North Korea boosts drugs production and medical supplies to tackle coronavirus outbreak

North Korea is ramping up production of drugs and medical supplies including sterilisers and thermometers as it battles an unprecedented coronavirus outbreak, state media KCNA said on Thursday. The isolated country, which has imposed a nationwide lockdown, is also increasing production of traditional Korean medicines used to reduce fever and pain, KCNA said, calling them… Read More North Korea boosts drugs production and medical supplies to tackle coronavirus outbreak

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern tests positive for coronavirus

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tested positive for COVID-19 with moderate symptoms, her office said in a statement on Saturday. She will not be in parliament for the government’s emissions reduction plan on Monday and the budget on Thursday, but “travel arrangements for her trade mission to the United States are unaffected at this… Read More New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern tests positive for coronavirus

North Korea orders national lockdown following report of first coronavirus outbreak

North Korea reported its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and ordering a national lockdown, with state media saying an Omicron variant had been detected in the capital, Pyongyang. North Korea had never confirmed a COVID infection before Thursday although South Korean and U.S. officials have said there could have… Read More North Korea orders national lockdown following report of first coronavirus outbreak

British PM Boris Johnson cancels all coronavirus restrictions in England

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said he would end all coronavirus restrictions in England including mandatory self-isolation for people with COVID-19 and free testing, drawing scepticism from some scientists and political opponents. Johnson’s “living with COVID” plan has sparked alarm that it is premature and will leave the country vulnerable to new viral… Read More British PM Boris Johnson cancels all coronavirus restrictions in England