China will increase international cooperation if it succeeds its COVID-19 clinical vaccine trials succeed, assured Science and Technology Minister Wang Zhigang. When it is ready, they will make the vaccine a “global public good,” Zhigang told a news conference, echoing the promise of Chinese President Xi Jinping from last month’s World Health Assembly. Chinese researchers are expending great efforts to develop a cure for the

7 June 2020

“If you are admitted to hospital, don’t take hydroxychloroquine, it doesn’t work,” Martin Landray, deputy chief investigator of the U.K.-based Recovery Trial told The Guardian. The trial has been called a ‘gold standard’ for looking at potential Coronavirus treatments. They have halted their hydroxychloroquine arm after finding that there was “no clinical benefit” from using the drug in hospitalised patients with Coronavirus. Many countries have

7 June 2020

China issued a white paper on their fight against Coronavirus detailing their containment efforts in an “open and transparent manner required by law” and to keep a record of the events and their experiences. The paper titled “Fighting COVID-19: China in Action” was issued by the State Council Information Office today. Consisting of four chapters, it explains China’s pandemic experience and clarifies its ideas on

7 June 2020

With over 246,628 cases of Coronavirus, India became the fifth worst-hit nation in the world after the U.S. (1.9 million), Brazil (672,846), Russia (458,102) and U.K. (286,294), overtaking Spain’s tally. On Saturday, for the first time the fresh infections in the country crossed 10,000 while 297 deaths, the highest single-day toll, were reported. According to the latest data from the Indian health ministry, the country

7 June 2020

France says its forces has killed Al Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel in an operation in northern Mali. French Defence Minister Florence Parly said Droukdel was “neutralised” along with his close associated during the operations. In his 40s, Droukdel led Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and was responsible of all affiliates in northern Africa. He also commanded the Jamaat Nusra al-Islam wal-Muslimin

6 June 2020

Over the last week, on an average 100,000 new cases of Coronavirus are being reported every day. From the start of the pandemic, cases had not crossed the 100,000 mark until May 21. Since then, there have been less than five days on which the count has fallen below that mark. Newly reported cases have been on an upswing with the maximum so far on

6 June 2020

Restrictions may be imposed again in Iran to prevent a second wave of mass Coronavirus infections, warned the country’s President Hassan Rouhani. Iran reported more than 3,000 daily new cases for the second day in a row – its highest figure in the last two months. The number of cases continue to rise. Iran in one of the worst-hit nations in the Middle East and

4 June 2020

At least 127 journalists across 31 countries have died after contracting Coronavirus over the past three months said Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) on Tuesday. Of them, around two-thirds died on duty. “Media workers have an important role to play in the fight against the new virus, they have to inform about the spread of the disease. A number of them died for lack

3 June 2020

A storm in the Arabian Sea off India’s west coast has intensified into a severe cyclone headed towards the financial capital of Mumbai, India’s Meteorological Department said. This will be the first cyclone in over a century to hit the western coastal states of India. When it makes landfall on Wednesday afternoon, Cyclone Nisarga is expected to cause heavy rains with wind speeds ranging from

3 June 2020

The roof of a religious school collapsed in Pakistan’s tribal North Waziristan district, killing seven children and injuring 13 others on June 2. There were 20 students in the building between the ages of 4 and 14. Heavy rains caused the roof to cave in. “Unfortunately, all the children who were martyred or injured in this incident were receiving Islamic education at the madrassa,” Azam

3 June 2020