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Medical personnel work inside a field hospital known as an Alternate Care Facility at the state fair ground as cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases spike in the state near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., October 12, 2020. Wisconsin Department of Administration/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. coronavirus cases pass 8 million as COVID winter nears

October 16 (Reuters) - U.S. cases of the novel coronavirus crossed 8 million on Thursday, rising by 1 million in less than a month, as another surge in cases hits the nation at the onset of cooler weather. Since the pandemic started, over 217,000 people have died in the United States. The United States reported 60,000 new infections on Wednesday,...

A man walks in front of the buildings of Oxford University, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Oxford, Britain, October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

Oxford scientists develop five-minute COVID-19 antigen test

London, October 15 (Reuters) - Scientists from Britain’s University of Oxford have developed a rapid COVID-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes, researchers said on Thursday, adding it could be used in mass testing at airports and businesses. The university said it hoped to start product development of the testing device in early 2021 and...

FILE PHOTO: A general view of Business Bay area, after a curfew was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Satish Kumar

Dubai launches new program to attract remote workers

October 15 (Reuters) - Dubai has launched a new programme that enables overseas remote-working professionals and their families to live in Dubai while continuing to serve their employers abroad, state news agency WAM said on Wednesday. Residence for foreigners in Dubai has thus far been mainly linked to employment in the region, with workers sponsoring families. “The program allows people...

FILE PHOTO - Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov speaks after a vote at a parliamentary elections in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan October 4, 2020. Sultan Dosaliev/Kyrgyz Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS/File Picture. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov steps down amid ongoing protests

Bishkek, October 15 (Kabar) - President of Kyrgyzstan made an appeal to the nation in connection with the existing social and political situation in the country, his press service reported Thursday. In his address to the people of Kyrgyzstan President Jeenbekov said the social and political situation in the capital of country - Bishkek - remains tense. He noted that...

© Provided by Associated Press A women’s rights activist among those protesting against gender based violence holds a placard outside the Parliament in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Oct.9, 2020. Bangladesh's Cabinet has approved an increase in the maximum punishment in rape cases to death from life imprisonment after a series of recent sexual assaults triggered protests. (AP Photo/ Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Bangladesh’s Cabinet approves death penalty in rape cases

Dhaka, October 14 (AP) — Bangladesh's Cabinet on Monday approved an increase in the maximum punishment in rape cases to death from life imprisonment after a series of recent sexual assaults triggered protests on streets and in social media. Cabinet spokesman Khandaker Anwarul Islam said President Abdul Hamid is likely to issue an ordinance amending the Women and Children Repression...

A small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine" sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed "Coronavirus COVID-19" words in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

World Bank board approves $12 billion for COVID-19 vaccines, treatments in developing countries

Washington, October 14 (Reuters) - The World Bank said its executive board approved on Tuesday $12 billion in new funding for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments for their citizens. The financing plan, part of $160 billion in total resources that the multilateral development lender has pledged to provide to developing countries...

Apple's HomePod mini is seen with an iPhone in a photograph released in Cupertino, California, U.S. October 13, 2020. Apple Inc./Handout via REUTERS

Apple enters 5G race with new iPhone 12 range

October 14 (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday launched its next-generation iPhone 12, with faster 5G connectivity that the California company hopes will spur consumers to trade in their old phones and keep its sales booming through the end of the year. The core of the line-up, the iPhone 12 with a 6.1-inch display, will sell for $799, while a...

Flu shots are the safest and most effective way to protect yourself from the influenza virus.

Why it’s important for you to get a flu shot

October 13 (Insider) - It's more important than ever to get a flu shot this year, with experts warning of a "twindemic" — a potentially deadly combination of COVID-19 and influenza viruses. While being vaccinated against the flu won't protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent you and others from getting sick, which could save lives and help lessen...

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