covid-19

  • Switzerland recommends Covid-19 booster shots for over 65s, but not general population

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    Switzerland recommends Covid-19 booster shots for over 65s, but not general population

    BERLIN, Oct 26 — Switzerland said today it was recommending Covid-19 booster shots for people over 65 but not for the general population. The vaccinations would start from...

  • Russia’s daily Covid deaths hit new record at 1,106

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    Russia’s daily Covid deaths hit new record at 1,106

    MOSCOW, Oct 26 —  Russia today reported 1,106 Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest figure since the start of the pandemic, amid a surge in new cases that has...

  • World failing to learn lessons from Covid-19 pandemic, says monitor

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    World failing to learn lessons from Covid-19 pandemic, says monitor

    BERLIN, Oct 26 — A year-and-a-half into the coronavirus pandemic, the world has still done far too little to respond and has failed to learn from its mistakes, a global health...

  • China locks down Lanzhou, city of four million over Covid-19

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    China locks down Lanzhou, city of four million over Covid-19

    BEIJING, Oct 26 ­— China placed a city of four million under lockdown today in a bid to stamp out a domestic coronavirus spike, with residents told not to leave home except in...

  • Mixed Covid-19 booster shot strategies require more research and data, says Johor DAP leader

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    Mixed Covid-19 booster shot strategies require more research and data, says Johor DAP leader

    JOHOR BARU, Oct 26 — An outspoken Johor DAP leader today said that more research and data is needed for the mix-and-match vaccine booster strategy, whereby the additional doses...

  • S.Korea approves Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine produced by Samsung Biologics

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    S.Korea approves Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine produced by Samsung Biologics

    SEOUL, Oct 26 — South Korea granted emergency use approval for Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine produced by South Korean drugmaker Samsung BioLogics, the health ministry said today....

  • CovidNow: 94.7pc of Malaysia’s adult population fully vaccinated

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    CovidNow: 94.7pc of Malaysia’s adult population fully vaccinated

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 ― A total of 22,166,633 individuals or 94.7 per cent of the adult population in the country have completed their Covid-19 vaccination as of yesterday. Based...

  • Malaysia sees 92 more Covid-19 deaths, overall tally now at 28,492

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    Malaysia sees 92 more Covid-19 deaths, overall tally now at 28,492

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — The Ministry of Health recorded 92 new Covid-19 related deaths at midnight, doubling yesterday’s figure of 46 deaths. According to data released on the...

  • Singapore Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms urged by health ministry, civil defence force to refrain from calling 995

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    Singapore Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms urged by health ministry, civil defence force to refrain from calling 995

    SINGAPORE, Oct 25 — Around one in five 995 calls made between Oct 15 and 21 were from Covid-19 patients, most of whom did not suffer from life-threatening or emergency...

  • Italy reports 30 coronavirus deaths today, 2,535 new cases

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    Italy reports 30 coronavirus deaths today, 2,535 new cases

    MILAN, Oct 25 — Italy reported 30 coronavirus-related deaths today against 24 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 2,535...

  • Russia reports record-high daily Covid-19 infections

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    Russia reports record-high daily Covid-19 infections

    MOSCOW, Oct 25 — Russia today reported 37,930 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, its highest single-day case tally since the start of the pandemic. The government’s...

  • Ed Sheeran tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of new album release

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    Ed Sheeran tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of new album release

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Popular British singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently on self-quarantine at home. The news was shared by the...

  • Ahmad Faizal says Melaka election candidates may circumvent ban on political gathering by using wedding, birthday receptions to meet voters

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    Ahmad Faizal says Melaka election candidates may circumvent ban on political gathering by using wedding, birthday receptions to meet voters

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — A top Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) leader has expressed concerns over political parties, especially election candidates, using social...

  • Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases drop below 5,000 for first time since June

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    Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases drop below 5,000 for first time since June

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Malaysia recorded 4,782 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the first time infections dropped below the 5,000 mark since June 22.  The latest...

  • Fitch Solutions revises Malaysia’s 2021 growth forecast to 1.5pc as Covid-19 situation improves

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    Fitch Solutions revises Malaysia’s 2021 growth forecast to 1.5pc as Covid-19 situation improves

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Fitch Solutions has revised Malaysia’s 2021 growth forecast to 1.5 per cent from its earlier estimate 0 per cent. This comes as Malaysia’s daily...

  • Hong Kong’s zero-Covid policy undermining financial hub status, says industry group

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    Hong Kong’s zero-Covid policy undermining financial hub status, says industry group

    HONG KONG, Oct 25 — A financial industry group warned today that Hong Kong’s zero-Covid policy and strict quarantine requirements for international travellers threatens to...

  • Bersih 2.0: Total ban on political gatherings ahead of Melaka election unfair to candidates, voters

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    Bersih 2.0: Total ban on political gatherings ahead of Melaka election unfair to candidates, voters

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 today said that proper and fair Covid-19 standard operating procedures must be introduced to allow candidates in Melaka...

  • New Zealand reports second-highest daily Covid-19 cases in pandemic

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    New Zealand reports second-highest daily Covid-19 cases in pandemic

    AUCKLAND, Oct 25 — New Zealand reported 109 new locally acquired coronavirus cases on Monday, the bulk of them in its largest city, Auckland, as the country saw its second-worst...

  • Australia looks to roll out Covid-19 booster shots soon as curbs ease

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    Australia looks to roll out Covid-19 booster shots soon as curbs ease

    SYDNEY, Oct 25 — Australian officials plan to roll out Covid-19 booster shots soon to prevent a resurgence of cases, as residents in the two largest cities of Sydney and...

  • Over 100 patients, staff erroneously receive lower dosage of Covid-19 vaccine at Bukit Merah Polyclinic in Singapore

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    Over 100 patients, staff erroneously receive lower dosage of Covid-19 vaccine at Bukit Merah Polyclinic in Singapore

    SINGAPORE, Oct 25 — Over a hundred patients and staff received a lower than recommended dosage of the Covid-19 vaccine at Bukit Merah Polyclinic between Oct 20 and 22 following...

  • Singapore issues Pofma correction direction to Truth Warriors website over Covid-19 misinformation

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    Singapore issues Pofma correction direction to Truth Warriors website over Covid-19 misinformation

    SINGAPORE, Oct 25 — The Truth Warriors website has been issued a correction direction for publishing materials that promote the efficacy of ivermectin in treating Covid-19...

  • Covid-19: 3,383 new cases in Singapore; 15 more deaths bring tally to 315

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    Covid-19: 3,383 new cases in Singapore; 15 more deaths bring tally to 315

    SINGAPORE, Oct 25 — Singapore on Sunday (Oct 24) registered 3,383 new cases of Covid-19 and 15 more deaths due to complications from the disease. The Ministry of...

  • Fauci says vaccines for kids in US between five and 11 likely available in November

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    Fauci says vaccines for kids in US between five and 11 likely available in November

    WASHINGTON, Oct 25 — Vaccines for kids between the ages of five and 11 will likely be available in the first half of November, top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci...

  • UK reports 39,962 Covid-19 cases, 72 deaths

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    UK reports 39,962 Covid-19 cases, 72 deaths

    LONDON, Oct 24 — Britain today reported 39,962 new cases of Covid-19 and 72 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test. While figures published by the government during...

  • Vaccinated and want to visit Israel? Read the fine print first

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    Vaccinated and want to visit Israel? Read the fine print first

    TEL AVIV, Oct 24 — Tourists hoping to visit Jerusalem or Tel Aviv after Israel’s announcement last week that it would open to some vaccinated foreign travellers should read...

  • DAP slams political gatherings ban ahead of Melaka election, says govt afraid to face voters

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    DAP slams political gatherings ban ahead of Melaka election, says govt afraid to face voters

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has chided Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin for banning all physical gatherings due to Covid-19 ahead of the upcoming...

  • Operation of schools in Johor, Terengganu under phase four of National Recovery Plan to begin on Nov 7

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    Operation of schools in Johor, Terengganu under phase four of National Recovery Plan to begin on Nov 7

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The operation of educational institutions under the Ministry of Education (MOE) based on provision under Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan (PPN)...

  • Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases record slight dip with 5,666 new infections logged

    4 days ago

    Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases record slight dip with 5,666 new infections logged

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The Ministry of Health (MoH) logged 5,666 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The latest numbers represented a decrease of 164 cases compared to the...

  • Health minister invokes Act 342, says political gatherings for election not allowed from tomorrow

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    Health minister invokes Act 342, says political gatherings for election not allowed from tomorrow

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced that it is prohibiting all activities, gatherings or social meetings related to political campaigning for...

  • Bangkok bars battle to beat booze ban battering

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    Bangkok bars battle to beat booze ban battering

    BANGKOK, Oct 24 — As gin bottles gather dust, a Bangkok bar owner is trying to keep his joint going through a Covid booze ban with fruity mocktails seasoned with kratom, a...

  • Is it 42 or 222? Kit Siang urges Khairy to clarify inconsistent Covid-19 death toll between CovidNow website and Worldometer data

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    Is it 42 or 222? Kit Siang urges Khairy to clarify inconsistent Covid-19 death toll between CovidNow website and Worldometer data

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — DAP lawmaker Lim Kit Siang today asked Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to clarify the country’s latest Covid-19 deaths, pointing to the different data...

  • ‘What about us?’ Thai budget businesses fear premium tourist focus

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    ‘What about us?’ Thai budget businesses fear premium tourist focus

    CHIANG MAI,  Oct 24 — The Old City in Thailand’s Chiang Mai is a warren of alleys with ancient Buddhist temples sitting cheek by jowl with guesthouses and luxury...

  • Health Ministry: 94.5pc of adult population in Malaysia fully vaccinated

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    Health Ministry: 94.5pc of adult population in Malaysia fully vaccinated

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — A total of 22,126,379 individuals or 94.5 per cent of the adult population in the country have completed their Covid-19...

  • About 40,000 Sibu folk above 60 to get booster dose, says Dr Annuar

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    About 40,000 Sibu folk above 60 to get booster dose, says Dr Annuar

    SIBU, Oct 24 — About 40,000 eligible individuals aged 60 years and above in Sibu Division will be receiving their booster dose from next week, says Sibu Divisional Disaster...

  • Malaysia adds another 42 in the daily Covid-19 death toll

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    Malaysia adds another 42 in the daily Covid-19 death toll

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Malaysia lost 42 people to Covid-19 yesterday, according to the Health Ministry’s (MoH) latest data updated at midnight.  With this, the...