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German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to extend coronavirus restrictions until Feb. 15 and make medical masks obligatory on public transport and in shops, according to a draft resolution by the federal government seen by Reuters on Tuesday. The draft proposed keeping schools closed until mid-February and improving aid for companies affected by the lockdown extension.
The head of Lebanon's main coronavirus hospital Tuesday backed the extension of a total lockdown to curb soaring infection figures and save a fragile healthcare system from collapse.
At least 134 cars were involved in a series of crashes in Japan on Tuesday when a snow storm struck a stretch of highway and one person was killed and a dozen hurt in the chaos. The crashes occurred on the Tohoku Expressway in the northern prefecture of Miyagi at around noon, on a stretch of road about 1 km (half a mile) long, the government said. Authorities had imposed a speed limit of 50 kph (31 mph) when heavy snow cut visibility but that was not enough to prevent disaster.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored with 4:09 remaining in the game and Semyon Varlamov recorded his second shutout of the season to lift the New York Islanders to a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday at Uniondale, N.Y. Varlamov made 27 saves in his return after being injured in warmups prior to the team's 5-0 setback against the New York Rangers on Saturday. Locked in a defensive struggle, New York made the most of a fortunate carom to deliver the game's lone goal late in the third period.
Currently, the OPR stands at 1.75% after BNM slashed a total of 125 basis points between January and July 2020.
Rarely – if ever – has Brad Pitt been more hilariously hapless in a movie than in the Coen brothers' comedy Burn After Reading.
Medical experts say the South Korea governent is not taking the steps necessary to achieve its goal of reaching herd immunity to the coronavirus through mass vaccinations by November. They say the government has failed to secure enough vaccines and has also been slow to train staff for storage, distribution and inoculation. It has also lagged in making decisions over vaccination sites, they said.
Two British hospitals are using blockchain technology to keep tabs on the storage and supply of temperature-sensitive COVID-19 vaccines, the companies behind the initiative said on Tuesday, in one of the first such initiatives in the world. Two hospitals, in central England's Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick, are expanding their use of a distributed ledger, an offshoot of blockchain, from tracking vaccines and chemotherapy drugs to monitoring fridges storing COVID-19 vaccines. The tech will bolster record-keeping and data-sharing across supply chains, said Everyware, which monitors vaccines and other treatments for Britain's National Health Service (NHS), and Texas-based ledger Hedera, owned by firms including Alphabet's Google and IBM, in a statement.
Wildlife officers and firefighters in Loveland, Colorado, worked together on January 17 to rescue an elk stuck in a swimming pool.Colorado Parks and Wildlife said they wrapped straps around the elk before firefighters from Loveland Fire Rescue Authority pulled the elk from the pool.The 500-pound elk took some time to recover before fleeing the scene, officers said. Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife via Storyful
A Chinese lawyer nominated for a top human rights award is in poor health after years in prison, his wife told AFP Tuesday.
With the pandemic and its economic fallout, it’s no wonder that legions of people are flocking to meditation apps as a way to cope with anxiety and stress.
The Lagos-Ibadan corridor is easily one of the most important for Nigeria's economy as it connects the commercial capital to the rest of the country
A national hero at the 2018 soccer World Cup 2018 after famously blocking a penalty shot from Argentine star Lionel Messi, Icelandic-born professional goalkeeper and filmmaker Hannes Þór Halldórsson is poised for another daunting challenge – pitching his first feature as a director, “Cop Secret,” at Sweden’s Göteborg Nordic Film Market. Picked by Göteborg head […]
Grandparents who have received the Covid vaccine should not yet hug their families, a professor has warned, amid fears that those who have had the jab will abandon the lockdown rules. Professor Janet Lord, director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham, urged ongoing caution even as numbers of those vaccinated increased. Asked whether people who had received the jab could hug their children, she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I would certainly advise not to do that at the moment because as you probably know with the vaccines they take several weeks before they are maximally effective. "It's really important that people stay on their guard even if they've had that first vaccination. "If people do relax what they're doing then it reduces the benefits of the vaccination." Responding to a survey about public compliance with coronavirus regulations after having received a vaccination, Prof Lord continued: "That's the worrying thing about the idea of a (coronavirus immunity) passport. "People might think (it is a) passport to freedom and even those who haven't been vaccinated will see those changing their behaviours and think, 'Well why should I bother if no one else is either?' "That's the real worry we've got at the moment." It comes as ministers were warned that millions of people are likely to begin ignoring Covid restrictions once they have been vaccinated. Government scientists are concerned that those who receive jabs are likely to relax their attitude towards social distancing and lockdown rules, according to papers seen by The Telegraph. Minutes of meetings held by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) cite a survey which says that 29 per cent of people will adhere to restrictions less strictly once they have had a vaccine, while 11 per cent will "probably no longer follow the rules". Papers released by Sage reveal concerns that changes in the behaviour of those who get the jab could more than "offset" the benefits of the vaccination programme over the next few months. Professor Janet Lord told the Today programme that she would be "happier" with so-called "vaccine passports" if more was known about the effects of the vaccination on virus transmission, but warned there may be other "practical issues". "What about the practicalities, do you have some sort of large badge on your jacket that says 'I'm vaccinated?"' she said. "It's people observing you, so if you're going around, you're no longer wearing a mask, you're hugging anyone you feel like hugging then it's the message that it gives psychologically and motivationally that could be the risk."
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 — National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique is the latest Cabinet member to contract Covid-19. A statement from her office confirmed the matter on the ministry’s...
Mer Film, the well-established Norwegian film production banner, is reteaming with “Sami Boy” filmmaker Elle Sofe Sara on her feature debut “Arru.” The project will be pitched for the first time at the virtual Nordic Film Market, the industry program of the Goteborg Film Festival, whose full lineup has just been unveiled. “Arru” is a […]
Taiwan on Tuesday cancelled a major festival during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday as the island reported four locally transmitted cases of COVID-19, the biggest daily rise in local infections in nearly 11 months. Taiwan, which has kept the pandemic well under control thanks to early and effective prevention methods, has been unnerved by new domestic transmissions, first in December and now in a hospital in the northern city of Taoyuan. The Taiwan Lantern Festival, an annual celebration to mark the end of the upcoming Lunar New Year in mid-February, will be cancelled this year because of COVID-19, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said, citing the recent local infection cases.
Turkey on Tuesday slapped advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest over their non-compliance with a controversial new law that requires social media platforms to appoint legal representatives in the country. The law — which human rights and media freedom groups say amounts to censorship — forces social media companies to maintain representatives in Turkey to deal with complaints about content on their platforms.
IPOH, Jan 19 — Malim Nawar lawmaker Leong Cheok Keng today said that initially, he was not aware DAP had terminated his membership. He added that it was his friends from the media who had informed...