Among COVID-19 patients, a lack of exercise is linked to more severe symptoms and a higher risk of death, according to a study covering nearly 50,000 people who were infected with the virus.People physically inactive for at least two years before the pandemic were more likely to be hospitalised, to require intensive care, and to die, researchers reported on Tuesday (13 April) in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.As a risk factor for serious COVID-19 disease, physical inactivity was surpa
Authorities in Cambodia have criticised an artist after he altered photos of victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide.Irish artist Matt Loughrey colourised images of photos taken in the notorious Tuol Sleng prison.
Other than preying on humans, the deadly COVID-19 virus has severely affected livelihoods, local businesses and the economy in general. Major industries such as tourism and hospitality have been hit hard by the pandemic.
Beijing is now home to more billionaires than any other city in the world, according to the latest Forbes' annual rich list.The Chinese capital added 33 billionaires last year and now hosts 100, said the business magazine.This narrowly beats New York City, which hosts 99 and has held the top ranking for the last seven years.China's quick containment of COVID-19, the rise of its technology firms and stock markets helped it gain top spot.Although Beijing now has more billionaires than
Tropical cyclone Seroja pounded Indonesia and East Timor Monday after torrential rains triggered floods and landslides that have killed at least 113 people and left dozens more missing.Packing heavy winds and rain, the storm heaped more misery on the Southeast Asian nations after Sunday's disaster turned small communities into wastelands of mud, uprooted trees and forced thousands of people into shelters.Downpours are expected over the next day as the storm triggers offshore waves as hig
More than 50 people were killed after flash floods and landslides swept through eastern Indonesia and neighbouring Timor Leste on Sunday, authorities said, warning the toll could rise further. Floods sparked by torrential rain wreaked havoc and destruction on islands stretching from Flores Island in Indonesia to Timor Leste, a small nation east of the Indonesian archipelago. The deluge and subsequent landslides caused dams to overflow, submerging thousands of houses and leav
Since COVID-19 emerged in late 2019, people from various backgrounds have succumbed to the disease. From front liners, politicians, and celebrities to ordinary people – the coronavirus doesn’t discriminate. But the virus doesn’t just pose a threat to people’s health and wellbeing, but other aspects of their lives as well.Everyone across the globe is currently feeling some form of pinch from the pandemic.
Fasting practices in the United Kingdom (UK) during Ramadan last year did not lead to higher COVID-19 mortality rates among Muslims, according to a new report.The study, published on Thursday in the peer-reviewed Journal of Global Health, said there was no evidence to suggest that British Muslims who observed the holy month were more likely to die from a coronavirus infection.During Ramadan, which lasts about four weeks, Muslims across the world abstain from eating food and do not drink anyth
Once upon a time, if you told me I would find hilarity in a ship that had run itself aground, I would have scoffed instead, wondering where is the humour in this scenario. But last week the improbable happened.Like many other people around the world, I spent an inordinate amount of time being hugely entertained by the saga of Ever Given, the mega cargo ship that constipated the Suez Canal and the various efforts that were deployed in an effort to dislodge the hopelessly stuc
Over the past year, attacks on Asian-Americans have increased more than 150 percent over the previous year, including the 16 March murders of eight people, six being Asian-American women, in Atlanta.Some of these attacks may be classified as hate crimes.
A homeless man who was out on parole for killing his mother was arrested and charged with a hate crime early Wednesday morning in connection with a violent attack on a Filipino immigrant near Times Square, the police said.The man, Brandon Elliot, 38, was living at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan that has been serving as a homeless shelter, the police said.