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Singapore quarantines 20,000 migrant workers

Singapore: Singapore has told 20,000 foreign workers, a lot of them from South Asia, to stay in their dormitories for 14 days as coronavirus cases surge in the city state, it was reported on Monday. Two places are being sealed off – the S11 Dormitory at Punggol and the smaller Westlite Toh Guan dormitory, the BBC said in a report.  …

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Female tiger tests positive for coronavirus in US zoo

New York: Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after developing a dry cough, in what is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected with COVID-19 in the US, raising new questions about human-to-animal transmission of the deadly virus. The tigress, along with …

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Bangladesh curbs congregation at mosques as COVID-19 toll rises

Dhaka: Bangladesh on Monday suspended prayers for the public at mosques across the country in a bid to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus after four more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 12. “Four more people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, while another 35 cases were confirmed,” Institute …

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Queen praises heart-warming stories across Commonwealth

London: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II made a special reference to heart-warming stories coming out of different parts of the world, including the Commonwealth, during her historic address as a rallying call for resilience during the coronavirus pandemic which has killed nearly 70,000 people worldwide. The 93-year-old monarch, who is also Head of the 54-nation Commonwealth, referred to the very British …

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Americans asked to brace for ‘saddest’, ‘hardest’ week

New York: With a dire warning from Surgeon General of the US Jerome Adams, the country braced for the “saddest” week ahead even as it saw glimmers of hope in the dip in new cases and deaths in the coronavirus pandemic’s epicentre New York and an abatement in Washington state where it began. Alluding to two epochal events in the …

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Trump, Modi to ensure smooth supply of medical goods

PTI Washington US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to ensure smooth functioning of the global supply chains for critical pharmaceuticals and medical goods to fight the coronavirus pandemic and discussed the significance of Yoga and Ayurveda for the physical and mental well-being of people during the major global health crisis. A White House readout of …

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Prince Charles’s office dismisses Indian Minister’s ayurveda claim

IANS London The office of UK’s Prince Charles has dismissed a claim made by an Indian Union Minister that the British heir to the throne was cured of COVID-19 through ayurveda and homeopathy treatment from a Bengaluru-based holistic resort. Prince Charles’ office said he had only followed the medical advice of the NHS and “nothing more”.  Speaking to the media, …

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Pak cleric booked for gathering 400 people for Friday prayers

PTI Islamabad A case has been registered against a cleric in Pakistan for gathering around 400 people for Friday prayers at a prominent mosque here, despite a ban on such religious congregations imposed by the authorities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The deadly virus has infected more than 2,800 people and claimed over 40 lives in Pakistan. …

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US starts airlifting citizens from India

IANS New York The US has started airlifting American nationals from India who were stranded because of the coronavirus clampdown. The first of a series of flights was to have started on Saturday, according to an email sent by the State Department to Americans in India that was seen by IANS. The chartered planes will fly from New Delhi to …

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China donates 1,000 ventilators to New York

PTI New York China donated 1,000 ventilators to New York, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in the US, as the authorities grappled with an insufficient supply of the life saving equipment amid a surge in the number of coronavirus cases that has crossed 1,00,000 in the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday said New York had ordered 17,000 ventilators …

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