WHO’S DR MIKE RYAN: CORONAVIRUS VACCINE ‘AT LEAST A YEAR’ AWAY (WATCH)

Sat 28 March 2020: Executive director of the World Health Organization’s emergencies programme discusses the global response to COVID-19. COVID-19 has killed thousands and, as of March 25, 2020, has infected at least 400,000 people worldwide. And those figures are expected to grow in the coming months. It all started in December last year, when […]

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7 WAYS TO AVOID CORONAVIRUS WHEN YOU’RE GROCERY SHOPPING

Sat 28 March 2020: With lockdown conditions imposed in many countries to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus, everyday activities such as shopping are going to be different from usual for some time. Here are some tips on how to practise physical distancing while purchasing essential food and medical supplies. 1. Use delivery services […]

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CORONAVIRUS: US UNVEILS PORTABLE FIVE-MINUTE TEST

Sat 28 March 2020: A US-based lab has unveiled a portable test that can tell if someone has COVID-19 in as little as five minutes, it said in a statement Friday. Abbot Laboratories said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given it emergency authorization to begin making the test available to healthcare providers […]

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ABU DHABI’S MBZ AND SYRIA’S ASSAD DISCUSS EFFORTS TO CONTAIN CORONAVIRUS

Sat 28 March 2020: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has spoken over the phone with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to discuss the latest developments and effects of the coronavirus on the region and the world at large, according to the official news agency WAM on Friday. The phone conversation comes […]

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CORONAVIRUS: TRUMP SIGNS $2.2 TRLN STIMULUS PACKAGE INTO LAW

Sat 28 March 2020: President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law on Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic. Acting with unity and resolve unseen since the […]

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POPE FACES CORONAVIRUS ‘TEMPEST’ ALONE IN ST PETER’S SQUARE (VIDEO)

Sat 28 March 2020: (AFP) Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter’s Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to ease their fears through faith. “Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with […]

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FEARS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RISE AS MILLIONS CONFINED OVER VIRUS

Sat 28 March 2020: (AFP) With families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, fears are rising of a surge in domestic violence. From Berlin to Paris, Madrid, Rome and Bratislava, associations that help victims of domestic violence have sounded the alarm after Europe overtook China to become […]

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UK MOSQUES UNANIMOUS IN THE SUSPENSION OF CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS

Fri 27 March 2020: LONDON: Mosques across the United Kingdom have suspended congregational prayers to protect worshippers from the viral COVID-19 outbreak. Instead of hosting Friday sermons in their mosques, clerics in the UK have used technology to continue praying with Muslims without incurring health risks by featuring the sermons live on social media platforms. […]

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UN CONCERNED ABOUT POTENTIAL FALLOUT OF CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN SYRIA’S IDLIB

Fri 27 March 2020: The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Friday had expressed concern over the potential consequences of the coronavirus outbreak on the more than 1 million civilians displaced from Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke spoke of the effects of the coronavirus disease on Syria during a […]

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