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Fearing India-like Covid collapse, Kenya scrambles for oxygen

Fearing India-like Covid collapse, Kenya scrambles for oxygen

At the peak of Kenya's third wave of Covid-19 in March, hospitals -- buckling under the strain of the virus -- saw their oxygen reserves fizzle out.

Japanese towns drop plans to host Olympic athletes: Nikkei

Japanese towns drop plans to host Olympic athletes: Nikkei

Dozens of Japanese towns have abandoned plans to host Olympic athletes because of concern they will overburden stretched medical resources amid a fourth wave of coronavirus infections, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday.

Indian states turn to anti-parasitic drug to fight Covid-19 against WHO advice

Indian states turn to anti-parasitic drug to fight Covid-19 against WHO advice

At least two Indian states have said they plan to dose their populations with the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to protect against severe Covid-19 infections as their hospitals are overrun with patients in critical condition.

Japan vaccine chief blames drug approval system for slow inoculation drive

Japan vaccine chief blames drug approval system for slow inoculation drive

Japan's Covid-19 vaccine chief has blamed a rigid drug approval system for a slow inoculation campaign that is relying on only one approved shot, as a fourth wave of infections raises worries amid preparations for the Summer Olympics.

More than 4,000 Indians die of Covid-19 for second straight day

More than 4,000 Indians die of Covid-19 for second straight day

India recorded more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths for a second straight day on Thursday, while infections stayed below 400,000 for a fourth day, though the virus has become rampant in rural areas ...

Exhaustion kills two Everest climbers, an American and a Swiss

Exhaustion kills two Everest climbers, an American and a Swiss

A Swiss and an American climber have died on Mount Everest, hiking company officials said on Thursday, the first fatalities on the world’s highest peak this season.

New Zealand PM sets out plans to re-connect with post-pandemic world

New Zealand PM sets out plans to re-connect with post-pandemic world

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday her government will explore more travel ‘bubbles’ and lead trade delegations later this year to re-connect with a post-pandemic world after more than a year of border closures.

EU approves 12.8 million euros in Italy aid for Alitalia

EU approves 12.8 million euros in Italy aid for Alitalia

The European Commission on Wednesday cleared Italy to give 12.8 million euros ($15.4 million) in state aid to the floundering Alitalia airline to help it absorb the losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Raab calls for international cybersecurity coalition

Raab calls for international cybersecurity coalition

Britain yesterday hit out at countries including Russia, China, Iran and North Korea over cyberattacks, calling for a global effort to counter online threats.

UK PM apologises ‘unreservedly’ for 1971 Belfast killings

UK PM apologises ‘unreservedly’ for 1971 Belfast killings

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday apologised “unreservedly” on behalf of the British government for the deaths of 10 innocent people killed in a 1971 incident in Belfast during a British Army operation.

Britain to launch public inquiry into Covid response

Britain to launch public inquiry into Covid response

An independent public inquiry into the British government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic will be held early next year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

Five die on crowded ferry as Bangladeshis defy lockdown

Five die on crowded ferry as Bangladeshis defy lockdown

At least five people died in Bangladesh yesterday on an overcrowded ferry carrying more than 1,000 passengers, officials said, as millions defied a coronavirus lockdown to head home for Eid al-Fitr.

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