Qatar reimposes restrictions amid surge in COVID-19 infections

The measures affect education, leisure and business activities as the Gulf country seeks to head off a potential second wave. Qatar has reimposed a series of coronavirus-related restrictions on education, leisure and business activities, including closing indoor swimming pools and theme parks and restricting restaurant capacities. The measures came into effect on Thursday, a day […]

Chinese cities using anal swabs to screen COVID infections

Study shows virus traces in faecal samples could remain detectable for a longer time and provide more accurate test results. Some Chinese cities are using samples taken from the anus to detect potential COVID-19 infections as China steps up screening to make sure no potential carrier of the new coronavirus is missed ahead of next […]

Fauci says COVID infections might be plateauing in the US

Dr Anthony Fauci says new US administration is also seeking to increase production of coronavirus vaccines. The top US infectious disease expert has said that based on recent seven-day averages, coronavirus infections may be about to hit a plateau in the United States. “Well, obviously we’re still in a very serious situation,” Dr Anthony Fauci […]

New wave: China’s COVID infections cloud economic recovery

From cancelled hotel bookings ahead of the Lunar New Year to steel piled up at mills because of transport curbs in Hebei province, China’s battle against a new wave of COVID-19 infections clouds what has been a dramatic economic recovery. New coronavirus cases in China are at 10-month highs, prompting the lockdown of 28 million people in two […]

Germany hits 2 million infections as WHO tackles new strains

FRANKFURT AM MAIN: Germany on Friday passed two million coronavirus cases as a World Health Organization emergency committee readied to issue advice on stemming the spread of new, more contagious strains of the disease.The surge in Europe’s biggest economy came as countries on the continent again tightened restrictions, with Portugal entering a fresh lockdown and […]

Israel shuts down Ramon prison due to COVID infections

Palestinian NGO said the increase in virus cases among Israeli jailers is the ‘first source of transmission’ to prisoners. Israeli prison authorities have closed down the Ramon prison after detecting several coronavirus infections among prisoners and guards, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS). There was no comment from Israeli authorities but the PPS said […]

South Africa records one million infections.

On Sunday, reported coronavirus infections in South Africa surpassed one million since the start of the pandemic. The country has now recorded 1,004,413 cases and 26,735 deaths. With one of the strictest initial lockdowns in the world, South Africa avoided the high death toll that many experts feared. As restrictions eased in the last quarter […]

Thailand confirms 427 new coronavirus infections

WASHINGTON: The House easily passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package Monday night that would finally deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.Lawmakers tacked on a $1.4 trillion catchall spending bill and thousands of pages of other end-of-session business in […]

COVID-19 infections ‘drop 30%’ during second English lockdown

London, United Kingdom – A second lockdown in England reduced COVID-19 infections by 30 percent, according to the results of a new large-scale study. The findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI’s React-1 study, published on Monday, suggest that 96 people per 10,000 contracted the novel coronavirus between November 13-24. The second lockdown, soon […]