At least 44 dead in Israel festival stampede

At least 44 dead in Israel festival stampede At least 44 people have been killed in a stampede at a religious festival in Israel, according to medics. PM Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a “heavy disaster.”  The crowds packed into the Mount Meron slope – despite Covid-19 warnings. Witnesses said people were asphyxiated or trampled in a passageway.  The PA system announced the crowd should … Continue reading At least 44 dead in Israel festival stampede

Saudi oxygen sent to India amid shortage in Covid-19 ravaged country 

Saudi oxygen sent to India amid shortage in Covid-19 ravaged country  India has received a delivery of roughly 80 metric tons of oxygen from Saudi Arabia to help alleviate a critical shortage of oxygen in the country.  Images of the first tanks and medical-grade oxygen cylinders heading to an Indian port prompted an outpouring of gratitude on social media.  The shortage of oxygen in India … Continue reading Saudi oxygen sent to India amid shortage in Covid-19 ravaged country 

Iraq Hospital: Flammable materials, lack of fire alarms caused spread

Iraq Hospital: Flammable materials, lack of fire alarms caused spread The Iraqi civil defence has said the lack of fire prevention measures and the use of flammable building materials likely caused the spread of the fire through a Baghdad hospital. The fire killed 82 people and injured 110.  The report says there were no sprinklers or early warning systems in the hospitals.  The report added … Continue reading Iraq Hospital: Flammable materials, lack of fire alarms caused spread

Covid-19: New lockdown adds strain to Turkey’s economy 

Covid-19: lockdown strains Turkey’s economy  Turkey’s President Erdogan has ordered a “full lockdown” for nearly three weeks, resulting in a shut down of many businesses, as Covid cases and deaths soar.  The lockdown is starting on Thursday and will last until May 17. It is Turkey’s strictest Covid-19 measures so far.  No stimulus package has been announced to ease the economic impact of the new … Continue reading Covid-19: New lockdown adds strain to Turkey’s economy 

Egypt will purchases 20 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine

Egypt will purchases 20 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine Egypt will purchase 20 million doses of the China produced Sinopharm vaccine. Egypt is expecting a batch of 500,000 jabs this month, its health ministry has said.  The move will boost vaccination efforts in Egypt, who have received only 1.5 million doses of Sinopharm and of the AstraZeneca vaccines – despite having a population of over … Continue reading Egypt will purchases 20 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine

Dubai beauty mogul donates 1 million meals to UAE campaign

Dubai beauty mogul donates 1 million meals to UAE campaign Beauty mogul Huda Kattan took to Instagram to announce she has taken part in a food drive campaign launched by the ruler of Dubai.  The program – 100 Million Meals mission – was launched to provide food to disadvantaged communities across 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.  The aim is to combat … Continue reading Dubai beauty mogul donates 1 million meals to UAE campaign

UAE 1,798 new COVID cases, 4 deaths

UAE 1,798 new COVID cases, 4 deaths The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) conducted 256,181 additional Covid-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.  On Wednesday, the MoHAP said it will continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.  The new intensified testing campaign saw 1,798 new … Continue reading UAE 1,798 new COVID cases, 4 deaths

US troops out of Afghan by September 11

US troops out of Afghan by September 11 President Biden will remove all US troops from Afghanistan before the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks this year. The removal of troops will end America’s longest war around five months later than planned, a US official said.  Biden has “reached the conclusion that the United States will complete its drawdown – will remove its forces … Continue reading US troops out of Afghan by September 11

Oman: 4% of ICU beds free amid COVID spike

Oman experiences shortage in hospital beds amid spike in COVID infections. A sharp spike in COVID infections in Oman has led to a serious shortage of free beds in hospital intensive care units (ICU). Roughly 94% of beds are occupied leaving just 14 ICU spaces free according to national daily Times of Oman reported.  Due to so many COVID cases occupying bed spaces, staff are … Continue reading Oman: 4% of ICU beds free amid COVID spike