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

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

Sydney isolated from rest of Australia as COVID-19 cases rise

SYDNEY: Sydney was isolated from the rest of Australia on Sunday after all of the country`s states and territories imposed travel restrictions on its residents as a coronavirus cluster in the city grew to around 70. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) sent a stern `do not come to us` message to Sydney, the country`s most … Read more

COVID-19: US CDC issues guidelines on vaccination after allergic reactions

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday said it was monitoring reports of allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccination and made recommendations on how people with histories of allergies should proceed. Anyone who had a severe reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine should not get the second dose, the agency said, defining … Read more

PM Boris Johnson imposes tighter coronavirus lockdown as UK fights new COVID-19 strain

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday imposed tighter coronavirus controls on millions of people in England and drastically scaled back plans to ease restrictions over Christmas, seeking to curb a new more infectious strain of the virus. The number of cases in England has soared in the last two weeks because of a … Read more