Saturday, 10 April 2021

COVID-19

UK PM defends ‘astonishing’ response to virus

LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended what he called Britain’s “astonishing” efforts to tackle the coronavirus, rejecting accusations that with Europe s worst death toll, his response to the health crisis was badly lacking. But a top scientist who had advised the government said the death toll could have been ...

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Italian Prosecutors ‘to Question PM’ Over Handling Of Virus

ROME: Prosecutors are to question Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the health and interior ministers over how the government handled the coronavirus pandemic, news agencies reported. The prosecutors from Bergamo, the city in the northern Lombardy region worst hit by the virus, have launched an investigation into the crisis, ...

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Holder urges West Indies to ‘grasp’ England chance

LONDON:  West Indies captain Jason Holder has urged his side to grasp the opportunity provided by a Test series in England as international cricket prepares to return after the coronavirus shutdown. The West Indies arrived in Manchester on Tuesday ahead of their three-match series in July and Holder was in ...

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ICC has decided to wait for T20 World Cup

LONDON: The International Cricket Council has decided to wait for another month before making a final decision on the future of this year’s scheduled T20 World Cup in Australia. The ICC, in its board meeting that was held via video conference, discussed various options to decide the fate of this ...

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Cathay Pacific proposes $5 billion bailout

HONG KONG: Financially battered Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways has proposed the government help fund a 39 billion Hong Kong dollar ($5 billion) recapitalization plan to help it survive the coronavirus pandemic. Cathay Pacific said in a stock exchange filing on Tuesday that the plan calls for it to ...

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Shaniera concerned over mounting coronavirus cases

LAHORE: Shaniera Akram, wife of former legend cricketer Wasim Akram has expressed her concerns over the fast spread of coronavirus in Pakistan and once again appealed to people to follow SOPs and keep doors closed to stay safe. In a series of tweets, Shaniera said, “I’ve been living in Pakistan ...

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Kenyans march in Nairobi against police violence

More then 200 people turned out Monday for a protest in a poor Nairobi neighbourhood against police violence linked to the deaths of 15 people nationwide since the authorities imposed a curfew to fight coronavirus. The crowd in the Mathare neighbourhood was composed mostly of young people and mothers carrying ...

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WHO head urges world not to let up on coronovirus battle

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries on Monday to press on with efforts to contain the novel coronovirus, noting the pandemic was worsening globally and had not peaked in central America. “More than six months into the pandemic this is not the time for any country to take ...

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Israel makes high-spec N95 masks against virus second wave

LONDON: Israel said it had opened a factory to make millions of high-spec masks as it prepares for a possible “second wave” of coronavirus cases. After imposing tough measures to tackle the COVID-19 illness, Israel has fared relatively well in the initial months of the pandemic. More than 17,700 infections ...

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