** Islami Jubo Khelafat Bangladesh stages a demonstration in front of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital on Friday to protest the burning of the Holy Quran in Sweden and the Israeli aggression against Palestinian Muslims. ** Shoppers in thousands throng the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) at newly inaugurated Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre at Purbachal on Friday. ** 18 years of Kibria murder Trial deferred repeatedly due to lack of witnesses ** Gas supply shortage hits households, industries ** Production remains halted in 8 Ctg power plants ** Israeli violence BD condemns killing of ten Palestinians ** HC-order to ban single-use plastic items ** 532 students commit suicide in 2022 ** ‘Work of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will not be stopped’ ** Protests against Quran burning held across Middle East ** More delay in change will lead to more miseries for people ** Chaos between bench and bar ** Workers busy preparing stalls for the month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela, which is scheduled to begin on the Bangla Academy premises and part of Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital from February 1. NN photo ** USAID announces additional $75m assistance for Rohingyas ** Sugar price rises by Tk 5 per kg ** Germany, US, to send battle tanks to help Ukraine fight off Russia ** Israel army kills nine Palestinians ** DCs confce ends with numbers of directives by govt ** ACC files another case against Mannan, 11 others ** Raju arrested over Ekushey Padak journo murder case ** DCs asked to stop illegal sand lifting from rivers ** Refusal of bail and deaths in police custody must be taken as violation of constitutional rights against torture and right to life ** Hike gas prices in phases: BGMEA ** Presidential election scheduled for Feb 19 ** ‘Distorted history in textbooks to lead the nation to destruction’ **


25 July 2020

Three-year-old dies as Belgian virus cases grow     

A three-year-old girl was among the latest series of deaths from the coronavirus epidemic in Belgium, officials said, as the country confronts a worrying growth in new infections.
Health spokesman Boudewijn Catry said  three people die each day in Belgium from COVID-19, including recently the toddler and an 18-year-old.
"It's true that it's rare that a young person dies of COVID-19, but it's clear that no-one is immune," he warned, after the number of new infections per week in Belgium jumped by 89 percent.

India sees record 49,000 new cases, drug shortages in places

India reported over 49,000 fresh cases of the coronavirus with 740 new deaths, marking the biggest daily surge in cases even as officials in some states complained of shortages of vital drugs for those hospitalised.
As the number of cases neared 1.3 million in India, local authorities scrambled to procure generic versions of remdesivir, the drug that has shown promise in clinical trials in treating severely-ill patients.
"Demand is huge as cases are rising rapidly in the state," said a senior drug regulatory official in the western state of Maharashtra. "Supplies of the drug are limited, but companies have assured us they will provide more in a week."

Hong Kong reports 123 new cases as local transmissions

Hong Kong reported 123 new cases, including 115 that were locally transmitted, a new daily record, as authorities warn the city faces a critical period in containing the virus.
The global financial hub reported 118 new cases on Thursday, after it extended strict social distancing measures this week.
Since late January, more than 2,000 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 16 of whom have died.

Philippines reports 15 new deaths, 2,103 infections

The Philippines' health ministry reported 15 more deaths from the coronavirus and 2,103 additional infections.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths had increased to 1,879, while confirmed infections have reached 76,444.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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