Republican senators urge Trump to suspend H-1B visas for a year

Republican senators in the US have urged president Donald Trump to suspend all new guest worker visas for 60 days including the H-1B visa for at least the next year. The appeal comes as unemployment figures in the US have reached an all-time high due to the coronavirus pandemic. The letter signed by Senators Ted...

COVID-19 cases cross 9 lakh in US, 2,494 deaths reported in 24 hours

The United States recorded 2,494 more coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, according to figures reported Saturday night by Johns Hopkins University. The country now has an overall death toll of 53,511, with 936,293 confirmed infections, according to a tally by the Baltimore-based university at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Sunday). The United States is...

After facing backlash for his insensitive comment, Trump says it was ‘sarcasm’

Trying to wriggle out of the backlash he received for his outlandish suggestions, US President Donald Trump has said that he was being “sarcastic” when he told his medical experts that they should consider using UV light, heat, or injecting disinfectants into the COVID-19 patients as a potential treatment. Trump faced intense rebuke on Thursday...

Heat, humidity & sunlight weakens coronavirus quickly: US research

The coronavirus appears to weaken more quickly when exposed to sunlight, heat, and humidity, a US official said on Thursday in a potential sign that the pandemic could become less contagious in summer months. US government researchers have determined that the virus survives best indoors and in dry conditions, and loses potency when temperatures and...

After US stops funding, China announces another $30 million for WHO

China on Thursday announced that it will donate another $30 million to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help it in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic, days after Washington said it would freeze funding. “China has decided to donate another $30 million in cash to the WHO, in addition to the previous donation...

Air pollution over north India plummets to 20-year-low due to lockdown: NASA

Air pollution over northern India has plummeted to a 20-year-low for this time of the year, according to satellite data published by US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The US space agency’s satellite sensors observed aerosol levels at a 20-year low post the countrywide lockdown, implemented to slow the spread of the...

India sends hydroxychloroquine pills to UAE for battle against coronavirus

India has agreed to send hydroxychloroquine tablets to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be used for treating COVID-19 patients, the UAE’s embassy in New Delhi said. Last month, the Centre put a ban on exports as sales soared to secure domestic supplies as US President Donald Trump touted the drug as a potentially effective...

Coronavirus death toll in US approaching 33,000, highest in the world

The confirmed coronavirus death toll in the United States reached 32,917 on Thursday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The toll as of 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Friday) marked an increase of 4,491 deaths in the past 24 hours, by far the highest daily toll in the pandemic so far. But the figure...

Sundar Pichai announces Google’s hiring plan, strategy for 2020. Read on…

At a time when the coronavirus pandemic last left the world economy in tatters, Google parent Alphabet Inc. is “significantly” slowing hiring for the remainder of the year, chief executive officer Sundar Pichai told employees in an email on Wednesday. Here is the text of Pichai’s email: Hi everyone, It’s now been well over two...

Trump hails ‘big oil deal’ as OPEC-plus oil producers decide massive output cuts

United States President Donald Trump on Sunday hailed the “big oil deal” with OPEC plus saying it will save “hundreds of thousands of energy jobs” in the country. Trump’s comments came after top oil-producing countries on Sunday agreed to record output cuts in order to boost plummeting oil prices in the wake of the global...

US overtakes Italy to become the worst affected country in terms of COVID-19 fatalities

It was a day of tragic records for the US on Saturday, as the coronavirus pandemic continued to torment the country, forcing authorities to start digging up trenches for mass graves. With at least 19,833 deaths reported from the COVID-19 outbreak, the US has now become the most affected country in terms of fatalities, overtaking...

US becomes first country to record 5 lakh-plus COVID-19 cases, death toll crosses 18k

The US has become the world’s first country to have registered more than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day with 2,108 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, while the number of infections in America has crossed 500,000, the highest in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data. China, where the deadly coronavirus...