Lahore: With increased COVID-19 cases in Pakistan, seven cities in Punjab will be under a 15-day smart lockdown which will start from Friday, media reports said.
Moscow/Sputnik: The government's support measures helped Russia avoid a sudden increase in poverty amid the coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank's Country Director for Russia Renaud Seligmann told Sputnik.
Dhaka/IBNS: With rising number of COVID-19 positive cases, Bangladesh authority has put Cox’s Bazar Municipality on lockdown and even declared some areas of the district as red zones, media reports said.
Further evidence of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the global job market has emerged in a new study by the UN labour agency, which on Wednesday said that more than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the pandemic.
Tokyo/UNI: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday lifted the state of emergency, imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic, in the remaining five prefectures, including Tokyo and Hokkaido.
New York/IBNS: The resurgence of COVID-19 cases in South Korea, China and Germany following the lifting of stay-at-home restrictions demonstrates the complexity of easing these measures, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.
Dhaka/IBNS: A group of 26 people, which included both Bangladeshi and Chinese nationals, have arrived in Dhaka from China's Xianju province, media reports said on Sunday.
Islamabad/IBNS: Small businessmen in Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan region have alleged that they are suffering due to discriminatory and unprofessional conduct of the authorities at this time when the country is witnessing COVID-19 outbreak.
Dhaka/IBNS: Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Bangladesh government is planning to extend the nationwide shutdown of offices and workplaces by 10 days from May 15, media reports said.
Dubai/IBNS: The Imran Khan government in Pakistan is under attack by Pakistanis stuck in Dubai and desperate to return home amid COVID-19 outbreak.
Geneva/IBNS: UN chief Antonio Guterres alerted the world that extremist groups are taking advantage of the COVID-19 lockdowns and have intensified their efforts to recruit youths online by exploiting their anger and despair through social media.
Marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged States to take action to prevent and control COVID-19 in the workplace.
New York/IBNS: Disturbing details have emerged from dozens of countries that a “toxic lockdown culture” against the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted drastically on society’s most vulnerable members, the UN human rights Office (OHCHR) said on Monday. The development follows UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s call last week for States not to use the COVID crisis as a pretext for repressive measures, in which he urged Governments to recognize that the threat was the “virus, not people”.
London/UNI: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson could ease the coronavirus restrictions in the country this week, before the May 7 lockdown deadline.
Gaza/Xinhua/UNI: Restaurants in the Gaza Strip will reopen during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, while precautionary measures will be taken to protect people from the COVID-19 pandemic, said Gaza authorities on Sunday.