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India probes private laboratory for faulty Covid-19 tests on passengers arriving from Italy

Indian officials are investigating a private laboratory accused of faulty Covid-19 tests on passengers on two flights from Italy last week. At least 173 passengers from Rome, and 125 travellers from Milan tested positive on arrival in Amritsar. Thirty of them were tested again at the airport but only three people tested positive for Covid […]

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Miss World 2021: Competition postponed after 23 of 97 contestants test positive for Covid-19

This year’s Miss World competition, scheduled to take place Thursday in Puerto Rico, has been postponed after multiple people linked to the event — including 23 of the 97 contestants tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement released hours before the pageant was due to start, organizers said they were rescheduling the televised finale, citing […]

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Toyota to extend Japan production stoppages over chip shortage and supply chain issues

Toyota has announced that it will extend production stoppages at some factories in Japan as it continues to feel the impact of supply chain issues. The world’s largest carmaker said its components factories in South East Asia had faced disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Land Cruiser and Lexus production will be hit by the […]

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Omicron: South Africa’s president urges lifting of travel ban against his country and neighbours

South Africa’s president has condemned travel bans enacted against his country and its neighbours over the new coronavirus variant Omicron. Cyril Ramaphosa said he was “deeply disappointed” by the action, which he described as unjustified, and called for the bans to be urgently lifted. The UK, EU and US are among those who have imposed […]

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Stock markets around the world fall in fears of new Covid-19 strain

Stock markets across the world fell on fears that the new Covid strain could hamper economic recovery. London’s FTSE 100 tumbled by 2.7% while leading stock market indexes in Germany and France both fell by more than 3%. It followed similar declines on stock markets in Japan and Hong Kong overnight. A number of other […]

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Brazilian Senate backs criminal charges against President Bolsonaro over Covid-19 handling

A Senate committee in Brazil has voted to recommend that President Jair Bolsonaro face charges over his handling of the Covid pandemic. Seven of the panel’s 11 members backed a report calling for nine charges to be filed against Mr Bolsonaro, including crimes against humanity. The committee chair, Senator Omar Aziz, will send the findings […]

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Michael Slater: Former Australian cricketer arrested over domestic violence incident

Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater has been arrested over an alleged domestic violence incident. The 51-year-old turned cricket commentator was arrested at his Sydney home on Wednesday and taken to a police station, local media reported. New South Wales Police confirmed an alleged incident happened last week. They have not disclosed further details. No charges […]

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Brazil pandemic probe to recommend President Jair Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges

A probe into the Brazilian government’s handling of Covid-19 pandemic by the Senate will recommend that President Jair Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, the senator leading the inquiry said on Friday, though it remains highly unlikely that he will face a trial on any such charges. Renan Calheiros said that the investigation launched in April […]

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Some 20% of Nigerians lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Nearly 20% of Nigerians lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a research study conducted by the United Nations Development Programme and Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics has found. The report offers a detailed ledger of the pandemic’s uneven impact across both the formal and informal sectors. “Wealthier nations can afford to institute the […]

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Boeing expects air travel to reach pre-pandemic levels by end of 2023, early 2024

Boeing says it expects that it will take another two and a half years for global aviation to return to pre-pandemic levels. Its vice president of commercial marketing, Darren Hulst, said: “The industry recovers to 2019 levels of traffic by the end of 2023, early 2024” and domestic flying would be at the forefront of […]

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Sri Lanka declares emergency over food shortage as banks run out of foreign exchange

Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency over food shortages as private banks run out of foreign exchange to finance imports. With the country suffering a hard-hitting economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday said he has ordered emergency regulations to counter the hoarding of sugar, rice and other essential foods. The regulations give […]

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Business Insane

Covid-19 pandemic has positive impact on fitness, negative impact on fitness centers

Physical activity plays a vital role when it comes to the wellbeing of physical and mental health . Exercising reduces the risk of developing major illnesses and diseases such as diabetes, cancer and various cardiovascular diseases. The global fitness and equipment industry plays a significant role in improving quality of life. It is projected that […]