Malaysia rounding up migrants to contain coronavirus spread-police

Malaysian authorities are rounding up undocumented migrants as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, the country’s police chief said late on Friday, after hundreds of migrants and refugees were detained in the capital Kuala Lumpur. Over 700 migrants were taken into custody, including young children and ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, during Friday’s raid in a downtown area where thousands of migrants and asylum-seekers live, rights groups had said. The operation was aimed at preventing undocumented migrants from travelling to other areas amid movement curbs imposed to…

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Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

More than 3.13 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 218,169 have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 1400 GMT on Wednesday. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser. * For a U.S.-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, open tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T in an external browser. EUROPE * Britain’s death toll is probably above 27,241, making it one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, the opposition Labour Party leader said. * The number of people…

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‘It’s not about you’: Democrats bet Trump coronavirus response a 2020 winner for Biden

Joe Biden’s U.S. presidential campaign and his Democratic Party allies have gone on an all-out offensive against President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response, betting it will be a winning issue with American voters in November. Just weeks ago, Democrats were treading carefully as Trump commanded the spotlight with his daily briefings on the virus, hesitant to avoid looking too partisan as the pandemic took its toll on jobs and health. Now Democrats believe weeks of Trump’s unfiltered media performances have done more harm than good for the Republican president seeking re-election…

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U.S. faces tough U.N. battle if it pushes plan to extend Iran arms embargo

he United States faces a tough, messy battle if it uses a threat to trigger a return of all United Nations sanctions on Iran as leverage to get the 15-member Security Council to extend and strengthen an arms embargo on Tehran, diplomats said. Washington has shared its strategy, confirmed by a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity, with Britain, France and Germany, who are council members and parties to the 2015 deal between Iran and world powers that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.…

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700 die in Iran after drinking alcohol to cure coronavirus

More than 700 people have died in Iran after ingesting toxic methanol, erroneously thinking it can cure the new coronavirus. The national coroner’s authority said that alcohol poisoning killed 728 Iranians between February 20 and April 7. Last year there were only 66 deaths from alcohol poisoning, according to the report. Alcohol poisoning has seen a 10-fold increase in Iran in the past year, according to a government report released earlier in April, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Iranian health ministry spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour, said 5,011 people had been poisoned from…

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US warned over Donald Trump’s plan to reopen economy

Anthony Fauci, Director, U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says US has to double its COVID-19 testing capacity over several weeks before the economy is reopened. He gave the warning in a webcast hosted by the National Academy of Sciences. President Donald Trump is keen on reopening the economy on May 1 with some restrictions. Trump had declared that a prolonged shutdown combined with “a forced economic depression” could deeply hurt the United States. The first phase of his reopening process includes the avoidance of groups of more…

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Italy to reopen factories in staged end to coronavirus lockdown

Italy will allow factories and building sites to reopen from May 4 and permit limited family visits as it prepares a staged end to Europe’s longest coronavirus lockdown, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Sunday. The report from Reuters states that more than two months after the first case of COVID-19 appeared in a small town outside Milan and following weeks of lockdown, Italy is looking ahead to a second phase of the crisis in which it will attempt to restart the economy without triggering a new wave of infections.…

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Asia’s mosques deserted as coronavirus keeps Ramadan faithful away

It is a Ramadan like never before for Muslims across Asia as mosques that would normally be packed for prayers are deserted and in some places locked up as governments enforced measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. At Indonesia’s main Istiqlal mosque, the biggest in Southeast Asia, the call to evening Maghib prayers and a message asking people to pray at home echo in the empty hall – a stark contrast to last year when thousands thronged in to pray. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country,…

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Global coronavirus death toll hits 200,000

(Reuters) – Global deaths linked to the coronavirus passed 200,000 on Saturday, while confirmed cases of the virus are expected to hit 3 million in coming days, according to a Reuters tally. More than half of the fatalities have been reported by the United States, Spain and Italy. The first death linked to the disease was reported on Jan. 10 in Wuhan, China. It took 91 days for the death toll to pass 100,000 and a further 16 days to reach 200,000, according to the Reuters tally of official reports…

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Askia Foundation, BAF Donates Food Items To Okada/Keke Riders In Isoko Nation

  Bashorun Askia Foundation, BAF, a Non-Governmental Organization has donated food items worth millions of naira to  commercial Motorcycles and Tricycle  Riders in Isoko nation to cushion the effect of the lockdown directives by the Delta State government.   The Delta State Government have has further announced another 14 days lockdown over the unabated spread of Coronavirus pandemic also know as COVID -19.   The President of the Foundation, Bashorun Askia Ogieh while presenting the items at IDU secretariat in Oleh, Isoko South said, “The Okada and Keke Riders are…

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