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coronavirus wave

Irish COVID-19 jobless claims fall 4pc
World

Irish COVID-19 jobless claims fall 4pc

  • Pandemic Unemployment Payment claims dropped 13,498 to 363,167 down from a peak of 480,000 in February, data from the social protection department showed.
Published 18 May, 2021 08:55pm
US, Britain rush supplies to virus-stricken India
World

US, Britain rush supplies to virus-stricken India

  • A surge in recent days has seen patients' families taking to social media to beg for oxygen supplies and locations of available hospital beds, and has forced the capital New Delhi to extend a week-long lockdown.
Published 26 Apr, 2021 10:22am
No fans at Serbia Open this year, says Djokovic's brother
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No fans at Serbia Open this year, says Djokovic's brother

  • "Unfortunately, there will be no fans this year as we're in a difficult situation with a lot of people contracting the virus on a daily basis," the ATP 250 event's organiser Djordje Djokovic told Serbia's Nova S television.
  • "It's a very difficult year for everyone and the restrictions have resulted in a lot injuries. Regrettably, Borna Coric and Stan Wawrinka have had to pull out but it's still going to be a very strong field.
Published 03 Apr, 2021 07:04pm
International spectators to be barred from entering Japan for Olympics
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International spectators to be barred from entering Japan for Olympics

  • Some 600,000 Olympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded, as will another 300,000 Paralympic tickets, Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee told a news conference.
  • "People who are involved in the Olympics in some way may be allowed to enter the country, whereas regular visitors will not be able to," Tokyo 2020's Muto said.
Published 20 Mar, 2021 06:17pm
German COVID cases could revisit December peak in April
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German COVID cases could revisit December peak in April

  • The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases predicted that the number of daily reported cases could exceed 30,000 in the 14th week of the year starting April 12.
  • "An extrapolation of the trends shows that case numbers can be expected above the Christmas level from week 14 onwards," the RKI said in its current situation report.
Updated 13 Mar, 2021 09:09pm
Japan to extend Tokyo area state of emergency to March 21
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Japan to extend Tokyo area state of emergency to March 21

  • Under the state of emergency, the government has requested restaurants and bars close by 8 p.m. and stop serving alcohol an hour earlier. People are also asked to stay home after 8 p.m. unless they have essential reasons to go out.
  • Suga made the announcement, echoing an earlier one made by the Economy Minister, at the start of a meeting on handling the coronavirus.
Published 05 Mar, 2021 07:32pm
Senegal confirms presence of UK coronavirus variant
World

Senegal confirms presence of UK coronavirus variant

  • British scientists say the UK variant, known as B.1.1.7, may be up to 70% more transmissible and also more lethal - with a mortality risk around 30% higher.
  • Due to the fact that these variants are transmitted more rapidly, which could explain the speed of spread of the disease in some countries.
Published 28 Jan, 2021 08:48pm