Coronavirus pandemic: Libya record first Covid-19 case as more curfews called in Mideast

India Today
A 73-year-old man, who crossed into Libya from neighboring Tunisia on March 5, became the large North-African country’s first recorded case. The patient had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia.

There are over 31,000 cases of the novel coronavirus across the Mideast. (Image for representation: AP)

Libya recorded its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, the…

Refrain from panic-buying, Mamata appeals to Bengal

The Times of India
Kolkata: Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday issued a fervent appeal to citizens: do not indulge in panic-buying, and take social distancing norms seriously during the three-week countrywide lockdown, on a day two more Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kolkata, taking the state’s count up to nine.

In her address, Banerjee also announced a state-wide lockdown from 5pm, seven…

Coronavirus pandemic: Italy records 743 fresh deaths, dashing hopes that worst was over

India Today
The death toll due to novel coronavirus or Covid-19 in Italy rose by 743 on Tuesday, the second highest daily tally since the outbreak emerged in northern regions on February 21, and up steeply from the 602 recorded on Monday.

Coronavirus pandemic: Italy has seen more fatalities than any other country. (Representative image: Reuters)

Fatalities in Italy from novel coronavirus have…

Huge health risk stares at 2 million strong expats in Gulf

The New Indian Express
KOCHI: As days pass by and the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 rising rapidly, one thing is becoming very evident – a huge chunk of patients are from the Gulf. As on Tuesday, the number of people from the Gulf region who tested positive for Covid-19 has risen to 71, with a major concentration in Kasaragod. This doesn’t bode well for Kerala which has a two million-strong…

Covid-19: Potential coronavirus treatment granted rare disease status

India Today
Experts who have studied the so-called “orphan drug” program say the company’s request – and the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to grant it – seem inappropriate given the rapidly expanding threat of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The pharmaceutical giant that makes a promising coronavirus drug has registered it as a rare disease treatment with US regulators, a status that can▪ …

AJK tightens measures to enforce lockdown

DAWN
MUZAFFARABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government on Tuesday tightened and toughened measures related to enforcement of a complete lockdown of the territory to prevent transmission of Covid-19, as samples of five more suspected cases were sent to the National Institute of Health (NIH) for screening, officials and witnesses said.

Health Minister Dr Najeeb Naqi told Dawn that five…

Pakistan seeks clarity about Saarc’s Covid-19 fund

DAWN
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan wants the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s (Saarc) Covid-19 Emergency Fund to be administered by the bloc’s secretary general and is seeking clarity about its utilisation.

The fund was announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Saarc leaders’ March 15 video conference on coronavirus pandemic and pledged $10 million for it.

The…