Indian toll surpasses UK’s as global Covid-19 deaths cross 750,000

INDIA’S coronavirus death toll overtook Britain’s to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases on Friday (14). India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours. Its total rose to 48,040 deaths, behind the US (163,000), Brazil (105,463) and Mexico (55,293). As the global toll crossed 751,000, the UK […]

Priest who shared stage with India’s Modi tests positive for Covid-19

INDIA reported another record jump in its surging coronavirus cases on Thursday (13) with nearly 67,000 new infections, among them a religious leader who shared a stage with prime minister Narendra Modi during a ceremony to launch construction of a grand temple in Ayodhya. Nritya Gopal Das, an 82-year-old Hindu priest, was the latest public figure […]

Independent group of UK scientists questions government’s pandemic response

AS Britain navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic, the government insists that science is guiding its decisions. But a self-appointed group of independent experts says it sees little in Britain’s response that is evidence-based, especially after an upturn in new cases forced a delay in lifting more lockdown restrictions. Unlike in other European countries […]

Pakistan rolls back social distancing restrictions as virus counts drop

Pakistanis flocked to gyms, salons and restaurants that opened on Monday for the first time in five months after being shut to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The South Asian country has recorded more than 280,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 6,100 deaths, but has seen a slowing of numbers since June, when it […]

World surpasses 20 million coronavirus cases, WHO warns against despair

THE coronavirus pandemic chalked up another horrific milestone Monday as the world surpassed 20 million recorded cases of infection from the tiny killer that has upended life just about everywhere. The number as on Tuesday (11) was 20,002,577 cases, with 733,842 deaths recorded, according to official sources. In yet another staggering landmark, the death toll […]

Former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee contracts COVID-19 as infection surge continues

Former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee was put on ventilator support after undergoing surgery having contracted COVID-19, local media reported on Tuesday, quoting unidentified sources at the military hospital in New Delhi where he is admitted. The reports on Mukherjee, 84, who served as president between 2012 and 2017, came as the federal health ministry once […]

Modi urges most-populous Indian states to ‘defeat corona’ by ramping up testing

INDIA’S ability to rein in a surging coronavirus outbreak hinges on its 10 most populous states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday (11), urging regional leaders to ramp up testing and contact tracing. India has more than 2.2 million confirmed coronavirus infections, the third highest tally after the US and Brazil. “If we can defeat […]

Putin says daughter was part of ‘experiment’ as Russia approves Covid-19 vaccine

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (11) that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, after less than two months of human testing. Reports said Moscow had already received requests from more than 20 countries for one billion doses of its newly-registered Covid-19 vaccine — named ‘Sputnik V’ […]

‘Can’t protect every job’, says Rishi Sunak as UK suffers biggest employment fall since 2009

THE number of people in work in Britain fell by the most since 2009 in the three months through June as the coronavirus crisis took a heavy toll on the labour market. Led by a record plunge in self-employed workers, there were 220,000 less people employed in the second quarter, the Office for National Statistics said on […]

Getting kids back in schools is country”s ”moral duty” after COVID-19 lockdown: Boris Johnson

UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday said it is the country’s “moral duty” to get children back into schools after the COVID-19 lockdown as a matter of priority to safeguard their health and mental wellbeing. During a visit to a school in east London, he sent out a message for teachers’ unions to work […]

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