India records over 100,000 single-day Covid recoveries for first time

FOR the first time India reported over 100,000 coronavirus recoveries in a single-day. The country also registered its lowest daily tally of Covid-19 cases in almost a month on Tuesday (22) as it prepares for clinical trials of a potential Russian vaccine in the next few weeks. According to the health ministry India reported 75,083 […]

‘Work from home’: Johnson set to outline national curbs to contain virus surge

BORIS JOHNSON is set to tell people to work from home where possible, and will curb timings for bars and restaurants to tackle a swelling second coronavirus wave. With millions across the UK already under local restrictions, the prime minister will tighten measures in England while stopping short of another full lockdown like he imposed […]

‘Carrot and stick’: UK to pay self-isolating low-paid workers £500, levy up to £10,000 for breaches

LOW-INCOME workers told to self-isolate from Sunday (28) will receive a government lumpsum payment of £500. The government also announced that hefty fines – up to £10,000 – will be levied on people breaching self-isolation rules, in what was described a “carrot and stick approach” on Monday (21). The Test and Trace support payment of […]

Young BAME men face ‘disproportionate impact’ of ‘ambiguous’ Covid-19 rules

By S Neeraj Krishna YOUNG men from black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities were facing a “disproportionate impact” of “unclear and ambiguous” Covid regulations being enforced in the UK, a parliamentary committee has observed. Reports on Monday (21) said the Joint Committee on Human Rights said it was “unacceptable” that “many thousands” of Britons were […]

UK mulls national lockdown as top scientists warn of ‘50,000 cases per day’

By S Neeraj Krishna THE UK is deliberating on a second national lockdown amid warnings that there could be up to 50,000 Covid-19 cases per day by mid-October if infections continue to surge at the current rate. Prime Minister Boris Johnson — who will make a statement in Parliament on Tuesday (22) — confirmed last […]

Taj Mahal reopens even as India coronavirus cases soar

India’s famed Taj Mahal and some schools reopened on Monday (21) as authorities pressed ahead with kickstarting the nation’s coronavirus-battered economy despite soaring infection numbers. India, home to 1.3 billion people and some of the world’s most crowded cities, has recorded more than 5.4 million Covid-19 cases, second only to the United States which it […]

Action on UK’s pandemic disparities ‘needed now more than ever’: Experts

By S Neeraj Krishna HEALTH and social leaders in the UK have cautioned that action to tackle disproportionate impact of the pandemic is “needed now more than ever”. Concerns were raised over the weekend as reports said one-third of Covid-19 patients in intensive care were from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. The British […]

UK faces a ‘tipping point’, says Hancock as he warns of ‘more measures’

BRITAIN is at a pandemic tipping point, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday (20), warning that a second national lockdown could be imposed if people don’t follow government rules designed to stop the spread of the virus. Covid-19 cases have risen sharply in recent weeks, with 3,899 reported over the past 24 hours. Prime […]

England set to levy fines up to £10,000 on Covid-19 rule-breakers

PEOPLE in England who refuse to self-isolate to stop the spread of coronavirus could face fines of up to £10,000 under tough new regulations announced on Saturday (19) to tackle a surge in cases. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had said Britain was “seeing a second wave coming in”, and introduced new restrictions for millions of […]

London curbs ‘increasingly likely’ as UK braces for second wave: Sadiq Khan

By S Neeraj Krishna SADIQ KHAN has urged people to be “as cautious as possible” in the coming days, warning that local lockdown restrictions in London seemed “increasingly likely”. The London mayor said he firmly believed the authorities “should not wait” to take action, noting the soaring infection rate in the capital. His statements came […]