BRAZIL ASKS WOMEN TO DELAY PREGNANCY OVER NEW CORONAVIRUS VARIANT FEARS

Sat 17 April 2021: Brazil asked women on Friday to delay getting pregnant until the worst of the pandemic passes, saying the virus variant that is devastating the South American country appears to affect expectant mothers more than earlier versions of the coronavirus. The recommendation comes as Brazil continues to be one of the global […]

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PM MODI: KUMBH MELA “SHOULD NOW ONLY BE SYMBOLIC” AS INDIA RECORDS OVER 234,000 NEW COVID CASES

Sat 17 April 2021: India on Saturday recorded a new high of more than 234,000 daily coronavirus cases, according to Health Ministry figures.  The figures show 234,692 cases were registered, which pushed the total to 14.5 million. There were 1,341 new deaths, taking the number of fatalities to 175,649. Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning […]

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SA LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC VACCINATION DATA SYSTEM FOR PEOPLE 60 YEARS AND OLDER

Fri 16 April 2021: South Africa launched on Friday an electronic platform where citizens aged 60 and older can register to get vaccinated against COVID-19, marking the first time in the country’s democratic history that a major public health campaign is supported by a one-for-all digital system. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize described the launch of […]

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WHO EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT RISING COVID-19 RATES DURING RAMADAN

Thu 15 April 2021: The World Health Organization expressed concern Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic could worsen in the Middle East and North Africa during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Detected cases of COVID-19 infection in the region rose 22% last week, while deaths rose 17%, said Ahmed al-Mandhari, the Cairo-based chief of the […]

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“THE SITUATION IS HORRIBLE”: INDIA RECORDS MORE THAN 200,000 DAILY COVID-19 CASES

Thu 15 April 2021: India has reported a record 200,000 new daily COVID-19 cases, with the financial hub of Mumbai going into lockdown and hospitals treating coronavirus patients reporting severe shortages of beds and oxygen supplies. According to figures released Thursday by the Health Ministry, a total of 206,793 cases were registered, which pushed the country’s total […]

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IRAN HOPES TO GET MORE DOSES OF RUSSIA’S SPUTNIK V VACCINE

Wed 14 April 2021: Iran hopes to receive more doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday. “I would like to thank the Russian Federation for vaccine delivery, and I hope that through the cooperation between our countries we will be able to license the manufacturing […]

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