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Global Covid-19 cases surpass 200M: Johns Hopkins University

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 200M: Johns Hopkins University

August 5, 2021, 3:07 pm

NEW YORK – Global Covid-19 cases surpassed 200 million on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The global case count reached 200,014,602, with 4,252,873 deaths worldwide, as of 3:21 p.m. local time (1921 GMT), showed the data. The United States reported 35,292,721 cases… Read More

US rejects WHO call for booster shot moratorium as 'false choice'

US rejects WHO call for booster shot moratorium as 'false choice'

August 5, 2021, 2:00 pm

WASHINGTON – The US rebuffed on Wednesday a call from the World Health Organization (WHO) to impose a worldwide coronavirus booster shot moratorium, saying it presents "a false choice." WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus earlier in the day urged the halt until at least the end of September… Read More

Fil-Indian philanthropist lauds Modi’s ‘decisive leadership’

Fil-Indian philanthropist lauds Modi’s ‘decisive leadership’

August 4, 2021, 5:47 pm

MANILA – Filipino Indian Commerce & Welfare Society Inc. (FICWSI) President Majinder "James" Kumar on Wednesday lauded the Indian government over the reorganization of the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) as a new union territory and the implementation of progressive laws and programs for its… Read More

US supports Asean's principles on South China Sea

US supports Asean's principles on South China Sea

August 4, 2021, 5:31 pm

HÀ NỘI – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member countries and the United States on Wednesday affirmed their determination to work closely together to contribute to maintaining peace, security and stability in the region, including maritime security and safety in the South… Read More

Requirements of masking, vaccination reinstated in US

Requirements of masking, vaccination reinstated in US

August 4, 2021, 2:49 pm

NEW YORK – Strict requirements of masking and vaccination have been reimposed by federal and municipal governments as well as business entities across the United States, as the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is making a comeback with its Delta variant. "The national outlook is… Read More

IMF approves historic $650-B SDR to boost liquidity amid pandemic

IMF approves historic $650-B SDR to boost liquidity amid pandemic

August 3, 2021, 8:08 pm

WASHINGTON – The board of governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a new general allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) equivalent to USD650 billion, the largest allocation in the IMF's history, in an effort to boost global liquidity amid the coronavirus disease 2019… Read More

Over 4.18-B coronavirus vaccine jabs administered worldwide

Over 4.18-B coronavirus vaccine jabs administered worldwide

August 3, 2021, 8:53 am

ANKARA – The number of Covid-19 vaccine shots administered worldwide crossed 4.18 billion on Monday, according to Our World in Data, a tracking website affiliated with Oxford University. China, where the virus was first detected in late 2019, leads the count with more than 1.67 billion jabs,… Read More

100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to go on trial

100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to go on trial

August 2, 2021, 1:23 pm

BERLIN – A 100-year-old former guard at the Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp near Germany’s capital Berlin will stand trial in the fall, local media reported Sunday. The accused is scheduled to go on trial in October in Neuruppin, a town in the eastern state of Brandenburg, 76 years after… Read More

Different levels of antibodies needed vs. coronavirus strains

Different levels of antibodies needed vs. coronavirus strains

August 1, 2021, 3:01 pm

MOSCOW – Levels of antibodies that are enough to protect a person against various novel coronavirus strains are different, and cannot be viewed as a reliable criterion when deciding whether a vaccination is needed or not, said Yekaterina Stepanova, a Russian infectious diseases specialist and a… Read More

Covid-19 spirals out of control in Asia-Pacific region

Covid-19 spirals out of control in Asia-Pacific region

August 1, 2021, 12:08 pm

ANKARA – The number of daily coronavirus cases has increased in the vast majority of the Asia-Pacific region but it has become increasingly difficult to fight the pandemic in some countries. Despite the rapid progress of vaccinations in India, Malaysia and Japan, the number of infections has… Read More

Over 4B coronavirus vaccine jabs administered worldwide

Over 4B coronavirus vaccine jabs administered worldwide

July 29, 2021, 8:47 pm

ANKARA – Over four billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered worldwide, with Turkey ranking among the top 10 countries in the total number jabs given, according to Our World in Data, a tracking website affiliated with Oxford University. China leads the global count with over… Read More

Thailand registers record number of daily Covid-19 deaths

Thailand registers record number of daily Covid-19 deaths

July 29, 2021, 5:26 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Thailand registered a record number of daily coronavirus fatalities Thursday as 165 people died over the past day, taking the country’s death toll to 4,562. Cases also jumped to a new single-day high of 17,669 in the last 24 hours as the more infectious Delta variant… Read More

Tokyo's virus cases surge to record high just days into Olympics

Tokyo's virus cases surge to record high just days into Olympics

July 28, 2021, 2:42 pm

ANKARA – Coronavirus cases in Tokyo have shot up to a record high just four days after the start of the Olympics, local media reported on Tuesday. Japan’s capital reported 2,848 new cases – its highest daily figure to date – as a wave of infections driven by the contagious Delta variant… Read More

EU meets 70% vaccination target by July

EU meets 70% vaccination target by July

July 28, 2021, 1:20 pm

BRUSSELS – The European Union reached its target of vaccinating 70 percent of its adult population with at least one jab by July, the bloc’s top official confirmed on Tuesday. “The EU has kept its word and delivered,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission,… Read More

Delta variant poses increasing threat to unvaccinated Americans

Delta variant poses increasing threat to unvaccinated Americans

July 24, 2021, 1:48 pm

WASHINGTON – Covid-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations continue to surge among the unvaccinated across the United States, fueled by the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant. More than 91 million people live in a county considered to have high Covid-19 transmission, according… Read More

Jailed adviser of Myanmar's Suu Kyi dies of Covid-19

Jailed adviser of Myanmar's Suu Kyi dies of Covid-19

July 21, 2021, 7:29 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia  – A senior adviser to Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was imprisoned since the Feb. 1 military coup, has died of Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) on Tuesday, his party said. Nyan Win, 78, died at a hospital where he was shifted last week from Yangon’s… Read More

Delta variant accounts for 83% of US Covid cases as deaths rise

Delta variant accounts for 83% of US Covid cases as deaths rise

July 21, 2021, 1:58 pm

CHICAGO, United States – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that the Delta variant of the coronavirus accounts for 83 percent of new cases, up significantly from two weeks ago as deaths spike. As of July 3, the variant, considered more easily transmissible… Read More

PH important, trustworthy partner of Vietnam: PM

PH important, trustworthy partner of Vietnam: PM

July 20, 2021, 6:09 pm

HANOI – Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính spoke with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte over the phone late Monday, affirming that the archipelago nation is always an important and trustworthy partner that shares many concerns and strategic interests with Vietnam. Chính said… Read More

Fewer women than men to regain employment during Covid recovery

Fewer women than men to regain employment during Covid recovery

July 20, 2021, 2:38 pm

GENEVA – Inequalities between women and men in the job market that have been exacerbated due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic will persist and there will be 13 million fewer women employed in 2021 than in 2019, while men’s employment will have succeeded in recovering, an… Read More

Floods in Germany leave more than 150 dead

Floods in Germany leave more than 150 dead

July 18, 2021, 4:38 pm

BERLIN – More than 150 people were killed and over 650 injured in flooding in western Germany, officials said on Sunday. At least 110 people lost their lives in the hard-hit Ahrweiler district of the Rhineland-Palatinate state, the Koblenz Police Department said in a statement. It also reported… Read More