Top 10 world news today: AstraZeneca's vaccine, COVID-19 in Russian gold mine and more

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 21, 2020, 07.29 PM(IST)

Russian army prepares a camp to quarantine thousands of workers at a Siberian gold mine, after hundreds of employees tested positive for coronavirus Photograph:( AFP )

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Here are top stories that made rounds in the world arena today.

Britain begins hydroxychloroquine trial to test coronavirus prevention

Over 130 UK frontline healthcare workers have lost their lives from COVID-19 and the new study will test if hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine can be used to effectively protect these frontline warriors. 

Fighting coronavirus: Smart bands come to the rescue

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way smart wearables are designed.

Three killed, eight injured in stampede during coronavirus aid distribution in Sri Lanka

The Muslim businessman was distributing Rs 5,000 to each person in the gathering, who lost their livelihood in the coronavirus crisis, to mark the 27th day of the Ramzan fast.

Over 10,000 Iranian health workers infected with coronavirus, say media reports

The Health Ministry said in April that over 100 health workers had died of COVID-19.

US secures 300 million doses of potential AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

After demands by President Donald Trump, the US Department of Health agreed to provide up to $1.2 billion to accelerate AstraZeneca's vaccine development and secure 300 million doses of the vaccines for the United States.

Top physician Fauci stops appearing on TV as US moves to reopen economy

Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had regularly been appearing on national news programmes to update people on the country's fight against the virus.

Russian army opens quarantine facility in Siberia goldmine after workers detected with coronavirus

According to the mining company, 900 workers tested positive with the virus out of which 400 were confirmed by with health officials.

Trump may lose in a landslide because of economic downturn, election model predicts

The GDP is collapsing, and history shows that dreadful economic trends like these spell doom for sitting presidents seeking reelection.

Chinese President Xi Jinping offers to send experts team to Bangladesh to fight Covid-19

In a telephone conversation with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Xi said that China stands ready to work with Bangladesh.

Hong Kong's treatment of activists making autonomy assessment more difficult, says Pompeo

Pompeo said pro-democracy lawmakers had been 'manhandled' this week while trying to stop what he characterized as procedural irregularity by pro-Beijing legislators.