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136th Day Of Lockdown

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South Asia

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus wait at an intersection in the central business district in Beijing. (AP)

Seven dead, 60 infected by new infectious disease in China

Virologists believe that the infection may have been passed on to humans by ticks and that the virus can be transmitted between humans

 The feline was detected by jail intelligence officials on Saturday at the high-security Welikada Prison, a police official said. (Representational Image: AFP)

'Smuggler' cat caught with heroin, SIM cards escapes prison in Sri Lanka

The prison recently reported an increase in incidents of people throwing packets of drugs, cell phones and phone chargers over the walls

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (via AP)

Want to push for continued advancement of China-Nepal ties: Xi Jinping

China attaches high importance to Nepal's Oli continuing in power as it was him who widened China-Nepal ties to reduce dependence on India

Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli. (PTI)

Nepal to send updated map to UN, Google: Minister

Nepal had released a revised political and administrative map incorporating the disputed territories of Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani

Sheikh Sagheer showers foam on a cow before washing it at his car service station ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha or the 'Festival of Sacrifice', in the Pakistan's port city of Karachi. (AFP)

Pakistanis clean their Eid animals at car wash

The animals are further sanitised using disinfectants keeping in mind about the pandemic spread

Asia

Rescue workers evacuate residents on a rubber boat in Cheorwon, South Korea. (AP)

North Korea issues flood alert as South reports 16 dead

North Korea is particularly vulnerable to sustained heavy rain as many mountains and hills have long been stripped of vegetation

 An employee wearing a protective gear disinfect to help curb the spread of the coronavirus at the Ryugyong Health Complex's public bath in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP)

Strict lockdown measures raise suspicions of virus outbreak in North Korea

An exchange between the country and the United Nations provides new clarity about what might be happening in North Korea

 Australian Al Jazeera journalist, reporter/senior producer Drew Ambrose, right, leaves the Bukit Aman police headquarters after being questioned by the Malaysian police over a documentary about the country's arrests of undocumented migrants, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP)

Malaysia police raid Al Jazeera's office, seize computers

Al Jazeera said the raid was 'an attack on press freedom as a whole' and urged Malaysian authorities to cease the criminal investigation

A visitor (L) given hand sanitizer as he enters the Ryugyong Health Complex in Pyongyang. (AFP)

North Korea’s first coronavirus case tests ‘inconclusive’: WHO

The country had declared emergency and locked down its borers after a person was reported to have COVID-19 symptoms

Middle East

Aftermath of a massive explosion is seen in in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Massive explosions rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital. Witnesses saw many people injured by flying glass and debris. (AP)

Two massive explosions in Beirut leaves 73 dead, thousands injured

Lebaon's PM said 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored for years in a portside warehouse had blown up, leading to the second explosion

A picture shows the scene of an explosion in Beirut. AP photo

Huge explosion rocks Beirut

The afternoon blast shook several parts of the capital and thick smoke billowed from the city centre

 Four alleged members of the Shiite Muslim fundamentalist group Hezbollah are on trial over the huge Beirut suicide bombing that killed Sunni billionaire Hariri and 21 other people. (AFP)

Verdict due this week in assassination of Lebanon ex-PM Hariri

The judgment harks back to an event that changed the face of Middle East, leading to protests that pushed Syrian forces out of Lebanon

Former Lebanese premier Rafic Hariri in Beirut. (AFP)

From Hariri assassination to upcoming verdict on Friday: A recap

The special tribunal trying the four suspects accused of the assassination of Lebanon's ex-PM Rafic Hariri delivers its verdict on August 7

 There are about 7,70,000 Indians in Oman, of which about 6,55,000 are workers and professionals. (Representational Image: PTI)

Over 50,000 Indians repatriated from Oman since May due to COVID-19

Indians constitute the largest expatriate community in Oman, while more than nine million Indians work and live in the whole Gulf region

Africa

People who did not respect the measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, such as the correct wearing of masks in public places, are forced to sit and listen the prevention speeches for a few hours in Nyamirambo stadium in Kigali, Rwanda. (AFP)

You have to attend all-night lectures if you break COVID rules in Rwanda

Every evening, public health messages are blared through loudspeakers to spectators seated at least a metre apart in the stadiums

 A resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (AP)

South Africa sees dip in new virus cases but warns of return

More than 24,000 healthcare workers have been infected by the coronavirus in South Africa which is five percent of country's total caseload

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), addresses a press conference about the update on COVID-19 at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP)

The effects of the pandemic will be felt for decades to come: WHO

The agency also said the effects of the pandemic 'will be felt for decades to come' in an emergency WHO committee reviewing the pandemic

 A nurse wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is seen at Casa Serena, an Old Age home in Johannesburg. (AFP)

South Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass half a million

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa as a whole approached a million

Europe

Asked about the developments in Russia, the WHO stressed that all vaccine candidates should go through the full stages of testing before being rolled out. (Representational Image: AFP)

WHO urge Russia to follow vaccine guidelines

Russia had announced that it will launch vaccine mass production by September and turn out 'several million' doses per month by next year

A picture taken on August 4, 2020 shows three Canadair bomber planes of the French Securite Civile flying past a column of smoke, as wild fires broke out in La Couronne, near Marseille. (AFP)

Thousands evacuated as forest fire rages on in Southern France

Some 1,800 firefighters are battling the blazes, which broke out on Tuesday afternoon, fanned by strong winds

Former pope Benedict XVI posing for a picture at the airport in Munich, southern Germany in June 2020, after visiting his brother and before his departure.

Former pope Benedict XVI is 'extremely frail'

The former pontiff largely stayed out of the public eye since he became the first pope in 600 years to resign, citing health reasons

Mahatma Gandhi. (Image by: Margaret Bourke)

Britain considering a coin to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi

As part of a global reassessment of history triggered by the death of George Floyd, UK also seems to be re-examining their past

Coronavirus outbreaks at mink farms in Spain and the Netherlands have scientists digging into how the animals got infected and if they can spread it to people. (AP)

Scientist dig into COVID outbreak in Europe’s mink farms

Officials say it is ‘plausible’ that some workers in the farms could have contracted the coronavirus from the minks, though not proven

Americas

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifiesduring a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on a national plan to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (AFP)

Don't look for a mass nationwide vaccination right away: Fauci

Looking ahead, Fauci said he's 'cautiously optimistic' that US will have a vaccine by the end of this year

US President Donald Trump. (AFP)

Donald Trump says US will ban Chinese app TikTok

Reports had said Trump would require US operations of the app be divested from its parent firm ByteDance, but the president announced a ban

A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant solution inside the coffin of a person who died from suspected COVID-19, as the body arrives at the crematorium at Xilotepec Cemetery in Xochimilco, Mexico City. (AP)

Mexico now has third highest coronavirus death toll in the world

Health officials also confirm Mexico, with twice the population of Britain, has had more than 424,000 coronavirus cases during the pandemic

 India had even declared that it has remained responsible in living up to its international commitments on the supply of medicines during the pandemic which has enhanced its reputation of being the “pharmacy to the world”. (Representational Image: AFP)

American countries look towards India for cheaper generic medicine

Ecuadorean envoy pointed out that generic medicine 'can cost up to 10 times more' in South/Latin America than in India

Oceania

A patient has her temperature checked at a medical clinic during lockdown due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus in Melbourne. (AP)

Australia’s hotspot state tells citizens not to panic buy

Production of beef, lamb and pork has been reduced by one third to reduce chances of virus spread in meat processing plants

A man walks past a large face mask pinned to a tree in Melbourne on August 3, 2020 after the state announced new restrictions as the city battles fresh outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AFP)

Australia's virus cases soar despite month-long lockdown

The virus has spread rapidly through nursing homes in Melbourne, with almost 1,500 active infections now linked to the facilities

Workers push trolleys past an empty shop in Melbourne’s central business district on August 3, 2020 after the state announced new restrictions as the city battles fresh outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AFP)

Australia announces paid pandemic leave for those required to self-isolate in Victoria state

Authorities predicted that the latest restrictions in country's biggest cities would cost around 250,000 jobs

  A cyclist passes a group of police and soldiers patrolling the Docklands area of Melbourne. (AFP)

Australia's second-biggest city imposes overnight curfew

Victoria, which is Australia's second most populated state, declared state of disaster over spike in new coronavirus cases

 Police detain an anti-mask protester in Melbourne. (AFP)

Australia's Victoria sees a drop in new COVID-19 cases

Once proud of itself about a tough approach to social distancing, the state now accounts for about 60% of Australia’s 17,300 cases