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European experts ready app to halt virus spread


April 2, 2020

BERLIN: A group of European experts said on Wednesday they would soon launch technology for smartphones to help trace people who had come into contact with those infected with coronavirus, helping the health authorities act swiftly to halt its spread. The initiative involves gathering data via smartphones to show who a person with the virus had come in close contact …

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Chinese scientists looking for Covid-19 treatment claim finding ‘effective’ antibodies


April 2, 2020

BEIJING: A team of Chinese scientists has isolated several antibodies that it says are “extremely effective” at blocking the ability of the new coronavirus to enter cells, which eventually could be helpful in treating or preventing Covid-19. There is currently no proven effective treatment for the disease, which originated in China and is spreading across the world in a pandemic. …

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Debt rescheduling high on EU agenda: Borrell


April 2, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Euro­pean Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Wednesday said that debt rescheduling for the struggling economies hit by the Covid-19 pandemic was high on the bloc’s agenda. Mr Borrell said this while talking to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who called the former to discuss the situation arising out of the pandemic. There has been a growing support …

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100 fighters to be set free soon, says Taliban spokesman


April 2, 2020

KABUL: The Afghan government will release some Taliban prisoners this week as part of confidence-building measures crucial for the success of the peace deal signed between America and the Taliban to end nearly two decades of war, officials said on Wednesday. A three-member Taliban team arrived in Kabul on Tuesday to begin a prisoner exchange process and met Afghan officials …

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FAO, WHO & WTO warn of worldwide food shortage


April 2, 2020

PARIS: The heads of three global agencies warned on Wednesday of a potential worldwide food shortage if authorities fail to manage the ongoing coronavirus crisis properly. Many governments around the world have put their populations on lockdown to slow the spread of the virus but that has resulted in severe slow-downs in international trade and food supply chains. Meanwhile panic …

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Japan to provide $2.16m grant for Covid-19


April 2, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Japanese government will provide a grant assistance of $2.16 million to Pakistan to deal with the escalating number of coronavirus infections in the country. Of the $2.16m grant, $1.62m will come through Unicef and $540,000 through the International Organisation for Migration, according to statement issued recently. Japanese Ambassador Matsuda Kuninori commended the efforts by the government and the …

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India issues new domicile law for held Kashmir


April 2, 2020

KARACHI: A person who has resided in Jammu and Kashmir for 15 years will now be able to call the occupied territory his or her place of domicile, the Indian government stated in a gazette notification on Wednesday. The government issued new domicile rules about eight months after the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile semi-autonomous state …

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China says US officials making shameless comments on coronavirus data


April 2, 2020

China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that US officials are making “shameless” comments casting doubt about China’s reporting of coronavirus cases in the country. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying reiterated during a daily briefing that China has been open and transparent about the coronavirus outbreak that began in the country late last year, and said the United States should …

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Trump tells nation to brace for disaster as 0.2m test positive


April 2, 2020

WASHINGTON: Coronavirus infections in the United States rang alarm bells across the globe on Wednesday, trapping almost 20,000 patients in a day to reach 203,608 while the death toll went up to 4,476. This happened hours after President Donald Trump urged his nation to brace itself for “very painful two weeks” ahead and his White House task force predicted that …

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