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WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - An at-home coronavirus testing project in Seattle backed in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said on Saturday (May 16) it was working with US regulators to resume the program after being suspended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (Scan), which aims to monitor ...
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday (July 12) re-imposed a night curfew and suspended alcohol sales as coronavirus infections spiked and the health system risked being overwhelmed. "As we head towards the peak of infections, it is vital that we do not burden our clinics and hospitals with alcohol-related injuries ...
LONDON (REUTERS) - Mr Michael Gove, the minister handling Brexit divorce issues for Britain, said on Sunday (Oct 18) that the UK is "increasingly well-prepared" for a no-deal Brexit even as businesses urged Britain and the European Union to find a compromise over trade terms. A tumultuous "no deal" finale to the United Kingdom's five-year Brexit cr...
Italy toughens restrictions as daily Covid-19 cases hit highest since March Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday imposed new restrictions on gatherings, restaurants, sports and school activities in an attempt to slow a surge in novel coronavirus infections. The latest steps marked the second time in a week that the government has toughe...
LONDON/WASHINGTON (AFP) - An initiative named Covax and backed by the World Health Organisation, as well as the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi) and the global vaccine alliance group Gavi, aims to buy and equitably distribute two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine in 2021. Ninety-two developing countries and 80 developed countr...
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg took responsibility and faulted his company for not removing the page and event for a militia group before two people were killed at a protest in Kenosha, saying it was "largely an operational mistake". The page and event listing violated Facebook's policies and should have b...
LONDON (AFP) - Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said on Saturday (June 20) the Black Lives Matter protests showed society had reached a "tipping point" at which injustices are finally addressed. "It feels like we have passed some kind of social tipping point where people are starting to realise that we cannot keep looking away from these thi...
BRASÍLIA (AFP) - Brazil's health ministry said on Monday (May 25) it would not change its recommendation to treat coronavirus with hydroxychloroquine, despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) deciding to suspend trials of the drug over safety concerns. Like his US counterpart Donald Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has touted the suppos...
US election mail will be handled 'securely and on time', says postal chief US Postmaster Louis DeJoy on Friday told lawmakers the Postal Service would deliver ballots “securely and on time” in the November presidential election, but indicated he would pursue dramatic operational changes after that date. DeJoy faced pointed questions at a Senate hea...
CHICAGO (REUTERS) - More than 15,000 mink in the US have died of the coronavirus since August, and authorities are keeping about a dozen farms under quarantine while they investigate the cases, state agriculture officials said. Global health officials are eying the animals as a potential risk for people after Denmark last week embarked on a plan to...
MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia summoned Germany's ambassador on Wednesday (Sept 9) to accuse Berlin of using the case of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to discredit Moscow and demanded that Germany immediately hand over medical data about his illness. Navalny, an opponent of President Vladimir Putin, was airlifted to Berlin for treatment after falling il...
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Twitter said on Wednesday (Dec 2) it was expanding its definition of hateful content to ban language which "dehumanises" people on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. The move announced by the messaging platform is the latest to refine its definition of abusive and harmful content which has led to a backlash against ...