SAUDI ARABIA PREPARES TO WELCOME FOREIGN UMRAH PILGRIMS

Fri 23 October 2020: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah is preparing its Hajj and Umrah Terminal for foreign Umrah pilgrims after entry was restricted for almost eight months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Several precautionary measures to ensure that pilgrims arriving in the Kingdom are safe, the Jeddah-based Okaz newspaper reported. Adnan […]

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ETHIOPIA: REFUSING TO WEAR A MASK COULD COST YOU TWO YEARS IN JAIL

Thu 22 October 2020: Ethiopia can jail people for up to two years if they deliberately violate restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, the attorney general’s office said, amid concern that citizens are becoming lax after a state of emergency was lifted. The restrictions prohibit shaking hands, not wearing a mask in a […]

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SOUTH KOREA: WORRIES RISE AFTER MULTIPLE DEATHS ALLEGEDLY LINKED TO FLU SHOT

Thu 22 October 2020: At least 13 South Koreans have died after receiving flu shots in recent days, according to official and local media reports, ramping up fears about vaccine safety even as authorities rule out a link. Health authorities said on Wednesday they had no plans to suspend a program to inoculate around 19 […]

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VACCINE ‘UNLIKELY TO ERADICATE COVID-19’: UK’S TOP SCIENTIST VALLANCE TELLS MPS

Wed 21 October 2020: A coronavirus vaccine is “unlikely” to ever completely eradicate the virus, and the disease may never disappear, the British government’s chief scientific adviser has warned. “I think it’s unlikely that we’ll end up with a truly sterilising vaccine that completely stops infection. It’s likely that this disease will circulate and be […]

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EUROPE ADOPTS TOUGHER CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS AS INFECTIONS SURGE

Tue 20 October 2020: Ireland has imposed some of Europe’s toughest coronavirus restrictions as it heads back into lockdown. Prime Minister Micheal Martin laid out the new level-5 measures on Monday after Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recorded 1,031 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. In a televised address on Monday, Irish Prime Minister […]

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INDIAN COURT ACQUITS 20 TABLIGHI JAMAAT FOREIGN MEMBERS, SAYS PROSECUTION HAD NO EVIDENCE

Tue 20 October 2020: After failed attempts to charge them under the Epidemic Diaseas Act, the National Disaster Act and the Foreigners Act,  police’s case under Bombay Police Act too falls flat. The members of the Tablighi Jamaat, including 10 from Kyrgyzstan and 10 from Indonesia, were booked in the state of Maharashtra for attempted […]

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INDONESIAN PRESIDENT WIDODO URGES CAUTION TO ENSURE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE IS HALAL

Tue 20 October 2020: President of Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim majority, Joko Widodo warned on October 19 that the nation shall not rush into rolling out vaccines for COVID-19 and cited his concerns over the awareness of citizens about whether they were ‘Halal’. “We should consider public perception regarding the halal […]

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UK TO START ONE-HOUR COVID-19 TESTS IN £80 AT HEATHROW FROM TUESDAY

Tue 20 October 2020: Passengers travelling to Hong Kong and Italy from Britain’s Heathrow Airport will undergo a one-hour coronavirus test before flying out of the United Kingdom under plans to open up international travel, The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday. Rapid tests will be introduced from Tuesday at Heathrow Airport in London to allow […]

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IRAN: DEATH TOLL SKYROCKET AS AUTHORITIES START TO IMPOSE MORE RESTRICTIONS

Mon 19 October 2020: Iran’s single-day death toll from the coronavirus smashed a record set less than a week ago, with 337 dead confirmed Monday as a resurgence of infections is overwhelming hospitals. Fatalities have soared in recent weeks, as authorities struggle to contain the virus’s spread months into the pandemic. Health officials say the capital, Tehran, […]

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