Global Covid-19 cases near 170K; deaths over 6.6K: WHO

GENEVA – A total of 152 countries and regions have reported 167,511 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of Monday morning, an increase of 13,903 infections compared to the previous day, according to a daily situation report released by the World Health Organization... Read More

UN teams, nat’l authorities work together vs. Covid-19

UNITED NATIONS – UN teams around the world are working with national authorities to meet health priorities in the battle against the coronavirus outbreak and address broader social and economic impacts, a UN spokesman said on Monday.Different UN entities are fast-tracking procurement of... Read More

WHO working with social platforms to prevent fake news

ANKARA – Governments need to improve precautions about the spread, diagnosis, and treatment of the coronavirus, World Health Organization’s (WHO) senior spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told Anadolu Agency on Monday.Chaib said emergency systems will be ready, but the capacity for diagnosis and... Read More

China to do its best to help PH: Chinese FM

BEIJING – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone talk with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Sunday saying China is willing to do its utmost to help the Philippines fight against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).On behalf of the Philippine side, Locsin... Read More

Justin Trudeau's wife tests positive for Covid-19

MOSCOW/TORONTO — The number of confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) in Canada jumped by more than 30 percent in a single day, according to health agency data. Canada now has 138 confirmed cases after 35 were reported on Thursday.On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin... Read More

Italy widens restrictions as Covid-19 death toll jumps to 827

ROME – Italy will close all its shops, bars, restaurants and main commercial activities except essential services in its latest effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made the key announcement late Wednesday in a speech to the nation after the death... Read More

Asean ministers agree to work together vs. Covid-19

DA NANG – The economic ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Wednesday released a joint statement, vowing to work together to deal with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) which World Health Organization declared “a global pandemic”.The economic... Read More

US restricting all travel from Europe over coronavirus

WASHINGTON — The US will restrict all travel from Europe with the exception of the UK starting later this week in an effort to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday evening.Addressing the nation from the Oval Office, Trump said the... Read More

US actor Tom Hanks, wife test positive for Covid-19

Award-winning American actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) amid the ongoing global outbreak of the disease. Hanks posted a statement on his Instagram account.Hanks and Wilson were in Australia for the pre-production of Baz... Read More

Commentary: To fight pandemic, world must avoid pan-panic

BEIJING — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday characterized the Covid-19 outbreak as a pandemic.As the world is striving to push back the pandemic, it must be fully aware of the lurking danger of pan-panic.Already, the daily update of the fast-growing number of new infections and... Read More

UN closing New York HQ to public over virus

WASHINGTON – The United Nations (UN) announced on Tuesday it will be closing its New York City headquarters to the public "out of an abundance of caution" because of the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The international body earlier decided to reduce the number of staff... Read More

12 US states declare state of emergency over Covid-19

WASHINGTON – At least 12 US states have declared states of emergency so far over the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak as global cases exceed 110,000.On Feb. 29, the US reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in the country, in Washington state.On March 2, the governor... Read More

China’s Xi makes 1st visit to coronavirus epicenter

ANKARA – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in China’s central Wuhan city on Tuesday morning, his first visit since the city shot to global infamy last December as the epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.According to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency,... Read More

70% of Covid-19 infections in China have recovered: WHO

GENEVA – Of the around 80,000 reported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in China, more than 70 percent have recovered and been discharged, the chief of World Health Organization (WHO) said here Monday.Among the countries with the most cases, China is bringing its epidemic under... Read More

WHO chief: threat of Covid-19 pandemic very real

BRUSSELS — The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that the novel coronavirus has got a foothold in so many countries and the threat of a pandemic has become very real.His words came as Cyprus confirmed its first two Covid-19 cases, which means all EU members have... Read More

Success of public comms lies with all sectors, not just gov’t

SHARJAH, UAE – The success of public communications is not the sole responsibility of the government but also lies with multiple stakeholders from across various sectors.Speaking during the opening session of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2020) here on March 4, Ruler... Read More

Over 290M students missing school due to coronavirus: UN

ANKARA – More than 290 million students have been affected by school closures across 13 countries amid efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak, the UN said Thursday.“While temporary school closures as a result of health and other crises are not new unfortunately, the global scale and... Read More

Iranian official dies from Covid-19 as death toll rises to 66

TEHRAN – A member of Iran's Expediency Council died Monday from coronavirus disease 2019 (CoVid-19), according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 76, lost his life from the virus at a hospital in the capital Tehran, IRNA said.Mirmohammadi was a former... Read More

North Korea fires 'first projectiles' of 2020

ANKARA – North Korea has launched "projectiles" past its coast for the first time in 2020, media reports said Monday.According to a statement by South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Pyongyang fired two unidentified short-range projectiles into the East Sea, Yonhap news reported.North... Read More

Hubei receives over $1.86-B donations amid epidemic

WUHAN – Central China's Hubei Province, where the novel coronavirus outbreak was most severe, has received over 13 billion yuan (around USD1.86 billion) in donations by Saturday, local authorities said Sunday.The donation includes 6.76 billion yuan directed to the provincial level and 4.63... Read More