Cocaine trafficking surges following COVID-19-related slowdown
New York: Routed through new hubs and expanded criminal networks, cocaine trafficking has made a dramatic comeback following an initial slowdown caused by the emergence of COVID-19, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said on Thursday in a hard-hitting new report.
Tracing origin: FBI director Christopher Wray says COVID pandemic 'most likely' originated from Chinese lab
Washington: FBI Director Christopher Wray has said the bureau believes that the COVID-19 virus, which wreaked havoc across the globe since 2020, "most likely" originated in a "Chinese government-controlled lab".
Caribbean carnival performers take stage to fight COVID disinformation
New York: In Trinidad and Tobago, some performers have been tapping into traditional art forms ahead of the carnival on February 20-21 to encourage their communities to continue following COVID-19 health protocols as the country lifts restrictions on public gatherings.
China resumes issuing ordinary visas to Japanese citizens
Beijing: China has resumed issuing ordinary visas to Japanese citizens after halting the procedure earlier in January, the Chinese Embassy in Japan said on Sunday.
China says 80% of its population have had Covid-19: Reports
Beijing: A government scientist has estimated that around eight among 10 students in China are suffering from COVID-19.
Xi Jinping worries about spread of COVID-19 to countryside
Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping has said he is worried about the spread of the COVID-19 infection to the countryside.
COVID-19: China ‘making enormous progress’ to get every older adult vaccinated
New York: China is “making enormous progress and effort” to get every older adult vaccinated against COVID-19, the UN health agency said on Friday, while also cautioning that it will take time to protect everyone.
Satellite images from Beijing's funeral home reveal new car park built as China's covid death surges
Beijing/IBNS: Disturbing satellite images have emerged showing a funeral home in Beijing clearing the way for a car park as more bodies arrive for cremation revealing the true scale of China's Covid situation even as the government tried to downplay it.
Scientists warn China can expect repeat Covid infections with new Omicron strains on the way
Beijing: Scientists have warned that China is going to fight against multiple waves of coronavirus infections as the Omicron variant mutates to become better at spreading and evading immunity.
Morocco prohibits entry of all travellers from China amid Covid cases' spike
Rabat/ UNI: The Moroccan authorities have banned all people arriving from China from entering the country, amid a surge in coronavirus cases, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
China COVID-19 surge: People turn to black market for generic Indian drugs
Beijing: Chinese residents are turning to the black market for generic Covid-19 drugs as the country is combating the rise in infection in the country, media reports said on Wednesday.
China's COVID-19 surge affecting factories and consumer market
Beijing: China's COVID-19 surge is troubling the economic state of the country, media reports said on Tuesday.
China lifts Covid restrictions for int'l arrivals
Beijing/UNI: China will cancel nucleic acid tests for international arrivals starting from Jan. 8, a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said on Tuesday.
Chinese provinces report blood shortages amid COVID-19 surge
Beijing: The fast-spreading COVID-19 infection in China is causing blood shortages across hospitals in various provinces in the nation, media reports said on Monday.
Pakistan ‘ill-prepared’ to combat new Covid variants: Reports
New Delhi: Health authorities in Pakistan are ill-prepared to stop the arrival of the new variant of the COVID-19, which is wreaking havoc in China, from entering the nation, media reports said.