Day: February 6, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak on cruise ship sends Australian couple ‘stir crazy’ as thousands confined to cabins

Queensland couple Paul and Coralie Williamson will spend the next fortnight confined to their cabin aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan amid a coronavirus outbreak that has struck down 20 people so far. While their health is fine, they face a major mental challenge surviving in the cramped space. “It’s got an ensuite, but we can’t both walk past the end of the bed at the same time, so you know it is smaller than a motel room,” Ms Williamson said. However, the pair consider themselves the lucky ones as their room boasts a balcony and fresh...

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Himachal sunny, but in many places mercury stays below zero

Shimla, Feb 5 (IANS) It was a bright sunny day on Wednesday in Himachal Pradesh but temperatures in the picturesque tourist resorts of Shimla, Dalhousie and Manali stayed below or close to sub-zero. The meteorological office here said that a mild western disturbance would be active in the region on Thursday, with temperatures forecast to remain abnormally low till the weekend. “It was another bright and sunny day almost all across the state,” an official of the Met office told IANS. However, the minimum temperature in Shimla was minus 0.4 degree. Destinations near Shimla like Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda...

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6.3-magnitude quake jolts Bali, no tsunami alert issued

Jakarta, Feb 6 (IANS) A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday, but authorities did not issue a tsunami alert. The quake struck at 1.12 a.m. on Thursday, with the epicentre at 69 km northeast Bangkalan of East Java province and the depth at 636 km under sea bed, an official said. “The centre of the quake is very deep. It did not potentially trigger tsunami, so we did not issue a warning for that,” he told Xinhua news agency. The intensity of the quake was felt 2 to 3 MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) in...

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