Angela Merkel: It was necessary to extend lockdown until 31 Jan

The German government said Tuesday it is extending the country's lockdown by three weeks until Jan. 31, tightening curbs on social contacts and planning limits on people's movements in the worst-affected regions as it tries to reduce stubbornly high infection figures and worrying numbers of coronavirus-related deaths. Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was “absolutely necessary” … Continue reading Angela Merkel: It was necessary to extend lockdown until 31 Jan

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The UK will do whatever it takes – Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Sunday that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England are likely as the country reels from a new coronavirus variant that has pushed infection rates to their highest recorded levels. Johnson, though, insisted he has “no doubt” that schools are safe and urged parents to send their children back into … Continue reading The UK will do whatever it takes – Boris Johnson

Pope Francis: Show a little kindness to one another

Pope Francis said he was very saddened that some people during COVID-19 pandemic holiday lockdowns managed to slip away on vacations while so many are suffering economic problems or are ill. During noon prayer remarks Sunday at the Vatican, Francis said that “we don’t know what 2021 has in store for us.” But, he added, … Continue reading Pope Francis: Show a little kindness to one another

Health Minister Jens Spahn admits slow delivery of coronavirus vaccine

Germany’s health minister is rejecting criticism of the country’s preparations for vaccination amid frustration over the gradual start to the process. Vaccinations in Germany and the rest of the 27-nation European Union started a week ago. In Germany, a nation of 83 million people, nearly 239,000 vaccinations had been reported to authorities by Sunday. There … Continue reading Health Minister Jens Spahn admits slow delivery of coronavirus vaccine

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BREAKING: Italian PM warns of new coronavirus restrictions

India has approved two COVID-19 vaccines, paving the way for a massive inoculation program. The vaccines are from Oxford University and AstraZeneca and local firm Bharat Biotech. In Britain, the prime minister is warning of new restrictions ahead as coronavirus infections soar. On Monday, the country plans to ramp up vaccinations using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. … Continue reading BREAKING: Italian PM warns of new coronavirus restrictions

Coronavirus: What you should know before traveling to Mexico

Traveling in Mexico is safe during the coronavirus pandemic if one follows sanitary protocols established by the destination where one travels, says the United States ambassador to Mexico. Christopher Landau told the newspaper El Financiero Wednesday during a culture and tourism event that he’s seen how seriously restaurants, hotels and other tourism-related businesses take Covid safety protocols … Continue reading Coronavirus: What you should know before traveling to Mexico

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South Africa experiencing ‘second wave’ of the coronavirus

South African health minister Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday announced that the country has entered the second wave of COVID-19 infections after 6,079 COVID-19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours. This brings the total case load in the country to 828,592. Up to the last week, the increase was mainly in the Eastern and Western Cape … Continue reading South Africa experiencing ‘second wave’ of the coronavirus

5 common myths about coronavirus vaccines debunked

Margaret Keenan has become the first person in the UK to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Following approval for the Pfizer jab and another major breakthrough from Moderna, there is hope in sight for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. But along with these developments comes heaps of information – and unfortunately, myths. Together with FullFact, ITV News has compiled the most common … Continue reading 5 common myths about coronavirus vaccines debunked

Spike in coronavirus deaths continues across Europe

As the two mortuary workers pushed a stretcher with a bagged corpse out of the room, the elderly man in the adjacent bed briefly awakened from his dementia. “Is he dead?” he muttered, extending his arm, trying to touch his roommate for the last time. Reflecting on a scene repeated too many times, one of … Continue reading Spike in coronavirus deaths continues across Europe

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Britons slam Boris Johnson’s plan to allow family gatherings during Christmas

Boris Johnson's plan to relax the UK coronavirus lockdown over the Christmas period is like "throwing fuel over the COVID fire" and will lead to a third wave of coronavirus deaths, according to a scientist advising the prime minister. The UK government on Tuesday announced that it had agreed with the devolved administrations to let … Continue reading Britons slam Boris Johnson’s plan to allow family gatherings during Christmas