MOUNT MERON, ISRAEL (NYTIMES) - The man underneath Mr Avraham Nivin was already limp and lifeless. The men above him were thrashing and flailing. The men to his sides were screaming for help and struggling to breathe. And crushed in the middle of these limbs and torsos - his legs trapped, his shoes and glasses lost in the melee, his body perpendicular to the floor - was Mr Nivin himself. "It was an indescribable disaster," Mr Nivin, a 21-year-old electronics salesman, said Friday evening (April 30). "I thought I was looking death in the face." He survived, but 45 others did not - turning a night that began as a pilgrimage for tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews, and a joyous return to something approaching post-pandemic normality, into one of the deadliest peacetime tragedies in Israeli history. At least four of the dead were Americans, Israel's Foreign Ministry said, and two were Canadian, according to Canada's Foreign Ministry. By Friday night, the stampede had prompted a surge of soul-searching about religious-secular tensions, the resistance to state authority displayed by some ultra-Orthodox Israelis and, above all, questions of blame, responsibility and negligence. For more than
KATHMANDU: A 15-day prohibitory border was enforced in the national capital Kathmandu and other districts in Nepal on Thursday, as the country grapples to contain the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Besides Kathmandu, the prohibitory order has been put in place in Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts from 6am on Thursday till the midnight of May 12, according to a press release. The order has been issued by the three chief district officers following a joint meeting in Kathmandu. Only essential services will operate and most of the services will remain closed until the prohibitory order is lifted, it said. Movement of vehicles is banned in the valley during the prohibitory period. Markets supplying essential products, including food items, are open till 10am in the morning and from 5pm to 7pm in the evening to ensure smooth supply of goods, the release said. Nepal on Wednesday reported 4,774 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total tally of infections to 3,12,699. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the country stands at 3,211.
BUENOS AIRES (REUTERS) - Argentina coronavirus cases hit 3 million on Sunday (May 2) since the pandemic began, as medical workers said hospitals were full to capacity despite toughened government measures to bring down the spread of infections. The country's health ministry said there were 11,394 new cases over the last 24-hour period, bringing up the grim new milestone, with 156 new deaths taking fatalities to 64,252. The government of President Alberto Fernandez this week unveiled a new round of tougher restrictions as a second wave of infections has battered the country, filling up intensive care units and setting new daily records for cases and deaths. But medical staff said it was still not enough. "People need to be a little more aware and know that the hospitals are full and that health personnel are exhausted," said Luciana Berti, a 41-year-old surgical assistant. The South American grains producer, which has gone through three straight years of recession, exacerbated by the pandemic, is balancing the need to stem the spread of the virus while protecting a fragile economic recovery. Marcela Cid, owner of a business on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, said that Argentines were