Britain charters planes, enlists airlines to bring stranded citizens home

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will spend 75 million pounds ($93 million) to get stranded citizens home on charter flights, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Monday, adding that airlines would be flexible in offering commercial routes where possible. Countries have closed airspace and restricted travel to contain the spread of coronavirus, and easyJet earlier on…

New York lockdown: Is New York on lockdown? Should I travel to New York?

New York is the state of origin for thousands of coronavirus cases in the United States. Countries and states around the globe are implementing stringent measures to curb the spread of the deadly disease such as national lockdowns and school closures. As it stands, more than a third of the world’s population is under some…

South China Sea: US military operations bringing China to brink of war – shock claim

The South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative’s annual report claims the United States has intensified its military operations in the region’s waters. It claimed American forces had conducted eight so-called freedom of navigation operations - in which US vessels sail within 12 nautical miles of land claimed or occupied by China - last year,…

China reports 31 new coronavirus cases in mainland

Mainland China reported 31 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, including one locally transmitted infection, the country's National Health Commission said, dropping from 45 cases a day earlier. The commission said in a statement on Monday that 4 new deaths were reported, putting the cumulative death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in the mainland at 3,304…

Canada's Trudeau remains in isolation after wife recovers from virus

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday that he would remain in self-imposed isolation even though his wife, who had contracted the coronavirus, has recovered. Although Sophie Gregoire Trudeau received the all-clear from her physicians on Saturday, the prime minister said, and he himself has no symptoms, he had been "sharing a roof with someone…

Undocumented Bangladeshis in Qatar can take free treatment at hospitals

Bangladeshi expatriates in Qatar, whose identity cards have already expired or have been living there illegally due to other reasons during the coronavirus pandemic, can take free treatment at hospitals in the Gulf country. The labour wing of Bangladesh embassy in Qatar has issued a notice in this regard. It also asked the Bangladeshis staying…