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Australia govt ‘must avert new India repatriation flight fiasco’

Australia govt ‘must avert new India repatriation flight fiasco’

The Australian government needs to do more to avoid a repeat of the scores of seats left empty on the first post-ban repatriation flight from virus-ravaged India, one community leader has said.

Taiwan tightens restrictions after coronavirus cases increase

Taiwan tightens restrictions after coronavirus cases increase

Taiwan yesterday raised its coronavirus alert level in the capital, Taipei, and the surrounding city, bringing curbs for a period of two weeks that will shut many venues and restrict gatherings in the wake of 180 new domestic infections.

Localised containment plan vital to stem Covid rise: Modi

Localised containment plan vital to stem Covid rise: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said the government is actively monitoring the supply of drugs being used to fight Covid-19. He added that the situation with regards to the black fungus infection, mucormycosis, which has affected some Covid-recovered patients was also being monitored.

Govt responding calmly to India Covid variant: minister

Govt responding calmly to India Covid variant: minister

The government is acting “coolly” and “calmly” to tackle the coronavirus variant first found in India as social distancing measures are further eased on Monday, the Health Minister Edward Argar has said.

Chileans vote for body to rewrite constitution

Chileans vote for body to rewrite constitution

Chileans went to the polls yesterday to elect 155 people who will re-write the country’s dictatorship-era constitution in a bid to address deep-seated social inequality that gave rise to deadly protests in 2019.

Colombia’s Covid-19 deaths exceed 80,000

Colombia’s Covid-19 deaths exceed 80,000

Confirmed deaths from coronavirus (Covid-19) in Colombia passed 80,000 on Friday, with intensive care units (ICUs) almost full in the biggest cities, where crowds have been gathering for weeks of protests.

Patel accused of lobbying for face mask company

Patel accused of lobbying for face mask company

Labour has accused Priti Patel of a “flagrant breach” of the ministerial code by allegedly lobbying Michael Gove over a £20mn deal.

US envoy wants Pope to attend climate conference

US envoy wants Pope to attend climate conference

Pope Francis has the moral authority to sway public opinion over global warming and might attend the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland, US President Joe Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry said yesterday.

Miliband faces flak over charity’s unpaid internships

Miliband faces flak over charity’s unpaid internships

The former Labour MP David Miliband is facing criticism after it emerged that the charity he runs, for which he was paid more than £700,000, is offering unpaid internships at its headquarters in New York City.

Though US lifts guidance, not all are ready to unmask

Though US lifts guidance, not all are ready to unmask

A day after the top US health agency eased coronavirus (Covid-19) mask restrictions, many people could still be seen walking around the capital Washington wearing face coverings. Among them was a student, Chloe, who said she was fully vaccinated – but was wearing her black face mask anyway.

Berlusconi leaves hospital

Berlusconi leaves hospital

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi (pictured) was released from hospital yesterday after being admitted earlier in the week for complications linked to a coronavirus infection last year.

Greece formally opens to tourists

Greece formally opens to tourists

Greece formally opened to visitors yesterday, kicking off a summer season it hopes will resurrect its vital tourism industry battered by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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