Geneva/IBNS: The Middle East is in the midst of the fourth wave of Covid-19, triggered by the delta variant of coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
Beijing/IBNS: China has imposed a lockdown in Jiangsu province, after a cluster of infections in its capital, Nanjing city, spread to Beijing and five provinces by Friday.
Islamabad: The Sindh government has decided to impose restrictions from Monday onwards as COVID-19 cases once again started to rise in the Pakistan province.
New York: The head of the UN World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has welcomed the start of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a chance to spread “hope to the world”.
Paris/IBNS: France will accept people vaccinated with Covishield, the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, for its health pass, Prime Minister Jean Castex said in a statement on Saturday, reported AFP.
London/IBNS: British health secretary Sajid Javid has tested positive for coronavirus and is self isolating.
Beijing: Students will not be allowed to attend schools in China unless their entire family is fully vaccinated, some local governments in the country have issued the order, according to media reports.
Dhaka: Bangladesh continues to witness a deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as 185 new deaths were recorded due to the virus in the past 24 hours.
Tokyo: The Japan government has offered to give COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan-friendly islands in the Pacific, a move that can leave China irked.
Brasilia/UNI/Sputnik: The Supreme Federal Court of Brazil has approved a probe into President Jair Bolsonaro regarding alleged overpricing during the purchase of India's coronavirus vaccine Covaxin, the G1 website reported.
Brussels/IBNS: The digital travel pass programme launched with the aim to allow seamless traveling across the European Union during the summer vacation period could fail as the deadlier Delta variant of coronavirus threatens to trigger a fresh wave of the infection.
Wuhan: A top Chinese virologist has been tied to at least two Chinese military scientists who collaborated with her on coronavirus research in the past, including one now listed as deceased, making yet another crucial revelation in the path to trace the origin of the COVID-19 virus which is wreaking havoc across the world.
Cape Town/IBNS: Scientists have attributed the current surge in coronavirus cases in South Africa to the Delta variant, according to media reports.
Beijing: A new research has found that thousands of animals were sold in markets in the Chinese city of Wuhan just before the COVID-19 outbreak.
Islamabad: Pakistan's Punjab government has decided to block the mobile SIM cards of people who refuse to get vaccinated against coronavirus, media reports said.