Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Death toll hits 1,400 as new cases stay above 2,000

526 cases in Selangor, 429 in Sarawak and 370 in Kelantan.

Frustrated foreign residents in Japan desperate for jabs

Japan has vaccinated only about 1% of its population, having started with the elderly this month.

Philippines, US trialling repurposed drugs to fight mild Covid-19

In the US, the search is on for an existing prescription or over-the-counter medication that could help treat people with mild to moderate symptoms of Covid-19.

India tops 2,000 Covid deaths in 24 hours

Health ministry figures show 295,000 new cases in 24 hours, on a par with numbers seen in the US in January, and 2,023 fatalities.

Colombia private sector gets green light to buy, distribute Covid-19 vaccines

Any party buying vaccines must be endorsed by the health ministry and guarantee delivery using their own logistics chains, and abide by guidelines to ensure the most vulnerable sectors of the community are the first to receive the shots.

Covid-positive air passengers are still trying to board their flights

47 passengers on one flight from India were discovered to be Covid-19 positive on arrival in Hong Kong.

British launch hunt for pills to treat Covid-19 at home

British PM says he hopes pills or capsules can be available by the autumn to help fight a widely anticipated third wave.

Denmark ‘lends’ Germany 55,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

Denmark dropped the AstraZeneca vaccine from its immunisation programme earlier this month, saying it might re-introduce the jab 'if the situation changes'.

EU agency says blood clots ‘very rare’ side effect of J&J jab

The Johnson & Johnson concerns follow similar reports of blood clots in a very small number of people who received the AstraZeneca shot.

Chile vets accused of using dog Covid-19 vaccines on people

The canine coronavirus is not the same as the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the global human pandemic.

Sarawak, Selangor still on top as cases stay above 2,000

600 cases in Sarawak, 539 in Selangor.

India’s crematoriums buckle as Covid dead pile up

The chimney of one electric furnace in Ahmedabad cracked and collapsed after being in constant use for up to 20 hours every day for the past two weeks, while some crematoriums in Lucknow have run out of wood and are asking people to bring it themselves.

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