Delhi’s rebel gym goers risk virus to pump iron

While top gym chains in India are shuttered over the coronavirus pandemic, many workout dens are defying government orders of a lockdown by staying open for their muscle-bound customers. Exercise fanatics say their need to pump iron is worth the risk, and the gyms’ owners keep opening up despite facing police action, meaning the dumbbells […]

Beer and liquor giants set to boost sanitiser production

DIAGEO, the world’s largest distiller, and Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest beer maker, pledged on Monday (23) to donate more than two million litres of alcohol to make hand sanitisers and disinfectants to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Diageo said it would donate 2 million litres of grain neutral spirit—a 96% ethyl alcohol used mainly […]

Boris Johnson announces clampdown to deal with ‘national emergency’

TERMING the situation a ‘national emergency’, Boris Johnson has enforced tight curbs on movement of people for at least three weeks to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the UK as confirmed cases crossed 6.650, with 335 deaths. In a televised address to the nation on Monday (23) evening, he said while no prime minister […]

Britain’s COVID-19 strategy ‘risks 70,000 additional deaths’

Britain’s strategy to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus could lead to up to 70,000 additional deaths this year, new research showed on Monday (23). Fears are growing that the crisis in Britain is following the same path as the one currently devastating Italy. Prime minister Boris Johnson warned on Sunday that the health […]

Most of India under lockdown as coronavirus cases spike

India reported two COVID-19 deaths on Monday, taking the death toll to nine, and the number of cases climbed to 468 after 95 people tested positive for coronavirus, the highest jump in one day, as Maharashtra and Punjab were put under statewide curfews, the rest of the country in lockdown and all domestic flights set […]

Asia virus latest: Olympic delay ‘inevitable’, India grounds flights

Asian nations are ramping up efforts to fight the deadly novel coronavirus, which has upended societies and sparked economic turmoil as it spreads around the world. Here are the latest developments in the region: – India grounds domestic flights – India will ground all domestic passenger flights from Wednesday to combat the spread of the […]

Italy sees second successive drop in virus deaths

Italy on Monday (23) reported a second successive drop in daily deaths and infections from a coronavirus that has nevertheless claimed more than 6,000 lives in a month. The Mediterranean country has now seen its daily fatalities come down from a world record 793 on Saturday to 651 on Sunday and 601 on Monday. The […]

UK warns against coronavirus-themed cyber crime

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned that organised crime groups may try to exploit the coronavirus outbreak to target people. The NCA said its intelligence assessments have identified a number of issues that criminals are already looking to exploit amid the pandemic. Cyber-crime investigators have seen instances of coronavirus-themed malicious apps and websites, […]

UK may run out of paracetamol by weekend as India cuts exports

IN an alarming situation, UK may run of the painkiller paracetamol by this weekend after India restricted exports of the drug. The UK government is advising Brits to use paracetamol to combat the symptoms of COVID-19. Supermarkets and chemists across the UK may run out of the popular pain killer with curbs from India, whereas […]

ICC announces WFH policy for staff

THE International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced work-from-home (WFH) policy for the majority of its staff over COVID-19. The ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and chief executive Manu Sawhney, are preparing for a video conference to address the cricket calendar being impacted by the pandemic. However, the world body did not specify till when it plans […]

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