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Call to free political prisoners on humanitarian grounds

Call to free political prisoners on humanitarian grounds

A human rights group has renewed its call for the government to free all political prisoners in the country “on just and humanitarian grounds’’ after United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged the Duterte administration to release inmates in overcrowded detention

‘Super-spreader’ guru puts Punjab villages on high alert

‘Super-spreader’ guru puts Punjab villages on high alert

At least 15,000 people who may have caught the coronavirus from a ‘super-spreader’ guru are under strict quarantine in northern India after the Sikh religious leader died of Covid-19.

India’s coronavirus cases cross 900, Kerala reports first death

India’s coronavirus cases cross 900, Kerala reports first death

India’s coronavirus cases crossed 900 yesterday, officials said. Of them 862 are Indians and 47 foreign nationals, the Health Ministry said.The number of dead also rose to 19, while 80 patients who recovered have left hospitals. Kerala yesterday reported the first death to Covid-19.

Some train coaches to be used as isolation wards

Some train coaches to be used as isolation wards

India said yesterday it was planning to turn some railway coaches into isolation wards for patients with coronavirus, as authorities scramble to prepare the country’s health infrastructure for an expected surge in cases.

It’s important to counter AYUSH claims of Covid-19 cure, says Modi

It’s important to counter AYUSH claims of Covid-19 cure, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday met representatives of the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) sector to discuss the Covid-19 outbreak.

Virus deaths top 1,000 in UK

Virus deaths top 1,000 in UK

Medical workers in England on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic started to be tested yesterday as the number of Covid-19 deaths in Britain topped 1,000, after a record 260 people died in the previous 24 hours.

China eases travel curbs in virus epicentre after lockdown

China eases travel curbs in virus epicentre after lockdown

Trains packed with thousands of passengers arrived in Wuhan yesterday as the Chinese city that was Ground Zero for the global coronavirus pandemic partly reopened after months in lockdown.

Malaysia expects coronavirus case tally to surge in mid-April

Malaysia expects coronavirus case tally to surge in mid-April

Malaysia expects the number of coronavirus cases to surge in mid-April, a health ministry official said yesterday, as the country ramps up testing amid a nationwide shutdown. The number of confirmed cases in Malaysia has nearly doubled in the past week to 2,320

European tourists evacuated from Bali after flights cancelled

European tourists evacuated from Bali after flights cancelled

Hundreds of European tourists stranded in Bali were evacuated from the Indonesian holiday island yesterday after their flights were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. British authorities booked seats on two commercial flights to London for hundreds of citizens

Uganda’s crackdown on public gatherings ruled unconstitutional

Uganda’s crackdown on public gatherings ruled unconstitutional

Government opponents and human rights activists have welcomed a decision by Uganda’s constitutional court to overturn legislation that gave police “supernatural powers” to stop public gatherings and protests.

Worldwide coronavirus toll passes 30,000

Worldwide coronavirus toll passes 30,000

More than 30,000 people have died worldwide in the coronavirus pandemic, two-thirds of them in Europe, according to a tally at 1900 GMT Saturday.

US coronavirus cases surge past 100,000 as doctors protest over medical shortages

US coronavirus cases surge past 100,000 as doctors protest over medical shortages

The sum of known coronavirus US cases soared well past 100,000, with more than 1,600 dead, as weary doctors and nurses protested at shortages of scarce medical supplies ...

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