Germany worried as millions of elderly still lack virus shots

People wait to be inoculated against COVID-19 at the Babelsberg vaccination center in Potsdam near Berlin, northeastern Germany, on May 27, 2021. (SOEREN STACHE / AFP) ROME / MOSCOW / LONDON / BUCHAREST / TBILISI / ADDIS ABABA - Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn has expressed concern about the large number of elderly Germans still...

Children dying of COVID-19 in South Africa often also have HIV

Children play on a dusty field outside their homes in the Diepsloot Township north of Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug 26, 2021. (DENIS FARRELL / AP) WASHINGTON / LONDON / MADRID / BRUSSELS / NAIROBI / RABAT / TRIPOLI / ROME / OTTAWA / BRASILIA / AMSTERDAM / VIENNA / ADDIS ABABA / SARAJEVO - South Africa should consider vaccinating...

HK reports five new imported Covid cases

Health authorities reported five new Covid-19 infections on Friday, all of which are imported. The Centre for Health Protection said the patients, who arrived from Switzerland, Russia and the Philippines, carried the L452R variant and have all been fully vaccinated. All of the cases reported in Hong Kong in the...

HK reports two imported Covid cases

Hong Kong reported two imported Covid-19 cases on Thursday. Health authorities said the fully-vaccinated patients – a 33-year-old woman and 55-year-old man – flew in from the Philippines and South Korea respectively. They were asymptomatic, and tested positive for the L452R mutant strain. Officials said the male patient lives at...

Two new imported Covid cases reported

Health authorities on Wednesday reported two new imported Covid-19 cases – both fully vaccinated and infected with the potentially more contagious L452R mutant strain. One of them is a 31-year-old man who flew in from South Korea on September 2. He had received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine in...

Sweden to remove most remaining virus curbs this month

In this March 4, 2021 photo, police officers patrol the city of Vetlanda, Sweden. (Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) ROME / SANTIAGO / LONDON / ADDIS ABABA / ZAGREB / YAOUNDE / LISBON / RABAT / TUNIS / HELSINKI / DUBLIN / NEW YORK / HAVANA  / LIMA / MEXICO CITY / BRASILIA / YENAGOA, Nigeria - Sweden will push ahead with easing COVID-19 restrictions...

No Covid cases found in Lohas Park lockdown

Health authorities on Tuesday morning completed their compulsory Covid testing exercise at a residential block in Lohas Park in Tseung Kwan O. In a statement, the government said, as of 1 am, around 1,340 residents had been tested and no confirmed cases had been found. The block had been sealed...

UK panel does not recommend virus shots for healthy youths

A boy at COVID-19 test station as he entered his new secondary school for the first time at Wales High school, Sheffield, England, Sept 3, 2021. (RUI VIEIRA/AP) LONDON/OTTAWA/CALGARY/ JOHANNESBURG - Britain's vaccine advisers said they were not recommending the vaccination of all 12- to 15-year-olds against COVID-19, preferring a...

HK bans Manila airline over Covid cases

Health authorities suspended flights from Manila operated by Cebu Pacific Air on Friday – less than a week after fully vaccinated domestic helpers from Indonesia and the Philippines were allowed to come here to work. The flight ban, which will be in place until September 16, was triggered after four...

New virus variant found in S. Africa has concerning mutations

A healthcare worker checks the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 jabs which are ready to be administered inside a Transvaco vaccine train stationed at the Springs Train Station outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Aug 25, 2021. (PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP) ADDIS ABABA / TUNIS / DAR ES SALAAM / ATHENS / BERLIN / RABAT / LONDON...

Switzerland warns of terror attacks on vaccine sites

People enjoy a beer and play card as terraces reopened in Lausanne, on April 19, 2021, as Switzerland significantly eased its COVID-19 restrictions despite acknowledging that the country's virus situation "remains fragile" and has even worsened recently. (VALENTIN FLAURAUD / AFP) NEW YORK - Switzerland’s Federal Intelligence Service is warning...