Soccer-Belgium not worried about COVID-19 case in Russia camp
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - There are no concerns in the Belgium camp about a COVID-19 outbreak in the Russia team who they face in St Petersburg on Saturday at the start of their European Championship campaign, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.
They follow the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden on the list of countries who have been hit by COVID-19 cases before the tournament kicks off later on Friday.But Belgium's Courtois shrugged off any potential unease at a news conference on Friday ahead of the Group B clash.
“It is not something that frightens us. It is something that has happened a lot over the last season in many leagues,” he said.“We are kind of used to that. It is unfortunate for them but I think we are protected and I don’t think we have a problem with that.”
Belgium face Russia some 18 months after handing their hosts a comprehensive 4-1 beating in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.“When you play against a team that you’ve already played previously, you know them a little better," added Courtois."You know their weak points a little better and that’s always a good thing, although I suppose it could also count against you the other way round. But we know each other well and we are again well prepared for tomorrow. headtopics.com
“The first match, everyone may still play with the handbrake on, so as not to give anything away, especially defensively.“But I hope we will play well from the kick off tomorrow. We play in Russia. We have already won here and hopefully we do it again and it becomes the start of a good month," he said.
Belgium coach Robert Martinez has left talisman Kevin de Bruyne behind to continue his recovery from a double facial fracture suffered in the Champions League final."With De Bruyne it was a medical choice. He had a positive day on the pitch with the squad,” Martinez said of training on Friday before the squad flew to Russia.
“The next two days will be very important (for midfielder De Bruyne) to get back to level, to move freely, to practice before rejoining the squad. He is very happy. The decision has been made to keep him in Belgium, so that he can get fit there."
(Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Ken Ferris) Read more: The Star »
Chickens, cows, apartments offered up in Asia's vaccination lucky draws
BANGKOK (Reuters): Chickens, cows, paid leave, even a million-dollar apartment, these are the prizes on offer from Thailand to Indonesia to Hong Kong for those who get vaccinated against Covid-19 as nations across Asia combat vaccine hesitancy.
Covid-19 (June 10): 5,671 new Covid-19 casesCOVID19 | The Health Ministry today reported 5,671 new Covid-19 cases. More details are expected to be released by the ministry at about 5.30pm today. Qasim was shown in his dream in 2015, that Muslims will be shaken heavily and will end up fighting one another, if they do not believe in the dreams. Many of Qasim’s dreams are now turning into reality for Pakistan & Middle East. Learn more at
Malaysians cautioned on Long Covid or Post-Covid-19 Syndrome | New Straits TimesNSTnation The five symptoms often experienced by former Covid-19 patients were fatigue, difficulty breathing when doing activities (exertional dyspnea), difficulty sleeping at night (insomnia), cough and anxiety. Covid19 Patients Health
Almost 70% of critical Covid-19 cases suffer Long Covid, says D-G | The Malaysian InsightFatigue, breathing difficulties, insomnia, cough, anxiety stay with patients long after discharge.
Congestion at South China ports worsens on anti-Covid-19 measuresBEIJING: Congestion at container shipping ports in southern China is worsening as authorities step up disinfection measures amid a flare-up in COVID-19 cases, causing the biggest backlog since at least 2019
Health Ministry reports 84 Covid-19 deaths today, ICU cases up to 912 | Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, June 11 — The Ministry of Health said today 84 more people have died from Covid-19 today, bringing the total deaths to date to 3,768. One more patient with severe Covid-19 symptoms was added into the intensive care unit (ICU). The total number of ICU patients is now 912, of who 458... We also want to know the figures of death from: 1.Cancer 2.Heart diseases 3.Diabetes 4.Kidney failures 5.Accidents etc., etc....
Record 912 Covid-19 patients in ICU, 6,849 new cases | New Straits TimesKUALA LUMPUR: The number of critical Covid-19 patients in Malaysia has reached a new high with a record number of 912 people placed in intensive care units (ICU).