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via arabnews03/02/2021

Remains of 4 Filipinos killed by Daesh found in Libyan cemetery - Arab News

MANILA: The remains of four Filipino oil workers abducted and killed by Daesh in Libya have been located after a search lasting almost six years. The discovery of the bodies in a Libyan cemetery will pave the way for their final journey back home to the Philippines, officials said. “We found the gravesite of the four OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) kidnapped and killed by

via idpjournal.biomedcentral03/01/2021

Spatiotemporal visualization for the global COVID-19 surveillance by balloon chart - Infectious Diseases of Poverty - BioMed Central

Considering the widespread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the world, it is important to understand the spatiotemporal development of the pandemic. In this study, we aimed to visualize time-associated alterations of COVID-19 in the context of continents and countries. Using COVID-19 case and death data from February to December 2020 offered by Johns Hopkins University, we generated time-associated balloon charts with multiple epidemiological indicators including crude case fatality rate (CFR), morbidity, mortality and the total number of cases, to compare the progression of the pandemic within a specific period across regions and countries, integrating seven related dimensions together. The area chart is used to supplement the display of the balloon chart in daily new COVID-19 case changes in UN geographic regions over time. Javascript and Vega-Lite were chosen for programming and mapping COVID-19 data in browsers for visualization. From February 1st to December 20th 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic spread across UN subregions in the chronological order. It was first reported in East Asia, and then became noticeable in Europe (South, West and North), North America, East Europe and West Asia, Central and South America, Southern Africa, Caribbean, South Asia, North Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania, causing several waves of epidemics in different regions. Since October, the balloons of Europe, North America and West Asia have been rising rapidly, reaching a dramatically high morbidity level ranging from 200 to 500/10 000 by December, suggesting an emerging winter wave of COVID-19 which was much bigger than the previous ones. By late December 2020, some European and American countries displayed a leading mortality as high as or over 100/100 000, represented by Belgium, Czechia, Spain, France, Italy, UK, Hungary, Bulgaria, Peru, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. The mortality of Iran was the highest in Asia (over 60/100 000), and that of South Africa topped in Africa (40/100 000). In the last 15 days, the CFRs of most countries were at low levels of less than 5%, while Mexico had exceptional high CFR close to 10%. We creatively used visualization integrating 7-dimensional epidemiologic and spatiotemporal indicators to assess the progression of COVID-19 pandemic in terms of transmissibility and severity. Such methodology allows public health workers and policy makers to understand the epidemics comparatively and flexibly.

via arabnews02/26/2021

Dubai extends COVID-19 precautionary measures to beginning of Ramadan - Arab News

LONDON: A series of precautionary measures introduced in Dubai at the beginning of February to curb the spread of the coronavirus will stay in place till the beginning of Ramadan, Dubai Media Office announced on Friday. Ramadan is due to start in the third week of April 2021. The measures include the capacity of indoor seated venues, including cinemas and entertainment and

via arabnews02/26/2021

UN Security Council condemns Houthi attacks against Saudi Arabia - Arab News

DUBAI: The UN Security Council condemned attacks launched by the Houthi militia toward Saudi Arabia, state news agency SPA reported. The Security Council – which extended sanctions against Houthi commanders this week - also called for an immediate cessation of attacks without preconditions, adding the need for de-escalation in all areas of Yemen and called for a nationwide

via arabnews02/26/2021

2 US Navy warships in the Middle East affected by coronavirus - Arab News

DUBAI: Two US Navy warships operating in the Middle East have been affected by the coronavirus, authorities said Friday, with one already at port in Bahrain and another heading there now. A dozen troops aboard the USS San Diego, an amphibious transport dock, tested positive for COVID-19, said Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a spokeswoman for the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The ship is at

via arabnews02/25/2021

Egypt backs Sudanese proposal to mediate GERD negotiations - Arab News

CAIRO: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has announced that Egypt welcomes and supports a Sudanese proposal to form an international quartet committee to mediate stalled negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), made at a meeting of interested parties with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) African Union (AU) presidency coordinator, Alphonse Ntumba.

via libyaobserver.ly02/25/2021

Libya reports first UK Covid-19 variant - The Libya Observer

The first case of the coronavirus variant identified in the UK has been detected in Libya, The National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed Wednesday. The center said that 23 cases of the UK variant have been discovered in specimens collected from 88 people who tested positive for coronavirus. The NCDC raised concern that the epidemiological situation is painful and

via libyaobserver.ly03/01/2021

Libya launches coronavirus vaccines website - The Libya Observer

The Libyan National Center for Diseases Control launched Monday a website (online system) for people to register to get coronavirus vaccines. The Head of the National Center for Diseases Control, Badr Al-Deen Al-Najjar, said all Libyans with National ID numbers will be able to get the vaccines, adding that the system will expand later to include other vaccines than those for

via arabnews02/27/2021

Egypt has overcome peak of coronavirus second wave, says health official - Arab News

CAIRO: Egypt has overcome the peak of the second wave of coronavirus, according to the president’s health adviser Mohammed Awad Taj El-Din. He said that new coronavirus cases were currently decreasing, pointing to the continued presence of the disease, but that precautionary measures still needed to be followed in order to reduce infection rates among people. “The second wave

via arabnews02/26/2021

EU sees must-not-miss chance to revive Iran nuclear deal - Arab News

BRUSSELS: The top European Union diplomat supervising the international agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions called Friday for a concerted effort to reinvigorate the pact even as Tehran appears to be reneging on some of its commitments. “This is an occasion that we cannot miss,” to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, EU foreign policy

via arabnews02/26/2021

Israel vaccinates 50% of its population against COVID-19 - Arab News

JERUSALEM: Israel has administered at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to 50 percent of its 9.3 million population, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said on Friday. Israel counts East Jerusalem Palestinians, who have been included in the vaccine campaign that began on Dec 19, as part of its population. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip are not part of the

via arabnews02/26/2021

Russia unmoved as Security Council again warned of Syrian children's plight - Arab News

NEW YORK: In what might be his final briefing on Syria to the Security Council, the UN’s humanitarian chief on Thursday once again warned of the dire situation in the country, and the terrible toll it is taking on children in particular. Mark Lowcock, who this month said that after four years in the role he is stepping down to spend more time with his family in the UK, sounded

via arabnews02/25/2021

Libyan PM-designate to propose unified cabinet under UN aegis - Arab News

TRIPOLI: Libya’s designated prime minister, chosen via a UN-facilitated process last month, will on Thursday propose a unified government to the country’s divided parliament as part of a peace plan. The new government is intended to replace Libya’s two rival administrations and oversee the run-up to national elections planned for December in a roadmap to end years of chronic

via arabnews02/25/2021

France, Germany to beef up COVID-19 controls at common border - Arab News

PARIS: France said on Thursday it would bring in new COVID-19 restrictions for the area around its common border with Germany, as President Emmanuel Macron’s government tries to contain a surge of coronavirus variants in the French region of Moselle.Cross-border workers, who had exemptions until now, will need to present negative PCR tests to get through if traveling for

via arabnews02/27/2021

Libya speaker flags March 8 for government confidence vote - Arab News

TRIPOLI: The Libyan parliament will discuss holding a vote of confidence on a new unified government for the divided country on March 8, its powerful speaker Aguila Saleh said. Oil-rich Libya has been mired in chaos since dictator Muammar Qaddafi was ousted and killed in a popular uprising backed by a NATO air campaign a decade ago. Its Government of National Accord (GNA) is

via arabnews02/26/2021

UN court to try Hezbollah member for Lebanon attacks - Arab News

THE HAGUE: A fugitive Hezbollah suspect will go on trial in June accused of three attacks on Lebanese politicians in the mid-2000s, a UN-backed tribunal announced on Friday.Salim Ayyash, 57, will be tried in absentia by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which in December sentenced him to life in prison for the 2005 murder of Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri.Hariri and 21

via arabnews02/26/2021

HRW urges Iran to probe deadly shooting on Pakistan border - Arab News

BEIRUT: Human Rights Watch called on Iran Friday to investigate a deadly shooting by Revolutionary Guards against smugglers attempting to transport fuel into neighboring Pakistan for excessive use of force.Monday’s shooting in the border area near the town of Saravan killed at least 10 people and wounded five, HRW said, citing Baluchi activists.Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary

via arabnews02/26/2021

Bahrain introduces fifth vaccine, extends COVID-19 safety measures - Arab News

DUBAI: Bahrain’s National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) has authorized the use of Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine for coronavirus the Bahrain News Agency reported on Friday. The Janssen Covid-19 Vaccine will be the fifth vaccine authorized in Bahrain in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and will be given to those most at risk, suchas the elderly, people with chronic

via arabnews02/25/2021

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia; monitor counts 17 killed - Arab News

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT: The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. US defense officials announced the strikes without providing details and with no mention of casualties, saying only that they were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian

via arabnews02/25/2021

Emirates to digitally verify passengers' COVID-19 medical records - Arab News

DUBAI: Emirates has signed an agreement with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to digitally verify passengers’ medical records, as part of the UAE’s efforts to revive the travel industry following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The IT systems of DHA-approved laboratories will be linked with Emirates’ reservations and check-in systems so the airline can verify