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Germany mourns its 80,000 Covid dead at memorial

Berlin - Germany held a national memorial service on Sunday for its nearly 80,000 victims of the coronavirus pandemic, putting aside deep divisions over Covid restrictions to share the pain of grieving families.

Young and infected: Covid-19's new patients as India battles huge surge

New Delhi - Ajay Singh Yadav only managed a final video call with Raj Karan before his close friend became the latest of an alarming number of young Indians, including children, falling victim to the new coronavirus wave sweeping the country.

Delhi faces 'grim' virus battle as cases jump again: minister

New Delhi - New Delhi has registered at least 24,000 fresh coronavirus cases in 24 hours and faces a "grim" battle against a new pandemic wave with shortages of oxygen and drugs, the Indian capital's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Saturday.

Bangkok virus spike sparks alcohol ban, venue closures

Bangkok - Hundreds waited in grim silence at a Bangkok stadium to get free Covid-19 tests Saturday as a spiraling infection rate gripped Thailand, on a fourth consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases.

Remote cheating leads to 'corona degrees' in Greece

Thessalon - Shuttered for over a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Greek universities are now grappling with a surge in online exam cheating giving rise to a new reality: the "corona degree".

Delhi warns of 'grim' coronavirus battle as surge hits new record

New Delhi - New Delhi reported a record 24,000 coronavirus cases in one day and its leader warned of a "grim" battle ahead Saturday as major cities across India went into a weekend lockdown in a bid to curtail a nationwide pandemic surge.

Peru's ex-president Vizcarra banned from office

- Peru's Congress on Friday voted to ban former president Martin Vizcarra, implicated in a scandal over Covid-19 vaccinations, from holding public office for 10 years.

Covid death toll passes three million as India cases surge

Paris - The global Covid-19 death toll passed three million on Saturday as the pandemic speeds up despite vaccination campaigns, leading countries like India to impose new lockdowns to fight spiralling infection numbers.

Weekend shutdown in Delhi as Covid grips India

New Delhi - New Delhi went into a weekend lockdown Saturday as India faces a ferocious new coronavirus wave, with more than 200,000 fresh daily cases and families clamouring for drugs and hospital beds.

In Brazil, graveyard shift reveals staggering cost of pandemic

S - In almost three decades of working in Sao Paulo's largest cemetery, the oldest gravediggers can't remember performing more than 10 night burials.

Rome red tape causes bodies to pile up

Rome - Funeral home operators staged a protest in Rome on Friday over a desperate situation they say has left almost two thousand coffins in the Italian capital waiting weeks or even months to be cremated.

Vaccine giant tweets Biden to end US raw materials 'embargo'

Mumbai - The head of the world's largest vaccine maker directly tweeted US President Joe Biden on Friday urging him to lift an export ban on raw materials desperately needed to make more coronavirus shots.

WHO 'very concerned' as virus numbers climb in PNG

Sydney - The WHO expressed concern Friday over a "sharp increase" of Covid-19 cases in Papua New Guinea warning the outbreak was at a critical stage and could fuel a much larger epidemic.

Indonesian hackers arrested over $60 million US Covid-19 scam

Surabaya - Two Indonesian hackers have been arrested over an international scam in which $60 million was stolen from a Covid-19 aid programme helping Americans left jobless by the pandemic, authorities said.

Top seer at India religious mega-festival dies from Covid-19

New Delhi - A Hindu seer has died from coronavirus and 80 other holy men have tested positive after attending a vast Indian religious festival where millions of pilgrims have been ignoring Covid-19 advice despite a national surge in infections.

France says 'highly probable' EU won't renew AZ orders

Paris - The European Union is very unlikely to renew its Covid-19 vaccine contracts with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, a French minister said on Friday.

India battered by second Covid wave as virus imperils Olympics

New Delhi - India's huge coronavirus second wave accelerated Thursday with a record number of infections reported, as a top Japanese politician warned Covid-19 could still derail the already delayed Olympics.

Pfizer CEO: Vaccine third dose 'likely' needed within 12 months

Washington - The head of Pfizer said in an interview aired Thursday that people will "likely" need a third dose of his company's Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination, while elsewhere defending the relatively higher cost of the jab.

Argentina ICU staff bracing for next wave of Covid-19 admissions

Florencio Varela - At an ICU unit in a low-income Buenos Aires suburb, exhausted staff are bracing for a new wave of coronavirus admissions.

France's Covid-19 deaths pass 100,000

Paris - The number of people killed by Covid-19 in France climbed past 100,000 on Thursday, with the virus claiming a further 300 lives in the past 24 hours, the country's health authority said.A day earlier, the death toll stood at 99,805.

India battered by huge second Covid wave as virus imperils Olympics

New Delhi - India's huge coronavirus second wave accelerated Thursday with a record number of infections reported, as a top Japanese politician warned Covid-19 could still derail the already delayed Olympics.

India daily virus cases double to 200,000 in 10 days

New Delhi - India's daily coronavirus caseload has doubled in 10 days, with a record 200,000 new infections logged Thursday as authorities grapple with shortages of vaccines, treatments and hospital beds.

New Zealand trials 'early warning' virus app at border

Wellington - New Zealand border workers on Thursday began trialling a monitoring app designed to detect coronavirus before the user develops any noticeable symptoms, in what is believed to be a world first.

Cambodia's Hun Sen says country on 'brink of death' from Covid surge

Phnom Penh - Spiraling Covid-19 cases have put Cambodia "on the brink of death", its strongman premier Hun Sen has warned, as the country imposed lockdowns in the capital Phnom Penh and a nearby city.

Virus could force Olympics cancellation, says top Japanese politician

Apo - A senior Japanese politician said cancelling the Tokyo Olympics over the coronavirus remains a possibility on Thursday, as a surge in cases renews concerns about the Games with less than 100 days to go.

EU to get 50 million Pfizer doses early as US prolongs J&J pause

Washington - The European Union said Wednesday that it is expecting 50 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses earlier than expected, as the United States said it would continue a pause in vaccinations using the Johnson & Johnson shot for at least another week...

Cyprus cabinet rolls up sleeve for troubled AZ jab

Nicosia - In a bid to encourage reluctant islanders to take AstraZeneca jabs, members of the Greek Cypriot cabinet are to stage a joint Covid-19 vaccination event on Thursday to try to shore up public trust.

Over 1,000 test positive for Covid-19 at India religious festival

New Delhi - Hundreds of people have tested positive for coronavirus in India at the site of the world's biggest religious festival, officials said Wednesday, as huge crowds of mostly maskless Hindu devotees descended on the River Ganges.

Australia sending envoy to Europe amid scramble over vaccine roll-out

Sydney - Australia will dispatch its trade minister on a mission to Europe on Thursday, amid a dispute over more than three million doses of a EU-manufactured shot which Canberra has purchased but not received.

Olympics 'difficult' after virus spikes, Japan medical group warns

Apo - Holding the postponed Tokyo Olympics this summer will be "really difficult" given a spike in coronavirus infections across Japan, the head of the Tokyo Medical Association has warned.
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