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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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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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US-China war of words deepens over virus origins

PARIS: A war of words between Beijing and Washington over Covid-19 intensified on Monday after the Chinese embassy in France suggested that the outbreak of what President Donald Trump calls the “Chinese virus” actually started in the United States. “How many cases of Covid-19 were there among the 20,000 deaths …

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Worst-hit California goes under lockdown to fight coronavirus

Los Angeles: California became the first US state to put its 40 million inhabitants under lockdown to battle the coronavirus pandemic. The statewide directive, which Governor Gavin Newsom said goes into effect “this evening,” is the most dramatic containment measure yet by a US state. “There is a recognition of …

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US pauses deployments in Afghanistan, quarantines 1,500 troops

WASHINGTON: The US military is pausing the movement of any new troops into Afghanistan and is quarantining 1,500 troops and civilians who recently arrived to avoid any possible spread of the coronavirus, the top commander in the country said on Thursday. Troops who are already in the country may have …

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US announces $1m fund for Pakistan to fight coronavirus

WASHINGTON: The United States is helping Pakistan in fight against novel coronavirus with initial funding worth one million dollars. US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells Friday said the United States would provide one million dollars to Pakistan under USAID programme to …

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