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Australian police arrest hundreds in anti-lockdown protests, several people injured

Australia’s police have arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers have been injured in clashes with protesters. Victoria police said six officers required hospitalisation during the violence on Saturday. Several officers were knocked to the ground and trampled, the police said and television footage showed. […]

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Vietnam approves Cuba’s Abdala Covid-19 vaccine as country battles deadly outbreak

Vietnam has approved Cuba’s Abdala vaccine for use against the coronavirus, the government said on Saturday, as the Southeast Asian country battles its worst outbreak of the pandemic. Abdala becomes the eighth Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in Vietnam, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the region, with only 6.3% of its […]

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United States: FDA recommends boosters for people aged above 65

A panel advising the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended boosters of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for people 65 and over, and those at high risk. But it voted against recommending a shot for everyone aged 16 and over. The outcome is a blow for President Joe Biden, who said widespread jabs would be […]

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About 3,000 healthcare workers suspended in France for failing to get Covid-19 vaccination

About 3,000 health workers in France have been suspended because they have not been vaccinated against Covid-19. A new rule, which came into force on Wednesday, made vaccination mandatory for the country’s 2.7 million health, care home and fire service staff. But French Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Thursday that “most of the suspensions […]

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Man who escaped prison 30 years ago turns himself in as Covid lockdowns make him jobless, homeless

A 64-year-old fugitive walked into a Sydney police station to give himself up almost 30 years after he used a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters to escape from prison, police said on Wednesday. Darko Desic decided to go back to prison because Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown made him jobless and homeless, media reported. Desic surrendered at […]

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More than 300,000 people who arrived in the United Kingdom are suspected of breaking Covid-19 quarantine rules

Nearly a third of people arriving in England and Northern Ireland as the coronavirus Delta variant took off may have broken quarantine rules. More than 300,000 cases were passed to investigators between March and May, according to figures circulating in the British media. The government was not able to say how many of these were […]

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Texas sues six school districts for imposing mask mandate at public schools

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Friday that he’s suing at least six districts that defied Governor Greg Abbott’s order prohibiting mask mandates at public schools. Paxton said the Elgin, Galveston, Richardson, Round Rock, Sherman and Spring school systems are among those not following the law, adding that an ongoing list of those out […]

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Former French health minister Agnès Buzyn faces investigation over handing Covid-19

The former health minister of France is being investigated over the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prosecutors looking into government failings are investigating Agnès Buzyn for “endangering the lives of others”. Ms Buzyn left the post in February 2020 to run for Paris mayor, saying Covid was low risk. But she later spoke of knowing […]

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Unvaccinated people 11 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than vaccinated people, CDC study finds

Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely than vaccinated people to die from Covid-19, a large study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The study looked at Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in 13 states “and found further evidence of the power of vaccination,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a […]

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Joe Biden announces sweeping changes to make vaccine mandatory for over 100 million Americans

President Joe Biden ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to curb the surging COVID-19 delta variant. Speaking at the White House Thursday, Biden sharply criticized the tens of millions of Americans who are not yet vaccinated, despite months of availability and incentives. “We’ve been patient. […]

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Kerala: Indian state on high alert for Nipah virus amid surging Covid-19 infections

The Indian state of Kerala is quickly ramping up efforts to stop a potential outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus, even as the state continues to battle the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. Kerala is on high alert after a 12-year-old boy died of the rare virus on Sunday, spurring health officials […]

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Vietnam man jailed for five years spreading Covid-19 to eight people

Vietnam jailed a man on Monday for five years for breaking strict Covid-19 quarantine rules and spreading the virus to others, state media reported. Le Van Tri, 28, was convicted of “spreading dangerous infectious diseases” at a one-day trial at the People’s Court of the southern province of Ca Mau, according to the state-run Vietnam […]