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India reports over 200 000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours
This week, India became the country with the second-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases globally.
Haridwar: Hundreds test positive for Covid at Kumbh Mela
Hundreds of devotees, including nine top saints, have tested positive for Covid-19 in India's Haridwar city where huge crowds have gathered to participate in the Kumbh Mela festival.
Myanmar protesters throw red paint in the streets as death toll mounts
Anti-coup protesters in Myanmar sloshed red paint in the streets on Wednesday to symbolise the blood spilled and more than 700 lives lost in a brutal military crackdown.
Brexit's played a part in threatening Northern Ireland's fragile peace. But it's not the only factor
Cars set alight. Petrol bombs hurled at police and at peace walls. A double decker bus hijacked, and water cannons unleashed on protestors for the first time in six years.
English variant not linked to more serious infections: study
The English variant of the novel coronavirus does not increase the severity of Covid-19 compared to other strains, according to research published Tuesday that also confirmed its increased transmissibility.
NGO Working Globally to Keep China's Forced Confessions Off TV
In 2016, the Swedish human rights activist Peter Dahlin appeared on Chinese state television CCTV to say he had "caused harm to the Chinese government," and "hurt the feelings of the Chinese people," a confession made after about two weeks of questioning in a secret Beijing detention center.
No ‘significant impact’ from J&J vaccine pause: White House
The White House on Tuesday played down the impact of a decision to pause the rollout of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine on the wider US vaccination effort.
WHO urges ban on sale of live wild mammals in food markets
The World Health Organization on Tuesday called for a halt to the sale of live wild mammals in food markets to prevent the emergence of new diseases.
Chinese official says local vaccines 'don't have high protection rates'
China's top disease control official has said the efficacy of the country's Covid vaccines is low, in a rare admission of weakness.
EU police agency warns Covid pandemic is fuelling rise in organised crime
The coronavirus pandemic could fuel organised crime for years to come in Europe, the EU's policing agency warned Monday in its latest report. On top of the existing cocaine market, gangs are now turning to fake Covid vaccines, counterfeit health products and cybercrime to take advantage of the crisis.
India supports WHO’s call on China to share comprehensive COVID-19 origins data
The Indian government has expressed full support for World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ assurance that future collaborative studies will include more timely and comprehensive data sharing even as he raised concern over China’s continued delay in releasing Covid-19 information, including original data and samples.
London wins ‘super prime’ property hot spot: survey
London beat Hong Kong and New York to become the most popular city to buy ultra-luxurious residential property last year despite Brexit and Covid, a study showed Monday.
Prince Philip: The Vanuatu tribes mourning the death of their 'god'
As Britain mourns the death of Prince Philip, they are joined by a tribal community on a Pacific island half a world away.
China hasn't been forthright on Covid, Blinken says
""That's why we need to get to the bottom of this,"" he said of Covid's origins.
Husband’s death has left ‘huge void’ for Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II has been left bereft at the death of her husband, Prince Philip, one of the couple’s sons said on Sunday, as prayers were said at memorial services across Britain.
India records 152 879 new Covid-19 cases in highest single-day surge
In the highest single-day spike, India reported more than 152 000 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday. This is the fifth consecutive day when more than 100 000 cases have been reported in the country.
Myanmar’s post-coup civilian death toll climbs past 700
A security guard was wounded in a bomb blast outside a military-owned bank in Myanmar’s second-biggest city Sunday morning, as the civilian death toll from the junta’s brutal crackdown on dissent topped more than 700 at the weekend.
COVID-19: Vaccines have prevented 10,400 deaths in older adults, Public Health England says
PHE says there is ""increasing evidence that vaccines help to reduce transmission"" and they save ""hundreds of lives every day"".
Pfizer requests authorization in the US to use covid vaccine in teenagers
The pharmaceutical alliance Pfizer / BioNTech on Friday (9) asked US authorities for authorization to expand the emergency use of its covid-19 vaccine for young people between 12 and 15 years old.
Covax: How will Covid vaccines be shared around the world?
Vaccines against Covid-19 are being shipped out across the world as part of an international effort to tackle a pandemic that continues to wreak havoc globally.
Covid-19: Why have deaths soared in Brazil?
Brazil has recorded more than 330,000 deaths from Covid, second only to the United States, and experts are warning the current surge in cases may not peak for several weeks.
Czech vaccines: European rights court backs mandatory pre-school jabs
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has backed the Czech Republic in its requirement for mandatory pre-school vaccinations.
India suffers vaccine shortages as virus surges
Vaccination centres in parts of India turned people away on Thursday and large parts of the country reportedly ran low on doses, just as infections rose at their fastest rate since the pandemic began.
Northern Ireland violence condemned as lawmakers hold emergency debate
The British and Irish governments on Thursday condemned a fresh spasm of violence in Northern Ireland involving petrol bombs, as the region’s lawmakers headed into emergency talks.