Race for virus vaccine could leave poor countries behind

Numerous problems must be resolved to manage global vaccine distribution and few measures have been taken, critics say. As the race for a vaccine against the new coronavirus intensifies, rich countries are rushing to place advance orders for the inevitably limited supply to guarantee their citizens get immunised first, leaving significant questions about whether developing […]

Nigerian doctors strike over lack of PPE, welfare concerns

Doctors at state-run hospitals walk out but medics at COVID-19 centres will continue working, union says. Nigerian doctors in state-run hospitals have gone on strike over complaints of welfare and inadequate protective equipment, but have said medics treating coronavirus patients will keep working. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation of 200 million inhabitants, has recorded 16,085 […]

WHO says Pakistan should reimpose lockdown to curb coronavirus

Cases increased exponentially since the lockdown was lifted in late May, with record-high cases registered on Tuesday. Islamabad, Pakistan – The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that Pakistani authorities reimpose a strict, intermittent lockdown targeting localities with high coronavirus spread, as cases in the South Asian country increase exponentially since most restrictions were lifted […]

Tunisia orders lifting of coronavirus lockdown

Decision comes after health authorities said they continued to see a drop in the number of new infections. Tunisian President Kais Saied has ordered the lifting of a nationwide curfew imposed in March to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The decision, announced by the presidency in a statement on Monday, came after health […]

World gambles with looser lockdowns, risks coronavirus resurgence

Spurred on by job losses and hunger, countries are moving to ease lockdowns even when daily cases remain high. After enduring weeks of coronavirus lockdowns, more than 100 million travellers in China flocked to key tourist sites this week, while businesses including barbershops, nail salons and shopping malls reopened in parts of the United States. […]

Tajik health minister fired amid surge in coronavirus cases

Authorities spent weeks downplaying the coronavirus threat, until reporting the first cases in late April. Tajikistan’s health minister has been fired amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the Central Asian former Soviet republic.  Nasim Olimzoda was sacked after the authorities spent weeks playing down the threat the country faced from COVID-19, the disease caused […]

Chinese state media calls Pompeo coronavirus claims 'insane'

US secretary of state said there was ‘enormous evidence’ the virus emerged from a laboratory in Chinese city of Wuhan. China’s state broadcaster CCTV has attacked recent remarks from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, calling them “insane and evasive”. Pompeo, speaking on Sunday, said “enormous evidence” showed […]

Philippines: Nearly 10,000 prisoners released over virus fears

COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported at some of the country’s most overcrowded jails, affecting both inmates and staff. The Philippines has released nearly 10,000 prison inmates as the country races to halt the spread of coronavirus in its congested facilities, according to a Supreme Court official. “The court is very much aware of the congested […]

How a Senegal TV series is fighting coronavirus

Show dubbed The Virus, aired on social media and on a private channel, focuses on life during the pandemic. Senegal’s latest TV drama star is a fictional doctor who provides coronavirus advice – a far cry from characters in the West African country’s usual fare of infidelity-themed soap operas. Since late April, a short television […]

Bolivia's health minister held for 'ventilator corruption'

Police arrest Navajas, a day after President Anez orders an investigation into the shady purchase of ventilators. Bolivia’s health minister was arrested on suspicion of corruption related to the overpriced purchase of ventilators to fight COVID-19 before being sacked by interim President Jeanine Anez. Marcelo Navajas was detained by police in La Paz, police Colonel […]