Malawian labour minister fired, officials arrested over misuse of coronavirus funds

Fourteen people, including senior officials, have been arrested in Malawi and Labour Minister Ken Kandodo has been sacked over misuse of COVID-19 funds, President Lazarus Chakwera and police said on Sunday. Chakwera said in a televised address he had commissioned an audit into how 6.2 billion Malawian kwacha (an equivalent of $7.95 million) intended for… Read More Malawian labour minister fired, officials arrested over misuse of coronavirus funds

Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra banned from public office over vaccine scandal

Former Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra has been banned from holding public office for 10 years in a unanimous vote by the country’s congress after he allegedly jumped the queue to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vizcarra was found guilty of influence peddling, collusion and making false declarations in relation to Peru’s VIP Vaccines scandal which saw… Read More Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra banned from public office over vaccine scandal

Thailand to close schools and bars following surge in coronavirus cases

Thailand will close close schools, bars and massage parlours, as well as ban alcohol sales in restaurants, for at least two weeks starting from Sunday after a jump in COVID-19 cases, a senior official said. Activities involving more than 50 people will also be prohibited, Thailand’s coronavirus taskforce spokesman, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, said, adding that 18… Read More Thailand to close schools and bars following surge in coronavirus cases

U.S. halts usage of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine over rare blood clots

U.S. federal health agencies on Tuesday recommended pausing use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for at least a few days after six women under age 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot, dealing a fresh setback to efforts to tackle the pandemic. Johnson & Johnson said it would delay rollout of the… Read More U.S. halts usage of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine over rare blood clots

Britain reopens shops, gyms and outdoor pubs

Crowds queued up outside shops, pubs started selling pints at midnight and hairdressers welcomed desperate customers on Monday as England started to reopen its economy after three months of lockdown. After imposing the most onerous restrictions in Britain’s peacetime history, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the reopening was a “major step” towards freedom but urged… Read More Britain reopens shops, gyms and outdoor pubs

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez tests positive for coronavirus

Argentina on Saturday confirmed that President Alberto Fernandez has tested positive for the new coronavirus, saying the first-term Peronist leader was in generally good health despite having suffered a headache and light fever. Fernandez, who turned 62 on Friday, had previously said on Twitter that he was in isolation under standard COVID-19 protocols after an… Read More Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez tests positive for coronavirus

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi tests positive for coronavirus

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Twitter on Monday, after receiving his first dose of a vaccine. “Had (first) dose of vaccine, but antibodies start developing after (second) dose that was due in a week. Please continue to be careful,” he said. Coronavirus cases are rising quickly in the… Read More Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi tests positive for coronavirus

Palestine receives 100,000 doses of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine donated by China

Palestinians on Monday received 100,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine donated by China to help broaden an initial campaign to vaccinate medical staff, the elderly and the chronically ill. Palestinian health authorities have been mounting a limited vaccination drive among the 5.2 million people living in the Israel-occupied West Bank and Gaza, using vaccines provided… Read More Palestine receives 100,000 doses of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine donated by China