India posts record Covid-19 cases, 13-fold jump over two months

INDIA’S second wave of Covid-19 infections continued to surge as the country reported a record 115,736 new cases on Wednesday (7), which was a 13-fold increase in just over two months. The increase in daily infections has put the Narendra Modi-led government under pressure to ramp up the vaccination drive. The federal government has asked […]

UK begins rollout of Moderna vaccine as daily shots slows

BRITAIN has rolled out Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday (7) in Wales as its stock of other shots has fallen due to a supply crunch from AstraZeneca. In the race to vaccinate its population, Britain is ahead of the rest of Europe with almost half of its citizens having had taken a first dose. But […]

India’s Serum Institute seeks financial help from the government

RESTRICTIONS on exporting its Covid vaccines have left India’s Serum Institute needing financial help from the government, its CEO said, with the world’s largest jab manufacturer under pressure at home from soaring cases. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s government last month put the brakes on exports of AstraZeneca jabs made by the Serum Institute of India […]

India’s capital imposes night curfew as Covid-19 cases surge

THE Indian capital on Tuesday (6) imposed an immediate night curfew a day after the nation posted a record coronavirus surge, with financial hub Mumbai also introducing similar restrictions. Alarm has grown since India passed more than 100,000 new cases in a single day for the first time on Monday (5). New Delhi, which is […]

UK health regulator may restrict AstraZeneca jab for younger people, report says

AMID concerns over rare blood clots events in younger people, Britain’s health regulator is considering a proposal to restrict the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, according to a Channel 4 News report. “Two senior sources have told this programme that while the data is still unclear, there are growing arguments to justify offering younger people […]

Targets will be met despite less supply of Covid-19 jabs, says Zahawi

BRITAIN is racing to find a balance between demand and supply for Covid-19 shots, but its vaccines minister is confident that targets will be met despite constraints. The country’s Covid-19 vaccine programme will receive a boost with Moderna jabs set to be rolled out in mid-April. Nadhim Zahawi said the UK will distribute 12 million […]

Indian states urge Modi to widen vaccinations as second Covid-19 wave hits country

MANY Indian state leaders have asked prime minister Narendra Modi to open up vaccinations to most of the country’s hundreds of millions of adults, following a second surge in infections that has eclipsed the first wave. India breached the grim milestone of 100,000 daily infections for the first time on Monday (5), and cases jumped […]

17-year-old from Birmingham helps UK arrivals dodge Covid tests

A 17-year-old’s scam of false paperwork to help UK-bound travellers pass border checks has set off an alarm when the country is slowly coming out of lockdown restrictions. Malik Younas Fazal with false invoices for which he charges £80, is aiding UK arrivals dodge Covid-19 tests while in quarantine. Since mid-February, all arrivals in the […]

Covid-19: Deaths, new infections in UK plummet

UK is now witnessing a decline in its daily Covid-19 deaths and new infections, with the country having had eased restrictions. On Sunday (4), UK recorded just 10 coronavirus deaths as new daily Covid-19 infections fell to 2,297. According to reports, in the past 24 hours 97,328 people received their first dose of a vaccine, […]

New drive allows people in England to take a Covid-19 test twice a week

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (5) everyone in England will be able to take a Covid-19 test twice a week in a new drive to track the pandemic as society reopens and the vaccine rollout continues at its rapid rate. Johnson, who is expected to confirm plans to relaunch international travel and […]


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