Coronavirus

N.Korea-China freight train service resumes

A freight train from the Chinese border city of Dandong was seen crossing a railway bridge into North Korea on Monday, marking the resumption of such a cargo service operation between the two countries after a five-month halt.

Italy revises upwards GDP growth in 2021 to 6.7%

Italy revised upwards its gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2021 to 6.7 per cent, according to the revised data issued by the country's National Statistics Institute (ISTAT).

Germany approves stricter Covid measures

The German Cabinet has approved tougher state intervention measures ahead of an expected fresh wave of coronavirus infections this autumn.

N.Korea urges heightened alert against new virus found in China

North Korea on Wednesday called for heightened alert against a new virus detected in China, just weeks after Pyongyang claimed victory over the Covid-19 crisis.

Germany likely to impose mask mandate if Covid spreads in winter

Germany is likely to introduce an indoor mask mandate if there is a significant increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 in the upcoming autumn and winter months, health ministers said at a meeting, though they differed over possible exemptions.

N.Korea to hold key parliamentary meeting on Sep 7

North Korea will convene a key parliamentary meeting in Pyongyang next month to discuss organisational and other pending issues, its state media said on Monday.

Italian economy sees 4.6% growth in Q2, despite high inflation

Italy's economy grew 4.6 per cent in the second quarter of this year (Q2) compared to the same period a year ago, the government's statistics body reported.

SKorea's new COVID-19 cases above 70,000 for 3rd day as subvariant spreads

South Korea's new coronavirus cases stayed above 70,000 for the third straight day Thursday due to the spread of a highly contagious omicron subvariant.

Australia reinstates emergency pandemic payment for workers amid battle against Covid in winter

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has bowed to pressure to reinstate the emergency pandemic leave payments for workers infected with the coronavirus.

Australian PM calls national cabinet meeting amid Covid battle

Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has called an emergency national cabinet meeting to discuss the escalating coronavirus crisis in the current winter months.

Manipur extends summer vacation in schools till July 24 amid surge in Covid cases

In view of the rising fresh cases of Covid-19, the Manipur government has extended the summer vacation up to July 24 in all the schools, officials said here on Wednesday.

Vietnam's state budget collection up 18.8% in 1st half of 2022

Vietnam posted a budget collection of 932.9 trillion VND ($39 billion) in the first half of 2022, up 18.8 per cent year on year, the Ministry of Finance said on Tuesday.

KL Rahul 'healing and recovering well' following a successful surgery

India opener KL Rahul on Wednesday informed that he underwent successful surgery and is now "headling and recovering well".

Italy's Covid reproduction number, hospitalisations spike

Italy's Covid-19 reproduction number (RT) is on the rise, while hospitalisations have also spiked amid a fresh resurgence, according to government data.

Kenya reinstates mask mandate as Covid positivity rate spikes

Kenya's Ministry of Health has reinstated the wearing of masks in public spaces as the country's Covid-19 positivity rate has spiked.

Public sectors in Macao to suspend operations

Public sectors across Macao, except those providing emergency or essential services, will suspend operations on Monday and Tuesday after 31 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases were reported amid an ongoing spike.

Italy's Covid infection rate rising again after weeks of decline

Italy's coronavirus infection rate is on the rise again, according to data released by the government's main health research institute, although the transmission rate is still declining.

German central bank lowers 2022 GDP growth forecast to 1.9%

The Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany's central bank, has lowered its growth forecast for the country's gross domestic product (GDP) to 1.9 per cent in 2022 from its previous projection of 4.2 per cent growth in December last year.

Covid origins: Lab leak theory needs 'further investigations', says WHO

After more than two years, the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic still remains a mystery. In a new report, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the theory that the Covid virus might have escaped from a laboratory needs "further investigations".

Shanghai Film Festival cancelled due to Covid crisis

China's most prestigious film festival, the Shanghai International Film Festival has officially been cancelled for this year. The festival is normally held in mid-June.

Chinese mainland reports 102 new local confirmed Covid-19 cases

The Chinese mainland reported 102 locally-transmitted confirmed Covid-19 cases, of which 44 were in Shanghai and 41 in Beijing, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.

S. Korea to resume 136 flights on 22 int'l routes from June

South Korea will resume 136 flights on 22 international routes, including one connecting Seoul and Tokyo, starting from June 2022, a state-run airport management company said.

Argentina applies over 101 mn shots of Covid-19 vaccines

Argentina has applied more than 101 million vaccine shots against Covid-19, the Health Ministry said.

Australian medical body calls for return of face masks

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) on Wednesday called for a return of face masks to mitigate an impending spike in Covid-19 and influenza cases.

Global Covid caseload tops 524.6 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 524.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.28 million and vaccinations to over 11.42 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid caseload tops 521.9 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 521.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.26 million and vaccinations to over 11.41 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

S.Korean airlines to impose record fuel surcharges on int'l routes

South Korean airlines are set to impose record fuel surcharges on international routes in June in the wake of soaring jet fuel prices, industry sources said Monday.

Global Covid caseload tops 521.4 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 521.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.26 million and vaccinations to over 11.40 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid caseload tops 520.5 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 520.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.26 million and vaccinations to over 11.40 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid caseload tops 520 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 520 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.26 million and vaccinations to over 11.39 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid caseload tops 517.8 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 517.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.25 million and vaccinations to over 11.36 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid caseload tops 517.3 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 517.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.25 million and vaccinations to over 11.33 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid caseload tops 516.6 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 516.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.24 million and vaccinations to over 11.33 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid caseload tops 516 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 516 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.24 million and vaccinations to over 11.32 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Seoul to resume late-night public transit service

The Seoul city government on Thursday said it will begin resuming late-night public transportation operations in the city, two years after they were reduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Global Covid caseload tops 515.4 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 515.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.24 million and vaccinations to over 11.31 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid caseload tops 514 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 514 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.23 million and vaccinations to over 11.31 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid caseload tops 513.8 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 513.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.23 million and vaccinations to over 11.31 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid caseload tops 513 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 513 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.23 million and vaccinations to over 11.35 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid caseload tops 511.5 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 511.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.22 million and vaccinations to over 11.31 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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