COVID-19

Global coronavirus infections top 30 million

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe has surpassed 30 million, according to figures by America's Johns Hopkins University. More than 940,000 have died with Covid-19 since the outbreak began in China late...

Hurricane Sally: Deadly storm leaves 550,000 without power in US

Tropical Storm Sally has left more than half a million Americans without power as its torrential rains and storm surges lashed the US Gulf coast. Sally weakened after it made landfall as a Category 2...

India passes five million Covid cases amid spike

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in India has surpassed five million, officials say, the second-highest in the world after the US. The virus is spreading much faster in India than any other country, with...

WHO reports record daily rise in coronavirus cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded a record one-day rise in the number of new coronavirus infections, with 307,930 reported over 24 hours. The agency said that deaths rose by more than 5,500, bringing...

Oxford University to resume Covid-19 vaccine trial after pause

Trials of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University will resume after being paused due to a reported side effect in a patient in the UK. On Tuesday, AstraZeneca said the studies were being...
Nigeria state passes law to castrate child rapists

Nigeria state passes law to castrate child rapists

Lawmakers in Nigeria's Kaduna State have approved surgical castration as punishment for those convicted of raping children under the age of 14. State governor, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai needs to sign the bill for it to...

Oxford vaccine trial paused as participant falls ill

Final clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, have been put on hold after a participant had an adverse reaction in the UK. AstraZeneca described it as a "routine" pause...
WHO ramps up COVID-19 support to hotspot countries in Africa

WHO ramps up COVID-19 support to hotspot countries in Africa

The first members of a surge team of health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa to bolster the country’s response to COVID-19. As the continent nears one...
Australia hopes to roll out almost 85M COVID-19 vaccine doses

Australia hopes to roll out almost 85M COVID-19 vaccine doses

Australia says it will secure almost 85 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine if two promising trials prove successful. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country had struck two deals that would allow free doses...

Russian Covid-19 vaccine shows signs of immune response

Russian scientists have published the first report on their coronavirus vaccine, saying early tests showed signs of an immune response. The report published by medical journal The Lancet said every participant developed antibodies to fight...
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