New Zealand lockdown costs millions each day to Auckland businesses

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) – The mayor of New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, said on Monday (March 1) that its residents should be prioritised for vaccines, after it was thrown into its fourth lockdown over the weekend costing millions of dollars a day. The seven-day lockdown of the population of nearly 2 million was prompted by the case of a person who […]

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No flu cases at S'pore polyclinics in more than 8 months

SINGAPORE – There has not been a single case of confirmed influenza at any of the more than 60 polyclinics and sentinel general practice clinics here in more than eight months – something not seen in the past decade. These polyclinics and GP clinics are used by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to monitor for possible outbreaks, and to track […]

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Iran's Covid-19 deaths cross 60,000 mark

TEHERAN (AFP) – Iran’s health ministry said the country’s coronavirus fatalities broke the 60,000 mark on Sunday (Feb 28), as the Islamic republic battles the Middle East’s worst outbreak of the illness. The grim milestone comes after several Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, warned of a Covid-19 “fourth wave” with cases rising in certain areas of the country. “Sadly […]

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Two opposition MPs declare support for Malaysia PM Muhyiddin, restoring majority

KUALA LUMPUR – Two opposition lawmakers have left Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and pledged support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, raising speculation that more defections will take place as Malaysia’s premier seeks to cement his position before Parliament next convenes. In a post on his Facebook page, Tan Sri Muhyiddin said he received on Sunday (Feb 28) statutory declarations (SD) […]

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Hong Kong Charges 47 Democracy Supporters With Violating Security Law

HONG KONG — Dozens of pro-democracy figures who were rounded up and detained last month were arrested again on Sunday and charged with violating Hong Kong’s harsh new national security law, the latest blow to the dwindling hopes for democracy in the territory. The 47 politicians and activists charged on Sunday are accused of breaking the security law by helping […]

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At Least 3 Killed as Myanmar Police Crack Down on Protests

The police opened fire on protesters in southern Myanmar on Sunday, as the military regime began what appeared to be its toughest crackdown yet on the demonstrations against its month-old coup. At least three people were killed, two doctors said. More than 50 other people were wounded in the shooting in the city of Dawei, said Dr. Tun Min, who […]

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New Zealand's Auckland starts second Covid-19 lockdown this month

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) – Exactly a year after New Zealand recorded its first coronavirus case, the biggest city of Auckland woke on Sunday (Feb 28) to a second lockdown this month, as the authorities try to rein in a cluster of the more contagious UK variant. The seven-day lockdown of a population of nearly two million, announced late on Saturday by Prime […]

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