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World agitating against Chinese wet markets

Chinese scientists identified a ‘wet market’ – where live and dead animals, including many endangered wildlife species, are sold for consumption – as the chief suspect for the origin of the coronavirus. The virus is closely related to the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which transmitted to …

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Corona: Thoughts on End Times

Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com) 20 March 2020   These are not, of course, strictly speaking, end times. But for the first time in a long time, there is a whiff of the apocalyptic in the air. The Black Swan has come out of the blue. Events utterly unanticipated in any …

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Countries everywhere ban travel in corornavirus emergency

Countries around the world on Saturday continued to close borders, impose strict entry and quarantine requirements and restrict large gatherings in efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said it will close all its retail stores worldwide, outside Greater China, until March 27. Apple reopened …

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Zarif IMF should pay Iran $5 billion for coronavirs

Iran has asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for emergency funding to help it fight the coronavirus outbreak, which has hit the Islamic Republic hard, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet on Thursday. The IMF managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, “has stated that countries affected by #COVID19 will …

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Coronavirus seen as divine punishment by some

Hurricane Katrina. The New Zealand earthquake. Even the Spanish economy. Over the years, LGBT+ people have been blamed for disasters both natural and man-made, and now they stand accused of being responsible for the coronavirus epidemic. Several U.S. religious figures and an influential Israeli rabbi have suggested the emergence of …

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Densitas Partners with RAD-AID to Advance Personalized Breast Screening in Underserved Areas Using AI

Densitas Inc., a leading provider of AI technologies for digital mammography and breast screening recently partnered with RAD-AID International to establish an AI-based decision support program for breast health in medically underserved regions. The aim of the partnership is to provide low-resource institutions with education, clinical support, and hands-on training …

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First Iraqi to die from coronavirus is a Kurd

Iraq reported its first coronavirus death on Wednesday, an elderly man in the Kurdish province of Sulaimaniya, the local health department said. Iraq has so far has recorded 31 cases of the new coronavirus, one Iranian student who has since been sent home and 30 Iraqis who had all visited …

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G7 to develop coronavirus economic package

G7 finance officials will on Tuesday discuss ways to bolster their economies against the impact of the spreading coronavirus outbreak, but are not expected to specifically call for new spending or coordinated interest rate cuts, a G7 official said. Finance ministers and central bank governors from the group will hold …

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Coronavirus spreads from Italy to Israel

Israel confirmed on Thursday that a man who had recently returned from Italy tested positive for coronavirus and said it was barring entry to non-Israelis who had visited Italy in the past two weeks. The man had flown back on an El Al Israel Airlines (ELAL.TA) flight from Milan on …

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Jeff Bezo hails from Cuban descent

Today, Mike Bezos is the father of the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos. But in 1962, Mike Bezos came to America from Cuba wearing a jacket his mother had hand-stitched from cleaning rags. He was a teenager traveling by himself and he spoke almost no English. “When he …

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New measures against coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Chinese authorities have introduced policies and measures to respond to the epidemic and help people get through difficult times. Here we list some of the policies and measures that have been rolled out. 1. Treatment bills of infected patients subsidized Apart from confirmed …

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China experience combating coronavirus should be shared

China’s experience in fighting the novel coronavirus could provide more practical experience in upgrading global cooperation in public health emergencies, according to a newly released report. The report, China’s Fight Against COVID-19 Epidemic, said that a full governmental and social mobilization across the country has made a great contribution to …

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New caranovirus drug approved

Favipiravir, an antiviral that has shown potential in treating the novel coronavirus, was approved for marketing, the Taizhou government of Zhejiang province announced Sunday. The drug is approved for marketing in the treatment of influenza, and is one of three drugs demonstrating efficacy against the novel coronavirus in human trials. …

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Monkey treatment may be solution to coronavirus

Results support testing antiviral against 2019 novel coronavirus. The experimental antiviral remdesivir successfully prevented disease in rhesus macaques infected with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to a new study from National Institutes of Health scientists. Remdesivir prevented disease when administered before infection and improved the condition of macaques …

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China talks coronavirus with Saudi

China has achieved “positive” results in its prevention and control efforts in fighting the new coronavirus, President Xi Jinping told Saudi Arabia’s King Salman by telephone, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported. The two discussed “efforts to combat and control the novel coronavirus epidemic”, the report said. China has declared …

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Italy announces success in isolating coronavirus for first time

Italian Minister of Health Roberto Speranza announced Sunday that his country succeeded in isolating the new coronavirus in an unprecedent medical event that opens way for a treatment. “We have isolated the virus,” Minister Speranza told a news conference at Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases, noting that this success means providing …

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Saudis confident China can conquer coronavirus

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud said on Monday the kingdom was closely monitoring developments in global oil markets resulting from “gloomy expectations” over the impact of the new coronavirus on the Chinese and global economy and oil market fundamentals. Prince Abdulaziz said he was confident the …

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UAE Nation Brand’s logo headed to Mars

The Hope Probe will carry with it the UAE Nation Brand’s logo and its accompanying slogan, ‘Make it Happen’, when the spacecraft built by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre takes off for Mars later this year. The brand’s placement on the probe, called ‘Al-Amal’ in Arabic, symbolises the future-forward …

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Rising sea levels threaten Moody credit ratings

Economic shocks stemming from rising sea levels pose a long-term risk to the sovereign credit ratings of dozens of countries which have large areas at risk of submersion, including Vietnam, Egypt, Suriname and the Bahamas, Moody’s said on Thursday. Climate science suggests that sea levels will continue to rise for …

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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week to start next week

Dubai – In the UAE’s capital the much anticipated annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) will kick-off next week. The main theme for this year’s edition is ‘accelerating the pace of sustainable development’. Other focus areas include Youth, Artificial Intelligence and Society. By Arthur Blok | ADSW is hosted by Abu …

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WaterTech in Africa used for thirsty cities

From solar-powered ground pumps to 3D-printed filters, new technology can help solve water shortages in African cities facing rapid growth, entrepreneurs and policymakers said. These were among the solutions discussed at a summit hosted by the Islamic Development Bank in Senegal’s capital Dakar this week, focused on how innovation can …

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