Number of COVID-2019 cases across globe up by almost 205,000 in past day

More than 205,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were registered worldwide on July 9, with the overall number of such cases exceeding 11.8 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Thursday, Trend reports citing TASS. As of 11:00 Moscow time on July 9, as many as 11,874,226 novel coronavirus cases and 545,481 coronavirus-associated deaths were...

‘Pathetic clown’: Chinese state-backed media attacks Canada after Meng Wanzhou ruling

Wednesday’s ruling against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has set off a range of barbed commentary in China’s state-backed media, much of it deriding Canada’s role in the affair.On Wednesday, Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes of the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that the charges Meng faces in America could also be a crime in Canada, and said the case should proceed. Meng is accused of...

Isolation of key coronavirus antibody in Israel called ‘significant breakthrough’ toward possible COVID-19 cure

JERUSALEM — Israel has isolated a key coronavirus antibody at its main biological research laboratory, the Israeli defense minister said on Monday, calling the step a “significant breakthrough” toward a possible treatment for the COVID-19 pandemic.The “monoclonal neutralizing antibody” developed at the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) “can neutralize it (the...

Global rice exports severely disrupted following India lockdown

Indian rice traders have stopped signing new export contracts amid the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, industry executives said. “Shipments have stalled as transport has become very difficult because of the lockdown. Drivers are not coming and labour is not available at mills and ports”, the president of the Rice Exporters Association said. India is the world’s...

“That is a surprise”: Doctors still waiting for feared surge of COVID-19 patients in Canadian ICUs

They have been bracing for the worst, a deluge of desperately sick patients who strain resources to the limit and lead to desperate choices over how to ration care.Doctors, nurses and other staff who run the nation’s intensive-care units have feared for their own safety, too, amid shortages of protective equipment.But, perhaps surprisingly, some critical-care physicians in the hardest-hit...

COVID-19 Olympics: Top Japan minister calls Tokyo Games 2020 the ‘cursed Olympics’

TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) — First, the cancellation in 1940. Then, the mass boycott in Moscow in 1980.Forty years on, the upcoming Tokyo Games are the “cursed Olympics” once again, Japan’s finance minister said, in remarks that could stir controversy at a time when his government is scrambling to quash speculation that the coronavirus epidemic could derail the world’s biggest sporting...

Coronavirus live updates: Death tolls rise in South Korea, Iran while Austria reports first COVID-19 cases

Austria reported its first two coronavirus cases on Tuesday as the outbreak apparently spread from neighbouring Italy, Europe’s worst-hit country, where hundreds have been infected.The two Austrian patients are Italians who live in the border province of Tyrol and recently traveled to Lombardy, one of the two regions at the epicentre of the Italian outbreak, Tyrol’s Governor Guenther Platter...

Italy reports 1st death from COVID-19 as cases more than quadruple to 19 – National

Italy reported its first death from COVID-19 from China early Saturday and the number of people infected more than quadrupled due to a cluster of cases that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to close.State-run RAI television reported a 78-year-old man, one of two people in northern Veneto region to have been infected, died Friday. Italian news agencies ANSA and...

Woman texting while walking saved by stranger from going into path of car

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A woman engrossed in her phone was saved from being hit by a car by a stranger who grabbed her in the nick of time. The near miss was captured on a dashboard camera in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati on January 26. The camera belonged to Jacob Clouse, whose neighbor Criss was walking along the...

Hong Kong medical workers vote to strike as outbreak worsens

Thousands of Hong Kong medical professionals voted to begin a five-day strike Monday after the government refused their demand to shut all entry points from China amid a deadly virus outbreak on the mainland.The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance said there were about 99 per cent of “Yes” votes cast by its members on Saturday. More than 9,000 members have pledged to take part, first in...