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First doctor dies from coronavirus in Pak

PTI Islamabad A 26-year-old Pakistani doctor has become the country’s first medic to die after contracting the novel coronavirus while treating the COVID-19 patients in Gilgit region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, officials said on Monday. Usma Riaz was treating the patients who recently returned from Iraq and Iran. Pakistan, which borders Iran and China, two of the most affected countries by …

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Italian docs saw strange pneumonia cases

Washington: Italian general practitioners saw strange pneumonia cases as early as November 2019, which could mean the virus was circulating in parts of the country before doctors became aware of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China last December, a US radio outlet reported. The report published by National Public Radio (NPR) cited Giuseppe Remuzzi, co-author of a recent paper in …

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Egypt closes archaeological sites, mosques, churches

Cairo: Egyptian authorities have shut down archaeological sites, mosques and Coptic churches to avoid the spread of the coronavirus which has so far infected 294 people and killed 10 others in the country so far. In a country where 85 per cent of its 100 million people are Muslim, the government on Saturday decided to “stop Friday and congregational prayers …

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China reports first local COVID-19 case after three days

Beijing : China reported its first domestic coronavirus case after a gap of three days as the country saw a surge in imported infections with 45 new cases and initiated stricter measures to avert COVID-19 to resurface and create a second wave of infections, health officials said on Sunday. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said that 46 new confirmed cases …

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Italy worst hit with more than 4,800 dead

Rome: Nearly one billion people around the world were confined to their homes on Sunday, as the coronavirus death toll crossed 13,000 and factories were shut in worst-hit Italy after another single-day fatalities record. The raging pandemic has forced lockdowns in 35 countries, disrupting lives, travel and businesses as governments scramble to shut borders and unleash hundreds of billions in …

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Indian students seek refuge within UK mission premises

London: A group of 19 Indian students have sought refuge within the premises of the Indian High Commission in London overnight on Saturday, demanding to be put on a flight to India despite the travel restrictions in place following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The group of students, mostly from Telangana, have refused offers of alternate accommodation arranged …

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US blames China, Russia, Iran for spreading ‘disinformation’ on corona

PTI Washington US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Russia, China and Iran for spreading “disinformation” on COVID-19 and carrying out coordinated efforts to “disparage” American attempts towards containing the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at the White House on Friday, Pompeo described the disinformation campaigns as being “pretty diffused” and urged Americans to ensure that they are getting their …

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Iran’s coronavirus death toll climbs to 1,556

AFP Tehran Iran said on Saturday that 123 more people had died from coronavirus, raising the official death toll to 1,556 in the Islamic republic, one of the world’s worst affected countries. Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 966 more cases had been confirmed over the past 24 hours and 20,610 people were now known to have been infected in …

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US praises India’s SAARC COVID-19 initiative

PTI Washington US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Friday held a telephonic conversation with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and praised India’s COVID-19 initiative for SAARC countries, the Pentagon said. The two leaders discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and underscored their commitment to close communication during this period in order to maintain momentum on initiatives that reinforce their comprehensive global partnership, the …

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Nearly one billion people confined to homes globally to curb virus

AFP New York Close to one billion people worldwide were confined to their homes on Saturday as the global coronavirus death toll shot past 11,000 and US states rolled out lockdown measures already imposed across swathes of Europe. The pandemic has completely upended lives across the planet, restricting movement, shutting schools and forcing millions to work from home. While President …

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