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Millions of children missing school in India COVID outbreak

Pakistan's doctors concerned over early lifting of lockdown

A high-level warning on the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan as it relaxes coronavirus restrictions.

Days after Pakistan lifted its partial coronavirus lockdown the health minister of Sindh province says it was too soon.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Sindh health minister, Dr Azra Pechuho said a second wave of the coronavirus could be worse for the economy than keeping restrictions and lockdown measures in place a little longer.

Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi reports from Karachi, Pakistan.

Virtual tours take off globally in times of coronavirus

How virtual tourism is providing an escape from reality during this pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted international travel and tourism.

From immersive tours to sofa safaris, technology and immersive tours are helping some people get as close as they can to the real thing.

Al Jazeera’s Priyanka Gupta reports.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.73 per share

Below are the earnings highlights for Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (BAM):

-Earnings: -$656 million in Q2 vs. $399 million in the same period last year.
-EPS: -$0.43 in Q2 vs. $0.24 in the same period last year.
-Excluding items, Brookfield Asset Management Inc. reported adjusted earnings of $1.16 billion or $0.73 per share for the period.
-Revenue: $12.83 billion in Q2 vs. $16.92 billion in the same period last year.

WD-40 Company Recalls About 130k Units Of X-14 Mildew Stain Remover

WD-40 Company recalled about 130,000 units of X-14 Mildew Stain Remover for potential risk of skin irritation, a statement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) showed.

The company said pressure can build up inside the bottle and cause it to fall over and leak, posing a risk of skin irritation.

X-14 Mildew Stain Remover is a bathroom cleaning product used to remove mildew and stains from grout, tile, vinyl, and plastic surfaces.

The recall involves only the 16 and 32 ounce bottles of X-14 Mildew Stain Remover, with lot code between 20052 O and 20127 O, which can be found on the back of the bottle. X-14 Mildew Stain Remover is printed on the front of the blue plastic spray bottle.

The company said it has not yet received any reports of incidents or injuries involving the recalled product.

WD-40 Company urged customers to immediately stop using the recalled stain remover and contact it for instructions on how to dispose of the product or return it to receive a full refund.

The stain remover was made in the U.S. by Maumee, Ohio-based Spartan Chemical Co., Inc., and distributed by San Diego, California-based WD-40 Company.

They were sold at Amazon.com, Ace Hardware, Publix, Do It Best Hardware, and other retail stores (not sold in California stores) from March 2020 through July 2020 for between $4 and $5.

Vertafore To Be Acquired By Roper Technologies; Terms Not Disclosed – Quick Facts

Insurance technology firm Vertafore announced Thursday that it will be acquired by diversified technology company Roper Technologies, Inc. (ROP) from Bain Capital Private Equity and Vista Equity Partners. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. As part of the Roper family of companies, Vertafore will continue to be led by Amy Zupon as its chief executive officer.

Since 2016, Vertafore has added more than 500 employees and improved its customer net promoter score by 200%, while meaningfully increasing its annual recurring sales and investment in its products.

Loans Through Mobile Phones Cut in Half in Kenya, KCB Bank Says

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Kenya’s second-biggest bank said loans issued via mobile phones almost halved in the first six months of the year, indicating that the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is hitting lower-income earners hardest.

Monthly disbursements by KCB Group Plc averaged 4 billion shillings ($36.9 million) to 5 billion shillings, down from 7 billion shillings to 8 billion shillings before the outbreak, and defaults have more than tripled, according to Chief Executive Officer Joshua Oigara.

Many of the bank’s mobile loan customers are from the informal sector. “Because we are not providing any moratorium or extensions to them, then they are facing problems of payment,” Oigara said in an interview Thursday.

In addition to booking fewer mobile loans, KCB is losing as much as 150 million shillings monthly after the central bank waived costs for many mobile-banking transactions.

Still, the lender forecasts overall loans will grow by about 10% this year, boosted by demand from the manufacturing, transport, trade, retail and construction industries, Oigara said.

Read more:KCB Group 1H Profit Plunges 40% After Tough Second Quarter

Millions of children missing school in India COVID outbreak

Coronavirus restrictions and lack of access mean millions of children losing out on their education.

India’s schools have been shut for five months now because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Some schools have moved classes online, but millions of children do not have access to computers, phones, internet, televisions or even electricity.

Not wanting children to miss out entirely, some volunteers are setting up free classes, and the state of Kerala has set up classes that are more accessible.

Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi, India.