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Most Brits, French, Germans would skip holiday if tests, masks involved – survey

LISBON (Reuters) – As new coronavirus travel restrictions kick in across Europe, a survey showed at least half of German, British and French travellers would rather cancel a holiday than quarantine afterwards, take a test upon arrival, or wear a mask outdoors.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:20 pm

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Anxious WHO implores world to 'do it all' in long war on COVID-19

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization warned on Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19 in the form of a perfect vaccine and that the road to normality would be long, with some countries requiring a reset of strategy.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:15 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: government tightens preventive measures as number of Covid-19 cases hits record high of 113

Hong Kong was hit by a record high of 113 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, more than half of them untraceable, as an increasingly worried government ramped up prevention measures to battle the escalating health crisis. Mandatory mask-wearing will be extended to all indoor public places from Thursday, and residents returning from the United States […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:05 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: fresh record set with 118 Covid-19 cases as city confronts risk from infected crew aboard cargo ships

Hong Kong once again set a single-day record for coronavirus infections on Thursday after 118 cases emerged, while another patient died and authorities grappled with a new threat posed by cargo ships arriving with infected crew members. More than 100 maritime workers are stuck aboard their vessels undergoing quarantine after six seamen tested positive for […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:05 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: China’s top health body pledges to support Covid-19 fight as city confirms another record-high 123 infections

China’s cabinet-level health policymaker pledged “all necessary support” for Hong Kong to fight an escalating Covid-19 crisis as the city confirmed another record-high 123 Covid-19 infections on Friday, and officials warned that hospital and quarantine facilities were fast reaching capacity.Another elderly nursing home resident with Covid-19 died, and dozens of senior citizens had to be […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:05 pm

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No book fair? No problem. Hong Kong publishers woo crowds online with special discounts, free delivery

Hong Kong publishers and booksellers have moved online in a big way, offering discounts and free delivery, after their annual trade event had to be called off because of the resurgence in Covid-19 infections.Fans of the Hong Kong Book Fair, which drew almost a million visitors last year, welcomed the promotions but said shopping online […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:05 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: city should brace for tougher social-distancing rules if situation worsens, says deputy leader

Hong Kong should brace itself for more stringent social-distancing rules if the third wave of coronavirus infections gets worse, the city’s deputy leader warned on Sunday.Among the measures could be restrictions on business hours and residents’ movements, but a full lockdown with stay-at-home orders was not on the table, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s workers have lunch in parks, construction sites, as dine-in ban kicks in amid third wave

Workers braved the rain and heat while having lunch outdoors, with some blaming the government for being “unreasonable”, as Hong Kong’s sweeping ban on dine-in services kicked in on Wednesday amid the third wave of Covid-19.Facing backlash, the government said on Wednesday evening that it would open at least one heat shelter in each of […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing to donate another HK$101 million to medical and welfare sectors amid pandemic

Retired tycoon Li Ka-shing will donate a fresh round of HK$101 million (US$13 million) to Hong Kong’s medical and welfare sectors as the city battles the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.His charity flagship, Li Ka Shing Foundation, said on Thursday that the donation would benefit more patients who fell outside the city’s social security […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:05 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: city’s first makeshift Covid-19 hospital will take in younger and healthier patients

Hong Kong’s first makeshift hospital will start to take in 500 younger and healthier Covid-19 patients on Saturday at the earliest in a bid to relieve pressure on the city’s public health system as the coronavirus crisis worsens.Hospital chiefs on Thursday unveiled details of the facility, set up at the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition centre near the […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:05 pm

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Norway's Hurtigruten halts cruises after COVID-19 outbreak

OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten is halting all its so-called expedition cruises until further notice following an outbreak of COVID-19 on one of its vessels last week, the company said on Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:55 pm

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White House, Congress face tough week of coronavirus aid talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats and Trump administration officials faced increasing pressure to come up an agreement on coronavirus aid legislation on Monday, after missing a vital deadline to extend relief benefits to tens of millions of jobless Americans.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:50 pm

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Greece makes masks compulsory on ferry decks after rise in COVID-19 cases

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will make mask-wearing compulsory on the decks of ferries sailing to its islands, extending the requirement beyond indoor public spaces, after a sudden rise in coronavirus infections that could put its crucial tourism season at risk.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:35 pm

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Nursing home’s licence revoked over lapses, including failure to comply with Covid-19 safeguards

August 03, 2020 9:00 PM SINGAPORE – A nursing home has lost its licence after failing to comply with regulatory requirements, including the taking of Covid-19 precautionary measures.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:25 pm

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Coronavirus: Dozens test positive for Covid-19 on Norwegian cruise ship

The outbreak on the MS Roald Amundsen comes just weeks after the cruise industry restarted.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 pm

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We bought an RV! Should you?

Deciding whether to buy an RV to ride out the Covid-19 pandemic? Meet some families who did just that.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:35 pm

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Covid-19 is taking elevator anxiety to the next level. This Indian tech company has a solution

Tackling concerns that the people might catch coronavirus from elevator buttons, an Indian engineer has come up with a contactless system.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:25 pm

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CAAT lifts entry ban on select foreigners

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has lifted an entry ban on four groups of foreign nationals, in line with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:05 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: officials ‘very worried’ as city struggles to control Covid-19 outbreak, logs new daily record with 133 cases

Local health officials expressed deep concern on Saturday as Hong Kong set yet another daily record with 133 new Covid-19 cases, while hospital beds inched closer to maximum capacity.The government figures marked the fourth straight day the city had topped the previous day’s tally, and two more coronavirus patients were revealed to have died.“We are […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:00 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: health experts question ‘late’ move to plug Covid-19 loopholes for seafarers and aircrew as city records another 128 infections

Hong Kong moved to plug loopholes exempting seafarers and aircrew from Covid-19 quarantine rules amid mounting criticism from health experts, as the city continued to struggle with the third wave of coronavirus infections, confirming another 128 cases on Sunday.But health experts questioned why the changes would only come into effect from Wednesday rather than immediately, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:00 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: ‘no place for complacency’ on Covid-19, health officials warn, as city records small drop in new cases

Health officials warned on Tuesday there was no room for complacency as Hong Kong confirmed another 106 coronavirus cases, a fall of more than a quarter from the previous day’s record high, while scientists fear a strain of Covid-19 circulating locally has the potential to do greater damage.The city also reported its 23rd coronavirus death […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:00 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: new pet quarantine facility to open after surge in Covid-19 among owners sees demand for services soar

Hong Kong’s animal quarantine facility has been flooded with pets whose owners either contracted Covid-19 or were close contacts, including from one household with 13 hamsters.The increased demand amid a surge in the number of patients in the city has forced the government to identify a new quarantine site in Sha Tin for the animals, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:00 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: city confirms fresh daily high of 149 new Covid-19 cases, one more death

Hong Kong’s deadliest wave of Covid-19 infections showed no signs of easing on Thursday as the city reported a new daily record of 149 cases along with another death, while the virus continued to spread in public hospitals and into an additional elderly care home.The latest figures pushed the city’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:00 pm

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Victoria declares ‘state of disaster,’ locking down millions in Melbourne to fight a soaring coronavirus outbreak

The premier of Victoria plunged the region into a “state of disaster” on Sunday, announcing even stricter lockdown measures, introducing a nightly curfew and banning virtually all trips outdoors.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:00 pm

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The UK’s troubled coronavirus response becomes more complicated

The UK’s troubled response to the Covid-19 pandemic became even more confused on Monday, as government guidance seemingly at odds with itself rolls out across England, pushing the four nations of the UK further apart.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:50 pm

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Vietnam reports 21 new coronavirus infections

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam reported 21 more novel coronavirus infections late on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 642.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:45 pm

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Joint fintech and innovation festival returns in December with focus on people and firms that overcome the Covid-19 challenge

August 03, 2020 7:30 PM SINGAPORE – A global festival for professionals in the fintech and deeptech industries will return to Singapore in December 2020, in a format that will allow participants to attend events, both digital and physical, whenever and wherever they are.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:40 pm

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Men’s Wearhouse owner files for bankruptcy as pandemic torpedoes suit sales

Tailored Brands, which owns Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, has filed for bankruptcy, becoming the latest US retail casualty of the coronavirus pandemic that wiped out demand for office attire.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:30 pm

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What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, August 3

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:30 pm

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The countries set to be hardest hit by Covid-19’s impact on tourism

According to data from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), two Spanish-speaking destinations are most vulnerable to declining tourism, with a European tourist favorite close behind

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:30 pm

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Long-term complications of COVID-19 signals billions in healthcare costs ahead

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Late in March, Laura Gross, 72, was recovering from gall bladder surgery in her Fort Lee, New Jersey, home when she became sick again.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:25 pm

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Next big COVID-19 treatment may be manufactured antibodies

(Reuters) – As the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, the next big advance in battling the pandemic could come from a class of biotech therapies widely used against cancer and other disorders – antibodies designed specifically to attack this new virus.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:25 pm

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Coronavirus: Melbourne lockdown to keep a million workers at home

The Australian city announces further business closures as it struggles to contain the coronavirus.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:20 pm

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Colleges need to test for Covid-19 frequently to keep campuses open this fall, study says

If college campuses want to remain open this fall, it may take frequent screening of college students, according to a modeling study published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:20 pm

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Noor Hisham: Non-compliance of Home Surveillance Order led to widespread Covid-19 infections

PETALING JAYA: The non-compliance of the Home Surveillance Order (HSO) has led to a widespread transmission of Covid-19 infections, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:05 pm

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Amazing travel photos from the year we couldn’t travel

In the year when the coronavirus pandemic confined us to our homes, travel photographers were still documenting the planet beyond our reach. See amazing images from 2020 and journey the world through pictures.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:05 pm

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PM Phúc stresses need for international cooperation in fight against COVID-19

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc sent a video message to a teleconference of health ministers from the Western Pacific region hosted by World Health Organisation on Wednesday, with a focus on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:00 pm

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong restaurant owners scramble to cope with government’s U-turn on dine in, as workers are allowed to have lunch indoors

Hong Kong restaurant operators could barely cope with the government’s U-turn on social-distancing rules as workers across the city were offered access to indoor lunch amid a heatstroke warning on Thursday.On Wednesday, blue-collar workers were found braving rain and heatwave, and taking shelter in parks, shopping malls and under bridges to have their lunch. But […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:00 pm

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Coronavirus: researchers from Hong Kong, Macau hope to start clinical trials of vaccine in months

Researchers from Hong Kong and Macau have developed a vaccine for the coronavirus and hope to start clinical trials within months, aiming to reserve eight million doses for residents of the two cities once it is ready.The team has developed a vaccine which stops a key part of the infection process by preventing the coronavirus […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:50 pm

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Sivagangga cluster: Six roadblocks mounted in Kubang Pasu district

KUBANG PASU (Bernama): Police have mounted six roadblocks in the Kubang Pasu district as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 linked to the Sivagangga cluster.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:35 pm

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In much of the US, progress made in the Covid-19 fight has turned into progress lost

Much of the gains made during painful economic shutdowns have been erased after an abysmal July. Now the race is on to try to rein in Covid-19 before more classrooms reopen — and before more states might have to shut down again.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:35 pm

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5 things to know for August 3: Coronavirus, schools, election 2020, stimulus, TikTok

Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:30 pm

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School year for 2021 to begin on Jan 20

KUALA LUMPUR: The new school year for 2021 will begin on Jan 20, a date much later than the usual period after taking into consideration the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, says the Education Ministry.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:25 pm

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Indonesia 2Q GDP seen shrinking 4.61% on-yr, weakest since 1999

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s economy likely posted the biggest contraction in more than two decades in the second quarter, as measures taken to combat the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic hit most sectors, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:15 pm

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Covid-19: S'wak reports no new cases for three consecutive days

KUCHING: Sarawak reported zero Covid-19 cases on Monday (Aug 3), the third consecutive day with no new infections.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:15 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: Covid-19 total exceeds 3,000 with 118 new infections, one related death as new hotline service launched

Hong Kong has registered a triple-digit rise of Covid-19 cases for the eighth day running to push its total above 3,000, as the government revealed new strategies to help save hospitals from coronavirus overload and the city’s toughest social-distancing measures to date took effect.More health and care settings were caught up in the escalating crisis […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:05 pm

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Heartbreaking, utterly shameful, and a dark stain on city’s reputation: Covid-19 restaurant ban exposed disconnect between politicians and public

Hong Kong’s reputation as a fast-paced city took on a new meaning this week with the government’s unexpected U-turn over its ban on eating in restaurants – a day after it went into effect.The rule, which was supposed to end on August 4, was widely perceived to be draconian, as it affected mostly manual labourers.Soon […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:05 pm

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Coronavirus: suspected carrier leaves Hong Kong home, sparking citywide police hunt

A Hongkonger, who is believed to have tested positive for the coronavirus and was waiting for hospital admission, left home for more than two hours on Thursday night, sparking a citywide police search.Officers were called to Peace Garden in Ho Man Tin at 11.45pm when a security guard saw the woman, wearing a surgical mask, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:05 pm

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Domestic Tourists Targeted for Laos as International Arrivals Plummet

International tourist arrivals in Laos during the first six months of this year have dropped sixty percent compared to the same period last year. Laos confirmed its first case of Covid-19 on 24 March, going into full lockdown on 30 March, with measures prohibiting residents from leaving their homes except for essential tasks. International and […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:00 pm

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Covid-19: Two new cases bring total infections to 9,001, death toll remains at 125

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia reported two new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Aug 3), bringing the total infections in the country to 9,001.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:30 pm

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Covid-19: Current situation in Malaysia (updated daily)

Get the latest update in the numbers of Covid-19 in Malaysia and related information here!

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:15 pm

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Markets mostly down as virus forces new lockdowns

Asian and European markets mostly fell Monday with sentiment depressed by a spike in coronavirus infections that has forced fresh lockdowns and sparked worries about the impact on the world economy.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:10 pm

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A 28-year-old woman received the first known double-lung transplant in the US after battling Covid-19

Mayra Ramirez says she was careful about following every health precaution she could before the day she was admitted to a Chicago hospital with coronavirus symptoms.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:10 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: two areas in east Kowloon emerging as new Covid-19 clusters, Post finds, while government ‘mulls partial lockdown’

Choi Hung and Kwun Tong in eastern Kowloon have emerged as new Covid-19 clusters in Hong Kong with the number of confirmed cases there climbing, the Post has found, while sources said the government was considering a “partial lockdown” in high-risk areas to contain the city’s third wave of infections. The growing trend for coronavirus […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:00 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: free Covid-19 tests for residents as mainland Chinese clinical teams head to city

Free Covid-19 testing will be made available to Hong Kong’s 7.5 million residents and about 60 clinical technicians from mainland China will be sent to help, with seven set to arrive on Sunday.Four health advisers, however, suggested at a government meeting on Saturday that testing should focus on high-risk groups, rather than across the city, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:00 pm

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From Singapore to India, urban farms sprout up as coronavirus leaves Bollywood celebrities with thyme on their hands

As the coronavirus ravages economies, forces countries into lockdowns and empties supermarket shelves, millions of people across Asia have been forced to put their former lifestyles on hold. But amid all the destruction, one pastime has just kept on growing: gardening.In the half a year since the virus first came to public attention, urban farming […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:00 pm

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Curfew in Melbourne as global virus cases top 18m: Virus update

MELBOURNE: Australia’s second-largest city started a six-week curfew and the Philippine capital was ordered back into lockdown, as the number of global coronavirus cases on Monday topped 18 million.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:45 pm

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China’s factories are growing at the strongest pace in nearly a decade. But weakness remains

Activity at China’s factories just grew at the fastest pace in nearly a decade, signaling that the country’s economic recovery is continuing to pick up momentum. But analysts warn that the coronavirus pandemic’s grip on much of the world is still leaving room for weakness in the second largest economy.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:45 pm

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Russia reports more than 5,300 new coronavirus cases

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia reported 5,394 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, pushing its national tally to 856,264, the fourth largest in the world.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:30 pm

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Oil falls on fears of glut as Opec+ set to boost output

TOKYO: Oil prices fell on Monday on oversupply worries as Opec and its allies are set to wind back output cuts in August and a rise in worldwide COVID-19 cases points to a slower pick-up in demand.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:15 pm

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Lightening the mood: in among all the coronavirus doom and gloom, connecting online for dinner and a movie can go a long way to relieving the stress

As the world continues to battle the coronavirus and Hong Kong fights a third wave of infections, it’s not been easy to stay calm, especially after the government imposed more stringent social-distancing measures.Some of us feel the need to stay informed on events related to the pandemic. You may be keeping an eye on the […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:00 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: record 145 Covid-19 cases trigger toughest preventive measures yet

Key points:• Gatherings in public will be tightened from four to two people, but members of the same family are exempted• No dining inside restaurants, except for exempted establishments such as eateries at public hospitals• All residents, except those aged two or under, must wear masks in public outdoor places. No exemptions for exercising or […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:00 pm

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Hong Kong Covid-19 third wave: do you need to wear a mask if you exercise outdoors … or should you exercise at all?

Hong Kong expanded compulsory mask-wearing rules to cover all public areas, as part of the strictest social-distancing measures unveiled by the government on Monday.“Residents should wear masks to protect themselves and everyone around them,” Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said at an afternoon press conference announcing the ramped-up rules.Top trail runners urge Hongkongers to wear […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:00 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: officials scrap coronavirus-related ban on eating in restaurants after just 24 hours

Hong Kong’s all-day ban on eating at restaurants will last just 48 hours, after the government caved in to public pressure on Thursday and reversed a decision made following a spike in Covid-19 cases.The U-turn came as the city registered another record-high 149 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, the ninth straight day of triple-digit rises, pushing […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:00 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: city’s Covid-19 social-distancing measures set to be extended after recent spike in cases

Social-distancing measures that limit public gatherings in Hong Kong to two people and ban restaurant dining-in services between 6pm and 5am will be extended, sources say, as the city recorded another six Covid-19 deaths – the most in one day – and reported 125 new cases.The rule requiring the wearing of masks in public would […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:00 pm

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226 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including prison inmate and 9 imported

August 03, 2020 3:35 PM The prison inmate is on a short-term visit pass and had arrived in Singapore before the implementation of border measures.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:00 pm

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Number of people allowed at selected religious sites doubled to 100 from Aug 7 as MCCY eases Covid-19 rules

August 03, 2020 3:47 PM SINGAPORE – Twelve religious organisations, including mosques, Hindu temples, churches, Buddhist temples, and gurdwaras, will be allowed to hold gatherings of up to 100 people from Friday (Aug 7), according to new rules announced by the Government on Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:00 pm

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260 employees in Georgia school district have tested positive for Covid-19 or been exposed

Georgia’s largest school district has confirmed that around 260 employees have either tested positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:00 pm

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As more go hungry and malnutrition persists, achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 in doubt, UN report warns

Rome – More people are going hungry, an annual study by the United Nations has found. Tens of millions have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished over the past five years, and countries around the world continue to struggle with multiple forms of malnutrition. The latest edition of the State of Food Security and […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:00 pm

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Australia to introduce pandemic leave disaster payment, PM says

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will introduce a pandemic leave payment for workers who have run out of sick leave but need to be quarantined because they have been directed to stay at home due to the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:45 pm

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Australia imposes strict new virus measures in Victoria as early successes unravel

About 5 million people in Australia’s second-most populous city Melbourne are contending with some of the harshest restrictions ever imposed on the city, after authorities declared a “state of disaster” on Sunday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:40 pm

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Racehorse owners chafing at the bit for tracks to reopen

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Horse owners on Monday petitioned the government to allow the reopening of racetracks throughout the country, which were all closed about five months ago because of the spread of Covid-19.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:30 pm

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Critics are accusing the Philippines government of using the coronavirus lockdown to crack down on dissent

Questioning the world’s toughest coronavirus restrictions can be a risky business in the Philippines.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:25 pm

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Coronavirus: How the travel downturn is sending jet planes to ‘boneyards’

Amid the pandemic, commercial air fleets are grounded in some of the world’s most remote locations.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:15 pm

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Vietnam virus pummels factories in Danang epicentre

HANOI: A novel coronavirus outbreak that began in the Vietnamese city of Danang more than a week ago has spread to at least four city factories with a combined workforce of about 3,700, state media reported on Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:05 pm

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HSBC profits hammered by pandemic and soaring US-China tensions

HONG KONG: HSBC on Monday said profits for the first half of 2020 plunged by 69% year on year as the banking giant was hammered by the coronavirus pandemic and spiralling China-US tensions.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:45 pm

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Australia's Victoria state orders large parts of economy to close

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s second most populous state will close retail shops, limit construction projects and curtail manufacturing around the city of Melbourne in order to slow the spread of coronavirus, the state premier said on Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:45 pm

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Vietnam PM says early Aug 'decisive time' to avert large-scale virus spread

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Monday that early August would a decisive period for preventing a large-scale spread of the coronavirus, state broadcaster VTV reported, after a reemergence of the virus after more than three months.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:30 pm

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NTUC will work to protect workers amid Covid-19, but be prepared for retrenchments and cutbacks: Ng Chee Meng

August 03, 2020 2:00 PM “This year has been a year like no other. We are amidst great change and upheaval,” said the NTUC secretary-general in his National Day message.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:30 pm

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3 new Covid imports, but 10 weeks since last local transmission

Thailand on Monday reported three new imported coronavirus cases, for an accumulated total of 3,320. The death toll remained at 58.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:20 pm

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Gold soars to record high as virus fears lift safe-haven demand

BENGALURU: Gold prices surged to an all-time high on Monday as fears about the economic fallout from rising COVID-19 cases boosted demand for the safe-haven metal, although gains were capped by an uptick in the U.S. dollar.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:15 pm

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Vietnam virus outbreak hits factories employing thousands in Danang epicentre

HANOI (Reuters) – The coronavirus outbreak that began in the central city of Danang more than a week ago has spread to at least four factories in the city with a combined workforce of around 3,700, state media reported on Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:05 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: struggling catering sector calls for HK$8 billion government bailout as restaurant ban looms amid Covid-19 crisis

Hong Kong’s struggling catering sector has called on the government to dish out HK$8 billion (US$1.03 billion) in handouts to rescue hard-hit restaurants, with a sweeping ban on dine-in services to take effect on Wednesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.An industry leader warned that without further financial aid from the government, thousands of operators might go […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:00 pm

Source: SCMP

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Hong Kong needs citywide coronavirus testing, China’s ‘Sars hero’ Zhong Nanshan says

China’s top respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan has urged the Hong Kong government to carry out citywide Covid-19 testing to contain its third wave of local infections.Hong Kong registered a triple-digit rise in Covid-19 cases for the eighth day running on Wednesday, pushing its total infections over 3,000 since its first coronavirus outbreak in late […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:00 pm

Source: SCMP

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Hong Kong third wave: mainland Chinese personnel to help conduct mass Covid-19 testing in Hong Kong

Personnel from mainland China will come to Hong Kong to help conduct mass Covid-19 testing, it was revealed on Friday night, as the city confirmed another 121 coronavirus cases, the tenth straight day of triple-digit increases in infections.The central government answered a request from the city and would send workers to carry out Covid-19 tests […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:00 pm

Source: SCMP

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Hong Kong third wave: 115 new Covid-19 cases emerge and elderly patient dies

Daily coronavirus infections in Hong Kong continued to stretch into the triple digits as 115 cases emerged on Sunday, while an elderly man became the city’s 34th fatality of the pandemic.But none of the infections were imported, the first time since June 16 that arrivals were not part of the daily tally, an absence that […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:00 pm

Source: SCMP

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Hong Kong third wave: officials to prioritise next round of testing for Covid-19 as first experts from mainland China arrive to help with fight

Hong Kong will prioritise testing groups deemed at high risk of contracting the coronavirus, including the elderly, as the first group of medical experts arrived from mainland China to help with free screening of every resident in the city.The assistance comes as local authorities battle the most severe wave of infections yet, with another 115 […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:00 pm

Source: SCMP

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No one is immune to coronavirus, expert says, with infections rising in both rural and urban communities

The US has entered a “new phase” of the coronavirus pandemic, a top expert says, with cases rising in both urban and rural areas.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:00 pm

Source: CNN

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More than 150 countries engaged in COVID-19 vaccine global access facility

Seventy-five countries submit expressions of interest to COVAX Facility, joining up to 90 further countries which could be supported by the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) The COVAX Facility, and the AMC within it, is designed to guarantee rapid, fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for every country in the world, rich and poor, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:00 pm

Source: WHO

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HSBC profits plunge 65% as the pandemic continues to batter its business

HSBC posted a 65% drop in profit in its first-half 2020 results Monday as the bank continues to be weighed down by the effects of the coronavirus crisis and falling interest rates around the world.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:50 pm

Source: CNN

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Thailand logs 3 new Covid imports Monday

Thailand on Monday reported three new imported coronavirus cases, for an accumulated total of 3,320. The death toll remained at 58.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:40 pm

Source: BANGKOKPOST

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7-Eleven owner is buying Marathon Petroleum’s Speedway gas stations for $21 billion

The Japanese owner of 7-Eleven is buying the Speedway chain of gas stations in one of the biggest acquisitions in the world since the coronavirus pandemic hit this year.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:40 pm

Source: CNN

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Quality foreign education in pandemic times

THE Covid-19 pandemic has to be the first widespread pandemic in the modern era to have disrupted progress at all levels across the entire globe.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:30 pm

Source: THESTAR

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Singapore to make travellers wear electronic tags to enforce quarantine

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore will make some incoming travellers wear an electronic monitoring device to ensure that they comply with coronavirus quarantines as the city-state gradually reopens its borders, authorities said on Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:30 pm

Source: THESTAR

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Hong Kong denies mass virus tests are bid to harvest DNA

Hong Kong denied plans to harvest residents’ DNA as part of a China-backed coronavirus-testing blitz, as deep political mistrust further complicates the city’s efforts to contain its worst outbreak ever.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:25 pm

Source: BANGKOKPOST

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Thailand logs 3 new Covid cases Monday

Thailand on Monday reported three new imported coronavirus cases, for an accumulated total of 3,320. The death toll remained at 58.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:25 pm

Source: BANGKOKPOST

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National Wages Council to reconvene this year amid Covid-19’s rising toll on Singapore jobs

August 03, 2020 12:54 PM SINGAPORE – The National Wages Council (NWC) will reconvene this year as the Covid-19 pandemic takes a toll on the labour market.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:15 pm

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Hong Kong elections: will Legislative Council polls be postponed, and who stands to gain?

The clock is ticking as Hong Kong’s leader decides whether to hold the Legislative Council elections in early September as promised, or delay them due to the escalating coronavirus pandemic.On Tuesday, sources said Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor met ministers and close advisers to discuss the possibility of pushing back the polls, but no […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:05 pm

Source: SCMP

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August 2 coronavirus news

The coronavirus pandemic has brought countries to a standstill. In many places, as countries reopen, Covid-19 cases are on the rise. Follow here for the latest.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:05 pm

Source: CNN

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FAQs on travelling to Việt Nam during the coronavirus pandemic

As the novel coronavirus pandemic spreads and impacts the entire planet, many countries have issued entry and travel restrictions, including Việt Nam.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:00 pm

Source: VIETNAMNEWS

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Philippines sees record jump in COVID-19 cases as govt plans new strategy

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippines reported nearly 4,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, a record daily jump in infections for the fourth time this month, just as President Rodrigo Duterte prepared to announce a major shift in his government’s COVID-19 response. The rising numbers could spell trouble for the Philippines’ healthcare system at a […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:00 pm

Source: INTELLASIA

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India reports 52,972 new coronavirus infections

BENGALURU (Reuters) – India reported 52,972 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1.8 million, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 12:50 pm

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Hong Kong third wave: death toll climbs as source says new hospital to be built near city’s airport

A 83-year-old Covid-19 patient died on Monday morning, bringing Hong Kong’s coronavirus-related death toll to 36.The news came as a source said land next to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition centre, near the city’s airport, had been chosen as the site of a second temporary hospital.Monday’s death involved a man who lived at Kong Tai Care for […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 12:25 pm

Source: SCMP

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The latest on the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has brought countries to a standstill. In many places, as countries reopen, Covid-19 cases are on the rise. Follow here for the latest.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 12:15 pm

Source: CNN

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tests positive for Covid-19

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for Covid-19, the team announced in a statement Sunday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 12:15 pm

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Army confirms US training plans shelved after Covid outbreak

The defence ministry has confirmed that Thailand has suspended plans for the army to undertake joint training with the US military after nine Thai soldiers tested positive for coronavirus upon returning from Hawaii.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 12:10 pm

Source: BANGKOKPOST

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Manila returns to stricter lockdown; stocks fall

MANILA: The Philippines will put its capital Manila back on a stricter lockdown starting Tuesday as coronavirus cases surged more than fivefold after curbs were eased in June. Stocks slumped.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 12:05 pm

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Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 509 to 210,402 – RKI

BERLIN (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 509 to 210,402, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:50 am

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China sends first Covid-19 medical testing team to Hong Kong

Local councillors fear China could use the trip to collect DNA samples for surveillance purposes.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:30 am

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Game sales in China surge 22.3% in first half of 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic

Sales of games in China surged to US$19.9bil in the first half the year, 22.3% higher than the same period last year. Home-grown games continue to dominate the market, but are seeing faster growth overseas as China’s market gets saturated.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:25 am

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Weak start to August for Bursa, gold at record high

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia started August on a cautious note on Monday, in line with the mixed Asian markets as the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic continues and amid US-China tensions.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:20 am

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Villar clarifies: ‘Work harder’ statement not aimed at frontliners

Intellasia East Asia News Senator Cynthia Villar on Sunday clarified her earlier statement and said that it was government leaders and not medical frontliners who need to work harder against the spread of COVID-19. Villar received backlash after commenting on the health professionals’ request to revert Metro Manila back to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:15 am

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Duterte reverts NCR, nearby areas to MECQ beginning Tuesday, August 4

Intellasia East Asia News President Rodrigo Duterte has placed Metro Manila and other high-risk areas back to a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status for 15 days, that will take effect on Tuesday, August 4, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continuing threat. On Sunday night’s televised briefing, Duterte said the National Capital Region, Bulacan, and […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:15 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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Philippines to reimpose stricter coronavirus lockdown in capital as cases spike

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippines will reimpose a stricter coronavirus lockdown in and around the capital for two weeks from Tuesday, authorities said on Sunday, as the country struggles to contain infections that have jumped to more than 100,000 cases. President Rodrigo Duterte has approved placing Metro Manila and nearby provinces such as Laguna, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:15 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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Philippines to update COVID-19 strategy as healthcare workers seek ‘timeout’

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippines’ health department vowed on Sunday to update its game plan against COVID-19 within a week and sought to beef up the healthcare workforce in the capital Manila, where medical frontliners are calling for reviving strict lockdowns. The Southeast Asian country on Saturday reported 4,963 additional coronavirus infections, the largest […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:15 am

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Can pets catch Covid-19? Hong Kong’s City University begins testing animals for coronavirus amid owners’ concerns

City University of Hong Kong is offering Covid-19 testing for animals, as a rising number of pet owners have been caught up in the city’s worsening outbreak.Its veterinary diagnostic laboratory began a pilot testing scheme last Monday, with samples being collected by local veterinarians. These are the same Covid-19 tests used for humans, said Professor […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:05 am

Source: SCMP

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WHO and partners to help more than 1 billion people quit tobacco to reduce risk of COVID-19

GENEVA — A new Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco aims to help the world’s 1.3 billion tobacco users quit. Stopping smoking is more important than ever as evidence reveals that smokers are more likely than non-smokers to have severe outcomes from COVID-19. The project gives people free access to nicotine replacement therapy and to Florence, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:05 am

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WHO and UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19

WHO and UNICEF call for immediate efforts to vaccinate all children as new data shows that, before the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine coverage stalled at 85 per cent for nearly a decade, with 14 million unvaccinated infants yearly

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:05 am

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Laos Updates Covid-19 Prevention Measures, Grounds Charter Flights

The government of Laos released an update on Covid-19 prevention measures yesterday, extending current measures and instituting a ban on international charter flights. Covid-19 prevention measures in place since July will continue until 31 August, including the closure of entertainment venues such as karaoke bars, nightclubs, and internet cafes. The issuance of tourist visas for […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:01 am

Source: LAOTIANTIMES

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Cambodia confirms Chikungunya virus outbreak in 12 provinces, sickening over 1,000 people

Cambodia confirmed on Saturday an outbreak of Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in 12 provinces, sickening more than 1,000 people, according to Health Ministry’s secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine. The post Cambodia confirms Chikungunya virus outbreak in 12 provinces, sickening over 1,000 people appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:01 am


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New quarantine classifications to be announced on July 30 Palace

Intellasia East Asia News President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce on Thursday the updated quarantine classifications of areas, a day after the number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases breached 85,000 as predicted by experts. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the government’s pandemic task force already has recommendations but some local governments are […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:00 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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Philippines appeals to China for priority with vaccine

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippines has reached out to China for help in managing its response to the coronavirus pandemic in the face of rising numbers of infections. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that a few days ago he asked President Xi Jinping to allow his country to be among the first to receive […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:00 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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380 illegals deported back to Philippines, 57 stranded M’sians return home

Intellasia East Asia News Some 380 Filipino illegal immigrants were deported to their home country after they were screened for Covid-19. National Security Council Sabah director Sharifah Sitti Saleha Habib said on Wednesday (July 29) that the deportees were sent back on a ferry via Sandakan port to Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines. She […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:00 am

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Philippines: Red Cross urges greater vigilance as COVID-19 cases fill hospitals

Intellasia East Asia News Red Cross is urging everyone in the Philippines to be even more vigilant as COVID-19 cases continue to jump by more than a thousand each day following the easing of quarantine restrictions. More than 80,000 people in the country have tested positive to COVID-19, with a record number of 2,539 cases […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:00 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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COVID-19 cases in Philippines now over 85,000 with 1,874 new infections

Intellasia East Asia News The country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caseload climbed past 85,000 Wednesday after 1,874 new infections were added to the national tally. To date, the novel coronavirus has infected 85,486 people in the Philippines since a case was first reported in late January. Of the total confirmed infections, 56,528 were active cases or […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:00 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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After Duterte plea, China says it will prioritise Philippines’ vaccine needs

Intellasia East Asia News China said it would give priority access to the Philippines once it successfully develops a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Beijing gave its assurance after President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned in his fifth State of the Nation Address that he “made a plea” to Chinese President Xi Jinping to prioritise the […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:00 am

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Incheon mulls airport tax hike to cover loss from Covid-19

Incheon International Airport Corp (IIAC) is considering a hike in passenger service charge (PSC), known as airport tax, and send employees on leave of absence as it is projected to post its first annual loss in 17 years this year due to a plunge in air travel amid virus pandemic.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 11:00 am

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Incheon airport mulls airport tax hike to cover massive loss from Covid-19

Incheon International Airport Corp (IIAC) is considering a hike in passenger service charge (PSC), known as airport tax, and send employees on leave of absence as it is projected to post its first annual loss in 17 years this year due to a plunge in air travel amid virus pandemic.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:40 am

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Covid-19: GPS device for travellers to Singapore on stay-home notice outside of facilities

August 03, 2020 10:16 AM From Aug 10, 11.59pm, such travellers will have to wear an electronic monitoring device throughout the 14-day stay-home period.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:25 am

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‘Duterte’s SONA had no plans for the urban poor’

Intellasia East Asia News The urban poor are the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines, advocates say, and President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address expressed no plans to pull them from what advocates called the epicenter of the pandemic. “Urban poor communities are in the epicenter of the crisis. […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:00 am

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Pandemic leaves vulnerable Filipinos more prone to exploitation, CHR says

Intellasia East Asia News The COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the livelihoods of people rendered many Filipinos more vulnerable to exploitation, the Commission on Human Rights said on the observance of World Day against Trafficking in Persons. CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia noted that the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with quarantine protocols “exacerbated the plight […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:00 am

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Palace vows ‘invigorated’ COVID-19 response

Intellasia East Asia News Megafacility occupancy rate in danger zone DOH The government’s measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic would be “invigorated” by further expanding testing efforts and building more isolation facilities, Malacanang vowed yesterday, as the health department warned that occupancy rate in megafacilities in Metro Manila is now in the “danger zone.” […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:00 am

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Riding the wave of unprecedented economic change today

Intellasia East Asia News The influx of bleak economic scenarios in this COVID-19-ravaged world has been increasing in social media these days. As doomsayers affirm, big corporations and small businesses are filing insolvency left and right. Perhaps it is unavoidable and the powerless might not overcome it. Businesses perceive that the real root of the […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:00 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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House probe urged into COVID-19 Bilibid deaths

Intellasia East Asia News Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc of the House of Representatives on Thursday called for a legislative inquiry into the COVID-19 fatalities among New Bilibid Prison inmates. Six members of the Makabayan bloc, led by Rep. Carlos Zarate (Bayan Muna party-list), filed Resolution No. 1075, urging the House’s Committee on Justice to […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 10:00 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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Lawyer, two others in legal bid to stop Sabah state election

KOTA KINABALU: A lawyer and two businesswomen have filed for a judicial review to stop the Sabah state elections in view of the current Covid-19 threat.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:55 am

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Property deals expected to fall 10 per cent in August, with second-hand home sales plunging by a fifth, as Covid-19 risk rattles buyers, sellers

Property transactions in Hong Kong may drop by about a 10th in August, with second-hand home sales leading the way with a 20 per cent plunge, as a third wave of Covid-19 infections deters buyers, according to real estate analysts.The total number of deals – new and lived-in homes, commercial and retail property – is […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:50 am

Source: SCMP

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Nexus leads the way with first-class IBDP results

WHEN Covid-19 first hit Malaysia, schools were ordered to close and students had to attend classes online to continue their education. 

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:30 am

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Laos Borders Remain Closed to Foreign Visitors

The government of Laos has chosen to keep its borders closed to foreign visitors, with testing and medical certification required before travelers can exit the country to ensure it remains free of Covid-19. Following the case of a Myanmar national who tested positive for Covid-19 after exiting Laos, the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:01 am

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DOH: Philippines’ policy on recovered patients backed by science, done in other countries

Intellasia East Asia News The new protocol of declaring as recovered mild and asymptomatic coronavirus patients after completing 14-day quarantines is based on scientific evidence and is being done in other countries, the Department of Health said Friday. This came after the department announced Thursday 38,075 additional COVID-19 survivorsthe biggest increase in recoveries in a […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 am

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Philippines extends coronavirus restrictions, makes vaccine pledge

Intellasia East Asia News Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday extended novel coronavirus restrictions in the capital, Manila, until mid-August and said the country would be given priority in supplies if China made a breakthrough with a vaccine. The Philippines this month recorded Southeast Asia’s biggest daily jump in coronavirus deaths and biggest single-day increase […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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Duterte: Poor Filipinos first-takers of COVID-19 vaccine once available

Intellasia East Asia News President Rodrigo Duterte said the beneficiaries of cash assistance from the government and the sick will be among the first to receive coronavirus vaccines once they become available in the market. Duterte, who is pinning hopes on coronavirus vaccines developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firms, asked the public for patience, saying he […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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China vows to prioritise Philippines’ request for vaccine access

Intellasia East Asia News China will first consider the Philippines’ request for access to successful coronavirus vaccines, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a daily briefing on Tuesday. “Since the COVID-19 outbreak, China and the Philippines have been helping and supporting each other in the efforts to fight the pandemic, attesting to the […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 am

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Filipinos divided on returning to work if lockdown were to end survey

Intellasia East Asia News As the government relentlessly pushes for the reopening of the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a national survey released Friday found that only a little over half of working Filipinos would be comfortable returning to work even if lockdown measures were to be lifted. The Social Weather Stations conducted the national […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 am

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Economy ‘starting to recover’ from pandemic devastation Dominguez

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippine economy already bottomed out and is showing signs of recovery from the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns that crippled businesses, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said on Friday. “The economy actually is already beginning to recover. We already hit the lowest part of the economy which is […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 am

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Philippines sets aside P20-B to vaccinate 20-M vs COVID-19

Intellasia East Asia News Faced with a resurgence of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), the Philippines is looking ahead and allotting P20 billion to be among the first-takers of vaccines for the deadly disease once they are approved for use by December, officials said on Friday. The plan is for the government to spearhead the vaccination of […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 am

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Coronavirus cases in Philippines cross 93,000 as deaths hit 2,023

Intellasia East Asia News The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines rose to 93,354a dire milestoneafter over 4,000 additional cases were added to the national tally Friday. The Department of Health reported 4,063 new casesthe country’s highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases. The day before, 3,954 additional cases were logged. Metro Manila was […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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Coronavirus: Tracking new outbreaks in the sewers

Around 15,000 new cases of the disease have been reported in Spain in the past week.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 am

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Kashmir’s open-air classes offer stunning solution to lockdown

Open-air schools provide a welcome respite from Covid-19 restrictions in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 am

Source: BCCI

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US entering ‘different’ phase of coronavirus outbreak

Top medical adviser Deborah Birx says the virus is affecting rural communities as well as cities.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 9:00 am

Source: BCCI

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#WhereCodeMeetsCare

WITH the Covid-19 pandemic causing many to be unemployed, current and future working professionals need to reskill or upskill to remain relevant in their respective fields. 

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:50 am

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Latin America see coronavirus records tumble as cases near five million

BUENOS AIRES/ASUNCION/BOGOTA (Reuters) – Argentina broke past 200,000 COVID-19 cases on Sunday and Colombia set a daily record as grim milestones topple in Latin America, pushing the world’s worst affected region towards a combined 5 million cases.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:30 am

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Lord & Taylor files for bankruptcy protection

Becoming the latest of many retailers to declare bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic, department store Lord & Taylor has filed for Chapter 11.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:15 am

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WHO Director-General pays tribute to Spain’s sacrifices and leadership to confront COVID-19

World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today joined the leadership of Spain, paying homage to those who have lost their lives in the country due to COVID-19, saluting the heroic efforts of heath workers and praising the government’s resolute and robust response to reverse the virus’s transmission. “It is with great respect that […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 8:00 am

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Vietnam reports one new local coronavirus case, tally at 621

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s health ministry on Monday reported one new local coronavirus case linked to the recent outbreak in central city Danang, bringing the country’s total tally to 621 infections.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:45 am

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Nigerians’ double blow: Currency woes and Covid-19

Three business owners explain how they are weathering the economic fallout.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:45 am

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Global report: Philippines ‘losing battle’ as WHO records biggest jump in Covid-19 cases

Intellasia East Asia News Senior doctors in the Philippines have pleaded with the government to impose a strict lockdown in the capital Manila or risk losing the battle to contain the spread of coronavirus. As the World Health Organization recorded the highest daily number of new cases so far during the pandemic, the medics said […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:10 am

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‘Losing battle’: Philippine doctors, nurses urge new COVID-19 lockdowns

Intellasia East Asia News Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday ordered his coronavirus task force to address the concerns of more than a million doctors and nurses who called for reviving strict lockdowns after a third day of record infections. But the government cast doubt on the request of the frontline healthcare workers to revive […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:10 am

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Philippines losing virus war, doctors warn Duterte

Intellasia East Asia News Dozens of doctors’ groups on Saturday warned that the Philippines was losing the coronavirus fight, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to tighten a recently eased lockdown as cases surged and hospitals turned away patients. Eighty medical associations representing tens of thousands of doctors signed the open letter as the country posted another […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:10 am

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COVID-19 cases in Philippines exceed 98,000 with record-high daily spike

Intellasia East Asia News The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines surged to 98,232 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,963 new cases on Saturday, making a record daily increase for the third consecutive days. The DOH reported 3,954 new cases on Thursday and 4,063 new cases on Friday. The DOH […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:10 am

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Philippine Doctors Urge ‘Time-Out’ as Coronavirus Cases Surge

Intellasia East Asia News Doctors in the Philippines have appealed to the government to reimpose tighter movement restrictions in the area around Manila as coronavirus cases continue to surge. The heads of about 40 medical societies called on President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday to return metro Manila to strict community quarantine for two weeks to […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:10 am

Source: INTELLASIA

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Coronavirus: Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak

Nearly three times more people died than Iran’s government admitted, records seen by the BBC show.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:10 am

Source: BCCI

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Narai shelves expansion due to pandemic

Narai Intertrade Co, the marketer and distributor of Naraya, one of Thailand’s most iconic brands, is delaying its expansion plan, citing uncertainty about how long the coronavirus pandemic will last.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:05 am

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Report card on Prayut 2.0 regime

It’s been a little over a year since the Prayut 2.0 government took over. For those who voted for the Palang Pracharath Party in the hope that stability would ensue, that appears to have been wishful thinking, as the coronavirus pandemic and sporadic domestic political protests have shown.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:05 am

Source: BANGKOKPOST

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Exporters cautioned as headwinds mount

Thai exporters are being warned to brave the China-India conflict and the tech war between the US and China on top of the existing serious impact from the coronavirus crisis.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:05 am

Source: BANGKOKPOST

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Covid-19: Total cases so far (updated daily)

What’s the latest number of cases of Covid-19 in China and globally? Find out here!

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:05 am

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Australia's Melbourne braces for closures, losses as it emerges from night-time curfew

(Reuters) – Australia’s second-most populous city Melbourne emerged on Monday from its first night-time curfew to contain the spread of a resurgent coronavirus, as residents braced for further closures and job losses.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:00 am

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Coronavirus: ‘When will this Covid curse be finished?’

What happens when you’re forced to self-isolate, or into lockdown, in a cramped refugee camp?

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:00 am

Source: BCCI

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Coronavirus: South Africa cases pass half million mark

The country has the world’s fifth-highest number of infections, and the largest tally in Africa.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 7:00 am

Source: BCCI

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Virus curfew imposed in Melbourne as S. Africa tops 500,000 cases

MELBOURNE: Australia’s second-largest city Melbourne imposed an overnight curfew on Sunday to halt the spread of coronavirus cases, as South Africa’s infection count topped more than half a million.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:40 am

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Coronavirus: SUSS to equip graduates for alternative job pathways

August 03, 2020 5:00 AM Students from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) are getting a leg-up in their work prospects amid a tough economic outlook this year.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:20 am

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What happens in August could be key in Latin America’s coronavirus fight, expert says

Across Latin America, skyrocketing new infection numbers are reaching even the highest circles, a sign of how pervasive the coronavirus has become — and how ineffective many government efforts have been to stop it so far.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:15 am

Source: CNN

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Roundup: COVID-19 cases exceed 309,000 in Iran; Saudi Arabia's tally nudges 279,000

CAIRO, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded 309,000 in Iran on Sunday. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s tally nudges 279,000.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:05 am

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Israel reports 597 new COVID-19 cases, totaling 72,815

JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — Israel’s Ministry of Health reported 597 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 72,815.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:05 am

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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 2

TEHRAN — Iran’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 309,437 on Sunday after an overnight registration of 2,685 new infections, official IRNA new agency reported.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:05 am

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Egypt reports 167 new COVID-19 cases, lowest daily rise in over 100 days

CAIRO, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — Egypt reported on Sunday 167 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily figure since April 22, raising the total cases registered in the country to 94,483, said the Health Ministry.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:05 am

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Brazil registers 25,800 new coronavirus cases, death toll tops 94,000

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil recorded 25,800 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 541 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:05 am

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Hong Kong third wave: landlord sues to evict new Covid-19 testing facility in Tai Po, claiming they were misled in rental agreement

A private laboratory that has spent the past 10 days helping the Hong Kong government conduct Covid-19 tests for high-risk groups is facing eviction after its landlord took legal action claiming it had been misled into signing the tenancy agreement.Taipo Tapestry Company on Thursday sued Sunrise Diagnostic Centre, seeking a court order to rescind the […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:00 am

Source: SCMP

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Hong Kong third wave: mainland China again vows Covid-19 help for city in cabinet-level talks

Cabinet-level health authorities from mainland China on Friday pledged in a four-way meeting to help Hong Kong fight its worsening Covid-19 crisis, if necessary, with the city recording a new daily high of 123 infections.The National Health Commission held a video conference with the Health Commission of Guangdong Province, Hong Kong Secretary for Food and […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:00 am

Source: SCMP

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Hong Kong third wave: as more sailors confirmed with Covid-19, experts call for suspension of unrestricted crew changes

Hong Kong should review its policy of allowing unrestricted sea crew changes at the city’s port amid a sustained third wave of Covid-19 infections, health experts said on Friday, as four more imported cases involving seafarers were recorded.Concerns over the possible threat posed by vessels continued as more than 100 maritime workers were revealed on […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:00 am

Source: SCMP

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New COVID-19 Law Lab to provide vital legal information and support for the global COVID-19 response

Launching today, the COVID-19 Law Lab initiative gathers and shares legal documents from over 190 countries across the world to help states establish and implement strong legal frameworks to manage the pandemic. The goal is to ensure that laws protect the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and that they adhere to international human […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 6:00 am

Source: WHO

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Coronavirus: The hidden heroes of India’s Covid-19 wards

Meet the ward boys, or hospital assistants, who are the unsung heroes in the fight against Covid-19.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:55 am

Source: BCCI

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Chile reports 359,731 cases of COVID-19, 9,608 deaths

SANTIAGO, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — Chile on Sunday reported a total of 359,731 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 9,608 have died of the disease.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:05 am

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It’s a struggle for survival for many small firms

August 03, 2020 5:00 AM Survival has become the key concern for many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) here as they struggle to keep afloat amid the economic fallout from Covid-19.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:05 am

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Home is where the art is

August 03, 2020 5:00 AM The Covid-19 outbreak has not stopped Singaporeans from sprucing up their housing estates for National Day, with decorations already prevalent a week before the country celebrates its 55th birthday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:05 am

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Making a difference with mid-career switch

August 03, 2020 5:00 AM When Mr Mohamad Farhan Mohd Fadil was considering a career switch, the biopharmaceutical industry appealed to him as he felt producing medicine makes a difference in people’s lives. The industry is still going strong during the Covid-19 pandemic, he said.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:05 am

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New digital sales skills keep her employable

August 03, 2020 5:00 AM Just a few months after Ms Carissa Fan was hired as a client relations executive for a cinema last November, Covid-19 hit.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:05 am

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Career conversions up amid pandemic

August 03, 2020 5:00 AM Despite the economic uncertainties this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, more employers have been tapping professional conversion programmes (PCPs) to reskill mid-career new hires or prepare current employees for new roles.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:05 am

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Fighter jets to soar over hospitals, heartland in tribute to front-line, essential workers

August 03, 2020 5:00 AM To pay tribute to front-line and essential workers giving their all amid the Covid-19 pandemic, six F-15 fighter jets will be soaring over the heartland as part of this year’s National Day Parade (NDP).

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:05 am

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Recovered patient still not sure how he contracted virus

August 03, 2020 5:00 AM Nearly four months after testing positive for Covid-19 on April 6, Mr Abdul Rahman is still unsure how he caught the coronavirus, or if he had unknowingly infected others.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:05 am

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PR linked to imported case is sole new community infection

August 03, 2020 5:00 AM A 33-year-old permanent resident linked to a previous imported case was the sole Covid-19 case in the community confirmed yesterday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:05 am

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36 crew on Norwegian cruise ship test positive for Covid-19

Thirty-six crew and four guests on a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for Covid-19, the cruise company says.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 5:00 am

Source: CNN

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Cyprus introduces COVID-19 testing on Greek arrivals amid spike

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus will introduce compulsory testing for all arrivals from Greece from Aug. 6, health authorities said on Sunday, after a spike in coronavirus infections in Greece over the past week.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:45 am

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Kosovo prime minister says he has COVID-19

PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti said on Sunday he has contracted COVID-19 and will self-isolate at home for two weeks.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:25 am

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France to push for rights sanctions in EU recovery plan – minister to FT

(Reuters) – France will push for financial sanctions under the EU’s 750 billion euro (675 billion pounds) coronavirus recovery fund against states that undermine fundamental human rights, its junior European affairs minister told the Financial Times newspaper https://on.ft.com/33iEmzj.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:15 am

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Relief, NeuroRx say emergency treatment with RLF-100 helps critically ill Covid patients

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Critically ill COVID-19 patients recovered rapidly from respiratory failure after three days of treatment with RLF-100, a therapy granted fast-track designation in the United States, two drug companies said on Sunday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:15 am

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Morocco reports 522 new COVID-19 cases, 25,537 in total

RABAT, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — Morocco on Sunday reported 522 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the country to 25,537.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 4:05 am

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Pelosi and Mnuchin dig in on stimulus positions ahead of scheduled Monday talks

Swift, bipartisan agreement on a new coronavirus stimulus package seems unlikely as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dug in on their opposing positions Sunday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:35 am

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U.S. coronavirus 'extraordinarily widespread', say White House experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is in a new phase of the novel coronavirus outbreak with infections “extraordinarily widespread” in rural areas as well as cities, White House coronavirus experts said on Sunday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:30 am

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Hong Kong third wave: coronavirus cases could peak in two weeks with spread waning in good sign for city, expert says

Hong Kong’s third wave of Covid-19 cases could peak in two weeks, with sweeping social-distancing measures bringing the ratio of the number of people infected by each carrier down by more than two-thirds over the past fortnight, according to a leading expert. Professor Gabriel Leung, dean of the faculty of medicine at the University of […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:00 am

Source: SCMP

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Most Hong Kong universities to resume online classes for coming semester, while officials mull phased reopening of primary, secondary schools

Most of Hong Kong’s universities will resume online learning for the coming semester as the city battles a third wave of Covid-19 infections, while education officials are mulling a phased reopening of primary and secondary school classes.At least six of eight publicly-funded universities in Hong Kong announced this week that most courses in the first […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:00 am

Source: SCMP

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Hong Kong third wave: alarm as overseas pilot seen visiting top tourist spot while Covid-19 test result was pending

A foreign cargo pilot awaiting Covid-19 test results visited Hong Kong’s famed tourist spot The Peak despite a pledge by the airline industry that crews would self-quarantine in hotels, highlighting a weakness in the government’s efforts to contain the worsening coronavirus crisis.The incident emerged on Sunday just hours after the government announced it would tighten […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:00 am

Source: SCMP

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Hong Kong third wave: coronavirus may have stopped mutating, making it more infectious, study finds

Researchers say a comparison of coronavirus samples taken from people recently infected in Hong Kong suggests the virus might have ceased to mutate, which would mean if has effectively adapted to humans and become more transmissible.The team at Polytechnic University also discovered strains in more than 20 recently confirmed local cases were highly identical to […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 3:00 am

Source: SCMP

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Philippines tightens lockdown rules as COVID-19 cases soar past 100,000

MANILA, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved on Sunday night the recommendation of his Cabinet to impose stricter lockdown rules in Metro Manila and the neighboring provinces following the surge of COVID-19 cases in the last four days, his spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:05 am

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Philippines to reimpose stricter coronavirus lockdown in capital as cases spike

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines will reimpose a stricter coronavirus lockdown in and around the capital for two weeks from Tuesday, authorities said on Sunday, as the country struggles to contain infections that have jumped to more than 100,000 cases.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 2:05 am

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These companies are working from home until 2021 — or forever

As coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, companies are coming to terms with a future of work that doesn’t look anything like it did before — and many are revisiting their plans to go back to the office.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:55 am

Source: CNN

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At least 40 infected with COVID-19 on Norway cruises amid scramble to trace passengers

OSLO (Reuters) – At least 40 passengers and crew from a luxury cruise liner have tested positive for COVID-19 and the authorities are still trying to trace a number of passengers from two recent Arctic voyages, public health officials in Norway said on Sunday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:20 am

Source: THESTAR

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Coronavirus: Nancy Pelosi criticises Deborah Birx

Nancy Pelosi links the White House task force co-ordinator to “disinformation” spread by Donald Trump.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:10 am

Source: BCCI

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Armenia reports 209 new COVID-19 cases

YEREVAN, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — Armenia on Sunday reported 209 new COVID-19 cases in the last day, bringing its total to 39,050, according to the National Center for Disease Control.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:05 am

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Roundup: Ethiopia launches COVID-19 testing campaign amid widespread call to curb rapid infection rate

ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — Ethiopia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 18,706 on Sunday amid widespread call to avert the current rapid spread of the virus in the East African country.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:05 am

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Clarification on Medical Certificate Requirement for Travellers

Medical certification is not required in all circumstances for travel to foreign countries, according to the Lao Ministry of Health. News reports across a variety of publications, including the Laotian Times, have reported that the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has declared that all travelers, whether residents or Lao citizens, must carry a […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:01 am

Source: LAOTIANTIMES

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Laos Confirms New, 20th Case of Covid-19

A Korean national working as an electrical technician has been confirmed as the 20th case of Covid-19 in Laos, the first official case inside the country after 102 days without infection. The 32-year-old Korean man is an employee of a hydropower project and had been quarantined in Vientiane Capital as per regulations. The man said […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:01 am

Source: LAOTIANTIMES

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Hong Kong third wave: resort to become isolation facility for younger and healthier Covid-19 patients, AsiaWorld-Expo to be treatment centre

A new community isolation facility in Hong Kong to house younger and healthier Covid-19 patients will be launched on Friday, as authorities also revealed plans to convert part of a major exhibition venue into a treatment centre to ease pressure on the city’s public hospitals. Dr Larry Lee Lap-yip, the Hospital Authority’s expert in charge […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:00 am

Source: SCMP

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China’s economic and social plans must factor in that coronavirus will be with us for a long time: task force

A Chinese central government task force said officials and businesses must change the way they think about strategies for the future and factor into their policies and decisions that the coronavirus pandemic would be a long haul.The assessment came as recent Covid-19 outbreaks continued in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in the west of China […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:00 am

Source: SCMP

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Coronavirus: Tokyo’s famous Kabuki-za Theatre reopens after five months

Capacity has been halved at the venue, with performers now wearing masks and sitting further apart.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 1:00 am

Source: BCCI

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Birx defends herself as Pelosi accuses Trump administration of spreading disinformation on Covid-19

Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday strongly defended her record amid criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she doesn’t have confidence in the White House coronavirus task force coordinator’s handling of the pandemic.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 12:30 am

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Hong Kong third wave: no sign of Covid-19 crisis easing as city records 128 new cases

Hong Kong’s third wave of coronavirus infections shows little sign of easing, with the city confirming another 128 Covid-19 cases, the fifth straight day of triple-digit rises but down from Saturday’s record total.Of the new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, 25 were imported, 68 linked to other infections and the authorities were still tracing the roots […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 12:05 am

Source: SCMP

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Statement on the fourth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

The fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) took place on Friday, 31 July 2020 from 12:00 to 17:45 Geneva time (CEST).  Proceedings of the meeting Members and advisors of the Emergency Committee were convened by videoconference. The Director-General welcomed the Committee, highlighted the advances in […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 12:05 am

Source: WHO

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COVID-19 Emergency Committee highlights need for response efforts over long term

The Emergency Committee on COVID-19, convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), held its fourth meeting on 31 July. In its statement following the meeting, published today, it expressed “appreciation for WHO and partners’ COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, and highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic, noting the […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 20 12:05 am

Source: WHO

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White House says not optimistic on near-term deal for coronavirus relief bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Sunday he was not optimistic on reaching agreement soon on a deal for the next round of legislation to provide relief to Americans hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted Date: 2nd Aug 20 11:30 pm

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Sivagangga cluster: Four areas in Kedah under enhanced MCO, five schools ordered to close (updated)

PETALING JAYA: Four sub-districts in Kedah have been put under the targeted enhanced move control order (MCO) following the growing number of Covid-19 cases linked to the Sivagangga cluster in the state.PETALING JAYA: Five schools in Kedah were ordered to close with immediate effect from Sunday (Aug 2) until Aug 29, Bernama reported citing the […]

Posted Date: 2nd Aug 20 11:10 pm

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Coronavirus: 87 per cent of Hong Kong employees suffering work stress during Covid-19 pandemic, survey finds

Nearly nine in 10 Hong Kong employees suffered from stress at work during the Covid-19 pandemic, with about half of the city’s workforce reporting symptoms of anxiety disorder, a university survey on mental health has found.The study designed by the Medical Health Association of Hong Kong found that those working in the tourism sector were […]

Posted Date: 2nd Aug 20 10:50 pm

Source: SCMP

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Abrams: Trump is attempting to distract from his failed leadership with election claims

Stacey Abrams on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he could delay the 2020 election, saying he is seeking to distract from his “failed leadership” on the economy and the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted Date: 2nd Aug 20 10:50 pm

Source: CNN

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Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan discharged from hospital after recovering from coronavirus

Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s most famous film stars, says he has tested negative for Covid-19 and been discharged from hospital.

Posted Date: 2nd Aug 20 10:25 pm

Source: CNN

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Sole new community Covid-19 case is PR with links to pevious imported case

August 02, 2020 9:53 PM SINGAPORE – A 33-year-old permanent resident (PR) with links to a previous imported case was the sole community Covid-19 case confirmed on Sunday (Aug 2).

Posted Date: 2nd Aug 20 10:00 pm

Source: STRAITSTIMES

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India’s home affairs minister tests positive for coronavirus

One of India’s most senior officials has tested positive for the coronavirus Sunday.

Posted Date: 2nd Aug 20 10:00 pm

Source: CNN

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