Washington state reports its first 2 cases of the Covid-19 variant first identified in the UK

Police patrol the streets while wearing protective gear as authorities continue testing for the second day in the Jordan area of Hong Kong, on January 24. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images Hong Kong has imposed a temporary lockdown on residents in coronavirus hotspots — a first in the city’s battle against Covid-19. In a statement released early … Read more

About 10,000 people are locked down for the weekend in a dense Hong Kong district

Police patrol the streets while wearing protective gear as authorities continue testing for the second day in the Jordan area of Hong Kong, on January 24. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images Hong Kong has imposed a temporary lockdown on residents in coronavirus hotspots — a first in the city’s battle against Covid-19. In a statement released early … Read more

The UK has the “highest death rate” in the world

At least 195 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in the UK have been identified across 22 US states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). States with most cases of the new variant: California: 72 Florida: 50 New York: 22 The following states have reported fewer than seven cases … Read more

For the first time in the pandemic, parts of Hong Kong are under lockdown

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference on Covid-19 at 10 Downing Street in London, on January 22. Leon Neal/Pool/AFP/Getty Images The coronavirus variant first identified in the UK “may be associated with a higher degree of mortality” in infected patients, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday during a news briefing … Read more

For the first time in the pandemic, parts of Hong Kong are under lockdown

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference on Covid-19 at 10 Downing Street in London, on January 22. Leon Neal/Pool/AFP/Getty Images The coronavirus variant first identified in the UK “may be associated with a higher degree of mortality” in infected patients, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday during a news briefing … Read more

Israel hits new record in virus cases, as government mulls closure extension

Medics care for a COVID-19 patient at the Sheba Medical Center’s isolation ward, in Ramat Gan, Israel, on January 18. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images Israel has recorded its highest figure of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, with 10,021 people added to the list of Covid-19 sufferers on Monday. The new Ministry of Health figures … Read more

Coronavirus update: Latest vaccine and world news

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark. Getty Images China and the World Health Organization (WHO) could have acted quicker and more forcefully to contain the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, an independent review panel said on Monday.  In its second interim report, the Switzerland-based Independent Panel for … Read more

60% of all US Covid-19 cases have been reported since Election Day

France is expanding its vaccination campaign Monday to allow anyone over the age of 75 to be inoculated. Previously, only residents of nursing homes and medical staff aged 50 and over were eligible to receive a vaccine.  The new phase of the nationwide push comes as the country’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 70,000 over the … Read more

Shanghai Disneyland rejects allegations it is barring Uyghur visitors under pandemic pretext

An Israeli senior citizen receives her second Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at the Maccabi Health Services drive-in vaccination center, in the northern coastal city of Haifa on January 11. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images Two young men work side-by-side in a butcher’s shop. They live in the same teeming and densely packed town. One is fortunate — he’s … Read more