Indonesia sees 518 new Covid cases, 5 more deaths

Indonesia sees 518 new Covid cases, 5 more deaths

Sunday, 09 January 2022 | IANS | Jakarta

Indonesia has confirmed 518 new Covid-19 cases, raising the country's tally of infections to 4,265,187, according to the country's Health Ministry. The ministry on Friday reported that the death toll from Covid-19 in the country rose by five to 144,121, while 214 more people recovered from the disease during the past...

Australia, Japan sign defense pact as China concerns loom

Friday, 07 January 2022 | AP | SYDNEY

The leaders of Japan and Australia signed a “landmark” defense agreement Thursday that allows closer cooperation between their militaries and stands as a rebuke to China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met in a virtual summit to sign the...

NKorea claims 2nd successful test flight of hypersonic missile

Friday, 07 January 2022 | AP | SEOUL, South Korea

North Korea claimed Thursday to have conducted the second successful test flight of a hypersonic missile, days after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster his military forces despite pandemic-related difficulties. Wednesday’s launch, the North’s first known weapons test in about two months, indicates country will press ahead with plans to...

France eases rule for vaccinated travelers from South Africa

Friday, 07 January 2022 | AP | PARIS

France is allowing vaccinated travelers from South Africa to enter its territory without having to observe a coronavirus quarantine. The French government published a decree Thursday that removed South Africa from the list of places subject to highly restricted travel rules. Unvaccinated people coming from South Africa still must quarantine in France...

Hong Kong bans flights from India, 7 other nations, ramps up Covid curbs

Thursday, 06 January 2022 | AFP | Hong Kong

Hong Kong announced strict new anti-coronavirus controls on Wednesday, banning flights from eight nations, shuttering bars and gyms and cancelling evening restaurant dining after the Omicron variant was detected within the city.The restrictions are the latest economic blow to an international business hub pursuing a zero-Covid strategy that has kept...

Taiwan conducts F-16 fighter jets' drill amid tensions with China

Thursday, 06 January 2022 | AFP | Chiayi, Taiwan

Taiwan air force jets screamed into sky on Wednesday in a drill simulating a war scenario, showing its combat readiness amid heightened military tensions with China, which claims  island as its own. Before takeoff, flight crews at a base in southern city of Chiayi - home to U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets...

Soaring Omicron cases could lead to more dangerous variants, warns WHO

Thursday, 06 January 2022 | Agence France-Presse | Stockholm

Soaring Omicron cases around the globe could increase the risk of a newer, more dangerous variant emerging, the World Health Organization in Europe warned on Tuesday. While the variant is spreading like wildfire around the world, it appears to be far less severe than initially feared and has raised hopes that...

With Omicron, experts explain what could help permanently defeat Covid

Thursday, 06 January 2022 | AFP | Paris

With new versions forcing vaccine makers to re-test jabs, the virus that causes Covid-19 has proven highly unpredictable. But latest variant to sweep globe has persuaded some experts that long hoped-for collective immunity is in sight, and that virus may be evolving into a relatively benign seasonal illness. Omicron has proven...

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