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Nepal reels from coronavirus ‘crisis situation’ as infections soar

Nepal reels from coronavirus ‘crisis situation’ as infections soar

Five people suffocated in a Nepal hospital after oxygen ran out this week, just the latest victims of a vicious Covid surge that risks devastating the impoverished country and its ill-equipped healthcare system.

Covid-19 kills more than 4,000 Indians amid clamour for vaccines

Covid-19 kills more than 4,000 Indians amid clamour for vaccines

India recorded more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths for a second straight day yesterday as infections stayed below 400,000, and extended the interval between doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to up to 16 weeks amid a dire shortage of shots in the country.

99 of 100 cities most at risk environmentally in Asia

99 of 100 cities most at risk environmentally in Asia

Of the 100 cities worldwide most vulnerable to environmental hazards all but one are in Asia, and four-fifths are in India or China, according to a risk assessment published yesterday.

Canada ethics probe clears Trudeau

Canada ethics probe clears Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was cleared yesterday of ethics violations linked to a youth charity, while the investigation found his former finance minister breached the law.

Biden signs executive order targeting cyber-security

Biden signs executive order targeting cyber-security

US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that advances federal cyber-security capabilities and encourages improvements in digital security standards across the private sector which has been hit by a spate of cyber-attacks.

Australia seeks deal with Moderna for domestic production of mRNA vaccines

Australia seeks deal with Moderna for domestic production of mRNA vaccines

Australia is in talks with Moderna Inc to establish domestic manufacturing of messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines such as the company's Covid-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday.

Fearing India-like Covid collapse, Kenya scrambles for oxygen

Fearing India-like Covid collapse, Kenya scrambles for oxygen

At the peak of Kenya's third wave of Covid-19 in March, hospitals -- buckling under the strain of the virus -- saw their oxygen reserves fizzle out.

Japanese towns drop plans to host Olympic athletes: Nikkei

Japanese towns drop plans to host Olympic athletes: Nikkei

Dozens of Japanese towns have abandoned plans to host Olympic athletes because of concern they will overburden stretched medical resources amid a fourth wave of coronavirus infections, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday.

Indian states turn to anti-parasitic drug to fight Covid-19 against WHO advice

Indian states turn to anti-parasitic drug to fight Covid-19 against WHO advice

At least two Indian states have said they plan to dose their populations with the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to protect against severe Covid-19 infections as their hospitals are overrun with patients in critical condition.

Japan vaccine chief blames drug approval system for slow inoculation drive

Japan vaccine chief blames drug approval system for slow inoculation drive

Japan's Covid-19 vaccine chief has blamed a rigid drug approval system for a slow inoculation campaign that is relying on only one approved shot, as a fourth wave of infections raises worries amid preparations for the Summer Olympics.

More than 4,000 Indians die of Covid-19 for second straight day

More than 4,000 Indians die of Covid-19 for second straight day

India recorded more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths for a second straight day on Thursday, while infections stayed below 400,000 for a fourth day, though the virus has become rampant in rural areas ...

Exhaustion kills two Everest climbers, an American and a Swiss

Exhaustion kills two Everest climbers, an American and a Swiss

A Swiss and an American climber have died on Mount Everest, hiking company officials said on Thursday, the first fatalities on the world’s highest peak this season.

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