Category: World

Case of Bubonic plague, which caused black death, resurfaces in China

Authorities in Inner Mongolia in China are on high alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague, the disease that caused Black Death pandemic, was reported Sunday. The case was discovered in the city of Bayannur. A hospital alerted municipal authorities of the patient’s case and local authorities had issued a citywide Level 3 warning for plague prevention.

Kim Kardashian as next First Lady of US? Kanye declares candidacy for president

Rapper Kanye West made a shocking revelation last night, in which he declared his candidacy for US president. The unlikely challenger to Donald Trump and Joe Biden, chose American independence day to make the surprise announcement on Twitter, triggering a social media storm. It is however not clear whether Kanye had filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots. 

Scientists warn new virus in pigs in China has potential pandemic risk

A new flu virus found in pigs in China has become more infectious to humans and can become a potential “pandemic virus”, a new study has found. A team of Chinese researchers looked at influenza viruses found in pigs from 2011 to 2018 and found a “G4” strain of H1N1 with “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus”.

India gets back at China by blocking 59 Chinese smartphone apps

As border tensions increase between world’s two most populous nations, India on Monday banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat. The apps were banned over national security and privacy concerns after several complaints were received by the ministry alleging theft of users’ data and violations of user privacy. It was unclear when the ban would come into force.

Pakistan,US, Russia on draft list of countries banned from travelling to EU

As Europe slowly eases border restrictions, external borders opening from July 1 will not be allowing travelers from Pakistan, US, Russia, Brazil and Qatar. Some 47 countries are on the draft list of acceptable countries; travellers from 54 nations are likely still to be barred. The criteria are based on the “epidemiological situation and the response to COVID-19 in the third country”. 

World’s first UV powered transparent mask wants people to reconnect safely

In order to make sure personal connections are not lost in these testing time, a US based company has launched the LEAF Mask, world’s first FDA-registered, clear mask. The mask has N99-standard air filtering abilities as well as a self-purifying feature, thanks to a built-in UV-C light. The LEAF wants people to be able to show off their smiles, while staying safe.

‘Fair & Lovely’ to stop using word ‘fair’ to become more inclusive

Unilever Pakistan announced on Thursday the next step in the evolution of its skin care portfolio, with the rebranding of its flagship brand Fair & Lovely. To make the brand more inclusive, the company would stop using the word ‘fair’. The new name of the product would be announced after the necessary regulatory approval, a statement said.

Virus forces Saudi to cut down Hajj to ‘very limited’ numbers

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday confirmed that only “very limited numbers” of people will be allowed to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage due to Coronavirus fears. The kingdom’s Ministry of Hajj said only people of various nationalities already residing in the country would be allowed to perform the large pilgrimage, which is set to begin this year at the end of July. 

Third COVID-19 case in Corona-free New Zealand traveled from Lahore

New Zealand’s third case of COVID-19 to emerge this week traveled to Auckland from Lahore. The Director-General of Health, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, confirmed that the man, in his 60s, is in quarantine after coming to New Zealand on Flight NZ124 after transiting through Doha and Melbourne. He stayed at an isolation hotel before being moved to quarantine.

Officials in Beijing highlight risk of virus contamination through food packaging

Officials in the Chinese capital, Beijing, have highlighted risk of contamination through packaging. In the city which reported 22 new cases on Friday, nucleic acid tests are being carried out on all food and parcel delivery personnel. Officials have been testing people working in catering, including restaurant staff, as well as imported food after virus was found on chopping boards used to handle salmon.