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Heathrow airport. The government has scrapped the traffic light system and replaced it with a pared-down ‘red’ list of countries with quarantine restrictions for arrivals.

Half-Term Holiday Bookings Jump 200% After UK Travel Changes

The Guardian HALF-TERM holiday bookings have jumped by 200% compared with August since the government announced a relaxation of travel rules in England, the travel firm Thomas Cook has said. On Friday, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, unveiled plans to simplify the Covid rules around trips abroad from next month, scrapping the traffic light system and

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan Rolls Out Homegrown Vaccine Amid Criticism

BBC TAIWAN has begun administering its first domestically developed Covid-19 vaccine, amid criticism that its approval was rushed.  The island’s health ministry authorised emergency use of the Medigen vaccine last month although clinical trials are yet to be completed. Taiwan’s vaccination efforts have been hampered by delivery delays and hesitancy amongst its population. President Tsai

150 Workers In US Hospital Lose Jobs For Refusing Vaccination

Sky News More than 150 workers at a Houston hospital system have resigned or been fired after refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Houston Methodist told its employees in April that they had to get vaccinated by 7 June, the first major US healthcare system to make the jabs compulsory. Some 178 people refused and

WHO Says Richer Countries Hoarding Covid Vaccines

BBC A large number of poorer countries receiving Covid-19 vaccines through a global sharing scheme do not have enough doses to continue programmes, the World Health Organization has said. WHO senior adviser Dr Bruce Aylward said the Covax programme had delivered 90 million doses to 131 countries. But he said this was nowhere near enough

Brazil Hits 500 000 Covid Deaths Amid ‘Critical’ Situation

BBC THE number of deaths related to Covid-19 has passed 500,000 in Brazil, the second highest in the world, as experts say the outbreak could worsen amid slow vaccination and the start of winter. The virus continues to spread as President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to back measures like social distancing. The health institute Fiocruz says

Covid: EU Approves Pfizer-BioNTech Jab For 12-15 Year Olds

BBC The EU’s medicines agency (EMA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-15 year olds – the first jab allowed for this age group in the bloc. Individual member states must now decide if they will offer the jab to children. German leaders gave the green light on Thursday. The US and Canada approved the

Now late...William Shakespeare

World’s First Man To Get Covid-19 Jab Dies Aged 81

MailOnline William Shakespeare, the first man in the world to have the Covid-19 jab, has died in hospital. Tributes were paid to the proud Coventry pensioner, 81, who hit global headlines on December 8 after being vaccinated at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. His picture appeared on front pages across the world – much to both his

Sniffer Dogs Are 94% Accurate At Detecting Covid

MailOnline Sniffer dogs are more effective than rapid tests at detecting cases of Covid-19 and could soon be deployed at airports, according to a major British study. Researchers found coronavirus has a ‘distinctive odour’ that means specially-trained medical detection dogs can identify infected people, even those without symptoms. Astonishingly, the dogs are able to detect

India: 150 Rotting Bodies Of Covid Victims Wash Up On River Banks

Mail OnLine More than 150 bodies of suspected coronavirus patients have been dumped into the River Ganges amid fears that relatives could not bury or cremate them in latest shocking scene laying India’s crisis bare. The health ministry recorded another 366,161 infections and 3,754 deaths on Monday – both figures are almost certainly undercounts as

WHO Approves Chinese Sinopharm Vaccine

BBC THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has granted emergency approval for the Covid vaccine made by Chinese company Sinopharm. It is the first vaccine developed by a non-Western country to get WHO backing. The vaccine has already been given to millions of people in China and elsewhere. The WHO had previously only approved the vaccines

Lifesaving Oxygen Aid Arrives In India As Death Toll Hits New Record

AFP Mumbai: More emergency medical aid from foreign donors to alleviate a dire oxygen shortage arrived in India on Sunday, as COVID-19 deaths in the South Asian nation rose to a new record. India is setting almost daily records for new infections and deaths as the virus crisis engulfs overstretched hospitals in cities and spreads

Australia Now Makes It Illegal For Citizens To Return From Covid Hit India

BBC Australian citizens returning home from India could face up to five years in jail and fines after the government made the journey temporarily illegal. The health ministry said the ruling had been made “based on the proportion of people in quarantine who have acquired a Covid-19 infection in India”. Earlier this week, Australia banned

Global Aid Arrives In India To Combat Deadly Covid Crisis

BBC INTERNATIONAL aid has been arriving in India and a number of countries have pledged to join in the fight against Covid, as the country’s healthcare is system pushed to the brink of collapse by a deadly second wave. On Tuesday morning, a flight from the UK carrying vital medical supplies including ventilators landed. Six oxygen

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82 Covid Patients Dead In Iraq After Hospital Fire

BBC AT LEAST 82 people have been killed in a fire at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in the capital of Iraq, Baghdad. More than 100 others were injured in the blaze, which erupted at the Ibn Khatib hospital on Saturday night. Reports say an accident had caused an oxygen tank to explode, sparking the

India Sets Global Record For New Covid Cases Amid Oxygen Shortage

BBC INDIA has reported 314,835 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours – the highest one-day tally recorded anywhere in the world. Deaths rose by 2,104 in the same time period, India’s worst daily toll. It brings the country’s total confirmed cases close to 16 million, second only to the US’s 31.9 million. India

Covid: Canada Sounds The Alarm As Cases Overtake US

BBC The rate of coronavirus infections in Canada’s biggest province has reached an all-time high as hospitals warn they are close to being overwhelmed. A panel of experts say infections in Ontario could increase by 600% by June if public health measures are weak and vaccination rates do not pick up. Last week, for the

UK Dog Vomiting Linked To Covid

Daily Mail As Covid-19 ravaged the world at the start of 2020, dogs in the UK were suffering an outbreak of another coronavirus, a study has revealed. Reports from concerned owners and disquieted vets at the time indicated more pet pooches than usual were getting ill and severely vomiting. Researchers studying the outbreak now believe