Australia’s Victoria reports five COVID-19 cases amid lockdown, demand for vaccination surges

MELBOURNE: Australia’s Victoria state reported five new local COVID-19 cases on Saturday amid a strict lockdown, as people rushed to vaccination centres, causing long lines and technological glitches. The infections bring the latest cluster to 35, but the number of exposure sites visited by the infected people has expanded to more than 150, putting thousands […]

South Korea extends strict quarantine measures for 3 weeks to curb COVID-19 infections

Seoul: South Korea decided Friday (May 21) to extend its tightened quarantine measures for three more weeks over the continuing COVID-19 pandemic here, especially in the Seoul metropolitan area. Under the country`s five-tier social-distancing guidelines, the third-highest Level 2 will be kept in place till June 13 in the capital Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi […]

US under pressure to reopen schools after allowing COVID-19 vaccination of children

Washington: Schools in the United States are under pressure to open in-person learning given the authorization of a vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 and new federal guidance that vaccinated people do not need to wear face masks indoors or outdoors. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona in an interview with The Hill reiterated that he […]

Pakistan imposes 10-day lockdown to control COVID-19 surge

Islamabad: In order to curb the rising number of coronavirus infections, authorities in Pakistan are imposing complete countrywide lockdown from May 8 for the next 10 days, Gulf News reported. The Pakistan government has already declared May 8 to 15 as Eid holidays and now there will be a complete ban on unnecessary movement of […]

COVID-19: France to send 28 tonnes of medical supplies to India today

New Delhi: France on Sunday (May 1) will send to India 28 tonnes of medical supplies, including eight large oxygen generation plants, as part of its “solidarity mission” to help the country in its fight against a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain said the plants will be […]

Australia bans travel from India, says offenders face 5 years in jail, pay USD 50k fine

New Delhi: Australian citizens who are stuck in India and wish to return back home are at risk of facing fines of up to 66,000 Australian dollars (approximately USD 50,964) as Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says a travel ban will be put in place starting Monday. “The risk assessment that informed the decision was […]

US immediately sending emergency medical supplies to India: Joe Biden after phone call with PM Modi

WASHINGTON: The United States still expects to send COVID-19 vaccines to India and other countries amid ongoing discussions over how soon doses could be shipped out even as it sends therapeutics and other equipment to India amid a surge in cases there, United States President Joe Biden on Tuesday (April 27). “I have discussed with […]

COVID-19 crisis: European Union member states team up to support India

New Delhi: Several European Union (EU) member states have teamed up to assist India as it deals with the covid crisis by sending Oxygen Concentrators, Oxygen Generators, Remdesivir, Ventilators. The member states are sending supplies to India under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism that was activated to send the assistance. As per an official statement […]

Bangladesh extends lockdown to contain COVID-19 spread

Dhaka: Bangladesh on Monday (April 26) decided to extend its ongoing lockdown for another week to contain the spread of coronavirus. “The decision was taken in line with suggestions by public health experts and considering the global COVID-19 situation,” said the State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain. Shops and malls will remain open from 10 […]

Turkey announces full lockdown from April 29 to curb COVID spread

ANKARA: Turks will be required to stay mostly at home under a nationwide “full lockdown” starting on Thursday and lasting until May 17 to curb a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths, President Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday. Turkey logged 37,312 new COVID-19 infections and 353 deaths in the last 24 hours, health ministry data […]

Japan declares state of emergency for 3 weeks to curb COVID-19 spread

Tokyo: A nearly three-week state of emergency, the third one since the outbreak of the pandemic, enters into force in Japan`s prefectures of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo on Sunday (April 25) amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. On Saturday, the number of daily coronavirus cases in Japan surpasses the 5,600 thresholds, becoming the largest […]