Iran Temporarily Frees 54,000 Prisoners to Combat COVID-19 Spread

Iran has temporarily released more than 54,000 prisoners in an effort to combat the spread of the new coronavirus disease in crowded jails. The inmates were allowed out of prison after testing negative for COVID-19 and posting bail. “Security prisoners” sentenced to more than five years will not be let out. The outbreak in Iran has killed at least 77 …

Another Filipino in Singapore Tests Positive for COVID-19

A third Filipino has tested positive for COVID-19 in Singapore, according to the Singapore Ministry of Health. The 34-year-old woman is a domestic worker with no recent travel history to China and South Korea. She tested positive for the virus on March 2, and is now in isolation at a Singapore hospital. Her employer and household co-worker also tested positive …

Iran to Mobilize 300,000 Soldiers Against COVID-19

Iran has announced plans to mobilize 300,000 soldiers and volunteers as the country battles COVID-19, which has so far claimed 77 lives among 2,336 confirmed cases that include 23 lawmakers. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, ordered its armed forces to assist health officials in combating the outbreak. It wasn’t clear if the order would set the military in …

WHO: The Threat of A Pandemic Has Become Very Real

A pneumonia outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province in December 2019. Experts have attributed the outbreak to a novel coronavirus that has since spread across China and the rest of the world. As of 12 noon on March 8, there are over 80,000 confirmed cases in China and 25,000 abroad. There have …

Italy to Close Schools, Ban Events Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Italy is set to close all schools and universities and ban public gatherings in the country in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19. News agencies reported on Wednesday that the move had received approval from Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at a cabinet meeting. Learning institutions in the worst affected regions of northern Italy, where some towns have been …

California Declares Statewide Emergency

California became the third U.S. state to declare a statewide emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak after the state’s first fatality from the new coronavirus. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the measure Wednesday, saying it was intended to help procure supplies quickly. The state currently has 53 cases of COVID-19, more than any other state according to the Center for …

Trump: ‘Very Safe’ to Hold Campaign Rallies Despite COVID-19

U.S. President Donald Trump said that campaign rallies do not put his supporters at risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, insisting that the country is well prepared for the disease. “I think it’s very safe” to continue holding frequent rallies across the country, Trump said when questioned in the Oval Office. He is campaigning for a second term in November’s …

COVID-19: Online Apps & Education

COVID-19 may be may be affecting many businesses with people refraining from travel and going out to the mall to shop, and even going to work and school.  But when you stay indoors for such a long period due to the coronavirus outbreak, you probably have to figure out how to spend your time.  In February, app downloads saw a …

Germany’s New Immigration Law – Will It Work?

Germany’s new immigration law took effect on Sunday, amid hopes it will attract foreign workers to bolster industries that have been left short of staff over recent years.  Skilled workers will be incentivized to move to Germany from around the world, especially if they are trained in one of the sectors the country is currently lacking in – including nursing, …