U.S., France to send COVID-19 aid to India as country sees record-breaking cases – National

The Biden administration’s top medical adviser on the COVID-19 pandemic says the U.S. is actively looking at ways to boost aid to India as it grapples with surging coronavirus cases. Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC’s “This Week” that several measures are being considered, including sending over oxygen supplies, COVID-19 tests, drug treatments and personal […]

Israel logs Indian COVID-19 variant, sees some vaccine efficacy against it

Israel has registered eight cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India and believes that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is at least partially effective against it, an Israeli health official said on Tuesday. An initial seven cases of the Indian variant were detected in Israel last week among people arriving from abroad and who have since undergone preliminary […]

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 […]

Canada sees another Easter weekend with rising COVID-19 cases, tough restrictions – National

Three of the provinces hardest-hit by COVID-19 spent their second pandemic-era Good Friday either adjusting to or bracing for stricter public health measures meant to bring resurgent case counts back in check. Three regions of Quebec, including the provincial capital, are now under a 10-day lockdown that took effect hours before the province reported […]

U.S. Fed sees economy accelerating in 2021, but maintains near-zero rate outlook – National

The Federal Reserve foresees the economy accelerating quickly this year but still expects to keep its benchmark interest rate pinned near zero through 2023, despite concerns in financial markets about potential higher inflation. The Fed also said Wednesday that it foresees the economy growing at a 6.5 per cent pace this year, up from […]

Cambodia sees its first death from COVID-19 a year into pandemic – National

Cambodia reported its first death from the coronavirus on Thursday amid its biggest COVID-19 outbreak so far, after a 50-year-old man succumbed to the virus after testing positive less than two weeks ago. With just 1,124 coronavirus infections recorded in total, Cambodia has among the fewest cases in Asia, although a sharp rise in […]

China imposes new travel restrictions as province sees spike in coronavirus cases – National

Chinese authorities on Wednesday imposed travel restrictions and banned gatherings in the capital city of Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, in the latest escalation of measures to stave off another coronavirus wave. The province, which entered a “wartime mode” on Tuesday, accounted for 20 of the 23 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases reported in […]

Thailand sees 548 new coronavirus cases setting new daily record – National

Thailand reported more than 500 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the country’s highest daily tally. The 548 new cases, most of them connected with an outbreak at a wholesale seafood market on the outskirts of Bangkok, come after the country saw only a small number of infections over the past several months due to strict […]

U.S. sees record coronavirus hospitalizations, cases and deaths as ICUs fill up – National

An unrelenting U.S. coronavirus surge pushed besieged hospitals further to the brink as the United States pressed on with its immunization rollout on Thursday and prepared to ship nearly six million doses of a new vaccine on the cusp of winning regulatory approval. COVID-19 hospitalizations rose to record heights for a 19th straight day, […]

‘Keep your promises’: Erdogan says Turkey sees itself as part of Europe before EU summit – National

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey sees itself as a part of Europe, but he called on the European Union to “keep your promises” on issues such as the country’s membership bid and refugees. He spoke before an EU summit due to be held next month. In recent weeks, EU members […]