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India’s Modi urges citizens to stay alert to virus as lockdown eases

India’s Modi urges citizens to stay alert to virus as lockdown eases

India, with the world's longest lockdown, is set to largely lift containment measures in June, except in high-risk zones. The novel coronavirus has infected...

India extends lockdown in high-risk zones, to allow partial reopening elsewhere

India extends lockdown in high-risk zones, to allow partial reopening elsewhere

The home ministry ordered state governments and local authorities to identify "containment zones", or areas that should remain under lockdown. Restrictions on international air...

Bangladesh becomes 60th nation to receive IMF pandemic aid

Bangladesh becomes 60th nation to receive IMF pandemic aid

The outbreak "is severely affecting the two main sources of Bangladesh's external earnings, exports of ready-made garments and remittances." "Together with the measures to...

India quarterly growth worst in two decades as lockdown bites

India quarterly growth worst in two decades as lockdown bites

Asia’s third-largest economy expanded by just 3.1 percent in the January-March period, which coincided with the first week of a months-long shutdown. The finance...

UN condemns deadly attacks on low-caste youths in Nepal

UN condemns deadly attacks on low-caste youths in Nepal

Police have so far arrested 20 people over the attack, including a local government official accused of participating. She had been killed after she...

After gas leak tragedy, Bhopal victims fall prey to virus

After gas leak tragedy, Bhopal victims fall prey to virus

But the move created "a lot of confusion" and contributed to deadly treatment delays, Khatik told AFP. A lack of transport due to the...

Iran reports most new cases in nearly two months

Iran reports most new cases in nearly two months

That figure is the highest Iran has announced for a single day since April 2. So far the government has reimposed a lockdown on...

Inside a COVID-19 hospital in India, doctors see no end in sight

Inside a COVID-19 hospital in India, doctors see no end in sight

Concerns are rising about how the country of 1.3 billion will handle the surge with roughly 6,000 new infections being detected daily this week. NEW...

Sri Lanka to reimpose selective lockdown after virus cases spike

Sri Lanka to reimpose selective lockdown after virus cases spike

It will then be lifted until Thursday, when it will be imposed again for two days to coincide with a Buddhist holiday. Under lockdown...

New Indian roads, air strips sparked border standoff with China, India observers say

New Indian roads, air strips sparked border standoff with China, India observers say

Both were digging defences and Chinese trucks have been moving equipment into the area, the officials said, raising concerns of a long faceoff. But...

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