as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that has impacted over 7,80,000 people and killed more than 37,000 globally, the World Bank has warned. The Washington-based global lender, in a report released on Monday, said that prior projections had estimated that nearly 35 million people would escape poverty in East Asia and the Pacific in 2020, including over 25 million in China alone...

World to face recession, India, China likely exception: UN

UNITED NATIONS, THE world economy will go into recession this year with a predicted loss of trillions of dollars of global income due to the coronavirus pandemic, spelling serious trouble for developing countries with the likely exception of India and China, according to a latest UN trade report. With two-thirds of the world’s population..