HARTFORD: With US health officials recommending that children mask up in school this fall, parents and policy makers across the nation have been plunged anew into a debate over whether face coverings should be optional or a mandate.
Doha: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 162 new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) and 141 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people recovered in Qatar to 223,591.
Doha: The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has announced that the registration requests for new students in government schools will not be received manually and registration will be only online through the portal.
TOKYO: Defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah led home a Jamaican clean sweep in the Olympic women's 100 metres final on Saturday, posting an amazing 10.61 seconds to become the second-fastest woman in history.
Buenos Aires: Two lakes in a far-flung coastal region of Patagonia, in Argentina, have turned fluorescent pink, as of yet unexplained phenomena that local environmentalists fear could be harmful and caused by industrial contamination.
Top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday he hopes regulators as soon as next month could start granting full approval for the COVID-19 vaccines, a move he said could spur unvaccinated Americans to get the shots.
TOKYO - On the morning of her first Tokyo Olympics appearance, Raven Saunders dyed the right side of her buzz cut green and the left half purple. Normally, Saunders makes it all green, a nod to her nickname, Hulk.
Manavgat: Days after a raging wildfire in southern Turkey drove his family from the home they lived in for four decades, Mehmet Demir returned on Saturday to discover a burnt-out building, charred belongings and ashes.
Brussels: A group of mostly smaller countries submitted new, more ambitious climate pledges to the United Nations this week, raising pressure on big emitters including China to do the same ahead of a major UN climate summit in November.
Doha: The State of Qatar has expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the bombing that targeted a bus carrying a football team in the southern Somali city of Kismayo, which led to the death of a number of players and the injury of a number of people.
Austin, Texas: Qatar’s run in the Concacaf Gold Cup was put to a halt following a bitter 0-1 defeat to the United States in the semifinal match in front of a sold-out audience of 20,500 at the Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas, yesterday.
Doha: Oil and Gas (O&G) companies worldwide, in 2020, collectively reduced their capex by 34 percent, slightly more than the initial 28 percent reduction following the price decline that started in 2014. Moreover, this year has already seen O&G capex stumble to levels not seen since 2004 due to cuts approved by operators and suppliers unable to lower prices, said Dr. Juan Vazquez, Managing Director & Partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Doha: The Public Prosecution launched an electronic services application for smartphones, to facilitate access to services and information at any time and from anywhere using various mobile platforms and operating systems.
President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) H E Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani with the Chairman of the Japan-Qatar Friendship Association, Katsuno Satoru, in Tokyo, yesterday on the sidelines of Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
Doha: As the race to provide faster 5G performance among countries intensifies, Qatar has emerged among the top countries in internet speed. Doha has ranked fourth globally in the list of top 15 world capitals with the fastest 5G download speed during the first two quarter of this year, according to Speedtest Intelligence by Ookla.
Doha: The Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced the opening of voters registration process to elect the Shura Council in its first session, in all electoral districts, starting from tomorrow, Sunday, and continuing until next Thursday.
TOKYO: Novak Djokovic's bid to become the first man to complete the Golden Slam lay in tatters on Friday after he was toppled by Germany's Alexander Zverev in the singles semi-finals at the Tokyo Games.
The amount of ammonium nitrate that blew up at Beirut port last year was one fifth of the shipment unloaded there in 2013, the FBI concluded after the blast, adding to suspicions that much of the cargo had gone missing.
NEW DELHI - The Serum Institute of India (SII) said on Friday it had partnered with an industry body to expand the reach of COVID-19 shots in India's countryside as it had "plenty of supply" of the AstraZeneca drug.
NAIROBI: Kenya's health minister said on Friday the government had suspended all in-person meetings and public gatherings to try to contain COVID-19, whose spread in the country he now attributes to the more infectious Delta variant.
GENEVA: The world is at risk of losing hard-won gains in fighting COVID-19 as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads, but WHO-approved vaccines remain effective, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
BRUSSELS: With climate change fueling high temperatures across the Arctic, Greenland lost a massive amount of ice on Wednesday with enough melting to cover the U.S. state of Florida in 2 inches (5.1 cm) of water, scientists said.
MILAN: The highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus has gained dominance in Italy, the National Health Institute (ISS) said on Friday, releasing data showing it accounted for 94.8% of cases as of July 20.
LONDON: The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England is estimated to have risen to 1 in 65 people in the week to July 24, Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday, adding the rate of increase might have slowed.
KARACHI, Pakistan: Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, is to undergo a week-long partial lockdown starting Saturday to curb the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant, as the city’s hospitals are close to saturation levels, the provincial chief minister said on Friday.
MOSCOW: Russia sought to reassure international partners on Friday that an incident which briefly knocked the International Space Station (ISS) off course had been contained and said it would press ahead with integrating a newly-attached Russian module.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus as being as transmissible as chickenpox and cautioned it could cause severe disease, the Washington Post said, citing an internal CDC document.
HANOI: Vietnam's health ministry issued an urgent appeal on Friday for private hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients as the Southeast Asian country battles a surge in infections driven by the highly contagious Delta variant.
Moscow - Moscow on Friday abolished a widely-flouted requirement for people to wear gloves in public places and shops as daily coronavirus cases in the Russian capital stayed below 4,000, down from over 7,000 earlier this month.
MANAVGAT, Turkey - The death toll from wildfires on Turkey's southern coast has risen to four and firefighters were battling blazes for a third day on Friday after the evacuation of dozens of villages and some hotels.
Huawei announced the launch of its innovative Super Device products, which include the brand-new Huawei MateBook D15 laptop, a standalone monitor the Huawei MateView and the Huawei MatePad 11. These products all fall under one umbrella – Super Device products –which bring futuristic ways to seamlessly connect multiple devices and takes how you work and get entertained to a whole new level.
Doha: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 172 new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) and 97 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people recovered in Qatar to 223,591.
New travel guidelines for Qatar to come into effect from 1200 noon Doha time from 2 August, with compulsory hotel quarantine reintroduced for visitors from India and some other countries, Indian Embassy in Qatar tweeted.
SYDNEY - Australia will have to vaccinate 80% of its adults against COVID-19 before it can consider reopening its border, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday as he announced a four-stage plan to greater freedom.