Tonga faces lockdown as first Covid-19 case detected

NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA (AFP) – Tongan Prime Minister Pohiva Tuionetoa warned Saturday (Oct 30) that residents on the country’s main island Tongatapu faced a possible lockdown next week after recording its first case of Covid-19. The tiny Pacific kingdom had been among only a handful of countries to escape the virus so far, and the infection […]

Pfizer vaccine very effective against Delta variant in adolescents in Israel: Study

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) – The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection and symptomatic disease from the Delta variant among 12- to 18-year-olds, research conducted in Israel shows. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, will likely provide further reassurance that the shot is effective against the variant among younger people […]

COVID-19: Matt Hancock’s new role helping African economies recover from coronavirus not going ahead, Sky News understands

Matt Hancock’s new job offer from the United Nations helping African economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic has been withdrawn, Sky News understands. Just four days ago, the former health secretary announced on social media his new role as a United Nations special representative, saying he was “honoured” to have been appointed to the position. […]

Small business COVID-19 challenges are ever-changing

NEW YORK — For a brief moment this summer, it seemed like small businesses might be getting a break from the relentless onslaught of the pandemic. More Americans, many of them vaccinated, flocked to restaurants and stores without needing to mask up or socially distance. But then came a surge in cases due to the […]

Top China forecaster sees GDP growth near zero in third quarter

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – China’s tough Covid-19┬ácurbs mean economic activity in the third quarter could be close to flat compared with the previous three months, while full-year growth may fall below 8 per cent, a top forecaster said. “My view is that the Chinese economy should slow sharply in the third quarter, mainly due to […]