Medical personnel in a hospital in Iran were seen kissing a religious piece of cloth to protect them against coronavirus, according to a video circulating on social media. The cloth is from the Imam Reza shrine in Iran's Shia holy city of Mashhad. Medical staff were seen lining up in the video to kiss the cloth one after the other. Other videos and images have been shared on social media showing a piece of cloth from the Imam Reza shrine being taken to be touched and kissed by coronavirus patients in hospitals.
The United Arab Emirates confirmed 300 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours bringing the total to 2,659, the health ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, 12 died and 186 recovered so far. Last Update: 13:37 KSA 16:37 - GMT 13:37
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was spending a second night in intensive care battling the coronavirus which has infected more than 55,000 across the country and killed nearly 6,200. “He stayed at work for you… now pray at home for him,” The Sun tabloid splashed across its front page Wednesday while the Daily Express said: “Boris 'will pull through'.” Deputising for Johnson, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was “confident he'll pull through, because if there's one thing I know about this prime minister, he's a fighter and he'll be back, leading us through this crisis in short order”. In an update Tuesday evening, the prime minister's spokesman said his “condition is stable and he remains in intensive care for close monitoring.”
Neither surgical masks nor cotton masks are effective filters to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, according to a new report published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. People have flocked to buy face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, officially known as COVID-19, resulting in shortages of masks globally. Amid shortages of the N95 mask, the so-called gold standard in consumer face masks, many have turned to surgical and cotton masks as substitutes.
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The Philippines has expressed solidarity with Vietnam after Hanoi protested against what it said was the ramming and sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a Chinese coastguard vessel in the disputed South China Sea. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila expressed deep concern over the reported April 3 sinking of the boat off the Paracel Islands. There were eight fishermen on board at the time. More: Philippines protests 'swarming' of more than 100 Chinese vessels Duterte finds a friend in China but critics cry treason Vietnam demands China withdraw vessel from South China Sea The incident happened at a time when a common approach was crucial in confronting the coronavirus pandemic, it
Iran's death toll from the new coronavirus spiked to 3,872 on Tuesday, with the total number of confirmed cases rising to 62,589, according to an Iranian health official. Last Update: 09:41 KSA 12:41 - GMT 09:41
Abu Dhabi started marketing US dollar bonds on Wednesday, a document showed, following Qatar's $10 billion debt sale on Tuesday, as Gulf states raise cash amid low oil prices and the coronavirus outbreak. Two sources close to the deal said Abu Dhabi was looking to raise $5 billion to $7 billion with the issuance. A spokesman at Abu Dhabi's department of finance did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Like Qatar, Abu Dhabi plans to raise debt in tranches of five, 10 and 30 years.