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Putin’s vaccine meets opposition from frontline workers in Russia

by on September 6, 2020 0
Vladimir Putin announced the approval of Russia’s Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine on August 11 amid much fanfare, saying it works “quite effectively” in forming a stable immunity. How would he know this? Because the Russian President revealed one of his daughters had already taken it. Speaking on Russian state TV at the time, Putin said his daughter had a... Read More

Pope says gossip is a ‘plague worse than Covid’

by on September 6, 2020 0
Pope Francis has once again condemned gossip, describing it as a “plague worse than Covid,” during his Sunday prayers. The Pope also said that the devil is a gossiper who aims to divide the Catholic Church. “Gossip closes the heart of the community, closes the unity of the Church,” he said. “The greatest talker is the... Read More

Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases nears 1.3m

by on September 6, 2020 0
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), on Sunday, said the number of coronavirus positive cases has risen to 1,291,724 in the continent. Africa CDC also said that the death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic climbed to 31,056. The African Union (AU) Commission’s specialised healthcare agency said the number of... Read More

Coca-Cola or ‘bottled poison’? Mexico finds a COVID-19 villain in big soda

by on August 23, 2020 0
While touring southern Chiapas state last month, Mexico’s coronavirus czar took aim at a local vice he considers culpable for the country’s ongoing pandemic problems: rampant Coca-Cola consumption. Health undersecretary Hugo López-Gatell connected soda consumption with COVID-19 deaths, blaming sugar for causing comorbidities such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension – maladies common in Mexico, where almost three-quarters of... Read More

Bluetooth update could turn wearables into COVID-19 trackers

by on August 19, 2020 0
That could enable students and older people to track their exposure. Billions of people have smartphones, but not everyone has them, and they’re not the only smart devices folks have access to. Older people, and young kids, have valid reasons for not owning one, which excludes them from the phone-based contact-tracing systems currently being put in place.... Read More

South Africa investigates COVID-linked corruption of $290 million

by on August 19, 2020 0
South African authorities are investigating government departments for graft over irregularities in coronavirus-related tenders worth 5 billion rand ($290 million), the head of its Special Investigating Unit (SIU) told lawmakers on Wednesday. The figure is likely to add to pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ruling African National Congress, who have struggled to... Read More

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: Samuel Umtiti tests positive for COVID-19

by on August 14, 2020 0
Barcelona defender, Samuel Umtiti, has tested positive for COVID-19. The club confirmed the news in a statement on Friday, adding that he is asymptomatic. Umtiti, who has been out of action with injury, is not with the squad that has travelled to Lisbon, Portugal and plays Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final on... Read More