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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec 19, declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020
  • Over 243.7 million infected globally; more than 4.9 million dead
  • 1,269,234 cases reported in Pakistan; 28,386 dead, 1,216,908 recovered

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Oct 25, 2021
11:55 PM

India's Biological E, US body finalise $50m Covid-19 shot financing deal

11:18 PM

Hundreds refused entry in vaccine passport 'chaos' in Scotland

10:05 PM

No new Covid death reported in Sindh after more than 6 months

9:43 PM

Russia probes fake vaccine certificates

8:55 PM

READ: How to talk to your younger kids about the Covid-19 vaccine

8:12 PM

UK 'leaning towards' mandatory Covid vaccines for healthcare workers

7:21 PM

Beijing city delays marathon, raises Covid curbs as Winter Olympics near

6:38 PM

US to outline Nov 8 international travel reopening, vaccination rules

5:47 PM

Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine protective, safe in young children

5:14 PM

South Korea plots course to scrapping Covid curbs by early 2022

Oct 25, 2021 10:05pm

No new Covid death reported in Sindh after more than 6 months

Sindh has reported no new coronavirus-related deaths for the first time since April 13, 2021, and the province's death toll remains 7,551, according to a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office.

The province has, however, reported 342 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours. Its infection tally now stands at 467,203.

Oct 25, 2021 09:43pm

Russia probes fake vaccine certificates

Russian authorities are investigating nurses and a doctor in Saint Petersburg accused of selling fake coronavirus vaccination certificates, as the country faces a deadly new wave, reports AFP.

The Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said a doctor and three nurses are suspected of pocketing at least 100,000 rubles from 12 people after selling official certificates without having administered jabs.

The 12 alleged buyers were entered into a state registry of vaccinated people, the Investigative Committee said in a statement on Saturday.

Oct 25, 2021 07:21pm

Beijing city delays marathon, raises Covid curbs as Winter Olympics near

China's latest Covid-19 outbreak has forced the capital Beijing to delay its annual marathon race and step up other curbs, as the sprawling city and neighbouring Hebei province go into high gear in their preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics Games.

China reported 35 new domestically transmitted cases for Sunday, official data showed. Beijing accounted for 14 of the 168 cases reported between Oct 17-24, Reuters reported.

National health officials warned on Sunday that the latest cluster, caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant and involving many carriers who recently travelled across some provinces, is increasingly likely to expand further.

Beijing has banned entry of people from other cities with cases, and closed indoor venues such as some chess and card parlours, even in districts without infections.

People wait in a queue to be tested for the coronavirus at a nucleic acid collection station in Beijing on October 25. — AFP
People wait in a queue to be tested for the coronavirus at a nucleic acid collection station in Beijing on October 25. — AFP

Oct 25, 2021 06:38pm

US to outline Nov 8 international travel reopening, vaccination rules

The Biden administration plans to unveil today (Monday) its detailed rules requiring nearly all foreign air visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19 starting November 8, sources told Reuters.

The White House first disclosed on September 20 it would remove restrictions in early November for fully vaccinated air travellers from 33 countries.

The extraordinary US travel restrictions were first imposed in early 2020 to address the spread of Covid-19. The rules bar most non-US citizens who within the last 14 days have been in the United Kingdom, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe without border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

Read more from Reuters here.

Oct 25, 2021 05:47pm

Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine protective, safe in young children

Moderna Inc has said its Covid-19 vaccine has generated a strong immune response and is generally well-tolerated in children aged six to 11 years, citing interim data from a study.

According to Reuters, the company said it planned to submit the data to US, European and other regulators soon.

Moderna said the data showed two 50 microgram doses of the vaccine, half the strength of the doses used in the vaccine given to adults, generated virus-neutralising antibodies in children.

The majority of side effects were mild or moderate in severity, the company said.

A vial of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. — AFP/File
A vial of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. — AFP/File

Oct 25, 2021 05:14pm

South Korea plots course to scrapping Covid curbs by early 2022

South Korea has unveiled a three-phase strategy to get back to normal from the coronavirus with all limits on gatherings and distancing gone by February after it achieved a goal of vaccinating 70 per cent of its people on the weekend, according to Reuters.

The scheme begins next Monday and is due to run until Feb. 20, by when all distancing curbs will be scrapped except for mask-wearing mandates, a government health panel said.

In the first phase of the plan, all operating-hour curbs on restaurants, cafes and other businesses will be dropped, though nightclubs will still have to close by midnight.

Read more from Reuters here