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Travel hub UAE to halt flights as virus reaches Gaza

AP Dubai The United Arab Emirates, home to the world’s busiest international airport, announced early on Monday that it was suspending all passenger and transit flights for two weeks to stymie the spread of the new coronavirus.  The announcement came a day after the first cases were reported in the Gaza Strip and Syria, where years of conflict have severely …

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Teenager becomes UK’s youngest coronavirus fatality

IANS London An 18-year-old teenager has become the UK’s youngest coronavirus fatality, bringing the overall death toll in the country to 281, according to the National Health Services (NHS). In a statement on Sunday, the NHS said that all those who died were in vulnerable groups including with underlying conditions, reports the Metro newspaper. Besides the fatalities, the UK has …

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HK bans foreign travellers, alcohol sales

IANS Hong Kong Hong Kong will halt all foreign tourist and transit arrivals to the city from Wednesday and ban the sale of alcohol at more than 8,000 bars and restaurants to contain the spread of the coronavirus, after a sudden spike in cases, with the majority of them imported. Making the announcement at a press conference on Monday, Chief …

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Coronavirus: Nepal seals borders with India, China

PTI Kathmandu The Nepal government has closed its borders with India and China for a week starting Monday, in a bid to prevent a possible outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the Himalayan nation. Although the cross-border human movement is halted till midnight of March 29, supply of goods from the countries will continue as usual, Finance Minister Yuba Raj …

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Air Canada lays off 5,000, France tries to save food supply

AP Paris The rapid spread of the coronavirus since it was first reported in China has dealt an unparalleled shock to the world economy.  Following are business developments Monday related to the outbreak as governments attempt to stabilize their economies, companies struggle to cope and millions of people face job losses and disruptions in supplies of goods and in services. …

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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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