Philippines lifts travel ban on India, 9 other countries amidst rise in Covid-19

The Philippines on Saturday decided to welcome travelers from India and nine other countries from September 6, according to a Presidential Palace announcement. President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to lift the current travel restrictions on India and nine other countries starting September 6. (File Photo) The announcement came … Read more

Moderna seeks EU authorization for COVID-19 vaccine booster dose

Moderna Inc said on Friday it had asked the EU drugs regulator for conditional approval of a booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine at a 50 microgram dose. The company also said it had completed data submission for the use of a third booster dose of its two-shot vaccine to the U.S. Food and Drug … Read more

COVID surge in Southeast Asia disrupts global supply chains

Southeast Asia has emerged as a key player in global supply chains over the past few decades, with countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia becoming major manufacturing hubs. The region now is a key production zone for cars, computers, electronics and garments, among other products. But the massive production disruptions wrought by the COVID pandemic … Read more

Another hidden Covid risk: lingering kidney problems

Since the beginning of the pandemic, doctors have found that people who become very ill with Covid-19 often experience kidney problems, not just the lung impairments that are the hallmark of the illness. Now, a large study suggests that kidney issues can last for months after patients recover from the initial infection and may lead … Read more

In Indonesia, drone deliveries provide lifeline for isolating Covid patients

A group of drone enthusiasts in Indonesia are using their aerial skills to help during the pandemic by providing a contactless medicine and food delivery service to Covid-19 patients isolating at home. Armed with five drones, the seven-member team have been working around the clock in Makassar, the capital of the South Sulawesi province, since … Read more

US intelligence still divided on origins of coronavirus

US intelligence agencies remain divided on the origins of the coronavirus but believe China’s leaders did not know about the virus before the start of the global pandemic, according to results released Friday of a review ordered by President Joe Biden. According to an unclassified summary, four members of the US intelligence community say with … Read more

Sydney tightens Covid-19 curbs, lockdown extended through September

Australian authorities on Friday extended a Covid-19 lockdown in Sydney until the end of September and introduced a night curfew in the city’s worst-affected suburbs, after nearly two months of curbs failed to contain an outbreak of the Delta variant. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian also announced that the city’s five million residents must … Read more

Third wave? Data shows Covid cases rising in United States

The spread of the coronavirus in the United States has reached a record high since last winter, when the number of daily cases peaked at nearly 3 lakh. According to the New York Times tracker, the US recorded 1,62,724 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, August 18. US has been witnessing an uptick in its daily figures … Read more

Israel, once the model for beating Covid-19, faces new surge of infections

Last spring, Israel’s remarkably swift vaccination campaign was seen as a global model. Coronavirus infections plummeted, an electronic pass allowed the vaccinated to attend indoor concerts and sporting events, and distancing rules and mask mandates were eventually scrapped. Israel offered the world a hopeful glimpse of the way out of the pandemic. No longer. A … Read more

Sydney records deadliest day of Covid-19 pandemic, Melbourne lockdown extended

Australia’s biggest city of Sydney recorded its deadliest day of the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday as troops and police set up roadblocks to limit the movement of people, while Melbourne faced a nightly curfew and a further two weeks of lockdown. Sydney, which is in its eighth week of lockdown, is the epicentre of Australia’s … Read more