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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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Indians Embassy in Beijing issues travel advisory for Indians travelling to China

Beijing: The Indian Embassy in Beijing on Friday issued a travel advisory for Indians travelling to China, highlighting strict screening and quarantine measures for the incoming travellers amid an increase in the number of imported coronavirus cases in the country. The Indian Embassy’s advisory came as China’s health authorities said on Friday that it received reports of 39 newly confirmed …

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Africa’s busiest airport says foreigners cannot disembark

Johannesburg: Anxiety rose in Africa’s richest nation Friday as South Africa announced coronavirus cases jumped to 202, the most in the sub-Saharan region, while the country’s largest airport announced that foreigners would not be allowed to disembark.  And state-owned South African Airways suspended all international flights until June. “The aircraft will be contained at an isolated bay with all officials …

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