covid-19

  • Man City post record revenue in 2020-21 despite Covid-19 impact

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    Man City post record revenue in 2020-21 despite Covid-19 impact

    MANCHESTER, Jan 13 — Premier League champions Manchester City posted record revenues for the 2020-21 season, as they returned to profitability despite playing most of the...

  • From MCO 1.0 to now in Malaysia, what has changed when it comes to face masks?

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    From MCO 1.0 to now in Malaysia, what has changed when it comes to face masks?

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 — The arrival of the highly transmissible Omicron variant in Malaysia has made many of us rethink the kind of masks we should be wearing. Since the start of...

  • Royals and reality TV stars: Famous Covid rulebreakers

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    Royals and reality TV stars: Famous Covid rulebreakers

    PARIS, Jan 12 — From British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, the Dutch royals and now tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, a slew of politicians and...

  • Chinese woman stuck in blind date’s house after city lockdown

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    Chinese woman stuck in blind date’s house after city lockdown

    BEIJING, Jan 12 — Imagine being on a first date you couldn’t end? That’s what happened to a woman in China whose video blogs about going into a citywide lockdown during a...

  • As Omicron surges, a French hospital creaks under staff shortages

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    As Omicron surges, a French hospital creaks under staff shortages

    PARIS, Jan 12 — Emergency ward doctor Abigael Debit is increasingly spending her time finding beds for Covid-19 patients, either in her own public-private clinic outside Paris...

  • Oil hits pre-Omicron highs, dollar down on Fed chair Powell

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    Oil hits pre-Omicron highs, dollar down on Fed chair Powell

    LONDON, Jan 12 — Oil hit its highest since the Omicron outbreak, world stocks rose to one-week peaks and the dollar plumbed six-week lows today after US Federal Reserve Chair...

  • Austria’s daily Covid-19 infections hit record, newspaper says

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    Austria’s daily Covid-19 infections hit record, newspaper says

    VIENNA, Jan 12 — Austria’s daily new coronavirus infections have risen to a new record of 18,427, newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported today as cases have been surging because of...

  • Hungary’s daily tally of new Covid-19 cases jumps to 7,883 as Omicron spreads

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    Hungary’s daily tally of new Covid-19 cases jumps to 7,883 as Omicron spreads

    BUDAPEST, Jan 12 — Hungary’s daily tally of new Covid-19 cases jumped to 7,883 today from 5,270 reported a week earlier, but the number of patients treated in hospital...

  • Russia’s Omicron cases hit nearly 700, govt ponders new measures

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    Russia’s Omicron cases hit nearly 700, govt ponders new measures

    MOSCOW, Jan 12 — Russia has so far recorded 698 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant and will prepare new measures to combat the rise in cases by the end of the week, Deputy...

  • Challenges arising from Covid-19 have affected mental health of Singapore's youths, says minister

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    Challenges arising from Covid-19 have affected mental health of Singapore's youths, says minister

    SINGAPORE, Jan 12 — The Covid-19 pandemic has led to more stresses and challenges affecting Singapore’s youths, but the Government is working to safeguard their mental health,...

  • South Korea authorises Novavax Covid-19 vaccine, imports Pfizer pills

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    South Korea authorises Novavax Covid-19 vaccine, imports Pfizer pills

    SEOUL, Jan 12 — South Korea is turning to additional pharmaceutical tools as it looks to pre-empt a surge of Covid-19 omicron infections, authorising the use of Novavax Inc’s...

  • Indonesia rolls out Covid-19 booster shots, amid fears of Omicron spread

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    Indonesia rolls out Covid-19 booster shots, amid fears of Omicron spread

    JAKARTA, Jan 12 — Indonesia kicked off its Covid-19 booster programme for the general public today, as the world’s fourth-most-populous nation hit an almost three-month high...

  • Malaysia records 3,198 new Covid-19 cases, above 3,000-mark just like yesterday

    6 days ago

    Malaysia records 3,198 new Covid-19 cases, above 3,000-mark just like yesterday

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — Malaysia today recorded an additional 3,198 Covid-19 cases, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Twitter. This brings the...

  • Bintulu MP alleges ‘unseen hands’ meddling with Covid-19 infection data

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    Bintulu MP alleges ‘unseen hands’ meddling with Covid-19 infection data

    KUCHING, Jan 12 ― Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has alleged that Covid-19 data on deaths and confirmed cases were “being manipulated by unseen hands” in his ongoing...

  • China’s Omicron-hit Tianjin launches new round of tests

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    China’s Omicron-hit Tianjin launches new round of tests

    BEIJING, Jan 12 — The Chinese city of Tianjin started a new round of testing of its 14 million residents today to block the Omicron variant, as financial analysts warned of the...

  • WTA says deported player Voracova ‘did nothing wrong’

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    WTA says deported player Voracova ‘did nothing wrong’

    MELBOURNE, Jan 12 — The Women’s Tennis Association said Wednesday that Renata Voracova did nothing wrong after the Czech player was detained on the same “unfortunate”...

  • UK PM faces new ‘lockdown party’ hangover

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    UK PM faces new ‘lockdown party’ hangover

    LONDON, Jan 12 — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday faced a furious backlash over new claims of a breach of coronavirus restrictions by his team on top of a slew of...

  • Djokovic admits ‘errors’ as he fights to avoid Australian deportation

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    Djokovic admits ‘errors’ as he fights to avoid Australian deportation

    MELBOURNE, Jan 12 — Novak Djokovic today admitted “errors” in his travel papers and for not isolating after a claimed coronavirus infection, as he battled to stay in...

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    We must do right by the disabled and vulnerable

    JANUARY 12 — “Is it true Khairy (Jamaluddin) faked his vaccination?” That was not the question I was expecting from a friend this week. My friend is not a conspiracy...

  • WHO says over 50pc of Europeans on track to contract Omicron

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    WHO says over 50pc of Europeans on track to contract Omicron

    PARIS, Jan 12 — More than half of people in Europe are on track to contract the Omicron coronavirus variant in the next two months if infections continue at current rates, the...

  • Djokovic saga throws light on migrants’ ordeal in Australia

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    Djokovic saga throws light on migrants’ ordeal in Australia

    MELBOURNE, Jan 12 — It was the most unlikely Australian residence for the world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic: a grim, five-storey former hotel with no check-out...

  • Djokovic ‘did not know’ of Covid result when in public, says mother

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    Djokovic ‘did not know’ of Covid result when in public, says mother

    SYDNEY, Jan 12 — Novak Djokovic probably “did not know” of his own positive Covid-19 test result when he mixed with the public in Serbia without a mask, his mother said...

  • Holistic approach needed from MoE to address learning loss among primary school students, say experts

    1 week ago

    Holistic approach needed from MoE to address learning loss among primary school students, say experts

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — Farah Alina P. Ramli is relieved schools have reopened and her son Qawiem Fuadi Shahrul Hazli can return to face-to-face teaching and learning sessions....

  • No vax, pay tax, says Canada’s Quebec as health system struggles

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    No vax, pay tax, says Canada’s Quebec as health system struggles

    QUEBEC, Jan 12 — Quebec, Canada’s second most populous province, is planning to force adults refusing to get Covid-19 vaccinated pay a “health contribution” in a move...

  • Repeated Covid-19 boosters not a viable strategy, says WHO

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    Repeated Covid-19 boosters not a viable strategy, says WHO

    GENEVA, Jan 12 — WHO experts warned yesterday that repeating booster doses of the original Covid vaccines is not a viable strategy against emerging variants and called for new...

  • Omicron: Mild or severe impact on global economy?

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    Omicron: Mild or severe impact on global economy?

    PARIS, Jan 11 — After limping its way back from the Covid pandemic last year, the global economic recovery has been rattled by the Omicron variant’s rapid rise. The travel...

  • Global growth could slow sharply due to Omicron, says World Bank

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    Global growth could slow sharply due to Omicron, says World Bank

    WASHINGTON, Jan 11 — Global growth will “decelerate markedly” this year, but the Omicron variant of Covid-19 that is spreading rapidly worldwide could make the situation...

  • Russia braces for ‘very intense’ rise in Omicron cases

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    Russia braces for ‘very intense’ rise in Omicron cases

    MOSCOW, Jan 11 — Russia warned today it could face a “very intense” rise in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the coming weeks and authorities said that Moscow...

  • Chicago schools to reopen after teachers agree to end Covid-19 walkout

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    Chicago schools to reopen after teachers agree to end Covid-19 walkout

    CHICAGO, Jan 11 — Chicago Public School teachers returned to their schools today after reaching an agreement on Covid-19 safeguards with the district, ending a walkout that...

  • CM: Penang targets all adults get Covid-19 booster dose by end of February

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    CM: Penang targets all adults get Covid-19 booster dose by end of February

    GEORGE TOWN, Jan 11 — The Penang government foresees that 100 per cent of the adult population in the state should have received their Covid-19 booster shot by the end of...

  • WHO: Too soon to treat Covid-19 like flu as Omicron spreads

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    WHO: Too soon to treat Covid-19 like flu as Omicron spreads

    COPENHAGEN, Jan 11 — The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is on track to infect more than half of Europeans, but it should not yet be seen as a flu-like endemic illness, the World...

  • WHO: Omicron to infect more than half of Europe’s population in 6-8 weeks

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    WHO: Omicron to infect more than half of Europe’s population in 6-8 weeks

    COPENHAGEN, Jan 11 — More than half of the European population are expected to be infected with the Omicron coronavirus variant within the next six to eight weeks, the World...

  • Malaysia’s Covid-19 daily cases back above 3,000

    1 week ago

    Malaysia’s Covid-19 daily cases back above 3,000

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 ― Malaysia's new Covid-19 infections rose again today, surpassing the 3,000-mark. In an update on Twitter, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham...

  • Poland’s total Covid-19 death toll passes 100,000

    1 week ago

    Poland’s total Covid-19 death toll passes 100,000

    WARSAW, Jan 11 — Poland’s total number of coronavirus-related deaths surpassed 100,000 today, the health minister said, as the country grapples with a fourth wave of the...

  • Hong Kong unveils further steps to curb Covid-19 spread, boost vaccinations

    1 week ago

    Hong Kong unveils further steps to curb Covid-19 spread, boost vaccinations

    HONG KONG, Jan 11 — Hong Kong will shut kindergartens and primary schools and start offering Covid-19 vaccines for children from the age of five, the city’s leader said today,...