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NASA astronaut who set female space record back on Earth

Washington: Astronaut Christina Koch who created a new female record by spending 328 days in space returned to Earth on Thursday after an 11-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS). The Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying the Expedition 61 Flight Engineer Koch, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) reached Kazakhstan safely at …

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What CT scans of coronavirus patients in China revealed

IANS New York After doing CT scans of several patients infected by the novel coronavirus that originated in China’s Wuhan areas, doctors have found that one of the patients developed white patches in the right lower lobe of the lungs, an issue described as nodular ground-glass lesion. The researchers believe that the imaging features, detailed in the journal Radiology, can …

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Five killed in avalanche in eastern Turkey

IANS Ankara At least five people died after an avalanche has struck a minibus and construction equipment in Turkey’s eastern province of Van, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday. “Seven people were rescued during the search. Unfortunately, five others were found dead under the snow,” said the governor of Van Mehmet Emin Bilmez. At least two people may still be trapped, …

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Vietnam setting up field hospitals for possible virus influx

AFP Hanoi Vietnam is setting up field hospitals with thousands of beds to handle a potential influx of coronavirus cases, health officials said, as it prepares to receive its nationals from China. Vietnam shares a long porous border with China and the communist neighbours have close trade and tourism ties. So far Vietnam has 10 confirmed cases of coronavirus — …

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Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific asks all staff to take unpaid leave

AFP Hong Kong Hong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific is asking its entire workforce to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave, its CEO announced Wednesday, as the airline faces a crisis in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak. The request lays bare desperate times at Cathay, which was hammered last year by months of political chaos and …

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Hong Kong virus patient dies as local transmissions increase

Hong Kong: Hong Kong on Tuesday became the second place outside mainland China to report the death of a coronavirus patient as officials said they feared local transmissions were increasing in the densely populated city. The coronavirus has killed more than 425 people in China since spreading from the central city of Wuhan late last year. It has also spread …

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Chinese city lockdown approaches

Beijing: More Chinese cities, including one just 175 kilometres (110 miles) from Shanghai, were put under lockdown on Tuesday, as the impact of a deadly new virus spread further from its epicentre. Around 12 million people are affected by the new restrictions, adding to the tens of millions of people already quarantined in and around Wuhan, ground zero for 2019-nCoV. …

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Singapore announces first local coronavirus transmissions

Singapore: Singapore on Tuesday announced the first local transmissions of the deadly coronavirus from China as a major aviation conference was scrapped due to the escalating health scare. The Ministry of Health said it had found six additional cases, four of them involving human-to-human transmission in Singapore, bringing the total infections to 24 in the city-state. “Though four of these …

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Japan quarantines 3,700 on cruise ship over new coronavirus

Yokohama: Japan has quarantined a cruise ship carrying 3,711 people and was testing those onboard for the new coronavirus Tuesday after a former passenger was diagnosed with the illness in Hong Kong. Eight people on the vessel, which arrived in Yokohama Bay on Monday, have symptoms such as fever, top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said. Television footage showed several quarantine …

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UK’s Johnson talks tough on trade; EU demands fishing rights

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is setting out a tough opening gambit Monday in negotiations with the European Union, saying the UK will walk away without a free-trade deal rather than agree to follow rules set by the 27-nation bloc. Just 60 hours after Britain left the EU, the first country ever to do so, Johnson is digging in …

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