Sunday 5 April 2020

Kuwait reports first Covid-19 death as cases near 500

Kuwait on Saturday recorded its first death from the coronavirus outbreak, state news agency Kuna reported, citing a health ministry spokesman.   The total number of people diagnosed with the disease increased by 62 in the past 24 hours to 479 cases, he


New Covid-19 'Stay Home' app launched in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi's Department of Health (DoH) has launched a new smartphone application "Stay Home" that ensures people requested to self-quarantine adhere to mandatory quarantine requirements.   Designed to protect both those in self-quarantine and the c


Dubai extends validity of expired health cards

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has extended the validity of expired health cards for three months, starting from March 14. The DHA said it has issued a circular informing concerned healthcare providers that health card holders can avail necessary medical services, even if their


Global coronavirus death toll hits 50,000

At least 50,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus Covid-19 across the world, according to data reported by Russian news agency Tass from the coronavirus-hit countries on Thursday. Italy accounts for the biggest number of fatalities caused by coronavirus or comp


24-hour curfew in Makkah, Madinah

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior has announced a 24-hour curfew in all parts of the cities of Makkah and Madinah in line with the kingdom’s efforts to confront the novel coronavirus pandemic, and in implementation of the recommendations of competent health authorities.


Mobile robotics market to surge to $23bn by 2021

The Coronavirus outbreak has highlighted use cases for mobile robotics to successfully disinfect, monitor, surveille, and handle and deliver materials.    These proven use cases will propel the overall mobile robotics market to $23 billion by 2021, states g


Gulftainer fast-tracks medical supply consignments

Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately-owned, independent port operator based in the UAE, has launched an interim and complimentary ‘Express Service Lane’ initiative to prioritise the delivery of medical supply consignments at its ports across the UAE.  


Covid-19 creates an opportunity to reset priorities

As the COVID-19 pandemic continuously unfolds, mankind has collectively endured loss, but there are also opportunities for many to learn and grow.    With self-isolating and social distancing encouraged by governments, people have begun to revert their focu


Saudi oil, petchem firms donate $139m to Covid efforts

Major companies operating in Saudi Arabia's oil and gas, renewable energy, electricity and petrochemicals have contributed SR525 million ($139.46 million) to the Health Endowment Fund to combat the novel Coronavirus pandemic.   Saudi Arabia's Minister of


GE completes BioPharma sale for $20bn cash

GE has announced the completion of the sale of its BioPharma business to Danaher Corporation for approximately $20 billion of net proceeds. GE chairman and CEO H Lawrence Culp, Jr., said: “Completing the sale of BioPharma represents a critical milestone on our multi-year tr

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