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Germany ready to stiffen lockdown measures

German authorities were expected to extend lockdown measures again on Monday and possibly tighten some restrictions as they face a steady rise in new coronavirus infections, but leave schools open for now. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state governors, who in highly decentralized Germany are responsible for imposing and lifting restrictions, held a … Continue reading Germany ready to stiffen lockdown measures

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What’s behind the increasing cases of gang violence in Paris?

France has been alarmed over recent weeks by a spate of killings of young people in gang violence in the Paris region during the school holidays. Experts say that the role of social media and the economic effects of the Covid-19 crisis are major factors behind this phenomenon. The most recent killing to shake France was that … Continue reading What’s behind the increasing cases of gang violence in Paris?

China approves more coronavirus vaccines from domestic companies

China's drug authority said Thursday it had approved two more coronavirus vaccines made by domestic companies for public use. The vaccines made by CanSino Biologics and a unit of Sinopharm were given conditional approvals after they were found protective against Covid-19, said the National Medical Products Administration. Conditional approvals help to speed emergency drugs to … Continue reading China approves more coronavirus vaccines from domestic companies

Nigerians shouldn’t expect coronavirus vaccines anytime soon – FG

The Federal Government has said it would not be able to put a date on when the expected COVID-19 vaccines would be delivered to Nigeria. Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this while fielding questions from State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the week’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President … Continue reading Nigerians shouldn’t expect coronavirus vaccines anytime soon – FG

BREAKING: Coronavirus updates

State governments in the U.S. are passing their own virus aid, not waiting for Washington. The U.N.'s global vaccine plan is underway, but problems remain. Ghana's first to get those COVAX shots. The FDA says single-shot dose from Johnson & Johnson prevents severe COVID. And Pfizer's vaccine works well in first big ‘real world’ test. … Continue reading BREAKING: Coronavirus updates

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Kentucky urging Black Americans to take

The Rev. Jim Thurman counts himself among the converts who recognize the importance of taking a COVID-19 vaccine. The prominent Black activist received his second dose of vaccine Wednesday as Kentucky’s governor highlighted efforts to encourage minority populations to roll up their sleeves for the shots. “It’s a matter between life and death,” said Thurman, … Continue reading Kentucky urging Black Americans to take

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Tokyo 2020 chief says coronavirus won’t stop the Olympics

The pandemic-postponed Olympics will go ahead this summer "however the coronavirus evolves", Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said Tuesday, brushing aside doubts about the event. "We'll certainly go ahead however the coronavirus (pandemic) evolves," he told a meeting of Olympic organisers and members of Japan's ruling party in Tokyo. "We must go beyond discussion about … Continue reading Tokyo 2020 chief says coronavirus won’t stop the Olympics

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