Myanmar calls for international aid following surge in coronavirus cases

Myanmar’s military ruler is looking for greater cooperation with the international community to contain the coronavirus, state media reported on Wednesday, as the Southeast Asian country struggles with a surging wave of infections. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing called in a speech for more cooperation on prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19, including with fellow… Read More Myanmar calls for international aid following surge in coronavirus cases

England scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated EU citizens, U.S. visitors

England will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United States to arrive without needing to quarantine from next week, in a huge and long-awaited boost for airlines and travel companies. Britain’s travel industry has criticised the government for being too slow to open up, saying it has squandered its lead in the… Read More England scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated EU citizens, U.S. visitors

Russia sends coronavirus aid supplies to Cuba

People walk in a commercial street amid the rise in cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Havana, Cuba. Russia has sent a shipment of coronavirus-related humanitarian assistance to Cuba, including 1 million medical masks, the defence ministry said on Saturday, adding President Vladimir Putin had given instructions for the aid. Cuba, which kept coronavirus… Read More Russia sends coronavirus aid supplies to Cuba

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit India on July 26

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel next week to India, a key partner in U.S. efforts to counter China and in vaccine diplomacy that is currently hobbled by its own COVID-19 crisis. It will be Blinken’s first visit to the world’s largest democracy as President Joe Biden’s secretary of state and he will… Read More U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit India on July 26

African bloc calls for local production of coronavirus vaccines

Global pharmaceutical firms should license production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa rather than just do piecemeal contract deals, an African Union special envoy said on Thursday. AU coronavirus envoy Strive Masiyiwa was speaking a day after Pfizer and BioNTech announced a “fill and finish” deal with South Africa’s Biovac Institute under which it will carry… Read More African bloc calls for local production of coronavirus vaccines

France issues new coronavirus restrictions rules

Visitors heading to museums, cinemas or swimming pools in France will be denied entry from Wednesday if they cannot show the document that proves they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a recent negative test. The health pass, previously only required for large-scale festivals or to go clubbing, will also be needed from… Read More France issues new coronavirus restrictions rules

Death toll from Iraq coronavirus hospital fire incident rises to ninety-two

The death toll from a fire that tore through a coronavirus hospital in southern Iraq rose to 92, health officials said on Tuesday, as authorities faced accusations of negligence from grieving relatives and a doctor who works there. More than 100 people were injured in the blaze on Monday night in Nassiriya, officials said. An… Read More Death toll from Iraq coronavirus hospital fire incident rises to ninety-two

At least forty-four dead, sixty-seven injured following fire incident at coronavirus hospital in Iraq

At least 42 people were killed and over 60 injured in a fire likely caused by an oxygen tank explosion at a coronavirus hospital in Iraq’s southern city of Nassiriya, health officials and police said on Monday. As rescuers combed the smoke-charred building in search of more bodies, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi held urgent meetings… Read More At least forty-four dead, sixty-seven injured following fire incident at coronavirus hospital in Iraq