Thursday, 21 January 2021

COVID-19

India avoid ODI series whitewash against Australia

CANBERRA: India registered a 13-run win over Australia in the third and final ODI in Canberra. It proved to be a consolation win for the Virat Kohli’s side which had already lost the first two games in the series. An unbeaten 92-run knock by Hardik Pandya and half-centuries from Ravindra ...

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UK to introduce covid-19 vaccine next week

LONDON: Britain on Wednesday became the first Western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine for general use, announcing a rollout of Pfizer-BioNTech’s drug from next week in a historic advance for humanity’s fightback against the coronavirus. “Help is on its way,” health secretary Matt Hancock tweeted as his department announced ...

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Tesco to repay £585 mil in virus business rates relief

LONDON: Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, said it will repay £585 million of Covid-19 pandemic business rates relief it received from the government as some of the risks of the crisis were behind it. Britain’s supermarket groups have performed well during the pandemic but have been criticised by lawmakers and media ...

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Australia exits first recession in almost 30 years

SYDNEY: Australia has exited its first recession in almost 30 years, after official figures on Wednesday showed the economy grew 3.3 percent in July-September compared with the coronavirus-hit previous quarter. With local transmission of Covid-19 largely under control, official data showed businesses have begun to rebound and consumer spending has ...

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UN calls on humanity to end ‘war on nature,’ go

: As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its “war on nature” and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution. With new reports highlighting ...

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Six members of Pakistan squad test positive for COVID-19

WELLINGTON: Six members of Pakistan’s touring squad have tested positive for COVID-19, New Zealand Cricket confirmed Thursday, throwing preparations for the series into turmoil. “Two of these six results have been deemed “historical”; four have been confirmed as new,” New Zealand Cricket said. “This means that, in line with the ...

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Britain offers support to mitigate socio-economic impact of COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: The British High Commissioner, Christian Turner, offered to provide all possible help from the British government for the people of Pakistan in mitigating the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The ambassador extended this offer during a call on meeting with Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue. Dr. ...

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Airline body IATA develops mobile apps for COVID-era travel

PARIS: Global aviation body IATA is developing a set of mobile apps to help passengers to navigate COVID-19 travel restrictions and securely share test and vaccine certificates with airlines and governments, it said on Monday. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents many of the world’s major airlines, plans ...

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Pakistan team reach New Zealand, to remain in quarantine for 14 days

AUCKLAND: Pakistan cricket team have Tuesday reached New Zealand to play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and two Test matches against the Kiwis. The 54-member squad – including players and support staff – landed in Auckland and then reached Christchurch. All members will remain under complete isolation for three days during ...

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Covid-19 vaccines offer hope as world leaders plan for future

PARIS: France is expected to loosen its coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday as the boss of a major airline said proof of vaccination will likely become the only way people can fly in a post-pandemic world. Hopes over Covid-19 vaccines have given a boost to virus-weary citizens across the globe, but ...

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