Monday, Jun 01, 2020 | Last Update : 07:02 PM IST

69th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra65168280812197 Tamil Nadu2024611313157 Delhi173877846398 Gujarat1635692321007 Rajasthan83654855184 Madhya Pradesh78914444343 Uttar Pradesh77014651213 West Bengal48131775302 Andhra Pradesh3461228960 Bihar3359120915 Karnataka292299749 Telangana2499141277 Jammu and Kashmir234190828 Punjab2197194942 Odisha17239779 Haryana172194019 Kerala120957510 Assam9361044 Uttarakhand493794 Jharkhand4621914 Chhatisgarh4471021 Chandigarh2891994 Tripura2711720 Himachal Pradesh223634 Goa70420 Manipur6060 Puducherry57230 Nagaland3600 Meghalaya27121 Arunachal Pradesh310 Mizoram110 Sikkim100

South Asia

 People wait for their turn outside a shop at a market after the government eased the lockdown in Islamabad. (AFP)

Pakistan decides not to enforce indefinite lockdown

Pakistan has also reduced the quarantine period before Covid-19 tests for inbound air passengers from 48 hours to the earliest possible

The MEA further said, “The government of Pakistan or its judiciary has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it". AP file photo

India lodges protest against Pak plan for Gilgit-Baltistan polls

India has always regarded Gilgit-Baltistan as part of its territory which has been under the illegal occupation of Pakistan since 1947-48

Police officers stand guard outside the Lal mosque which is sealed as its cleric denies a government-imposed nationwide lockdown to help contain the spread of the coronavirus in Islamabad. (AP)

Pakistan sees highest single day spike in covid cases

Pakistan's coronavirus tally records 19,52 new cases; death toll raised to 440

A volunteer from the Payam-e-Wilayat Foundation Pakistan welfare organization disinfects a mosque from the coronavirus, in Peshawar, Pakistan. AP Photo

Coronavirus cases in Pakistan rise to 3,277

The number of cases increasing at a rapid pace in Punjab could become a cause of concern for the government as it is the wealthiest region

File image of Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Pakistan seeks China's help for debt relief to developing countries

Qureshi underlined that the COVID-19 had a devastating impact on global economy.


Protesters gesture with five fingers, signifying the "Five demands - not one less" as they march along a downtown street during a pro-democracy protest against Beijing's national security legislation in Hong Kong, Sunday, May 24, 2020. (AP)

Leaders around the world issue joint statement against China’s new Hong Kong laws

186 law and policy leaders said the laws are a “flagrant breach” of Sino-British Joint Declaration that returned Hong Kong to China in 1997

Pro-democracy protesters hold placards that translate as "National Security Law comes to Hong Kong, Hong Kong becomes Xinjiang, Stanley Prison becomes Qincheng Prison, Hong Kongers Revolt" as they march from outside the Western Police Station to the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong on May 22, 2020. (AFP)

Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes new security law

The proposal for the security law, expected to ban treason, subversion and sedition, was introduced into Chinese parliament today morning

 10 killed as cyclone Amphan batters Bangladesh. (AFP Photo)

10 killed as cyclone Amphan batters Bangladesh

Many low-lying areas were inundated, embankments collapsed, trees uprooted and houses damaged by cyclone in coastal districts of Bangladesh

 China’s President Xi Jinping. (AFP)

China also rejects Trump's offer to mediate in border standoff

Chinese Foreign Ministry asserts the two countries did not want the "intervention" from a third party to resolve the current matter

Middle East

A worker sprays disinfectant inside the Banya Bashi Mosque in Sofia. (AFP)

Mosques to stay shut for Eid prayers in Saudi Arabia, UAE

Dubai government listed a series of Eid customs that should not be observed, including family visits and exchanging gifts or money

File image of Iran President Hassan Rouhani (AFP)

Iran hits back at US: Washington should not plot against Tehran every day

Tehran and Washington have traded barbs over a spate of incidents in the past year.

AP file photo

Over 12,000 recovered from Covid19 in Iran, officials say

Iran reported 123 new deaths, taking the toll to 2,640

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Covid19 death toll in Iran rises to 2,000

The total positive cases in Iran now stands at 27,017

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UAE suspends passnger flights to tackle Covid19: state media

The UAE, whose international airports in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are major hubs, announced on Friday its first two deaths from the COVID-19


A man gets his bottle filled with a herbal extract believed to protect from COVID-19, in Antananarivo, Madagascar. (AP)

Madagascar ships anti-virus herbal tea to Guinea-Bissau president

WHO has clarified that the herbal tea's effects had not been tested, and there are no published scientific studies of the potion

 A security guard sanitises the hands of an offender at a correctional centre in South Africa. AFP photo

IMF nod to debt relief for 25 poor nations

This provides grants to our poorest and most vulnerable members to cover their IMF debt obligations for an initial phase of next six months

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As pandemic spreads, low- income countries fear devastating consequences

Aid groups are sounding alarm on the potentially devastating consequences of a severe outbreak in low-income and conflict-ridden countries

Bill Gates. (AFP)

Bill Gates conspiracy theories viral in Africa

A Kenyan politician's false online post has added major fuel to the spread of misinformation regarding the American business magnate


People cycle through Parliament Square in central London on May 17, 2020, following an easing of lockdown rules in England. (AFP)

US, Europe weighs reopening risks sans vaccine

Health experts say the world could be months, if not years, away from having a vaccine available to everyone

 Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson participates in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's NHS (National Health Service) workers and other frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic. (AFP)

UK confident COVID-19 tracking system will be in place before lockdown eased

Health workers have warned that any failure in tracing people with the virus and their contacts would result in a second deadly wave

Bosnian riot policemen stand outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Sarajevo, Bosnia, ahead of the commemoration Mass for Croatian pro-Nazis killed at the end of World War II. (AP)

Bosnia Church holds Mass for Croatia's pro-Nazi WWII regime

The Mass provoked outrage from most political parties, Jewish leaders the Serbian Orthodox Church and anti-fascist NGOs

 A worker in protective gear sanitizes the exterior of Saint John in Lateran Basilica, in Rome. (AP)

Italy to allow international travel from June 3

In a bid to contain the contagion, Italy was the first European country to impose nationwide restrictions in March

A medic uses a thermal screening device on a boy during a door-to-door survey to detect COVID-19 cases in Nagaon district in Assam. (PTI)

Medics around the world face hostility over virus stigma

In countries like India, Egypt, Mexico and elsewhere, doctors and nurses are intimidated and treated like pariahs because of their work


Protesters demonstrate against the death of George Floyd outside the 3rd Precinct Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (AFP)

'It was a public execution'

Cops fire rubber bullets and tear gas on thousands protesting over the death of another African-American at the hands of US law enforcement

Cemetery workers wearing protective clothing bury a victim of COVID-19 at the Sao Franciso Xavier cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP)

Brazil has record new coronavirus cases, surpasses France in deaths

Brazilian states are preparing to ease quarantine restrictions despite warnings from public health experts

 Frame from video provided by Darnella Frazier, a Minneapolis officer kneels on the neck of a handcuffed man who was pleading that he could not breathe in Minneapolis.

Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of unarmed black man

The death comes amid outrage over the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man shot by a white father and son while jogging

A protester gestures in front of the burning 3rd Precinct building of the Minneapolis Police Department on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP)

Protesters set Minneapolis police station on fire

“When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” responds Trump


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Covid19 cases increase to 350 in Australia

New South Wales (NSW) reported 37 cases since Sunday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 171

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during the Meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) at Parramatta Stadium in western Sydney. AFP Photo

Australian PM Scott Morisson urges citizens to reconsider travel

A total of 196 coronavirus cases have now been confirmed across Australia

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. (Screengrab of video shared by PM's official handle)

New Zealand keeps the borders closed as virus has grim global hold

The country is almost off the coronavirus grid, with only one Covid-19 patient in hospital, and no new positive cases for last one week

Commuters wear PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. (AFP)

Australia PM pushes jobs to minimise government welfare spending

Country’s second-most populous state, Victoria, resume tourism as virus eases

 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks up when an earthquake struck during a live television interview in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday morning, May 25, 2020. (AP)

Jacinda Ardern 'stays cool' as earthquake hits amid live telecast

A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday