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India COVID cases hold close to record highs as calls widen for national lockdown

Published On: May 11, 2021 09:15 AM NPT By: Reuters

INDIA, May 11: Indian coronavirus infections and deaths held close to record daily highs on Monday, increasing calls for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lock down the world’s second-most populous country.

India turns to ex-army medics as COVID surge sparks calls for lockdown

Published On: May 10, 2021 07:45 AM NPT By: Reuters

INDIA, May 10: India will recruit hundreds of former army medics to support its overwhelmed healthcare system, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as the country grapples with record COVID-19 infections and deaths amid calls for a complete nationwide lockdown.

China to create 'line of separation' at Everest summit on COVID fears

Published On: May 10, 2021 07:01 AM NPT By: Reuters

CHINA, May 10: China will set up "a line of separation" at the summit of Mount Everest to prevent the mingling of climbers from COVID-hit Nepal and those ascending from the Tibetan side as a precautionary measure, Chinese state media reported on Sunday.

Chinese rocket debris set for re-entry in coming hours- tracking centres

Published On: May 9, 2021 07:35 AM NPT By: Reuters

USA, May 9: Remnants of China’s largest rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere in the coming hours, European and U.S. tracking centres said on Saturday.

Car bombing at Afghan school in Kabul kills 55, injures over 150

Published On: May 9, 2021 07:26 AM NPT By: Reuters

KABUL, May 9: Explosions caused by a car bomb and mortarsoutside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killed at least 55 people and wounded over 150, mostly female students, officialssaid, in an attack President Ashraf Ghani blamed on Talibaninsurgents.

How the U.S. locked up vaccine materials other nations urgently need

Published On: May 8, 2021 09:14 AM NPT By: Reuters

LONDON, May 8: To fight the pandemic at home, the United States gave its own vaccine manufacturers priority access to American-made materials needed to make the shots.

Maldives former president Nasheed critical after bomb blast

Published On: May 8, 2021 09:00 AM NPT By: Reuters

MALDIVES, May 8: The Maldives speaker of parliament and former president, Mohamed Nasheed, was in critical care on Friday after being severely wounded in a bomb blast outside his home, hospital authorities said, in what police are treating as a terrorist attack.

Myanmar junta says no ASEAN envoy visit until stability restored

Published On: May 7, 2021 07:21 PM NPT By: Reuters

MYANMAR, May 7: Myanmar's ruling military, which is facing nationwide protests against the coup that removed the elected government three months ago, said on Friday it would not agree to a visit by a Southeast Asian envoy until it could establish stability.

Lost in the Mediterranean, a starving grey whale must find his way home soon

Published On: May 7, 2021 02:56 PM NPT By: Reuters

Wally entered the Mediterranean through the Gibraltar Strait and followed the Moroccan coast before cutting across to Italian shores and arriving in France, Hansen said. Moving about 80 to 90 kilometers a day, the whale is closely following France's southern shores and is now approaching the Spanish coast

UK's Meghan, Harry ask for COVID vaccine donations to mark son Archie's birthday

Published On: May 7, 2021 02:52 PM NPT By: Reuters

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan marked the second birthday of their son Archie on Thursday by calling for donations to help provide COVID-19 vaccines to the world's most vulnerable.

COVID-19 spreads to rural India, villages ill-equipped to fight it

Published On: May 7, 2021 09:45 AM NPT By: Reuters

INDIA, May 7: Hopes that India’s rampaging second wave of COVID-19 is peaking were set back on Thursday as record daily infections and deaths were reported and as the virus spread from cities to villages that were poorly equipped to cope.

COVID spreading in rural India; record daily rises in infections, deaths

Published On: May 6, 2021 12:19 PM NPT By: Reuters

INDIA, May 6: India reported a record 412,262 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and a record 3,980 daily death toll, as a second wave of infections swamps the health system and spreads from cities into the vast countryside.

As COVID-19 rages in India, scientist warns further waves ‘inevitable’

Published On: May 6, 2021 10:09 AM NPT By: Reuters

INDIA, May 6: A top scientific adviser to the Indian government warned on Wednesday the country would inevitably face further waves of the coronavirus pandemic, as almost 4,000 people died in the space of a day.

U.S. reverses stance, backs giving poorer countries access to COVID vaccine patents

Published On: May 6, 2021 05:53 AM NPT By: Reuters

WASHINGTON DC, May 6: President Joe Biden on Wednesday threw his support behind waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, bowing to mounting pressure from Democratic lawmakers and more than 100 other countries, but angering pharmaceutical companies.

Eight lions in Indian zoo test positive for COVID-19

Published On: May 5, 2021 09:09 AM NPT By: Reuters

INDIA, May 5: Eight Asiatic lions at an Indian zoo have contracted the coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday, adding that there was no evidence that animals could transmit the disease to humans.

Marvel rallies superhero fans to assemble at movie theaters

Published On: May 4, 2021 02:14 PM NPT By: Reuters

Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) Marvel Studios on Monday encouraged superhero fans to return to movie theaters, a show of support for pandemic-battered cinemas trying to stage a comeback amid competition from streaming services.

India's tally of coronavirus infections crosses 20 million

Published On: May 4, 2021 10:46 AM NPT By: Reuters

NEW DELHI, May 4: India's tally of coronavirus infections surged past 20 million on Tuesday, boosted by 357,229 new cases over the last 24 hours, while deaths rose 3,449 for a toll of 222,408, health ministry data showed.

IPL's COVID bubble bursts as two players test positive

Published On: May 4, 2021 10:40 AM NPT By: Reuters

NEW DELHI, May 3: The Indian Premier League's attempt to ride out India's coronavirus crisis suffered a blow on Monday after two players tested positive for COVID-19, casting doubt over whether the world's richest cricket tournament can continue.

Around 30 killed in attack on village in eastern Burkina Faso, security sources say

Published On: May 4, 2021 09:10 AM NPT By: Reuters

BURKINA FASO, May 4: Armed assailants killed around 30 people in an attack on a village in eastern Burkina Faso on Monday, four security sources said.

Trainee Indian doctors pulled from exams to fight world’s biggest COVID surge

Published On: May 4, 2021 07:40 AM NPT By: Reuters

INDIA, May 4: India postponed exams for trainee doctors and nurses on Monday, freeing them up to fight the world’s biggest surge in coronavirus infections, as the health system crumbles under the weight of new cases and hospitals run out of beds and oxygen.