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COVID 19 variant

Biden administration to invest $1.7bn to fight COVID-19 variants
World

Biden administration to invest $1.7bn to fight COVID-19 variants

  • "The original strain of COVID-19 comprises only about half of all cases in America today. New and potentially dangerous strains of the virus make up the other half," the White House said in a statement.
  • The White House also offered a state-by-state breakdown of the funds with California receiving over $17 million, Texas over $15 million and Florida over $12 million.
Published 16 Apr, 2021 07:37pm
China's services sector recovery accelerates in March
Business & Finance

China's services sector recovery accelerates in March

  • The Caixin/Markit services Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 54.3, the highest since December, from 51.5 in February, well above the 50-mark that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis.
  • A sub-index for employment rose back into positive territory as businesses hired more workers than they laid off, the survey showed.
Published 06 Apr, 2021 11:00am
Indian states seek widening of vaccinations as second surge overtakes first wave
World

Indian states seek widening of vaccinations as second surge overtakes first wave

  • India breached the grim milestone of 100,000 daily infections for the first time on Monday, and cases are likely to stay high again when fresh figures are released later on Tuesday.
  • If a larger number of young and working population is vaccinated, the intensity of the cases would be much lower than the treatment that they need today.
Published 06 Apr, 2021 09:57am
Japan fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible fourth wave
World

Japan fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible fourth wave

  • "The fourth wave is going to be larger," said Wada, a professor at Tokyo's International University of Health and Welfare. "We need to start to discuss how we could utilize these targeted measures for the Tokyo area."
  • There were 249 new infections in Tokyo on Monday, still well below the peak of over 2,500 in January. In Osaka, the tally was 341, down from a record 666 cases on Saturday.
Published 05 Apr, 2021 09:44pm