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NEW DELHI (Reuters): A decision by the Supreme Court of India to make testing for coronavirus free places an unfair financial burden on medical firms and could see a reduction in testing, with the number of tests already among the world's lowest, said business leaders and health experts.
DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis said on Wednesday it was halting military operations nationwide in support of U.N. efforts to end a five-year war that has killed over 100,000 people and spread hunger and disease.
TUNIS (Reuters) - Cuts to Tripoli's water and power supply on Tuesday and Wednesday aggravated conditions for civilians after days of intensified fighting that have undermined preparations to cope with the novel coronavirus.
GAZA (Reuters) - The Gaza Strip has no more coronavirus test kits, Palestinian health officials said on Wednesday, amid fears of disaster if the illness spreads in the blockaded, densely packed enclave.
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for creating a new coronavirus relief fund when about $500 million (£405.91 million) was lying unspent in an older fund, even as top businesses and celebrities pledge millions of dollars in new donations.
JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - Israel called on Tuesday for the immediate resumption of talks on the return of four Israelis held for years in the Gaza Strip after the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers said they might be willing to move forward on the issue.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will never ask the United States for help in the fight against the new coronavirus, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday.
PETALING JAYA: A newly gazetted Act protecting food donors may just be what Malaysia needs at this time to help the poor and needy while the country comes under a movement control order (MCO) to grapple with a health crisis.
BAGHDAD: On an abandoned sidewalk in Baghdad, a city under strict government curfew to contain the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, a handful of volunteers with masks and gloves make food packages for needy families.
PETALING JAYA: Former chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Ismail Bakar painted a grim picture if people continued to defy the movement control order (MCO) which aims to break the Covid-19 chain of transmission.