United States condemns Hong Kong’ decision to postpone legislative council polls

The United States on Saturday condemned the Hong Kong’s administration move to postpone Legislative Council elections and urged the government to reconsider their decision. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Friday that the Legislative Council elections scheduled for September 6 will be postponed over the Covid-19 threat. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, … Read more United States condemns Hong Kong’ decision to postpone legislative council polls

Tokyo confirms 239 new coronavirus cases

Tokyo officials confirmed 239 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, Japanese media reported, as the capital struggles with a resurgence in cases after the government lifted a state of emergency. The total marks the sixth straight day new cases in the city have exceeded 200. While Japan was spared the kind of surge in infections that … Read more Tokyo confirms 239 new coronavirus cases

South Korea’s coronavirus cases fall back to below 60 after spike

The number of South Korea’s new coronavirus cases has fallen back to below 60, a day after it reported 100-plus for the first time in nearly four months. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 58 additional cases over the past 24-hour period, bringing the total to 14,150 with 298 deaths. Twelve of … Read more South Korea’s coronavirus cases fall back to below 60 after spike

Vietnam’s Danang city reimposes social distancing after first local Covid cases in months

Vietnam reintroduced social distancing measures in the central city of Danang on Sunday after a second locally transmitted novel coronavirus case was detected there, more than three months after any cases were reported in the country. The Southeast Asian country was back on high alert after the government on Saturday confirmed its first community infection … Read more Vietnam’s Danang city reimposes social distancing after first local Covid cases in months

Australia’s Victoria state reports 10 new coronavirus deaths, 459 cases

Australia’s Victoria state has recorded 10 deaths overnight from Covid-19, its highest daily toll amid a continuing surge in coronavirus cases. State Premier Daniel Andrews said the deaths included seven men and three women. A man in his 40s became one of the youngest Covid-19 fatalities in Australia. There are 459 new infections, the 21st … Read more Australia’s Victoria state reports 10 new coronavirus deaths, 459 cases

Pakistan’s Covid-19 tally crosses 270,000; death toll at 5,763

Pakistan reported 1,209 new coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the nation-wide tally of infections to 270,400. In the last 24 hours, 54 virus-related deaths have been reported, the Ministry of National Health Services said. A total of 5,763 people have died of Covid-19 in Pakistan, it said. Out of the total cases, 115,883 are from … Read more Pakistan’s Covid-19 tally crosses 270,000; death toll at 5,763

From appreciating efforts to declaring a tyrant: How Covid hit US-China ties

The United States had its first Covid-19 case on January 21. “China has been working very hard to contain the coronavirus,” President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter three days later, taking an indulgent view of Beijing’s alleged culpability. “The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, … Read more From appreciating efforts to declaring a tyrant: How Covid hit US-China ties

Hong Kong records highest single day spike of 102 Covid-19 cases

Hong Kong reported a record 102 new local virus cases on Wednesday as the city’s “most severe” situation since the pandemic began prompted health officials to expand virus-protection measures. Of the additional local cases, more than half were unlinked to previous cases, according to data from the city’s health department on Wednesday. The Asian financial … Read more Hong Kong records highest single day spike of 102 Covid-19 cases

US logs over 63,000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins University

The United States on Wednesday recorded 63,967 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University reported in its real-time tally. That brought the total number of cases in the world’s hardest-hit country to 3,955,860, the Baltimore-based university said at 8:30 pm (0030 Thursday). Another 1,059 deaths were reported, bringing the country’s total … Read more US logs over 63,000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins University

Mexico’s president downplays importance of wearing masks amid Covid pandemic

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday downplayed the importance of wearing face masks during the pandemic, calling his treasury secretary’s assertion that using them would be a factor in reactivating the economy “disproportionate.” López Obrador had never been seen publicly wearing a mask until he flew to Washington earlier this month to meet … Read more Mexico’s president downplays importance of wearing masks amid Covid pandemic