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Coronavirus may return in seasonal cycles, says top scientist

WASHINGTON: There is a strong chance the new coronavirus could return in seasonal cycles, a senior US scientist said Wednesday, underscoring the urgent need to find a vaccine and effective treatments. Anthony Fauci, who leads research into infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told a briefing the virus …

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3 Pakistanis in US among Covid-19 fatalities

WASHINGTON: As the coronavirus crisis intensified in the United States, three Pakistanis have been identified among 730 people who have died across the country, it emerged on Wednesday. Two of them died in New York and one in the US capital. Rehman Shukr, son of Major General Abeera Choudhry and …

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UN launches virus aid plan worth $2bn

UNITED NATIONS: The coronavirus pandemic is threatening the entire human race, the United Nations warned on Wednesday as it launched a humanitarian response plan featuring an appeal for $2 billion to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. “Covid-19 is threatening the whole of humanity — and the whole …

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Spain overtakes China with 3,434 virus deaths

MADRID: Spain’s coronavirus toll overtook that of China on Wednesday, rising to 3,434 after another 738 people died as Madrid announced a multi-million-euro deal with Beijing for critical supplies. The spike in fatalities means that across the globe, only Italy now has a higher death toll than Spain. In China, …

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Pakistan condemns attack on Sikh temple in Kabul

KABUL: At least 25 people wereThe attack highlights country’s killed on Wednes­day in an attack on a Sikh temple in Afghanistan’s capital where worshippers were offering morning prayers, the latest brutal assault claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group. The incident highlights the country’s ongoing security crisis and comes …

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More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: tracker

WASHINGTON: The number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus rose to 1,031 in the United States on Wednesday, with 68,572 confirmed cases nationwide, a tracker run by the Johns Hopkins University showed. The tracker had showed 827 just a few hours earlier. The United States has the third highest …

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Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

LONDON: Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus, his household said. Charles, eldest son of Queen Elizabeth, is 71 years old. “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus,” Clarence House said in a statement. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise …

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Sikh religious complex in Kabul attacked

KABUL: A Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul was attacked by unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers on Wednesday, officials said. Up to 200 people were believed to be trapped inside the complex, a member of parliament said. Afghan security forces had blocked off the area and were …

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Italy sees second highest single day death tally on Tuesday

ROME: The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has grown by 743 to 6,820, the head of the Civil Protection Agency said on Tuesday, reversing a decline in fatalities seen over the last two days. On Monday 602 people died. That followed 650 deaths on Sunday and …

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