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Spectre of COVID-19: Run from dorms to Singapore citizenry

Spectre of COVID-19: Run from dorms to Singapore citizenry

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: An early favourite in the Covid-19 world wrestling challenge, Singapore began to falter midway in the match, leading to what some have characterised as a costly lesson of presumption. Entering the ring, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the vigilant coach, was the […]

Time to be humbler, more human as we deal with coronavirus fallout

Time to be humbler, more human as we deal with coronavirus fallout

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: A Tunisian superstar has called on people to draw lessons from the coronavirus tragedy that has befallen the world to engage in introspection, work on ways to get rid of their arrogance and become humbler. “We are going through a worldwide tragedy, and people have to look carefully into their lives […]

Vietnam imposes $870 fines for posting fake news

Vietnam imposes $870 fines for posting fake news

HANOI: A decree signed by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in February stipulating sanctions against those spreading fake news and rumors on social media has come into effect. Amid a deluge of online misinformation about the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in the country, the decree is expected to provide authorities a legal tool to deal […]

Turkmenistan dismisses COVID-19, celebrates health with great fanfare

Turkmenistan dismisses COVID-19, celebrates health with great fanfare

ASHGABAT: With more than three billion people across the world, half of the globe population, are in lockdown as their countries fervently combat coronavirus (COVID-19), Turkmenistan is celebrating life in public with great fanfare, especially that it had not reported any infection. As the world marked the World Health Day in eerily muted silence, the […]

COVID-19 infections in Africa represent 0.71% of world figure

COVID-19 infections in Africa represent 0.71% of world figure

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: Only two of the 54 countries making up the African continent are virus-free: Comoros and Lesotho. The African countries have so far 11,440 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing 0.71% of the world figure, 574 deaths (0.59% of the world), and 1,405 recoveries (0.39% of the international figure). South Africa topped in Southern Africa […]

WUHAN: United front puts city on road to recovery

WUHAN: United front puts city on road to recovery

By Wang Xiaodong China Daily  Workers face range of challenges during outbreak WUHAN: Hua Yuchen, a music teacher in Wuhan, Hubei province, was one of the first to volunteer her services after the city was locked down on Jan 23 in an effort to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak. “I had been following news of […]

Satanic Viruses

Satanic Viruses

By Ashraf Aboul-Yazid President of Asia Journalists Association (AJA) CAIRO: As the whole world is combating coronavirus, the destructive virus of modern times, Egyptians, both authorities and people, are persuading themselves that they are in fact fighting more than that one specific virus! The first virus the Egyptian government faces – in its long war […]

Bahrain using tracker bracelets to geofence self-isolating individuals

Bahrain using tracker bracelets to geofence self-isolating individuals

By Habib Toumi Manama: Bahrain is leveraging technology to ensure that people under compulsory home quarantines do not move away from the confines of their homes. Electronic tracker wristbands that alert authorities to rogue escapees have been rolled out by the island kingdom as it seeks to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). […]

Inside a Bahrain quarantine center: 5 meals a day, games, buffets and refreshments around the clock

Inside a Bahrain quarantine center: 5 meals a day, games, buffets and refreshments around the clock

By Habib Toumi Manama: Bahraini citizens have shared their quarantine routines, expressing satisfaction with the possibilities and structures available to maintain their physical and mental health, and debunking allegations that the isolation for 14 days meant the end of the world. “The humanitarian factor by Team Bahrain has been very important in our daily routines […]

No Ramadan bazaars in several states across Malaysia this year

No Ramadan bazaars in several states across Malaysia this year

KOTA KINABALU: The government of Sabah, the second largest of the 13 states of Malaysia, will not hold the traditional Ramadan bazaars this year in additional efforts to curb the COVID-19 outbreak. It is likely to join several other Malaysian states, including Kedah, Selangor, Terengganu and Melaka,that earlier this week  have announced that Ramadan bazaars will […]

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