WHO says coronavirus pandemic unlikely to end this year

The World Health Organization said the focus should be on reducing Covid-19 transmissions to bring an end to hospitalisations and deaths.

3 Mar 2021 - 10:51AM
Covid-19 health workers faced over 400 acts of violence in 2020: report

A health NGO said there were over 1,000 insults, beatings and arrests against health care workers, with nearly half directly related to the coronavirus.

2 Mar 2021 - 5:52PM
Coronavirus: UK vaccinates 20 million, detects Brazil’s Manaus variant

The strain detected in Manaus, Brazil, shares some mutations with a variant first identified in South Africa and it might respond less well to current vaccines.

1 Mar 2021 - 10:32AM
UK finance chief to provide £5 billion in grants to virus-hit businesses

Shops, bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants, gyms and hair salons would be among nearly 700,000 companies eligible for cash grants of up £18,000.

28 Feb 2021 - 7:06AM
‘I’m really worried about West End’: virus decimates Europe’s shopping hub

Oxford Street’s reputation as Europe’s premier shopping destination faces its biggest threat in decades amid a flood of store closures.

27 Feb 2021 - 8:07PM
UK study shows Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine cuts transmission after one dose

Researchers found a fourfold decrease in the risk of asymptomatic Covid-19 infection among health workers who have been jabbed for more than 12 days.

26 Feb 2021 - 7:58PM
‘Real world’ study finds Pfizer vaccine 94 per cent effective

The study involving 1.2 million people in Israel confirmed that mass immunisation can break Covid-19 transmission.

25 Feb 2021 - 3:00PM
Hungary starts using Chinese Covid-19 vaccine in EU first

‘This is an important day as we begin inoculations with the Chinese vaccines,’ Prime Minister Orban says.

24 Feb 2021 - 8:47PM
Philippines offers nurses in exchange for vaccines from UK, Germany

Manila is open to lifting the cap on health care workers going overseas if it can get Covid-19 vaccines, but Britain said it is not interested in such a deal.

24 Feb 2021 - 2:26PM
‘No route to zero Covid-19 world’: British PM unveils plan to exit lockdown

In first step, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson aims to reopen schools in March, though final stage in lifting of pandemic restrictions will not start till June at earliest.

23 Feb 2021 - 2:25AM
Grieving Italians mark one-year anniversary of first coronavirus death

Residents pay tribute in the country’s hard-hit north with tree plantings, church services and wreath-laying ceremonies.

22 Feb 2021 - 7:29AM
UK cranks up Covid-19 vaccine drive to offer all adults shot by end-July

It is the first time the government has given a firm target for offering all adults their initial dose.

21 Feb 2021 - 6:25PM
Britain’s Prince Charles visits father Prince Philip in London hospital

Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday as a precautionary measure after feeling ill with an ailment that is not related to coronavirus.

21 Feb 2021 - 12:24AM
Russia approves third vaccine; Argentina official quits over jabs scandal

Russia has already approved two Covid-19 vaccines, including the Sputnik V shot, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute.

20 Feb 2021 - 11:14PM
Britain’s next coronavirus plan is to prepare to live with it

The UK is a pilot for whether nations can do enough to end damaging lockdowns and essentially learn to live with the disease.

20 Feb 2021 - 3:37PM
‘Finding food here is hard’: foreign students in UK hit by pandemic poverty

Without work or state aid, international students who came to the UK to realise their dreams are plunged into poverty because of the pandemic.

19 Feb 2021 - 11:43PM
Italy’s ‘Super Mario’ Draghi clears final hurdle to form government

Mario Draghi was tapped to take the helm of Italy’s politics after the last government, led by then-prime minister Giuseppe Conte, collapsed.

19 Feb 2021 - 11:20AM