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Several employees of a pharmaceutical company have been arrested in Indonesia for allegedly washing and reselling used Covid nasal swab test kits

Up to 9,000 passengers at an airport in Medan may have been tested with the reused swab sticks, say police. State-owned company Kimia Farma is now reportedly facing a potential lawsuit launched on behalf of the travelers. Covid nasal swab testing has become routine in many countries hit by the global pandemic. Police said they believed the scam had been happening since...

Donald Trump launches new ‘communications’ website

Donald Trump has launched a new "communications" website, which says it will publish content "straight from the desk" of the former US president. Mr. Trump was banned by Twitter and suspended by Facebook and YouTube after the Capitol riots in January. The former president has since been releasing statements by press release - which the new website will now host. Users will...

The government says that infection rates are coming down

The number of new Covid infections in India has officially passed 20 million cases, even as the government says that infection rates are coming down. India says infections have consistently dropped since 30 April, when it recorded more than 400,000 cases. It reported 355,832 cases on Tuesday. Experts say the number of deaths and infections are being underreported. In the capital Delhi,...

Three people died and some two dozen people were injured after a boat got into trouble

The overcrowded 40-foot (12 m) cabin cruiser broke up on a reef near Point Loma on Sunday morning, tipping some 30 people into the water, officials said. A major rescue operation was launched to help the injured on shore and retrieve seven people from the sea. Officials said the boat captain was in custody on suspicion of smuggling. Copy Right: BBC

Astronaut Michael Collins dies

Michael Collins - one of the three crew members of the first manned mission to land on the Moon, Apollo 11 in 1969 - has died aged 90, his family said. He died on Wednesday after "a valiant battle with cancer. He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side," they said. Collins stayed in lunar orbit as...

China launches a key module of a new permanent space station

The Tianhe module - which contains living quarters for crew members - was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on a Long March-5B rocket. China hopes to have the new station operational by 2022. The only space station currently in orbit is the International Space Station, from which China is excluded. China has been a late starter when it comes...

West Bengal is voting in the elections despite Covid

Long queues were seen outside polling booths, raising concerns about further spread of the virus amidst a deadly second wave. Experts fear West Bengal could be the next epicenter of the virus, as has campaigning continued there. India reported 379,257 new infections on Thursday, the world's highest single-day total. Cases in West Bengal rose by 17,000 on Wednesday - a...

US President Joe Biden has laid out a sweeping investment plan

US President Joe Biden has laid out a sweeping investment plan for jobs, education and social care in his first speech to a joint session of Congress. Delivered on the eve of his 100th day in office, the Democrat pitched some $4 trillion (£2.9tn) in spending - the largest overhaul of US benefits since the 1960s, analysts says. He called...

The harrowing scenes from India have shocked the world

But the outbreak isn't just a crisis for India - it's a crisis for everyone. "The virus doesn't respect borders, or nationalities, or age, or sex or religion," says Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organization's chief scientist. "And what's playing out in India now unfortunately has been played out in other countries." The pandemic has revealed just how interconnected the...

India is running out of oxygen again

Twenty-five families in India's capital Delhi woke up to the news on Friday morning that someone they loved had died in the city's Sir Ganga Ram hospital, reportedly because corona-virus patients could not get enough oxygen. The hospital's medical director said a severe shortfall had slowed the flow of oxygen to 25 of the sickest patients, who needed a high...