Iran makes wearing masks compulsory from next week

TEHRAN: Iran has made wearing masks mandatory in certain areas and has allowed virus-hit provinces to reimpose restrictions as deaths mounted from the coronavirus. The new steps were announced on Sunday as Iran counted 144 new fatalities from the COVID-19

Widespread use of face masks could prevent COVID-19 spread: Study

LONDON: A new study has suggested that wearing face masks by the entire population could lead to controllable levels of COVID-19 and prevent further spread of the pandemic. The research, led by scientists at Britain’s Cambridge suggested that the COVID-19

Citizens to be fined for not wearing face masks in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The government has made it mandatory to wear face masks at public places, markets and public transport to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. In this regard, Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafaat on Sunday said wearing masks or

Saudi Arabia to impose fines for not wearing face masks

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will impose 1,000 riyals fine for people who do not wear face masks or fail to adhere to social distancing rules. The Saudi Ministry of Interior made the announcement on Saturday, adding that people who refuse to

Coronavirus: Germany makes face masks compulsory

BERLIN: All states of Germany have announced plans to make face masks compulsory from next week onwards to combat the spread of coronavirus. The measure, which will apply to people shopping or using public transport including taxis, mandates that people

COVID-19: Dubai imposes fines on motorists driving without masks

DUBAI: Dubai Police has issued warnings to motorists who do not wear masks while driving which could lead to hefty fines, officials said on Tuesday. According to local rules, a warning precedes a fine if the offence is repeated. Many

Actor Matthew McConaughey donates 80,000 face masks

HOUSTON: Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves have donated approximately 80,000 face masks to COVID-19 first responders in Texas and Louisiana. The couple gave away the masks at the Austin Fire Department, officials told US media channel

Masks, sanitizers disappear from markets in Lahore

LAHORE: The masks and hand sanitizers have disappeared from the local markets in Lahore as the confirmed cases of coronavirus reached 94 in Pakistan. Sources informed here on Monday that the citizens of Lahore are complaining about the shortage of

Countrywide crackdown launched against black-marketing of masks

ISLAMABAD: Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has launched countrywide crackdown against black-marketing of respiratory masks and protection items for coronavirus. According to a spokesperson of Health Ministry, DRAP has raided several pharmacies in different countries over sale of protection

Shortage of masks hinders coronavirus operations in country

PESHAWAR: The lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks has hindered the government’s attempt to protect its healthcare staff and to avoid deadly coronavirus which emerged from bordering China. A health expert based in Islamabad said, “PPEs are most

Low-quality masks more problematic than useful: Red Cross

GENEVA: On Monday, the Red Cross emphasized the need to check that all the masks used in Chinese hospitals combating the novel coronavirus epidemic are of high quality, suggesting that providing substandard equipment was more problematic than beneficial. China has