Europe

India coronavirus strain declared ‘variant of concern’ in Britain

Cases of the B. 1.617.2 variant jumped from 202 to 520 over the last week, with almost half of the infections related to contact with a traveller.

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UK to offer under-40s alternative to AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine

Officials said the advice reflected low levels of infection in the UK and the availability of other vaccines.

2 hours ago
Bees trained to immediately detect Covid-19 infections

Using the insects, which have an unusually keen sense of smell, can cut waiting times for results to mere seconds.

7 May 2021 - 1:21AM
Serbia launches world’s first cash-for-jabs scheme to spur vaccine drive

The Balkans country is also offering vaccines in shopping centres and rewarding volunteers with vouchers.

5 May 2021 - 11:24PM
‘I am moved to tears being able to cruise again’

The Costa Smeralda will set off from Savona for the first time since December 20.

1 May 2021 - 11:36PM
Hungary reopens spas, gyms, pools for people holding virus immunity cards

People who have received at least one vaccine dose and those who have recovered from Covid-19 are eligible for the government-issued immunity cards.

1 May 2021 - 10:00PM
With ‘lollipops’, Austria tests reluctant children for Covid-19

Youngsters can suck on the test for 90 seconds, dip it in the container, then wait 15 minutes for the results.

30 Apr 2021 - 2:27AM
Singapore, Hong Kong, US expected to make UK holiday green list

Locations likely to feature on the list include Australia, New Zealand and Israel, plus some Caribbean destinations, John Holland-Kaye said.

30 Apr 2021 - 2:22AM
Could this French variant-proof vaccine help in long-term war against virus?

Valneva’s shot is the only candidate in clinical trials in Europe that uses a technology involving an inactivated version of the whole virus it’s targeting.

29 Apr 2021 - 7:59PM
China, Russia sowing disinformation about Western vaccines, says EU report

State media pushed fake news online sensationalising coronavirus vaccine safety concerns and promoting Russian and Chinese shots as superior, the study says.

29 Apr 2021 - 3:23AM
One dose of vaccine ‘cuts household spread up to 50 per cent’

UK research found those who became infected with coronavirus three weeks after receiving their first jab were less likely to pass it on than those who were unvaccinated.

28 Apr 2021 - 5:24PM
Masses look to business class tickets to stay safe while travelling

Flush with cash and a record number of air miles after a year on the ground, leisure travellers are splurging on premium seats for their first trips back

27 Apr 2021 - 5:00AM
Italy relaxing restrictions after months of stop-start lockdowns

Bars and restaurants partially reopen across Italy in a boost for coronavirus-hit businesses.

26 Apr 2021 - 5:05PM
These shoppers used to be barred from stores – now they’re treated like VIPs

Chinese professional shoppers were a common sight in luxury stores in London before the coronavirus pandemic, WeChatting their China-based clients about the latest goods. Will they return?

22 Apr 2021 - 5:34AM
Why limiting vaccines over blood clot fears could do more harm than good

Experts warn an overreaction to what are minuscule risks could prolong the pandemic by slowing down the roll-out of vaccines and fuelling public hesitancy.

21 Apr 2021 - 8:00AM
Johnson & Johnson to resume Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in Europe

The European Medicines Agency says the benefits of the shot outweigh the risk of very rare, potentially lethal blood clots.

21 Apr 2021 - 6:56AM
Global Covid-19 cases hit weekly record, topping 5.2 million

The worst outbreaks are accelerating in many countries that are ill-equipped to deal with them.

19 Apr 2021 - 3:10PM