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Bangladesh detects two cases of black fungus in capital

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi hospital in Dhaka has detected two cases of black fungus, which has been declared an epidemic in neighbouring India, according to officials at Birdem General Hospital. One of the patients, aged 45, was diagnosed with black fungus,...

Black fungus epidemic triggers new challenge in India

NEW DELHI: As India battles a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, a large number of cases of a deadly fungal infection called mucormycosis, or “black fungus”, has triggered a new health challenge in the populous South Asian country. Mucormycosis,...

Singapore approves new storage temperature for Pfizer BioNTech vaccine

SINGAPORE: Singapore has approved the new storage condition for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, at refrigerator temperature of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius for up to 31 days. The new storage condition was approved on May 20, after a thorough review...

The European Covid certificate, a user’s guide

BRUSSELS, Belgium: It has been through a series of name changes and much scientific and political discussion, but the "EU digital Covid certificate" comes into use on July 1. How will it use data on coronavirus vaccinations, tests and immunity...

China’s ‘father of hybrid rice’ dies

Shanghai: An agronomist hailed as a Chinese national hero for helping develop hybrid rice and easing hunger for millions worldwide died on Saturday at the age of 90, state-run Xinhua news agency said. Yuan Longping, known in China as the...

What is ‘black fungus’ and why India?

NEW DELHI: Several thousand coronavirus patients in India have contracted a deadly and aggressive fungal infection, compounding the country's woes as it reels from the pandemic. What is the fungus? Mucormycosis, dubbed "black fungus", is caused by a mould found in...

Cancelling the Olympics? Huge consequences and a financial quagmire

LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Cancelling the Tokyo Olympics in response to mounting public opposition in Japan to holding the Games during the Covid-19 pandemic would be an unparalleled act in peacetime. It would represent a bombshell for the sporting world and have...

App Store would be ‘toxic’ mess without control

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple's online marketplace would become a "toxic" mess if the iPhone maker were forced to allow third-party apps without reviewing them, chief executive Tim Cook told a high-stakes trial Friday challenging the company's tight control of its...

Spain to allow all vaccinated travellers in from June 7

MADRID: Spain will allow all vaccinated travellers to visit the country from June 7, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Friday, as the tourism hotspot aims to revive its virus-battered travel industry. "From June 7, all vaccinated people and their families...

Study finds AstraZeneca vaccine works as third booster shot

MOSCOW: A study conducted by Oxford university found that the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine works best as a third dose for patients by boosting a vaccinee's antibodies to the virus, Sputnik quoted the Financial Times report. "It’s a little bit surprising...

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