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Death toll in huge Beirut explosion rises to 135

Death toll in huge Beirut explosion rises to 135

August 6, 2020, 8:42 am

ISTANBUL – The death toll in Tuesday’s huge blast that ripped through Lebanon’s capital Beirut has risen to 135, the country’s health minister said on Wednesday. Nearly 5,000 victims were injured and dozens of them are still missing, Hamad Hassan said. A fire at a warehouse containing… Read More

Foreigners among victims of Beirut explosion

Foreigners among victims of Beirut explosion

August 5, 2020, 5:56 pm

BEIRUT – Several countries and organizations have announced the death and injury of a number of their citizens and staff of their diplomatic missions in Beirut massive explosion which has left at least 100 people dead. The Egyptian Embassy in Beirut said in a statement on its Facebook page that… Read More

Global coronavirus death toll tops 700K

Global coronavirus death toll tops 700K

August 5, 2020, 2:41 pm

ANKARA – The death toll worldwide from the novel coronavirus rose to 700,647 on Wednesday, according to a running tally by the US-based Johns Hopkins University. Data showed the total number of cases worldwide climbed to 18.54 million, with 11.13 recoveries. Brazil has the highest number of… Read More

Trump says Beirut blast 'looks like a terrible attack'

Trump says Beirut blast 'looks like a terrible attack'

August 5, 2020, 1:20 pm

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that a devastating blast that sent shockwaves through Beirut and the region "looks like a terrible attack," suggesting it was a bombing rather than an accident. Lebanese authorities have said a fire at a warehouse containing explosives at… Read More

Lebanon president says ammonium nitrate caused blast

Lebanon president says ammonium nitrate caused blast

August 5, 2020, 12:30 pm

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, Lebanon – Lebanese President Michel Aoun cited ammonium nitrate as the source of a massive explosion Tuesday at the Port of Beirut which killed more than 60 people and injured close to 3,000. In a post on the Lebanese Presidency's Twitter account, Aoun said that keeping 2,750… Read More

European leaders express support for Lebanon after massive blast

European leaders express support for Lebanon after massive blast

August 5, 2020, 8:29 am

LONDON – Europe-wide reactions flowed in Tuesday after a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 2,750 others. The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell expressed the bloc’s support for Lebanon on Twitter. "The European Union… Read More

Phase 3 vaccine trials ‘no silver bullet’ for virus: WHO

Phase 3 vaccine trials ‘no silver bullet’ for virus: WHO

August 4, 2020, 1:02 pm

GENEVA – Despite several vaccines for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) now in phase three clinical trials, there is currently no silver bullet, and there might never be, for the virus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said… Read More

Global Covid-19 deaths surpass 690K: Johns Hopkins University

Global Covid-19 deaths surpass 690K: Johns Hopkins University

August 4, 2020, 10:19 am

NEW YORK – Global coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) deaths surpassed 690,000 on Monday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. Total Covid-19 cases around the world rose to 18,109,901, according to the CSSE, with deaths reaching 690,055… Read More

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 18M

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 18M

August 3, 2020, 2:53 pm

NEW YORK – Global coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases have surpassed 18 million on Sunday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The tally now stands at 18,079,136 with 689,370 deaths, the data showed. The United States has suffered… Read More

WHO extends state of emergency over coronavirus pandemic

WHO extends state of emergency over coronavirus pandemic

August 2, 2020, 2:19 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) has extended its emergency of international concern over the coronavirus pandemic for another three months, the WHO Emergency Committee said Saturday, following its meeting on July 31 that took place in Geneva. It is underlined that the committee… Read More

UN health agency: 'Must learn to live with Covid-19'

UN health agency: 'Must learn to live with Covid-19'

August 2, 2020, 11:30 am

GENEVA – The World Health Organization noted that the world must learn to live with the coronavirus and fight it with the tools it has, despite efforts to develop a vaccine going on at record speed. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the remarks at a high-level committee meeting six… Read More

Global Covid-19 recoveries cross 10M mark

Global Covid-19 recoveries cross 10M mark

July 31, 2020, 4:50 pm

ANKARA – More than 10 million people have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) worldwide, the running tally of the US' Johns Hopkins University showed Thursday. According to data, a total of 10,077,776 patients won their battle against the disease caused by the… Read More

US surpasses 150K coronavirus-related deaths

US surpasses 150K coronavirus-related deaths

July 30, 2020, 9:20 am

WASHINGTON – The US has exceeded 150,000 Covid-19-related deaths as it struggles to cope with the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In all, the university's running tally counted 150,034 fatalities, and over 4.39 million confirmed cases. More than 1.35 million people… Read More

Brazil, Mexico report more deaths from coronavirus

Brazil, Mexico report more deaths from coronavirus

July 30, 2020, 7:47 am

BUENOS AIRES – The coronavirus disease 2019 claimed 921 lives in Brazil and 737 in Mexico over the past 24 hours, according to health authorities on Wednesday. In Brazil, the second worst-hit country from the virus, the death toll reached 88,539 with latest fatalities, while the number of cases… Read More

WHO: Virus is just 'one wave', not seasonal

WHO: Virus is just 'one wave', not seasonal

July 29, 2020, 2:29 pm

GENEVA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is neither seasonal, nor does it occur in waves, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said in answer to questions at the twice-weekly UN press briefing held virtually in Geneva that the Covid-19 virus… Read More

WHO chief says global Covid-19 cases double over past 6 weeks

WHO chief says global Covid-19 cases double over past 6 weeks

July 28, 2020, 9:45 am

GENEVA – World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that he will reconvene the Emergency Committee on Thursday to re-evaluate the Covid-19 pandemic, as global cases had doubled over the past six weeks. Saying that this Thursday (July 30) marks six… Read More

Global coronavirus death toll nears 650K mark

Global coronavirus death toll nears 650K mark

July 27, 2020, 5:23 pm

ANKARA – The global death toll from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is nearing 650,000, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University on Monday. Data showed the death toll stands at 648,966, while the number of cases stood at 16,264,048, and a total of 9,407,977… Read More

Brazil's Covid-19 death toll tops 87K

Brazil's Covid-19 death toll tops 87K

July 27, 2020, 9:38 am

SAO PAULO – Brazil's Covid-19 death toll climbed to 87,004 on Sunday after 555 more patients died from the disease in the previous 24 hours.In the same period, tests detected 24,578 new cases of infection, bringing the total caseload since the start of the national outbreak to 2,419,091.… Read More

North Korea reports 1st suspected Covid-19 infection

North Korea reports 1st suspected Covid-19 infection

July 26, 2020, 4:05 pm

TOKYO – North Korea on Sunday registered its first suspected case of novel coronavirus, according to Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). An individual who illegally entered the country last week through the border city of Kaesong was suspected of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and taken… Read More

US exceeds 4M coronavirus cases: Johns Hopkins

US exceeds 4M coronavirus cases: Johns Hopkins

July 24, 2020, 8:44 am

WASHINGTON – The US on Thursday surpassed four million coronavirus cases as the number of cases spiked, according to a running tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University. In all, the Maryland-based university recorded 4,007,859 positive tests, and 143,846 Covid-19-related deaths. It reported… Read More