[UPDATED, 11.20pm] The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 611 new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (May 29). Out of these, there are nine community cases while the remaining cases come from Work Permit holders living in dormitories. Of the nine community cases, three are Singaporeans/Permanent Residents while four are Work Permit holders, and two are Work Pass holders. Among the new community cases is a 25-year-old Singaporean who has no recent travel history to affected countries or regions. She is employed as a physiotherapist at Changi General Hospital, but had not gone to work since onset of symptoms on May 28. Of the Work Permit holders and Work Pass holders, three were tested as part of the screening of migrant workers residing at shop-houses located at Balestier Road, due to their proximity to another cluster in the same area. Two were tested before they were due to start work on plumbing/ electrical projects at schools, as a precautionary measure to prepare for the safe re-opening of schools.
The Province of Alberta will begin distributing non-medical face masks at A&W, McDonald's and Tim Hortons drive-thrus across the province in early June, Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced Friday.
For a second straight day, Ontario has recorded more than 300 new cases of COVID-19 after reporting a dip in patients earlier this week.
Communities in south Malekula affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold but excluded in the aerial assessment want to be part of the government’s relief assistance.
Airports Vanuatu Ltd (AVL) has issued the following update to all stakeholders on its governance and Board composition, following the General Election and a strategic update by the new Board yesterday afternoon.
The Director of Health Services in Vanuatu, Dr Len Tarivonda, has clarified the decision for schools in Port Vila and Efate to return to homeschooling next week, is a decision by the Ministry of Education and Training.
Police have arrested a man over the alleged murder of his partner, whose body was discovered at Joint Court area in Port Vila in February this year.
Vanuatu’s Trade Commissioner to Hong Kong has been given a three months’ termination notice by the Government.
Fri, 2020-05-29 16:13 LONDON: Saudi Arabia recorded more recoveries from the coronavirus (COVID-19) than new cases, the health ministry announced on Friday. With 1,581 new infections recorded since Thursday, the Kingdom’s daily case rate continues to fall. The ministry announced 2,460 new recoveries over the past 24 hours, which takes the total number of recoveries nationwide to 57,013. The death toll in the Kingdom rose by 17 to a total of 458 fatalities. Saudi Arabia has just come out of a 24-hour curfew period for the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, and citizens and residents began heading out of their homes on Friday on the first day of the government’s three-phase plan to transition back to normality after the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE: Saudis head out as coronavirus lockdown eases Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirus Saudis head out as coronavirus lockdown easesSaudi Arabia records 13 new COVID-19 deaths, 2,963 recoveries
Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1590759569096957200Fri, 2020-05-29 16:56 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will organize, in partnership with the United Nations, the virtual donors’ conference for Yemen that is due to take place on Tuesday. The conference aims to increase awareness of the humanitarian crisis in the country and to obtain financial pledges. The Kingdom called on donor countries to support efforts to make the conference a success and stand in solidarity with the people of Yemen. The UN on Thursday announced the conference in partnership with Riyadh, saying the aim is to raise some $2.4 billion to pay for the world’s biggest aid operation. Around 80 percent of Yemen's population of nearly 30 million people need aid. The conference will take place at 4 p.m. Saudi time and will be streamed live on https://ksrelief.org/live and http://webtv.un.org. The opening speech will be delivered by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, while the Kingdom’s speech will be delivered by the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaYemenUN UN officials appeal for Yemen funding amid pandemicYemen begins repatriation of thousands of stranded citizens
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish at the death of former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi on Friday, saying he strived to bring a positive change in the lives of the poor, especially the tribal communities.
A medium intensity earthquake of 4.5 magnitude hit near Rohtak in Haryana on Friday, tremors of which were felt in the national capital, the National Centre for Seismology said. According to the NCS, the quake occurred at a depth of 5 km at 9.08 pm. There were no immediate reports of any loss of life or property.
Fri, 2020-05-29 02:27 JEDDAH/RIYADH: As the 24-hour-curfew period ended, residents of Saudi Arabia headed back outside on the first day of the government’s three-phase plan to transition back to normality after the COVID-19 pandemic. But as people rushed to take advantage of the newly relaxed measures, streets quickly became crowded and several observers noticed that many were failing to observe social-distancing measures. Prince Abdulrahman bin Mosaad tweeted: “For there to be traffic in the streets is natural after canceling the 24-hour curfew, but what’s abnormal and unbelievable is the amount of people underestimating the necessity of putting on a face mask and a pair of gloves and keeping a two-meter space between people crowding at stores. This is only the first day. Unfortunately, I don’t think Shawwal 29 (June 21) will be the day we go back to normal.” In a follow-up tweet, Prince Abdulrahman reminded people that the pandemic does not have a cure or a vaccine yet, and wondered whether people would need to lose a loved one before they came to appreciate the severity of the situation. University lecturer, Abdulfattah Al-Qahtani (@fattah53), agreed, tweeting: “Sadly, not many understand the dangers of the virus, and what they could be doing to their loved ones. It’s very simple; don’t go out unless it’s necessary. If you absolutely have to, follow precautionary measures from wearing a mask to keeping an acceptable distance between you and others.” Abdulaziz Al-Omar (@11a_alomar) also replied with suggestions. “It’s important to monitor and penalize facilities and shops that do not follow precautionary regulations, as well as fines against those who don’t wear a mask and don’t keep their distance from others,” he tweeted. The hashtag #JeddahNow was quickly trending on Twitter in response to the number of people leaving their homes unnecessarily. A number of users suggested that individuals neglecting social distancing and going out in public without a mask and gloves would be “more afraid of a SR10,000 fine than they are of the pandemic.” However, many thought that people were overreacting to the traffic around the city’s corniche. Sa’ad Mughram (@saad_mghrm) tweeted: “Don’t blame people for traffic. There are families that have been pressed together for three months in small apartments and reef houses. It’s their right to go out and see the sky on a short car ride.” He added: “Overcrowding stores needs to be addressed, but things can be dealt with calmly, without overreacting and perfectionism from some.” Sadly, not many understand the dangers of the virus, and what they could be doing to their loved ones. Abdulfattah Al-Qahtani , University lecturer Some hailed the efforts made by several popular stores around the Kingdom that are enforcing social distancing, such as Madinah’s Starbucks, where a photo circulating on social media showed people lined up with the recommended space between them, demonstrating what was described as “classy behavior.” Abdullah Al-Humaid, (@abn_humaid) commented: “It’s wonderful to see such awareness displayed in our society. These are people maintaining social distancing while wearing gloves and face masks.” Meanwhile, many headed onto the streets of Riyadh looking to regain a sense of normality. “Of course, I went out. I took my mom and sister and drove to the nearest mall to run some errands,” 26-year-old Sarah Al-Jasser told Arab News. However, Al-Jasser said she was unable to enter the shops inside the mall because of long queues. “I was surprised that people were out this early. We were at the mall by 9:30 a.m. and didn’t expect it to be this crowded,” she said. By 2:30 p.m. most shops and malls were already closed and empty of customers and shopkeepers, abiding by the 3 p.m. curfew. Rayed Mustafa, 33, told Arab News he believes the situation is still unsafe: “Just because the country is opening up doesn’t mean it’s safe to go out.” However, that did not stop him from leaving the house. “I pulled an all-nighter, put on my face mask and gloves and hit the streets at 6:30 a.m. to cruise the city.” He added that he stayed in his car and was merely hoping to get some fresh air for his mental well-being. “I’ve been confined in a very small apartment for over a month,” he said. “I needed that change of scenery.” He said he made sure to abide by the safety and health measures put in place by the Ministry of Health, and refrained from mingling with people. Mustafa was taken aback by the number of people he saw on the streets. “One of the main streets in Riyadh was filled to the brim — some celebrating, others going out for coffee,” he added. Billboards have been placed around the Kingdom reminding people to comply with the recommended precautions in order to ensure their safety. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCOVID-19 Saudi Arabia announces 16 more deaths from COVID-19 as restrictions partially easedSaudis reveal their post-COVID-19 wish lists
Author: Fri, 2020-05-29 08:01 DUBAI: Saudi G20 presidency, represented by the Kingdom’s minister of finance, joined the UN meeting titled “Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond,” state news agency SPA reported. Heads of states and international organizations, representatives from NGOs and the private sector discussed six topics mainly, global liquidity and financial stability, debt vulnerability, private sector creditors engagement, external finance and remittances for inclusive growth, illicit financial flows and recovering better for sustainability and growth. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including in its capacity as the G20 President, remains committed to work with others to address what is, first and foremost, a human tragedy, and its global health, economic and social impacts, including on the most vulnerable,” Mohammed Al-Jadaan said during the meeting. The minister highlighted the G20’s response to the challenges in the health, economic and social sectors created by the coronavirus pandemic. “As the president of the G20 in 2020, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia immediately took concrete steps to drive and coordinate international response, with the aim of developing collective actions to address the global challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added. The meeting was co-chaired by UN head Secretary-General António Guterres, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It launched a collective effort to create proposals which will help overcome challenges in the six areas mentioned earlier, which will be presented during a political forum in July and at the General Assembly in September, SPA added. Meanwhile, the G20 International Financial Architecture (IFA) working group held an extraordinary meeting to assess the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI). The initiative, which could provide around $14 billion in immediate and critical liquidity relief through official bilateral creditors for the poorest nations, received 36 applications during the first month. The DSSI “would help vulnerable countries strengthen their fight against the pandemic. This amount could increase significantly if additional creditors, including multilateral development banks and private sector creditors, join the initiative” Saudi G20 Presidency Policy Lead of the IFA Bandr Alhomaly said. Experts from the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Institute of International Finance, Paris Club Secretariat and various regional development banks joined the meeting. The group will host another extraordinary meeting on June 23 to further examine the DSSI implementation efforts, ahead of the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in July. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaG20United Nations (UN) Saudis head out as coronavirus lockdown easesG20 task force meets to promote global infrastructure investment
Author: Fri, 2020-05-29 09:11 DUBAI: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has issued a travelers’ guide as Saudi domestic flights are set to resume on Sunday, state news agency SPA reported. The guide includes the precautionary measures at airports and the safety rules passengers will have to follow. Travelers are also required to disclose their medical information, especially if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, when booking flights and electronic payments are the preferred mode. Ticket outlets at airports will remain closed to limit contact between people, GACA said. Passengers also will need to arrive at airports two hours before departure, go through a thermal check, sterilize their hands before entrance and must wear masks and gloves at all times. Only one piece of carry-on luggage is allowed per person and everyone must maintain a safe distance at all times, guided by special stickers on the ground. Accompanying travelers to airports is limited to those helping senior citizens and people with disabilities, GACA added. GACA has provided all of the Kingdom’s 28 airports with sterilizers, installed glass shields at check-in points and required all staff and air crew to go through medical exams. Airline staff, like passengers, will be required to disinfect their hands, and wear masks and gloves. Meanwhile, airports will be cleaned every three hours and planes will be disinfected after each flight. Aboard flights, there will be an empty seat between passengers, who are also discouraged from using cash payments for services and goods purchased during the flight. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA)Saudi ArabiaAirportsCoronavirus Saudis head out as coronavirus lockdown easesSaudis adopt new hobbies to get through quarantine
Fri, 2020-05-29 09:52 DUBAI: The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs has sanitized over 90,000 mosques in the Kingdom ahead of their reopening on Sunday, state news agency SPA reported. However, mosques in Makkah will remain closed in accordance with orders from the Minister of Islamic Affairs Abdullatif Al-Sheikh. The authority also carried out an extensive media campaign in several languages to educate worshippers on safety measures and procedures in mosques, such as performing ablution at home and sanitizing hands before entering the places of worship. Individuals were advised to read electronic copies of the Quran from their own phones, bring prayer mats from home and maintain a two-meter distance between each other. Elderly people, persons with chronic illnesses and children under 15 years were advised to perform prayers at home, the report added. The Kingdom has eased coronavirus restrictions after over two months of lockdowns, with domestic flights to resume on Sunday. The current toll of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia stands at 80,185 infected people, 54,553 recovered patients and 441 fatalities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirusMosques Saudi aviation authority issues travel guidelines when domestic flights resumeSaudis head out as coronavirus lockdown eases
Parents and guardians have been urged to ensure that their children remain at home during the schools closure and not involve them in their business activities, something that contrary to the child protection act.
TEHRAN - Prominent Muslim scientists and health experts from over ten countries worldwide met virtually on Thursday within the framework of the 7th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) to address scientific and technological collaboration in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
TEHRAN – Some 1,196,135 infants have been born during the past Iranian calendar year (Mach 2019-March 2020), more than 18,000 of which were multiple births.
TEHRAN – Adimi, a small city in Nimruz County, southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, is planned to be named as the national city of Khameh-Duzi, a traditional type of embroidery.
TEHRAN – A new package aimed at creating more than 400 jobs in the field of handicraft has been unveiled in the northeastern North Khorasan province.
TEHRAN – Some 5,415 ancient relics have recently been confiscated from a smuggler in Gonbad-e Kavus, northern Golestan province.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is looking at how to reunite some families separated by the temporary COVID-19 measures at the Canada-U.S. border. The proposal has some premiers concerned.
With Switzerland on Friday following Italy's Serie A in setting a date for its return from the coronavirus shutdown, and the English Premier League also now agreed on when to resume, AFP Sport casts a glance at the situation for football leagues across Europe:
UEFA is studying "all the options" for the format of this season's interrupted Champions League, amid reports on Friday that European football's governing body is considering moving the final from its scheduled venue in Istanbul.
'Both national and foreign airlines shall be allowed to operate from all international airports'
The UAE now leads in mass testing per million people and has conducted more than two million tests.
The new timings will facilitate people and businesses as emirates gradually reopen.
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