Austria re-enters COVID-19 lockdown as Europe battles virus

Ahead of the Christmas holidays, Austria closed its shops, restaurants and festive markets on Monday, returning to lockdown in the most dramatic COVID-19 restrictions Western Europe has seen in months. The decision prompted a fierce backlash, with thousands taking to the streets, some accusing the government of not doing more to keep the latest coronavirus … Read more

Immunization of children unlikely soon: Health Minister Mandaviya

Vaccination of children against COVID-19 is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said: “We have referred the matter to experts and will follow their recommendation. There are no plans to present it immediately.” Mandaviya said the ministry has analyzed the uptake of vaccines in other countries and it has been low. “Even … Read more

No seaside mass gatherings in Mumbai for Chhath Puja: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

The city’s civic body on Monday said that seaside mass gatherings will not be allowed in Mumbai for the upcoming Chhath Puja festival to prevent the anticipated third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As per the revised guidelines, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will instead build artificial ponds in different areas of the city and … Read more

Australia achieves ‘great milestone’ with 80% vaccination rate

Australia on Saturday reached a full immunization rate of 80% of people aged 16 and older, what Prime Minister Scott Morrison called a “great mile” on its way to becoming one of the most vaccinated countries in the world against COVID-19. stone” said. Once a champion of a COVID-zero strategy to manage the pandemic, the … Read more

US trade deficit hits record $80.9 billion in September

The US trade deficit hit an all-time high of $80.9 billion in September as US exports fell sharply, while imports continue to rise even with supply chain problems at US ports. The Commerce Department said on Thursday that the September deficit topped a previous record of $73.2 billion set in June. The deficit is the … Read more