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  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec 19, declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
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Italy reports 149,512 new coronavirus cases, 248 deaths

Jan 16, 2022
11:24 PM

Protest in Netherlands against Covid-19 measures

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Pictures: Coronavirus inspires world graffiti

9:30 PM

Sindh logs 2,670 new Covid cases, 3 deaths

8:40 PM

Austria eyes raising age for compulsory coronavirus jabs to 18

7:45 PM

Chinese city Xi'an lifts some restrictions after lockdown

6:55 PM

Don't discriminate against the unvaccinated, Amnesty International tells Italy

6:00 PM

Omicron exposes inflexibility of Europe's public hospitals

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'Upside down again': Omicron surge roils US small businesses

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Beijing Omicron case prompts temple closures, queues for Covid-19 tests

Jan 16, 2022 11:24pm

Protest in Netherlands against Covid-19 measures

Thousands of protesters packed Amsterdam's streets today in opposition to the government-imposed Covid-19 measures and vaccination campaign as virus infections hit a new record.

Authorities were granted stop and search powers at several locations across the city and scores of riot police vans patrolled neighbourhoods where the demonstrators marched with banners and yellow umbrellas.

Regular anti-coronavirus protests are held across the country and Sunday's large gathering was joined by farmers who drove to the capital and parked tractors along the central Museum Square.

The crowd played music, chanted anti-government slogans and then marched along thoroughfares, blocking traffic.

Jan 16, 2022 09:30pm

Sindh logs 2,670 new Covid cases, 3 deaths

Sindh has reported 2,670 new coronavirus cases and three deaths over the past 24 hours, according to the daily situation report issued by the Chief Minister's Office.

The province's infection tally now stands at 500,955 and the death toll has climbed to 7,697.

Jan 16, 2022 08:40pm

Austria eyes raising age for compulsory coronavirus jabs to 18

Austria’s government has proposed setting the minimum age for mandatory vaccinations against Covid-19 at 18 and rolling out the programme in stages from February 1, seeking to build broad consensus for the disputed step.

The conservative-led government had said last month it intended the mandate to apply to all people aged 14 and up, the first European Union country to make vaccinations compulsory for the general population.

A seven-year-old girl receives a dose of the vaccine at a coronavirus disease vaccination centre for children, in Tulln, Austria on December 1, 2021. — Reuters/File
A seven-year-old girl receives a dose of the vaccine at a coronavirus disease vaccination centre for children, in Tulln, Austria on December 1, 2021. — Reuters/File

Jan 16, 2022 07:45pm

Chinese city Xi'an lifts some restrictions after lockdown

The Chinese city of Xian has gradually begun lifting restrictions after over three weeks of lockdown as authorities sought to stamp out a local outbreak before the Beijing Winter Olympic Games are due to start, AP reports.

State-owned broadcaster CCTV reported on Sunday that certain counties and development zones in Xi'an had begun restoring production.

Officials told a news conference that lockdown measures had been either partially or completely lifted in some communities that have been designated as lower risk, allowing people to leave their homes for a limited time to purchase daily necessities.

Jan 16, 2022 06:55pm

Don't discriminate against the unvaccinated, Amnesty International tells Italy

Human rights group Amnesty International urged Italy to change tough anti-Covid restrictions to avoid discrimination against unvaccinated people, Reuters reports.

In a recent decree, Mario Draghi's government made vaccination mandatory for everyone over the age of 50 and for use of public transport and a range of other services.

Amnesty International asked for the provision of alternative measures, including the use of masks and Covid-19 testing, to allow the unvaccinated population to continue to go to work and to use public transport “without discrimination”, the group said in a statement issued late on Saturday.

Jan 16, 2022 06:00pm

Omicron exposes inflexibility of Europe's public hospitals

World Health Organisation official warned last week of a closing window of opportunity for European countries to prevent their health care systems from being overwhelmed as the omicron variant produces near-vertical growth in coronavirus infections, AP reports.

In France, Britain and Spain, nations with comparatively strong national health programmes, that window may already be closed.

The director of an intensive care unit at a hospital in Strasbourg is turning patients away. A surgeon at a London hospital describes a critical delay in a man's cancer diagnosis. Spain is seeing its determination to prevent a system collapse tested as omicron keeps medical personnel off work.

Jan 16, 2022 04:15pm

Beijing Omicron case prompts temple closures, queues for Covid-19 tests

China has reported 65 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases for Jan. 15, including the first Omicron case in Beijing, just weeks from the Feb. 4 start of the city's Winter Olympic Games and the country's Lunar New Year holiday, according to Reuters.

On Saturday, the capital Beijing reported the first local infection of the Omicron variant, involving a person who had visited multiple malls and restaurants in the previous 14 days. The person had not left the city since the start of this year.

China has not said how many Omicron cases it has detected in total.

A man gets a nasal swab for the Covid-19 test to meet travelling requirements at a mobile coronavirus testing facility outside a commercial office building in Beijing on Sunday. — Reuters
A man gets a nasal swab for the Covid-19 test to meet travelling requirements at a mobile coronavirus testing facility outside a commercial office building in Beijing on Sunday. — Reuters