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2021 Tokyo Motor Show cancelled for the first time in 67 years amid pandemic

The Tokyo Motor Show was cancelled for the first time in its 67-year history due to rising coronavirus cases. The cancellation of the event comes even as the organisers of the Summer Olympics push ahead with their plans. It comes as Japan is expected to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and two […]

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Mount Everest: Norwegian climber becomes 1st to test Covid-19 positive on world’s tallest peak

At least one person climbing the Mount Everest in Nepal tested positive for Covid-19, just weeks after the world’s tallest peak reopened to climbers following a year of closure. The Norwegian climber Erlend Ness was isolated in hospital for eight nights due to the virus. Reports say a sherpa in his party had also tested […]

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‘You take your own sweet time and people die’: Indian court pulls up Modi’s government over oxygen crisis

India is in the grip of a vicious second wave and an acute oxygen shortage is raising more fears about its overwhelmed health care system. For three days, the Delhi High Court has been hearing emergency requests for oxygen and other resources from the city government and various hospitals in the city. “This is ridiculous. […]

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India breaks Covid-19 daily infections world record with 314,835 new cases over the last 24 hours

India recorded more than 300,000 Covid-19 infections over the last 24 hours, the highest daily global total, while coronavirus related deaths also jumped by a record. India’s daily jump of 314,835 cases surpasses the previous highest one-day rise in the world of 297,430 cases posted by the United States in January. India’s total cases are […]

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Australia- New Zealand Travel Bubble: Auckland airport worker tests positive for Covid-19

An Auckland airport worker has tested positive for Covid-19 a day after New Zealand opened a reciprocal travel bubble with Australia. The case appears to be unrelated to the travel bubble though, and flights with Australia have not been suspended. Thousands of passengers flew between the two nations on Monday for the first time in […]

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United States advises citizens to avoid travelling to 80% of countries worldwide

The United States advised its citizens to avoid travelling to 80% of countries worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic. The updated travel guidance, it said the pandemic continued to “pose unprecedented risks to travellers”. The current US “Do Not Travel” advisory covers 34 out of 200 countries. Covid-19 has now claimed more than three million […]

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Global Covid-19 deaths reach 3 million as nations face unprecedented surges in infections

More than three million people globally have died of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, Johns Hopkins University said on Saturday. With 566,224 deaths, the US has the highest number of fatalities, followed by Brazil with 368,749 and Mexico with 211,693. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday the pandemic was at a […]

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China’s economy grows by 18.3% in the first quarter of 2021

China’s economy grew by 18.3% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same quarter last year. This is the biggest quarterly jump since 1992. In the first quarter of 2020, China’s economy shrank 6.8% due to nationwide lockdowns at the peak of its Covid-19 outbreak. “The national economy made a good start,” said […]

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Covid-19 Italy: Undertakers protest against massive backlog of bodies at cemeteries

Undertakers protested in the Italian capital of Rome on Friday against a massive backlog of coffins building at cemeteries, saying city authorities were failing to cope with a surge of coronavirus deaths. Funeral directors said more than 2,000 bodies were being stored at Rome’s sole crematorium, which can handle around 50 cremations a day, while […]

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India records over 217k daily Covid-19 infections; 2 million infections this month alone

India recorded 217,353 new COVID-19 infections over the last 24 hours, the eighth record daily increase in the last nine days. Deaths from COVID-19 rose by 1,185 to reach a total of 174,308, the health ministry’s data showed. With a total tally of nearly 14.3 million, India this week overtook Brazil to become the country […]

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Europe surpasses grim one million Covid-19 deaths milestone: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday said Europe had surpassed one million deaths from COVID-19 and warned the situation remains “serious” in the region, with about 1.6 million new cases reported there each week. Hans Kluge, the WHO Regional Director for Europe emphasised that Europe must keep up its guard with social distancing and […]

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Brazil’s P1 coronavirus variant is worrying and may become more dangerous, study finds

Brazil’s P1 coronavirus variant, behind a deadly COVID-19 surge in the Latin American country has raised alarm overseas and is mutating in ways that could make it better able to evade antibodies, according to scientists studying the virus. Research conducted by the public health institute Fiocruz into the variants circulating in Brazil found mutations in […]