Mutant COVID-19 scare: Japan to suspend entry for foreigners from Monday

Tokyo: Japan will suspend entry for foreigners starting Monday to contain the spread of a new strain of COVID-19 first discovered in the UK, the Kyodo news agency reported. On Friday, Japan registered the first case of the new strain of the coronavirus. The country is also seeing record daily infections of the original coronavirus … Read more

After UK and South Africa, new variant of coronavirus appears to emerge in Nigeria

Nairobi: After the United Kingdom and South Africa, another new variant of the coronavirus appears to have emerged in Nigeria, Africa’s top public health body has warned. It, however, added that further investigation was needed. The discovery could add to new alarm in the pandemic after similar variants were announced in Britain and South Africa, … 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

UK and EU still apart on Brexit but PM doesn't want to walk yet: Minister

Britain and the European Union are still apart in Brexit trade talks but Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not want to walk away yet, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said on Monday. Britain and the EU agreed on Sunday to “go the extra mile” in coming days to try to reach an elusive trade agreement despite … Read more

Who is Margaret Keenan and why this 90-year-old British woman is grabbing eyeballs

LONDON: Margaret Keenan alias Maggie is a 90-year-old British grandmother who became the first patient in the world to receive the Pfizer coronavirus jab following its clinical approval as the National Health Service (NHS) launched its vaccine campaign on Tuesday. She is a retired jewellery assistant from Coventry and will be 91 next week. Margaret … Read more

90-year-old British grandmother becomes first person to receive Pfizer anti-COVID jab in 'landmark moment'

London: The UK kicked off its biggest-ever vaccine campaign in history on Tuesday, as 90-year-old grandmother Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech jab against COVID-19. At 6:31 AM GMT early riser Maggie was given the life-saving jab by nurse May Parsons at her local hospital in Coventry to … Read more

Britain's threat of breaking Brexit treaty a 'negotiating tactic', says Ireland

DUBLIN: Britain`s plan to press ahead on Monday with legislation that would break an earlier Brexit deal is a “negotiating tactic” which should not distract EU negotiators, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Sunday. Britain`s upper house of parliament last month voted to remove the controversial clauses from the Internal Market Bill, but the … Read more

COVID-19 testing error in UK wrongly tells over 1,300 people they have coronavirus

Over 1,300 people in Britain were inaccurately informed they were infected with coronavirus after a laboratory error at the government`s NHS Test and Trace system, the Department of Health and Social Care told Reuters on Saturday. “NHS Test and Trace has contacted 1,311 individuals who were incorrectly told that the result of COVID-19 tests, taken … Read more

United Kingdom 's four nations to relax COVID-19 restrictions to save Christmas

LONDON: The four nations of the United Kingdom have agreed to relax COVID-19 restrictions for Christmas to allow up to three households to meet at home for five days. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have taken differing approaches to handle the pandemic so far but the leaders of the devolved nations reached an agreement … Read more

UK PM Boris Johnson self-isolates after contact with COVID-positive MP

LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after a meeting with a Member of Parliament who later tested positive for COVID-19, Downing Street said. Johnson had been notified by the National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace that he came in contact of someone who has tested positive and he must self-isolate, the prime … Read more

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