UK identifies new South African coronavirus variant, calls it 'highly concerning'

Two cases of another new strain of COVID-19 linked to South Africa have been identified in the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed in London on Wednesday. Like the UK COVID-19 variant identified earlier, the new variant of the novel coronavirus is also driving a massive resurgence of the disease in South Africa, with experts … Read more

Coronavirus now reaches Antarctica, the last continent previously COVID-19 free

SANTIAGO: The coronavirus has landed in Antarctica, the last continent previously free from COVID-19, Chile`s military said this week, as health and army officials scrambled to clear out and quarantine staff from a remote research station surrounded by ocean and icebergs. Chile`s armed forces said at least 36 people had been infected at its Bernardo … Read more

Bhutan enforces 7-day nationwide lockdown from today as Covid-19 cases surge

New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office in Bhutan on Tuesday announced that in continuation to the inter-district movement restrictions imposed this morning, the national Covid-19 taskforce has decided to take stringent action after the detection of sporadic Covid-19 cases in flu clinics in Thimphu and Paro, and also in Lhamoizingkha, which is evident of local … Read more

Five countries ban flights from South Africa amid concerns over new coronavirus strain

Johannesburg: At least five countries have suspended flights from South Africa after a coronavirus variant was recently discovered in the country. Germany, Turkey, Israel, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia are among the countries that have announced the banning of such flights to prevent the spread of a variant of the SARS-COV-2 virus currently termed 501.V2 Variant. … Read more

European Union clears Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for first inoculations

Amsterdam: The European Union geared up to start mass vaccinations against COVID-19 just after Christmas after the shot developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech cleared regulatory hurdles on Monday (December 21). European Union countries including Germany, France, Austria and Italy have said they plan to start vaccinations from Dec. 27 as Europe tries … Read more

Russia to test combination of COVID-19 shots with British AstraZeneca

Moscow: Developers of the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V on Monday (December 21) announced signing an agreement with AstraZeneca to test a combination of the British drugmaker’s COVID-19 shots and a component of the vaccine created in Moscow. The developers of Sputnik V proposed the approach to AstraZeneca last month, suggesting it could increase the … Read more

COVID-19: All you need to know about new virus variant

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, a new variant of the virus has been detected in the United Kingdom (UK), that has resulted in several countries closing their borders and suspending their flights, besides other restrictions. According to Public Health England (PHE), the new strain transmits more easily than the previous variant but there … Read more

Thailand to test thousands after COVID-19 outbreak at shrimp market

Thailand: On Sunday (December 20) Thailand began testing tens of thousands of people for coronavirus and extended curbs on movement, a day after locking down a province following the country’s worst outbreak yet. The outbreak began at a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, a province southwest of Bangkok and a centre of the seafood industry … Read more

Patanjali's Coronil tablets found on sale in London shops without MHRA's nod

London: Patanjali’s Coronil tablets that were initially launched as the cure to COVID-19 virus, but were later said to be the ‘immunity booster’, were found on sale in shops in London. “Coronil, a herbal remedy from India, was found on sale in shops in predominantly Asian areas across the capital,” reported BBC news. However, the … Read more

New strain of coronavirus 'out of control' in UK; lockdown may be extended

A sharp rise in COVID-19 infection caused by a new variant of the coronavirus has led a new stringent, stay-at-home lockdown in the UK from Sunday, with non-essential shops and businesses now closed. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new rules at a briefing from 10 Downing Street on Saturday evening. A new Tier … Read more