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French ski resort a slippery slope to virus for Ukraine MPs: Report

first_imgSeveral Ukrainian political figures who holidayed at a French ski resort have caught the coronavirus, and passed it on to others, a magazine reported Friday.At least five deputies in the Ukrainian parliament, plus a judge, have caught the “Courchevel virus” according to the Novole Vremia weekly. One of the MPs who caught the disease, Serghi Shakhov, and judge Viktoria Djarty confirmed that they had visited the Courchevel resort in the French Alps, which is very popular with Ukrainians and Russians, around March 18 which is a holiday in Ukraine.Some fellow deputies caught the virus from Shakhov upon his return from France and had to be hospitalised and quarantined, according to the magazine.Andriy Bohdan, a former head of Ukraine’s  presidential administration, also took a holiday at Courchevel in March.He posted a photo of his COVID-19 test on Facebook, saying it was “negative”.Businessman Valery Khoroshkovsky, former head of the Ukraine secret service, was one of those hospitalised Ukraine authorities have cordoned off a wealthy Kiev suburb where 30 of the country’s 942 coronavirus cases have been recorded.In Russia, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has pointed to the Courchevel resort as a source of the virus.”Many” Muscovites have come back from the French ski resort, bringing the virus back in their suitcases,” he said in late March.Ski stations in Austria and the United States have also been hit by the virus, according to media reports. Topics :last_img read more

Australian Open Super Series: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal reach quarters

first_imgRio-Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu produced a spectacular performance as she fended off Chen Xiaoxin of China in straight games to cement her place in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open Super Series on Thursday.The fifth-seed remained dominated throughout the match as she clinched a comfortable 21-13, 21-18 win over Xiaoxin in a second-round women’s singles clash that lasted 46 minutes at the Sydney Olympic Park. (Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth progress to Australian Open quarter-finals)With the win, Sindhu has now set up a clash against top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan for a place in the last-four.In another women’s singles clash, Indian tennis ace Saina Nehwal also secured a last-eight berth in the tournament after beating Malaysia’s Soniia Cheah.After comfortably winning the first game, Nehwal went down in the second before she bounced back to clinch a 21-15, 20-22, 21-14 triumph over her Malaysian opponent.Nehwal will now meet sixth-ranked SUN Yu, who made it to the quarter-finals following a 21-14, 21-17 win over Jang Mi LEE of Korea.Meanwhile, the Indian women’s double pair of Ashwini Ponappa and N. Sikki Reddy suffered a major blow as they bowed out of the tournament after going down 21-18, 18-21, 13-21 against the Japanese team of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto in an encounter that lasted one hour and five minutes.last_img read more