WHO team visits Chinese virus lab in Wuhan

BEIJING: World Health Organization inspectors visited a laboratory in China’s Wuhan city on Wednesday that American officials suggested could have been the source of the coronavirus. The inspection of the Wuhan virology institute, which conducts research on the world’s most

WHO experts arrive in Wuhan for fieldwork on COVID-19 origins

BEIJING: Experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) visited a Wuhan hospital on Friday as the fieldwork began in a closely watched coronavirus origins probe in a food market presumed to be “ground zero” of the pandemic. The WHO investigation

China reports first COVID-19 death in eight months

BEIJING: China on Thursday reported its first death from Covid-19 in eight months as the country battles to contain a resurgence in cases and prepares for the arrival of an expert team from the WHO. More than 20 million people

Wuhan virus cases may be 10 times higher than reported: Study

BEIJING: The number of coronavirus cases in Wuhan where the outbreak was first detected may have been 10 times higher than official figures suggest, according to a study by Chinese health authorities. About 4.4 percent of the city’s 11 million

Vaccine purchasing

The clinical trial results of several potential COVID-19 vaccines have shown promising results and are effective against the disease. This has given hope to countries around the world that it may finally be heading towards normalcy. Pharmaceutical companies including Moderna

Vaccine optimism

The world is weary of the coronavirus pandemic which has killed over a million people and decimated economies globally. With a second wave of infections and many countries slipping back into a lockdown, the news of a potentially effective vaccine

Pakistan has less than 10,000 active COVID-19 cases

ISLAMABAD: There are now 9,031 active COVID-19 patients in Pakistan as 278,425 people have recovered from the disease so far. According to the latest statistics, 450 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country after tests of 24,231 people over the

Emirates to cover coronavirus-related medical costs of passengers

DUBAI: Emirates, the largest airline in the Middle East, has announced to cover coronavirus-related medical costs of passengers. “Emirates will cover its passengers for COVID-19 related medical expenses and quarantine costs when they travel on board Emirates, to and from

Global coronavirus death toll exceeds 400,000

NEW YORK: The coronavirus pandemic has killed 400,000 people since it emerged late last year as the number of cases surge in Brazil and India. A total of 400,052 deaths have now been recorded, a figure that has doubled in

COVID-19 cases in South Asia growing, not exploding: WHO

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the number of COVID-19 cases in India and other countries has been doubling every three weeks but the epidemic is not growing exponentially in the country and South Asia region. “In South

Living with a virus

Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again said the coronavirus is here to stay and without any chances of a vaccine or effective treatment expected this year, we will have to live with the virus. This comes with a stark

Nation will have to learn to live with virus: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said the nation will have to learn to live with coronavirus for some time as a cure is not coming anytime soon. While expressing his views on the situation, the prime minister said

A virus among us

The WHO has warned that coronavirus may never go away. The global health agency and experts around the world are unable to predict when the virus will disappear and life will return to normal. The only way to end the

Facebook, Google allow employees to work remotely until year end

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook and Google said it would allow its workers who are able to work remotely to do so until the end of the year as the coronavirus pandemic forces governments to extend stay-at-home orders to curb the spread

Tennis fund established to help struggling players

PARIS: A fund for tennis players hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic has been created, the sport’s governing bodies announced on Tuesday, adding that they had contributed more than $6 million. In a joint statement, the ATP and WTA tours,

UK, US warn of cyber threat to health sector fighting virus

LONDON: Britain and the United States warned on Tuesday of a rise in cyber attacks against health professionals involved in the coronavirus response by organised criminals often linked with other state actors. The cyber security agencies of both countries have

EU spearheads $8 billion virus fundraiser

BRUSSELS: World leaders, philanthropists and celebrities pledged some 7.4 billion euros ($8.1 billion) on Monday for research into coronavirus vaccines, treatments and testing during an EU-led videoconference snubbed by the United States. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, who

Coronavirus: Iran to reopen mosques in low-risk areas

TEHRAN: Iran will reopen mosques in areas free of the new coronavirus on Monday as it gradually starts to ease lockdown restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the pandemic. Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 47 people died of

US may seek damages from China over virus: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has suggested that he may seek damages from China over the coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan and spread around the world. “We’re doing very serious investigations. We are not happy

China may have known of virus in November: Pompeo

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has alleged that China may have known of the new coronavirus as early as November, renewing accusations that Beijing has not been transparent. “You’ll recall that the first cases of this were known

US fails to block UN General Assembly virus vaccine resolution

NEW YORK: The United States has failed in its bid to oppose resolution by the United Nations General Assembly demanding equal access for any future COVID-19 vaccine. The 193 members of the General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution led

Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro launch virus charity drive

LOS ANGELES: Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro have rallied fellow Hollywood celebrities in a new coronavirus fundraising campaign by offering a walk-on role in their upcoming film to one lucky donor. The actors are set to star in ‘Killers

Virus, faith and immune system

Among the cosmos and the millions of galaxies in the universe, planet Earth was chosen for God’s best creation with all the necessities for life. Water and air, animals, marine life, and crawlers also lived until man used his mindset

WHO receives reports of COVID-19 patients testing positive again

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was looking into reports of some COVID-19 patients testing positive again after initially testing negative for the disease while being considered for discharge. South Korean officials reported 91 patients cleared of the

Google will publish user location data to help govts tackle virus

SEATTLE: Google has said it will publish user’s location data around the world to allow governments to gauge the effectiveness of social distancing measures implemented to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an official blog post, the reports on users’

COVID-19 cases in Pakistan reach 2,413; death toll increases to 34

KARACHI: The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has reached 2,413 on Thursday, while and death count jumped to 32, according to the national dashboard. The total count of COVID-19 includes 914 patients in Punjab, 761 in Sindh, 311 in

PM reiterates resolve to win fight against pandemic with nation’s support

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated the government’s resolve to win fight against coronavirus pandemic with the support of the nation, saying that Pakistanis have always fought united and will also win the war against the crisis. Speaking in

Humans are the virus

Nowadays, the world is facing its biggest challenge in terms of coronavirus. The pandemic that emerged from the Chinese city of Wuhan has now killed more than 25,000 people and has spread in every single across the world. All countries

Wuhan begins to lift two-month long lockdown

WUHAN: The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, began lifting a two-month lockdown on Saturday by restarting some metro services and reopening borders. The reopening of Wuhan after being cut-off from the rest of the country

US tops world in coronavirus cases overtaking China, Italy

NEW YORK: The United States now has more COVID-19 infections than any other country, even overtaking the number of cases in China and Italy, as the coronavirus crisis deepens around the world. A tally by Johns Hopkins University showed there