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JAKARTA: The Indonesian government will evacuate citizens working on board the Diamond Princess and World Dream cruise ships, said the Health Ministry on Friday (Feb 21). In particular, those evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise liner docked off Japan’s coast could be subject to a stricter 28-day quarantine regime. Advertisement Advertisement A total of 78
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KARACHI, Pakistan: A Chinese diplomat on Thursday (Feb 20) backed Pakistan’s decision not to evacuate Pakistani students from the province at the centre of China’s coronavirus outbreak, a day after parents confronted government ministers demanding their children be brought home. Pakistan has ruled out bringing back more than 1,000 students in Hubei province and its
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SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia: The crew of a US cruise ship were given the all-clear from the deadly new coronavirus on Thursday (Feb 20), as Cambodia’s strongman premier suggested a former passenger who tested positive had caught it after leaving the country. The Westerdam was at sea for two weeks, rejected by five countries over fears its passengers
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LUCKNOW: US President Donald Trump vowed to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists and elites in Washington DC Now, one Indian city is racing to clean up a stagnant river as he prepares to visit. Trump arrives in India on Feb 24 on a maiden two-day trip that aims to repair bilateral relations hurt by a trade spat. Advertisement
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TORONTO: Emerging infectious disease has much to do with how and where we live. The ongoing coronavirus is an example of the close relationships between urban development and new or re-emerging infectious diseases. Like the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) pandemic of 2003, the connections between accelerated urbanisation, more far-reaching and faster means of transportation,
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YOKOHAMA, Japan: Hundreds of relieved passengers disembarked on Wednesday (Feb 19) from a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship in Japan after being given the all-clear, but health officials said 79 new cases had been detected. READ: 79 more people test positive for COVID-19 on Diamond Princess cruise ship Advertisement Advertisement With 621 positive cases, the Diamond Princess is easily
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BEIJING: The coronavirus epidemic that has paralysed the Chinese economy may have a silver lining for the environment. China’s carbon emissions have dropped by least 100 million metric tonnes over the past two weeks, according to a study published on Wednesday by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) in Finland. Advertisement
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has reported the recovery of two more COVID-19 patients as of Wednesday (Feb 19), bringing the total number of discharged cases to 15.  To date, Malaysia has a total of 22 confirmed novel coronavirus cases. Advertisement Advertisement READ: List of patients who have recovered in Malaysia In a press conference, Minister of Health Dzulkefly Ahmad
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LOS ANGELES: Nearly 80 years after the US authorized the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, California plans to formally apologize this week for its role in one of the darkest chapters in US history. State lawmakers are set to vote on Thursday (Feb 19) on a resolution which states that the California legislature
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BEIJING: China reported its fewest new coronavirus infections since January on Tuesday (Feb 18) and its lowest daily death toll for a week, but the World Health Organization said data suggesting the epidemic had slowed should still be viewed with caution. The head of a leading hospital in China’s central city of Wuhan, epicentre of
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WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday (Jan 18) tightened rules on Chinese state media organizations as it classified them as foreign missions, decrying what US officials described as Beijing’s growing “propaganda”.  In a step likely to anger Beijing, the State Department told five outlets including the Xinhua news agency and the China Global Television Network
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