River swamp bridge surges amid deadly flooding in Brazil

River swamp bridge surges amid deadly flooding in Brazil

Prolonged heavy rains caused flooding in eastern Brazil, killing at least 10 people in Minas Gerais state, officials said. According to the Brazilian Civil Defense, 220,000 people were affected by flooding in Minas Gerais, and 6,000 were left homeless. Deputy state governor Paulo Brant blamed the river’s sedimentation and poor planning for the flooding in … Read more

River swamp bridge surges amid deadly flooding in Brazil

River swamp bridge surges amid deadly flooding in Brazil

Prolonged heavy rains caused flooding in eastern Brazil, killing at least 10 people in Minas Gerais state, officials said. According to the Brazilian Civil Defense, 220,000 people were affected by flooding in Minas Gerais, and 6,000 were left homeless. Deputy state governor Paulo Brant blamed the river’s sedimentation and poor planning for the flooding in … Read more

Australia: increase in COVID-19 cases, testing system overloaded

Australia: increase in COVID-19 cases, testing system overloaded

Healthcare workers wait for the next vehicle at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing clinic as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in Sydney, Australia on December 30, 2021. REUTERS / Nikki Short Register now for FREE and unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, Jan.4 (Reuters) – Australia’s COVID-19 cases hit a pandemic record on … Read more

Australia to continue reopening amid record COVID-19 cases

Australia to continue reopening amid record COVID-19 cases

A person wearing a face mask walks along the harbor waterfront in front of the Sydney Opera House during a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, October 6 2021. REUTERS / Loren Elliott Register now for FREE and unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, Jan. 3 (Reuters) – The … Read more

Omicron interrupts global New Years party, but South Africa offers hope

Omicron interrupts global New Years party, but South Africa offers hope

Canceled fireworks in London, Paris, Kuala Lumpur South Africa lifts curfew, announces Omicron wave has passed “It’s gonna be amazing” on Cape Town beach Infections set world records SYDNEY / CAPE TOWN, Dec.31 (Reuters) – Twenty-one fled with farewell celebrations mostly stifled by the pandemic. But good news from South Africa – the first country … Read more

Deaths from COVID-19 in Eastern Europe exceed 1 million

Deaths from COVID-19 in Eastern Europe exceed 1 million

December 30 (Reuters) – Coronavirus deaths in Eastern Europe topped one million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, as the Omicron variant threatened to strike the region. Three of the five countries reporting the highest number of daily deaths in Europe are from the east, including Russia, Poland and Ukraine, according to Reuters data … Read more

South Africa lifts curfew as it announces peaks of fourth wave of COVID-19

South Africa lifts curfew as it announces peaks of fourth wave of COVID-19

Passengers line up to take a PCR test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before traveling on international flights, at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, November 26, 2021. REUTERS / Sumaya Hisham Register now for FREE and unlimited access to Reuters.com Register now CAPE TOWN, Dec. 30 (Reuters) – South Africa has lifted the … Read more

Look beyond the lights and remember the poor, pope says on Christmas eve

Look beyond the lights and remember the poor, pope says on Christmas eve

VATICAN CITY, December 24 (Reuters) – Pope Francis, leading Roman Catholics around the world on Christmas, said on Friday that people indifferent to the poor offend God, urging everyone to “look past all lights and decorations” and remember those most in need. Francis, inaugurating the ninth Christmas of his pontificate, celebrated a solemn vigil Mass … Read more

UK cabinet to meet as pressure for new COVID restrictions grows

UK cabinet to meet as pressure for new COVID restrictions grows

LONDON, December 20 (Reuters) – Britain’s cabinet will meet later on Monday as pressure increases on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to slow the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant with tougher social restrictions ahead of Christmas. Britain has reported record levels of COVID-19 cases, with officials and ministers warning that the full effects of the … Read more

Sinopharm COVID-19 booster weaker against Omicron – study

Sinopharm COVID-19 booster weaker against Omicron – study

A Sinopharm logo is pictured during a government-hosted visit to the COVID-19 vaccine production line by the Beijing Biologics Institute of Sinopharm’s China National Biotec Group (CNBG) in Beijing, China, February 26, 2021. REUTERS / Tingshu Wang Register now for FREE and unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, Dec.20 (Reuters) – A COVID-19 booster injection … Read more