OIC holds meeting on fighting coronavirus

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OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen addressing the meeting. (OIC via Twitter)
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OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen addressing the meeting. (OIC via Twitter)
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Health ministers of member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) join a virtual meeting on April 9, 2020 to discuss the spreading coronavirus pandemic worldwide. (SPA)
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Updated 10 April 2020

OIC holds meeting on fighting coronavirus

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held an emergency virtual meeting at the level of health ministers on the coronavirus pandemic in Jeddah.

OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen addressed the meeting, saying that it was convening at a time when the world was facing an unprecedented challenge, with millions of people infected with COVID-19.

He said that many of the health care systems of OIC member states needed urgent support to face the steady increase in the numbers of patients, expressing appreciation to the Islamic Development Bank and the Islamic Solidarity Fund (OIC-ISF) for their initiatives to address the impact of the pandemic.

 

 

 


Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan tests positive for COVID-19

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Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan tests positive for COVID-19

MUMBAI:  Three generations of Bollywood’s Bachchan family were hit by the coronavirus as former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter on Sunday joined her father-in-law Amitabh and husband Abhishek in testing positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Maharashtra state health minister Rajesh Tope said in a tweet that Aishwarya and her eight-year-old daughter had tested positive for the virus.

It was not clear whether they had been admitted to hospital, as Amitabh, a legendary Indian actor, and Abhishek were on Saturday, when they said they had mild symptoms of COVID-19.

Hospital officials and government health authorities said earlier on Sunday that Amitabh and his son were in stable condition.

Aishwarya, 46, who often features on “most beautiful” lists, has worked in several Bollywood and Hollywood films. She is a brand ambassador for several multinational companies, including L’Oreal.

Amitabh said in a tweet on Saturday night that he had tested positive for the infectious virus. 

Within minutes, his actor son Abhishek, 44, tweeted that he had also tested positive.

Both were moved to the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai despite showing only mild symptoms and the father-son duo appealed to their millions of fans to stay calm.

Authorities launched a massive sanitising drill at Bachchan’s upscale residence in Mumbai, spraying disinfectant in the large compound and on cars parked there.