Thursday, 21 January 2021

Tag Archives: COVID-19

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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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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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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Sterling pushed up by weaker US dollar, hopes of Brexit deal

LONDON: Sterling traded at a one-week high on Wednesday, helped by a weaker US dollar and by hopes that Britain will forge a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union in time for its departure from the customs union and single market in January. Those hopes have been fed by ...

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Frankfurt cancels Christmas market over virus spike

BERLIN: The German city of Frankfurt has become the latest to cancel its traditional Christmas market as the nation struggles to halt an alarming rise in coronavirus infections. “Frankfurt is pulling the corona emergency brake,” the bestselling Bild daily wrote after city officials made the decision in emergency talks. The ...

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Emergency declared in Spain; global virus cases soar

MADRID: Spain declared a national state of emergency to tackle a second coronavirus wave as the World Health Organisation reported a third straight day of record new infections across the world. The WHO has warned that some countries are on a “dangerous track”, with too many witnessing an exponential increase ...

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