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Indian-origin scientist fears UK’s COVID-19 strategy took wrong path

PTI London A leading Indian-origin scientist and public health expert has expressed fears that the UK’s strategy to not focus on greater testing and containment in the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic may have been the “wrong path” to take in the country’s efforts to control the outbreak. Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of …

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Delhi congregation: 18 Muslims quarantined in Nepal

PTI Kathmandu Eighteen Nepali Muslims, who recently returned from India after participating in a Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin area in New Delhi, have been identified and kept in a quarantine facility in southern Nepal’s Saptari district, authorities said on Wednesday. Famed for the shrine of the 14h century Sufi mystic Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya, the Nizamuddin area of New Delhi …

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UN General Assembly to decide on rival COVID-19 resolutions

AP United Nations How should the UN General Assembly and its 193 member states respond to the coronavirus pandemic? Members have been sent two rival resolutions for consideration — and under new voting rules instituted because the global body isn’t holding meetings, if a single country objects a resolution is defeated. One resolution, which has more than 135 co-sponsors, calls …

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UK extends work visas for Indian, foreign doctors amid corona outbreak

PTI London In a relief to foreign doctors, including from India, whose visas were set to expire in October this year, the UK government has extended the deadline by one year amid the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The UK government on Tuesday confirmed that foreign doctors, including from India, whose visas are set to expire before October this …

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle bid formal farewell as frontline royals

London: Britain’s Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle on Tuesday bid a formal goodbye to their role as frontline royals as they settle down to their financially independent roles in the US. Harry, who remains sixth in line to the British throne, had announced the royal split along with his former actress wife Markle earlier this year and, as per …

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Japan to ban entry to people from 73 countries

Tokyo: Japan said on Tuesday that it would ban people from more than a third of the world, including the US, from entering the country to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. The US is among a list of 73 countries to which the Japanese government also discouraged travel amid the steep global increase in the number of COVID-19 …

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China’s vaccine for coronavirus may be tested abroad: official

Beijing: China, which is developing a vaccine for the deadly novel coronavirus, plans to conduct additional trials in other countries seriously hit by the pandemic if the ongoing trial in the country’s virus epicentre Wuhan proves it is safe and effective, a Chinese researcher said. The first stage clinical trial for the vaccine was started in Wuhan on March 16 …

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Red Cross urges stricter measures as virus spreads across Africa

Nairobi: Even though Africa continues to be one of the least affected continents by the coronavirus, the spread of the deadly disease is picking up speed and the Red Cross has urged for immediate containment measures. “So far, Africa has been the continent least affected by the pandemic, but if measures to contain the virus are not taken immediately, it …

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COVID-19 pandemic far from over in Asia-Pacific region: WHO

Manila: The coronavirus pandemic was “far from over” in the Asia-Pacific region, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Tuesday, urging member countries to work together to halt the spread of the deadly disease. “Let me be clear. The epidemic is far from over in Asia and the Pacific. This is going to be a long-term battle and we …

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