Friday, June 18, 2021



Japan to lift state of emergency for Tokyo, 8 other provinces

The Japanese government revealed it would lift the COVID-19 state of emergency for nine prefectures from Monday following its coronavirus advisory panel approving the move.

WHO monitors spread of new Covid-19 variant ‘Lambda’ in Latin America

A coronavirus variant that has appeared mainly in Latin America is now under special observation by the World Health Organisation, WHO.

COVID-19: Vaccination will be mandatory for home care staff in Britain

The British government is set to announce that care home workers will be required to have mandatory coronavirus vaccinations.

Fire kills family of 6 in Vietnam 

Six people died after a blaze engulfed a three-storey house early Tuesday in a city in central Vietnam, police said.

Japan doubles vaccination doses to 40,000 for Olympic workers

Japan is doubling its coronavirus vaccination doses to 40,000 for people working at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, having secured another 20,000 jabs.

COVID-19: Philippines records 5,389 new cases, 118 more deaths

The Philippines’ Department of Health, DOH, on Tuesday reported 5,389 new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,327,431.

BREAKING: Saudi Arabia says foreign pilgrims will not participate in 2021 Hajj

Saudi Arabia has limited 2021 Hajj pilgrimage to 60,000 residents and nationals living in the Kingdom due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of...

Pakistan inaugurates polio vaccination drive as COVID-19 infections drop

Pakistan has inaugurated a campaign to vaccinate millions of children against polio as coronavirus infections decline in the country.

Russia will not provide free vaccination to foreign citizens – Putin

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, said that Russia would not vaccinate foreign citizens against COVID-19 for free.

Taiwan thanks Japan and U.S. for timely offer of COVID-19 vaccines

Taiwan has thanked both Japan and the United States for the timely offer of COVID-19 vaccines as coronavirus cases on the island exceed 10,000.

Vietnam reverses decision to stop arrival of international flights

Vietnam has reversed the decision to stop the arrival of all international flights at its two largest airports just three days after implementing the ban, state media said on Wednesday.

Israel lifts coronavirus restrictions

Following a sharp drop in new coronavirus infections and severe illnesses, Israel is almost completely lifting government restrictions imposed to halt the spread of the virus.

New COVID-19 hybrid comprising Indian, British strains detected in Vietnam

Vietnam on Saturday said it had detected a new Coronavirus, COVID-19, variant comprising characteristics from both the British and Indian strains of the virus, state media reported.

EU chooses Ghana as possible manufacturing hub for COVID-19 vaccines

The European Commission has named Ghana as one of its possible manufacturing hubs of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa. A statement signed on Friday by Eugene...

Japan firms say Tokyo Olympics should be cancelled or postponed

Nearly 70 percent of Japanese firms want the Tokyo Olympics either cancelled or postponed, a Reuters survey has found out.

Pakistan’s COVID-19 deaths cross 20,000

Pakistan’s coronavirus death toll crossed 20,000 on Friday as authorities struggle to contain a third wave of the pandemic that has battered the South Asian nation.

Germany reopens amusement parks after months of lockdown

Germany’s amusement parks are gradually reopening after months of coronavirus shutdown.

Experts detonate World War II bomb in Frankfurt

After a mass evacuation of residents from a densely populated neighbourhood in Frankfurt, German disposal experts safely detonated a World War II-era bomb on Thursday morning.

Spain returns 1,600 migrants who swam to Ceuta exclave

About 1,600 migrants who reached Spain’s North African exclave of Ceuta have been returned to neighbouring Morocco, officials said on Tuesday.

Stuttgart may lose 45m euros due to pandemic

VfB Stuttgart are expecting a loss of around 45 million euros (54.6 million dollars) due to the coronavirus pandemic.

IPOB threat: Ohaneze asks Lagos govt to ignore rumour of planned attacks

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has advised Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ignore the rumour that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, are plotting to attack Lagos

Eid-el-Fitr prayer to hold at Abuja National Mosque – Management

The Management of the Abuja National Mosque has announced that Eid-ul-Fitr prayer would take place at the mosque on Wednesday or Thursday by 9:00a.m., depending on when the moon is sighted.

COVID-19: England may scrap social distancing next month – Boris Johnson

England could see its one metre social distancing rule scrapped from next month, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

Australian Olympians prioritised for COVID vaccination

Australian athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be given priority access to coronavirus vaccines.

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