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Britain on Wednesday became the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine for general use, while Italy and Japan promised free inoculations for all even as the global death toll ticked towards 1.5 million.

Iconic Vienna hotel turns to drive-in cake as pandemic bites

The coronavirus pandemic may have forced many of Vienna's luxury hotels to close indefinitely as global travel restrictions keep away the many millions of tourists who usually visit the Austrian capital every year.

Japan residents to get free Covid-19 vaccine

Japan will give free coronavirus vaccines to all of its residents under a bill passed Wednesday, as the nation battles record numbers of daily cases.

Egypt's Berber speakers cling to language in isolated oasis

Youssef Diab drives his truck through the Egyptian oasis of Siwa, singing catchy songs in a local Berber dialect that clings to life despite the dominance of Arabic.

Machu Picchu to ease Covid-19 visitor limit

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru's tourist sites, will increase its daily visitor limit to more than 1,000, the Culture Ministry said Tuesday.

The challenges set to confront life sciences in 2021 Special

How will the life science sector and wider healthcare further transform into 2021? The coronavirus disruption, which saw a rise in telehealth, and other remote services being offered.

Devastating effect of COVID-19 pandemic on TB response

A side-effect of the coronavirus pandemic is the impact upon other diseases and conditions. One prime example is tuberculosis, where cases have been increasing in different regions of the world.

Battle over borscht: new front in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Ukrainian chef Ievgen Klopotenko never expected to find himself at the centre of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The Covid 'longhaulers' behind a global patient movement

Snatching moments of clarity through the brain fog that was among the lingering symptoms of her coronavirus infection, Hannah Davis joined a team of similarly ill researchers and launched a study of what is now called "long Covid".

Moderna requests US, Europe vaccine approvals after full results

US firm Moderna said it would file requests for emergency authorization of its Covid-19 vaccine in the United States and Europe on Monday, after full results confirmed a high efficacy estimated at 94.1 percent.

Covid-19 outbreak reported on Oregon mink farm

An outbreak of COVID-19 at a mink farm in Oregon has resulted in a quarantine at that farm. The farmer and his staff have also been advised to self-isolate after multiple coronavirus cases were reported among workers on the farm.

Canada's COVID-19 'Atlantic Bubble' is now on life-support

The “bubble” pact between Canada’s four Atlantic provinces has disintegrated in the face of rising COVID-19 cases across the region. Nearly 60 new cases of the coronavirus were reported on Saturday and Sunday

'Happy Jack's World' supports mental health awareness

"Happy Jack's World" is an online community for the misunderstood. It features art apparel designs in support of mental health awareness. Digital Journal has the scoop.

Swiss to keep skiing through pandemic, even as EU eyes ban

As EU countries debate a bloc-wide ban on ski holidays to curb coronavirus infections, downhill enthusiasts may be tempted to head to non-member Switzerland, where the winter season is well underway.

Small is beautiful: Gaza's toned-down Covid-era weddings

To the sound of drums and flutes, a freshly coiffed Palestinian groom dances with his brothers, cousins and friends, anxiously waiting for his veiled bride to arrive in her shimmering gown.

Narcolepsy fiasco spurs Covid vaccine fears in Sweden

Take a vaccine developed in haste? Never again, says Meissa Chebbi, who, like hundreds of other young Swedes suffered debilitating narcolepsy after a mass vaccination campaign against the 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic.

AstraZeneca admits errors were made in vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

Coronavirus treatments: some progress, no panacea

Nearly a year after a mysterious pneumonia emerged in China and began its global spread, there is still no silver bullet treatment for Covid-19 despite an unprecedented effort to discover new medicines or repurpose existing drugs.

Pandemic or not, people must stay active: WHO

The coronavirus pandemic is no excuse for not getting enough exercise, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, warning that even before the crisis many were getting too little physical activity.

US visitors from developing nations to pay thousands in visa bonds

The United States will temporarily require visitors from Iran, Myanmar and a number of African nations to pay up to $15,000 in visa bonds in a new hardline immigration measure enacted late in Donald Trump's presidency.

Coronavirus cases and deaths set new record highs in U.S.

The U.S. logged 2,092 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, making it the deadliest day since May 6, when 2,611 fatalities were reported. More than 3.1 million new cases of the virus have been reported since November 1, the most reported in a single month.

Turin restaurants unite to serve Italy's needy

In the kitchen of the Michelin-starred Del Cambio restaurant, chef Matteo Baronetto fusses over a boiling vat of paccheri -- fat pasta tubes to be immersed in a light tomato sauce.

Bosnian 'energy pyramids' boosted by Djokovic visits

With tree-covered slopes that rise to a pointed summit, the mountain overlooking the Bosnian town of Visoko resembles any other ordinary hillside in the Balkan state.

Scotland becomes first country to offer free period products

Scotland on Tuesday voted to offer free universal access to period products, becoming the first country in the world to do so.

Op-Ed: Tattoos and skin damage: Looking at the data

Tattoos are increasingly popular and tattoo parlours are one area of consumer product supply that are doing well during the peculiar circumstances arising from COVID-19. Not all tattoo shops are of the same standard and there are some areas of concern.

COVID-19 cases in children increases 28% in past two weeks

There were 144,145 new coronavirus cases among children 17 and under in the U.S. from Nov. 12 to 19, a record 28 percent increase over the previous week ending Nov. 12, which saw 112,000 new COVID-19 cases among children.

Hundreds of flights cancelled as Shanghai tackles virus outbreak

Hundreds of flights at one of China's busiest airports were cancelled Tuesday as Shanghai raced to bring a local coronavirus outbreak under control.

Australia eyes vaccination entry requirement

Australia will likely require international arrivals to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face a prolonged quarantine, as officials sketch out what "new normal" virus restrictions may look like.

Americans defy virus guidelines for high-risk Thanksgiving

Busy airports and serpentine queues at testing sites: many Americans plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with extended family Thursday despite authorities warning they risk exacerbating the coronavirus pandemic engulfing the country.

AstraZeneca promises virus vaccine at cost price worldwide

Hopes of an effective vaccine against coronavirus becoming available rose again on Monday with AstraZeneca and Oxford University claiming success with their product, becoming the third team to do so.

Millions ignoring CDC warnings to travel for Thanksgiving

Airports across the U.S. were jam-packed with travelers over the weekend as more than 2 million people passed through TSA checkpoints on Friday and Saturday — the busiest two-day period since March.

Shanghai airport mass testing staff after virus cases reported

Staff at Shanghai's biggest international airport are facing mass testing after a small outbreak of Covid-19 in the city was linked to several cargo handlers, with plans underway to vaccinate high-risk workers.

Images show the extent of food insecurity in America

About 4 in 10 Americans have experienced food insecurity for the first time during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since March as many as seven million people have enrolled in the federal government's food stamp program and that won't last much longer.

Finnish ferry runs aground in Baltic with nearly 430 aboard

A passenger ferry ran aground Saturday next to islands between Sweden and Finland, leaving nearly 430 passengers and crew stranded for the night, the Finnish owner and coast guard said.

DR Congo hoteliers bet on luxury in troubled east

The new five-star Serena Hotel in the city of Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has more than 100 luxury rooms and all of the amenities: a conference centre, restaurants, spas and a gym.

US approves Regeneron antibody treatment given to Trump

A Covid-19 antibody therapy used to treat President Donald Trump was approved by the US drug regulator on Saturday for people who aren't yet hospitalized by the disease but are at high risk.

Hong Kong, Singapore travel and tourism bubble popped by virus spike

A planned travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore was scrapped a day before its launch on Saturday after the southern Chinese city announced a sudden spike in coronavirus cases.

WHO advises against remdesivir for coronavirus treatment

The anti-viral drug remdesivir should not be used to treat Covid-19 patients no matter how severe their illness as it has "no important effect" on survival chances, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Almost a million people inoculated with Chinese Covid-19 vaccine: firm

Nearly a million people have taken an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese company Sinopharm, the firm said, although it has not yet provided any clear clinical evidence of efficacy.

Virus wave must be fought without vaccines: WHO

The World Health Organization's emergencies director warned Wednesday that vaccines would not arrive in time to defeat the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over one million children in U.S. tested positive for COVID-19

According to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association, children under the age of 19 now make up at least 1 in 11 of all reported U.S. coronavirus cases.
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