Commentary: Smokers, you have a higher risk of COVID-19 infection

NEWCASTLE: If you’re a smoker, there’s really never been a better time to quit. Coronavirus affects your lungs, causing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and fatigue. In the most serious cases, sufferers struggle to breathe at...

COVID-19: Thailand extends ban on passenger flights until end-April

BANGKOK: Thailand has extended a ban on incoming passenger flights until the end of April in a bid to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, the country’s aviation body said on Wednesday (Apr 15). The ban was first introduced on Apr 4, and the Civil Aviation Authority of...

‘Starve or get sick’: Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown dilemma

NAIROBI: Women and children fell to the ground, bloodied and trampled in a desperate surge for food being handed out in a Nairobi slum, as police fired teargas and men with sticks beat the hungry. As African countries grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, observers...