covid-19

  • Survey: US services sector returned to growth in June

    17 hours ago

    Survey: US services sector returned to growth in June

    WASHINGTON, July 6 — The US services sector grew in June after the coronavirus pandemic caused its steepest-ever contraction the month prior, an industry survey said today. The...

  • Covid-19: No international championship for Malaysian athletics squad this year, says head coach

    18 hours ago

    Covid-19: No international championship for Malaysian athletics squad this year, says head coach

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — The national athletics squad will start training in track and field in the next few days, but may have to wait until next year to compete in any...

  • China’s SinoVac starts late stage trials for its Covid-19 vaccine

    18 hours ago

    China’s SinoVac starts late stage trials for its Covid-19 vaccine

    BEIJING, July 6 — China’s SinoVac is starting Phase III trials of its potential coronavirus vaccine, it said today, becoming one of three companies to move into the late...

  • US tops 130,000 deaths from Covid-19 after record surge in cases

    18 hours ago

    US tops 130,000 deaths from Covid-19 after record surge in cases

    WASHINGTON, July 6 — The number of US coronavirus deaths exceeded 130,000 today, following a surge of new cases that has put President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis...

  • Germany has only a few hundred doses of remdesivir, says health minister

    18 hours ago

    Germany has only a few hundred doses of remdesivir, says health minister

    BRUSSELS, July 6 — Germany has only a few hundred doses of Covid-19 antiviral remdesivir, the country’s health minister Jens Spahn told European Union lawmakers today, urging...

  • US stocks open stronger, continuing rally

    18 hours ago

    US stocks open stronger, continuing rally

    NEW YORK, July 6 — Wall Street opened higher after the long holiday weekend today, extending last week’s rally that was fuelled by positive economic signs despite the...

  • Crackdown on undocumented migrants according to the law, says union

    18 hours ago

    Crackdown on undocumented migrants according to the law, says union

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — The measures taken against undocumented migrants in this country are in accordance with the law and the rules which have been laid down must be respected...

  • Malaysian police initiate investigation on report by Al Jazeera

    18 hours ago

    Malaysian police initiate investigation on report by Al Jazeera

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Police have begun an investigation into reports on an alleged attempt by international news agency Al Jazeera to tarnish Malaysia’s image through a...

  • Indonesia’s Lion Air slashes 2,600 jobs as virus bites

    19 hours ago

    Indonesia’s Lion Air slashes 2,600 jobs as virus bites

    JAKARTA, July 6 — Indonesia’s Lion Air Group is slashing 2,600 jobs as the coronavirus pandemic hammers Sout-east Asia’s biggest carrier, a company spokesman said today. The...

  • Pakistan’s health minister tests positive for Covid-19

    19 hours ago

    Pakistan’s health minister tests positive for Covid-19

    ISLAMABAD, July 6 — Pakistan’s health minister today said he had tested positive for Covid-19, the latest senior figure to contract the novel coronavirus in a country where...

  • Uber buys delivery startup Postmates for US$2.65b

    19 hours ago

    Uber buys delivery startup Postmates for US$2.65b

    WASHINGTON, July 6 — Uber said today it was buying delivery startup Postmates for US$2.65 billion (RM11.4 billion) in stock, in a move shaking up the sector which has seen...

  • Foreigners who make statements damaging to Malaysia risk having passes revoked, Immigration D-G says amid Al Jazeera documentary uproar

    19 hours ago

    Foreigners who make statements damaging to Malaysia risk having passes revoked, Immigration D-G says amid Al Jazeera documentary uproar

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Foreign nationals who make inaccurate statements aim at damaging Malaysia’s image will face possible revocation of their passes, said Immigration...

  • Institute of Medical Research to conduct studies on Covid-19 virus mutation, says Dr Noor Hisham

    20 hours ago

    Institute of Medical Research to conduct studies on Covid-19 virus mutation, says Dr Noor Hisham

    PUTRAJAYA, July 6 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has directed the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) to conduct studies on mutation of the Covid-19 virus to learn more of its...

  • Qatar coronavirus cases exceed 100,000, says health ministry

    21 hours ago

    Qatar coronavirus cases exceed 100,000, says health ministry

    DUBAI, July 6 — The number of coronavirus cases in Qatar exceeded 100,000 today, adding 546 new cases and five deaths in the past 24 hours. With a population of about 2.7...

  • Britain’s Pret A Manger to close 30 UK shops, could cut over 1,000 jobs

    21 hours ago

    Britain’s Pret A Manger to close 30 UK shops, could cut over 1,000 jobs

    LONDON, July 6 — British coffee and sandwich chain Pret A Manger said today it will not reopen 30 UK shops after the coronavirus lockdown and could cut around 1,000 jobs,...

  • Kosovo imposes curfew as coronavirus infections surge

    21 hours ago

    Kosovo imposes curfew as coronavirus infections surge

    PRISTINA, July 6 — Kosovo’s government today re-imposed nightly curfews in the capital Pristina and three other towns in a bid to curb an increase of coronavirus infections in...

  • Dutch cull virus-infected mink on 20 farms

    21 hours ago

    Dutch cull virus-infected mink on 20 farms

    THE HAGUE, July 6 — Dutch authorities today culled thousands of mink on two more farms infected with the new coronavirus, bringing the total to 20, health authorities said. The...

  • AirAsia posts RM803.85m loss in Q1 despite Ebitda breakeven

    21 hours ago

    AirAsia posts RM803.85m loss in Q1 despite Ebitda breakeven

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — AirAsia Group Bhd recorded a net loss of RM803.85 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared with a net profit of RM96.09 million in the...

  • Cultivating accountability and transparency during Covid-19 — Akhbar Satar

    21 hours ago

    Cultivating accountability and transparency during Covid-19 — Akhbar Satar

    JULY 6 — The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is concerned about the outbreak of Covid-19 which would create opportunity for many integrity...

  • Sarawak gets one new Covid-19 case after seven days in the clear

    21 hours ago

    Sarawak gets one new Covid-19 case after seven days in the clear

    KUCHING, July 6 — A returnee from the UK who tested positive for Covid-19 broke Sarawak’s seven-day record today. Sarawak Disaster Management Committee Chairman Datuk Douglas...

  • Patchy demand at stores spells more pain for garment suppliers

    21 hours ago

    Patchy demand at stores spells more pain for garment suppliers

    MADRID, July 6 — Fashion brands and retailers re-opening around the world to patchy demand, and carrying unsold stock from spring have cut fall orders by as much as two-thirds...

  • Ringgit ends higher

    22 hours ago

    Ringgit ends higher

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — The ringgit ended higher against the US dollar today on the back of higher oil prices amid tight supply in the market. As at 6pm, the ringgit was quoted...

  • Lloyds Bank boss Horta-Osorio to step down after a decade at the helm

    22 hours ago

    Lloyds Bank boss Horta-Osorio to step down after a decade at the helm

    LONDON, July 6 — Lloyds Bank Chief Executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said today he would step down next year after a decade at the helm, leaving Britain’s biggest domestic bank...

  • Dr Noor Hisham: Five new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, no deaths for 22nd straight day

    23 hours ago

    Dr Noor Hisham: Five new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, no deaths for 22nd straight day

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Malaysia recorded five new cases of Covid-19 over the last 24 hours — three imported and two local transmissions — bringing the total number of cases...

  • Bursa Malaysia ends on a firm note, up 1.56pc

    23 hours ago

    Bursa Malaysia ends on a firm note, up 1.56pc

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Bursa Malaysia ended 1.56 per cent firmer today in tandem with the performance of its regional peers, taking a cue from the surge in Chinese blue chips....

  • Census 2020: Tech-friendly e-census focuses on areas with high internet access in Malaysia

    23 hours ago

    Census 2020: Tech-friendly e-census focuses on areas with high internet access in Malaysia

    PUTRAJAYA, July 6 — Amidst the Covid-19 threat, the first phase of implementation for the Malaysian Population and Housing Census 2020 (Census 2020) exercise will be conducted...

  • Covid-19: Travel between Malaysia and Singapore to be known as early as Aug, says Foreign Ministry

    23 hours ago

    Covid-19: Travel between Malaysia and Singapore to be known as early as Aug, says Foreign Ministry

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — The reopening of borders between Malaysia and Singapore is expected to be made known as early as next month, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin...

  • 1,000 jobs to go at German aircraft engine firm

    23 hours ago

    1,000 jobs to go at German aircraft engine firm

    BERLIN, July 6 — German aircraft engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines said today it is planning to cut at least 1,000 jobs as the impact of the coronavirus continues to hammer...

  • 183 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including a two-month high of 23 community cases

    23 hours ago

    183 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including a two-month high of 23 community cases

    SINGAPORE, July 6 — Singapore has confirmed 183 new cases of Covid-19, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press release today. There are 23 new community cases based on the...

  • Asian markets rally on recovery hopes, despite virus surge

    1 day ago

    Asian markets rally on recovery hopes, despite virus surge

    HONG KONG, July 6 — Asian markets rallied out of the blocks today, with further signs of economic recovery continuing to resonate with investors more than a surge in coronavirus...

  • Action on undocumented migrants for national security, health reasons, says IGP

    1 day ago

    Action on undocumented migrants for national security, health reasons, says IGP

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — All forms of action taken against undocumented migrants in the country is for national security and health reasons, said Inspector-General of Police Tan...

  • Indonesia reports 70 new coronavirus deaths, 1,209 new cases

    1 day ago

    Indonesia reports 70 new coronavirus deaths, 1,209 new cases

    JAKARTA July 6 — Indonesia reported 1,209 new coronavirus infections and 70 new deaths today, its health ministry said. The case total is currently 64,958 and number of...

  • Ismail Sabri: Over 10,400 Malaysian students, retrenched workers possibly stranded abroad with no way of coming home

    1 day ago

    Ismail Sabri: Over 10,400 Malaysian students, retrenched workers possibly stranded abroad with no way of coming home

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Nearly half a million Malaysians are currently stranded outside the country due to various travel restrictions during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and...

  • Sterling falls vs euro, steady vs dollar; Chancellor’s support measures in focus

    1 day ago

    Sterling falls vs euro, steady vs dollar; Chancellor’s support measures in focus

    LONDON, July 6 — The pound fell against the euro, as the common currency rose today, and held steady against the US dollar, as traders looked ahead to this month’s Brexit...

  • Johor seeks RM1b from Putrajaya to aid state SMEs hit by Covid-19

    1 day ago

    Johor seeks RM1b from Putrajaya to aid state SMEs hit by Covid-19

    ISKANDAR PUTERI, July 6 — The Johor government will be asking the federal government for RM1 billion to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the state that have...