Nigerian doctors to go on strike

One of the main doctors’ unions in Nigeria says its members will go ahead with a strike on Monday over poor pay and a lack of personal protective equipment for health workers. The Association of Resident Doctors says they will stop providing all services including emergency care and coronavirus treatment. The union’s president, Aliyu Sokomba, said the government had failed to respond to the doctors’ … Continue reading Nigerian doctors to go on strike

Coronavirus-free Tunisia looking to attract tourism

Tunisia is set to become the first country in North Africa to reopen its borders following the Covid-19 crisis but the nation is, like many others, divided between keeping the economy buoyant against concerns over the possibility of a second wave of the virus. After a three-month lockdown, Tunisia has recorded zero local cases for almost a month and will be the first nation in the … Continue reading Coronavirus-free Tunisia looking to attract tourism

Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for the first time in modern history, Covid-19 infections surge up

Saudi Arabia’s authorities are considering cancelling the Haj season for the first time since the establishment of the Kingdom in 1932 after the number of coronavirus infections exceeded 100,000, a senior official in the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah said. “The case has been carefully studied and various scenarios are being considered. A formal decision will be taken within a week,” the official said. Coronavirus … Continue reading Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for the first time in modern history, Covid-19 infections surge up

Pakistan hospitals running out of beds, Coronavirus cases exceeds 100,000

Pakistan has recorded more than 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to official health figures released on Monday. As the announcement was made hospitals warned they are running out of beds to treat patients. 4,728 new infections were identified in the last 24 hours, while the death toll reached 2,067 with 65 fresh fatalities, health officials added. Out of the total 103,671 cases, Punjab has … Continue reading Pakistan hospitals running out of beds, Coronavirus cases exceeds 100,000

US releases Iranian doctor in prisoner swap

An Iranian-American doctor released from a US jail as part of a prisoner swap has flown back to Tehran. Majid Taheri, an Iranian-American who had been working at a clinic in Tampa, Florida, had been detained in the United States for 16 months. He was accused of violating US sanctions and financial reporting requirements. Upon his arrival officials and relatives greeted him at the airport. … Continue reading US releases Iranian doctor in prisoner swap

Condolences from Netanyahu, a week after police kill autistic Palestinian

 More than a week after Israeli police shot dead an unarmed and autistic Palestinian in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called the killing a tragedy and offered his condolences to the family. Iyad al-Halaq, 32, was killed during a police chase in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 30. A police spokesman said at the time officers suspected he was carrying a weapon. The … Continue reading Condolences from Netanyahu, a week after police kill autistic Palestinian

Turkey plans to resume flights with 40 countries in June

Turkey plans to resume flights with around 40 countries in June and has reached preliminary agreements for reciprocal air travel with 15 countries, Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoglu said on Thursday. Turkey largely sealed off its borders as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Domestic flights resumed on Monday to some provinces as Ankara eased restrictions after a significant drop in infection rates. Karaismailoglu … Continue reading Turkey plans to resume flights with 40 countries in June

Tunisians emerge from lockdown into mosques and cafes

Tunisians returned to mosques and cafes on Thursday as the country ended most lockdown restrictions after largely containing the spread of the novel coronavirus for now. Sitting with friends at the Brazil coffeeshop in the Ibn Khaldoun district of Tunis, schoolteacher Nizar Jamal said he was glad to resume his daily chats with friends. “We are again breathing the air of life. We missed the … Continue reading Tunisians emerge from lockdown into mosques and cafes