Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced the extension of a state of emergency for another three months on 28 April 2020. The three months extension will begin from 28 April itself, looking at the prevalent Coronavirus conditions. The armed forces and police have been directed to take necessary actions in the line with the directives.
Indian health officials have stated that there is no conclusive evidence to support plasma therapy as a treatment protocol for COVID-19. Improper use without following guidelines could result in life-threatening disorders, the officials added. Plasma therapy is in an experimental stage in India but the government has not guided its use due to lack of research and proper evidence of its results.
Oil prices plunged for the second day amid concerns over global storage capacity. Brent crude fell by 4.1%, dipping 83 cents, to USD19.16 per barrel on Tuesday, 28 April 2020. WTI Crude fell by 20%, declining by USD2.57, to USD10.21 per barrel. Global oil demand could drop by about 15 million barrels per day in the second quarter due to Coronavirus restrictions.
Australia has opened the famous Bondi Beach as part of the first steps in easing Coronavirus restrictions. People rushed to the beach even before its official opening at 7 AM local time. Many cheered council workers as they moved fences aside to allow them through. People rushed to the sea while sands remained empty, due to bans on sunbathing or gathering onshore.
Many vendors in Southeast Asia have gone digital during Ramadan amid Coronavirus crisis. They are now embracing digital mediums and are taking their businesses online amid lockdowns. The restrictions have caused losses of nearly USD11.5 million to nearly 100,000 traders in Malaysia. Virtual bazaars have also been set up in Singapore, which canceled Ramadan markets last month.