US emerges as virus hotspot as infections, unemployment soar

The United States was quickly becoming a new epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic on Thursday (26) as new infections soared and unemployment claims skyrocketed to a historic high. Hospitals increasingly have reported being overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases and 40 percent of Americans are under lockdown orders, although a buoyant Wall Street recouped more of […]

Priti Patel hands police greater COVID-19 lockdown powers

The UK government on Thursday (26) handed police forces in England the power to fine and even arrest those repeatedly breaking strict lockdown rules in place in the country to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. UK home secretary Priti Patel said that to ensure people stay at home and avoid non-essential travel, police […]

UK records over 100 daily COVID-19 deaths for first time

Britain recorded more than 100 coronavirus deaths in a 24-hour period for the first time on Thursday (26), with 115 people who tested positive for the virus dying. “As of 5 pm (1700 GMT) on 25 March 2020, 578 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died,” said the official government […]

India and US collaborating on combating COVID-19: Taranjit Singh Sandhu

INDIA and the US are working together on combating the deadly coronavirus and collaboration is underway in the areas of diagnostics and therapeutics of the disease, said Indian envoy. “In the present context of COVID-19 pandemic, close collaboration in the areas of diagnostics and therapeutics of the disease is underway,” India’s Ambassador to the US, […]

London Zoo, home to 18,000 animals, appeals for donations

THE world’s oldest zoo has been shut to the public for the first time since World War Two, as UK is under lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic. London Zoo, opened to scientists in 1828 and to the public in 1847, is one of the British capital’s most-loved attractions, but like everything else in the city it has […]

Islamic body issues fatwa to suspend Friday prayers

A TOP global Islamic body has issued a fatwa (religious edict) on the request of Pakistan President Dr Arif Alvi, empowering the head of the state to suspend Friday prayers in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The fatwa issued by the Grand Imam Shaikh of Egypt’s Jamia Al Azhar, an authority on Islamic injunctions, […]

Indian-American hoteliers offer free accommodation to stranded Indian students

Indian-American hoteliers have come forward to rescue the stranded Indian students in the US following implementation of lockdown measures in the country in response to the rapidly-spreading coronavirus pandemic, offering them free accommodation and free meals. With the students scrambling for a roof over their heads after being asked to vacate their hostels and India […]

London hospitals cope with ‘continuous tsunami’ of coronavirus cases

Hospitals in London – Britain”s COVID-19 hotspot with over 3,000 of the country”s 9,529 confirmed cases – are witnessing wave after wave of seriously ill coronavirus patients, a senior official from the NHS said on Thursday (26)as the UK entered day three of its lockdown to curb the pandemic. Chris Hopson, the chief executive of […]

M.I.A sparks outrage, saying she would ‘choose death’ over vaccine

RAPPER M.I.A has stirred up social media after saying that she would “choose death” over getting a coronavirus vaccine shot. Mathangi Arulpragasam, who is better known as M.I.A, also tweeted that she regretted mandatorily vaccinate her 11-year-old son Ikhyd when he started school, terming it the “hardest thing”. The 44-year-old star went on to post: […]

India announces $23 billion COVID-19 package; offers cash, free food

INDIA announced $22.6 billion (£18.9 billion) economic stimulus plan on Thursday (26) providing direct cash transfers and food security measures to give relief to millions of poor people hit by a nationwide lockdown over a coronavirus pandemic. People queued in some cities for essential items, with trucks stranded at state borders and public transport suspended […]