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Iran says virus contagion slows for fourth day

AFP Tehran Iran’s new cases of coronavirus have dropped for the fourth consecutive day, official figures released Saturday showed, as a two-week holiday in the Islamic republic came to an end. Iran registered 2,560 new infections ..

Turkey tightens controls in public places over virus threat

AFP Istanbul Turkey stepped up controls Saturday on crowded public spaces including markets and ferries in Istanbul a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed the use of face masks to curb the coronavirus outbreak. ..

South Africa rolls out mobile testing in virus lockdown

AFP Johannesburg South African public healthcare workers dispersed into the buzzing streets of Johannesburg’s Yeoville neighbourhood on Friday as Africa’s worst virus-hit country rolled out mass door-to-door testing for ..

Cairo Egypt’s main cancer institute has confirmed 15 cases of the novel coronavirus among its medical staff, the facility’s chief said on Saturday, sparking fears of exposure among vulnerable patients. “Three doctors and 12 ..

Sana’a Yemen’s rebels said on Saturday they have freed 1,600 prisoners to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in the impoverished country. Yemen has not officially recorded any cases of the virus that causes the potentially ..

DPA Riyadh Saudi Arabia on Saturday isolated several residential areas in a port city as the country struggles to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. The state news agency SPA, citing an Interior Ministry official, said that ..

DPA Johannesburg The French embassy in South Africa on Saturday expressed dismay at comments made by French doctors during a television interview in which they discussed testing a coronavirus vaccine in Africa. “We are deeply ..

DPA Tripoli The United Nations renewed a call for Libya’s warring sides to agree on a humanitarian truce to combat the new coronavirus on Saturday, the first anniversary of the start of a battle to capture the capital Tripoli. On ..

Algiers As adversity strikes in the form of the coronavirus pandemic, Algeria has found a helping hand in China, an old friend and the top exporter to Africa’s largest country. An Air Algerie plane arrived in the capital Algiers from ..

DPA Beijing China held three minutes of silence for people who have died in the coronavirus outbreak during the country’s traditional Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day on Saturday. President Xi Jinping was joined by other ..

Jakarta Poaching and habitat loss have decimated Indonesia’s orangutan population, but now coronavirus has emerged as another potential deadly threat to the critically endangered species. While there have been no confirmed ..

DPA Manila A 63-year-old man was shot dead in the Philippines after threatening village officials and police with a scythe at a coronavirus checkpoint, police said on Saturday. The man is believed to have been drunk when he ..

DPA New Delhi A couple in India’s central state of Chhattisgarh has named their newborn twins Corona and Covid amid the country’s nationwide lockdown brought on by the pandemic. The twins, a boy and a girl, were born at a government ..

Tokyo The number of daily new coronavirus cases has exceeded 100 in Tokyo for the first time, with Japanese media reporting on Saturday at least 118 new infections. This brings the number of confirmed cases in the Japanese capital to ..

Dhaka Authorities in Bangladesh have extended a nationwide transport shut-down for a week as the number of novel coronavirus cases rose to 70, officials said on Saturday. The restriction on all modes of transport carrying ..

Agencies Moscow Two people have died after a multi-storey residential building collapsed in a gas explosion near the Russian capital moscow on Saturday., authorities said. The blast took place in the town of Orekhovo-Zuyevo ..

DPA Islamabad The Pakistani foreign minister said on Saturday that the government will file an appeal against a court decision acquitting the man accused of the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. “It has been ..

DPA Kabul The leader of the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Afghanistan, known as Islamic State - Khurasan, was arrested by security forces, a statement by the Afghan Intelligence Agency (NDS) said on Saturday. Abdullah ..

Moscow Russia has called for the lifting of sanctions on all nations in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that many nations are continuing to adhere to sanctions ..