Connect with us

World News

Fire Kills Eight Coronavirus Patients In Indian Hospital

Published

on

Fire Kills Eight Coronavirus Patients In Indian Hospital

In India, at least eight Coronavirus patients have been killed on Thursday after a fire engulfed the critical care unit of a hospital in Ahmedabad city in the western Gujarat state.

An officer, Yusuf Khan told AP news agency that it took firefighters half an hour to contain the blaze at Shrey Hospital in Ahmadabad and 35 patients had been moved to other hospitals.

READ:  Thousands Of People Pack Stadium For First Papal Mass On Arabian Peninsula

Officials said the victims included five men and three women as investigation has been launched to find out the cause of the fire.

Moreover, according to emergency services, the fire was caused by a medical staff member’s personal protective equipment (PPE) after it caught fire.

Rajesh Bhatt, an additional chief fire officer of the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services said “a staffer whose PPE caught fire ran out of the ward to douse it, but the fire spread rapidly to the whole ward.”

READ:  French Investigate Wherabouts Of Interpol Chief After Wife Reports Him Missing

Reacting to the incident, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted he is “saddened by the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families… Administration is providing all possible assistance to the affected.”

Fires are common in buildings in India because of poor safety standards with inadequate fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fire alarm systems.

READ:  'Everything Destroyed' As Wildfire Scorches Paradise, California

The country’s Health Ministry on Wednesday said India has more than 1.9 million Coronavirus cases after recording another 56,282 new cases. Also more than 40,500 persons have died due to the virus.

World News

Biden, Trump Prepare To Debate At A Time Of Mounting US Crises

Published

on

By

Biden Trump Prepare To Debate At A Time Of Mounting US Crises

The first presidential debate in this year’s U.S. General elections takes place tonight. The duel between incumbent Donald Trump and the man who intends to wrest the office from him, Joe Biden, could be an inflection point in an American election year like no other in living memory.

READ:  Iraq Says Foreigners Who Joined ISIS Could Face Death Sentence

This year’s White House race has remained unchanged for months, fueled to some extent by the coronavirus pandemic and a sinking economy.  The sustained demonstrations on racial injustice, police brutality and by black lives matter group have also played a role.

READ:  Thousands Of People Pack Stadium For First Papal Mass On Arabian Peninsula

These events have sharply outlined partisan feelings that have been hardened over the most polarizing of presidents.  As the race stands today, there are very few undecided voters left.

For Trump, the contest is one of his last opportunities to reshape the race and color voters’ impression of his opponent.

READ:  Rayshard Brooks Funeral To Be Held At Church Where Martin Luther King Preached

The debate comes just five weeks before election day, and voting is already underway in some key battleground states.

Continue Reading

World News

NY Times: Trump ‘Paid $750 In Federal Income Taxes In 2016 And 2017’

Published

on

By

NY Times: Trump 'Paid $750 In Federal Income Taxes In 2016 And 2017’

New York Times has obtained a copy of president Donald Trump’s federal income tax and has revealed the president paid just $750 in taxes in 2016, the year he ran for the U.S. Presidency, and the same amount during his first year in office.  The newspaper also reports Trump paid no income taxes at all in ten of the previous fifteen years.

READ:  Fire Destroys Market In Benue

Trump has faced and is still facing legal challenges for refusing to share documents concerning his fortune and business dealings.

He is the first president since the 1970s who has refused to make his tax returns public.  Even though making tax returns public is not legally required of presidential candidates or presidents, those who occupy the White House have always showed their tax returns in an act of transparency.

READ:  Frost Thaws In U.S.-China Ties Ahead Of G20 Meeting

Trump says the times report was “fake news.”  The newspaper says the information carried in the story was provided by sources with legal access to it.

READ:  Taliban Kills 30 Afghan Soldiers In First Major Attack Since Ceasefire

Continue Reading

World News

Switzerland Referendum: Voters Reject End To Free Movement With EU

Published

on

By

Switzerland Referendum: Voters Reject End To Free Movement With EU

Six in ten Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to end an accord with the European Union allowing free movement of people.

Switzerland is not an EU member, but it has a series of interdependent treaties with Brussels which gives it access to Europe’s free trade area.

READ:  India Surge Continues With Nearly 10,000 Cases

The move to rein in immigration was proposed by the Swiss people’s party but opposed by the government.    A similar initiative to introduce quotas on immigrants from the EU to Switzerland narrowly passed in a 2014 referendum, damaging Swiss-EU relations.

The Swiss are given a direct say in their own affairs under the country’s system of direct democracy.  They are regularly invited to vote on various issues in national or regional referendums.

READ:  Frost Thaws In U.S.-China Ties Ahead Of G20 Meeting

Supporters of the anti-free movement plan say it would allow Switzerland to control its borders and select only the immigrants it wants.

Opponents argue it would plunge a healthy economy into recession at an uncertain time and deprive hundreds of thousands of Swiss citizens of their freedom to live and work across Europe.

READ:  New Zealand To Crack Down On Firearms Ownership After Massacre

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2018 African News Network. All Rights Reserved.

%d bloggers like this: