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Italian cruise ship had 36 coronavirus cases: Marseille prefecture

Italian cruise ship had 36 coronavirus cases: Marseille prefecture

close breaking newsPARIS: An Italian cruise ship that disembarked 639 of its more than 1,420 passengers in the southern French port of Marseille on Thursday had 36 people on board infected with the coronavirus, the Marseille area prefecture said on Friday (Mar 20).It added that one passenger who had been on the Costa Luminosa, a Swiss national aged more than 70, had been transported to a Marseille hospital.A prefecture official said he could not comment on how many of those infected had disembarked and flown home and how many were still on the ship, which was heading to the Italian port of...

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Mar 21, 2020
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300 million children missing school meals due to virus closures: World Food Programme

300 million children missing school meals due to virus closures: World Food Programme

close breaking newsGENEVA: Around 300 million children who depend on school meals are missing out due to closures triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the World Food Programme said Friday (Mar 20).The WFP pointed out that more than 860 million children - roughly half the world's student population - were having to stay away from schools and universities due to shutdowns aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19.In addition to missing out on learning, hundreds of thousands of children are now missing free school lunches, the UN agency said.The WFP said nearly nine million children out of the...

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Mar 21, 2020
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More than 4,000 dengue cases in Singapore since start of 2020 as virus strain re-emerges

More than 4,000 dengue cases in Singapore since start of 2020 as virus strain re-emerges

close breaking newsSINGAPORE: More than 4,000 dengue cases have been reported since the start of 2020 – about twice the number of cases seen within the same period a year ago.A key concern is the growing evidence of a sustained switch in the predominant dengue virus serotype, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a news release on Sunday (Mar 22).Dengue virus serotype 2 (DENV-2) is the more predominant strain, but there has been an increase in dengue virus serotype 3 (DENV-3) cases lately."NEA has seen an increase in DENV-3 cases over the past four months," the agency said.“The...

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Mar 22, 2020
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South Korea reports 76 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 9,037

South Korea reports 76 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 9,037

close breaking newsSEOUL: South Korea reported 76 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday (Mar 24), maintaining a downward trend in new infections which raised hopes that Asia's largest outbreak outside China may be slowing.The daily tally brought the country's total infections to 9,037, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The death toll rose by two to 120.It marked the 13th day in a row the country has posted new infections of around 100 or less. South Korea reported its lowest number of new cases on Monday since with the peak of 909 cases recorded on Feb 29.

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Mar 24, 2020
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Missing journalist found murdered in Mexico's south

Missing journalist found murdered in Mexico's south

close breaking newsMEXICO CITY: A Mexican journalist who disappeared over a week ago in the southern state of Guerrero was found dead close to where his family last saw him, the local prosecutor said on Saturday (Apr 11).Forensic tests on human remains in the seaside resort of Acapulco were identified as belonging to Victor Fernando Alvarez, who disappeared on Apr 2.He is thus confirmed as the second journalist to be murdered in Mexico this year following Maria Elena Ferral, who was shot dead by two assailants on motorbikes when getting into her car in the eastern state of Veracruz last...

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Apr 12, 2020
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China vows improvements for Africans after virus discrimination claims

China vows improvements for Africans after virus discrimination claims

close breaking newsBEIJING: Under strong international pressure, China on Sunday (Apr 12) vowed to improve the treatment of Africans in the southern city of Guangzhou following accusations of discrimination linked to the coronavirus pandemic, and said it rejected all "racist and discriminatory" remarks.Africans in the industrial centre of 15 million say they have become targets of suspicion and subjected to forced evictions, arbitrary quarantines and mass coronavirus testing, particularly as Beijing steps up its fight against imported infections.The African Union expressed its "extreme...

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Apr 13, 2020
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COVID-19 lockdown stalls Notre-Dame's rebirth one year after fire

COVID-19 lockdown stalls Notre-Dame's rebirth one year after fire

close breaking newsPARIS: Perched over the gaping roof of Notre-Dame, a crane stands idle above the silent Paris cathedral, where repair work has ground to a halt one year after the monstrous blaze that nearly destroyed one of the world's most revered monuments.Millions around the world watched in horror last Apr 15 as firefighters battled through the night to save the 13th-century masterpiece from the fire, which ravaged its roof and toppled the steeple.French President Emmanuel Macron promised a herculean effort to have the UNESCO heritage site restored within five years, in time for the...

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Apr 14, 2020
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Sri Lanka Catholic church forgives 2019 Easter suicide bombers

Sri Lanka Catholic church forgives 2019 Easter suicide bombers

close breaking newsCOLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church said Sunday (Apr 12) it had forgiven the suicide bombers behind the attacks that killed at least 279 people last Easter.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told an Easter mass - broadcast from a TV studio because of the coronavirus pandemic - that "we offered love to the enemies who tried to destroy us"."We forgave them," he said, adding that instead of retaliating, the nation's Catholic minority had contemplated Jesus' message of hope, and reduced tensions.The Apr 21 targeted three churches and three luxury hotels, killing at least 279...

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Daimler says China business picks up again: report

Daimler says China business picks up again: report

close breaking newsBERLIN: Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler has seen business stabilise in China after the country ended coronavirus lockdowns, a senior manager at the German carmaker told a newspaper on Sunday."In China alone, we sold around 50,000 vehicles again in March. That makes us confident,", said Markus Schaefer, managing board member for production, told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.Mercedes-Benz delivered a total of approximately 477,400 passenger cars worldwide between January and March. The report did not say how many of those went to customers in China, who bought 694,200...

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FIFA postpones Congress for three months over coronavirus

FIFA postpones Congress for three months over coronavirus

close breaking newsZURICH: FIFA has postponed its annual Congress, due to be held in Ethiopia in June, for three months due to the coronavirus outbreak, the world soccer body said on Wednesday.FIFA said in a statement that its 70th Congress, where delegations from all 211 of its member national associations are due to meet, will take place in Addis Ababa on Sept. 18."Numerous international bodies and public health authorities have advised against the organisation of international events," the statement said."Concerns over the health and well-being of participants, as well as travel...

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