COVID-19

    • World leaders to tackle climate, pandemic at UN summit

      World leaders to tackle climate, pandemic at UN summit

      The world leaders are returning to the UN in New York to tackle issues linked to the change in climate, pandemic and migration. As the Covid-19 is still devastating lots of countries on the back of inequitable vaccination progress, about a third of the 193 UN states are planning to send videos, but presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers for the remainder are due to travel to the United States, Reuters elaborated.

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    • Dozens in Putin's inner circle at Kremlin tested with Covid ahead of elections

      Dozens in Putin's inner circle at Kremlin tested with Covid ahead of elections

      President Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday that dozens of people in his inner circle at the Kremlin had tested positive for coronavirus, AFP reported. Earlier this week, the 68-year-old Putin said he was self-isolating after announcing an outbreak among members of his entourage. "Cases of the coronavirus were detected in my inner circle. Not just one or two but several dozen people," Putin said, speaking via video link at a meeting of a Moscow-led security alliance.

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    • UK аbandons plans for Covid-19 vaccine passports

      UK аbandons plans for Covid-19 vaccine passports

      Authorities in Britain have decided not to require vaccine passports for entry into nightclubs and other crowded events in England, Britain’s health secretary Sajid Javid said Sunday, reversing course amid opposition from some of the Conservative government’s supporters in Parliament, AP reported. Javid said the government has shelved the idea of vaccine passports for now but could reconsider the decision if Covid-19 cases rise exponentially once again. 

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    • ЕМА: Mu Covid variant potentially of concern

      ЕМА: Mu Covid variant potentially of concern

      The European Medicines Agency said Thursday a coronavirus variant known as "Mu" could be cause for concern, although there is no data yet to show it will overtake the dominant Delta strain, AFP reported. Mu, which was first identified in Colombia in January and is known scientifically as B.1.621, was classified earlier this month as a "variant of interest" by the WHO.

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    • Sweden to lift most remaining pandemic restrictions on 29 September

      Sweden to lift most remaining pandemic restrictions on 29 September

      Sweden will push ahead with easing Covid-19 restrictions at the end of this month, removing most curbs and limits on public venues such as restaurants, theatres and stadiums, the government announced on Tuesday, Reuters reported. With most adults vaccinated, Sweden has gradually eased some restrictions during a summer lull in the pandemic. While it has seen infections mount in recent weeks amid the rapid spread of the more contagious Delta variant, deaths from the disease have remained low.

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    • Slovakia eases Covid rules ahead of Pope Francis’s visit

      Slovakia eases Covid rules ahead of Pope Francis’s visit

      Slovakia has widened registration for public events planned during a visit by Pope Francis that begins on Sunday to allow some people not vaccinated against Covid-19 also to attend, Reuters reported. Pope Francis is due to arrive in mainly Roman Catholic Slovakia on 12 September for a visit culminating in an open-air Mass at the Sastin pilgrimage site in western Slovakia on 15 September.

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    • WHO pandemic early warning hub inaugurated in Berlin

      WHO pandemic early warning hub inaugurated in Berlin

      World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and German Chancellor Angela Merkel officiated at the opening in Berlin on Wednesday of a pandemic early warning hub, dpa reported. The centre aims to prepare the world for future pandemics through the collection and analysis of large amounts of data.

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    • Kosovo, Albania and part of Serbia postpone school openings due to coronavirus

      Kosovo, Albania and part of Serbia postpone school openings due to coronavirus

      Kosovo on Tuesday postponed the beginning of the school year for students up through high school by two weeks following a surge of coronavirus infections due to the delta variant, and new precautions were taken in other Western Balkan countries like Albania and Serbia, news wires reported. Perparim Kryeziu, the spokesman for the Kosovo government, told the Associated Press that “we have put up some new restrictive measures,” which include postponing classes until Sept. 13, imposing a 10 p.m.-5 a.m. nightly curfew, having restaurants and bars only operate outside and mandatory mask-wearing both indoors and outside.

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