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Global Covid-19 case count down 13% in past week: WHO

Global Covid-19 case count down 13% in past week: WHO

June 2, 2021, 2:08 pm

GENEVA – Over 3.5 million novel coronavirus cases and over 78,000 deaths were registered worldwide in the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its weekly bulletin released in Geneva early on Wednesday. "The number of new Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) cases and deaths… Read More

World’s 1st ever case of bird flu in a human registered in China

World’s 1st ever case of bird flu in a human registered in China

June 2, 2021, 9:37 am

BEIJING – The world’s first case of a human being infected with the bird flu virus H10N3 has been registered in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, the National Health Commission said in a news release on Tuesday. At the end of April, a 41-year-old man in the city of Zhenjiang felt he was… Read More

WHO agrees to discuss reforms to fight health emergencies

WHO agrees to discuss reforms to fight health emergencies

June 1, 2021, 2:26 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said a special meeting will be held on Nov. 29 to discuss major reforms and build an international agreement to enhance its ability to combat pandemics and health emergencies. On its final day, the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA) agreed to… Read More

Couples in China can now have up to 3 children

Couples in China can now have up to 3 children

June 1, 2021, 7:21 am

ANKARA – China on Monday further relaxed its family planning policy and allowed couples to have three children, the state-run media said. According to Global Times, the Chinese government has decided to improve its population structure and counter the country's aging population problem. The… Read More

Smoking lowers immunity, raises risk of exposure to Covid-19

Smoking lowers immunity, raises risk of exposure to Covid-19

May 31, 2021, 8:42 pm

MEDAN – Smoking could lower immunity and increase the risk of being exposed to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), with more acute symptoms experienced as compared to among non-smokers, University of North Sumatra (USU) lecturer, Dr. Delyuzar M. Ked (PA), Sp.PA (K), said. "Smoking can also… Read More

Joe Lara, star of Tarzan TV series, dies in plane crash aged 58

Joe Lara, star of Tarzan TV series, dies in plane crash aged 58

May 31, 2021, 3:54 pm

WASHINGTON – US actor Joe Lara, best known for starring in the American TV series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, died over the weekend along with six other passengers in a plane crash in the state of Tennessee. Their Cessna C501 plane plunged into Percy Priest Lake near the town of Smyrna shortly… Read More

N. Sulawesi exports cement to Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia

N. Sulawesi exports cement to Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia

May 30, 2021, 4:49 pm

MANADO, North Sulawesi – North Sulawesi Province exported 63,046 tons of cement to Taiwan, the Philippines, and Malaysia in May 2021. "Three countries buying cement produced in North Sulawesi are Taiwan, the Philippines, and Malaysia," head of the North Sulawesi Industry and Trade Office, Edwin… Read More

Over 1.84 billion coronavirus vax shots given worldwide

Over 1.84 billion coronavirus vax shots given worldwide

May 30, 2021, 1:10 pm

ANKARA – Over 1.84 billion coronavirus vaccine shots have so far been given worldwide, figures compiled by Our World in Data, an online portal, showed on Saturday. China leads the global count with 602.99 million jabs, followed by the US with 292.1 million, the data showed. India has… Read More

Over 120K people displaced in Myanmar since February: UN

Over 120K people displaced in Myanmar since February: UN

May 30, 2021, 11:20 am

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – More than 120,000 people are currently displaced in Myanmar amid growing conflict between the Myanmar military and ethnic armed groups, according to a UN report released on Friday. Fighting has particularly intensified in Kachin, Kayin, northern Shan, Chin, and Kayah… Read More

Covid-2019 cases worldwide up by over 545K in past day

Covid-2019 cases worldwide up by over 545K in past day

May 29, 2021, 7:37 pm

GENEVA – More than 545,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were registered worldwide in the past day, with the overall number of such cases exceeding 168.59 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Friday. As of 18:03 Moscow time on May 28, as… Read More

India’s 186K new cases lowest in 44 days

India’s 186K new cases lowest in 44 days

May 28, 2021, 8:55 pm

NEW DELHI – The number of coronavirus cases increased in India over the past 24 hours by 186,364 to 27,555,457. The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported on Friday on its website, the number of deaths associated with coronavirus increased by 3,660 per day to 318,895. The daily… Read More

Malaysia sees record-high daily Covid-19 cases

Malaysia sees record-high daily Covid-19 cases

May 28, 2021, 7:11 am

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Malaysia on Thursday reported another 7,857 Covid-19 cases, its highest jump in daily infections, the country’s Health Ministry confirmed. With the recent addition, the country's total caseload rose to 541,224. The state of Selangor recorded 2,675 new cases, followed by… Read More

UK Covid-19 cases pass 3,000 for first time since mid-April

UK Covid-19 cases pass 3,000 for first time since mid-April

May 27, 2021, 2:53 pm

LONDON – Another 3,180 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, according to official figures released Wednesday, meaning that the number of daily Covid cases reported in the country passed 3,000 for the first time since mid-April. The latest figures brought the total number of… Read More

ASEAN nations step up efforts to beat Covid-19 by 2022

ASEAN nations step up efforts to beat Covid-19 by 2022

May 27, 2021, 1:42 pm

HANOI – ASEAN member countries are working towards accessing Covid-19 vaccine sources for large-scale immunization campaigns in a bid to reach herd immunity in 2022, a workshop held online in Hanoi on Wednesday was told. Vietnamese and foreign experts told the workshop that Covid-19 responding… Read More

Over 1.74B coronavirus vaccine shots administered worldwide

Over 1.74B coronavirus vaccine shots administered worldwide

May 27, 2021, 7:42 am

ANKARA – Over 1.74 billion coronavirus vaccine shots have been given worldwide, figures compiled by Our World in Data, an online portal, showed on Wednesday. China is the most vaccinated country with 546.71 million jabs, according to the data, followed by the US with 287.79 million. India has… Read More

UN General Assembly head urges equitable distribution of vaccines

UN General Assembly head urges equitable distribution of vaccines

May 26, 2021, 8:51 pm

DHAKA, Bangladesh – A top UN representative visiting Bangladesh has called on the international community to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines across the world. “No one is safe until all are safe, and vaccines are the solution to this crisis,” Volkan Bozkir,… Read More

Global Covid-19 cases fall by 14% over the past week: WHO

Global Covid-19 cases fall by 14% over the past week: WHO

May 26, 2021, 7:15 pm

GENEVA – Over 4.1 million coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases and more than 84,000 deaths were recorded worldwide last week, while the coronavirus incidence has dropped by 14 percent and the mortality rate by 2 percent compared to the previous seven days, the World Health Organization… Read More

Japan issues new travel advisory for UK, Denmark, other nations

Japan issues new travel advisory for UK, Denmark, other nations

May 25, 2021, 5:04 pm

ANKARA – Japan on Tuesday announced fresh travel measures for several countries with mandatory three-day coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) quarantine for those coming from the United Kingdom (UK), Denmark, Kazakhstan, and Tunisia. Katsunobu Kato, chief Cabinet secretary and top spokesman for… Read More

Over 200 injured in metro train collision in Kuala Lumpur

Over 200 injured in metro train collision in Kuala Lumpur

May 25, 2021, 1:13 pm

KUALA LUMPUR – Over 200 people were wounded, including 47 suffering serious injuries, as two metro light rail trains collided in a tunnel in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur on Monday, media reports said. The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. local time as an empty train collided head-on with… Read More

At least 15 dead, dozens homeless after volcano erupts in Congo

At least 15 dead, dozens homeless after volcano erupts in Congo

May 25, 2021, 7:30 am

YAOUNDE, Cameroon – At least 15 people died after a large volcano erupted in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, authorities said late Sunday. Thousands were forced to flee when Mt. Nyiragongo, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, erupted on Saturday, turning the sky… Read More