Health

Hunger, drought, disease : UN climate report reveals dire health threats

Hunger, drought and disease will afflict tens of millions more people within decades, according to a draft UN assessment that lays bare the dire...

Fiji’s virus spike ‘wake-up call’ for Pacific Islands : Red Cross

The Red Cross called for faster vaccine rollouts in vulnerable Pacific island nations Wednesday as a record Covid-19 surge threatens to overload...

Sydney residents banned from leaving city as coronavirus cluster grows

Sydneysiders were largely banned from leaving the city Wednesday as Australian authorities rushed to stop a growing outbreak of the highly contagious...

Portugal fears a fourth wave from the Delta variant

Portugal fears a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic may take hold with the highly contagious Delta variant now accounting for more than...

Thailand greenlights quarantine-free model for Phuket

Thai authorities on Tuesday greenlighted a pilot model for quarantine-free travel to ultra-popular beach destination Phuket, a first step towards...

India tests longer-range drone flights, eyes Covid-19 vaccine deliveries

An aviation firm has carried out the first tests in India of longer-range drone deliveries, as hopes grow that they could deliver medicines as...

Australia struggles to quash persistent coronavirus outbreaks

Sydney was battling a fresh Covid-19 cluster on Tuesday just as Melbourne's latest outbreak receded, highlighting Australia's difficulty in quashing...

Troubled Tokyo Olympics near finish line with one month to go

The Tokyo Olympics have weathered a historic postponement, an unprecedented ban on overseas fans and persistent domestic opposition, but with...

Colombia death toll from Covid-19 tops 100,000

Colombia's death toll from Covid-19 passed the 100,000 mark on Monday with a new 24-hour record of almost 650 deaths, the health ministry said....

Bolsonaro lashes out at Brazilian press

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday told a journalist who questioned his frequent refusal to wear a mask to "shut up" and called Globo...

Covid eases but US won’t join EU in opening borders

As the Covid pandemic recedes dramatically in the West, Europe is opening its doors to Americans -- but the reverse is not holding true, with...

Indonesia hits 2 million virus cases as crisis deepens

Indonesia passed two million coronavirus cases Monday as infection rates soar and hospitals are flooded with new patients, prompting warnings...

Up to 10,000 fans allowed at Tokyo Olympics events : organisers

Up to 10,000 fans will be allowed at Tokyo Olympic events, organisers said Monday, warning competition could move behind closed doors if infections...

Free Covid vaccines for all Indian adults as Modi hails yoga ‘shield’

India opened up free vaccinations to all adults in an attempt to bolster its inoculation drive on Monday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked...

China gives one-billionth Covid shot as Brazil toll hits milestone

China on Sunday announced it had administered its one-billionth shot in the world's biggest coronavirus inoculation drive as Brazil's death toll...

‘Cooped up’ Indians throng malls and markets weeks after Covid surge

A few weeks ago, New Delhi's crematoriums were operating around the clock dealing with Covid-19 victims. Now the Indian capital's shopping malls...

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