India’s COVID-19 cases near 20 million as experts urge national lockdown – New Brunswick

India reported more than 300,000 new coronavirus infections for a 12th straight day on Monday to take its overall number of cases to just shy of 20 million, as scientists predicted a peak in the pandemic in the coming days. With 368,147 new cases over the past 24 hours, India’s total infections stand at 19.93 million, […]

India’s daily COVID-19 deaths break records at over 3K as another state imposes lockdown – National

India’s new coronavirus cases dipped marginally on Sunday but deaths from COVID-19 jumped by a record 3,689, with one more state going into lockdown as the nation’s creaky healthcare system is unable to cope with the massive caseload. Authorities reported 392,488 new cases in the previous 24 hours, pushing total cases to 19.56 million. […]

22 COVID-19 patients die in India after oxygen supply crippled by leaking tank – National

At least 22 patients died on Wednesday in a hospital in western India after a disruption to their oxygen supply caused by a leaking tank, the health minister said, as a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases soaks up supplies of the crucial gas. The incident in the city of Nashik, one of India’s worst-hit […]

India’s capital to go into lockdown as coronavirus cases soar – National

New Delhi was being put under a weeklong lockdown Monday night as an explosive surge in coronavirus cases pushed India’s capital’s health system to its limit. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a news conference the national capital was facing shortages of oxygen and some medicine. Read more: India records over 200K COVID-19 cases […]

England reopens after 3 month lockdown with pints and shopping sprees – National

People queued up outside retailers across England on Monday to release their pent-up shopping fever and some grabbed a midnight pint or even an early haircut as England’s shops, pubs, gyms and hairdressers reopened after three months of lockdown. After imposing the most onerous restrictions in Britain’s peacetime history, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the reopening was a “major step” towards freedom […]

Longo’s brings back temporary wage bump amid Ontario COVID-19 lockdown

Grocery chain Longo’s says it will be bringing back a temporary wage bump for its front-line workers. Read more: Loblaws, Metro to end COVID-19 wage top-up for employees The Ontario-based chain’s decision, which tacks another $2 per hour for permanent employees for four weeks starting yesterday, comes on the heels of both a surge […]

U.K. sees 60% drop in COVID-19 cases due to vaccines, lockdown – National

The U.K.’s COVID-19 vaccination program is beginning to break the link between infection and serious illness or death, according to the latest results from an ongoing study of the pandemic in England. Researchers at Imperial College London found that COVID-19 infections dropped about 60 per cent in March as national lockdown measures slowed the […]

U.K. turns to mass testing to stamp out outbreaks after months-long lockdown – National

All adults and children in England will be able to have routine coronavirus tests twice a week as a way to stamp out new outbreaks, the British government said Monday as it prepared to announce the next steps in lifting the nation’s months-long lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said regularly testing people who don’t […]

COVID-19 cases surge in France, as Macron refuses to put nation on lockdown – National

As France battles a new virus surge that many believe was avoidable, intensive care nurse Stephanie Sannier manages her stress and sorrow by climbing into her car after a 12-hour shift, blasting music and singing as loud as she can. “It allows me to breathe,” she says, “and to cry.” People with COVID-19 occupy […]

A year on from lockdown, India reports worst daily rise in Covid-19 in months

NEW DELHI: India reported its most COVID-19 cases and deaths in months on Monday, on the first anniversary of the start of a chaotic nationwide lockdown that left many people jobless and shrank the economy. Authorities reintroduced some curbs to slow the spread of the virus, especially in the western state of Maharashtra, which accounted […]