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Rich world pumps aid to fight virus, Britain latest to face lockdown
Rich world pumps aid to fight virus, Britain latest to face lockdown

The world’s wealthiest nations poured unprecedented aid into the reeling global economy on Thursday as coronavirus cases ballooned in the current epicentre Europe and London became the latest major center bracing for lockdown.With almost 219,000 infections and more than 8,900 deaths so far, the epidemic has stunned the world and drawn comparisons with traumatic…

Reuters - Mar 19 14:32 GMT - more ... [ Tags: World ]

The Single Most Important Lesson From the 1918 Influenza
The Single Most Important Lesson From the 1918 Influenza

In 1918, a new respiratory virus invaded the human population and killed between 50 million and 100 million people — adjusted for population, that would equal 220 million to 430 million people today. Late last year another new respiratory virus invaded the human population, and the reality of a pandemic is now upon us. Although clearly a serious threat to human…

NYT - Mar 18 16:11 GMT - more ... [ Tags: World ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • China revokes press credentials of US reporters at three major outlets

    China revokes press credentials of US reporters at three major outlets

    “The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this senseless but entirely predictable retaliation by the Chinese government, which threatens to sharply curtail the reporting operations of major U.S. publications in China,” said Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. “Beijing and Washington should negotiate to solve their differences and stop taking…

    CPJ - Mar 18 15:14 GMT - more ...
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  • Italy says coronavirus lockdown may need to be extended

    Italy says coronavirus lockdown may need to be extended

    An unprecedented lockdown imposed on Italians last week to halt the spread of coronavirus might be extended if the incidence of new cases doesn’t slow, officials said on Wednesday. The government has ordered restaurants, bars and most shops to shut down until March 25. In addition, it has shut schools and universities and told everyone to stay at home unless…

    Reuters - Mar 18 12:28 GMT - more ...
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  • China Announces That It Will Expel American Journalists

    China Announces That It Will Expel American Journalists

    The announcement comes weeks after President Trump limited the number of Chinese citizens who could work in the United States for five state-controlled Chinese news organizations.

    NYT - Mar 17 17:24 GMT - more ...
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  • Human Coronavirus Types

    Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. There are four main sub-groupings of coronaviruses, known as alpha, beta, gamma, and delta.Common human coronaviruses 229E (alpha coronavirus), NL63 (alpha coronavirus), OC43 (beta coronavirus), HKU1 (beta coronavirus)...

    CDC - Mar 17 14:51 GMT - more ...
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  • Sri Lanka’s economic recovery suffers amid COVID-19 threat

    Sri Lanka’s economic recovery suffers amid COVID-19 threat

    The grim reality is the outbreak of coronavirus across the world is likely to hit Sri Lanka’s key foreign revenue earners like garments, tourism, and remittances harder while easy foreign borrowing from China could be constrained as the world’s second largest economy itself is struggling with the highest fatalities from the pandemic disease.

    FT - Mar 16 18:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka ]

  • Coronavirus kills senior cleric as Iran toll hits 853

    Coronavirus kills senior cleric as Iran toll hits 853

    The novel coronavirus killed a top Iranian cleric Monday, the Islamic republic said as it reported yet another record high single-day death toll in one of the world's worst-hit countries. The latest 129 deaths brought the overall toll to 853 fatalities among nearly 15,000 infections since February 19, when the government announced Iran's first cases of the COVID-19…

    AFP - Mar 16 15:46 GMT - more ...
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  • The new coronavirus can likely remain airborne for some time. That doesn’t mean we’re doomed

    The new coronavirus can likely remain airborne for some time. That doesn’t mean we’re doomed

    When a new virus blasts out of the animals that harbored it and into people, experts can usually say, thank goodness it’s not like measles. That virus is more contagious than any others known to science: Each case of measles causes an astronomical 12 to 18 new cases, compared to about six for polio, smallpox, and rubella. Each case of the new coronavirus is…

    StatNews - Mar 16 15:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World ]

  • Lockdowns erupt as world infections surpass those in China

    Lockdowns erupt as world infections surpass those in China

    Monday marked another milestone in the global battle to outwit the new coronavirus, as reported infections in the rest of the world overtook those in China. Millions of people in Europe and the United States began holing up at home amid rapid-fire border closures announced by one nation after the other. Spain officially became the fourth-most infected country in…

    CTV News - Mar 16 14:35 GMT - more ...
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  • Sri Lanka offers Buddhist prayers to combat Covid-19

    Sri Lanka offers Buddhist prayers to combat Covid-19

    Sri Lanka is conducting a week-long Buddhist prayers as means to combat the growing threat of the deadly coronavirus that has killed over 100,000 people globally. As of Sunday, the number of confirmed cases reported in Sri Lanka are 11 with over 137 being hospitalised. "We have organised to recite the 'Rathana Suthraya' over a week through which we hope that not…

    India Today - Mar 16 13:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Fed brings out big guns, investors fear the worst

    Fed brings out big guns, investors fear the worst

    A massive rollout of easing measures by the Federal Reserve served to deepen some investors’ anxiety over how effectively policymakers will be able to mitigate the economic damage from a spreading coronavirus pandemic. To many, the Fed’s dramatic actions brought home the severity of the situation the U.S. finds itself in as it is confronted by an accelerating…

    Reuters - Mar 16 13:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World ]

  • Apple has reopened its 42 retail stores in China, after closures to counteract the spread of COVID-19

    Apple has reopened its 42 retail stores in China, after closures to counteract the spread of COVID-19

    Apple is reopening all 42 of its retail stores in China. A company spokesman confirmed to Reuters that the stores will reopen Friday. Some had been closed in early February as a precaution against the coronavirus. Apple had warned in mid-February that it would not meet its March revenue guidance thanks to the store closures, and production slowdown thanks to the…

    Business Insider - Mar 13 17:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, China ]

  • The politics of pandemics

    The politics of pandemics

    To see what is to come look to Lombardy, the affluent Italian region at the heart of the covid-19 outbreak in Europe. Its hospitals provide world-class health care. Until last week they thought they would cope with the disease—then waves of people began turning up with pneumonia. Having run out of ventilators and oxygen, exhausted staff at some hospitals are being…

    Economist - Mar 13 16:24 GMT - more ...
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  • Coronavirus : Sri Lanka suspends on Arrival Visa for Foreigners

    Coronavirus : Sri Lanka suspends on Arrival Visa for Foreigners

    On Arrival Visa Scheme for foreigners will be suspended indefinitely, in view of the Coronavirus outbreak, Government Information Department said in a statement today. Current Quarantine process will be valid for foreigners arriving from South Korea, Iran & Italy, Statement further added.

    News Wire - Mar 13 16:16 GMT - more ...
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  • New Roche coronavirus test wins emergency U.S. approval

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency authorization for a faster coronavirus test made by Swiss diagnostics maker Roche (ROG.S), a move aimed at boosting screening capacity to help contain the growing epidemic. The new tests provide results in 3.5 hours and can produce up to 4,128 results daily, the Basel-based company said on Friday, a boost…

    Reuters - Mar 13 16:05 GMT - more ...
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  • Denmark votes in dramatic new laws to contain COVID-19

    As COVID-19 cases rise in Denmark, the country has voted in new laws to contain the problem. Neetu Garcha talks to former CKNW reporter Shane Woodford, who is now living in Denmark.

    Global News - Mar 13 16:02 GMT - more ...
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  • Research team has isolated the COVID-19 virus

    Research team has isolated the COVID-19 virus

    SHARE Pictured left to right: Dr. Robert Kozak, Dr. Samira Mubareka, Dr. Arinjay Banerjee A team of researchers from Sunnybrook, McMaster University(opens in a new window) and the University of Toronto(opens in a new window) has isolated severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the agent responsible for the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. …

    Sunnybrook - Mar 13 15:57 GMT - more ...
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  • China stands by Sri Lanka: Wang Yi

    China stands by Sri Lanka: Wang Yi

    Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has pledged not to allow “any outside influences” to interfere with Sri Lanka’s internal matters, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office said on Tuesday. “As Sri Lanka’s strategic partner China will continue to standby Sri Lanka’s interests. China stands for the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity…

    The Hindu - Jan 15 11:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, World, China ]

  • Sri Lanka Wants to Undo Deal to Lease Port to China for 99 Years

    Sri Lanka Wants to Undo Deal to Lease Port to China for 99 Years

    Sri Lanka’s new government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wants to undo the previous regime’s move to lease the southern port of Hambantota to a Chinese venture, citing national interest. Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in 2017 changed the terms, saying it would be difficult to pay the loans taken to build the project. He agreed to lease the port…

    Bloomberg - Nov 29 14:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, Economy, China ]

  • Germany, an important donor and technical partner for Vocational Training: Fin Min

    Germany, an important donor and technical partner for Vocational Training: Fin Min

    For over six decades, Germany has remained Sri Lanka’s most important donor and technical partner for Vocational Training, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. “I want to use this important occasion to specifically pay my gratitude to the Government and the people of Germany for this noble endeavor, ” he said while attending the handing-over ceremony of…

    LBO - Sep 19 16:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Kilinochchi, World, WarCrimes ]

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