U.K. eases some COVID-19 restrictions, but nervously eyes surge in European cases – National

Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new COVID-19 surge inundating its European neighbours. With U.K. coronavirus vaccination rates outstripping those of European Union nations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is easing the stark “stay at home” message that has curtailed everyday life — and kept the […]

South Korea eases coronavirus curbs, to announce vaccine plan

South Korea eased some of its strictest social distancing rules for businesses on Monday, but kept limits on private gatherings as authorities prepared to unveil plans for the roll out of the first coronavirus vaccines later this month. The decision comes after a subdued Lunar New Year holiday last week. Daily coronavirus infections rebounded to […]

Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus restrictions, allows pilgrims to return to Mecca – National

A very small, limited number of people, donning the white terrycloth garment symbolic of the Muslim pilgrimage, circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday after Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for months. The kingdom had taken the rare step in early March of suspending the smaller year-round “umrah” […]