Covid-19 infections

  • Robots target coronavirus with ultraviolet light at London train station
    LONDON, September 23 (Reuters): Robots that can kill the coronavirus with ultraviolet light have been brought in at one of London's biggest train stations, St Pancras International, as it tries to restore customer confidence in the safety of travel hubs. Stations suffered a blow on Tuesday when Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people to work from home again where possible and also ordered restaurants and bars to close early to tackle a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
  • Modi raises red flag for India's 60 districts with CMs
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 23 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday raised a red flag about 60 districts of the country spread across seven states, as far as their handling of the current pandemic is concerned. The PM emphasised upon the need for better communication and staying alert against those spreading rumours. "There are more than 700 districts in the country.However, only 60 districts in 7 states are a cause of worry," said the Prime Minister. He sugges
  • COVID 'firepower': Britain imposes 6-month curbs against second wave
    LONDON, September 22 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people on Tuesday to work from home where possible and ordered bars and restaurants to close early to tackle a fast-spreading second wave of COVID-19 with restrictions lasting probably six months. After government scientists cautioned that deaths may soar without urgent action, Johnson stopped short of another full lockdown as he did in March but said further action could be taken if the disease was not s
  • Myanmar orders Yangon stay at home from Monday
    YANGON, September 20 (Reuters): Myanmar announced a stay-at-home order for its biggest city Yangon after reporting a record daily increase in new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The order in Yangon, Myanmar's commercial capital, comes into effect on Monday and will force all employees to work from home. Schools were already closed under previous lockdown measures. The health ministry said on Sunday it had recorded 671 new coronavirus cases, without saying where. Most of the
  • Russia approves first COVID-19 prescription drug for sale in pharmacies
    MOSCOW, September 18 (Reuters): Russia has approved R-Pharm's Coronavir treatment for outpatients with mild to moderate COVID-19 infections and the antiviral drug could be rolled out to pharmacies in the country as soon as next week, the company said on Friday. Coronavir's approval as a prescription drug follows the green light for another Russian COVID-19 drug, Avifavir, in May. Both are based on favipiravir, which was developed in Japan and is widely used there a
  • At least 17 Indian MPs infected with coronavirus as cases near 5 million
    NEW DELHI, September 15 (Reuters): At least 17 members of the Indian parliament have tested positive for the coronavirus, government officials said on Tuesday, underlining the widening spread of infections set to cross five million cases soon. The lawmakers were screened ahead of the re-opening of parliament on Monday after six months. MPs cleared by the tests wore masks, occupied seats with glass enclosures and worked for truncated hours. Twelve of the 17 infected MPs were
  • AstraZeneca should know by year-end whether vaccine works if trials restart
    ZURICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters): AstraZeneca should still know before the end of the year whether its experimental vaccine protects people against COVID-19, the drugmaker's chief executive Pascal Soriot said on Thursday, as long as it can resume trials soon. The British company suspended late-stage trials this week after an illness in a participant in Britain. The patient was reportedly suffering from symptoms associated with a rare spinal inflammatory disorder called transverse
  • 'Don't kill your gran' - Britain sounds COVID alarm
    LONDON, September 8 (Reuters): British ministers and medics are urging the public to get serious again about the coronavirus after a sharp rise in infections raised fears the outbreak was slipping out of control in some parts. Close to 3,000 new cases were recorded on Sunday and again on Monday - a sudden jump from numbers much closer to 1,000 for most of August, and the highest since May. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said young people had become too relaxed about social di
  • South Korea's new coronavirus cases sink to three-week low amid tight restrictions
    SEOUL, September 6 (Reuters): South Korea on Sunday reported the smallest daily rise in coronavirus infections in three weeks as tighter restrictions cap a second wave. The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 167 new cases of the virus in the 24 hours until midnight on Saturday, down from 168 the previous day. This brings South Korea's total number of COVID-19 infections to 21,177, with 334 deaths. South Korea's success in crushing early o
  • 'Black holes': India's coronavirus apps raise privacy fears
    CHENNAI, August 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Harinder Kaur was not surprised when people slammed their doors in her face as she walked into neighbourhoods in the northern state of Punjab armed with a smartphone and a long list of health and travel-related questions. The 28-year-old health worker had been told to go door-to-door in villages in Patiala district and help populate the state's COVID-19 tracing app with "thousands of details" people were unwilling to sha
  • Church at centre of South Korea coronavirus outbreak says government fabricating tests
    SEOUL, August 21 (Reuters): South Korea's battle to contain a new outbreak of the coronavirus has been complicated by a political and religious fight between President Moon Jae-in's administration and some of his fiercest critics. Sarang Jeil Church is the second religious group at the centre of a major coronavirus outbreak in South Korea. The government accuses the church of obstruction by not providing complete lists of its members and spreading fake news that is h
  • Africa beginning to "bend the curve" of coronavirus - Africa CDC
    KAMPALA/NAIROBI, August 20 (Reuters): Africa is beginning to slowly "bend the curve" of COVID-19 infections as measures like mask-wearing and social distancing slow down the spread of the pandemic on the continent, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. Although the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak was slow in Africa in the early stages of the pandemic, the rate of infection gradually accelerated especially in South Africa, which now ac
  • South Korea COVID-19 infections 'in full swing' after protest outbreak
    SEOUL, August 20 (Reuters): South Korea's coronavirus infections are back "in full swing" and spreading nationwide after members of a church attended a political demonstration, authorities said on Thursday, threatening one of the world's COVID-19 success stories. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 288 new cases as of midnight on Wednesday, marking a week of triple-digit daily increases, although down slightly from the previous
  • South Korea accuses church pastor as COVID-19 cases surge
    SEOUL, August 16 (Reuters): South Korea accused a conservative pastor on Sunday of violating self-isolation rules and obstructing contact tracing at a church where 240 infections have fuelled the country's worst outbreak in over five months. The focus on the Sarang Jeil Church, led by Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon, revived bad memories of the country's biggest outbreak, among followers of a secretive Christian sect back in February. South Korea on Sunday reported 279 new cases
  • Indian villagers tire of coronavirus rules just as rural cases surge
    BAIHATA CHARIALI/KARALAPAKKAM, August 12 (Reuters): Harmahan Deka doesn't wear a mask anymore to avoid the novel coronavirus nor does he try to keep a safe distance from others. For the 25 men and women he works with in his construction materials business near the small town of Baihata Chariali in Assam, life is more or less as it used to be, Deka says. "The virus can't attack me, it's weakened," the 50-year-old diabetic said. "I often hang out at
  • Vietnam turns Danang stadium into field hospital amid virus outbreak
    HANOI, August 6 (Reuters): Vietnam is close to completing the conversion of a sports stadium into a 1,000-bed field hospital in its new coronavirus epicentre Danang, the health ministry said on Thursday, as it battles an outbreak that has spread to at least 11 locations. Aggressive contact-tracing, targeted testing and strict quarantining had helped Vietnam halt an earlier contagion, but it is now racing to control infections in the central city and beyond after a new outbreak
  • Can't say if India will have 2nd Covid wave: ICMR
    New Delhi, August 3 (ANI): ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava said has said that it is difficult to predict whether or not India will see a second wave of COVID-19 infections and there will be smaller peaks at different times due to varied geography of the country. In an exclusive interview with ANI, (Prof) Dr Bhargava also said that the situation was rapidly evolving and there have been immense variations in spread of infection and mortality rates in different geographies and across dif
  • Vietnam says every city, province now at risk of virus infection
    HANOI, July 29 (Reuters): Vietnam, virus-free for months, was bracing for another wave of COVID-19 infections on Wednesday after state media reported new cases in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Highlands linked to a recent outbreak in the central city of Danang. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the current wave of infections was different to the second wave Vietnam fought in March and every province and city in the Southeast Asian country was at risk, state broadca
  • New travel curbs as world comes to grips with second COVID-19 wave
    SYDNEY/LONDON, July 27 (Reuters): Nations in Asia imposed new restrictions on Monday and an abrupt British quarantine on travellers from Spain threw Europe's summer reopening into disarray, as the world confronted the prospect of a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Surges were reported in a number of countries previously singled out as places where the virus was under control. Australia recorded a record daily rise. Vietnam locked down the city of Danang, forcing the e
  • WHO sees 'intense transmission' of virus in relatively few countries
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters): The World Health Organization is seeing intense transmission of the coronavirus in relatively few countries, its chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Thursday. "We continue to see intense transmission in a relatively small group of countries," he told a virtual briefing in Geneva. "Two-thirds of all cases are from 10 countries. Almost half of all cases reported so far are from just three countries." He also said that