World’s workers lost $3.5T to Covid

Publication date 24 September 2020 | 21:31 | ICT

The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN said on Wednesday, with hundreds of millions of jobs lost and workers suffering a “massive” drop in earnings.



  • Putin boasts about Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine – Sputnik V

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 | 10:15

    President Vladimir Putin in a speech at the UN on Tuesday boasted of Russia’s creation of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, though it has not completed large-scale clinical trials.

  • Britain to impose new virus curbs as WHO issues warning

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 | 10:14

    The British government announced fresh steps on Tuesday to try to stop a coronavirus surge in England, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that new cases worldwide soared to record levels last week.

  • Protesters vow fight to reform Thai monarchy

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 | 11:04

    The “People’s Plaque” installed by protesters near Bangkok’s Royal Palace was “planted in the hearts of the Thai people”, activists said on Monday, vowing its removal marked only the beginning of their battle to reform the monarchy.

  • Trump to name Supreme Court pick

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 | 10:48

    President Donald Trump on Monday said he will announce his nominee for the empty Supreme Court seat at the end of this week, kickstarting a political fight set to upend the already nail-biting US election.

  • Rescuers race to save 180 stranded whales

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 | 10:47

    Rescuers faced a race against time to save nearly 200 whales stuck in a remote Australian harbour on Tuesday, hoping to prevent the toll of 90 dead from rising further after managing to free “a small number” of the stranded mammals.

  • Nasa plans for return to Moon set to cost $28B

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 | 10:46

    The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) on Monday revealed its latest plan to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024, and estimated the cost of meeting that deadline at $28 billion, $16 billion of which would be spent on the lunar landing module.

  • Four boys come forth in West Java orphanage sexual abuse case

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 | 10:45

    Four more victims and witnesses have come forward and made a report after the Depok Police in West Java, Indonesia, reopened a year-old investigation into a case of sexual abuse of orphanage boys, allegedly committed by their sole g

  • Banks in Singapore handled $4.5B in ‘suspicious funds’

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 | 10:44

    Several banks in Singapore handled about $4.5 billion in suspicious transactions between 2000 and 2017, with DBS Bank, CIMB Bank and Deutsche Bank among those that processed the largest sums of such funds in the city-state.

  • Ten dead in India building collapse

    Mon, 21 Sep 2020 | 10:56

    Ten people were killed and up to 25 are feared trapped after a three-storey residential building collapsed before dawn on Monday in western India, officials said.

  • Thai activists’ plaque scrapped after calls for monarchy reform

    Mon, 21 Sep 2020 | 10:46

    A plaque installed on the weekend by activists in Bangkok declaring Thailand “belongs to the people” was removed on Monday, after a show of force by pro-democracy protesters calling for the royal family to stay out of the country’s