covid-19

  • Students in KL under Covid-19 quarantine moved by kind neighbours who offer to get them food and groceries

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    Students in KL under Covid-19 quarantine moved by kind neighbours who offer to get them food and groceries

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — Kindness has no boundaries as related by a student who revealed how his neighbours came to help him and his housemates as they are under home quarantine....

  • LTAT declares higher dividend of 3.5pc for 2020

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    LTAT declares higher dividend of 3.5pc for 2020

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — The Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) has declared an improved dividend of 3.5 per cent for the financial year ended December 31, 2020, compared to 2.5 per...

  • Stalls at one of George Town’s oldest markets turn to delivery service during MCO

    15 hours ago

    Stalls at one of George Town’s oldest markets turn to delivery service during MCO

    GEORGE TOWN, May 11 — Usually, in the days leading up to Hari Raya Aidilfitri, business is brisk at the Chowrasta Market in George Town, but this year, it has dropped by almost...

  • Vaccines ‘not 100pc efficacious’ but benefits outweigh risks, offer some protection against variants, says Singapore health minister

    15 hours ago

    Vaccines ‘not 100pc efficacious’ but benefits outweigh risks, offer some protection against variants, says Singapore health minister

    SINGAPORE, May 11 — The benefits of the two Covid-19 vaccines approved here continue to outweigh the risks, even as intense studies into infections of vaccinated persons and new...

  • Covid-19: Singapore ‘on knife’s edge’, community cases can go either way in coming weeks, says education minister

    15 hours ago

    Covid-19: Singapore ‘on knife’s edge’, community cases can go either way in coming weeks, says education minister

    SINGAPORE, May 11 — The number of Covid-19 community cases in Singapore could “go either way” in the next few weeks, but there is a chance the country can get the situation...

  • Covid-19: 28,000 tested as part of effort to contain TTSH cluster, says Singapore health minister

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    Covid-19: 28,000 tested as part of effort to contain TTSH cluster, says Singapore health minister

    SINGAPORE, May 11 — About 28,000 people have been tested for Covid-19 as part of efforts to contain Singapore’s largest active coronavirus cluster at Tan Tock Seng Hospital...

  • ICU beds at Penang Covid-19 hospitals hit 100pc capacity, says Chow

    15 hours ago

    ICU beds at Penang Covid-19 hospitals hit 100pc capacity, says Chow

    GEORGE TOWN, May 11 — The intensive care units (ICUs) to treat critical Covid-19 cases at government hospitals in Penang are full, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. The...

  • Unicef report: Around one-third of low-income urban families still hesitant over Covid-19 vaccine

    15 hours ago

    Unicef report: Around one-third of low-income urban families still hesitant over Covid-19 vaccine

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — Aside from the ongoing struggle to make ends meet, a United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) Families on the Edge Report has revealed that just over...

  • Covid-19: India's seven-day average at new high, WHO issues warning on strain

    16 hours ago

    Covid-19: India's seven-day average at new high, WHO issues warning on strain

    BENGALURU, May 11 ― India's coronavirus crisis showed scant sign of easing today, with a seven-day average of new cases at a record high and international heath authorities...

  • Allow Opposition lawmakers to sit in National Security Council meetings too, Guan Eng tells govt

    16 hours ago

    Allow Opposition lawmakers to sit in National Security Council meetings too, Guan Eng tells govt

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today urged the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government to allow members of the Opposition to sit in the National Security...

  • Transport Ministry: No ban on goods vehicles during Raya season

    16 hours ago

    Transport Ministry: No ban on goods vehicles during Raya season

    PUTRAJAYA, May 11 — Goods vehicles are allowed to travel on public roads during this Aidilfitri festive season, said the Transport Minister (MoT). “Due to a blanket ban on all...

  • Survey: As Covid-19 aid dries up, Klang Valley’s poorest families survive on vegetables

    16 hours ago

    Survey: As Covid-19 aid dries up, Klang Valley’s poorest families survive on vegetables

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — Klang Valley’s poorest families fear they could starve if no help comes in the face of prolonged movement restrictions, with most still left jobless by...

  • MCO 3.0: Agong advises people to stay home if they have no urgent matters outside

    17 hours ago

    MCO 3.0: Agong advises people to stay home if they have no urgent matters outside

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today advised the public to stay at home and avoid going out if they have...

  • Philippines records first two cases of Indian Covid-19 variant

    18 hours ago

    Philippines records first two cases of Indian Covid-19 variant

    MANILA, May 11 ― The Philippines has detected its first two cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India, its health ministry said today. The World Health...

  • Bank Negara: Blanket automatic loan moratorium for all not best solution for now

    18 hours ago

    Bank Negara: Blanket automatic loan moratorium for all not best solution for now

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said today a blanket automatic loan moratorium was not the best solution for all given the recent containment measures...

  • Hong Kong scraps mandatory Covid-19 vaccines for foreign domestic workers

    18 hours ago

    Hong Kong scraps mandatory Covid-19 vaccines for foreign domestic workers

    HONG KONG, May 11 ― Hong Kong today scrapped a plan to make coronavirus vaccines mandatory for foreign domestic workers after the proposal sparked an outcry and a diplomatic...

  • Australia's Victoria on alert after first Covid-19 case in two months

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    Australia's Victoria on alert after first Covid-19 case in two months

    SYDNEY, May 11 ― Australia's second most populous state reported a locally acquired Covid-19 case for the first time in more than two months today, sending authorities...

  • Novavax delays Covid-19 vaccine authorisation request

    19 hours ago

    Novavax delays Covid-19 vaccine authorisation request

    WASHINGTON, May 11 ― US biotech firm Novavax yesterday said it had delayed plans to seek authorisation for its Covid vaccine candidate, a setback for developing countries hoping...

  • Singapore’s Geylang Serai market, Courts outlet in Jurong Point among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

    19 hours ago

    Singapore’s Geylang Serai market, Courts outlet in Jurong Point among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

    SINGAPORE, May 11 — The Geylang Serai market and food centre as well as two nearby malls were added to a list of public places that had been visited by Covid-19 cases during...

  • Osaka ‘not sure’ Tokyo Olympics should go ahead

    20 hours ago

    Osaka ‘not sure’ Tokyo Olympics should go ahead

    ROME, May 11 — Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has said she is “not really sure” the delayed Tokyo Olympics should go ahead as the city battles a surge of coronavirus cases...

  • As MCO 3.0 looms, DAP rep urges for automatic three-month bank loan moratorium, cash aid

    20 hours ago

    As MCO 3.0 looms, DAP rep urges for automatic three-month bank loan moratorium, cash aid

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — Putrajaya should mandate for an automatic loan moratorium by banks for three months and offer cash aid to Malaysians during the latest iteration of the...

  • Japanese prefecture says deaths at home surge amid fourth Covid-19 wave

    20 hours ago

    Japanese prefecture says deaths at home surge amid fourth Covid-19 wave

    TOKYO, May 11 ― Eighteen people have died from the Covid-19 respiratory disease outside of hospitals in Japan's Osaka Prefecture, officials said, amid calls for tougher...

  • Australia's New South Wales reports zero Covid-19 cases for fifth straight day

    20 hours ago

    Australia's New South Wales reports zero Covid-19 cases for fifth straight day

    SYDNEY, May 11 ― Australia's most populous state reported no new locally acquired Covid-19 cases for a fifth straight day today as authorities hunt for a missing link in a new...

  • Indian doctors warn against cow dung as Covid cure

    21 hours ago

    Indian doctors warn against cow dung as Covid cure

    AHMEDABAD (India), May 12 ― Doctors in India are warning against the practice of using cow dung in the belief it will ward off Covid-19, saying there is no scientific evidence...

  • Venezuela's academy of medicine asks US to donate Covid-19 vaccines

    21 hours ago

    Venezuela's academy of medicine asks US to donate Covid-19 vaccines

    CARACAS, May 11 ― Venezuela's main academy of medicine has asked the United States to add the South American nation to its international donor list for millions of doses of...

  • Post-pandemic, liposuction and tummy tucks could be the hottest plastic surgery procedures

    21 hours ago

    Post-pandemic, liposuction and tummy tucks could be the hottest plastic surgery procedures

    NEW YORK, May 11 ― At a standstill for several weeks in 2020 due to pandemic-linked restrictions, plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures are generating growing interest around...

  • Berlin film fest says safe to hold June outdoor edition

    21 hours ago

    Berlin film fest says safe to hold June outdoor edition

    BERLIN, May 11 — Organisers of the Berlin film festival said Monday that pandemic conditions in the German capital had improved enough for them to hold a planned outdoor edition...

  • Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia’s nationwide Covid-19 infectivity rate hovers at 1.13 as Kedah tops list

    21 hours ago

    Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia’s nationwide Covid-19 infectivity rate hovers at 1.13 as Kedah tops list

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — The current nationwide Covid-19 effective reproduction number (Rt) continued to stay in the 1.13 range recorded yesterday as cases continue to soar in the...

  • Towards a warp speed and upscale vaccine rollout — Musa Mohd Nordin, Mohammad Farhan Rusli, Zulkifli Ismail

    21 hours ago

    Towards a warp speed and upscale vaccine rollout — Musa Mohd Nordin, Mohammad Farhan Rusli, Zulkifli Ismail

    MAY 11 — Try asking your parents or grandparents where they got their pneumococcal, meningococcal, influenza, varicella or shingles vaccines. They would probably give you...

  • Covid-19: Cook at Mos Burger in Singapore’s Suntec City sole unlinked community case, two others linked to airport cluster

    22 hours ago

    Covid-19: Cook at Mos Burger in Singapore’s Suntec City sole unlinked community case, two others linked to airport cluster

    SINGAPORE, May  11 — A cook at the Mos Burger outlet in Suntec City mall was one of the three Covid-19 cases in the community yesterday (May 10). The other two are linked...

  • Blame game in Spain after street parties break out as restrictions ease

    23 hours ago

    Blame game in Spain after street parties break out as restrictions ease

    MADRID, May 11 ― The Spanish government and opposition blamed each other yesterday after crowds of mostly maskless youths partied in the streets of Madrid and Barcelona when a...

  • Argentina confirms first cases of Covid-19 variants from India, South Africa

    23 hours ago

    Argentina confirms first cases of Covid-19 variants from India, South Africa

    BUENOS AIRES, May 11 ― Argentina's Health Ministry yesterday confirmed its first cases of the more contagious Covid-19 variants discovered in India and South Africa in three...

  • US State Department eases travel advisories for UK, Israel

    23 hours ago

    US State Department eases travel advisories for UK, Israel

    WASHINGTON, May 11 ― The US State Department said yesterday it has eased travel advisory ratings for the United Kingdom and Israel after raising both countries to its highest...

  • US children ages 12 to 15 could begin Covid-19 vaccinations Thursday

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    US children ages 12 to 15 could begin Covid-19 vaccinations Thursday

    WASHINGTON, May 11 ― US regulators authorised Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12 and said they could begin receiving shots as soon as...

  • Premier League targets full stadiums next season

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    Premier League targets full stadiums next season

    LONDON, May 11 — The Premier League has welcomed the British government’s announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic and Chief Executive...