Category: World

WHO says coronavirus transmission from asymptomatic patients rare

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that asymptomatic patients is of coronavirus rarely transmit the disease. During a press briefing, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, said spread from asymptomatic and presymptomatic people does occur, but recommended focusing on tracing and isolating symptomatic people to better attack the outbreak.

New Zealand clears and releases country’s final COVID-19 patient

Health authorities in New Zealand have said the country has released its final COVID-19 patient from isolation on Monday. The country manage to beat the virus with a strict seven week lock down and stringent travel restrictions. There have been no new infections for 17 days and, until Monday, just one active case for more than a week.

Coronavirus created in a Lab, claims Norwegian scientist in a new study

Norwegian scientist Birger Sørensen has claimed the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is not natural in origin. The study from Sørensen and British professor Angus Dalgleish show that the coronavirus’s spike protein contains sequences that appear to be artificially inserted. They also highlight the lack of mutation since its discovery, which suggests it was already fully adapted to humans.

Hit severely by Coronavirus, Bentley decides to cut off 1000 jobs

Hit hard by the Coronavirus, British luxury carmaker Bentley Motors has decided to shed up to 1,000 jobs, nearly a quarter of its workforce. The company has a total workforce of 4,200 and said it was offering voluntary redundancy terms but could not rule out compulsory redundancies. The firm faces hundreds of millions of pounds of deferred or lost revenue due to the pandemic.

Bollywood stars irk social media users with controversial racism stances

Bollywood starlets, Priyanka Chopra and Sara Ali Khan, irked followers after they spoke out against racism following death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man. On supporting Floyd’s cause, the former Miss World was highly criticized for staying mum on Islamophobia and brutality on Indian Muslims. The young starkid, on the other hand, faced brutal trolling for her ‘All Lives Matter’ Instagram post. 

After Measles and Coronavirus, Congo hit by Ebola Virus

A fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has flared up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country that was already contending with the world’s largest measles epidemic, as well as the coronavirus. Congo’s health ministry said that the new Ebola outbreak has killed four people, and infected at least two more, in Mbandaka, a city of 1.2 million people.

Deadly thunderstorm damages Taj Mahal

A deadly thunderstorm that rolled across parts of northern India damaged  Taj Mahal partially. The Mahal’s main gate and a railing running below its five lofty domes were affected. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World has been shut since mid-March in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Images showed workers assessing the railing of the main mausoleum. 

NASA astronauts head for ISS on historic SpaceX flight

Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday in Elon Musk’s SpaceX flight.. Elon Musk’s SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel. SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard blasted off flawlessly in a cloud of bright orange flames and smoke from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center for a 19-hour voyage to the space station.

Saudi Arabia to reopen over 90,000 mosques after two months

More than 90,000 mosques across Saudi Arabia, except for those in Makkah, will start reopening from May 31 after a two-month closure to curb the COVID-19 spread. According to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, the sanitisation, cleaning and maintenance process of the mosques has been completed. The resumption of services mosques will be carried out in line with the coronavirus mandatory guidelines issued by the ministry.

Curfews and clashes as US race protests escalate

Curfews were imposed in major US cities  clashes over police brutality escalated across America. While demonstrators kept ignoring warnings from President Donald Trump. Minneapolis, the epicenter of the unrest, was gripped by a fifth consecutive night of violence with police in riot gear firing tear gas and stun grenades at protesters venting fury at the death of a black man during an arrest in the city on Monday.