covid-19

  • US coronavirus 'extraordinarily widespread,' say White House experts

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    US coronavirus 'extraordinarily widespread,' say White House experts

    WASHINGTON, Aug 3 — The United States is in a new phase of the novel coronavirus outbreak with infections “extraordinarily widespread” in rural areas as well as cities,...

  • Saudi Arabia concludes downsized Haj amid pandemic

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    Saudi Arabia concludes downsized Haj amid pandemic

    MECCA, Aug 3 — Muslim pilgrims circled Islam's holiest site along socially distanced paths yesterday in the final ritual of the Haj, the smallest in modern history as Saudi...

  • Philippines to reimpose stricter coronavirus lockdown in capital as cases spike

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    Philippines to reimpose stricter coronavirus lockdown in capital as cases spike

    MANILA, Aug 3 — The Philippines will reimpose a stricter coronavirus lockdown in and around the capital for two weeks from tomorrow, authorities said yesterday, as the country...

  • US companies leap over low profit hurdle in coronavirus-hit quarter

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    US companies leap over low profit hurdle in coronavirus-hit quarter

    NEW YORK, Aug 3 — A record high percentage of US companies are beating analysts’ forecasts this earnings season, giving investors a glimmer of hope in what is still expected...

  • Fed’s Kashkari suggests four-to-six- week shutdown; says US Congress can spend big on coronavirus relief

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    Fed’s Kashkari suggests four-to-six- week shutdown; says US Congress can spend big on coronavirus relief

    WASHINGTON, Aug 3 — The US economy could benefit if the nation were to “lock down really hard” for four to six weeks, a top Federal Reserve official said yesterday, adding...

  • Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan discharged after catching Covid-19

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    Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan discharged after catching Covid-19

    NEW DELHI, Aug 2 — Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan said today he had been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being admitted with “mild” coronavirus...

  • Hamilton limps to record British GP win after late puncture

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    Hamilton limps to record British GP win after late puncture

    SILVERSTONE, Aug 2 — Lewis Hamilton limped to a record seventh home British Grand Prix victory after his Mercedes suffered a dramatic last lap puncture today. In an astonishing...

  • Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster: Five schools in Kedah ordered to close

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    Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster: Five schools in Kedah ordered to close

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 —  Five schools in Kedah were ordered to close with immediate effect until Aug 29 in an effort to contain the Sivagangga cluster which recorded 11 new...

  • Iran reports highest virus cases for nearly a month

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    Iran reports highest virus cases for nearly a month

    TEHRAN, Aug 2 — Iran today reported its highest single-day novel coronavirus infection count in nearly a month, warning that most of its provinces have been hit by a resurgence...

  • UDA Holdings allocates RM10m to assist tenants affected by Covid-19

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    UDA Holdings allocates RM10m to assist tenants affected by Covid-19

    SEREMBAN, Aug 2 — UDA Holdings Berhad (UDA) has allocated a RM10 million incentive to assist 1,500 bumiputera entrepreneurs who rent and do business at premises in shopping...

  • 45 police injured in Berlin protests against virus curbs

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    45 police injured in Berlin protests against virus curbs

    BERLIN, Aug 2 — Some 45 police officers were injured in a wave of weekend demonstrations in Berlin including protests against coronavirus restrictions, police said as protesters...

  • Vietnam says origin of Danang outbreak hard to track as virus cases rise

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    Vietnam says origin of Danang outbreak hard to track as virus cases rise

    HANOI, Aug 2 — Vietnamese authorities said today they were finding it hard to track the origin of a fresh coronavirus outbreak that began in the central city of Danang and has...

  • Thai army suspends US training plans after soldiers contract Covid-19

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    Thai army suspends US training plans after soldiers contract Covid-19

    BANGKOK, Aug 2 — Thailand has suspended plans for its army to undertake joint training with the US military after nine Thai soldiers tested positive for coronavirus upon...

  • 100th Salzburg festival kicks off under Covid-19 restrictions

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    100th Salzburg festival kicks off under Covid-19 restrictions

    VIENNA, Aug 2 — While many theatres, opera houses and concert halls across the globe remain closed, one of the world’s most prestigious summer music festivals opened in...

  • India’s interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalised

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    India’s interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalised

    NEW DELHI, Aug 2 — India’s Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that he had tested positive for coronavirus and had been admitted to hospital. Amit Shah, a close aide to...

  • Vietnam health ministry: Covid-19 infections rise to 620; death toll to five

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    Vietnam health ministry: Covid-19 infections rise to 620; death toll to five

    HANOI, Aug 2 — Vietnam reported 34 new novel coronavirus infections today, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 620. The country’s Covid-19...

  • Singapore reports 313 new Covid-19 cases, including five imported and one in the community

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    Singapore reports 313 new Covid-19 cases, including five imported and one in the community

    SINGAPORE, Aug 2 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported 313 new cases of Covid-19, including five that are imported and one in the community — a Singapore permanent...

  • RMCO: 240 compounded for violating SOP in Kota Setar, say police

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    RMCO: 240 compounded for violating SOP in Kota Setar, say police

    ALOR SETAR, Aug 2 — Two hundred and forty individuals in the Kota Setar district were compounded for breaching the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the government...

  • Wisma Putra: 131 Malaysians stranded in Yemen arrive home safely

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    Wisma Putra: 131 Malaysians stranded in Yemen arrive home safely

    PUTRAJAYA, Aug 2 — The first group of 131 Malaysians reportedly stranded in Yemen since March following the Covid-19 pandemic, arrived safely at the Kuala Lumpur International...

  • MFL: M-league teams allowed to hold friendlies behind closed doors from today

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    MFL: M-league teams allowed to hold friendlies behind closed doors from today

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 — All Super League and Premier League teams are allowed to hold friendly matches among themselves behind closed doors from today, said Malaysian Football...

  • Cops: 29 issued compounds for failing to wear face masks in Johor

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    Cops: 29 issued compounds for failing to wear face masks in Johor

    JOHOR BARU, Aug 2 — Up to 29 individuals have been issued compounds in Johor for not wearing face masks in public transport and crowded places. Johor police chief Datuk Ayob...

  • Dr Noor Hisham: 14 new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia today including 13 Malaysians, no new deaths

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    Dr Noor Hisham: 14 new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia today including 13 Malaysians, no new deaths

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 — A total of 14 new Covid-19 cases has been reported in Malaysia today, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. Dr Noor Hisham said one...

  • Philippines’ confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 100,000

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    Philippines’ confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 100,000

    MANILA, Aug 2 — The Philippines today reported 5,032 additional coronavirus infections, its largest single-day increase on record, taking the country’s confirmed cases to...

  • Indonesia reports 1,519 new coronavirus infections, 43 deaths

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    Indonesia reports 1,519 new coronavirus infections, 43 deaths

    JAKARTA, Aug 2 — Indonesia reported 1,519 new coronavirus infections today, bringing the total to 111,455, data from the country's Covid-19 task force showed.  The data...

  • RMCO: Business operators who fail to adhere to reduced business hours directive risk having license revoked, says Kuching South mayor

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    RMCO: Business operators who fail to adhere to reduced business hours directive risk having license revoked, says Kuching South mayor

    KUCHING, Aug 2 — Kuching South City Council Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng has warned that business operators would risk their trading license being revoked if they refused to adhere...

  • Covid-19: Kuching back to yellow zone, no positive cases recorded in Sarawak

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    Covid-19: Kuching back to yellow zone, no positive cases recorded in Sarawak

    KUCHING, Aug 2 — After five days as a Covid-19 red zone, Kuching district is now back to yellow zone status today after only 39 locally transmitted cases were recorded in a...

  • Azmin: Govt gathers feedback on problems faced by industries, small traders during RMCO

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    Azmin: Govt gathers feedback on problems faced by industries, small traders during RMCO

    KULIM, Aug 2 — The government is gathering feedback on the problems faced by industries and small traders during the implementation of the recovery movement control...

  • Australia’s Victoria declares disaster, sets curfew to curb Covid-19

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    Australia’s Victoria declares disaster, sets curfew to curb Covid-19

    MELBOURNE, Aug 2 — Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria declared a state of disaster today and imposed a nightly curfew for the capital Melbourne as part of its...

  • China sends team to Hong Kong to do widespread coronavirus testing

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    China sends team to Hong Kong to do widespread coronavirus testing

    HONG KONG, Aug 2 — Seven Chinese health officials were due to arrive in Hong Kong today, the first members of a 60-person team that will carry out widespread testing for...

  • Amid pandemic, mopeds have a moment in car-loving US

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    Amid pandemic, mopeds have a moment in car-loving US

    NEW YORK, Aug 2 — Long associated with narrow, cobbled streets in Europe and congested Asian megacities, scooters are now becoming a common sight in car-loving America as...

  • Australia’s government to back Victoria’s strict coronavirus lockdown

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    Australia’s government to back Victoria’s strict coronavirus lockdown

    MELBOURNE, Aug 2 — Australia’s government expressed support today for the strictest social-distancing measures yet by the state of Victoria in an effort to contain the new...

  • Police suggest restricting visitors to Teluk Cempedak for physical distancing

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    Police suggest restricting visitors to Teluk Cempedak for physical distancing

    KUANTAN, Aug 2 — The police have suggested restricting the entry of visitors to Teluk Cempedak here, especially on weekends, to ensure the public’s compliance...

  • US counts 61,262 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, reports Johns Hopkins

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    US counts 61,262 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, reports Johns Hopkins

    WASHINGTON, Aug 2 — The United States counted 61,262 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours leading up to 8:30 pm Saturday (0030 GMT Sunday), according to a tally by Johns...

  • Mainland China reports 49 new coronavirus cases for Aug 1

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    Mainland China reports 49 new coronavirus cases for Aug 1

    BEIJING, Aug 2 — China reported 49 cases of the new coronavirus in the mainland for Aug. 1, up from 45 cases a day earlier, the health commission said today. Of the new...

  • Montreal’s tourist heart a ghost town in pandemic summer

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    Montreal’s tourist heart a ghost town in pandemic summer

    MONTREAL, Aug 2 — Stripped of the crowds of visitors that usually flock to its sights, from the Grand Prix to its renowned festivals, Montreal is trying to reinvent itself...