China honours ‘heroes’ of coronavirus fight, ignoring criticism of pandemic origins – National

President Xi Jinping honoured the “heroes” of China’s “people’s war” against COVID-19 at a ceremony on Tuesday, lauding the country’s resilience as well as the decisive role played in containment efforts by the ruling Communist Party. Defying charges from the United States and elsewhere that early failures enabled the coronavirus pandemic to spread more […]

Japan’s economic crisis hits new low amid coronavirus, setting test for next PM – National

Japan’s economy sank deeper into its worst postwar contraction in the second quarter as the coronavirus jolted businesses more than initially thought, underscoring the daunting task the new prime minister faces in averting a steeper recession. Other data put that challenge in perspective, with household spending and wages falling in July as the impact […]

Australia expects to receive doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine early next year

“Australia needs some hope,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. “Today, we take another significant step to protect the health of Australians against the coronavirus pandemic.”

India crosses 4 million coronavirus cases, closes in on Brazil as 2nd in world

The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported 1,089 deaths for a total of 69,561.

Russia publishes results of coronavirus vaccine trial weeks after controversial approval

The vaccine received government approval last month but drew considerable criticism from experts, as the shots had only been tested on several dozen people before being more widely administered.

U.S. budget deficit set to hit record $3.3 trillion due to coronavirus measures

The figure released Wednesday is more than triple the 2019 shortfall and more than double the levels experienced after the market meltdown and Great Recession of 2008-09.

‘A bit of fear’: Children in Europe go back to school as coronavirus persists

In France, all schoolchildren 11 and over must wear masks all day, recess and music class included.

European vacationers face threats of sudden and ever-changing COVID-19 travel rules

“To say that this is frustrating and confusing is to put it mildly,” travel writer Fionn Davenport said.

Several people hospitalised after drinking unhygienic drink

KARACHI: Several people were hospitalised after drinking unhygienic drink in Karachi’s area of Gari Khata, ARY News reported on Saturday. According to details, condition of 43 persons, including majority of children, deteriorated after drinking unhygienic drinks from a milk shop. Rescue teams shifted the affected persons to nearby hospital where condition of  the patients are […]