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ASIA: Deaths and destruction as floods ravage southern China

ASIA: Deaths and destruction as floods ravage southern China

ASIA, China
Rainstorms and floods battered southern China killing some 78 people since the start of June, according to the Chinese emergency management ministry. Another 12 million have been affected by property damage, road closures and other disruptions, including 720,000 people rescued or relocated from flood waters. The flood season has caused $3.6 billion in economic losses, the ministry said, a further blow to a domestic economy already suffering from the coronavirus pandemic. Seasonal flooding hits much of China each year, and authorities have sought to mitigate the damage through the use of dams, particularly the massive Three Gorges structure on the Yangtze. China’s worst floods in recent years were in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and almost 3 million homes were destroy...
HEALTH: New Agreements to Expand Access to 20 Lifesaving Cancer Medicines for Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

HEALTH: New Agreements to Expand Access to 20 Lifesaving Cancer Medicines for Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

AFRICA, ASIA, HEALTH
Cancer Access Partnership is expected to result in a 59 percent savings on procured cancer medicinesBASEL, Switzerland, June 29, 2020/ -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) today announced agreements with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Novartis, and Mylan to expand access to 20 lifesaving cancer treatments in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Purchasers are expected to save an average of 59 percent for medicines procured through the agreements.“With the rapidly growing burden of cancer in Africa, it is crucial that we improve and expand access to high-quality, affordable treatment. These agreements build on those announced in 2017 that have already delivered substantial savings and increased treatment availability in several coun...
Coronavirus – Vietnam: Tourists back in Ha Long Bay as domestic travel restarts after easing of COVID-19 measures

Coronavirus – Vietnam: Tourists back in Ha Long Bay as domestic travel restarts after easing of COVID-19 measures

ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, vietnam
HA LONG: Vietnamese flocked to scenic spots and beaches Saturday (May 16), leaping at the chance to travel as the communist government eases restrictions on domestic movement to revive a tourism sector devastated by the coronavirus. Hundreds waited to get on tourist boats to visit the famed karsts of the UNESCO heritage site of Ha Long Bay with few following social distancing norms. Most removed face masks as they climbed on board and posed for selfies. "This is my first time to Ha Long after COVID. I came here because there is so much beautiful scenery ... and the COVID pandemic is gone so I feel safe," said Duong Quang Hieu, 21, from the mountainous northern province of Tuyen Quang. "I'm planning to travel to Danang and other places too." Tourists taking a photo at Ha...
North Korea’s Kilju County faces possible outbreak of COVID-19

North Korea’s Kilju County faces possible outbreak of COVID-19

ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, NORTH KOREA
Officials in North Hamgyong Province’s Kilju County have recently set up a quarantine facility to house a large number of people who are suffering from symptoms similar to those caused by COVID-19, Daily NK has learned.  “There have been more than 40 people who are suspected of having come down with the infectious disease in Kilju County and Kilju-eup [village] along with the Ilsin Coal Mining Village,” a North Hamgyong Province-based source told Daily NK on May 12. “The county has set aside a building to be used as a quarantine facility for the sick people,” he added.  North Hamgyong Province authorities have ordinarily ordered people exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms to be transported to the province’s capital, Chongjin, for treatment.  This time, however, Kilju Co...
Standard Chartered donates USD11,8m for immediate COVID-19 relief efforts across Africa and the Middle East

Standard Chartered donates USD11,8m for immediate COVID-19 relief efforts across Africa and the Middle East

AFRICA, ASIA, Banking
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 14, 2020/ -- Standard Chartered today announced donations totalling USD11,8 million to the Red Cross, UNICEF and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Government Partners providing emergency relief in countries across Africa and the Middle East impacted by COVID-19.The donations will contribute to programmes providing urgent medical support and the protection and education of vulnerable children, as well as other efforts to ensure the health, safety and protection of communities across Africa and the Middle East.To ensure donations are allocated on the ground where they can provide rapid and targeted impact, Standard Chartered has: Pledged USD3,55 million of funding to the Red Cross* for urgent medical support in nine markets** across Africa....
Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Government of Japan announces 2020 grant of USD 254,545 for malnutrition treatment in Sierra Leone

Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Government of Japan announces 2020 grant of USD 254,545 for malnutrition treatment in Sierra Leone

AFRICA, ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, japan, Sierra Leone
The Government of Japan has committed a new contribution of USD 254,545 to improve the coverage of critical Severe and Acute Malnutrition treatment services and thereby reduce child mortality in Sierra Leone.   This commitment was formalised at a time when Government of Sierra Leone, Government of Japan and UNICEF are acknowledging the successful implementation of the project “Addressing critical gaps in the treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in four high burden districts”, which Japan funded to the tune of US$ 1.5 million in 2019. “The Government of Sierra Leone remains is gratified of this sustained cooperation we are sustaining with the Government of Japan to keep the most vulnerable children healthy and protected from the effects of malnutrition,” said the Minister of ...
Over 2.53 million Viewers! Global top influencer UNBOX THERAPY endorses TECNO CAMON 15 Premier!

Over 2.53 million Viewers! Global top influencer UNBOX THERAPY endorses TECNO CAMON 15 Premier!

ASIA, Business, China, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TECHNOLOGY
Recently, Unbox Therapy, the global top unboxing and technology YouTube channel posted a video unboxing and testing TECNO CAMON 15 Premier and shared his experience on this device. Unbox Therapy Youtube channel was produced by Lewis George Hilsenteger and Jack McCann with 16 million subscribers and its videos have received over three billion views. Since created in December 2010, Unbox Therapy has become the most popular and largest technology channel on Youtube. Unbox Therapy allows viewers to experience the pleasure of opening the newest technological items and not having to spend money on purchasing those items. As a global leading premium smartphone brand, TECNO is getting a lot of buzz on Youtube! Many fans have requested bloggers to unbox a TECNO product! TECNO CAMON seri...
Coronavirus – Seychelles: Chinese Embassy in Seychelles donates medical supplies to Seychelles

Coronavirus – Seychelles: Chinese Embassy in Seychelles donates medical supplies to Seychelles

AFRICA, ASIA, China, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Sierra Leone
This batch of medical supplies includes 20,000 masks, 10,000 gloves, 2,040 medical isolation eye patches, 710 sterilized protective suits and 700 shoe covers On 8th May, the Chinese embassy in Seychelles donated medical supplies to the Department of Health to support the Seychelles’ efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This batch of medical supplies includes 20,000 masks, 10,000 gloves, 2,040 medical isolation eye patches, 710 sterilized protective suits and 700 shoe covers. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, with the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind, China has been advancing international cooperation in various forms and providing assistance to other countries in urgent need within its capacity and out of humanitarian considerations. Throughout Seyche...
Coronavirus – Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) makes gains in the fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa and Yemen but threat of a food security crisis remains

Coronavirus – Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) makes gains in the fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa and Yemen but threat of a food security crisis remains

AFRICA, ASIA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, said on Monday 11 May 2020 that significant gains had been made in the fight against the desert locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen. He stressed, however, that more needs to be done to prevent a food security crisis, as the ongoing rainy season not only provides livelihoods for farmers and pastoralists but also favourable conditions for locusts to breed.  Releasing FAO's progress report on the locust control campaign in East Africa and Yemen, the Director-General noted that the UN agency had continued its surveillance and control operations despite constraints resulting from COVID-19 and other challenges. Preliminary estimates from the UN agency indicate that 720, 000 tonne...
Cigna Middle East CEO Extends Role to African Markets

Cigna Middle East CEO Extends Role to African Markets

ASIA, Business, Dubai, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UAE
Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI), a global health services company on Monday 11 May 2020 appointed Jerome Droesch as Chief Executive Officer for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, expanding his remit to include all markets across Africa. In addition, Jerome has been appointed as Senior Executive Officer (SEO) and Chairman of the Cigna Insurance Management Services (CIMS) Board in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). He continues to serve as a Board Member of Cigna’s joint venture operations in India and Turkey. Jerome has successfully led Cigna’s Middle East business, where he has strengthened the company’s position as an industry leader, achieving growth and stability for Cigna across the region. The expansion of his role will further accelerate Cigna’s growth, creatin...
New coronavirus outbreak in China causes concern for a second wave

New coronavirus outbreak in China causes concern for a second wave

ASIA, China, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
New coronavirus cases are popping up in China, causing authorities to fear a second wave of COVID-19 Fears are spreading of a second coronavirus wave sweeping through China as new cases with untraced origins are popping up in different provinces. These new cases being detected come right after the Chinese government officially stated that all regions in the country are at a medium risk of infection. Now, China's national health commission officially reported 17 new cases, its second day of double-digit rises and the highest number in the last two weeks. Just this past Sunday, Chinese authorities reclassified the city of Shulan in the Jilin province to 'high risk'. Three people were found to have the virus Shulan, bringing the city's total case count to 12. In response to these no...
Coronavirus – Ethiopia: UAE Sends Medical Aid to Ethiopia in Fight Against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: UAE Sends Medical Aid to Ethiopia in Fight Against COVID-19

AFRICA, ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, Ethiopia, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UAE
To date, the UAE has provided more than 455 tonnes of aid to over 41 countries, supporting nearly 455,000 medical professionals in the process On Thursday 7th May 2020, The United Arab Emirates today an aid plane containing medical supplies to Ethiopia to bolster the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and assist medical professionals as they work to combat the virus. Commenting on the aid delivery, His Excellency Mohamed Salem Ahmed Al Rashedi, UAE Ambassador to Ethiopia, stated: “For the UAE and world, Ethiopia has served as a symbol of courage in the fight against COVID-19. Our Ethiopian partners have been essential to efforts by the UAE and international organizations to distribute lifesaving aid to neighboring African countries.”“It is our honor to deliver another ...
Coronavirus – Kenya: UAE Sends Medical Aid to Kenya in Fight Against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Kenya: UAE Sends Medical Aid to Kenya in Fight Against COVID-19

AFRICA, ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, UAE
The aid will assist thousands of medical professionals as they work to combat the virus On 5th May 2020, The United Arab Emirates sent an aid plane containing medical supplies to Kenya to bolster the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. The aid will assist thousands of medical professionals as they work to combat the virus. Commenting on the aid delivery, His Excellency Khalid Khalifa AlMualla, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya, stated: “The UAE is actively engaged in strengthening the fight against COVID-19 throughout Africa. Through today’s delivery of aid, the UAE underscores that it stands with Kenya and its neighbors as they work to combat the virus.” “The UAE leadership affirms that no country is left behind as the world comes together to defeat COVID-...
Coronavius – Zimbabwe: UAE Sends Medical Aid to Zimbabwe in Fight Against COVID-19

Coronavius – Zimbabwe: UAE Sends Medical Aid to Zimbabwe in Fight Against COVID-19

AFRICA, ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UAE, ZIMBABWE
The United Arab Emirates today sent an aid plane containing 7.7 metric tons of medical supplies to Zimbabwe to bolster the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. The aid will assist more than 7,700 medical professionals as they work to combat the virus. Commenting on the aid delivery, His Excellency Dr. Jassim Mohammed Mubarak Al Qasimi, UAE Ambassador to Zimbabwe, stated: “The UAE is honored to play a part in the tireless efforts of countries working to contain COVID-19. This medical aid will assist healthcare professionals in Zimbabwe with their immediate needs, ensuring they may serve on the front lines while equipped with the necessary protection.” “The UAE considers Zimbabwe a vital pa...
Coronavirus – Botswana: UAE Sends Medical Aid to Botswana in Fight Against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Botswana: UAE Sends Medical Aid to Botswana in Fight Against COVID-19

AFRICA, ASIA, Botswana, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, Dubai, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UAE
The aid will assist approximately 5,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the virus The United Arab Emirates today sent an aid plane containing 5 metric tons of medical supplies to Botswana to bolster the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. The aid will assist approximately 5,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the virus. Commenting on the aid delivery, His Excellency Mahash Saeed Al Hameli, UAE Ambassador to South Africa and Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana, stated: “Today’s delivery of aid affirms the UAE’s continuous and active engagement in international efforts to fight COVID-19 and comes within the framework of strengthening the medical capabilities of a large number of friendly countries such as Botswana.” His...
Coronavirus – Africa: The United Arab Emirates supports the establishment of a Global Humanitarian Lifeline to Nations most exposed to Covid-19

Coronavirus – Africa: The United Arab Emirates supports the establishment of a Global Humanitarian Lifeline to Nations most exposed to Covid-19

ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, Dubai, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UAE
The fleet of three aircraft will operate on rotation between the UAE and key locations across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East The United Arab Emirates (UAE), in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has launched an international air bridge operation that will provide a lifeline of essential health and humanitarian supplies to nations around the world grappling with the impact of COVID-19. In support of WFP’s role providing critical logistics services for the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the global humanitarian community, the UAE will dedicate a fleet of three aircraft to enable the movement of life-saving cargo and personnel where they are needed most until the end of the year. As the COVID-19 pandemic collapses overstretched health syste...
Coronavirus: Philippines releases nearly 10,000 prisoners as COVID-19 hits prisons

Coronavirus: Philippines releases nearly 10,000 prisoners as COVID-19 hits prisons

ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH
The Philippines has released nearly 10,000 prison inmates as the country races to halt the spread of coronavirus in its congested facilities, according to a Supreme Court official. The move follows a directive to lower courts to release those awaiting trial in prison because they could not afford bail, Associate Supreme Court Justice Mario Victor Leonen told reporters. Associate Supreme Court Justice Mario Victor Leonen "The court is very much aware of the congested situation in our prisons", Leonen told reporters as he announced the release of 9,731 inmates. Covid-19 outbreaks have been reported at some of the country's most overcrowded jails, affecting both inmates as well as corrections personnel. "The court is very much aware of the congested situation in our prisons," ...
North Korea Fires Shots At South Korea A Day After Kim Jong-Un Reappears

North Korea Fires Shots At South Korea A Day After Kim Jong-Un Reappears

ARMY, ASIA, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA
North Korea fired multiple gunshots towards South Korea early Sunday morning, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staffs (JCS) said in a statement. A series of gunshots were fired from North Korea at 7:41 am local time towards a guard post in South Korea that borders the North, the JCS said. News of the attack came just one day after North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un resurfaced amid escalating reports he had died. South Korea responded by firing two shots back towards North Korea, the JCS said. The South is taking action to try to ‘grasp the detailed situation’, it said. ‘We are taking actions via inter-Korean communication lines to grasp the detailed situation and to prevent any further incidents,’ the JCS statement read. ‘And we also maintain a necessary readiness posture.’ No...
Coronavirus – Russia: Prime Minister tests positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus – Russia: Prime Minister tests positive for COVID-19

ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, Russia
The Russian Prime Minister, the man in charge of Russia's response to the pandemic, says he has tested positive for the virus. Russia on Friday reported a record daily rise in the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus a day after Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced he had been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and was temporarily stepping down to recover. "It just became known that the coronavirus tests I took came back positive, so I must oblige by the self-isolation rules and it's mandatory [that I do that] for the safety of my colleagues," Mishustin said in a segment aired on Russia 24 state channel. Mishustin told President Vladimir Putinduring a video call that he would self-isolate but planned to stay in touch on key policy issues. It w...
North Korea: Kim Jong-Un makes public appearance after weeks

North Korea: Kim Jong-Un makes public appearance after weeks

ASIA, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in three weeks at a large public ceremony to open a new fertilizer factory, North Korean state media reported Saturday. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim attended a ceremony marking the completion of a fertiliser factory in Suncheon, near the capital of Pyongyang, with other senior officials, including his sister, Kim Yo Jong. State media released photos showing the North Korean leader in a black Mao suit cutting a ribbon outside the facility, which non-proliferation experts say could be used to help produce fissile material for nuclear bombs. KCNA reported that Kim cut a ribbon at the event on Friday and those in attendance at the ceremony just north of the capital "burst into thunderous c...