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North Korea lifts coronavirus-linked lockdown from Kaesong border city

Pyongyan/Sputnik: The North Korean authorities have decided to lift the coronavirus-linked lockdown from the border city of Kaesong, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Friday.

Nepal's Pashupatinath Temple missing Indian devotees amid COVID-19 lockdown

Kathmandu: Amid COVID-19 imposed lockdown, Nepal's iconic Pashupatinath Temple has been witnessing no footfalls of Indian devotees.

Argentina mulls tightening lockdown measures amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Buenos Aires/Xinhua: Argentina's government has not ruled out tightening lockdown restrictions in force since March 20 if a rise in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals, a top official said on Tuesday.

Pakistan: Seven Punjab cities to undergo 15-day lockdown from today 

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.

Support measures helped prevent poverty increase in Russia amid COVID-19 - World Bank

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.

Amid rising COVID-19 cases, Bangladesh imposes lockdown in Cox’s Bazar Municipality which houses Rohingya refugee camps

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.

‘Lockdown generation’ of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief

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.

Japan: Abe lifts COVID-19 state of emergency

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.

Tedros highlights complex challenges posed by COVID-19 resurgence, following easing of lockdowns

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.

COVID-19 outbreak: 26 people, including Chinese nationals, arrive in Dhaka from China

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.

Pakistan: Gilgit-Baltistan businessmen 'suffer' due to govt's incompetence in handling COVID-19 lockdown

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.

COVID-19: Bangladesh government likely to extend shutdown by 10 days

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.

COVID-19: Pakistani people struggling in Dubai to return home, accuse embassy of selling tickets at premium

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.

Extremists taking advantage of global COVID-19 lockdowns to recruit youths online: UN chief Antonio Guterres

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.

‘Toxic lockdown culture’ of repressive coronavirus measures hits most vulnerable

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”.