Philippines observes ‘no-contact’ in marking Ash Wednesday to beat virus Feb 27, 2020 0 848 12345 Manila: Filipinos marked Ash Wednesday with a bow and a sprinkling of dust instead of a cross being daubed on their foreheads, as Asia’s bastion of Catholicism guarded against the spread of coronavirus.Leaders of the Philippine church urged priests to adapt the rite in order to reduce the risk of fanning the contagion.Since the outbreak, which has resulted in three confirmed cases and one death in the Philippines, churches have also discouraged worshippers from holding hands during mass.“It makes me feel safe,” said Wendy Tamidles, a 19-year-old student.She was among thousands of people, some wearing surgical masks, who lined up at Baclaran church in Manila for services on Wednesday.Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the run-up to Easter, and includes Catholics having crosses drawn in ash on their foreheads. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Amal Clooney to help Maldives fight Rohingyas’ case at UN court Feb 27, 2020 0 119 Modi calls for calm as Delhi riots toll rises to 27 Feb 27, 2020 0 635 Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread in Europe Feb 27, 2020 0 312 GIRL POWER: GRETA MEETS MALALA LONDON: Climate activist Greta Thunberg met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai in Britain to discuss their activism and speak to students. The 17-year-old Swede visited the 22-year-old Pakistani .. South Korea reports biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases so far Seoul/Beijing: South Korea reported its largest daily increase in coronavirus cases on Wednesday after 284 new infections were confirmed, bringing the total to 1,261 in the country. The majority of the cases are .. Russian TV airs names of 12 million soldiers killed during WWII Moscow: A Russian news channel is broadcasting the names of more than 12 million Soviet soldiers killed during World War II, ahead of the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in May. The unprecedented move by the .. Sri Lanka notifies UN withdrawing from war crimes resolution Geneva: Sri Lanka on Wednesday notified the UN that it was withdrawing from a United Nations resolution for investigating alleged war crimes committed during a decades-long conflict with Tamil separatists. “I wish to .. Afghan president to be sworn in next month AFP Kabul Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will delay his inauguration until March 9, his office said on Wednesday, after Washington warned Kabul against allowing an election spat to derail a historic deal to withdraw .. 317 nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize DPA Stockholm Over 300 nominations have been made for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norway-based award committee said on Wednesday. The total of 317 candidates comprised 210 individuals and 107 organisations, .. Trump defends White House’s response to the coronavirus AFP Washington US President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his administration’s response to the novel coronavirus, lashing the media for spreading panic as he announced an evening news conference on the epidemic. .. Pakistan’s health advisor confirms first two cases of coronavirus Karachi: Pakistan has detected its first two cases of novel coronavirus, a public health advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted on Wednesday, days after Islamabad closed its land border with Iran, where 19 people .. Health experts expect Covid-19 spread on US soil Washington: American health authorities said on Tuesday they ultimately expect the novel coronavirus to spread in the United States and are urging local governments, businesses, and schools to develop plans like ..