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US to donate ventilators to India to fight COVID-19

Washington/New Delhi: The US will donate ventilators to India to treat the COVID-19 patients and help it fight the “invisible enemy”, President Donald Trump has announced, as he underlined the close bilateral ties and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi his “good friend”. Responding to Trump’s tweet and remarks, Modi on Saturday said in times of global health crisis caused by …

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‘Frustrated’ Trump says he doesn’t want to talk to Xi Jinping right now

Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that he does not want to talk to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping right now, expressing his displeasure at Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak which has spread across the world, killing over 300,000 people. The US has expressed disappointment over China’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed 87,530 lives in …

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UK PM rules out freezing public sector workers pay

London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied reports that the government will be freezing public sector workers pay as part of a string of measures to foot the coronavirus bill. He reportedly told around 125 backbench Conservative MPs on a conference call on Friday that there would be no return to austerity to cover the 300 billion pound cost …

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OCI card holders in US voice frustration over India’s travel restrictions

Washington: Indian-Americans holding OCI cards, mostly their parents, have voiced frustration over the Indian government’s recent decision to temporarily put in abeyance their long term visa amidst the coronavirus-linked global travel restrictions. The OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) card is issued to the people of Indian-origin, allowing them a visa-free travel in most of the cases. It also gives them …

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Covid-19 sniffer dogs — UK’s latest idea to tackle spread of virus

London: The UK government on Saturday launched trials for specially-trained “Covid dogs” that may be able to detect coronavirus in humans, even before symptoms appear, as part of a new research. The trials will establish whether these dogs could be used as a potential new non-invasive, early warning measure to detect coronavirus in the future. Researchers at the London School …

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India part of US’ 18-point plan holding China responsible for COVID-19 cover-up

PTI Washington A top US senator has unveiled an 18-point plan, including enhancing military ties with India, to hold the Chinese government accountable for its “lies, deception, and cover-ups” that ultimately led to the global Covid-19 pandemic. The prominent suggestions are moving manufacturing chain from China and deepening military-strategic ties India, Vietnam and Taiwan. “The Chinese government maliciously covered up …

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Quarter of people dead in England due to COVID-19 were diabetics

Prasun Sonwalkar | HT London The first breakdown of underlying health conditions among the victims of coronavirus in England shows that a quarter of 22,332 people who passed away since March 31 were diabetic, reinforcing initial data that the disease makes recovery more difficult. The data from NHS England released on Thursday shows that people with dementia or lung problems …

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Study shows hydroxychloroquine as ineffective against coronavirus

AFP Paris Treating COVID-19 patients with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) had no positive effect and caused other health complications, two new studies showed Friday. The anti-inflammatory has been touted by US President Donald Trump among others as a potential “game changer”, after initial studies in lab settings showed it may be able to prevent the virus replicating. But several …

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Pandemic brings EU-UK Brexit talks to a standstill

AP Brussels Talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom on their future relationship in the wake of Brexit have ground to a near-standstill despite the urgency for progress before a summit next month. The UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, said in a statement Friday that “we have made very little progress towards agreement on the most significant outstanding …

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Oxford University’s vaccine test on monkeys shows hope in fight against coronavirus

PTI London The UK’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine project, currently being tested by the University of Oxford, has shown some promising results in a small study with monkeys. Researchers involved with the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 trials said the vaccine had shown signs of priming the rhesus macaque monkeys’ immune systems to fend off the deadly virus and showed no indications of adverse …

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