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KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejected on Sunday a Taliban demand for the release of 5,000 prisoners as a condition for talks with Afghanistan's government and civilians - included in a deal between the United States and the Islamist militants.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A former passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined off Japan for coronavirus died in a hospital in Perth early on Sunday, a health official said, becoming Australia's first death from the virus.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has the resources to cope with a coronavirus outbreak, the director of its leading infectious diseases hospital said, defending detection procedures in the Southeast Asian nation of more than 260 million, where no cases have been reported.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas rolled out bans on big gatherings and stricter travel restrictions as cases of the new coronavirus spread around the world.
The latest figures shows that China is bringing the Covid-19 outbreak under control. China announced 2,835 deaths and over 79,000 affected by the virus. More than 85,000 have been infected globally says WHO.
DOHA: Qatar reported its first case of coronavirus infection in the country on Saturday (Feb 29). The patient is a 36-year-old Qatari who recently returned from Iran, the health ministry said in a statement, adding that he is a stable condition.
SEOUL: Iran and South Korea reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases while unexplained infections in California, Oregon and Washington indicated the disease is spreading on the US West Coast on Saturday (Feb 29).
Malaysia is preparing to face the possibility of Covid-19 being declared a pandemic. In the meantime, frontliners dealing with the outbreak are soldiering on through long work days to contain the disease here.