Covid live news: EU not renewing orders for AstraZeneca jabs after June; lockdown extended in New Delhi

International aid has poured in for India, where record infection rates have overwhelmed hospitals, depleting medicines, oxygen tanks and other supplies. Earlier this month, Qatar Airways also airlifted 300 tonnes of aid free of charge from Doha to India. Emirates will provide free spare capacity to transport supplies from charities based in Dubai, divisional senior … Read more

Medical journal slams Indian government for ‘squandering’ early success on Covid-19

The publication branded the response by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government “inexcusable.” India is currently in the midst of the world’s worst Covid-19 outbreak. It reported 403,738 additional cases Sunday, marking the fourth consecutive day it has recorded more than 400,000 cases and bringing the country’s total reported infections to more than 22 million. More … Read more

EU invites ‘concrete’ US plan on lifting Covid vaccine patents

Europe on Saturday passed the ball back to Washington in a debate over Covid vaccine patents, pushing the US for a concrete proposal and a commitment to export much needed jabs. European Council chief Charles Michel, attending an EU summit in Portugal, said the bloc was ready to discuss a US offer to suspend patent … Read more

Coronavirus live news: two more Indian states go into lockdown; UK ‘could be protected from Covid by August’

Germany’s anti-lockdown movement has co-opted the image of Sophie Scholl, the Germany resistance fighter who was born 100 years ago on Sunday, to the dismay of their opponents. Scholl, who was executed by the Nazis for distributing anti-Nazi pamphlets, is an emblem of courage and a national hero in Germany. She has, perhaps inevitably, been … Read more

Centre plans to launch digital delivery of healthcare services, pilot on in 6 UTs – ET HealthWorld

The Centre is likely to launch the digital delivery of healthcare services together with private sector stakeholders within two years, ahead of which pilot programmes are underway in six Union territories, said National Health Authority chief executive RS Sharma. “We are looking forward to implementing the National Digital Health Mission rigorously. We will be able … Read more

India reports over 400,000 daily cases for the third time in a week as second wave hammers country

A family member of Covid-19 infected patient seen carrying an empty oxygen cylinder outside a shop to get it refilled, amidst the rising number of the coronavirus cases. Manish Rajput | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images India’s daily new Covid-19 cases crossed 400,000 for the third time this month as the country struggles … Read more

Despite Covid, India presses ahead with $1.8 billion parliament renovation

The decision to continue with the project in the capital, New Delhi, has infuriated the public and opposition politicians, who have pointed to the apparent disconnect in pouring millions into a construction project when the country is struggling with its worst-ever public health crisis. The pricey renovation, known as the Central Vista Redevelopment Project, has … Read more

Australia news live: Morrison confirms India travel ban to end 15 May; NSW premier ‘very pleased’ with state’s handling of Covid outbreak

I will consult with the premiers and chief ministers today as part of that national cabinet meeting, and the National Security Committee of Cabinet will consider those matters further next week and in the weeks ahead. But what’s important is that the biosecurity order that we have put in place has been highly effective, it’s … Read more