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Britain tightens borders to keep out new COVID-19 strains

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Passengers from international flights arrive at Heathrow Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Matthew Childs LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is tightening border controls to prevent new strains of COVID-19 coming into the country, suspending all the ‘travel corridor’ arrangements that had meant......

Scientists think vaccines will work on Brazil COVID variant: UK minister

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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps walks outside the Cabinet Office in London, Britain September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s transport minister said scientists think that COVID-19 vaccines will work on a new variant of the coronavirus found in Brazil and a decision to ban flights......

Tata puts post-pandemic bet on digital, electronics and health

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(Reuters) – Tata Group plans to invest in digital, high-end electronics and healthcare in a post-pandemic world, the $100 billion conglomerate’s chairman said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, speaks at the unveiling of Tata Motors HBX compact SUV at the India Auto Expo 2020 in......

Fed’s Rosengren says U.S. labor markets could stagnate until vaccine is widely available

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File Photo: The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s President and CEO Eric S. Rosengren speaks in New York, April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Keith Bedford/File Photo (Reuters) – The U.S. economy could face significant weakness over the next couple of months until coronavirus vaccines are widely distributed, but those vaccines, combined with......

Fed’s Rosengren says U.S. labor markets could stagnate until vaccine is widely available

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(Reuters) – The U.S. economy could face significant weakness over the next couple of months until coronavirus vaccines are widely distributed, but those vaccines, combined with the increased odds for fiscal stimulus under President-elect Joe Biden, could boost the economy in the long run, Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric......

Germany will have coronavirus restrictions beyond January: minister

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FILE PHOTO: A sign reads “terrace closed, don’t sit down” in front of a closed restaurant as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues during an extended lockdown in Frankfurt, Germany, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will not be able to lift all measures aimed......

Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 19,600 – RKI

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BERLIN, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 19,600 to 1,953,426, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Wednesday. The reported death toll rose by 1,060 to 42,637, the tally showed. (Reporting by Berlin Newsroom Editing by Shri......

‘No limit’ – the more exercise the better, heart health study finds

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LONDON (Reuters) – When it comes to matters of heart health, no amount of exercise is too much, scientists said on Tuesday in research that debunks the myth that high levels of vigorous physical activity might not always be beneficial. The research found “every move counts” towards improving cardiovascular health,......

International community must aid poor nations to secure vaccines: Colombia’s Duque

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BOGOTA (Reuters) – The international community must help low-income countries overcome weak positions in bilateral negotiations to secure coronavirus vaccines if global herd immunity is to be achieved, Colombia’s President Ivan Duque said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Colombia’s President Ivan Duque speaks during an interview with Reuters in Bogota, Colombia......

Israel expects to start vaccinating children by March, virus chief says

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FILE PHOTO: A medical worker prepares to administer a second vaccination injection against the coronavirus disease as Israel continues its national vaccination drive, during a third national COVID-19 lockdown, at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital) in Tel Aviv, Israel January 10, 2021 REUTERS/ Ronen Zvulun JERUSALEM (Reuters) –......

Senegal’s hospitals stretched as COVID infections surge

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By Edward McAllister, Diadie Ba DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal is rushing to provide more hospital beds for coronavirus patients as infections soar and a lack of capacity means doctors are only able to admit the most severe cases, health officials said. Professor Moussa Seydi, wearing his personal protective equipment (PPE)......

Malaysia’s Pharmaniaga signs COVID vaccine agreement with China’s Sinovac

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FILE PHOTO: A man works in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech, developing an experimental coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, during a government-organized media tour in Beijing, China, September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia Pharmaniaga Bhd has signed an agreement with China’s Sinovac to......

Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 12,802 – RKI

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BERLIN (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 12,802 to 1,933,826, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The reported death toll rose by 891 to 41,577, the tally showed. Reporting by Berlin Newsroom; Editing by Kim Coghill Source......

Northern Ireland hospitals under pressure ‘like never before’: health minister

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DUBLIN (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s health minister on Sunday night said COVID-19 was placing the healthcare system under pressure “like never before,” as one hospital appealed on social media for the immediate help of all off-duty healthworkers nearby. FILE PHOTO: People wait outside the Emergency Department of Ulster Hospital in......

German health minister tells public to ‘be patient’ over vaccine rollout

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BERLIN (Reuters) – German Health Minister Jens Spahn urged the country to be patient during the long road out of the coronavirus pandemic as he responded on Saturday to criticism over the slow pace of a vaccine rollout. FILE PHOTO: German Health Minister Jens Spahn attends a news conference on......

Irish health officials believe South African COVID-19 variant contained

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FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a graffiti of a Frankenstein wearing a protective face mask on a doorway amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Galway, Ireland, December 22, 2020. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne DUBLIN (Reuters) – Health officials in Ireland, where a more infectious variant of the......

ICUs clogged on the way in, morgues on the way out in California’s COVID crisis

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MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (Reuters) – Southern California is so overwhelmed with coronavirus cases that patients are backed up trying to get into hospitals, and corpses get stuck in another logjam once they leave. At one hospital in Orange County, ambulances loaded with patients are lining up outside waiting for space......

Almost 2.3 million people need aid in Ethiopia’s Tigray: U.N. report

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(Reuters) – Fighting is still going on in several parts of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region and almost 2.3 million people, or nearly half of the population, need aid, a U.N. report said. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region gather to receive relief aid at the......

UK preparing in case London is overwhelmed by COVID- health minister

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is making preparations in case London is overwhelmed by COVID infections, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday, saying a so-called “Nightingale” field hospital will be ready to relieve pressure on the health service. Asked about a report that National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in London......

Israel expects to receive first Moderna coronavirus vaccines on Thursday

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FILE PHOTO: A medical worker vaccinates a man against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as Israel continues its national vaccination drive, in Jerusalem December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad/File Photo JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israel expects to receive its first shipment of Moderna Inc coronavirus vaccines on Thursday and will administer them to people......

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