Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Reuters

Europe becomes first region to surpass 1 million COVID-19 deaths

PARIS – Coronavirus-related deaths in the European region surpassed 1 million on Friday as vaccination efforts attempt to keep up with new variants causing a third wave of infections that could once again overwhelm hospitals. Since the pandemic began, at least 37,221,978 infections and 1,000,062 deaths were reported in the ...

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Japan to lift COVID-19 emergency in Tokyo

TOKYO – Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, said on Friday that he was resigning due to health concerns. Abe addressed the county and announced that the return of chronic ulcerative colitis – an inflammatory bowel disease that has afflicted Abe since he was a teenager – had rendered him unable to continue leading ...

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UK’s Covid-19 vaccine is safe and works extremely well, Boris Johnson

LONDON: The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and bio-pharmaceutical major AstraZeneca is safe and works extremely well, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday, amid reports that the doses were causing blood clot-related complications. In an editorial to coincide with the launch of a new ‘Integrated Review’ of ...

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WHO says surveillance systems working as nations pause AstraZeneca Covid shots

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said systems meant to protect public health were working, as several countries suspended use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to investigate possible side-effects. “This does not necessarily mean these events are linked to Covid-19 vaccination, but it’s routine practice to investigate them, and ...

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Record WhatsApp calls on iPhone, Android

LONDON: if you are an Android user, chances are that you will already have a call recorder installed on your phone. You can use that to record both voice and video calls, given that your phone has the option of multitasking. As soon as you make a phone call, open ...

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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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Bitcoin price drops more than $1,000 in Asian trade

HONG KONG/ TOKYO: Bitcoin hiccoughed in Asian trading on Thursday to at one point stand more than 6% down on the day after failing to make record highs. Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known crypto-currency, was last trading around $17,700, having lost more than $1,000 since its previous close. “With ...

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Morgan admits uncertainty over England’s best T20 side

CAPE TOWN: England captain Eoin Morgan says he does not know his best XI going into the three-match Twenty20 International series against hosts South Africa that starts at Newlands on Friday. England have a full-strength squad to choose from for the first time this year and Morgan admits there is ...

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New York closes schools as Europe virus deaths rise

NEW YORK: New York announced Wednesday it would close schools to battle a rise in coronavirus infections as the death rate in Europe surged and protests against restrictions turned violent. The toughened measures in America s most-populous city came despite Pharma giant Pfizer boosting hopes of a possible end to the ...

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United States to slash troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump vowed that he will sharply reduce the number of US forces deployed in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, but did not commit to a full withdrawal from the country’s longest war after facing fierce criticism from at home and abroad. ...

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