A grave digger walks by open graves for people who have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a cemetery, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico May 14, 2020 ReutersThe number of daily deaths fell by almost 21.9% on Sunday compared to SaturdayThe world witnessed a decline again in the number of new daily deaths from the coronavirus. The worldwide deaths from the pandemic rose by 3,191 on Sunday, bringing total fatalities since the outbreak came to light in December last year to 373,899, according to Worldometer. The number of daily deaths fell by almost 21.9% on Sunday compared to Saturday. This marks a fall of 893 compared to the previous day (Saturday), which saw 4,084 deaths. A week ago, on May 24, the number of new deaths worldwide stood at 2,824 and a week before that on May 17, it was 3,618.
June 01, 2020 04:07 UTC
— INDIA EASES AS DEATHS CLIMB: India registered 230 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing its total to 5,394 as the country’s phased plan to ease its lockdown kicked in from Monday. Authorities are moving forward with the easing even as experts say India is nowhere close to the peak of the outbreak. Railways will run 200 more special passenger trains from Monday and some states have reopened their borders, allowing vehicular traffic. — SOUTH KOREA PUSHES CODES: South Korea is reporting a steady rise in cases around the capital as officials push to require entertainment venues to register their customers with smartphone QR codes so they can easily be located if needed. From Monday, a designated group of businesses in Seoul, Incheon and Daejeon will begin collecting the personal details of their customers with smartphone QR codes in a trial run before the requirement is expanded nationwide on June 10.
June 01, 2020 03:33 UTC
"Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators," the Minneapolis Department of Public Safety said on Twitter. The state's governor said on Saturday that he was activating the full Minnesota National Guard for the first time since World War Two. A line of police officers stood at the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier, local KTLA-TV said. Call in our National Guard NOW. The arrest of Derek Chauvin, the police officer seen kneeling on Floyd's neck, has failed to satisfy protesters.
June 01, 2020 03:11 UTC
"HCQ will be used as a prophylactic to help defend Brazil's nurses, doctors, and healthcare professionals against the virus. It will also be used as a therapeutic to treat Brazilians who become infected," a statement said. HCQ has been granted an emergency use authorization for Covid-19 in the US for patients under close heart monitoring. The Food and Drug Administration has asked doctors not to prescribe it widely or outside of several clinical trials that are underway. The World Health Organization said last week it was temporarily halting testing of the HCQ for Covid-19 over growing safety concerns, including those raised in The Lancet paper.
The detention of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz and his father since January 2018 is part of a clampdown under de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that has ensnared not just potential rivals but also figures posing no visible challenge to his hold on power. "This is not just an unlawful arrest," an associate of the prince told AFP. "I would like to ask you to raise this issue... with the highest relevant authorities in Saudi Arabia appealing for Prince Salman's release. In March, authorities arrested the Saudi king's brother Prince Ahmed and nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was edged out as heir to the throne by MBS in 2017. More baffling is the detention of Prince Salman, whose non-political philanthropic work makes him an unlikely rival to MBS.
“Sad News: Noted singer Sonu Nigam just confirmed to me that music composer Wajid Khan of Sajid-Wajid passed away a short while back,” Faridoon Shahryar tweeted. “He was suffering from Covid 19.”Sad News: Noted singer Sonu Nigam just confirmed to me that music composer Wajid Khan of Sajid-Wajid passed away a short while back. Wajid Khan also did playback singing for Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. The composer also scored the theme song for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League, “Dhoom Dhoom Dhoom Dhadaka”. Several people from Bollywood expressed their grief at Wajid Khan’s death.
Naturally, the upcoming June edition will feature some stories on coronavirus, from the children’s perspective. Talleulah Barend, a fifth grader, is writing about how video games are helping people socialize. ———ROME — Italy registered 355 new coronavirus cases and 75 deaths, some of the lowest such numbers since the nation’s lockdown against the pandemic began in early March. The latest figures from the health ministry come three days before Italy lifts a lockdown rule against travel for tourism between Italian regions and from most European countries. This prospect has made some governors nervous in regions which have been relatively less hard hit in the pandemic.
June 01, 2020 02:48 UTC
Dozens of members of Johnson's own party joined a failed effort by the opposition to get Dominic Cummings fired for undermining the government's public message on health. Spreading too fastYet the mood in Britain is clearly improving as the number of daily deaths drops. Johnson has set out a timeline that will see younger children start returning to school on Monday and older ones on June 15. National Education Union co-leader Mary Bousted said the government has had to revise its school reopening guidance 41 times since mid-May. "All of the evidence suggests that it is children from the most deprived, the poorer households who are losing out," Jenrick said Sunday.
June 01, 2020 02:37 UTC
The price falls come after front-month Brent and WTI prices posted their strongest monthly gains in years in May. Gains were boosted by OPEC crude production dropping to its lowest in two decades with demand is expected to recover as more nations emerge from coronavirus lockdowns. “The focus is very much on OPEC+,” OCBC economist Howie Lee said, referring to the grouping of OPEC and its allies including Russia. “We might see a cautious pullback in (crude) prices given that downstream prices haven’t caught up ... but if OPEC+ does come up with a three-month extension, there’s a possibility that prices may hit the $40 level,” Lee said. Algeria, which currently holds the OPEC presidency, has proposed an OPEC+ meeting planned for June 9-10 be brought forward to facilitate oil sales for countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait.
June 01, 2020 02:03 UTC
Scramble to catch launchRiver transport services between Dhaka’s Sadarghat Launch Terminal and the southern districts have resumed amid a surge in coronavirus cases after an over two-month shutdown designed to slow the outbreak. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove
June 01, 2020 01:07 UTC
West Texas Intermediate crude futures CLc1 for July delivery traded at $35.25 a barrel, down 24 cents, at 7:35 pm EST (21:35 GMT). Brent crude LCOc1 traded down 16 cents a barrel at $37.68 a barrel, in the first day of August trading as the front month. Still, expectations of OPEC and its allies advancing the timeline for its June meeting lent support to the market, putting a floor in place, analysts said. “Rumours of additional production cuts and the earlier meeting date led the market higher,” said Phil Flynn, a senior analyst at Price Futures in Chicago. Russia has no objection to the next meeting of OPEC and its allies, known as OPEC+, being brought forward to June 4 from the following week, three OPEC+ sources familiar with the meeting’s preparations told Reuters on Sunday.
May 31, 2020 23:48 UTC
The protests in dozens of cities have been spurred most recently by the death last week of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. The spontaneous outpouring of protests are occurring as many states have warily begun reopening after weeks of stay-at-home orders with millions of Americans unemployed. Restaurants, schools, beaches and parks are under scrutiny as the public tentatively practices new forms of social distancing. “Stopping the pandemic is going to depend on our ability to take care of our most medically and socially vulnerable,” Gottlieb said. “We absolutely need to resolve these underlying problems to eliminate the risk of pandemic spreading of the epidemic."
May 31, 2020 23:03 UTC
The students who passed the SSC and equivalent exams, according to the results published on Sunday, were supposed to begin applying for admission online on Jun 6, according to officials. Md Ziaul Haque, chairman of the inter-board subcommittee, said it is now uncertain whether they can begin the process in June. “The students visit computer shops, colleges even though the system is online. Minimum 4,000 to 5,000 guardians also visit the board daily during admission for late submission of applications or corrections,” he said. “So, it will not be possible to maintain social distancing, though we are prepared to start the process,” he added.
May 31, 2020 22:56 UTC
Prof Serajul observed that results do not suggest the quality of education has risen. The government mainly focuses on science studies and it is necessary in the era of information technology, the former adviser to a caretaker government said. Md Ariful Islam, examinations controller of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rajshahi, said humanities students mostly fail in English and mathematics and it should be addressed. We will take steps to raise the success rate in the humanities stream,” he said. He also believes the quality of education in the SSC exams this year was average.
May 31, 2020 22:08 UTC
The eyewitnesses said as many as 500 men riding motorcycles, some brandishing assault rifles, charged into the Faskari local government area on Sunday afternoon. "At least 18 person were confirmed killed by now and many others were suspected to be killed," local resident Isma'ila Ya'u told Reuters by telephone. The men went on to the nearby village of Sabon Garin where they killed local leader Abdulhamid Sani, 55, after attempting to kidnap him, the witnesses and a police spokesman said. Police spokesman Gombo Isa confirmed the attack, adding the assailants carried "sophisticated weapons". Criminal gangs carrying out robberies and kidnappings have killed hundreds in the last year in northwest Nigeria.
May 31, 2020 21:45 UTC