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COVID-19: Despite Record Number of Cases, India Easing Lockdown
COVID-19: Despite Record Number of Cases, India Easing Lockdown

India released new guidelines to ease restrictions from June 8 while extending the lockdown for the fifth time, while reporting

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COVID-19: Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to Reopen on May 31
COVID-19: Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to Reopen on May 31

The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, which had been closed for more than two months due to the Coronavirus pandemic, will

28 May 2020
Iran to Reopen Border with Turkmenistan on June 1
Iran to Reopen Border with Turkmenistan on June 1

Iranian officials announced the opening of the Iran and Turkmenistan border from June 1 if security measures are jointly taken

28 May 2020
UN Chief Says Just ‘Support’ for Global Ceasefire not Enough
UN Chief Says Just ‘Support’ for Global Ceasefire not Enough

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres lamented the lack of support for his call for a global ceasefire amidst the Coronavirus

28 May 2020
EU Chief to Unveil ‘Next Generation’ Trillion-Euro Recovery Plan
EU Chief to Unveil ‘Next Generation’ Trillion-Euro Recovery Plan

European Union (EU) chief Ursula von der Leyen is set to unveil a roughly one-trillion-euro recovery plan before the European

27 May 2020
UK Authorises Ebola Drug for Treatment of Coronavirus
UK Authorises Ebola Drug for Treatment of Coronavirus

Anti-viral drug treatment remdesivir will be made available to people with Coronavirus in the U.K. Early data suggests it appears

27 May 2020
India and Pakistan Battle Locust Attack Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
India and Pakistan Battle Locust Attack Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Swarms of desert locusts have invaded parts of India and Pakistan amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The crop-devouring insects were reported

27 May 2020
Indian-American Couple Develops Low-Cost Ventilator for COVID-19 Patients
Indian-American Couple Develops Low-Cost Ventilator for COVID-19 Patients

An Indian-American couple has developed Open-AirVentGT, a low-cost portable ventilator, to help doctors deal with Coronavirus patients. Devesh Ranjan, a

26 May 2020
Turkey and Pakistan to ‘Enhance’ Bilateral Cooperation Against COVID-19
Turkey and Pakistan to ‘Enhance’ Bilateral Cooperation Against COVID-19

Turkey plans to enhance cooperation to support Pakistan’s efforts to control the spread of the Coronavirus. During a phone call

26 May 2020
WHO Pauses Hydroxychloroquine Trial for COVID-19 Patients Over Safety Fears
WHO Pauses Hydroxychloroquine Trial for COVID-19 Patients Over Safety Fears

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has halted its clinical trials using hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for Coronavirus because of

26 May 2020
COVID-19: Saudi Arabia to Lift Curfew on June 21; Except in Mecca
COVID-19: Saudi Arabia to Lift Curfew on June 21; Except in Mecca

The Kingdom has recorded 74,795 COVI-19 cases with 399 deaths. They have been reporting more than 2,000 new positive cases

26 May 2020
Three Shot Dead During Eid Festivities in Northwest Pakistan
Three Shot Dead During Eid Festivities in Northwest Pakistan

Gunmen opened fire and killed three men, including two government officials, returning from Eid Al-Fitr celebration in Pakistan’s North Waziristan

25 May 2020
Police Fires at Water Shortage Protest in Southwest Iran
Police Fires at Water Shortage Protest in Southwest Iran

Policemen fired and injured people protesting the lack of drinking water in Ahvaz, a city in Southwest Iran. According to

25 May 2020
India Cautious yet Hopeful for Extension of Afghan Ceasefire Agreement
India Cautious yet Hopeful for Extension of Afghan Ceasefire Agreement

India welcomed the Taliban-initiated ceasefire in Afghanistan during the three days of Eid Al-Fitr, and hopes the truce would be

25 May 2020
China Records No New Cases First Time Since COVID-19 Outbreak
China Records No New Cases First Time Since COVID-19 Outbreak

Chinese authorities reported no new confirmed Coronavirus cases at the end of yesterday, making it the first time since they

23 May 2020
Greek Authorities Jailed Two Afghan Migrants for Detention Center Riot
Greek Authorities Jailed Two Afghan Migrants for Detention Center Riot

The Greek authorities say two Afghan men have been jailed for six years and nine months each after being convicted

16 May 2020
India Surpassed China in Number of COVID-19 Cases
India Surpassed China in Number of COVID-19 Cases

Over 85,000 Coronavirus cases have been registered in India, overtaking China’s number of COVID-19 infections, as officials say a strict

16 May 2020
Iran Reported 1,757 New COVID-19 Cases, Emphasizing on Reduction in Deaths
Iran Reported 1,757 New COVID-19 Cases, Emphasizing on Reduction in Deaths

The Iranian health ministry announced on Saturday that 1,757 new cases of coronavirus have been registered in the country during

16 May 2020
Pakistan: Hospitals Begin Clinical Trials of Plasma Therapy as First Covid-19 Patient Fully Recovers
Pakistan: Hospitals Begin Clinical Trials of Plasma Therapy as First Covid-19 Patient Fully Recovers

Pakistan's top hematologist said that three hospitals in the country have started clinical trials for passive immunisation with the support

11 May 2020
White House Officials Tested Positive for Coronavirus
White House Officials Tested Positive for Coronavirus

America’s three top public health officials have gone into self-quarantine for two weeks after coming into contact with White House

11 May 2020
Global Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 280,000
Global Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 280,000

Global novel coronavirus-related fatalities exceeded the 280,000 mark on Sunday, according to a running tally by the US-based Johns Hopkins

11 May 2020
Iran to Host Int’l Short Film Festival on Coronavirus
Iran to Host Int’l Short Film Festival on Coronavirus

The International Short Film Festival on the coronavirus pandemic will be held in Tehran...

10 May 2020
Islamabad Extends Lockdown for 3 Weeks with Exemptions
Islamabad Extends Lockdown for 3 Weeks with Exemptions

Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has extended the lockdown restrictions for another three weeks till May 31 with certain exemptions

10 May 2020
US records 1,568 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours
US records 1,568 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

The United States recorded 1,568 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 78,746, according to the

10 May 2020
WHO to Launch App to Assess Novel Coronavirus
WHO to Launch App to Assess Novel Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to launch an app this month to enable people in under-resourced countries to assess

10 May 2020
Pakistan Opened Its Border at Chaman
Pakistan Opened Its Border at Chaman

Pakistan opened its border with Afghanistan at Chaman on Saturday to allow return of Afghans to their country. Last month,

10 May 2020
Iran Says Ready to Swap Prisoners with US Without Preconditions
Iran Says Ready to Swap Prisoners with US Without Preconditions

Iran is ready for a full prisoner exchange with the United States, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei was quoted as

10 May 2020
China Admits Coronavirus Exposed ‘Shortcomings’ in Healthcare System
China Admits Coronavirus Exposed ‘Shortcomings’ in Healthcare System

The coronavirus outbreak exposed “shortcomings” in China’s public healthcare system, a top health official admitted Saturday, saying that reforms are

9 May 2020
Iran Reports 1,529 New Coronavirus Cases, over 85,000 Recoveries
Iran Reports 1,529 New Coronavirus Cases, over 85,000 Recoveries

The Iranian health ministry announced on Saturday that 1,529 new cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed by the medical

9 May 2020
Pakistan Begins Phase-wise Easing of Nationwide Lockdown Even as Coronavirus Cases Rise
Pakistan Begins Phase-wise Easing of Nationwide Lockdown Even as Coronavirus Cases Rise

Pakistan on Saturday began easing the month-long lockdown despite a steady rise in the number of the coronavirus cases which

9 May 2020
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