covid-19

  • Protecting the people and businesses: Emergency legislative and policy proposals ― Ambiga Sreenevasan and Lim Wei Jiet

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    Protecting the people and businesses: Emergency legislative and policy proposals ― Ambiga Sreenevasan and Lim Wei Jiet

    APRIL 8 ― The economic disaster following Covid-19 will likely overshadow any other crisis in modern Malaysian history. The livelihoods of Malaysians and the very survival of...

  • MTUC urges employers to ‘show humanity’ and not abandon migrant workers during MCO

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    MTUC urges employers to ‘show humanity’ and not abandon migrant workers during MCO

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 — The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has urged the government to take action against unscrupulous employers who leave their migrant workers unpaid...

  • Bursa Malaysia slips on mounting concerns over Covid-19

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    Bursa Malaysia slips on mounting concerns over Covid-19

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 ― Bursa Malaysia remained in the red at lunch break due to bearish market sentiments following the increased number of Covid-19 infections and deaths. At...

  • Boost’s Covid-19 Fund receives over RM300,000 in contribution from Malaysians

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    Boost’s Covid-19 Fund receives over RM300,000 in contribution from Malaysians

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 — Malaysians have contributed more than RM300,000 to Boost’s Covid-19 Fund (Tabung Covid-19 by Boost) to help frontliners in the fight against the...

  • Pulp friction: Border jams delay supply of toilet paper's only ingredient

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    Pulp friction: Border jams delay supply of toilet paper's only ingredient

    LONDON, April 8 ― As several European borders limit travel to stop the spread of Covid-19, two of the world's biggest pulp makers say transportation logjams are delaying...

  • Wuhan exodus sparks virus hope despite mounting global death toll

    4 hours ago

    Wuhan exodus sparks virus hope despite mounting global death toll

    WUHAN, April 8 — Thousands of relieved citizens streamed out of China's Wuhan today after authorities lifted months of lockdown at the coronavirus epicntre, offering some hope...

  • NZ PM cautiously optimistic about Covid-19, urges Easter 'staycation'

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    NZ PM cautiously optimistic about Covid-19, urges Easter 'staycation'

    WELLINGTON, April 8 — New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said today she was cautiously optimistic about slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus as authorities...

  • S.Korea's Moon announces US$29.5b in additional cheap loans for exporters

    5 hours ago

    S.Korea's Moon announces US$29.5b in additional cheap loans for exporters

    SEOUL, April 8 ― South Korean President Moon Jae-in said today the government will make an additional 36 trillion won (RM128 billion) worth of cheap loans available for...

  • British-American actor Adam Bond free from Covid-19 virus, grateful to Malaysian medical frontliners

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    British-American actor Adam Bond free from Covid-19 virus, grateful to Malaysian medical frontliners

    PETALING JAYA, April 8 — British-American actor Adam Bond was discharged from Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) last night after tests confirmed that he is now free from Covid-19. He...

  • Actress Puteri Aishah tests positive for Covid-19 after returning from Scotland

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    Actress Puteri Aishah tests positive for Covid-19 after returning from Scotland

    PETALING JAYA, April 8 — Malaysian actress Puteri Aishah has tested positive for Covid-19 a week after returning from Inverness, Scotland where she was filming a drama series....

  • IMF says considering Nigeria's request for funds to fight pandemic

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    IMF says considering Nigeria's request for funds to fight pandemic

    WASHINGTON, April 8 ― The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday said it was considering Nigeria's request for US$3.4 billion (RM14.5 billion) in emergency financing to...

  • Erdogan under pressure as coronavirus cases spike in Turkey

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    Erdogan under pressure as coronavirus cases spike in Turkey

    ISTANBUL, April 8 — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stepped up measures to stem rapidly growing coronavirus cases in Turkey but his refusal to impose a full lockdown to keep...

  • ‘Cytokine storm’ ― The immune system overreaction that can be fatal

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    ‘Cytokine storm’ ― The immune system overreaction that can be fatal

    NEW YORK, April 8 ― A phenomenon known as a “cytokine storm” ― a rapid overreaction of the immune system ― is one of the most worrying features of Covid-19. Experts...

  • In Asia, bucking the global lockdown trend

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    In Asia, bucking the global lockdown trend

    HONG KONG, April 8 — As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after...

  • Covid-19: Sepang now red zone as Selangor crosses 1,000 threshold, KL's Lembah Pantai has most cases for fifth day in row

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    Covid-19: Sepang now red zone as Selangor crosses 1,000 threshold, KL's Lembah Pantai has most cases for fifth day in row

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 — The Sepang district in Selangor is now a red zone or a Covid-19 hotspot with at least 41 cases, while the state itself which has been the worst hit in...

  • Ecuador builds emergency cemeteries due to coronavirus outbreak

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    Ecuador builds emergency cemeteries due to coronavirus outbreak

    GUAYAQUIL, April 8 — Ecuador's government is preparing an emergency burial ground on land donated by a private cemetery in Guayaquil, the country's largest city, to address a...

  • Australia's parliament set to pass huge stimulus plan as S&P lowers 'AAA' outlook

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    Australia's parliament set to pass huge stimulus plan as S&P lowers 'AAA' outlook

    SYDNEY, April 8 ― Australia's coveted “AAA” rating came under a cloud on Wednesday as the country's parliament returned to pass an emergency A$130 billion (RM565.14 billion)...

  • Country folk singer John Prine dies at 73 of Covid-19 complications, says report

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    Country folk singer John Prine dies at 73 of Covid-19 complications, says report

    LOS ANGELES, April 8 — Grammy-winning singer John Prine, who wrote his early songs in his head while delivering mail and later emerged from Chicago's folk revival scene in the...

  • Signs of slowing coronavirus cases lift UK shares, Cineworld soars

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    Signs of slowing coronavirus cases lift UK shares, Cineworld soars

    LONDON, April 8 ― Britain's stock markets surged yesterday as signs of coronavirus infections easing in the worst-hit regions of Europe boosted energy, banking and battered...

  • Hong Kong extends social distancing restrictions to contain virus

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    Hong Kong extends social distancing restrictions to contain virus

    HONG KONG, April 8 — Hong Kong said today social-distancing restrictions including the closure of some bars and pubs and a ban on public gatherings of more than four people...

  • Germany enlists Fitbits and smartwatches in virus battle

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    Germany enlists Fitbits and smartwatches in virus battle

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 8 — Germany’s centre for disease control yesterday urged people with smartwatches and fitness bands to share their health data to help keep track of the...

  • Tokyo stocks volatile as investors weigh virus signals

    7 hours ago

    Tokyo stocks volatile as investors weigh virus signals

    TOKYO, April 8 ― Tokyo stocks were higher at the open today but quickly slipped into the red as investors weighed mixed signals over the coronavirus that is hammering the global...

  • Two Peruvian women diagnosed with Covid-19 give birth to healthy babies, says doctor

    7 hours ago

    Two Peruvian women diagnosed with Covid-19 give birth to healthy babies, says doctor

    LIMA, April 8 — Two pregnant women diagnosed with the new coronavirus in Peru have given birth to babies who have tested negative for the disease, a hospital in the capital Lima...

  • With doors closed for Covid-19, Belgian chefs cater for hospitals

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    With doors closed for Covid-19, Belgian chefs cater for hospitals

    LIER, April 8 — Belgian chef Nils Proost did not sit back when coronavirus restrictions forced the closure of his restaurant. He is now one of 30 top cooks serving meals to...

  • Post-MCO exit strategy should be considered and discussed by all quarters ― Lim Kit Siang

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    Post-MCO exit strategy should be considered and discussed by all quarters ― Lim Kit Siang

    APRIL 8 ― Today is a special day in the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, which has spread like a raging fire worldwide, with confirmed infections totalling 1.4 million cases and...

  • Man goes extra mile to help during MCO by providing voluntary disinfection services, alone

    7 hours ago

    Man goes extra mile to help during MCO by providing voluntary disinfection services, alone

    GEORGE TOWN, April 8 — Business is slow during the movement control order (MCO) but instead of sitting at home, Jee Jeet Yuan, decided to make full use of his time and equipment...

  • China's new coronavirus cases double as imported infections surge

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    China's new coronavirus cases double as imported infections surge

    BEIJING, April 8 — Mainland China's new coronavirus cases doubled in 24 hours as the number of infected overseas travellers surged, and new asymptomatic infections more than...

  • Kit Siang argues again for exit strategy once MCO expires

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    Kit Siang argues again for exit strategy once MCO expires

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 — DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has urged for the formulation of an exit strategy for the partial lockdown caused by the ongoing movement control order (MCO)...

  • Long lines and frustration as Wisconsinites brave voting amid pandemic

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    Long lines and frustration as Wisconsinites brave voting amid pandemic

    MILWAUKEE, April 8 — Despite a last-minute court battle and a stay-at-home order, thousands of Wisconsin voters yesterday braved the coronavirus outbreak to wait six feet apart...

  • US oil state senators to talk crude markets with Saudi officials Saturday, says source

    8 hours ago

    US oil state senators to talk crude markets with Saudi officials Saturday, says source

    WASHINGTON, April 8 ― Republican US senators who have introduced a Bill that would remove US defence systems and troops in Saudi Arabia unless it cuts oil output will hold a...

  • Spain's coronavirus death rate quickens again

    8 hours ago

    Spain's coronavirus death rate quickens again

    MADRID, April 8 — Spain's daily toll of coronavirus deaths rose yesterday for the first time in five days, with 743 people succumbing overnight compared with 637 in the previous...

  • CDC removes unusual guidance to doctors about drug favoured by Trump

    8 hours ago

    CDC removes unusual guidance to doctors about drug favoured by Trump

    WASHINGTON, April 8 — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed from its website highly unusual guidance informing doctors on how to prescribe...

  • France is fourth country to pass 10,000 Covid-19 deaths

    8 hours ago

    France is fourth country to pass 10,000 Covid-19 deaths

    PARIS, April 8 — France has officially registered more than 10,000 deaths from coronavirus infections, making it the fourth country to cross that threshold after Italy, Spain...

  • Exxon lops 30pc off 2020 spending, deeper and later than rivals

    8 hours ago

    Exxon lops 30pc off 2020 spending, deeper and later than rivals

    HOUSTON, April 8 ― Exxon Mobil Corp yesterday throttled back investment in shale, natural gas and deep water production, cutting planned capital spending by 30 per cent this...

  • Halt on breweries and the need to sober up ― Toh Cheng Khim

    8 hours ago

    Halt on breweries and the need to sober up ― Toh Cheng Khim

    APRIL 8 ― I love my alcohol fix as much as any social drinker. But why are we behaving like drunkards in a bar brawl over the government's latest decision to rescind the...