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Has WHO Advised Against Isolation & Social Distancing? Not Really!

Has WHO Advised Against Isolation & Social Distancing? Not Really!

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A message on several social media platforms claims that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised against isolation, quarantine and social distancing to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Quint investigated the viral message and found no truth in it. THE CLAIM “Breaking News: The World Health Organization has taken a complete U-turn and said that Corona patients neither need to be isolated nor quarantined nor social of distance....and it cannot even transmit from one patient to another....see the video (sic),” the claim reads. To add to its authenticity, a video of WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove is also being circulated with the claim. In the video, Dr Kerkhove can be heard saying, “It actually se
Philippines COVID tally exceeds 1 lakh

Philippines COVID tally exceeds 1 lakh

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Manila, Aug 2 (UNI) Philippines's COVID-19 tally exceeded the one lakh mark on Sunday, as record 5,032 new infections were registered during the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry disclosed. The number of Novel Coronavirus patients is steeply rising in the country, with the tally reaching 103,185, so far. On Thursday, COVID-19 set a record at over 3,800 cases. The next day, there were nearly 4,000 new infections registered and on Saturday, more than 4,800 cases were detected. Till now, more than 65,000 people have recovered from the ailment, while 2,059 people have died.Content retrieved from: http://www.uniindia.com/philippines-covid-tally-exceeds-1-lakh/world/news/2105497.html.
Tanzania bans Kenya Airways from flying into country

Tanzania bans Kenya Airways from flying into country

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Tanzania has banned Kenya's national carrier from flying into the country, the latest move in a deepening row between the two neighbouring countries. The Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) said Kenya Airways flights were being banned "on a reciprocal basis" after the Kenyan government decided against including Tanzania in a list of countries whose passengers would be allowed to enter Kenya when commercial flights resumed on Saturday following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions. "Tanzania has noted ... its exclusion in the list of countries whose people will be allowed to travel into Kenya," TCCA Director General Hamza Johari said in a letter sent to Kenya Airways on Friday. "The Tanzanian government has decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways (KQ) flights between...
TikTok countdown: Trump to give Chinese owner 45 days to sell app

TikTok countdown: Trump to give Chinese owner 45 days to sell app

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United States President Donald Trump has agreed to give China's ByteDance 45 days to negotiate a sale of popular short-video app TikTok to Microsoft Corp, two people familiar with the matter told the Reuters News Agency. US officials have said TikTok under its Chinese parent poses a national risk because of the personal data it handles. Trump said on Friday that he was planning to ban TikTok in the US after dismissing the idea of a sale to Microsoft. But following a discussion between Trump and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the Redwood, Washington-based company said in a statement on Sunday that it would continue negotiations to acquire TikTok from ByteDance, and that it aimed to reach a deal by September 15. It was not immediately clear what changed Trump's mind. Banning TikTo...
Which countries have not reported any coronavirus cases?

Which countries have not reported any coronavirus cases?

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In December 2019, the coronavirus was seemingly confined to China. But, a few weeks later, the virus, which causes the illness known as COVID-19, became a global pandemic. The virus, which leads to a respiratory illness that can be transmitted from droplets of bodily fluids - such as mucus and saliva, has now been reported in at least 188 countries. Scientists, health officials and governments across the world have encouraged citizens to practise physical distancing and to avoid going out unless for necessary purposes. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, more than 17.3 million people have been infected, and the global death toll is more than 673,000. More than 10 million patients have recovered. Here are a few countries that have not reported any cases of the co...
As Philippines fights coronavirus, some fear police involvement

As Philippines fights coronavirus, some fear police involvement

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Critics draw parallels with deadly drug war approach, with armed officers in camouflage gear enforcing lockdown. At the peak of the Philippines' war on drugs, people in the rundown neighbourhoods of Navotas in the capital Manila grew used to police knocking on doors, or bursting into the homes of drug suspects - who often wound up dead. Now, many residents of the Navotas area, which has been particularly badly hit by the coronavirus, fear another harsh police campaign after the government said officials will visit homes of patients with mild or no symptoms and escort them to isolation centres. Some Filipinos have labelled the plan "Tokhang 2", calling it the sequel to a police-led anti-drug campaign that became synonymous with thousands of killings. "We are afraid of the hous
Philippines: Deadliest country in Asia for land defenders

Philippines: Deadliest country in Asia for land defenders

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A total of 43 defenders were killed in the archipelago, compared with 30 in 2018, Global Witness said in a report. The Philippines was the deadliest country in Asia for land and environmental defenders again last year while slipping to second most dangerous in the world behind Colombia, a watchdog said Wednesday. A total of 43 defenders were killed in the archipelago -- the vast majority on the fertile and resource-rich islands of Mindanao and Negros -- compared with 30 in 2018, Global Witness said in a report. Nearly half of the killings recorded since President Rodrigo Duterte took power in 2016 have been linked to the armed forces or paramilitary groups, it said. - Who is being killed? - Indigenous leaders, farmers and state employees charged with protecting the environment...
Oman extends Eid Al Adha 2020 holiday

Oman extends Eid Al Adha 2020 holiday

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The decision comes based on the directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik. Oman has extended Eid Al Adha holidays this year, starting from July 30 until August 6, Oman News Agency reported on Monday. Also read: Eid Al Adha holiday in UAE The decision comes based on the directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, Times of Oman reported. ????? ????? ?????? ????? ??? ?????? ??????? ???????? ????? ?????? ?? ??? ?????? 9 ?? ????? ??????? 30 ????? ???? ????? ??? ?????? 16 ?? ????? ??????? 6 ????? 2020 ?. - ????? ??????? ???????? (@OmanNewsAgency) July 27, 2020 Earlier, Oman had announced that Eid Al Adha holiday will be from July 30 until August 3, 2020. <!-- Click/tap here to subscribe to Khaleej Times news alerts on WhatsApp. Make s...
Coronavirus: Kuwait reports 684 new Covid-19 cases

Coronavirus: Kuwait reports 684 new Covid-19 cases

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With this, a total of 63,309 cases have been reported in the country, while total recoveries are at 52,915. The Kuwait health ministry on Saturday reported 684 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 692 recoveries. With this, a total of 63,309 cases have been reported in the country, while total recoveries are at 52,915. Four new deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours, with a total of 429 fatalities. As many as 3,909 new Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country, taking the total to 483,320. There are 9,273 active cases in the country, of which 123 are serious. ???? #?????_?????? ?? ????? ????? 684 ???? ?????? ?????? 692 ???? ????? ? 4 ????? ???? ????? ?? ?#?????_??????_????????? COVID-19 ? ????? ?????? ??? ??????? 63,309 ???? pic.twitter.com/...
Thousands Crammed Into Philippines Stadium After Covid Evacuation Fails

Thousands Crammed Into Philippines Stadium After Covid Evacuation Fails

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Manila: Thousands of Filipinos were crammed into a baseball stadium in Manila on Saturday, breaking social distancing rules despite coronavirus risks, after people wanting to return to their home provinces flooded a government transportation program. Officials had reserved the stadium as a place to test people before transporting them back to their home provinces under a program to help people who had lost their jobs in the capital return to their families elsewhere. Officials had planned for 7,500 people to arrive at the stadium from Friday, but were caught out when another 2,000 people who were not yet scheduled to travel headed there anyway. "Because of the overflowing number of people, we can no longer control (the situation) and the relevance of social distancing had ...