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Covid-19 death toll passes 20,000, three billion under strict lockdown

Publication date 27 March 2020 | 01:40 | ICT

More than three billion people around the world were living under lockdown on Wednesday as governments stepped up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 20,000 people dead.



  • Iran says ‘no knowledge’ of missing ex-FBI agent

    Publication date 27 March 2020 | 01:35 | ICT

    Iran said on Thursday it had “no knowledge” of the whereabouts of a former FBI agent missing since 2007, after his family said he had died in Iranian custody.

  • Clergyman in pope’s residence ‘gets virus’

    Publication date 27 March 2020 | 01:33 | ICT

    An Italian employee of the Holy See who lives in the same residence as Pope Francis was reported on Thursday to have tested positive for Covid-19 and has been hospitalised.

  • Russia calls for relief of sanction

    Publication date 27 March 2020 | 01:35 | ICT

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for sanctions relief during the coronavirus pandemic, telling G20 leaders it was a matter “of life and death”.

  • Dutch state ordered to pay damages for 1940s Indonesia colonial killings

    Publication date 27 March 2020 | 01:30 | ICT

    The Dutch state must pay compensation to relatives of 11 men executed by colonial troops during Indonesia’s independence war in the late 1940s, judges ruled on Wednesday.

  • Nine doctors die from coronavirus in Philippines

    Publication date 27 March 2020 | 01:28 | ICT

    Nine doctors have died in the Philippines from the coronavirus, the country’s top medical association said on Thursday, as hospitals were overwhelmed and medics complained about a lack of protection on the front lines.

  • Malaysia’s King and Queen placed under quarantine

    Publication date 27 March 2020 | 01:25 | ICT

    Malaysia’s King and Queen are currently under quarantine after seven staff members from the national palace tested positive for coronavirus, reported national news agency Bernama on Thursday.

  • Rockets hit Iraq’s Green Zone, forces leave base

    Publication date 27 March 2020 | 01:22 | ICT

    Two rockets slammed into the Iraqi capital’s high-security Green Zone early on Thursday, hours before US-led forces were set to pull out of a second base in the country.

  • NZ mosque shooter pleads guilty

    Publication date 27 March 2020 | 01:20 | ICT

    AN AUSTRALIAN far-right extremist charged with murdering 51 Muslim worshippers in last year’s mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques unexpectedly flipped his plea to guilty on Thursday.

  • Yemen warring sides back ceasefire

    Publication date 27 March 2020 | 01:15 | ICT

    All sides in Yemen’s long conflict offered support on Thursday for the UN’ call for a ceasefire to protect civilians from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • UK Prince Charles contracts Covid-19

    Publication date 26 March 2020 | 02:52 | ICT

    Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, is showing mild symptoms of the new coronavirus but “otherwise remains in good health”, his office said on Wednesday.