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Malaysia confirms first pregnant woman infected with Zika

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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s health ministry on Wednesday said they have detected a new case of Zika virus in a pregnant woman living in Johor Baru, which borders Singapore.

The patient, a 27-year-old woman who is three to four months into pregnancy, began to show symptoms of rashes and fever on September 2, said Health Minister S. Subramaniam at a press conference, adding she tested positive to Zika infection on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

She was being treated in the hospital currently, said the minister.

How the patient was infected is being investigated by health authorities, but her husband commutes daily to work in Singapore, said the minister, adding the test results on the husband were yet to come out.

Subramaniam suggested people who have infected spouses to avoid sex or postpone pregnancy for at least six months.

He also noted that if the lives of infected pregnant women are threatened, they can have abortion, but he said doctors should take decision in a “case by case” manner.

Since a sudden outbreak of Zika in Singapore, Malaysian health authorities have been on high alert, worrying about apathy among many Malaysian people towards Aedes mosquitoes, the major transmitter of the virus as well as dengue.

There is no vaccine or specific medication to treat the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects.

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Pakistani man arrested for attacking Sikh shrine in England

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New Delhi/London, 25 May : A Pakistani man, who was trying to mobilise Sikhs against India over Kashmir in England, attacked the Guru Arjan Dev shrine in Derby on Monday morning. He was later identified and arrested.

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Italy registers 63,927 COVID-19 cases, toll touches 6,077

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Rome, March 24 : A total of 63,927 coronavirus cases have been assessed in Italy since the pandemic broke out in its northern regions on February 21, the Civil Protection Department managing the COVID-19 emergency has said, adding that 601 fatalities were also registered on Monday, with the death toll reaching 6,077.

The number of total infections grew by 4,789, or 8 per cent from 59,138 cases recorded on Sunday. The daily fatality figure dropped from Sunday’s 651 and Saturday’s 793, the department said, Xinhua reported.

Although still upward, the figures showed the daily rise in both the number of people testing positive and the number of deaths has been less marked for the second day in a row, Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borrelli told a press conference late Monday afternoon.

Health authorities, however, warned that it was still too early to confirm a decreasing trend in the ongoing pandemic.

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Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed sent to jail for five years

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New Delhi/Islamabad, 12 Feb : Just ahead of the FATF review, founder and patron of the banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, was convicted in terror funding cases and sent to jail for five-and-a-half years by a Pakistani court on Wednesday.

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