Philippines confirms 4,226 new coronavirus cases, 41 more deaths

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ health ministry on Saturday reported 4,226 new coronavirus infections and 41 additional deaths. In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed infections have risen to 126,885 while deaths have reached 2,209, with bulk of cases and casualties reported in the capital. The Philippines, with a population of 107 million, leads Southeast Asian nations in the

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U.N. chief warns world facing 'generational catastrophe' on education

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday that the world faces a “generational catastrophe” because of school closures amid the coronavirus pandemic and said that getting students safely back to the classroom must be “a top priority.” Guterres said that as of mid-July schools were closed in some 160 countries, affecting more than 1 billion students,

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Olympics: US Olympic Paralympic Committee's financial picture looking grim as it braces for Covid-19 hit

NEW YORK (REUTERS) – The United States Olympic Paralympic Committee (USOPC) opened its books on Monday (Aug 3), offering a bleak 2019 financial picture that is only likely to get worse when the full Covid-19 impact is felt in next year’s report. The USOPC 2019 tax return showed it spent US$54 million (S$74.3 million) more than it generated in revenue

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The CW Releases New Arrowverse Character Posters For PSA: ‘Real Heroes Wear Masks’

It seems even superheroes aren’t entirely invincible. CW has released seven new season posters for CW’s slate of Arrowverse shows (Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Black Lightning, Stargirl, Superman & Lois) sporting a timely, coronavirus-themed look. All character posters feature their main star wearing a face mask in an effort to raise public awareness on the efficacy of

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Israel's Netanyahu condemns protests against him, criticises media

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struck back on Sunday at demonstrations calling for his resignation, accusing protesters of trampling democracy and the Israeli media of encouraging them. Netanyahu, who was sworn in for a fifth term in May after an election, has often complained of press bias against him, and some of the charges he faces in a

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UK care home residents, staff unable to get regular COVID-19 tests, says care provider

LONDON (Reuters) – One of Britain’s largest care home providers said the government is unable to meet its promise to regularly test staff and residents in care homes after problems were discovered with coronavirus testing kits. Earlier this month, the government announced that staff will be tested for the virus each week while residents will receive a test every 28

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Japan government persists with 'Abenomask' giveaway, reignites social media outcry

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government is pushing ahead with the distribution of its much derided masks even though commercially made masks are now readily available, prompting a renewed outcry on social media. Dubbed the “Abenomask”, which means Abe’s mask and is a pun on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” programme, the washable gauze mask has been criticised as ill fitting

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UK keeps eye on France, Germany after slapping coronavirus quarantine on Spain

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is closely watching rises in coronavirus cases in other European destinations such as France and Germany after slapping a 14-day quarantine on travellers from Spain at the height of the summer vacation season. The imposition of a British quarantine on Spain is one of the starkest indications to date that Europe could face a second wave

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