As Russia shuts down, Putin ‘can’t understand what’s going on’ with vaccine hesitancy

“We have a reliable and efficient vaccine. The vaccine really reduces the risks of illness, grave complications and death,” he said.  Russia Wednesday reported 1,028 new coronavirus deaths, the highest 24-hour death toll in the country since the start of the pandemic. Putin said he didn’t understand the vaccine hesitancy in the country, even amongContinue reading “As Russia shuts down, Putin ‘can’t understand what’s going on’ with vaccine hesitancy”

Flights cancelled, schools closed as China fights new COVID-19 outbreak

Authorities in China cancelled hundreds of flights, closed schools and ramped up mass testing on Thursday (Oct 21) to try and stamp out a new COVID-19 outbreak linked to a group of tourists. Beijing has maintained a relentless zero-COVID approach with strict border closures and targeted lockdowns, even as other countries tentatively try to easeContinue reading “Flights cancelled, schools closed as China fights new COVID-19 outbreak”

Moscow to shut shops, schools as COVID-19 deaths soar

Authorities in Moscow on Thursday announced plans to shut restaurants, cinemas and non-food stores and introduce other restrictions later this month, as Russia registered the highest daily numbers of new coronavirus infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic. The government coronavirus task force reported 36,339 new confirmed infections and 1,036 deaths in theContinue reading “Moscow to shut shops, schools as COVID-19 deaths soar”

Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters, arrest nearly 270

Australia’s police arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney on Saturday at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers were injured in clashes with protesters. Victoria police said six officers required hospitalisation. Several officers were knocked to the ground and trampled, the police said and television footage showed. About 700 people managed toContinue reading “Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters, arrest nearly 270”

Argentina’s president charged with allegedly breaking quarantine

The case against Fernandez has grabbed headlines after Argentina imposed stricter lockdowns on the public. Argentinian prosecutors charged President Alberto Fernandez with allegedly breaking a mandatory quarantine when he and his partner hosted a birthday party with friends last year. Local media outlets Dailies Clarin and La Nacion reported the news, citing prosecutors, who didContinue reading “Argentina’s president charged with allegedly breaking quarantine”

Covid: Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters

Police in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney have clashed with thousands of people protesting against Covid lockdowns. In Melbourne, mounted officers used pepper spray when elements of a 4,000-strong rally broke through police lines. Police arrested 218 people, and at least seven officers were injured. In Sydney, where lockdown measures have been extendedContinue reading “Covid: Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters”

UK PM Johnson reverses plan to skip quarantine after COVID exposure

PM U-turns after backlash, will now self-isolate Plan to dodge full quarantine lasted less than three hours ‘Freedom Day’ plans to go ahead despite surging cases Johnson pleads with public to take cautious approach British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak will both self-isolate in line with national guidance, abandoning heavily criticisedContinue reading “UK PM Johnson reverses plan to skip quarantine after COVID exposure”

Seoul heads for lockdown as infections spiral in South Korea

Another 1,378 cases on Friday as authorities warn new case numbers may nearly double by the end of July South Korea posted its highest ever number of new daily Covid-19 infections within 24 hours, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency has said, in a third consecutive day of record high new infections. Starting onContinue reading “Seoul heads for lockdown as infections spiral in South Korea”

Australia reports first 2021 local COVID-19 death, highest case number

Australia reported its first locally contracted COVID-19 death of the year on Sunday and a 2021 record 77 new cases of the virus in the state of New South Wales, which is battling an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant. State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the numbers in and around the country’s biggest cityContinue reading “Australia reports first 2021 local COVID-19 death, highest case number”

UK students want tuition fees refunded as they face third year online

Universities are still waiting for clarity on social-distancing rules before deciding on mix of teaching, Observer survey finds Students are facing a third successive year of online learning, after an Observer analysis suggested that most universities are planning to offer a mix of in-person seminars and online lectures when term begins again this autumn. It prompted freshContinue reading “UK students want tuition fees refunded as they face third year online”

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