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S. Korea reports 35 more COVID-19 cases, 10,909 in total

South Korea reported 35 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Monday local time, raising the total number of infections to 10,909.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/11 14:12:12

Economic ramifications of Covid-19 in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is being forced to endure lockdowns to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. These lockdowns are having a crippling effect on workers and businesses across the country. The economy has almost come to a standstill and debilitating effects are being observed in almost all sectors.
Source: Financial Express | 2020/5/11 11:54:37

Seoul's bars close over 2nd-wave fear

South Korea's capital has ordered the closure of all clubs and bars after a burst of new cases sparked fears of a second coronavirus wave as President Moon Jae-in urged the public to remain vigilant.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/10 18:08:40

India's research body partners with vaccine manufacturing company to develop indigenous vaccine for COVID-19

India's top health research body - Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and a leading vaccine manufacturing company - Bharat Biotech International will develop an indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, officials said Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/10 14:33:19

COVID-19 deaths surpass 2,000, total cases cross 60,000 mark in India

Deaths due to COVID-19 surpassed 2,000 and the total number of cases crossed 60,000 mark in India on Sunday, according to data released by the federal health ministry.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/10 12:39:25

Pakistan aims to kill two birds with one stone by turning epidemic-hit daily wagers into tree planters

The announcement of the Pakistani government to employ tens of thousands of out-of-work laborers in the tree plantation campaign was like charcoal in the snowy weather for Muhammad Hafeez, who has been struggling to get by after losing his job due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown in Pakistan.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/10 11:08:51

Australian PM announces plan to lift coronavirus restrictions

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a three-stage plan to lift Australia's coronavirus restrictions.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/8 17:51:49

Aussie suicide rate could increase by 50 pct due to COVID-19 impact

Australia's suicide rate could increase by as much as 50 percent as the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 take their toll on people's mental health, experts predicted on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/7 18:04:25

Cardinal Pell knew of clergy abuse for decades: inquiry

Cardinal George Pell was aware of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Australia as far back as the 1970s and failed to seek the removal of accused priests, according to parts of a top-level inquiry released Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/7 15:48:40

Lebanese University launches robot trolley to aid in fight against COVID-19

The Lebanese University (LU) launched on Wednesday a robot trolley invented by the university's students to help doctors and nurses in reducing their contact with COVID-19 patients and minimizing their risk of infection with the virus.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/7 10:57:23

Indian scientists work on 30 COVID-19 vaccines in different states of development

A group of medical researchers and scientists that interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday is learnt to have told him that "over 30 Indian vaccines were in different stages of Corona vaccine development", with a few going on to the trial stages.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/6 13:48:27

China bought time for world with responsible stance -- Turkish experts

China has bought the world time to prepare for the COVID-19 outbreak, and has been acting in a responsible manner during this health crisis, some Turkish experts have said.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/6 11:35:41

Bangladesh's RMG export in April declines nearly 85 per cent

Ready-made garment (RMG) export in April 2020 declined by 84.86 per cent, which is $366.58 million over the corresponding month in the last calendar year.
Source: Financial Express | 2020/5/6 10:37:39

Indian gov't to facilitate return of nationals stranded abroad

The Indian government announced it would initiate the process of bringing back citizens stranded abroad in the next two days in a phased manner, officials said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/5 15:11:10

11 more COVID-19 cases cured in Vietnam

As many as 11 more patients in Vietnam have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total cured patients in the country to 232, according to its Ministry of Health on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/5 15:07:30

Vietnam's phone export up slightly in 4 months

Vietnam earned nearly 16.2 billion U.S. dollars from exporting phones and components in the first four months of this year, posting a year-on-year increase of 1.1 percent, accounting for 19.5 percent of the country's total export revenue, its General Statistics Office said on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/5 14:58:28

New Zealand extends state of emergency against COVID-19

New Zealand announced Tuesday that the State of National Emergency to support the COVID-19 response will be extended for a sixth time, for a further seven days.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/5 13:44:21

Australian PM joins funding for global COVID-19 vaccine research

The Australian government has committed 352 million Australian dollars (about 226 million U.S. dollars) towards the global effort to fight COVID-19 and to find a vaccine.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/5 13:36:10