South Africa eases lockdown curbs

Religious, social, political and cultural gatherings will be permitted, subject to limitations on size, adherence to social distancing and other health protocols….reports Asian Lite News As Covid-19 cases decline, the South African cabinet has eased lockdown restrictions from alert level three to one, allowing political and religious gatherings, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced. “In the week

Biden’s Covid aid awaits Senate nod

Biden gets into one of his first legislative priorities with immediate effect. US President Joe Biden has urged the Senate to quickly pass the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package, which was approved by the House on Saturday. “Now the bill moves to the United States Senate where I hope it will receive quick action… we

FDA to approve J&J vaccine soon

US FDA scientists have already confirmed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and is about 66 per cent effective at preventing moderate to severe Covid-19…reports Nikhila Natarajan. US regulators are working “rapidly” to finalise emergency use authorisation for a Johnson & Johnson vaccine which is on track to become America’s third shot against

WHO warns of ‘post Covid’ health risks

Post Covid health issues should be given more attention as new variants are emerging globally…reports Asian Lite News World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge voiced concerns over “long-Covid” or “post-Covid” symptoms at a virtual press conference on Thursday. “The disability following SARS-CoV-2 infection lingers on for months with severe social, economic,

Lanka may junk Sinopharm, orders 13.5 Mn vax from India

Sri Lanka has ordered 13.5 million Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines in addition to the 500,000 doses gifted by India, and the country may not use Chinese vaccines in the second phase of immunisation, a government spokesman has said. Ramesh Pathirana, who is also the Minister of Plantations, said Sri Lanka is likely to go only

India records over 14K new Covid cases

Number of Covid cases in India continues to surge and as per the latest reports, the country recorded 14,199 cases in the last 24 hours. The total tally of the nation crossed 1,10,05,850 ,health officials informed. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that there were 83 more deaths, taking the overall toll to

UK to begin world’s first Covid human trials

UK is all set to begin world’s first Covid-19 human trials to study the effect of the coronavirus on a healthy body’s immune system, following approval from the country’s clinical trials ethics body. Healthy, young volunteers will be infected with coronavirus to test vaccines and treatments in the world’s first Covid-19 “human challenge” study, the

Jens Spahn warns of fast spread of variants

Germany’s Minister of Health Jens Spahn informed that the more contagious variants of Covid-19 virus spreading rapidly. In particular, the variant that was first detected in the United Kingdom (UK) is “causing us concern,” Spahn said. “We must expect that variant to soon become the dominant one in our country as well”, Xinhua news agency

Zimbabwe extends lockdown again

President of  Zimbabwe extended nationwide lockdown into another two weeks in order to control further spread of Covid. He, however, increased business operating hours from seven to nine and a half hours per day, night curfew hours were shortened from 12 hours to nine and a half hours while staff levels in government have been

Hungary set to receive Chinese vaccines

Chinese vaccines will be soon reaching Hungary. A Hungarian cargo plane loaded with China’s Covid-19 vaccines took off from China’s capital Beijing. The country has ordered enough supplies from China’s Sinopharm to inoculate 2.5 million people, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday. Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said “This deal will