TORONTO: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?s wife has said that she has recuperated from the novel coronavirus illness caused by COVID-19. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau in a statement on social media said: ?I am feeling so much better.” She said she has been cleared of the COVID-19 by her doctor and Ottawa Public health.

TOKYO: Japan will declare a state of emergency from Tuesday in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Japanese media reported on Monday. The Japanese government is preparing a stimulus package to soften the blow on an economy already struggling to avoid a recession. More than 3,500 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Japan and 85 have died, not a huge outbreak compared with some hot spots, but the numbers keep rising with particular alarm over the spread in Tokyo, which has more than 1,000 cases.

SINGAPORE: A judge in Singapore has sentenced a man to death via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, one of just two known cases where a capital punishment verdict has been delivered remotely. Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old Malaysian, was told on Friday he would be hanged for masterminding a 2011 heroin transaction, court documents showed, as the country was under lockdown to try and curb its coronavirus outbreak.

Reuters/Files BRUSSELS: The EU's chief diplomat said Wednesday he had assured China's foreign minister the bloc does not want a "cold war", as it accused Beijing of waging a coronavirus disinformation campaign. Brussels says China and Russia have sought to undermine European democracy and burnish their own reputations during the pandemic with "targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns".

Australian public life could be constrained for another year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned on Friday, as the country’s most populous state mulled sending children to school in shifts. Australia has so far avoided the high numbers of coronavirus casualties reported around the world after closing its borders and imposing strict “social distancing” measures for the past month.

AFP/Files PARIS: The coronavirus has now taken 300,000 lives globally, according to official figures. But depending on the way deaths are counted, the real human cost could be far greater. The official figures include only those deaths attributed to coronavirus, but experts are increasingly looking at data comparing this year's death rates with previous years ? regardless of the official cause.

We will continue to work hard to reaffirm our commitment to stand up for the rights of Kashmiri people in the most constructive and effective manner, says Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer. ? Photo by author LONDON: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has reaffirmed his support for the United Nations Resolutions on Kashmir which demand a plebiscite in the India-occupied Kashmir.

Muslims around the world began marking a sombre Eidul Fitr Sunday, many under coronavirus lockdown, but lax restrictions offer respite to worshippers in some countries despite fears of skyrocketing infections. The festival, one of the most important in the Muslim calendar marking the end of the holy month of Ramazan, is traditionally celebrated with mosque prayers, family feasts and shopping for new clothes, gifts and sweet treats.

The Demilitarised Zone dividing North and South Korea is one of the most fortified places in the world. Photo: AFP North Korean troops fired multiple gunshots towards the South in the Demilitarised Zone dividing the peninsula on Sunday, prompting South Korean forces to fire back, Seoul said. The rare exchange of gunfire comes a day after North Korean state media reported that leader Kim Jong Un had made his first public appearance in nearly three weeks following an absence that triggered intense speculation about his health and fears about the stability of the isolated nation.

ROME: The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy’s contagion, has risen by around 400 in a day to more than 4,175, a source familiar with the data said on Tuesday. The figure compared to some 320 deaths on Monday, and if confirmed it might dash hopes of an improvement in the situation which seemed to be emerging in the previous two days.