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French lawmakers approve bill to tackle fourth wave of coronavirus

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Protesters attend a demonstration called by the French nationalist party “Les Patriotes” (The Patriots) against France’s restrictions to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on the “Droits de l’Homme” (human rights) esplanade at the Trocadero Square in Paris, France, July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier PARIS, July 26 (Reuters) – The......

UK minister apologises for urging people not to ‘cower from’ COVID

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LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – British health minister Sajid Javid apologised for and deleted a tweet urging people to take a COVID-19 vaccine and not to “cower” from the virus, saying on Sunday he had made “a poor choice of word”. Javid, who replaced Matt Hancock as health minister last......

Indonesia prepares more ICU units, waits to see if COVID curbs will be extended

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A man wearing a protective mask pushes a trolley at a traditional market amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan JAKARTA, July 25 (Reuters) – Indonesia is preparing more intensive care units after logging several days of record-high COVID-19 deaths last week, while......

Japan’s hopes get a boost with second gold as swimmer Ohashi wins

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TOKYO, July 25 (Reuters) – Japan secured its second Olympic gold on Sunday after Yui Ohashi’s victory in the 400m women’s medley, as the Games heat up in Tokyo. The medal offers organisers hope of improving enthusiasm for the delayed Olympics among the Japanese public, who are labouring under a......

U.S. will not investigate nursing home deaths in New York, two other states -letter

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WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to open a civil rights investigation into nursing homes in New York and two other states regarding their COVID-19 response, dealing a blow to several Republican lawmakers who had demanded a probe. One underlying issue is whether three......

So-called smoke shade from other wildfires helps crews fight biggest U.S. blaze

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July 24 (Reuters) – Scores of wildfires raging across the Western United States’ forest and scrub have belched so much smoke that it is helping an army of firefighters gain ground on the nation’s biggest blaze, Oregon’s Bootleg fire, by blocking sunlight, officials said on Saturday. Both the National Weather......

Sydney to get extra vaccines as COVID cases mount

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A lone passenger sits at a tram stop on a mostly-empty city centre street on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo New South Wales reports......

COVID-19 outbreak at Oregon’s Bootleg blaze sidelines 9 firefighters

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The Bootleg Fire glows in the distance, near Beatty, Oregon, U.S., July 13, 2021. Picture taken July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/File Photo July 23 (Reuters) – The first COVID-19 outbreak among firefighters battling the enormous Bootleg fire in Oregon has put nine of them in quarantine as weather forecasters on......

Masking guidance unchanged as Delta variant sweeps U.S.- CDC director

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July 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not revised its masking guidance, even as the Delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps the United States, driving up infections, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said on Thursday. Walensky declined to say if the CDC is considering changing......

Bubble burst: New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel with Australia

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Passengers arrive from New Zealand after the Trans-Tasman travel bubble opened overnight, following an extended border closure due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Suspension to last at least 8 weeks Australia fighting outbreak of Delta variant Demand for......

UK to launch daily COVID tests in food sector to tackle ‘pingdemic’

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A man stands next to shelves empty of fresh meat in a supermarket, as the number of worldwide coronavirus cases continues to grow, in London, Britain, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls Daily tests to replace self-isolation for ‘pinged’ workers Testing sites to be set up at distribution centres this week......

China rejects WHO plan for study of COVID-19 origin

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A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, April 6, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo BEIJING, July 22 (Reuters) – China rejected on Thursday a World Health Organization (WHO) plan......

U.S. life expectancy falls to lowest level in almost 20 years due to COVID-19 -CDC

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July 21 (Reuters) – Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half in 2020 to 77.3 years, the lowest level since 2003, primarily due to the deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a U.S. health agency said on Wednesday. It is the biggest one-year decline......

Japan win softball opener as Games ‘of hope’ begin

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Japanese women thrash Australia in opening softball match WHO head backs Games to demonstrate what can be achieved Spectators barred from events, including Friday opening ceremony Brisbane set to be approved as host for 2032 Games FUKUSHIMA/TOKYO, July 21 (Reuters) – Japan’s women’s softball team got the Tokyo 2020 Olympics......

Delta variant behind more than 80% of U.S. cases, Fauci says

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July 20 (Reuters) – The Delta variant of the coronavirus is the cause of more than 80% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases, but the authorized vaccines remain more than 90% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths, said top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci during U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday.......

Biden softens tone on Facebook, urges action on vaccine misinformation

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WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden took a softer tone when talking about Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Monday, after saying last week that the social media company was “killing people” by allowing the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Biden told reporters on Monday he meant to......

U.S. coronavirus cases rise, fueling fears of resurgence

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Biden urges Americans ‘please, please’ get vaccinated Dow sinks 2% as virus surge stifles recovery hopes American Academy of Pediatrics recommends masks in schools NEW YORK, July 19 (Reuters) – A rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the United States and abroad is fueling fears of a pandemic resurgence and......

Singapore sees COVID-19 cases double overnight as testing ramps up

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A woman wears a face mask at a shop in Little India district, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Singapore, April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su SINGAPORE, July 19 (Reuters) – Singapore on Monday saw new local coronavirus cases almost double from the previous day to 163, the......

Singapore advises unvaccinated people to stay home as cases rise

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People who had visited a mall which became a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cluster, queue up for their swab tests in Singapore May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo SINGAPORE, July 19 (Reuters) – Singapore’s health ministry on Sunday “strongly” advised unvaccinated individuals, especially the elderly, to stay home as much as......

Nigeria puts six states on COVID-19 red alert, curbs gatherings

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Dr Ngong Cyprian receives his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, at the National hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde LAGOS, July 18 (Reuters) – Nigeria......

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