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Saudi Arabia limits Hajj to 60,000 vaccinated residents, bans foreign pilgrims fearing Covid-19

Saudi Arabia barred foreign pilgrims for the holy pilgrimage Hajj and restricted the maximum attendance to 60,000 residents in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Those wishing to perform the hajj must be free of chronic diseases and be vaccinated” and between the ages of 18 and 65, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. […]

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Apple employees launch campaign to push back Tim Cook’s plans for office return

Apple employees have launched a campaign to push back against Tim Cook’s plans for a widespread return to the office, according to reports. It follows an all-staff memo last week in which the Apple boss said workers should be in the office at least three days a week by September. But staff are demanding more […]

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Each adult in the UK would need to buy additional 124 pints of beer to help pubs from pandemic losses

Each adult in the United Kingdom would need to order an additional 124 pints of beer by the end of 2021 in order to help the nation’s pubs make up for pandemic-related losses. This was calculated by a British company called Company Debt. The firm started by establishing food and drink industry losses in the […]

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Business

WeWork: Office sharing company reports $2.06 billion quarterly loss

Office sharing commercial real estate company WeWork has posted a $2.06 billion quarterly loss after being hit hard by Covid-19. The announcement comes as WeWork prepares for its stock market debut. The company’s first attempt to go public collapsed in 2019 over concerns about its business model and co-founder Adam Neumann’s leadership style. Since Mr […]

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UK Covid-19 strain can cause severe cases of heart disease in pets

The coronavirus variant first identified in the UK, known as B.1.1.7, has been linked to severe cases of heart disease in pets who appear to have caught the infections from their humans, veterinarians near London report. The original strain of the virus did not appear to cause serious illness in pets. But between mid-December and […]

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Sports World

2020 Tokyo Olympics bans overseas spectators amid Covid-19 pandemic

No international fans would be permitted to attend the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Japanese authorities told the Olympic and Paralympic committees it was “highly unlikely” that entry to the country could be guaranteed. Organisers said the move now gives “clarity” to ticket holders and helps […]

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India

India: Coronavirus pandemic pushed millions of middle class into poverty

The coronavirus pandemic pushed about 32 million Indians out of the middle class, undoing years of economic gains, according to United States based Pew Research Centre. The number of Indians in the middle class, or those earning between $10 and $20 a day, shrank by about 32 million, compared with the number that could have […]

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Thanks to coronavirus pandemic China to surpass US economy five years earlier in 2028

China will overtake the United States to become the world’s biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously estimated due to the contrasting recoveries of the two countries from the COVID-19 pandemic. “For some time, an overarching theme of global economics has been the economic and soft power struggle between the United States and […]

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Pandemic pushes Bitcoin to record HIGH of $19,864 against dollar amid increasing demand

Bitcoin cryptocurrency hit a record high against the dollar as its 2020 rally steamed ahead, boosted by increased demand from both institutional and retail investors that saw the virtual currency as a safe-haven and a hedge against inflation. The digital unit touched an all-time peak of $19,864.15, breaking its prior record set nearly three years […]

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Coronavirus India: Metro trains, sports and religious events allowed even though death, infection rates keep climbing

India will reopen its metro train services and allow sports and religious events in a limited manner from next month as part of the government’s efforts to revive the economy, even as coronavirus infections soar. The underground train network, a lifeline for millions and will be reopened in a phased manner from September 7, the […]

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Coronavirus pandemic will be over under two years: WHO chief

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) hopes that the coronavirus pandemic will be over in under two years. Speaking in Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the Spanish flu of 1918 had taken two years to overcome. But he added that current advances in technology could enable the world to halt the virus “in […]

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AirBnB bans house parties worldwide amid coronavirus pandemic

Vacation rental online marketplace company, AirBnB has banned house parties as part of its efforts to comply with limits on gatherings in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Occupancy will be limited to 16 people, with a few exceptions for some venues. The firm says it will pursue legal action if guests or hosts break […]