A New Coronavirus Variant Is Spreading in New York, Researchers Report

A new form of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in New York City, and it carries a worrisome mutation that may weaken the effectiveness of vaccines, two teams of researchers have found. The new variant, called B.1.526, first appeared in samples collected in the city in November. By the middle of this month, it accounted […]

Russia’s Lavrov slams West for coronavirus pandemic ‘selfishness’

GENEVA: The United States is seeking a return to the UN Human Rights Council, three years after former president Donald Trump’s administration withdrew, the US top diplomat told the rights body Wednesday.“I’m pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term,” US Secretary of State Antony […]

Biden boosts lending to small businesses hit by coronavirus woes

For two weeks starting this week, the Small Business Administration will only take applications for PPP loans from firms with fewer than 20 employees. United States President Joe Biden will launch changes on Monday to the main US coronavirus aid programme for small businesses to try to reach smaller, minority-owned firms and sole proprietors left […]

Israel’s coronavirus vaccines wielding political power

Forget about oil and arms. Coronavirus vaccines are emerging as the newest currency of choice in the Middle East. Israel’s reopening of its economy, combined with a murky prisoner swap with Syria and the arrival of a batch of vaccines in the Gaza Strip, have all underscored how those with access to the vaccines have […]

Positive Coronavirus Test? Canadians Worry Their Neighbors Will Find Out

Few victims of public shaming have become as famous as Mr. Cronk, the New Brunswicker who contracted coronavirus on a business trip. He initially had no symptoms, so was not required to self-isolate upon returning, he said. Nine days later, he exhibited a few symptoms and tested positive for the coronavirus, so the health department […]

Coronavirus, Texas, Mars: Your Weekend Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead. 1. 500,000 deaths. Roughly one year since the first known coronavirus-related death was reported in the U.S., an unfathomable toll is nearing — the loss of half a million people. As of Sunday, the pandemic […]

In Naples, Muslim families struggle to bury coronavirus victims

Naples, Italy – When Ahmed Aden Mohamed brought his mother, Zahra Gassim Alio, to the hospital with knee pain, he never imagined that it would be the last time he saw her alive. After a series of complications, Alio was exposed to the coronavirus and died soon after. When he went to the hospital to […]

‘Worrying’ new coronavirus variant detected in UK

NEW DELHI: When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in India, there were fears it would sink the fragile health system of the world’s second-most populous country. Infections climbed dramatically for months and at one point India looked like it might overtake the United States as the country with the highest case toll.But infections began to […]

Is coronavirus putting Europe’s Roma further behind?

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Experts puzzled by dramatic fall in coronavirus cases in India

When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in India, there were fears it would sink the fragile health system of the world’s second-most populous country. But infections began to plummet in September, and now the country is reporting about 11,000 new cases a day, compared with a peak of nearly 100,000, leaving experts perplexed. Experts have […]

India’s dramatic fall in coronavirus cases leaves experts stumped

Author:  AP article author:  AP ID:  1613455579341938800 Tue, 2021-02-16 05:58 NEW DELHI: When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in India, there were fears it would sink the fragile health system of the world’s second-most populous country. Infections climbed dramatically for months and at one point India looked like it might overtake the United States as […]

Melbourne enters new coronavirus lockdown

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1613111491946398100 Fri, 2021-02-12 05:48 SYDNEY: Australia’s second-most populous city will enter a five-day snap coronavirus lockdown, authorities said on Friday, barring spectators for much of the Australian Open tennis tournament. A fresh COVID-19 cluster linked to a quarantine hotel in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria state, reached 13 cases […]

Kent coronavirus variant set to ‘sweep world’, says UK scientist

Strain first detected in England, which may be 30 percent more lethal than other variants, has spread to more than 50 countries. The coronavirus variant first recorded in southeast England is likely to “sweep the world” and become the most dominant global strain, the head of the United Kingdom’s genetic surveillance programme says, as concerns […]

Expert: Vaccines will reduce coronavirus to ‘sniffles’

LONDON: Vaccinations will reduce the impact of COVID-19 from grave illness to mere “sniffles,” according to an Oxford Vaccine Group expert. Prof. Andrew Pollard told British MPs that he believes the recently introduced vaccines will “have a huge impact on transmission.” Fears have risen in recent days that new variants of COVID-19 might be vaccine […]

WHO team in Wuhan says coronavirus source ‘remains unidentified’

Experts also says there was no substantial spread of SARS-COV-2 in Wuhan before the late 2019 outbreak. An expert mission from the World Health Organization (WHO) investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in China has said it was yet to identify the animal source of the SARS-COV-2 virus, which has so far killed more […]

Russia reports 15,916 new coronavirus cases, 407 deaths

article author:  Reuters Author:  Reuters ID:  1612769673989415200 Mon, 2021-02-08 07:30 MOSCOW: Russia on Monday reported 15,916 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, including 1,728 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 3,983,197. Authorities also reported an additional 407 deaths, raising the official total to 77,068. Main category:  World . Source link

The coronavirus vaccine divide: In maps and charts

So far, at least 107 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered by 78 countries around the world according to Our World in Data, a non-profit online scientific publication based at the University of Oxford. Of those doses, more than half were given in the United States (34 million), the European Union (14 million) and the […]

Iran receives first coronavirus vaccine delivery from Russia

Iran’s ambassador to Russia previously said the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines would consist of 10,000 doses. Iran has received its first batch of foreign-made coronavirus vaccines, as the Middle East’s worst-hit country in terms of deaths seeks to stem the pandemic. “The first shipment of vaccines from Moscow … has landed at Imam Khomeini […]

Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 14,211

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1612417171716049000 Thu, 2021-02-04 05:02 BERLIN: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 14,211 to 2,252,001, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday. The reported death toll rose by 786 to 59,742, the tally showed. Main category:  World Tags:  Coronavirus . […]

Czech Republic’s coronavirus cases surpass one million

PERTH: At least 71 homes have been destroyed in a bushfire raging out of control near Australia’s fourth-biggest city Perth, authorities said Wednesday, as they told residents to ignore a coronavirus lockdown and leave threatened areas.The blaze has torn through swathes of land in the Perth Hills and was moving toward more densely populated areas.Six […]

More than half of New Delhi may have had coronavirus: Study

More than half of capital’s 20 million inhabitants exposed to coronavirus and developed antibodies, serological study shows. More than half of New Delhi’s 20 million inhabitants may have been infected with the coronavirus, according to a government serological survey whose findings echoed earlier private-sector research. India has reported 10.8 million COVID-19 infections, the most anywhere […]

Mapping coronavirus anti-lockdown protests around the world

Since the start of 2021, a growing number of countries have seen street demonstrations, some of which have turned violent, against government measures implemented to fight COVID-19. Over the same period, nearly 100 countries have imposed nationwide lockdowns or stay-at-home orders, nearly one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Europe […]